Events-Department of English - Carnegie Mellon University

Upcoming Events

Dissertation Defense: Julie Bowman, Ph.D. in LCS Candidate

Date and Time: Friday, July 10, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Location: Baker Hall 255 B, the Swank Room

This will be Julie Bowman's final public oral examination for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Literary and Cultural Studies. This event is free and open to the public.

Dissertation Title: "Domestic Conflict: Reading Space in Early Modern Drama"

Abstract: My dissertation project asks how we can understand the early modern experience of domestic space. Through a close reading of early modern dramas—histories, comedies, and tragedies by Shakespeare, Jonson, Middleton, Webster, and Marlowe—I argue that the early modern conception of domestic space can be understood as a nested sphere comprised of nation, household, and individual bodies. Challenging approaches which view theatrical space materially (i.e., the space of the theater or the city) or domestic space metaphorically (i.e., a man’s home is his castle), I foreground the actual spaces (bedrooms, closets, bridges, gardens) that the plays require audiences to call to mind and in which the action occurs.

I focus on those spaces in context with historical spatial realities, practices, and expectations to show how the spatial experiences enacted by the dramas relate to the ideologies of early modern England, though not as uniformly strict enforcers of those ideologies. Fundamentally, I argue that reading space in early modern drama grants fresh insight into the plays’ arguments and demonstrates how space actively structures, and is structured by, the boundaries essential to socially formed concepts like public and private, nation and household, or body and mind.

Professor Peggy Knapp, Chairperson
Professor Chris Warren
Professor Michael Witmore

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Posner Center Exhibit by LCS Ph.D. Student Matthew Lambert

Date and Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, M-F, Posner Center

Location: Posner Center

This past semester's Posner Center intern was Literary and Cultural Studies Ph.D. student, Matthew Lambert. Lambert has spent the semester researching inside Carnegie Mellon's Posner Memorial Collection. Lambert and the Posner Center bring you their exhibit, "Washington Irving: Sketches of an Emerging Author and Nation."

"I think visitors will be able to rediscover Irving’s importance as an early American writer and historical figure, and see certain similarities between the values and uncertainties of his day and ours," says Lambert.

The exhibit will run through the summer and most likely through the fall. Posner Center exhibits are open Monday through Friday from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., except holidays and during designated VIP events.

CMU CrossWalk - Young Adult Fiction Workshop and Lecture 

Workshop with Fiction Writers Mary Turzillo & Geoffrey Landis

Workshop Date and Time: Saturday, August 1, 11 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location: Danforth Lounge, Cohen University Center

Registration/Fee: Registration is required to attend the workshop (seating is limited) and there is a suggested $10 donation* (but it is not required). Registration will open approximately two months before the date.

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Lecture with Fiction Writers Ellen Kushner & Delia Sherman

Lecture Date and Time: Saturday, August 1, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Location: Doherty Hall, Room 2315

Registration/Fee: There is no charge to attend the lecture and registration is not required for this portion of the program.

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