Tom Simmermaker and Ca
The 400th anniversary
Rhodes professors Michael Nelson, Caki Wilkinson, and Jeffrey Jackson and Robert Francis have all been active in the academic literature world.
The Writing Center at Rhodes College is dedicated to cultivating strong, independent writers. At the Center, a trained tutoring staff maintains a peer-to-peer teaching environment in which student writers of all levels can receive assistance at any stage of the writing process and for writing in any discipline. The Center also provides instructional resources and staff support to faculty teaching writing in their courses.
Textual study and written critical analysis sit at the heart of the liberal arts experience, and the Rhodes College Department of English provides rigorous training in both. Our courses provide students with the tools necessary to read literature both attentively and critically, and to articulate those readings in formal papers that match lucidity with imagination. In addition to covering the full range of British, American, and Anglophone literature, from Beowulf to Toni Morrison, our course offerings also encompass film studies, creative writing, and creative non-fiction.
John Guillory (NYU): "Monuments and Documents: On the Object of Study in the Humanities," will reflect upon Erwin Panofsky's use of the terms 'monument' and 'document' to describe the works of art studied by the art historian or critic, and on the utility of these terms in describing the object of study across humanities disciplines generally. Guillory (NYU) is best known for his book Cultural Capital, which applied Bourdieu's sociology of aesthetics to debates about canon formation in literary studies.
John Guillory (NYU) will discuss a pre-circulated essay on "The Common Core and the Evasion of Curriculum." Guillory is widely recognized as an authority on the history of curricula in English literary studies. His 1993 book Cultural Capital: The Problem of Literary Canon Formation explored how the canon debates of the 1980s were misconceived by critics across the political spectrum. This session is open to all, but should be of especial interest to current or future teachers of English. RSVP to Scott Newstok to receive an advance copy of the paper.
The twelfth annual Symposium on Gender and Sexuality Studies will take place Wednesday, March 25 from 3:15-7:30 pm in Blount Auditorium. The event will showcase students' scholarly and creative work in many disciplines, including English, Sociology, Film Studies, Art History, and Religious Studies. Refreshments will be served.