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The Textual Revolution Department Research Colloquium

Each month, Saint Louis University’s Department of English hosts a colloquium during which faculty and graduate students present on their current research. These events allow speakers to receive feedback and suggestions on work in progress. There is a convivial informal atmosphere for discussion and socializing.

Recent presenters have included Rachel Greenwald Smith, Ph.D., speaking on neo-liberalism and American literary form; Anne Stiles, Ph.D. speaking on the motif of the inner child in late Victorian fiction; and doctoral candidate Kent Pettit, speaking on the undead in Anglo-Saxon texts.

Sheila Nolan Whalen Reading Series

September 25, 2018 at 4 p.m. in the Sinquefield Stateroom, Dubourg Hall 409

Rowan Ricardo Phillips will read his poetry. He is the author of Heaven, which was longlisted for the 2015 National Book Award, and The Ground, for which he received a 2013 Whiting Writers’ Award. He has written about soccer and basketball for The Paris Review, and The Circuit: a Tennis Odyssey, is forthcoming in November. The author of the influential critical volume When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness, Philips is also the translator of Salvador Espriu’s story collection Ariadne in the Grotesque Labyrinth as well as numerous other works from Catalan, Spanish and Italian.

“The ground Phillips treads is a middle ground—between spirit and flesh, heaven and earth, here and gone. His images are evanescent, twilit, smoke-obscured.” —New York Times

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