This Week In English | November 13, 2023

This Week in English

November 13, 2023

MA Student and Former McGillicuddy Fellow Abigail Roberts Presents Today

While she was a McGillicuddy Humanities Center Undergraduate Fellow current MA student Abigail Roberts wrote an Honors Thesis under the supervision of Sarah Harlan-Haughey titled Otherworldly Ethics: Trouthe and the Fairy Mistress in the Lays of Lanval, Graelent, Guingamor and Sir Launfal. This afternoon at 3:30 in the Coe Room of the Memorial Union, Roberts will give a talk based on her research for a public audience that will also include students from Harlan-Haughey’s ENG 351: Medieval English Literature. All are invited! 


English Graduate Student Association Hosts Fall Tales & Ales on Tuesday

Please join the English Graduate Student Association at Woodman’s Bar and Grill on Tuesday, November 14th from 8:30-11:00pm for “Fall Tales & Ales.” Enjoy good food, good beer, and great company as our English graduate students read their creative work and celebrate the projects they’ve been working on this semester. Ten percent of proceeds from the event will go to EGSA. We look forward to seeing you there!


Hank Garfield Publications Plus a Song

Hank Garfield published his story The Last Waltz in the Fall 2023 issue of Points East Magazine, and will have an essay called “My Triangle” in an upcoming anthology, Rivers of Ink: Literary Reflections on the Penobscot. He has also recorded a demo for his original song, “Waffles For God,” which you can listen to here. In addition to teaching a section of ENG 205: Introduction to Creative Writing this fall, Garfield is also offering ENG 249: American Sports Literature and Film to more than thirty students. 


English Department Meets on Wednesday at 2pm

The English Department will hold a routine meeting on Wednesday, November 15, at 2pm in the Writing Center. Full-time faculty are expected to attend; part-time faculty are invited but not expected to attend.


Production of Tagore’s The Post Office Resumes this Weekend

A new translation of a world theatre classic has arrived on the University of Maine stage, courtesy of the School of Performing Arts. The Division of Theatre & Dance will present The Post Office, written by Rabindranath Tagore and directed by UMaine theatre professor Rosalie Purvis. This new adaptation was co-translated by Debaroti Chakraborty and Purvis. The show will run November 10-19 at the Cyrus Pavilion Theatre. Tickets and showtimes can be found here. A press release from November 3 includes these remarks from Purvis about the decision to undertake a fresh translation of the work: 

 “Debaroti and I made the decision to direct The Post Office with my students at the University of Maine,” said Purvis. “We poured over many translations but, while each served a useful purpose as literary and cultural artifact, none of them seemed to function as stage plays, particularly within the cultural context here in Maine. The language in English seemed stilted and lacking the element of subtext and emotion that the original has.

“After studying the play with students here, as well as in Kolkata, we decided to create a new translation that, by way of language and cultural choice, might create a sort or culturally universal space that could be relatable to all,” she continued.


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