Monthly Archives: September 2011

Dr. Rai Peterson on the BSU Book-Binders’ Collaborative Event on Oct. 6

Graduates of ENG 444 Manifesto Book Binding are collaborating with faculty and print-making students from the art department to form a book-binders’ collaborative that will show and sell its work at the Downtown Muncie First Thursday Arts Walk on October 6.  Blank journals will retail for $5-60 at Gordy’s Fine Art and Framing.

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The Circus in Winter: A Musical

This Thursday, September 29, The Circus in Winter: A Musical will premiere for the first time ever at Ball State’s University Theatre. This musical is based upon the novel, The Circus in Winter, by assistant professor of English, Cathy Day, and it was written and produced exclusively by Ball State students as part of their Virginia Ball Center for Creative Inquiry semester-long seminar. Below is further information about the performers and the chance to meet with Cathy Day after the October 6th performance.

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The Audrey Brown Story: Getting Paid to Write!

You are about to read what has affectionately been dubbed “The Audrey Brown Story” by Jill Christman. This makes me imagine it as a fabulously tacky TV movie of the week from the eighties in which I am played by Phoebe Cates. This has no bearing on the story whatsoever, but I think it’s important that you know.

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What Am I Reading? Dr. Amit Baishya on Zombies (Part Two)

In the second part of his post, Dr. Baishya examines the relationship of zombies to the history and literature of European colonialism.  Part one of this post can be found here.

…It is no wonder then that one of the first appearances of the zombie in cultural representation is in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, published in 1902. Conrad witnessed the instrumental reduction of “natives” to the level of the living dead during his sojourn in King Leopold’s territories in the Belgian Congo. Here is the famous passage where he describes his narrator, Marlow’s, encounter with the limit figure of the living dead in the “Grove of Death” (focus carefully on the passages I italicized below):

“Black shapes crouched, lay, sat between the trees leaning against the trunks, clinging to the earth, half coming out, half effaced within the dim light, in all the attitudes of pain, abandonment, and despair. Another mine on the cliff went off, followed by a slight shudder of the soil under my feet. The work was going on. The work! And this was the place where some of the helpers had withdrawn to die.

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Recent Alum Layne Ransom On Her Job as a Migrant School Aide

In May, I graduated from Ball State with a creative writing degree and this plan in mind:  I’d take a year off from school to work, then start grad school to work toward an MFA in creative writing, specifically poetry.  Bam.

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What Am I Reading? Dr. Amit Baishya on Zombies (Part 1)

Anybody who spends much time with Dr. Amit Baishya, assistant professor of English and student of post-colonial literatures, will soon hear about his enthusiasm for zombie literature.  In response to those who would dismiss zombie films as unimportant popular culture trash, Dr. Baishya makes the case here that zombie fiction represents an important cultural response to a variety of historical traumas.  In Part One, Dr. Baishya examines the history of the figure of the zombie in Anglo-American fiction and culture.   Continue reading

Dr. Deborah Mix Introduces Her VBC Seminar on Vernacular Memorials

This semester, I have the pleasure of being a fellow at the Virginia Ball Center for Creative Inquiry.  The idea behind the VBC is to create space for immersive, collaborative, interdisciplinary learning.  The reality of being at the VBC is, well, flat-out fantastic.  It’s the only teaching responsibility I have this semester, and it’s the only coursework my students have (they’re each earning 15 credit hours for the seminar).  We get to meet in a beautiful house; we get to travel to Washington, DC; and we get to work together in ways that regular classes just can’t allow.

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