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Uri McMillan Selected as 2021-2022 Radcliffe Fellow

June 2, 2021

Uri McMillan has been named a 2021–2022 fellow at Harvard Radcliffe Institute, joining an extraordinary group of artists, scientists, scholars, and practitioners who will learn from and inspire one another in a year of discovery and interdisciplinary exchange in Cambridge. McMillan will pursue an individual project in a community dedicated to exploration and inquiry. Project Title: “Airbrush, Instamatics, and Funk: Art, Pop, and New York City’s Long 1970s” Brief description: This project is a cultural history of select artistic figures living and working in New York City in the late 1970s and early 1980s, tracing their networks of affiliation and the category-defying work they produced. These cultural actors–including fashion illustrator/photographer Antonio Lopez, performer Grace Jones, and model Pat Cleveland–often frustrated dichotomies between high art and the popular while routinely communicating through style. In this book, I delimit increasingly sophisticated artistic practices staged in disparate sites, be it department store Fiorucci or nightclub Paradise Garage while also understanding the import of the late 1960s, particularly counter-cultural tendencies, on this historical period. Subject Areas: Art History & Visual Culture, Performance Studies, African American Studies, Feminist and Queer Theory, Fashion Studies The full list of fellows is online here.   ……………….   About the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University   Harvard Radcliffe Institute is a unique space within Harvard—a school dedicated to creating and sharing transformative ideas across all disciplines. Each year, the Institute hosts leading scholars, scientists, and artists from around the world in its renowned residential fellowship program. Radcliffe fosters innovative research collaborations and offers hundreds of public lectures, exhibitions, performances, conferences, and other events annually. The Institute is home to the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library, the nation’s foremost archive on the history of women, gender, and sexuality. For more information about the people and programs of the Radcliffe Institute, visit www.radcliffe.harvard.edu.

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Brian Kim Stefans Publishes Festivals of Patience: The Verse Poems of Rimbaud

June 1, 2021

Brian Kim Stefans has published a new English translation of Arthur Rimbaud’s poems in verse in a volume entitled Festivals of Patience: The Verse Poems of Rimbaud. Rimbaud, poet of “logical revolts,” of sexual freedom, inveterate modernist, Symbolist, and inspiration to beatniks, conceptual artists and punks, wrote some of the most enduring poems of world literature. His career lasted all of five years, between 1870-1875. In this new English translation of all his poems in verse, Brian Kim Stefans has kept Rimbaud’s sense of songcraft in mind, retaining the French meters in his English versions. He is the first to have done this. The book opens with a Latin poem that Rimbaud wrote more than a year before his first known French poem, and it ends with a short poem he wrote a few years after leaving Paris, one which became a touchstone for Surrealist Andre Breton.

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Oriah Amit Serves as Historical Consultant on The Nevers

May 11, 2021

Oriah Amit, graduate student in the Department of English, is serving as a historical consultant on the science fiction drama TV series The Nevers. Set in Victorian London, the series follows a group of women with supernatural abilities; Oriah, whose dissertation focuses on late Victorian and Edwardian speculative fiction, used her expertise to advise on integrating aspects of London’s history at the turn of the twentieth century into the world of the show. Oriah’s work as a historical consultant informed the creation of the show’s characters: she created biographies for characters that the writers wanted to base as closely as possible on real historical figures. She also advised on the technological and cultural aspects of the late Victorian period so that they could be accurately represented in the series; in terms of technology this includes the early history of the automobile, the telephone, the x-ray, sound amplification, and the the expansion and electrification of the London underground, and for cultural references, period-appropriate slang. She was also able help the writers when the arc of the show departed from the historical record, for example, in the fifth episode, when a public execution is staged in a show set in 1899, despite the fact that public executions were banned in 1868. Oriah used her in-depth knowledge of the period to help the writers create a framework for the execution plot line that would make sense in the historical context. You can see an interview with Oriah and learn more about her work on the show at: https://www.hbo.com/video/the-nevers/videos/creating-the-nevers-shock-and-awe.

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Marissa López on KCET: What Cinco de Mayo Has to do with the French in Early L.A.

May 5, 2021

Professor Marissa Lopez has published an article on KCET’s website called “What Cinco de Mayo has to do with the French in Early L.A.” The piece is part of Picturing Mexican America, a digital humanities project designed and run by Professor Marissa López that is committed to illuminating the long, Mexican history of Los Angeles that’s been systematically erased through centuries of white, cultural supremacy.

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TSLL Interviews UCLA PhD Recipient Ji Eun Lee

April 14, 2021

Congratulations to Ji Eun Lee (UCLA PhD in English, 2020) on her interview by Texas Studies in Literature and Language about her article “Norfolk and the Sense of Loss: The Bildungsroman and Colonial Subjectivity in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go.” In the interview, Ji Eun talks about her first encounter with Never Let Me Go, the novel’s reshaping of the bildungsroman, the changing definition of “postcolonial,” Homi Bhabha, her first book-in-progress Walking London, and more! She is a BK21 Postdoctoral Fellow in Interaction English Studies in the Era of AI at Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) in Seoul, South Korea. Read about the interview here.    

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New Transfer Nation Podcast! #Student Story: Bianca Trevizo

January 25, 2021

UCLA English major Bianca Trevino was interviewed for the #TransferNation podcast speaking about her experience as a transfer student at UCLA. In the podcast, Bianca, who is currently working on a research project on The House on Mango Street with Professor Marissa Lopez, talks about feeling uncertainty about which college to attend as well as how getting involved at her community college prepared her for UCLA.

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English Alumna Genevieve Finn wins Mitchell Scholarship

December 1, 2020

Congratulations to Genevieve Finn, who graduated from UCLA last year with a degree in English, and who completed the Creative Writing Concentration – Poetry track, for winning the Mitchell scholarship. One of the country’s most prestigious scholarship programs, it sends future American leaders to the island of Ireland for a year of graduate study. Genevieve is UCLA’s second Mitchell Scholar ever, and our first in 20 years.

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