Special Graduate Colloquium : The Ballad of the Dissertation

Course Number: ENGL 595BP
Prerequisites: Graduate Standing
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 595BP
Quarter: Fall 2013
Instructor: Fumerton, Patricia
Day(s): e/o F
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Location: EMC (SH 2510)
Description:

*The Ballad of the Dissertation*.
(English 595BP:Patricia Fumerton; EMC; schedule below)

This three-quarter colloquium involves a series of 9 mostly Skype lectures
by graduate students and junior scholars of English Literature and History
who have incorporated broadside ballads from the 16th to the 19th centuries
into their dissertations.

Presentations will be informal and designed to answer questions that
address generally the challenges of defining the topic and the parameters
of a dissertation as well as how introducing popular print changes,
enhances or productively “disturbs” one's perspective. Some presenters who
have already filed their dissertations will further address strategies for
turning a dissertation into a publishable book. In some cases, speakers may
ask us to read an article in advance of their presentation, but generally
little prior work will be required before the talk and there are no
requirements for the course other than attendance and participation. You
may sign up for the course quarterly. *The nine presentations listed below
will all occur on a Friday, in the EMC, from 1 pm. to 2:30 pm*. Titles and
fuller descriptions of the individual presentations TBA.

0.* September 27: Introductory BRIEF Meeting*
1. *October 11: Jessica Murphy* (PhD UCSB: now assistant professor at
UT-Dallas; Conduct literature and feminine virtue, with a chapter on
ballads)
2. *October 25: Matthew Smith* (PhD USC; now assistant professor at Azusa
Pacific; Religion and women, with a chapter on ballads) - Matt will appear
in person for his presentation
3. *November 8: Una McIlvenna* (PhD London; now postdoctoral research
fellow at University of Sydney, Australia; Public execution ballads,
1500-1800, European as well as English)
4. *January 10: Leanna McLaughlin* (PhD candidate UC-Riverside; Politics in
pamphlets and ballads of 1680s)
5. *February 7: Simone Chess* (PhD UCSB; now assistant professor at Wayne
State University; Male cross-dressing with a chapter on ballads)
6. *February 21: Angela McShane* (PhD Warwick; now Tutor in Graduate
Studies, College of Art and History of Design; Political ballads, 1640-1689)
*7. March 7: Mark Hailwood* (PhD Warwick; now Lecturer, Cambridge;
Alehouses, sociability and popular culture, including ballads)
***ADDED FEATURE ON APRIL 4 AND 5: BROADSIDE BALLAD CONFERENCE AT
HUNTINGTON LIBRARY FEATURING INTERNATIONAL SPEAKERS AND THE EBBA TEAM
(details TBA)***
8. *May 2: Katie Brokaw* (PhD Michigan; currently assistant professor,
UC-Merced; song and performance)
9. *May 30: Eric Nebeker* (PhD UCSB; currently assistant director of EBBA);
Ballads and the literary tradition)