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Writers & Scholars Series

Fall 2015


Dr. Timothy Corrigan

Film Scholar

Dr. Timothy Corrigan is a Professor of English and Cinema Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. His work in Cinema Studies has focused on modern American and contemporary international cinema. His books include New German Film: The Displaced Image (Indiana UP), The Films of Werner Herzog: Between Mirage and History (Routledge), Writing about Film (9th ed., Longman/Pearson), A Cinema without Walls: Movies and Culture after Vietnam (Routledge/Rutgers UP), Film and Literature: An Introduction and Reader (2nd ed., Routledge), The Film Experience (4th ed., Bedford/St. Martin’s), Critical Visions: Readings in Classic and Contemporary Film Theory (Bedford/St. Martin’s, both co-authored with Patricia White), American Cinema of the 2000s (Rutgers UP), and The Essay Film: From Montaigne, After Marker (Oxford UP), winner of the 2012 Katherine Singer Kovács Award for the outstanding book in film and media studies. He has published essays in Film QuarterlyDiscourse, and Cinema Journal, among other collections, and is also a member of the editorial board of the journal Adaptation and a former editorial board member of Cinema Journal. In 2014 he received the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Award for Outstanding Pedagogical Achievement and  the Ira H. Abrams Memorial Award for Distinguished Teaching in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania.

Open Class Session ~ Thurs, Sep 17 ~ 2-3:45 pm ~ Towers 239
Join ENGL 1175 for discussion of documentary films with Dr. Corrigan. This class session and Corrigan's presentation are open to the entire Otterbein community. 

The Inessential Self: Sarah Polley's Stories We Tell ~ Thurs, Sep 17 ~ 4-5:00 pm ~ Towers 112
Sarah Polley's remarkable 2012 Stories We Tell is an interrogation of self and a search for a father, a documentary about a mother and a home movie about memory, a personal tale about a childhood and a historical drama about family. In the end, Canadian actress and director Polley's award-winning film may ultimately be about cinematic representation itself: how it captures, distorts, and provokes wonderfully unsettling questions about who we are, where we come from, and what matters most in how we answer those questions.


Christian Formoso


Christian Formoso has published six collections of poems, including El cementerio más hermoso de Chile (Santiago de Chile, Cuarto Propio, 2008), which was awarded the Best Published Work Award by the National Council of Books and Reading (Ministry of Culture of Chile, 2009). That same year, Cementerio was also a finalist for the Lira de Oro Ibero-American Poetry Award (Ecuador), recognizing the collection as one of the best books of poetry in Spanish published from 2007-2008. Formoso has won several other awards, among them the Binational Literary Award of Chilean-Argentine Patagonia (1998, 2000), and the prestigious Pablo Neruda Prize granted by the Pablo Neruda Foundation (2010). His poems have been published in anthologies and media in Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, France, Spain, Greece and the United States. In December 2014, Formoso was one of three poets chosen to represent Chile at the Guadalajara International Book Fair in México.

The Most Beautiful Cemetery in Chile: A Bilingual Reading
Tuesday, November 3, 2015 ~ 6-7:30 pm ~ Fusion Studio (60 Collegeview)
Formoso reads from his collection, The Most Beautiful Cemetery in Chile, as co-translated by Otterbein faculty member Terry Hermsen and Otterbein alum Sydney Tammarine. This book has garnered many honors, including the Pablo Neruda Prize in 2009. Poems will be heard in both languages, with some discussion and examples illustrating the tricky nature of translation. 

The Eye of Yo: Personal Voice in Latin American Poetry
Wednesday, November 4, 2015 ~ 4:30-6:00 pm ~ Fusion Studio (60 Collegeview)
U.S. poets so often couch their poetry in their own voice, making frequent use of the personal "I," yet this is often not the case for poets in the rest of the world. In Spanish, the "I of the Yo" is not necessary at all for constructing sentences. Formoso will address this issue in his own poetry, as well as that of other Latin American writers, and we'll explore this intriguing conflict via an interactive writing exercise as well. 

Spring 2016


Claudia Rankine

Essayist, Poet, Critic

Claudia Rankine is the author of Citizen: An American Lyric; Don’t Let Me Be Lonely; Plot; The End of the Alphabet; and Nothing in Nature is Private. She won the PEN Open Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry—for Citizen, the first book ever to be named a finalist in both the poetry and criticism categories. In 2014 she was a National Book Award Finalist, and received Poets & Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize. Citizen also holds the distinction of being the only poetry book to be a NY Times bestseller in the nonfiction category. Rankine co-edited the anthologies The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind and American Women Poets in the 21st Century: Where Lyric Meets Language, and her work is included in several anthologies, including Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present, Best American Poetry 2001, Giant Step: African American Writing at the Crossroads of the Century, and The Garden Thrives: Twentieth Century African-American Poetry.

Recent Visiting Writers & Scholars

Each year, the English Department hosts internationally-renowned writers and literary scholars who hold open class sessions, meet one-to-one with Literary Studies and Creative Writing students, and present their creative and scholarly work for the department, campus community, and general public. In recent years, we've partnered with Humanities Advisory, the Artists Series, and the Westerville Public Library to bring host visitors such as: 

- Mark Doty (2010)                  - Stacy Alaimo (2013) 
- Stephen Asma (2011)   - Alison Bechdel (2013)
- Christopher Merrill (2011)   - Over the Rhine (2013)
- Debra Moddlemog (2011)   - Lennard Davis (2014)
- Dorothy Allison (2012)   - Kenneth Goldsmith (2014) 
- Terry Castle (2012)   - Mat Johnson (2014) 

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Visiting Writer Alison Bechdel reads from her graphic narrative, Are You My Mother? (2013).

WSS 2013 Bechdel presentation

by Shannon Lakanen | 21 Jul, 2014

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