Neal Cross Series

Lisa Zimmerman,

Neal Cross Lecture - Thursday, March 26th

5:00 pm, Columbine Suite B (University Center)

Dr. Kristin Bluemel: "Imagining Rural Modernity: An Artist, a Farmer, and a Theory."

Kristin Bluemel is Professor of English, Wayne D. McMurray-Helen Bennett Endowed Chair in the Humanities, and Director of Graduate Studies at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey. Her research on twentieth-century British literature and culture has ranged from feminist modernism to World War II literary culture, children’s literature and book history, middlebrow literature and rural studies. Her most recent book, a collection of essays entitled Intermodernism: Literary Culture in Mid-Twentieth Century Britain (Edinburgh UP, 2009) frames the writings of the interwar years through World War II in a new critical category. Her book-in-progress “Picturing Nostalgia: Rural Modernity and the Wood Engraving Revival in 20th Century Britain,” defines rural modernity through engagement with theories of nostalgia, middlebrow, and interarts with history of the 1930s wood engraving revival. She is currently collecting essays for a co-edited collection titled “Rural Modernity: The Cult of the Countryside in Interwar Art and Literature.” She was the editor of The Space Between: Literature and Culture, 1914-1945 from 2004-2014, and co-founder of The Space Between Society. She is a regular participant at the Modernist Studies Association Annual Conference and has given talks at the Library of Congress to the Washington Area’s Print Culture Studies Group (2013) and at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art as part of the Modernism, Print, and the Book Symposium (2012).

Undergraduates, Graduate Students, Faculty, Staff, and community members are encouraged to attend this FREE event!

Neal Cross Lecture - Monday, March 30th

7:00 pm, Ross Hall 1040

Dr. Tanya Agathocleous, "From Mimicry to Parody: Genres of Critique in the Colonial Public Sphere."

Dr. Agathocleous is Associate Professor of English at Hunter College. She is the author of Urban Realism and the Cosmopolitan Imagination (2011).

The event will be held at 7 pm, Monday, March 30 on the UNC Campus, at Ross Hall 1040.

Undergraduates, Graduate Students, Faculty, Staff, and community members are encouraged to attend this FREE event!

The Neal Cross Lecture Series was established through a bequest from Neal Cross, a Professor in the Department of English from 1941 until 1979. The fund is used to sponsor visits by guest lecturers, writers-in-residence, and other cultural events. The Neal Cross Lecturer Series has included a number of well-known scholars, writers, filmmakers, and activists, including the following:

  • Isabel Allende
  • Margaret Atwood
  • Houston Baker
  • James Baldwin
  • Barbara Christian
  • Mary Daly
  • Mary Ann Doane
  • Harlan Ellison
  • Carolyn Forché
  • Gerald Graff
  • Donna Haraway
  • E. Ann Kaplan
  • Maxine Hong Kingston
  • Annette Kolodny
  • Mario Vargas Llosa
  • Rigoberta Menchu
  • Trinh T. Minh-ha
  • Tim O’Brien
  • Sharon Olds
  • Chris Paine
  • Judith Roof
  • Bienvenido Santos
  • Gary Snyder
  • Terry Tempest Williams


Program areas in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences may apply for funds to bring speakers to UNC’s campus. For information and application materials, please contact Lisa Zimmerman.

For information about upcoming events, contact the Department of English at (970) 351-2971.