Friday, May 29, 2009

Lisa Hemminger in the Mississippi Review! Kudos! Cheers!

A giant tip of the hat to Lisa Hemminger, a recent SDSU MFA Poetry graduate and an outstanding member of our faculty, for her publication in The Mississippi Review.

Click the image below to read her most recently published poem

You can always learn more about our cool MFA Program here.

Friday, May 22, 2009

San Diego's Very Own Little Magazine

Greetings, lovers of all things literary! I am Anne Bahde, Special Collections and University Archives Librarian over at the Library, and I'm honored to be guest-blogging here from time to time (thanks Bill!), and sharing some of the awesome primary sources in our collections with you.

First up: Troubadour: A Magazine of Verse, was published in San Diego between 1928 and 1932, and was one of hundreds of "little magazines" published all over the country in the early part of the twentieth century. The little magazine rose to popularity after Harriet Monroe began Poetry in Chicago in 1912, and this format became an essential tool for the dissemination of modernist works of literature and art during this time. Little magazines emphasized the experimental and the daring in poetry and art, and exposed little-known authors and ideas to new audiences. In many ways, the little magazine can almost be seen as a precursor to the modern zine, in that they were often produced by younger editors, generally had small print runs, and blended art with word in new and appealing ways.

Not many of the contributors’ names to Troubadour have withstood the test of time, though there are some surprises. Ansel Adams contributed three poems to the May 1929 issue featuring California poets, identifying himself there as a “photographer, poet, and mountaineer,” and Booth Tarkington guest-edited the issue devoted to Indiana poetry. Troubadour often features lovely Art Deco covers like these, though sadly the artist is not always noted within. Special Collections has most issues of Troubadour and is seeking more—stop by the Special Collections Reading Room to sample some of San Diego’s literary heritage!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

pacificREVIEW 2008-09 is Now IN PRINT!

Hit the image to be instantly transported to SDSU's greatest undergraduate/graduate west coast arts review annual!

Sunday, May 3, 2009 proud to co-sponsor robert a. rosenstone at san diego state university, may 4, 2009 in gmcs 301

The Department of English and Comparative Literature, SDSU, is proud to co-sponsor with the Baron Fund for Ethics Education, Phi Alpha Theta, and the Departments of Africana Studies, and History the visit of Robert Rosenstone to Montezuma Mesa Monday! Here's the skinny:

If you study or teach about feature films, you should attend Robert Rosenstone's lecture:

"Why Directors Invent the Past to Tell the Truth: An Analysis of the Movie Glory"

May 4th at 3:00 PM in 301 Geology, Math, and Computer Science Building

Rosenstone is arguably the leading historian working in the field of film. His biography of John Reed was the basis of Warren Beatty's Reds.

Robert A. Rosenstone
Professor of History
Division of the Humantities & Social Sociences
California Institute of Technology (CalTech)
Pasadena, California, USA

Founding Editor, Rethinking History: The Journal of Theory and Practice
Associate Editor, Film Historia

My current research runs along two parallel lines, continuing the investigation of issues that have concerned me for the last two decades. One involves the intensely contemporary issue: what it means to construct works of history in a culture where the visual and the electronic media are not only supplementing but to a great extent replacing the written word as the chief means of communication. The other line has to do with creating alternative ways of presenting history (on the page, on the screen, on the internet), which of necessity involves questions of the relationship between historical data and argument, as well as that between fact and fiction. Robert A. Rosenstone



Crusade of the Left: The Lincoln Battalion and the Spanish Civil War - 1969 Romantic Revolutionary: A Biography of John Reed - 1975 Mirror in the Shrine: American Encounters in Meiji Japan - 1988 Visions of the Past: The Challenge of Film to Our Idea of History - 1995 King of Odessa - 2003 The Man Who Swam Into History - 2005 History on Film / Film on History - 2006


Protest from the Right - 1968 Seasons of Rebellion: Protest and Radicalism in Recent America - 1972 Los cantos de la conmocion: Veinte años de rock - 1974 Revisioning History: Filmmakers and the Construction of the Past - 1995 Experiments in Rethinking History - 2005