Join us at 12 PM in Donovan Lounge on Friday, October 2, for informal talks and Q&A with Christopher Armitage, Laura Halperin, and Heidi Kim. Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch. Graduate students are warmly invited as well.
Christopher Mead Armitage, who joined the UNC-Chapel Hill faculty in 1967, specializes in seventeenth- and twentieth-century English and Canadian literature. His lively style and personal interest in his students have earned him several awards for excellent teaching. Since 1970 he has returned annually to England to conduct a six-week study program on "Shakespeare in Performance" for students and alumni. In addition, Armitage lectures frequently for the Carolina Speakers program. He appeared on horseback and in eighteenth-century costume to represent William R. Davie at UNC's Bicentennial and on later occasions. His recent publications include The Poetry of Piety: An Annotated Anthology of Christian Poetry which he compiled with UNC alumnus Rev. Dr. Ben Witherington; and "Blue China and Blue Moods: Oscar Fashioning Himself at Oxford," Oscar Wilde: The Man, His Writings and His World, ed. Robert N. Keane.
Laura Halperin: My research interests focus on contemporary Latina/o literatures and cultures. My current book project focuses on representations of harm in late twentieth century Latina novels and memoirs. It examines the gendered, racialized, and ethnicized pathologization of Latinas in works by Julia Alvarez, Ana Castillo, Cristina García, Loida Maritza Pérez, and Irene Vilar. The manuscript drawsconnections among psychological, physical, environmental, and geopolitical harm, and it posits links between Latina deviance and defiance. My budding research interests lie in the arena of Latinas/os and education. I am interested in what it means to grow up Latina/o. To this end, I am investigating connections among Latina/o coming of age narratives, curricular policies that affect Latinas/os, governmental policies that impair or facilitate Latinas/os’ access to an education, debates surrounding English-Only policies and bilingual or multilingual education, and censorship of Latina/o texts in school libraries and classrooms.
Heidi Kim: My work ranges through nineteenth and twentieth-century American literature and Asian American studies. In my book project, Invisible Subjects: Asian Americans in Postwar Literature (Oxford UP, 2016), I study texts by twentieth-century canonical American authors of different ethnicities through recent advances in Asian American studies and historiography. This critical lens allows me to interpret overlooked subtleties in the depiction of race in the American literary canon. Building on Ralph Ellison’s theories of invisibility in his famous novel Invisible Man, I show that Asian Americans demonstrate the fluidity and limitations of their available legal and social roles. I resituate several major authors (Ellison, Herman Melville, William Faulkner, John Steinbeck) amid the Asian American presence in their works and the dialogue of liberal individualism. I have also recently published an edition of a memoir and correspondence of a Japanese American family from Hawai'i incarcerated during World War II (Taken from the Paradise Isle, UP Colorado, 2015) and have published essays on other aspects of the incarceration.