Shane Peterson was selected to co-chair the MLA Committee on the Status of Graduate Students in the Profession. He has served on the committee since July 2011. His term as co-chair will last until July 2014.
Music has played a significant role in the work of filmmaker Werner Herzog ever since the 1970s. In a recent essay, Lutz Koepnick discusses the function of operatic elements in Herzog’s films and revises dominant understandings of Herzog’s preoccupation with grand aesthetic gestures.