Spring 2002 Newsletter

News of Faculty

5/3/02

Ira Clark’s “‘Measure for Measure’: Chiasmus, Justice, and Mercy” appeared in Style 35 (2001): 659–680.

Terry Harpold presented his paper “Transmediality and the Upgrade Path” at the 2002 Conference of the American Comparative Literature Association, held at San Juan, Puerto Rico, April 11–14, 2002.

James Haskins participated in an Authors Panel at a Biography and Creativity Conference for teachers of grades three to six and school librarians at the John F. Kennedy National Historic Site on March 11, 2002 in Boston, Massachusetts. He was the Keynote Speaker at the Alabama Writers’ Symposium, which was held at Alabama Southern College in Monroeville, AL, May 4, 2002. Recently, he was a guest speaker at Prairie View Elementary School, Gainesville, where he spoke to third, fourth, and fifth graders about writing skills.

Peter L. Rudnytsky presented his paper “Did Freud Have an Affair with Minna Bernays, and So What?” to the Cornell University-New York Hospital History of Psychiatry Seminar on April 10. On April 14, he moderated a session, “Can Psychoanalytic Theory Be Tested Inside or Outside the Clinical Setting?” at the conference of Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological Association. The session featured Robert R. Holt, Director Emeritus of the Research Center for Mental Health at New York University, and Robert S. Wallerstein, Past President of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the International Psychoanalytic Association.

4/26/02

Marsha Bryant has agreed to serve as a specialist referee for College Literature.

Mel New’s In Proximity: Emmanuel Levinas and the Eighteenth Century, coedited with Robert Bernasconi and Richard A. Cohen, was published by Texas Tech UP in 2001. Volume Six of the Florida Edition of the Works of Sterne, containing A Sentimental Journey and Bramine’s Journal, was published this month. His essay “Reading Sterne Through Proust and Levinas” appeared in Age of Johnson: A Scholarly Annual 12 (2001), 329–360. His entry, “John Norris of Bemerton” appears in the Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol. 252 (“British Philosophers, 1500–1799”), 2002. His entry on Sterne appears in the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment, 2002.

4/12/02

As proof that Roger Beebe is not just a filmmaker, a volume of essays on popular music titled Rock over the Edge appeared from Duke University Press this week with his name on the front cover. He’s told it should be in bookstores everywhere by next week. As proof that he is still a filmmaker as well, his films have shown at a score of festivals (exactly 20, in fact) since his last update to this newsletter (11/28/01). These fests include the prestigious Rotterdam International Film Festival, the venerable Ann Arbor Film Festival, and the scandalous NY Underground Film Festival. He received awards for his super 8 epic, “The Strip Mall Trilogy,” at Xfest 2002, the Black Maria Film/Video Festival, the Empire State Film Festival, the $100 Film Festival, and the Colossal Film Crawl. He was additionally recently awarded Best Experimental Film at the Ohio Independent Film Festival Oscarz (no relation, of course, to the Oscars awarded by AMPAS). Next weekend his films will be playing at no less than 4 festivals across the US. He apologizes in advance for touting his own successes at such length.

Andrew Gordon’s essay on Cynthia Ozick’s story “The Shawl,” originally in Literature and Psychology 40.1-2 (1994), appears in French in the journal Gradiva 4.1 (2001) 43-51 as “L’objet transitionnel et la nouvelle de Cynthia Ozick ‘Le Chale.’”

The Korean Rights to James Haskins’ book Champion, published by Walker and Co., have been sold to NamuWASUP and Junior Library Guild respectively. His book Rosa Parks: My Story has been granted the non-exclusive rights of pages 111–116 to be used in an anthology by Houghton Mifflin Co. to be published in January 2003. The reprint rights to his book Rosa Parks: My Story has been granted to Pearson Education, Inc., publishing subsidiary Prentice Hall revised edition of Prentice Hall Literature for the 9th grade level, as well as a Students’ and Teachers’ Editions, audio components, and ancillaries.

James Haskins’s Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition (S.I.T.E.S.), “The Jazz Age in Paris from 1914–1940, ” of which he was the curator, will be appearing in the following cities: Ojai, CA (March 16–May 12), Tulsa, OK (June –July 28), Herkimer, NY (August 1 October 13), Wisconsin Rapids, WI (November 2–December 29), New York, NY (January 18–March 16, 2003), and St. Bonaventure, NY (April 5–June 30, 2003).

With Lucinda MacKethan and Nghana Lewis, Anne Goodwyn Jones spoke at a plenary session of the biennial meeting of the Society for the Study of Southern Literature (SSSL) in Lafayette LA on March 14. The session dealt with the impact of Anne’s 1981 book Tomorrow Is Another Day: The Woman Writer in the South.

4/5/02

Alistair Duckworth spoke on “Howards End: the House, the Garden, and the Literary Tradition” at “Only Connect: E. M. Forster’s World,” a conference in Stevenage, Herts, organized jointly by the Friends of the Forster Country and the University of Cambridge Board of Continuing Education on 23 March.

Marie Nelson presented a paper titled “Phonology, Morphology, Syntax: A Linguist Looks at The Lord of the Rings” at the 23rd Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Fantastic in the Arts, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, on March 23, 2002.

3/29/02

Marie Nelson’s “T.H. White” has been published in British Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers, Volume 255 of the Dictionary of Literary Biography, pp. 255–65.

3/22/02

At the 8th Annual Conference on Presidential Rhetoric in College Station TX, Ron Carpenter presented a paper entitled “William McKinley, the Philippines, and the Rhetoric of Aloof Piety: Previewing War in Vietnam?” While at Texas A&M University, he also conducted his workshop-seminar on effective writing for undergraduate honors students and graduate students in the George Bush School of Government and Public Service.

Norm Holland’s essay “Where Is a Text? A Neurological View” has appeared in New Literary History, 33.1 (2002) 21–38.

Mark A. Reid chaired “Session Two” panel at the “Azouz Begag From A to Z” International Conference sponsored by the Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, Florida State University (1 March)

3/15/02

Greg Ulmer (and William Tilson) gave a lecture and conducted a colloquium on “Miami Miautre: Mapping the Virtual City” for the Design Division at the University of Texas, Austin, February 25–26. The visit was co-sponsored by the Division of Rhetoric and Composition and the Humanities Institute.

3/8/02

James Haskins’s book for young adults Champion: The Story of Muhammad Ali, with illustrations by Eric Velasquez, has been published by Walker & Company. Also, Professor Haskins’ book Keeping the Faith, with an introduction by Maya Angelou, and accompanying CD-ROM has been published by Welcome Rain Publishing.

2/22/02

Marsha Bryant’s response to Marjorie Perloff’s review of Cary Nelson’s anthology appears in the current issue of Symploke (vol. 9, issues 1–2). She is still on “speaking” terms with both parties in cyberspace.

Kim Emery’s essay “Well”-Meaning Pragmatism, Lesbianism, and the U.S. Obscenity Trial” appears in Palatable Poison: Critical Perspectives on The Well of Loneliness (ed. Laura Doan and Jay Prosser), out this month from Columbia University Press. The essay is an abridged version of a chapter from Kim’s book, The Lesbian Index: Pragmatism and Lesbian Subjectivity in the 20th-Century United States, published by SUNY Press in January. Wild Iris Books, 802 W. University Ave., will be hosting a reception/book-signing for The Lesbian Index on Friday, February 22. Remarks and discussion at 7pm, with snacks and the signing to follow.

James Haskins’s book, Building A New Land, has been chosen as a “Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies for 2002” by a committee sponsored by the National Council for the Social Studies and the Children’s Book Council.

2/15/02

James Haskins’s essay ’The Humanistic Black Heritage of Alabama” has recently been published in The Remembered Gate: Memoirs of Alabama Writers, edited by Jay Lamar and Jeanie Thompson, published by The University of Alabama Press.

Brandy Kershner organized the first Sarasota “James Joyce Birthday Conference” (“JJ on the Bay”) at the University of South Florida in Sarasota, Jan. 31– Feb 2. It was attended by some forty speakers and a large group from the community, and featured the display of Joyce manuscripts and materials from the Lockwood Library collection.

Maureen Turim’s essay “The Fantasy Image: Fixed and Moving” appears in The End Of Cinema As We Know It: American Film in the Nineties, edited by Jon Lewis, New York University Press. The essay discusses Freud’s writings on fantasy in relationship to recent violent fantasy films and computer games. Variety reviewed the anthology, recommending it to Hollywood as “a reader-friendly collection” that “deconstruct(s) 1990s cinema, and the decade too, with intellectual vigor and a wry sense of humor.”

2/8/02

Peter L. Rudnytsky was a Discussion Group Leader at the inaugural conference of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, sponsored by the Stephen A. Mitchell Center and attended by over 1,000 people, January 18–20, 2002, in New York City.

Maureen Turim’s essay “Artisanal Prefigurations of the Digital: Animating Realities, Collage Effects and Theories of Image Manipulation” appears in the special issue “Digitality and the Memory of Cinema” of Wide Angle Vol. 21 no. 1.

2/1/02

James Haskins’s fourteen books in his Count Your Way series, published by Lerner Publications, has been placed on CD-ROM as part of an “Accelerated Reader” program.

At the recent MLA Brandy Kershner spoke in the Conrad Society session on “The Reader and the Frame in Heart of Darkness.”

Text Book: Writing Through Literature, Third Edition, by Robert Scholes, Nancy R. Comley, and Greg Ulmer, is now available from Bedford/St. Martin’s Press (2002).

1/25/02

Terry Harpold has published an essay co-written with Kavita Philip, “‘Party Over, Oops, Out of Time’: Y2K, Technological ‘Risk’ and Informational Millenarianism,” in NMEDIAC 1.1 (January 2002).

Kevin McCarthy’s book Florida Outhouses, has just been published.

Malini J. Schueller’s essay, “Theorizing Ethnicity and Subjectivity: Maxine Hong Kingston’s Tripmaster Monkey and Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club” has been reprinted in the Modern Critical Interpretations series on Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club

1/18/02

Andrew Gordon presented a paper titled “Baudrillard in The Matrix” at a session on science fiction at the recent MLA conference in New Orleans.

Norm Holland’s “An Extension of George Lakoff’s How Unconscious Metaphorical Thought Shapes Dreams” has been published in the online PsyArt journal, <http//www.clas.ufl.edu/ipsa/journal/articles/psyart2000/hollan04.htm>. His “The Mind and the Book: Past, Present, and Future Psychoanalytic Literary Criticism” appears in The Psychoanalytic Century: Freud’s Legacy for the Future, ed. David E. Scharff (New York: Other Press), 181–194.

Malini J. Schueller gave two papers at the MLA, “Articulations of African-Americanism in Postcolonial Theory: Globalism, Localism, and the Question of Race” and “Claiming Postcolonial Asian America.”

Stephanie A. Smith gave a paper on the “Swedish Nightingale” Jenny Lind at the MLA in New Orleans. Her most recent essay, “Antebellum Politics and Women’s Writing,” has appeared in The Cambridge Companion to 19th Century American Women’s Writing ed. Dale Bauer and Philip Gould, and she has just signed a contract for a women’s study reader, Spunk: A Woman’s Study.

1/11/02

A well-known essay by Norm Holland has been published in Poland: “Interpretacja literatury a trzy fazy psychoanalizy.” Trans. Maria Bozenna Fedewicz. Psychoanaliza i literatura. Eds. Pawel Dybel and Michal Glowìnski. Gdansk: Slowo/obraz terytoria. 151–72.

Kevin McCarthy’s latest book is Ocala in the Arcadia Images of America series.

Gregory Ulmer’s participation in Jochen Gerz’s “Anthology of Art,” an Internet dialogue between artists and art theorists from all over the world, sponsored by the Braunschweig School of Art, was published online from Dec. 15–31, 2001, www.anthology-of-art.net

News of Current Students

5/4/02

Angela Kay H. Bacsik successfully defended her Doctoral Dissertation, “Technologies of Inscription: Archival Iterability and the Semiotics of Genomic Language,” and has been awarded the PhD. Her Dissertation Committe was chaired by John P. Leavey Jr. Daniel Cottom (University of Oklahoma, English), Harry Paul (UF, History), and Phillip Wegner served as readers.

Dion C. Cautrell successfully defended his Doctoral Dissertation, “The Substance of Style: Invention, Arrangement, and Paralogic Rhetoric In the Composition Classroom,” and has been awarded the PhD His Dissertation Committe was chaired by Sid Dobrin. Frederick Corney (UF, History), James Paxson, and Blake Scott served as readers.

Alan R. Clinton successfully defended his Doctoral Dissertation, “High Modernism in the History of Automatism,” and has been awarded the PhD His Dissertation Committe was chaired by R. R. Brandon Kershner. Alexander Alberro (UF, Art), Marsha Bryant, Robert Ray, and Gregory Ulmer served as readers.

William Blake Gerard successfully defended his Doctoral Dissertation, “‘Sallies of the Imagination’: Visual Imagery and the Work of Laurence Sterne,” and has been awarded the PhD His Dissertation Committe was chaired by Melvyn New. Patricia Craddock, Alistair Duckworth, and C. John Sommerville (UF, History) served as readers.

John J. Smith successfully defended his Doctoral Dissertation, “Men of the Cold War: Warrior Ethos and Domesticity in 1950s America,” and has been awarded the PhD His Dissertation Committe was chaired by Marsha Bryant. Andrew Gordon, Kenneth Kidd, and Brian E. Ward (UF, History) served as readers.

Jason A. Snart successfully defended his Doctoral Dissertation, “The Torn Book: Fixity, Fluidity, Disorder and Energy in William Blake’s Marginalia,” and has been awarded the PhD His Dissertation Committe was chaired by Donald D. Ault. Richard Brantley, Robert A. Hatch (UF, History), and Phillip Wegner served as readers.

Christopher H. Bachelder successfully defended his Masters Thesis, “A Brief History of Bad Love: Stories,” and has been awarded the MFA His Thesis Committee was chaired by Padgett Powell. Roger Beebe and David Leavitt served as readers.

Rachel E. Carroll successfully defended her Masters Thesis, “Things We Dream of Having,” and has been awarded the MFA Her Thesis Committee was chaired by William Logan. Michael Hofmann and Sidney Wade served as readers.

Hillary N. Commins successfully defended her Masters Thesis, “The Pig Flower and Other Stories,” and has been awarded the MFA Her Thesis Committee was chaired by David Leavitt. John Cech and Michael Hofmann served as readers.

John C. Elderkin successfully defended his Masters Thesis, “Bad Doctor,” and has been awarded the MFA His Thesis Committee was chaired by David Leavitt. Michael Hofmann and Kenneth Kidd served as readers.

Andrew M. Kozma successfully defended his Masters Thesis, “Bitter Roses and Thorn Tea,” and has been awarded the MFA His Thesis Committee was chaired by William Logan. Scott Nygren and Sidney Wade served as readers.

Ryan J. Meany successfully defended his Masters Thesis, “Over and Down in a Barrel,” and has been awarded the MFA His Thesis Committee was chaired by Padgett Powell. David Leavitt and Sidney Wade served as readers.

Emily J. Miller successfully defended her Masters Thesis, “Swim and Other Stories,” and has been awarded the MFA Her Thesis Committee was chaired by Padgett Powell. Ira Clark and David Leavitt served as readers.

Laura A. Roesler successfully defended her Masters Thesis, “Night Scouting,” and has been awarded the MFA Her Thesis Committee was chaired by William Logan. Marsha Bryant and Sidney Wade served as readers.

Nicole A. Schildkraut successfully defended her Masters Thesis, “Car After Car After Car,” and has been awarded the MFA Her Thesis Committee was chaired by William Logan. John Cech and Sidney Wade served as readers

Charles N. Wuest successfully defended his Masters Thesis, “Inside A Lean-To,” and has been awarded the MFA His Thesis Committee was chaired by Sidney Wade. Michael Hofmann and Marie Nelson served as readers.

Tanya P. Zarlengo successfully defended her Masters Thesis, “Dead in Bug Heaven,” and has been awarded the MFA Her Thesis Committee was chaired by Padgett Powell. David Leavitt and R. Allen Shoaf served as readers.

Benjamin Bain-Creed successfully defended his Masters Thesis, “The Production of the Surreal: An Evaluation of Nature, Consciousness, and Creation in Sylvia Plath’s Poetry,” and has been awarded the MA His Thesis Committee was chaired by Marsha Bryant. Susan Hegeman served as a reader.

Kirsten K. Bartholomew successfully defended her Masters Thesis, “The Poetry of Gwendolyn Brooks and Audre Lorde: Redefining Urban Possiblities,” and has been awarded the MA Her Thesis Committee was chaired by Marsha Bryant. Mildred Hill-Lubin served as a reader.

Sophie P. Croisy successfully defended her Masters Thesis, “Revisiting Ecofeminism: Identy Politics, Environmental Debates, and the Promise of Native American Literature,” and has been awarded the MA Her Thesis Committee was chaired by A. Carl Bredahl. Angela Kwolek-Folland (UF, Women’s Studies) served as a reader.

Sean M. Fenty successfully defended his Masters Thesis, “Defining and Extending Interactive Narrative in the Digital Age: A Defense of the Computer Game as a Narrative Medium,” and has been awarded the MA His Thesis Committee was chaired by Jane Y. Douglas. Terry Harpold served as a reader.

Nicole M. LaRose successfully defended her Masters Thesis, “Information in The Information: Reading and Refusing Mass Media Mentality in Martin Amis’s London,” and has been awarded the MA Her Thesis Committee was chaired by Julian Wolfreys. R. Brandon Kershner served as a reader.

Laurie N. F. Taylor successfully defended her Masters Thesis, “Video Games: Perspective, Point-of-View, and Immersion,” and has been awarded the MA Her Thesis Committee was chaired by Terry Harpold. Jane Y. Douglas served as a reader.

5/3/02

Dean Swinford was awarded a Fulbright Grant for study in Belgium.

Barbara Tilley organized and moderated a panel “‘extinct as the dodo?’: Questioning Masculine Representations of the Nineteenth Century” for the British Women Writers Conference in Madison, Wisconsin April 19–21. Participating members of the panel were Barbara Tilley who presented “‘anything but a monster’: New Manhood in Sarah Grand’s The Heavenly Twins,” Meg Norcia whose paper was “Rewriting Robinson: Reconstructions of Masculinity and Whiteness in Barbara Hofland’s The Young Crusoe” and Christine Roth (a former graduate student - now at University of Wisconsin, OshKosh) who delivered “Holy Gender Bending! Julia Margaret Cameron’s Angelic Boy Waifs.”

4/26/02

Kyeong Hwangbo chaired a session “Narrating Subjectivity” and presented a paper titled “Toward Subject Relations Theory: The Narrative (Re)construction of the Subaltern Self in Psychoanalytic and Multicultural Dialogues” at “Narrative: An International Conference” at Michigan State University, on April 12, 2002.

Undergraduate English major Heather Lawson has won a first prize (and $250) in the essay competition connected to the University Scholars Program for her essay “A Reexamination of the Impetus for John Locke’s Replies to John Norris of Bemerton.” Her mentor in the program was Mel New. Ms. Lawson will be entering our graduate program in the fall.

Nivedita Majumdar’s article “Negotiating Postmodernism and Feminism: The Canadian Context” was published in the January 2002 issue of Journal of Indo-Canadian Studies. Another article, “The Politics of Authenticity: A Reading of The Golden Notebook,” is forthcoming in Doris Lessing Studies.

3/8/02

Kyeong Hwangbo recently chaired a session titled “The Healer’s Art: Passages Toward Compassion in Contemporary Texts” at The 30th Twentieth-Century Literature Conference held in Louisville, KY, Feb 21–23. He also presented a paper titled “Writing Back and Confronting ‘the Uncanny’ of the M/Other’s Trauma: Jean Rhys’s Narrative Recovery of the Colonized Female Self in Wide Sargasso Sea.”

1/18/02

Blake Gerard has accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Eighteenth-Century Literature at Auburn University at Montgomery beginning fall 2002.

News of Former Students

3/29/02

Betsy Nies’s book Eugenic Fantasies: Racial Ideology in the Literature and Popular Culture of the 1920’s has been published by Routledge Press (2002). Nies received her PhD in 1998 and is currently Assistant Professor at the University of North Florida.

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