Summer 2002 Newsletter

News of Faculty

8/9/02

The Newark Museum invited Mark A. Reid as the Keynote Speaker for their screening of Mathieu Kassovitz’s La Haîne (Hate) at the 28th Annual Black Film Festival on 17 July.

Mark A. Reid presented “PostNegritude Franco-American Visual Culture: Global Borrowings” at the Third MESEA Conference at the University of Padua, Italy on 27 June.

7/26/02

Jim Haskins’s latest book, Toni Morrison: Telling a Tale Untold, has been published by Millbrook Press.

7/22/02

Terry Harpold has been named to the Academic Board of MelbourneDAC: Streaming Worlds, the 2003 Digital Arts and Culture conference, to be held in Melbourne, Australia in May 2003. He is also a member of the DAC International Steering Committee, charged with planning the 2003 and 2005 DAC conferences.

7/19/02

Marsha Bryant’s essay “Plath, Domesticity, and the Art of Advertising” appears in this month’s College Literature, which is a special issue on Literature and the Visual Arts. Many thanks to colleagues Jim Twitchell for sharing his expertise, Huei-Ju Wang for research assistance, and Derek Merrill for lively course work on advertising.

Andrew Gordon and Norman Holland organized the 19th International Conference on Literature and Psychology at the University of Siena at Arezzo, Italy. There were 61 papers delivered by conferees from Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, The Netherlands, Finland, Greece, Russia, Cyprus, Israel, Australia, Canada, and the U.S. At the conference, Andrew Gordon spoke in a session on psychoanalysis and film on “Spielberg’s A.I.: Separation Anxiety” and Norman Holland participated in a session on “Real Readers” on “The Willing Suspension of Disbelief: Neurology.” Other participant from UF were Bertram Wyatt-Brown (History), speaking in a session about Sylvia Plath on “Crows Screamed: Ted, Sylvia, and Lucas Myers, a Reflection on the Cambridge Years” and Anne Wyatt-Brown in a session on “Trauma” on “Gender and Identity Creation in Late-Life Holocaust Memoirs.” The 20th International Conference on Literature and Psychology will be held July 2–7, 2003 at the University of Greenwich, England. More information will soon be available; contact Andrew Gordon or Norman Holland.

Andrew Gordon’s essay “Play It Again, Sam Ken Grimwood’s Replay and Time Travel as Reincarnation” appears in Worlds Enough and Time: Explorations of Time in Science Fiction and Fantasy, ed. Gary Westfahl, George Slusser, and David Leiby (Westport, CT Greenwood Press, 2002), pp. 139-47.

7/12/02

Jim Haskins, along with Professor Joe Little of the College of Law, are teaching a seminar entitled “Literature and the Law.” The seminar will explore the relationship between Literature and British Common Law and American Jurisprudence. In attempting to cover such a wide range and various periods in history, distinguished members of legal, religious, and philosophical communities will be invited as guest speakers with expertise in the specific areas to be covered in the seminar.

Marie Nelson and Robert M. Thomson’s “The Fabliau” has been published in A Companion to Old and Middle English Literature, ed. Laura Cooner Lambdin and Robert Thomas Lambdin (Westport, Connecticut and LondonGreenwood Press, 2002), 255–275.

Roger M. Thompson presented a 12 hour workshop “Using Web-Based Resources in English Language Teaching” at TESOL Academy 2002 June 21–23, 2002 in Orlando, Florida. TESOL Academy is a special summer program for teachers of English to speakers of other languages which is sponsored every year by International TESOL, the professional organization. The teachers in the workshop represented several states in the United States and provinces in Canada.

6/28/02

Jim Haskins gave a talk on “From the Book to the Screen” on June 4, 2002 at a luncheon sponsored by the Ocala/Gainesville Film Commission in Ocala.

Anne Goodwyn Jones’s essay “‘Like a Virgin’: Faulkner, Sexual Cultures, and the Romance of Resistance” has been translated into Japanese and appears in the April, 2002, issue of the Faulkner Journal of Japan. And in anticipation of her accession to glory (or at least from vice-president to the presidency of the [U. S.] Faulkner Society), the Society’s website has recently moved from Swarthmore College to a webpage based in the UF English Department, at: http//www.english.ufl.edu/faulkner/

Mark A. Reid was a member of a dissertation defense committee at the University of Paris X - Nanterre (1 June). The title of the five hundred page thèse de Doctorat is “Conditions de production et évolution thématique et esthétique du cinéma noir américain contemporaine, 1986–1997.”

Phil Wegner’s book Imaginary Communities: Utopia, the Nation, and the Spatial Histories of Modernity was published in May by the University of California Press.

6/14/02

Andrew Gordon presented a paper, “The Critique of Utopia in The Counterlife and American Pastoral “ in a session on the recent works of Philip Roth at the American Literature Association Conference in Long Beach, CA, June 1.

Susan Hegeman was invited to speak in May at a conference on “Theories of American Culture,” sponsored by the John F. Kennedy Institute of the Free University, Berlin. She spoke on “The ‘Culture’ of American Studies.”

The Department of English had wide representation at the Society for Cinema Studies 2002 conference in Denver on May 23–26. Faculty from English who gave talks at SCS: Roger Beebe, “From Action Film to “Reaction Film”: The 90s Blockbuster”

Scott Nygren, “Western Mu: Nomadic Tropes Across East and West”

Maureen Turim, “Installing the Traces of a Violent Desire”

In addition, Maureen Turim is serving as Secretary of the Society for Cinema Studies and serves on the Executive Council. She notes that several colleagues from other universities commented favorably on the quality of UF’s contributions!

6/7/02

Jim Haskins’s Bridges to Literature (Evanston, Il; McDougal Littell, Inc., 2002), in which “Growing Up in a World of Darkness,” a chapter in Professor Haskins’ book, The Story of Stevie Wonder (Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1976), is excerpted (pp. 304-317), will be published in Spanish in 2003.

Marie Nelson’s “‘Biheste is dette’: Marriage Promises in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales” has been published in Papers of Language & Literature, Vol. 38, No. 2, Spring 2002: 167–99.

5/31/02

Jim Haskins’s book The March on Washington (HarperCollins 1993) has been used in Iowa Tests of Basic Skills, just issued by Riverside Publishing Company. On p. 76, an excerpt from the book is presented, followed by two questions. Book club rights to Rosa Parks: My Story, which Haskins co-authored with Mrs. Parks, have been purchased by Scholastic, Inc., with publication scheduled for September 2002.

5/17/02

Jim Haskins’ book One Nation Under a Groove:Rap Music and Its Roots (Hyperion 2000) has been issued in Great Britain by the Penguin Group Ltd. as The Story of Hip-Hop: From Africa to America, Sugarhill to Eminem.

Kevin McCarthy and his wife are on a month-long lecture cruise aboard the “Golden Princess” from Fort Lauderdale to Venice, Italy, via the Azores, Portugal, Spain, the French Riviera, Italy, Malta, and Greece. They will make daily presentations to as many of the 5,200 passengers as care to show up.

News of Current Students

8/10/02

Paul K. Feith successfully defended his Masters Thesis, “A Gonzo Cockroach: Narrative and Social Justice in Oscar Zeta Acosta’s The Revolt of the Cockroach People,” and has been awarded the MA His Thesis Committee was chaired by Tace Hedrick. Stephanie Smith served as a reader.

Edrik J. Lopez successfully defended his Masters Thesis, “The Trope of the Nostalgic Jibaro: A Theory of U.S. Puerto Rican Literature,” and has been awarded the MA His Thesis Committee was chaired by Tace Hedrick. Efraín Barradas (UF, Romance Languages) served as a reader.

Sherwin F. Mendoza successfully defended his Masters Thesis, “‘I Have You Properly Taped, My Lad’: Tom Kernan Overdetermined,” and has been awarded the MA His Thesis Committee was chaired by Phillip Wegner. R. Brandon Kershner served as a reader.

Elizabeth C. Rack successfully defended her Masters Thesis, “ BUSTing Up the Mainstream: Bohemian Feminist Texts and Postmodern Resistance,” and has been awarded the MA Her Thesis Committee was chaired by Stephanie Smith. Maureen Turim served as a reader.

Harun K. Thomas successfully defended his Masters Thesis, “The Pedagogy of Whatever,” and has been awarded the MA His Thesis Committee was chaired by Gregory Ulmer. Kimberly Emery served as a reader.

Audrey C. Wasser successfully defended her Masters Thesis, “Bakhtin: Living Discourse and the Shape of Dialogism,” and has been awarded the MA Her Thesis Committee was chaired by Phillip Wegner. James Paxson served as a reader.

6/14/02

The Department of English had wide representation at the Society for Cinema Studies 2002 conference in Denver on May 23–26. English Department graduate students who gave talks at SCS:

5/17/02

Aaron Shaheen, who is now completing his first year as a PhD student, won the Eleanor Clark award for best graduate student paper at the recent Robert Penn Warren conference at Western Kentucky University. Clark was a novelist and Warren’s second wife; she once wrote, “If you don’t love life, you can’t enjoy an oyster.” Aaron’s paper is called “Have You Seen My Signified? Original Sin and Metanarrative Structure in Robert Penn Warren’s Poetry.” The prize, $200, is safely housed in a bank at home in Utah and will buy no Florida oysters or beer.

News of Former Students

8/16/02

Margaret Luongo, a former MFA graduate student in the Department has just been published in Tin House and will be featured in Jane magazine’s November issue.

8/2/02

Kevin Shortsleeve’s essay “Edward Gorey, Children’s Literature and Nonsense Verse” has been published in the Spring, 2002 issue of The Children’s Literature Association Quarterly. Kevin will begin a PhD program at Keble College, University of Oxford, in October.

7/26/02

Andrew Kozma was accepted into the PhD program in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Houston.

6/14/02

The Department of English had wide representation at the Society for Cinema Studies 2002 conference in Denver on May 23–26. Among UF English Department alumni and alumnae who gave talks at SCS were:

5/17/02

Jim (James H.) Watkins, PhD 1995, has received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor of English at Berry College in Rome, GA. Jim is currently revising his dissertation, “Locating the self southern identity, white masculinity, and the autobiographical ‘I,’” directed by Anne Goodwyn Jones, for submission to publishers. Since graduating from UF, Jim has published several articles in southern autobiography. He also edited and wrote the introduction for Southern Selves from Mark Twain and Eudora Welty to Maya Angelou and Kaye Gibbons: A Collection of Autobiographical Writing (New York Vintage, 1998). Jim’s email address is jwatkins@berry.edu.

Colleen Warren, MA, 1987, PhD 1992, has been promoted to full Professor in the Department of English at Taylor University in Upland, IN. Her thesis, “‘And grace will lead me home’ the workings of grace in the mother/child relationships in Flannery O’Connor’s fiction,” and her dissertation, “A ‘hard unwinking angry point of light’ and ‘the fluctuation of starlight’ female identity in the short fiction of Katherine Anne Porter and Eudora Welty,” were directed by Anne Goodwyn Jones and have resulted in several publications. Colleen’s e-mail address is clwarren@tayloru.edu.

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