Spring 2004 Newsletter

News of Faculty


As Executive Director of the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Society, Kevin McCarthy just finished organizing his 17th annual three-day conference, which attracted over 100 participants. He is off next week on a two-week teaching stint in Vietnam, then a three-week archaeological tour of eastern Turkey.

Maureen Turim’sPamietanie i demontaz: retrospekcja historyczna w filmach Andrzeja Wajdy” appears in Filmowy Swiat Andrzeja Wajdy, ed. Ewelina Nurcyznska – Fidelska and Piotr Sitarski, (Krakow: Universitas 2004), 85–98. It is a translation of her essay “Remembering and Deconstructing: the Historical Flashback in the Films of Andrzej Wajda,” ed. Elizabieta Ostrowska and John Orr, (Wallflower Press Cinema Series, 2003).


Susan Hegeman and Phillip Wegner were invited to Duke University as members of the University’s Summer Institute collective to address intellectual life after graduate school, among other things. The result was a mini-conference entitled “Anticipated Utopias: The Ethics and Politics of Collectivity.” In addition to presenting on their current work – Susan spoke on “Anti-culture/Anti-Globalization,” and Phillip gave a paper titled “We’re Family: Kinship, Fidelity, and the Event in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Butler’s Parables” – they also offered position papers on Alain Badiou’s Ethics and participated in a roundtable discussion of Agnes Heller’s essay “The Frankfurt School.”

Gregory Ulmer has been appointed to the PMLA Advisory Committee for a three year term (2004–2007).


Richard Burt delivered a paper titled “Native or Foreign Shakespeare?: Race and Reverse Immigration in Some British Film and Television Adaptations” at a session he organized on “Shakespeare, Post-national Cinema, and Popular Culture” for the 2004 meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America (New Orleans), April 8–10.

LaMonda Horton-Stallings has been awarded a Schomburg Scholars-in-Residence Fellowship for her research project titled “Jelly: The Making of Black Sex Culture in the U.S.”

Kenneth Kidd’s new book, Making American Boys: Boyology and the Feral Tale, is reviewed (and Professor Kidd interviewed) by Joy Press in the April 5, 2004 issue of The Village Voice.

Maureen Turim recently gave an invited guest lecture at the University of Pittsburgh titled “New Waves of Desire.”


Ron Carpenter presented his workshop-seminar on effective writing for students participating in the Undergraduate Honors Conference that was part of the Southern States Communication Association Convention in Tampa. He also was critic-respondent for one of the panels in which they read their papers.

David Leverenz has been appointed to the PMLA Advisory Committee for a three-year term, replacing – someone has a sense of humor – Donald Pease. His entries on ““Honor” and ““Paternalism” appear in Men & Masculinities: A Social, Cultural, and Historical Encyclopedia, eds. Michael Kimmel and Amy Aronson (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2003).

Judith W. Page presented a paper titled “Grace Aguilar and the Politics of Cultivation” at the British Women Writers Conference (Athens, GA), March 26. Several graduate students from the Department also presented papers at the meeting, including Lisa Hager and Traci Klass.


On March 12, Roger Beebe premiered a new collaborative work, “One Nation under Tommy,” at the New York Underground Film Festival at Anthology Film Archives. His previous videotape, ““Famous Irish Americans”– also screened at the New York Underground Film Festival –– was recently awarded the 2004 Paul Robeson Award in the experimental category at the Newark Black Film Festival. Since his last Newsletter update in November 2003, that videotape has been screened a half dozen times and picked up a Director’s Citation at the Black Maria Film/Video Festival. In that same period, Professor Beebe’s Super 8 film “Composition in Red & Yellow” also had six screenings, stretching from Rotterdam and Barcelona to less exotic locales stateside, and picked up an Honorable Mention at the US Super 8 Film + Digital Video Festival. He also had four retrospective shows in the Pacific Northwest (along with fellow filmmaker Tony Gault) in early February 2004.

Kevin McCarthy has been hired by three law firms in Florida and Arizona to serve as an expert grammarian to review contract language in several very contentious law suits.

Mark A. Reid presented “A PostNegritude Kind of Thing: Black and Arab Women in French Urban Cinematic Space” at ‘Diversity and Difference in France and the Francophone World, 20th – 21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium held at Florida State University, (April 1–3). His essay “‘Spike’ Shelton Jackson Lee” appears in the African American National Biography, eds. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Evelyn Higginbotham (New York: Oxford UP, 2004).


Richard Burt’s article “What the Puck?: Screening the (Ob)Scene in Bardcore Midsummer Night’s Dreams and the Transmediatic Technologies of Tactility” appears in Shakespeare on Screen: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, eds. Sarah Hatchuel and Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin (Rouen: Publications de l’Université de Rouen, 2004), 57–86.

Andrew Gordon’s account of a night in Berkeley in 1967, “Smoking Dope with Thomas Pynchon,” has been reprinted in The Portable Sixties Reader, ed. Ann Charters (Penguin 2003).

James Haskins’s book The March on Washington, first published in a hardcover edition in 1993 by HarperCollins, has been reissued in a paperback edition by Just Us Books.

Robert Thomson’s essay “‘Dear Mr Walker’ – Gavin Greig’s Letters to William Walker of Aberdeen” appears in Folk Song: Tradition, Revival and Re-Creation, eds. Ian Russell & David Atkinson (University of Aberdeen Press, 2004), 196–210.

A revised edition of Gregory Ulmer’s book Teletheory, has been published by Atropos Press (New York/Hamburg, 2004).


Richard Burt and Terry Harpold participated in roundtables of “Carnevale, Karneval! Processions, Parades, and Propaganda,” an interdisciplinary colloquium sponsored by UF’s nascent Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, March 15–16.

Terry Harpold presented a paper titled “The Providential Grace of Verne’s Le Testament d’un excentrique” at the Carolina Conference on Romance Literatures (Chapel Hill, NC), March 18–20.

On February 25, James Haskins was honored at the first annual Ronald E. Forman Lecture Series of the UF African American Studies Program. The Program has established The Visiting Scholar Award, named in Professor Haskins’s honor, in recognition of his contributions to African American Literature and History.

James Haskins was selected as one of the five judges for the young adult section for selection of the National Book Awards for 2004.

Marie Nelson, Professor Emerita, presented a paper titled “Boast Words from Beowulf” at the Fourteenth Biennial New College Conference on Medieval-Renaissance Studies (Sarasota, FL), March 13.

Scott Nygren recently presented two papers: “Generative Texts: Transformative Convergences in Independent Film and Video, 1988–93” at “The Persistence of Form: Culture, History, and the Aesthetic,” FSU Literature and Film Conference, January 29 – February 1; and “Living on Several Edges: ‘Street Angels’ and the Politics of Transformation,” at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference (Atlanta, GA), March 4–7.

Maureen Turim presented the Paris section of her longer paper “Paris, New York, Tokyo: Women Alone in Films of the City” at the Society for Film and Media Studies Conference (Atlanta, GA), March 4–7. She also presented “Collage/Montage” at the FSU Film and Literature Conference (read for her by Scott Nygren, due to a family obligation), January 29 – February 1.


James Haskins’s article on Lionel Hampton appears in The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives, Vol. 6, ed. Kenneth T. Jackson (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons/Thomson and Gale, 2004), pp. 209–10.

Gregory Ulmer has been invited to join the editorial board of Fibreculture, <www.fibreculture.org>, an online journal addressing Internet criticism, theory, and research.


Maureen Turim’s essay “Remembering and Deconstructing: The Historical Flashback in Man of Marble and Man of Iron” appears in The Cinema of Andrzej Wajda: the Art of Irony and Defiance, eds. Elizabieta Ostrowska and John Orr (London: Wallflower Press), 93–102.


Jim Haskins’s review of Susan Fales-Hill’s Always Wear Joy: My Mother Bold and Beautiful appeared in Flavour: Black Florida Life and Style 10 (Winter 2004): 30.


John Cech is Guest Curator of the exhibition Jacques-Henri Lartigue: A Boy, A Camera, An Era, which will be shown at UF’s Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art March 9–July 18, 2004. The exhibition is co-curated by Kerry Oliver-Smith.

Susan Hegeman was invited to speak at the University of Cincinnati as part of the Ropes Lecture Series. The topic of this year’s series is “Languages of Imperialism: The Cultural Dimensions of Conquest.” On February 17, Hegeman spoke (on a double bill with John Carlos Rowe) on “Culture/Globalization.”


Pamela Gilbert’s new book, Mapping the Victorian Social Body, has just been published by SUNY Press.

James Haskins’s review of Randall Robinson’s Quitting America: The Departure of a Black Man from His Native Land appeared in the St. Petersburg Times, Feb. 8, 2004, p. 4P.

Malini Johar Schueller’s review essay “Postcolonial American Studies” appears in American Literary History 16.1 (2004): 162–75.

Al Shoaf has been named an External Member of the Nominating Committee for the Chair in Medieval Literature in the University of Geneva by the Faculty of English and the Ministry of Education. He will fly to Switzerland in November to participate in the appointment process.

As a 2003 nominee, Al Shoaf has been invited by the Richard W. Lyman Award Committee <http://www.nhc.rtp.nc.us/lymanaward/lymanaward.htm> to stand again for the award that “recognizes scholars who have advanced humanistic scholarship and teaching through the innovative use of information technology . . . The award honors Richard W. Lyman, who was president of Stanford University from 1970–80 and of the Rockefeller Foundation from 1980–88, and is made possible through the generosity of the Rockefeller Foundation. The award carries a prize of $25,000.”

Al Shoaf has been named Plenary Speaker for the 2004 Graduate Student Conference on Medieval Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara (April 16–18). He will present his paper “A B and C: ‘A Pregnant Argument,’” on Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde, Henryson’s Testament of Cresseid, and the status of women in 14th- and 15th-century English culture.

Over the past several months Al Shoaf has negotiated a contract with EBSCO Publishing Research Databases for the electronic delivery of Exemplaria in PDF to over 20 countries around the world. It is now hoped that by 2006 the entire run of the journal, from its inaugural volume in 1989 to the present, will be available for on-line request.


Maureen Turim’s essay “Marina Abramovic’s Performance: Stresses on the Body and Psyche in Installation Art” appears in Camera Obscura 54 (2004): 99–118.


Joan Acocella’s article in the January 19, 2004 The New Yorker (“European Dreams: Rediscovering Joseph Roth,” 81–86) praises Michael Hofmann’s translations of Roth’s fiction and nonfiction into English. (“In the past fifteen years, Hofmann has translated, beautifully, nine books by Roth. Furthermore, his brief introductions to those volumes are the best available commentary on the writer…”)


Malini Johar Schueller presented a paper titled “Black Revolutionary Consciousness and Postcolonial Citizenship” at the Hawaii International Conference on the Arts and Humanities (Honolulu), January 8–11, 2004.


Richard Burt delivered a paper titled “Intercultural Performance vs. Transnational Cinema: Shakespeare in Asian Documentaries” at one of the Shakespeare Division sessions of the 2003 MLA Convention.

David Leverenz’s essay “Trachtenberg, Haskell, & Livingston, Inc.” appears in American Literary History 15 (Winter 2003): 738–47.

Kevin McCarthy and Karelisa Hartigan (UF, Classics) spent a week over the semester break lecturing on board a cruise ship that toured the eastern Caribbean. Subjects of the lectures included the history, languages, and literatures of the Islands, including ocean piracy and the many lighthouses in the region.

In Fall 2003, Judith W. Page presented two papers: an invited lecture in November at Millsaps College titled “What Happened at Drury Lane on January 26, 1814?” and a talk in December at the annual meeting of the Association of Jewish Studies (Boston) titled “Jewish Scholars and Romantic Texts.”


Terry Harpold and James Paxson co-organized a session on “Charles Fort and Fortean Thought” at the 2003 Annual Convention of the Modern Languages Association (San Diego). The session was sponsored by the MLA’s Division on Literature and Science and was chaired by Professor Harpold, who also presented a paper in the session, titled “The Fortean Thing.”

Debra King has been elected to serve a three year term as a MLA Delegate Assembly member (representing Region 5). Her tenure begins January 1, 2004 and continues through December 31, 2006.

Emeritus Professor Marie Nelson presented a paper titled “‘Eala! Hit Is Micel Gedeorf:’ Problems of Identity in the Colloquy and ‘Gifts of Men’” for an MLA Old English Division session, “Toil and Trouble: Anxiety in Anglo-Saxon England,” at the 2003 MLA Convention.

Mark A. Reid has been elected to a five-year term on the executive committee of the MLA’s Division on Literature and the Other Arts.

News of Current Students


Sheri Allen’s poem “The Jewel Box” appears in the current issue of Boulevard (No. 56–57).

Sean Fenty presented a paper titled “Fear and Loathing in Raccoon City: Interactivity, Emotions, and Narrative in Survivor Horror Video Games” at “Narr@tive: Digital Storytelling,” held at UCLA April 22–23.

Laurie Taylor presented a paper titled “Siblings (and Dopplegangers) in Video Games” at “Narr@tive: Digital Storytelling,” held at UCLA April 22–23.

Zach Whalen presented a paper titled “Survival Horror Stories: Musical/Aural/Psychological Landscapes” at “Narr@tive: Digital Storytelling,” held at UCLA April 22–23.


Katherine Casey-Sawicki presented a paper titled “Ceiling Fans and Spray-Painted Couches: Hyperreality and Theatricality in Trading Spaces” at the Pop Culture Association National Conference (San Antonio, TX), April 7–11.

Robin Nicks presented a paper titled “Happily Ever After: Anne Sexton’s Transformations as Everyday Theory” at the Northeast MLA Women’s Caucus in March 2004.

Brendan Riley presented “Modularity and Monsters from the Deep” at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, March 4–7. He also presented “Cybernetics and Sinking Ships” at the National PCA/ACA conference (San Antonio, TX), April 7–10.


Jason Richards’s entry on ““Melville” appears in Men & Masculinities: A Social, Cultural, and Historical Encyclopedia, eds. Michael Kimmel and Amy Aronson (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2003).


Glenn Freeman (PhD in progress) has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Cornell College (Mount Vernon, IA). His “Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting” was recently published in the Birmingham Poetry Review.

Traci Klass presented a paper titled “Grace Aguilar: ‘Writing’ Home” at the 12th Annual British Women Writers Conference at the University of Georgia in Athens, March 25–28.

Julie A. Sinn has been awarded the 2004 Hannah Beiter Graduate Student Scholarship by the Children’s Literature Association for her dissertation work on the Little Golden Books.


Laurie Taylor’s article “Video Game Internal Turfs and Turfs of Play” appears in the current edition of Media-Culture <http://www.media-culture.org.au>.

Zach Whalen’s article “Ludology: Who Gets to Play?” appears in the current edition of Media-Culture <http://www.media-culture.org.au>.


Laurie Taylor presented a paper titled “Towards a Ludic Model? Smooth and Striated Space in Sid Meier’s Civilization” at “Form, Culture, and Video Game Criticism,” held at Princeton University on March 9.


Eric Otto’s essay “Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars Trilogy and the Leopoldian Land Ethic” has been published in Utopian Studies.


Brendan Riley (PhD, 2004) has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of English at Columbia College Chicago.


Barbara Drake’s essay “Writing with the Training Wheels On: A Retelling Project for Beginning Fiction Writers” will appear in the 2004 AWP Pedagogy Papers, published in conjunction with the Creative Writing/Creative Teaching Pedagogy Forum of the 2004 Associated Writing Programs Conference (Chicago, March 24–27).


James McDougall presented a paper titled “The Figure of Qu Yuan in Ezra Pound and Bei Dao’s Transnational Modernism: Poetic Displacement in Twentieth Century Literature” at the 43rd Annual Southeast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies, held at UF, January 16–18, 2004.

Amanda Reynolds will be participating in the Artist-in-Residence program in the Everglades National Park for the month of June (2004) holding workshops and writing while living in the park.


Amanda Davis’s essay “On Teaching Women’s Prison Writing: A Feminist Approach to Women, Crime, and Incarceration” was recently selected for publication in the Winter 2004 issue of Women’s Studies Quarterly. Her review of Recovering the Black Female Body: Self-Representations by African American Women, edited by Michael Bennett and Vanessa Dickerson, appears in issue 14.3 (2003) of Feminist Teacher, and her review of Sister Circle: Black Women and Work by Sharon Harley and the Black Women and Work Collective is forthcoming in Feminist Theory issue 5.1 (2004).


Traci Klass presented a paper titled “‘Writing’ England’s Wrongs: Grace Aguilar and the Re-Education of a Mis-Educated People” at the 35th Annual Association for Jewish Studies Conference in Boston, December 21–23, 2003.

Laurie Taylor’s article “When Seams Fall Apart: Video Game Space and the Player” has been published in the December 2003 issue of Game Studies: The International Journal of Computer Game Research.

News of Former Students


Gary MacDonald’s entry on “Francis Parkman” appears in Men & Masculinities: A Social, Cultural, and Historical Encyclopedia, eds. Michael Kimmel and Amy Aronson (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2003).


Janis Owens’s (BA, 1983) third novel in the Catts trilogy was published in 2003 by HarperCollins, and was just issued in paperback in March, 2004. Visit <http://www.HarperCollins.com> and read the BookClub Guide for a discussion that gives credit where credit is due to her former English professor at UF, James Haskins.


Sarika Chandra (PhD, 2003) has accepted a position as Assistant Professor at Wayne State University.

David Johnson (PhD, 2003) has accepted a position as Assistant Professor at Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland.


Dina Smith (PhD, 2000) has accepted a position of Assistant Professor at Drake University.


Zach Heiden (MA, 1998) was recently hired as the first-ever Staff Attorney for the Maine affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union. He is responsible for running the legal program, and for representing litigants in state and federal court.


Alan Clinton (PhD, 2002) presented a paper titled “Charles Fort on Charles Fort” at the 2003 MLA Convention.


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