Summer 2005 Newsletter

News of Faculty


Norman Holland and Andrew Gordon were the chief organizers of the 22nd International Conference on Literature and Psychology held at the University of Cordoba, Spain, June 29–July 3. The conference was sponsored by the Institute for the Psychological Study of the Arts at the University of Florida, the City of Cordoba (which held a concert and reception in honor of the conferees), Departamento de Filologia Inglesa, University of Cordoba and Departamento de Filologia Inglesa, Complutense University of Madrid. Fifty-four papers were presented, and the international representation included participants from France, England, Portugal, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Serbia, the Czech Republic, Greece, Cyprus, Japan, Canda, and the United States. Peter L. Rudnytsky was in the keynote session, with a talk on “Facts and Interpretations: The Quest for Truth in the History of Psychoanalysis.” Andrew Gordon spoke on “ Envy: Cynthia Ozick Meets Melanie Klein.” Norman Holland spoke in the closing session on “ Don Quixote and the Neuroscience of Metafiction.” Also participating from the University of Florida was Martin Sorbille (Department of Romance Languages).

The 23rd International Conference on Literature and Psychology will be held at the University of Helsinki, Finland, June 28–July 3, 2006. For information, please contact Andrew Gordon <> or Norman Holland <>

Julian Wolfreys gave an invited plenary paper. “The ‘Tortuous Geography of the Nightworld’: The Productive Disorder of London”, at the Literary London conference, held at Kingston University, Kingston, Surrey, UK. He has also been invited to be on the editorial board of the journal Literary London, details of which can be found at <>. Professor Wolfreys also has two articles published recently: “The Millennial Fictions of Iain Sinclair: the Example of Slow Chocolate Autopsy” in Nick Bentley, ed., British Fiction of the 1990s (Routledge) and “‘A Self-Referential Density’: Glyph and the ‘Theory’ Thing”, in Callaloo 28.2 (Spring, 2005).


Norman Holland was a discussant and participant in the recent workshop on Natsume Soseki and William James, held at the Wolfsonian Museum (Miami Beach, FL), June 6.

Mark A. Reid’s book Black Lenses, Black Voices: African American Film Now has been published by Rowman & Littlefield.

Maureen Turim organized a colloquium at UF’s Paris Research Center titled “New Approaches to French Film & Culture,” June 27–28, honoring the publication of Popular Front Paris and the Poetics of Culture, by Dudley Andrew (Professor of Film Studies and of Comparative Literature at Yale University) and Steven Ungar (Professor of French and Chair of Comparative Literature at the University of Iowa). Major French scholars of film history and the authors of the volume presented papers and engaged in two days of discussion. Professor Turim gave a paper titled “Personalism, Realism, and the Feminine: Peau de Peche.”


Terry Harpold’s entry “Digital Narrative” appears in The Routledge Encyclopedia of Narrative Theory, eds. David Herman, Manfred Jahn, and Marie-Laure Ryan (Routledge, 2005), 108–12.

Norman Holland’s essay “The First Psychological Critic: Walter Whiter” has been reprinted in the Journal of Literary Criticism (University of Allahabad) 10.1: 1–13.

Debra Walker King’s essay “Boundary-Breaking Courage” appears in The Southern Literary Journal 37.2 (Spring 2005): 145-51. The essay is a review of two texts: Nell Painter’s Southern History Across the Color Line and Trudier Harris-Lopez’s South of Tradition: Essays on African American Literature.


Andrew Gordon’s essay “George Lucas’s THX 1138: A Portrait of the Artist as an Angry Young Man” appears in Film International 15.3 (2005). At the 2005 American Literature Association Conference (held in Boston, May 26-30), Professor Gordon delivered a paper titled “Performing Whiteness in Philip Roth’s The Human Stain: Novel and Film” and took part in a roundtable discussion on “American Visions of Europe.”

Phillip Wegner delivered an invited talk titled “‘I’ll Be Back’: Repetitions and Revisions in the Terminator Trilogy” to the Science Fiction Research Cluster of the Center for Cultural Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. During his visit, he also directed a roundtable discussion with the members of the research cluster on Ken MacLeod’s Fall Revolution quartet.


R. Brandon Kershner’s review of Judith Kitchen’s The House on Eccles Street appears in the latest James Joyce Quarterly (Summer 2005).


Tace Hedrick’s essay “Mãe é para isso (Mother is for This): Gender, Writing and English-Language Translation in Clarice Lispector” appears in Luso-Brazilian Review 41.2 (2005): 56–83.

In recognition of his contributions to world letters, Michael Hofmann has been elected as a Foreign Honorary Member to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

On April 22, Norman Holland gave a lecture to UF’s Language and Brain Group titled “Tickled Rats and Human Laughter.”

Mark A. Reid presented a paper titled “African American Female Protagonists on Film: Black Women in the City” at “The Black World: InnerSpace, InnerCity, InnerAction, InterNation,” held at l’Université François Rabelais, Tours, France, 21-24 April.

Malani Schueller presented a paper titled “Travel, Globalization and Imperialism in Contemporary Asian-American Narratives” at the Portugese Association of Anglo-American Studies Conference, held at the University of Minho, Portugal, April 22.

News of Current Students


Jessica Burstrem’s entry on World War II bond drives will appear in the Encyclopedia of the Home Front: World Wars I and II (forthcoming from ABC-CLIO in Winter 2005–2006).

Horacio Sierra’s article “La Leyenda Negra in British and American’s Children’s Literature: 1583 – Present” has been accepted for publication in Mester, UCLA’S Department of Spanish and Portuguese graduate student journal. It will appear in volume XXIV of the journal, to be published this fall.


Cathlena Martin’s review of Emma Wilson’s Cinema’s Missing Children appears in the Journal of Film and Video 57.1 (Spring 2005).


Amanda Davis’s essay “To Build a Nation: Black Women, Black Nationalism, and the Violent Reduction of Wholeness” has been accepted for publication in Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies, and appear in the Winter 2006 (January) issue. She presented a paper titled “Narrative (Dis)Placement: Testifying to ‘the’ Body in Autobiographies by Incarcerated Women” at the National Women’s Studies Association’s 2005 Annual Conference, held in Orlando, FL, June 10.

Denise Guidry presented a paper titled “Land/Body/Property: British Women Novelists and 18th and 19th Century Landscape Ideologies” at the National Women’s Studies Association’s 2005 Annual Conference.

These English graduate students presented papers at the 2005 Children’s Literature Association Conference held in Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada), June 9–12:

Aaron Talbot has been awarded the 2005 Horatio Alger Fellowship for the Study of American Popular Culture by Northern Illinois University. The Fellowship provides a $2000 stipend for scholars interested in UNI’s major holdings in American popular culture, including the Albert Johannsen Collection of more than 50,000 dime novels, and the nation’s preeminent collections related to Horatio Alger, Jr., and Edward Stratemeyer.


Antonio Garza won the AWP Intro Journals Award for Creative Non-Fiction for his story “With My Back to the Bulls.”

Aaron Shaheen has accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, beginning in the fall of 2005.


On April 27, these English graduate students received awards for excellence in teaching by UF’s University Writing Program:

News of Former Students


Afshin Hafizi (PhD, 2004) has accepted a Brittain Postdoctoral Fellowship in the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture at the Georgia Institute of Technology.


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