Fall 2008 Newsletter

News of Faculty

12/08/08

Terry Harpold’s book Ex-foliations: Reading Machines and the Upgrade Path has been published by the University of Minnesota Press.

11/24/08

On October 30, Andrew Gordon presented “Spielberg’s Scientists” at the Film and History conference in Chicago.

Brandon Kershhner’s chapter “Modernity, Postmodernity and Popular Culture” appears in Modernism, eds. Astradur Eysteinsson and Vivian Lisca (John Benjamins, 2007), which has won the Modernist Studies Association Book Prize.

On November 2, William Logan’s review of the Elizabeth Bishop/Robert Lowell correspondence appeared on the cover of the New York Times Book Review. He read this fall at the University of the South and the University of Cincinnati and gave a weeklong series of workshops at Miami University. His piece on reviewing Hart Crane appears in Poetry (October 2008).

Phil Wegner led a seminar, “Late Modernism, Past and Present,” at the 10th Annual Conference of the Modernist Studies Association held in Nashville, TN. The seminar included as an invited guest the conference’s keynote speaker, Fredric Jameson.

11/10/08

Tace Hedrick’s essay “Queering the Cosmic Race: Esotericism, Mestizaje, and Sexuality in the Work of Gabriela Mistral and Gloria Anzaldúa” will appear in Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies (Fall 2009).

On October 30, Gregory L. Ulmer presented the lecture “Writing to Avatar” and met with graduate students at the University of Texas at Austin’s Computers and Writing Research Lab.

Phil Wegner presented “‘An Unfinished Project that Was Also a Missed Opportunity’: Utopia and Alternate History in Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro” at the Thirty-third Annual Conference of the Society for Utopian Studies, held in Portland, Maine. This essay will appear in a forthcoming special issue of ImageText, “Anime and Utopia.” He also had the great privilege to serve as the presenter of the Society’s Lyman Tower Sargent Award for Distinguished Scholarship to Dr. Kenneth Roemer.

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10/27/08

Malini Johar Schueller presented “Neoliberal Feminism, Post-Orientalism and Imperialism“ at the American Studies Association meeting in Albuquerque. The talk was part of a panel on the 30th anniversary of the publication of Edward Said’s Orientalism.

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10/13/08

Pamela Gilbert’s “Sex and the Modern City: English Studies and The Spatial Turn” appears in The Spatial Turn, eds. Barney Warf and Santa Arias (Routledge, 2008). 102–121.

On October 4, Terry Harpold gave a keynote address, “Pour un auteur mondial, une collection mondiale” [“For a world author, a world collection”] at the opening ceremony of L’Espace Jules Verne, a new permanent exhibit and research center of the Maison d’Ailleurs [House of Elsewhere], Europe’s foremost museum of science fiction and film, located in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland. On October 5, he moderated an international symposium on Verne (which he also organized) in honor of Jean-Michel Margot, whose collection of Verniana is the core of the EJV. Ten scholars from five countries presented papers at the symposium, including Professor Harpold, who spoke on “Showing Reading: Images of Readers in the Illustrated Voyages extraordinaires.”

On October 4, Professor Emerita Marie Nelson and Caroline Dennis (MA, 1983) presented “Lacnunga 17: A Remedy for Wounds? Answers from the Cadfael Chronicles and Beyond” at the Southeastern Medieval Association conference in St. Louis, Missouri. Nelson’s recent publications include “Thomas Berger (1924–),” Arthurian Writers, eds. Larua Cooner Lambdin and Robert Thomas Lambdin (Westport, Connecticut and London: Greenwood Press, 2008); “‘The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth Beorhthelm’s Son’: J.R.R. Tolkien’s Sequel to ‘The Battle of Maldon,’’ Mythlore 26.3/4 (Spring/Summer 2008); “The Authority of the Spoken Word: Speech Acts in Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court,” Oral Tradition, 23.1 (March 2008); and “John Gardner’s Grendel: A Story Retold and Transformed in the Process,” Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts 18.3 (2007).

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09/29/08

Pamela Gilbert recently completed four conference presentations in August and September. She spoke at two conferences on Ouida: “Ouida: The Reluctant Pilgrim” in Bagni di Luca, and the “Ouida Centenary Conference,” for which she was a keynote speaker. She also presented papers on the history of the skin and blushing at the British Association for Victorian Studies in Leicester and at the “Bodies and Things” conference in Oxford.

On September 13, Andrew Gordon delivered the keynote address, “Alternate Jewish History: Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America and Michael Chabon’s The Yiddish Policemen’s Union,” at the American Literature Association Conference on Jewish-American Literature in Salt Lake City.

Terry Harpold’s essay “Screw the Grue: Mediality, Metalepsis, Recapture” appears in Playing the Past: History and Nostalgia in Video Games, eds. Zach Whalen and Laurie N. Taylor (Vanderbilt University Press, 2008). 91–108.

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09/15/08

Terry Harpold’s essay “Jules Vernes vroege poëzie [Jules Verne’s Early Poetry]” appears in “Jeugdherinneringen” en andere texten [“Memories of Childhood and Youth” and Other Texts], ed. Garmt de Vries-Uiterweerd, trans. Hein Wernik and Garmt de Vries-Uiterweerd (Dordrecht: Jules Verne Genootschap, 2008), 29–33.

Judith Page presented “Grace Aguilar’s Victorian Romanticism” at the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism in Toronto, in a special session on “New Directions in Nineteenth-Century Anglo-Jewish Writing.”

Malini Johar Schueller’s essay “Orientalizing American Studies” appears in American Quarterly 60.2 (June 2008): 481–89.

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09/01/08

Andrew Gordon and Norman Holland organized the 25th annual International Conference on Literature and Psychology, held July 2–6 at the Instituto Superior de Psicologia Aplicada in Lisbon, Portugal. 60 papers were presented by conferees from Portugal, Italy, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Hungary, Greece, Denmark, Finland, and Japan. Also attending from the University of Florida was Luis Alvarez-Castro (Romance Languages), who spoke on “The Role of the Reader in Unamuno’s Metafictions.” Gordon spoke on “Time and Waste in Malamud’s The Assistant.” A conference highlight was the closing panel on “Norman Holland and Psychoanalytic Theory,” a tribute to his long career and lasting influence on the field. Holland was the respondent to the panel. The next International Conference on Literature and Psychology will be held July 1–5, 2009 at the University of Viterbo, Italy. For details, contact Gordon at <agordon@ufl.edu>.

Sidney Homan reviews Scott Newstok’s Kenneth Burke on Shakespeare in South Atlantic Bulletin 72.4 (Fall 2007): 151–56.

Mark A. Reid chaired the “Wright and Paris” panel and presented “Richard Wright, Paris, and a PostNegritude Interrogation: Immigration, Homeless Lands, and Borderless Crossings” at the Celebrating 100 Years of Richard Wright: International Centennial Conference at the American University of Paris. Reid’s memorial to the deceased African American documentary filmmaker St. Clair Bourne appears in the journal Black Camera 22:2/23:1 (Spring 2008): 96–97. He has been appointed to the Editorial Board of the film journal Screening Noir.

Jodi Schorb has been named an Andrew W. Mellon 2008–2009 Research Fellow by the Library Company of Philadelphia and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania for her project, “Incomplete Sentences: The Role of Literacy in Pennsylvania Prison Reform, 1787–1850.” This summer, her essay “Seeing Other-Wise: Reading a Pequot Execution Narrative” and edited MS of “The Confession and Dying Warning of Katherine Garret” were published in Early Native Literacies in New England: A Documentary and Critical Anthology, eds. Kristina Bross and Hilary Wyss (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2008).

The poetry of the fifteenth issue of Two Lines: World Literature in Translation, titled “Strange Harbors,” was edited by Sidney Wade. Over the summer, she read and conducted a workshop at Rutgers/Camden’s Summer Literary Seminars, read from her new book, Stroke, in Kadir Has University’s Culture and the Arts Series (Istanbul), and read Turkish poetry in translation and conducted a Translation Workshop with the Center for the Art of Translation in San Francisco.

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News of Current Students

11/24/08

These undergraduate English majors have been elected to UF’s chapter of the national honor society Phi Beta Kappa:

11/10/08

Cari Keebaugh presented “The Past as Product: The Elusive Genre of Young Adult Historical Fantasy” at the 2008 EGO Conference, “Cultural Currency & Literary Exchange: Cultivating Texts as Commodity.”

Jeff Rice’s “Our Impossible Failings: The Rhetoric of Historical Representation, Ideological Fantasy, and Subjectivity in Ken Burns’s Jazz” appears in Violating Time: History, Memory and Nostalgia in Cinema, ed. Christina Lee (Continuum Books, 2008).

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10/27/08

Sara Dustin’s review essay of Sharon Marcus’s Between Women: Friendship, Desire, and Marriage in Victorian England appears in the Journal of Victorian Culture 13.2 (Autumn 2008): 317–22.

Horacio Sierra presented “The Role of Women’s Discourse, Men’s Honor, and Domestic Abuse in María de Zayas’s The Disenchantments of Love” at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference in St. Louis, MO, October 23–26.

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10/13/08

Amy Robinson presented “Margaret Oliphant’s Miss Marjoribanks: A Victorian Emma” at the 30th Annual General Meeting of the Jane Austen Society of North America in Chicago, October 2–5.

Matt Snyder presented “Lacan, Heidegger, Beowulf: Grendel at the Threshold (of ‘Language’)” at the October meeting of the UF Medieval and Early Modern Studies Center's Stammtisch Graduate Talk Series.

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9/29/08

Sean Fenty’s essay “Why Old School is ‘Cool’: A Brief Analysis of Classic Video Game Nostalgia” appears in Playing the Past: History and Nostalgia in Video Games, eds. Zach Whalen and Laurie N. Taylor (Vanderbilt University Press, 2008). 19–31.

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9/15/08

Carrie Bolte presented “Jane Austen and the Domestic Traveler” to the Gainesville Chapter of the Jane Austen Society on September 13.

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News of Former Students

12/08/08

Merrill Joan Gerber’s (BA, 1959) newest novel, The Victory Gardens of Brooklyn, has been published by Syracuse University Press. She studied fiction writing with Andrew Lytle at UF, has published 27 books, and now teaches writing at California Institute of Technology. Her novel Glimmering Girls is set in Gainesville in the fiftes.

11/24/08

Colette Mullaney Bancroft (MA, 1975) is the book editor of the St. Petersburg Times and a member of the National Book Critics Circle. She publishes two weekly columns, “Forward Thinking” and “Notable,” and she has interviewed a number of authors for the Times, including former UF professor Harry Crews, UF alum Michael Connelly, 2008 National Book Award winner Peter Matthiessen, E.L. Doctorow, Jim Harrison, Dennis Lehane, Susan Orlean, Richard Price, Jane Smiley, Sara Gruen, Maya Angelou, Anne Rice and many others.

Georgia Gelmis’s (MFA, 2007) poem “E.M. Forster Eats Conch in Key West, 1909” will appear in Main Channel Voices (Winter 2009).

10/27/08

Kenneth Chan’s (PhD, 1999) essay “Rice Sticking Together: Cultural Nationalist Logic and the Cinematic Representations of Gay Asian-Caucasian Relationships and Desire” appears in Discourse: Journal of Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture 28.2/3 (2008): 178–96.

David Johansson’s (BA, 1986) new novel, Skin of Sunset, will be published this spring by Squire Press. The novel is dedicated to his former mentor, Harry Crews.

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09/29/08

Kenneth Chan’s (PhD, 1999) essay “Tactics of Tears: Excess/Erasure in the Gay Chinese Melodramas of Fleeing by Night and Lan Yu” appears in Camera Obscura 23.2 (2008): 141–66.

Laurie N. Taylor (PhD, 2006) and Zach Whalen (PhD, 2008) are co-editors of Playing the Past: History and Nostalgia in Video Games, just published by Vanderbilt University Press.

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9/15/08

Georgia Gelmis’s (MFA, 2007) poem “How To Get Across the Room” has been accepted for publication by RHINO (Spring 2009).

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9/01/08

Greg Scherban’s (MFA, 2007) short story “Dangerous Men” appears in Pisgah Review (Summer 2008).

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