Fall 2009 Newsletter

News of Faculty

12/14/09

Richard Burt’s essay “Mobilizing Foreign Shakespeares in Media” appears in Shakespeare in Hollywood, Asia, and Cyberspace, eds. Alexander C. Y. Huang and Charles Ross (Purdue University Press, 2009), 231–38.

In November, Susan Hegeman was a panel discussant on “New Depression Studies in the New New Deal” at the American Studies Association meeting in Washington DC.

Gregory Ulmer’s “The Learning Screen” appears as a chapter of Networked: a (networked_book) about (networked_art). The book was featured on the discussion list Empyre: Soft_Skinned_Space during the month of October.

Phil Wegner’s essay “‘The Dead are Our Redeemers’: Culture, Belief, and United 93” appears in American Multiculturalism After 9/11: Transatlantic Perspectives, eds. Derek Rubin and Jaap Verheul (Amsterdam University Press, 2009), 81–92.

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11/30/09

Richard Burt delivered “Missing Shakespeare’s Corpus: Spectral Media, Mourning, and the Incomplete Works of Material Culture” for a “Shakespeare and Culture” Conference keynote address at the Taiwan National University.

On October 27th, John Cech participated in a special screening and panel discussion of Spike Jonze’s revisioning of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are at Harvard University. The other members of the panel were Maria Tatar (author of Enchanted Hunters, The Power of Stories in Childhood) and Gregory Macguire (author of Wicked). Cech was interviewed by Slate.com and was a guest, with NPR’s Bob Mondello, for an hour-long conversation on the public radio station RadioWest/KUER in conjunction with the premier of the movie.

Malini Schueller’s essay “‘Traveling Back’ to India: Globalization as Imperialism in Pico Iyer’s Video Night in Kathmandu” appears in Journeys: The International Journal of Travel and Travel Writing 10.1 (2009): 29–50.

Maureen Turim’s chapter “Movies and Divine Stars, Defining Gender” appears in American Cinema of the 1920s: Themes and Variations, ed. Lucy Fischer (Rutgers University Press). Her chapter “Avant-garde Film” appears in The Routledge Companion to Philosophy and Film, eds. Paisley Livingston and Carl Plantinga.

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11/16/09

With Arthur B. Evans (DePauw University), Rob Latham (UC Riverside), and George Slusser (UC Riverside), Terry Harpold is co-editor of a Special Sequence of Verniana (2009–10), collecting a dozen selected papers originally presented at the 2009 J. Lloyd Eaton Science Fiction Conference, “Extraordinary Voyages: Jules Verne & Beyond.”

On November 5, Judith Page lectured on “Shylock’s Turquoise Ring: Jane Austen, Romanticism, and Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice” at the Higgins School of Humanities, Clark University, Worcester, MA.

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11/02/09

John Cech’s retelling of the E.T.A. Hoffmann 1816 story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” has been published by Sterling Publishing. The book is illustrated by the French artist Eric Puybaret. On August 30th, Cech presented the lecture “Picture Books, in the Abstract” for the Harn Museum’s exhibition of the art of Esphyr Slobodkina. A chapter by Cech appears in Everything I Need to Know I Learned From A Children’s Book (Roaring Brook Press), ed. Anita Silvey.

Gregory Ulmer’s essay “The Object of Post-Criticism,” originally published in The Anti-Aesthetic (1983), was translated into French and published in Images et (Re)Présentations: Les Années 1980, Seconde Partie (bilingual edition), in Magasin: Centre National d’Art Contemporain de Grenoble (2009): 12–47.

Phil Wegner had an exceptionally busy Halloween weekend at the Thirty-fourth Annual Conference of the Society for Utopian Studies. He presented “‘The Mysterious Qualities of This Alleged Void’: Transvaluation and Utopian Urbanism in Rem Koolhaas’s S,M,L,XL,” served as one of the respondents to Fredric Jameson’s keynote presentation, chaired a panel on Las Vegas that saw the premiere of a new major research project by Susan Willis and Jane Kuenz, witnessed exceptional presentations by current and former graduate students, Stephanie Boluk and Nicole Larose (PhD, 2006), had the honor of presenting Fredric Jameson with the Society’s Lyman Tower Sargent Award for Distinguished Scholarship. Finally, he was elected the President-Elect of the Society, and he would like to invite all our colleagues and students past and present to submit an essay to next year’s meeting to be held October 29–31 in Milwaukee.

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10/19/09

From September 4 to October 12, Roger Beebe showed a program of his recent multi-projector films on a 20-city tour that took him from Gainesville to Duluth, MN and back. Screenings were held at various venues including the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Iowa, and the McKinney Avenue Contemporary in Dallas. He’ll be concluding the tour with a stop at UCF on October 30 and a final show at the Harn Museum on November 3. For more information on the films and the tour, see <http://www.clas.ufl.edu/users/rogerbb/films/fall09tour.pdf>.

Marsha Bryant’s response “Counter-Intuitive Innovation” appears in the forum “Making It New: Innovative Approaches to Teaching Modernism” in Modernism/modernity 16.3 (September 2009): 482–84.

Last month, Pamela Gilbert visited the UK, where she served as external examiner for a PhD at Sheffield, finalized copyediting queries for a scholarly edition of a novel, and gave an inaugural keynote address for the Victorian Popular Fiction Association Conference at University College London, titled “‘Only Popular’: Thoughts toward a Reappraisal of the Victorian Novel.”

On September 10 Andrew Gordon presented “‘Oy, a Mormon’: Jews and Mormons in Tony Kushner’s Angels in America” at the American Literature Association Conference on Jewish American Literature in Salt Lake City. He chaired a panel on “Maus and Beyond: Jewish Comic Books” at the same conference.

Tace Hedrick’s essay “Queering the Cosmic Race: Esotericism, Mestizaje, and Sexuality in the Work of Gabriela Mistral and Gloria Anzaldúa” appears in Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies 34.2 (Fall 2009): 67–98.

Padgett Powell is profiled in the October 18, 2009 issue of the New York Times Magazine.

Malini J. Schueller’s essay “Decolonizing Global Theories Today: Hardt and Negri, Agamben, Butler” appears in Interventions 11.2 (2009): 235–54.

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10/05/09

On August 1 in Woodstock, CT, John Cech gave a talk on the late, celebrated New England storyteller, Princess Red Wing, at the annual summer Pow-Wow of the Pokanoket Tribe. The Pokanokets (also known as the Wampanoags) were the Native Americans who celebrated the first Thanksgiving with the English colonists. Princess Red Wing was a direct descendent of one of their early leaders, Metacom (“King Philip”). Over the years, Cech has interviewed and written articles on Princess Red Wing, and he has produced “Recess!” radio segments using portions of his audio interviews with her. Cech and the Center for Children’s Literature and Culture are assisting the Pokanoket Tribal Council to develop an archive of materials related to Princess Red Wing for future biographical works about her. Preceding Cech’s presentation, he was officially adopted by the tribe, undergoing purification with sacred smoke (“smudging”), and given the tribal name “Many Arrows.”

The PsyArt Foudation has published Norman Holland’s Literature in the Brain.

Ed White’s essay “The Pequot Conspirator” appears in American Literature 81.3.

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9/07/09

Richard Burt’s “‘Being your slave’: Not Citing Sonnets 57 and 58 and the ‘TraUmisSion’ of Race in the United States,” appears in Shakespeare’s Sonnets Global, eds. Manfred Pfister and Jürgen Gutsch (2009). 181–92.

In June, Tace Hedrick presented “Walter Mercado and Queering Oriental Mysticism” at the international conference of the Latin American Studies Association (Rio de Janiero).

On May 21, Scott Nygren presented “Yoshida’s Political Purgatory” and Maureen Turim presented “Desire, Filmic Experimentation, and Political Expression in Japan and China, 1960–2000” at Josai International University (Tokyo). These papers were originally part of the 2009 Conference by the Society of Cinema and Media Studies, “SCMS@50, Mobilizing the Future/Screening the Past,” which was cancelled at the last minute due to onerous restrictions by the Japanese government regarding the H1N1 flu. An alternative conference with 200 international scholars took place instead.

Judith Page presented “Writing from Chawton: The Garden in Mansfield Park” at New Directions in Austen Studies, July 9–11, at Chawton House in the UK. Her review of Nadia Valman’s The Jewess in Nineteenth Century British Literary Culture appears in Women’s Writing 16 (2009).

Mark A. Reid’s review of Cedric Robinson’s Forgeries of Memory and Meaning: Blacks and the Regimes of Race in American Theater and Film before World War II appears in The North Carolina Historical Review 86.3 (July 2009): 368–69.

Dangerous Professors: Academic Freedom and the National Security Campus (co-edited by Malini J. Schueller and Ashley Dawson) has been published by the University of Michigan Press.

Phil Wegner’s essay “Darko Suvin (1930–)” appears in Fifty Key Figures in Science Fiction, ed. Mark Bould, et al (Routledge).

Ed White’s edition of Hugh Henry Brackenridge’s novel Modern Chivalry (1792–1815) has been published by Hackett Press.

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News of Current Students

12/14/09

James Davis’s story “Bible Adventures” appears as a “web exclusive” in American Short Fiction.

Phil Sandifer’s article “Avatari: Disruption and Imago in Video Games” appears in Digital Humanities Quarterly.

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11/30/09

Many Department of English graduate students presented at the 81st Annual South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference in Atlanta, November 6–8.

Ramona Caponegro’s essay “Where the ‘Bad’ Girls Are (Contained): Representations of the 1950s Female Juvenile Delinquent in Children’s Literature and Ladies’ Home Journal" appears in Children’s Literature Association Quarterly (Winter 2009): 312–29.

Shaun Duke presented “Fabricated Histories and Non-nationalist Identities”at the 2009 EGO conference. Duke has released the first issue of Survival By Storytelling, a magazine that publishes fiction and poetry exclusively by young writers (25 and under).

Rachel Khong’s story “Arizona” appears as a “web exclusive” in American Short Fiction.

Elise Takehana’s “Legitimizing the Artist: Avant-Garde Utopianism and Relational Aesthetics” appears in Shift 2 (2009).

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11/16/09

Stephanie Boluk received the Bruns Graduate Student Essay award, presented by N. Katherine Hayles, at the 2009 SLSA in Atlanta.

Lisa Dusenberry presented “The Handheld Sleuth: Mystery Series, HerInteractive, and the Nintendo DS” at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) Convention in Atlanta, GA. She was confirmed as the secretary of the SAMLA Children’s Literature Discussion Circle for 2010.

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

Horacio Sierra’s review of Ana de San Bartolomé: Autobiography and Other Writings, edited and translated by Darcy Donahue, appears in Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal 4 (2009): 284–86.

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11/02/09

J. Stephen Addcox presented “The Memorial Manor House: Charlotte Smith’s The Old Manor House and the Right of Property through Memory” at the South Central Modern Language Association’s conference in Baton Rouge, LA.

Wesley Beal’s essay “Conspiracy, Theory, Genre: Collecting, the Paralysis of Interpretation, and Lyrical Truth in John Sayles’s Silver City” appears in Genre 41 (Spring/Summer 2008): 151–69.

Daniel Brown presented “‘Not as She Was’: Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Realism and Photography” at the “Creativity and the Arts in Victorian Culture” conference sponsored by the Victorians Institute at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC, October 16–17.

Thomas Cole presented “The Prisoner of Indefinite Detention in Kafka and Gitmo: The Kafkaesque Space for Punishment, Law and the Individual” at the South Central Modern Language Association’s conference as part of a panel on German Literature in the 20th century in Baton Rouge, LA. Cole was elected Secretary for the upcoming year’s session. In March, Cole presented “Bodies, Bikinis and Bombs: Conflating Body, Space and Land as the Culturally Marked” as part of a panel on science fiction and gender at the 8th Biennial Associated Colleges of the South Conference, held in Memphis, TN.

Chad Newsom presented “Long Lost Film Theory” at the South Central Modern Language Association’s conference in Baton Rouge, LA.

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10/19/09

Kristin Allukian presented “Women of the Brotherhood: Gender, Class and the American City in George Lippard’s The Quaker City” at the New England American Studies Association’s Annual Meeting in Lowell, MA.

Eric Doise’s “Unorthodox Iconography: Russian Orthodox Icons in Battleship Potemkin” appears in Film Criticism (Spring 2009).

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9/07/09

J. Stephen Addcox’s essay “Inoculation and Empire: Cigarette’s Healing Power in Ouida's Under Two Flags” appears in Victorian Network 1.1: 22–38.

Wesley Beal’s essay “Theorising Connectivity: the Form and Ideology of the Network Narrative” appears in Networks of Design (2009), the conference proceedings of the 2008 Design History Society conference.

Jeff Rice’s essay “Devising Collective Knowledges for the Technical Writing Classroom: A Course-Based Approach to Using Web 2.0 Writing Technologies in Collaborative Work” appears in IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication 52.3 (September 2009): 303–15.

Horacio Sierra’s essay “Convents as Feminist Utopias: Margaret Cavendish’s The Convent of Pleasure and the Potential of Closeted Dramas and Communities” appears in Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 38.6 (2009): 647–69.

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News of Former Students

12/14/09

Melissa Garcia’s (MFA, 2007) poems “Apple” and “Invective” appear in Alimentum: The Literature of Food 9 (Winter 2010). She is currently working at Florida Atlantic University as an instructor in the English department.

Eric Otto’s co-authored essay “Creating a Culture of Sustainability: Infusing Sustainability into the Humanities” appears in the Journal of Education for Sustainable Development, 3.2 (2009).

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11/30/09

John Summerfield (BA, 2001) is an editor and publisher for New Plains Press and works as a part-time lecturer at Columbus State University. The Press has just released Rest in Black Haw by Emily Elizabeth Schulten and Threading Stone by Scott Wilkerson. Summerfield thanks all of his former professors for their dedication.

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11/16/09

Eric Otto’s “On the Fakahatchee and Susan Orlean’s The Orchid Thief: An Interview with Mike Owen, a Park Biologist” appears in Interdisciplinary Literary Studies 10.2.

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10/19/09

Mary Beth Ferda’s (MFA 2009) poem “Bradford County Fair in the Daytime” appeared in the May 22, 2009 issue of the Times Literary Supplement.

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10/05/09

Kenneth Chan’s (PhD, 1999) book Remade in Hollywood: The Global Chinese Presence in Transnational Cinemas has been published by Hong Kong University Press (2009).

Capers Jones’s (MA, 1961) 16th book, Software Engineering Best Practices, is being published in October of 2009 by McGraw Hill. His 15th book, Applied Software Measurement (3rd edition), and his 14th book, Estimating Software Costs (2nd edition), were published by McGraw Hill in 2008 and are available in Chinese and Japanse editions. His 13th book, The History and Future of Narragansett Bay, was published in 2006 by Universal Press. It is also available in an Amazon Kindle edition. Jones founded and was the chairman of Software Productivity Research, Inc. in Cambridge, MA, and is now an international consultant and speaker on software engineering and project management topics. He and his wife live in Narragansett, RI, and he is a member of the New England Antiquities Research Association (NEARA) as well as several software professional associations.

Oindrila Mukherjee (MFA, 2004) recently earned her PhD from University of Houston and is now a creative writing fellow at Emory University. Her story “The Way to Cook Fish” has been shortlisted for the Eric Hoffer Award.

Dave Reidy’s (MFA, 2006) short story “Chasing Cars” appears on Granta.com.

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