Spring 2009 Newsletter

News of Faculty

4/27/09

Sid Dobrin delivered the 2009 Holder Memorial Lecture at Nebraska Wesleyan University on April 22. His and Sean Morey’s collection Ecosee: Image, Rhetoric, Nature has been published by SUNY Press.

Pamela Gilbert’s essay “Feminism and the Canon: Recovery and Reconsideration of Popular Novelists” appears in Antifeminism and the Victorian Novel: Rereading Nineteenth Century Women Writers, ed. Tamara S. Wagner, (Cambria Press, 2009). 19-35.

Ed White’s translation of Hector St. John de Crevecoeur’s “Origin of the Settlement at Socialburg” appears in Early American Studies (Spring 2009).

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4/13/09

After presentations at both the Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels and the Marxist Reading Group’s annual conference, Phil Wegner gave the keynote address “Genre, Globalization, Politics: Toward a New Periodizing History of SF” at the University of Alabama, Huntsville’s first Graduate Student Conference. This event was organized by UF graduate, Eric Smith, now an assistant professor at UA, Huntsville.

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3/30/09

On March 6, Richard Burt presented “S(h)elf-Help: What’s the Matter with Materiality(?)” at the 2009 Digital Assembly Conference on “Discursive Treatments of Media and Materiality.” Also presenting papers at the Conference were Terry Harpold (“Arresting Fingers”) and Gregory Ulmer (“Avatar Heuretics”).

On March 18, Richard Burt presented “Final Ex-Termination? Reversing the Artwork, Rerouting the Train, and the (In)Termina(b)ly Missing Jewish Body,” as an invited lecture for UF’s Jewish Studies program.

Emeritus Professor Bernard Paris’s Bargains with Fate: Psychological Crises and Conflicts in Shakespeare and His Plays, originally published by Plenum in 1991, has been reissed in a paperbound edition (with a new Preface) by Transaction Publishers.

Chris Snodgrass’s essay “Keeping Faith: Consistency and Paradox in the World View of Michael Field” appears in Michael Field and Their World, eds. Margaret Stetz and Cheryl A. Wilson (Rivendale Press). 171–80. He reviews the Cambridge Companion to the Fin de Siècle, ed. Gail Marshall, in English Literature in Transition, 1880–1920 52.2 (Spring 2009): 231–36.

Phil Wegner’s essay “Jameson’s Modernisms or, the Desire Called Utopia” appears as the lead essay in Diacritics 37.4: 3–20.

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3/16/09

John Cech’s collection of Aesop’s Fables, with illustrations by the French artist Martin Jarrie, has been published by Sterling Publishing. The volume is a selection and retelling of 36 fables, from the hundreds attributed to Aesop, with a biographical/critical note about this oracular and elusive presence in Western literary history.

In “Tomorrow’s Literary Superstars Today,” David Leavitt and Subtropics receive high praise on The Daily Beast WWW site.

On March 6, Maureen Turim gave an invited lecture, “Visual Thinking of the Avant-Garde Film,” at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University. The lecture was part of the “Rudolf Arnheim: Art and the Moving Image” colloquium.

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3/02/09

Pamela Gilbert’s “The Idea of the City: Epilogue” appears in The Idea of the City, ed. Joan Fitzpatrick (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009). 199–205. Her review of Metropolis on the Styx: Underworlds of Urban Culture 1800–2001, by David Pike, appears in The London Journal 34.1 (2009): 76–77. Her review of Violent Women and Sensation Fiction, by Andrew Mangham, appears in Victorian Studies 51.1 (Autumn 2009): 158–59.

Terry Harpold’s essay “Squiggle Games” appears in Prepare for Pictopia, eds. Peter Thaler and Lars Denicke (Berlin: Pictoplasma Publishing, 2009). 62–65.

Emeritus Professor Norman Holland’s essay “Spider-Man? Sure! The Neuroscience of Suspending Disbelief,” appears in Interdisciplinary Science Reviews 33.4 (2008): 312–20.

R. Brandon Kershner’s chapter “Newspapers and Popular Culture” appears in James Joyce in Context, ed. John McCourt (Cambridge: CUP, 2009). 299–309.

Judith Page’s essay “Dorothy Wordsworth’s ‘gratitude to insensate things’: Gardening in the Grasmere Journals” appears in The Wordsworth Circle 39 (Winter/Spring 2008).

Gregory Ulmer’s “Chora Collaborations” appears in a special issue of Rhizomes 18 (2008) based on the Invent-L Conference, Gainesville (February 2007).

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2/16/09

Pamela Gilbert’s essay “History and Its Ends in Chartist Epic” appears in Victorian Literature and Culture 37 (2009): 27–42.

Andrew Gordon’s essay “When In Rome: Philip Roth’s Portnoy’s Complaint and Bernard Malamud’s Pictures of Fidelman” appears in Philip Roth Studies 4.1 (Spring 2008): 39–46, a special issue on Roth and Malamud.

Terry Harpold’s essay “Verne’s Errant Readers: Nemo, Clawbonny, Michel Dufrénoy” appears in Verniana 1 (2008–09): 31–42.

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2/02/09

On January 27, Roger Beebe appeared on NPR’s “Morning Edition” as part of a feature on the evolution of music video over the past two decades. The audio can be heard on NPR’s website. Since September 2007, he has continued to make and show films, with solo shows at Anthology Film Archives, Duke University, Pittsburgh Filmmakers, and elsewhere. His latest film, an 8-projector, 30-minute installation/performance called “Last Light from a Dying Star,” opened the MERGE VISUAL exhibition at the Museum of Arts & Science in Macon, Georgia in September 2008.

David Leavitt’s The Indian Clerk has been named as a winner of Italy's Premio Grinzane-Cavour for foreign literature.

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1/19/09

Marsha Bryant’s essay “Graduate Mentoring: A Poetics” appears in the collection Cary Nelson and the Struggle for the University: Poetry, Politics, and the Profession, eds. Michael Rothberg and Peter K. Garrett (SUNY Press, 2009).

Susan Hegeman presented “Culture, After All” at the 2008 Modern Language Association Convention. In October, at the Modernist Studies Association meeting in Nashville, she spoke on “The Speech of the People: Lardner and Middling American Modernism.“ “By Any Other Name,“ her response to Vincent Pecora’s essay “Culture as Theater/ Culture as Belief” appears in Criticism 49.3/4.

Emerita Professor Marie Nelson’s “Time and J.R.R. Tolkien’s ’Riddles in the Dark’” appears in Mythlore 27.1/2, (Fall/Winter 2008): 67–82.

Malini Johar Schueller’s book Locating Race: Global Sites of Post-Colonial Citizenship has been published by SUNY Press.

Roger Thompson returned from delivering lectures in Hong Kong, Macau and Manila on December 13. He gave presentations and workshops at the Philippine Normal University (sponsored by the Linguistic Society of the Philippines) and at the University of Macau, on methods of investigating how pop culture is influenced by English in the local media. At the 14th Conference of the International Association of World Englishes held at City University of Hong Kong December 1–5 he presented “Populism in Pop Culture: English in a Filipino Sitcom.” At the First International Conference on Popular Culture and Education in Asia (held December 11–13 at the Hong Kong Institute of Education), he spoke on “Pop Culture in English Commercials: Hidden Messages for Filipinos.”

Phillip Wegner presented two papers at the 2008 Modern Language Association Convention: “Joseph Conrad and the Dawn of the ‘Long Twentieth Century’,” for the Joseph Conrad Society session and “Alan Moore, ‘Secondary Literacy,‘ and the Modernism of the Graphic Novel,” for the Division on Popular Culture session. He also organized the panel “Storytelling in Contemporary Fantastic Literature,” chaired the meeting for the Discussion Group on Science Fiction and Utopian and Fantastic Literature, and was re-elected to the Delegate Assembly.

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1/05/09

At a special session of the 2008 Modern Language Association Covention titled “Disclaiming Shakespeare,” Richard Burt delivered a response “W., M.I.A., or How I Learned to Mis(s)read(ing) Shakespeare."

Sidney Homan’s A Fish in the Moonlight: Growing Up in the Bone Marrow Unit received an Honorable Mention in the annual New England Book Festival awards.

Mark A. Reid presented “The Blues Idiom in John A. Williams’s Clifford’s Blues” and chaired the panel “Race, Sexuality, and Masculinity in John A. Williams’s The Man Who Cried I Am and Clifford’s Blues” at the 2008 Modern Language Association Convention in San Francisco.

Beyond Douglass: New Perspectives on Early African-American Literature, co-edited by Ed White and Michael Drexler, has been published by Bucknell University Press. Ed White’s essay “Crevecoeur in Wyoming” recently appeared in Early American Literature, alongside a new translation of Crevecoeur’s “Forty-Nine Anecdotes.” His translation of “Origin of the Settlement at Socialburg” will appear in Early American Studies this winter.

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News of Current Students

4/27/09

Ramona Caponegro’s essay “Investigating Mysteries and Class in Three Series for Girls” appears in a special issue “The Girl Sleuth” of Clues: A Journal of Detection 27.1 (Spring 2009): 11–21. She served as the special assistant at the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Sara Dustin presented “Designing Web 2.0 Resources for the University Classroom” at the 2009 College English Association National Conference. Her paper was awarded an Honorable Mention for Outstanding Paper Presented by a Graduate Student.

Carolyn A. Kelley was named a finalist for the Madelyn Lockhart Fellowship.

Amy Robinson’s essay “Margaret Oliphant’s Miss Marjoribanks: A Victorian Emma” appears in Persuasions 30: 67–75.

John Tinnell presented “Scripting the Sublime: Reading Postwar Drama with Lyotard” at Literature Since 1800: Transitions, Translations, and Transmission held at the University of South Carolina.

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4/13/09

Daniel Brown’s review of The Dao of Rhetoric by Stephen C. Combs appears in Issues in Writing 17.1/2 (2007/2008).

Cari Keebaugh presented “‘History, True or Feigned’: An Investigation of Young Adult Historical Fantasy Literature” at the 2009 International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts in Orlando. She presented “‘Dragonology’ and Children’s Literature: A Revisionist History” at the Eighth Biennial Conference on Modern Critical Approaches to Children’s Literature in Nashville.

Amy Robinson’s review of Peter Graham’s Jane Austen & Charles Darwin: Naturalists and Novelists, “A Conversation Between Austen and Darwin,” appears in JASNA News 25.1 (Spring 2009). Amy has accepted a Visiting Assistant Professor of Literature position at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL.

Kevin Sherman presented “Uncertain Visible Evidence: Assessing the Pedagogical Function of Documentary in the Digital Age” at Teachers, Teaching, and the Movies: Representations and Pedagogy in Film, Television, and New Media held at Saint Mary’s College of California.

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3/30/09

Daniel Brown’s review of Philip Davis’s Why Victorian Literature Still Matters, “The Autobiography of a Neo-Victorian,” appears in Neo-Victorian Studies 2:1 (Winter 2008/2009).

Lisa Dusenberry presented “The Girl Sleuth in the Archive: Redeploying Nancy as a ‘new story for today’s readers’” at the Modern Critical Approaches to Children’s Literature Conference, held in Nashville, TN. Her review of Kathryn C. Montgomery's Generation Digital: Politics, Commerce, and Childhood in the Age of the Internet appears in the Research Center for Cyberculture Studies Book Reviews.

Elise Takehana organized the 2009 Digital Assembly Conference “Discursive Treatments of Media and Maeriality.” Department of English graduate students presenting papers at the conference included Marina Hassapopoulou (“Spoiling _Heroes_, Enhancing our Viewing Pleasure: NBC’s Heroes as a Case Study of how Digital ‘Prosumption’ is Re-Shaping the Televisual Landscape”), Gary Hink (“Flat screens: Grainy Text-ure?”), Aron Pease (“Instead of Writing People and Technologies: The Numerical Image and the Remediation of the Human Motor”), and Phil Sandifer (“Do These Things Actually Serve Any Purpose at All? Puzzle Games and the Creation of Computing”).

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

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3/16/09

Stephanie Boluk and Wylie Lenz presented “Media, Capitalism, and Infection” at the 2009 Rhetorics of Plague Symposium held at University at Albany-SUNY.

Marlo David has accepted the position of Assistant Professor (tenure track) of English and Women’s Studies at Purdue University.

Emily Kissell’s short story “Fencing Lessons” appears in The Battered Suitcase (March 2009).

Marlon Moore has accepted a tenure track position in the English Department at University of North Carolina-Wilmington.

Jeff Rice presented “Writing Logics of Resistance: Critical Theory, Globalization, and Post-Humanism in Composition Studies” at the 2009 Conference on College Composition and Communication in San Francisco.

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3/02/09

Wesley Beal’s essay “‘Reassuringly Strange and Safely Subversive’: American Exceptionalism and the Complicit Postcolonialism of Blade Runner” appears in Interdisciplinary Literary Studies 10.1 (Fall 2008).

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2/16/09

Lisa Dusenberry and Cathlena Martin’s essay “Wiki Lore and Politics in the Classroom” appears in the collection Wiki Writing: Collaborative Learning in the College Classroom , eds. Robert E. Cummings and Matt Barton (University of Michigan Press, 2009).

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2/02/09

Anthony Luebbert’s short story “Just So You Understand” has been accepted for publication by The New York Tyrant. His short story “Mashed” appears in No Colony 002.

Horacio Sierra’s entry “National Coalition of American Nuns” appears in The Encyclopedia of Gender and Society, ed. Jodi O'Brien (SAGE Publications, 2009).

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News of Former Students

4/27/09

Saara Myrene Raappana’s (MFA, 2007) poem “72-Hour Observation Journal for Dr. Saper” appears in RHINO (2009).

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4/13/09

Saara Myrene Raappana’s (MFA, 2007) review of C.D. Wright’s Rising, Falling, Hovering appears in the American Book Review (March/April 2009).

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3/16/09

Scott Balcerzak (PhD, 2008) has accepted the position Assistant Professor of English (tenure track), specializing in Film and Literature, at Northern Illinois University.

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3/02/09

Lisa Hager (PhD, 2008) has accepted the position of Assistant Professor of English (tenure track) at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha.

Greg Scherban’s (MFA, 2007) story “Revelations” appears in The Greensboro Review (Spring 2009).

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2/02/09

Kenneth Chan’s essay “Cultural Misrecognition: A Post-9/11 Rereading of Timothy Mo’s Sour Sweet” appears in the collection British Asian Fiction: Framing the Contemporary. He has contributed an entry on “Queer Identity and Politic” to The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Asian-American Literature.

Eric Otto’s encyclopedia articles on environmental science fiction and Sally Miller Gearhart appear in Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy, ed. Robin Reid (Greenwood, 2009).

Saara Myrene Raappana’s poem “Deer Blind” appears in Sotto Voce (Winter 2009).

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1/19/09

Justin Taylor (BA, 2004) has signed with Harper Perennial for two books. The first is a collection of stories, Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever, to be followed by an untitled novel. Taylor’s short story “The Jealousy of Angels” was anthologized in Best of the Web 2008 and his essay “Fort Smith, Arkansas—A Monologue” was cited in Best American Essays 2007. Eva Talmadge (BA, 2003) at the Emma Sweeney Agency made the world English rights sale.

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1/05/09

After a career spent working for the 8th District Medical Examiner’s Office, Albert Isaac (BA, 1983) has returned to writing and photography. In 2005, he published his first novel, Endless. His writing pursuits led to various freelancing opportunities and to Tower Publications Inc., where he is now Editor-In-Chief. As editor, Isaac oversees Senior Times and Our Town Magazines. He is working on a sequel to his novel and is planning to write a novel about his experiences in the intriguing and gruesome field of forensic death investigation.

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