Fall 2010 Newsletter

News of Faculty

12/6/10

Michael Hofmann has been invited to join the German Academy – die deutsche Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung – as a corresponding (i.e., based abroad) member.

Brandon Kershner’s book The Culture of Joyce’s “Ulysses” has been published by Palgrave-Macmillan.

Mark A. Reid’s “Reading Clifford’s Blues and Blacks in Germany in PostNegritude Time” appears in From Black to Schwarz: Cultural Crossovers between African America and Germany, eds. Maria I. Diedrich and Jürgen Heinrichs (Berlin: LIT verlag Berlin-Hamburg-Münster, 2010).

Ed White’s essay “Divided We Stand: Emergent Conservatism in Royall Tyler’s The Algerine Captive” appears in the relaunch issue of Studies in American Fiction (Spring 2010). His essay “The Theory Gap,” co-authored with Michael Drexler, appears in Early American Literature 45.2 and American Literary History 22.2, as part of joint roundtable issues on Early American Studies.

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11/22/10

Emeritus Professor Andrew Gordon’s essay “Mailer Encounters,” about his meetings over the years with Norman Mailer, appears in The Mailer Review 4.1 (Fall 2010): 396–407.

Scott Nygren presented “Translations of the Visual: Cinema = Painting = Cinema” at the English Graduate Organization Conference “From Here to There and Back Again: Allusion, Adaptation and Appropriation” (October 21, UF). He presented “Bodies and Borders: The Films of Apichatpong Weerasethakul” at Graduate Film Studies Group Conference “Film & Philosophy: How Films Think” (November 7, UF).

Judith Page’s review of Kevin Gilmartin’s Writing against Revolution: Literary Conservatism in Britain, 1790–1832 (Cambridge, 2007) appears in Modern Philology 108 (August 2010): E49–52. Her essay “Writing a Book Together,” co-written with Elise L. Smith, appears in The Chronicle of Higher Education (November 26, 2010).

Phil Wegner presented “‘The Great Sea Voyage which Marriage Can Be’: Repetition, Love, and Concrete Utopia in 50 First Dates” at the Thirty-fifth Annual Conference of the Society for Utopian Studies (Milwaukee, WI). The conference marked the start of Wegner’s first term as the Society’s president.

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11/8/10

Barbara Mennel’s “Cinema Stars in Europe,” a review of Tytti Soila’s Stellar Encounters: Stardom in Popular European Cinema, appears on H-Net Reviews (October 2010).

Phil Wegner’s essay “Alan Moore, ‘Secondary Literacy,’ and the Modernism of the Graphic Novel” appears in ImageTexT 5.3.

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10/25/10

Richard Burt’s essay “Digital Film, Asianization, and the Transational Film Remake: Alluding to Shakespeare in L'Appartement, The King Is Alive, Wicker Park, A Time to Love, and University of Laughs” appears in Shakespeare Yearbook 17, a special issue on “Shakespeare in China,” ed. Yang Lingui (2010): 45–77.

“‘Splat! Crack!’”, Terry Harpold’s review of Craig Yoe’s Secret Identity: The Fetish Art of Superman’s Co-Creator Joe Shuster (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2009) appears in ImageTexT 5.3 (2010).

David Leavitt’s review of Rose Tremain’s Trespass appears in The New York Times Book Review (October 24, 2010).

Barbara Mennel’s “The Global Elsewhere: Ursula Biemann’s Multimedia Countergeography” appears in The Collapse of the Conventional: German Film and Its Politics at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century (Wayne State University Press, 2010). 333–59.

Judith Page presented “‘Trim as the corporal’s boots:’ Order and Proportion in Victorian Garden Style” at the Victorians Institute Conference (University of Virginia; October 3).

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10/11/10

Sid Dobrin’s article “Through Green Eyes: Complex Visual Culture and Post-Literacy” appears in Environmental Education Research 16.3/4.

Sidney Homan’s short story “Beer Is Technically a Vegetarian Meal” appears in Underground Voices (September 2010).

New York Review of Books has published a new edition of The World As I Found It, Bruce Duffy’s 1987 novel about Ludwig Wittgenstein. David Leavitt wrote the introduction.

William Logan gave a keynote address at the “British and Irish Poetry 1960–2010” conference (Queen’s University Belfast; September 15–17).

Phil Wegner gave the keynote address, “‘The Greatest of these is Love...’: Utopia and the Event in Roadside Picnic and Stalker,” for the “k(NO)w tomorrow: Contradictions of Imagining the Future” conference (George Mason University). 

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9/20/10

Over the summer, Roger Beebe had three solo shows of his films and videos: in May at the Echo Park Film Center in Los Angeles (the inaugural show at their new Analog Annex); in June at the Disjecta Gallery in Porland, OR; and in August at UnionDocs in Brooklyn. At these shows, he premiered two new works, “AAAAA Motion Picture” (also featured as part of the season-ending New Experimental Works show at ATA Gallery in San Francisco in May) and “Beginnings,” a found audio collage.

Richard Burt and Scott Newstock’s essay “Certain Tendencies in Shakespeare Film Criticism” appears in Shakespeare Studies 38, a special forum “After Shakespeare on Film” (2010): 88–103.

Sid Dobrin delivered the plenary address “Towards Complex Environmental Visual Literacies” at the Association of Study of Environmental Literature United Kingdom Conferene in Bath, UK.

Stephanie Smith’s book review of Transcending the New Woman: Multiethnic Narratives in the Progressive Era by Charlotte J. Rich appears in American Literary Realism 43.1 (Fall 2010).

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9/6/10

Pamela Gilbert’s essay “A Nation of Good Animals: Popular Beliefs and the Body” appears in A Cultural History of the Body, eds. Michael Sappol and Stephen Rice (Berg/Palgrave Press, 2010). 125–48.

Barbara Mennel’s co-edited (with Jaimey Fisher) Spatial Turns: Space, Place, and Mobility in German Literature and Visual Culture has been published (Rodopi, 2010). Her essay “Criss-Crossing in Global Space and Time: Fatih Akin’s The Edge of Heaven” appears in Transit: A Journal of Travel, Migration and Multiculturalism in the German-speaking World, and her essay “Feminism’s Sex Wars and the Limits of Governmentality” appears in Governing the Female Body: Health, Gender, Networks of Power, eds. Lori Reed and Paula Saukko (State University of New York Press, 2010). 253–70. In the spring, she gave the plenary talk “Cosmopolitan Affect and Turkish-German Cinema” at “Rethinking Turkish-German Cinema” at the University of Texas at Austin. In the summer, she presented “Berlin’s Divided Screen Memories: Amie Siegel’s Video Installation: Berlin Remake (2005)” at the European Network for Cinema and Media Studies in Istanbul, Turkey, and “Global Ghetto Girl: Alina Bronsky’s Scherbenpark (Broken Glass Park, 2008)” at the International Association for Germanic Studies conference in Warsaw, Poland.

Emerita professor Marie Nelson’s essay “J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘Leaf by Niggle’: An Allegory in Transformation” appears in Mythlore (Spring/Summer 2010): 5–18.

Judith Page presented “Miniature Worlds and Domestic Spaces: Maria Elizabeth Jacson’s Botanical Dialogues (1797)” at the annunal meeting of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism in Vancouver. She presented “Reading Northanger Abbey” to the North Florida chapter of the Jane Austen Society of North America.

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News of Current Students

12/6/10

Mauro Carassai presented “American Digital Literatures and Cultures: Canons and Contexts in Networked and Programmable Media” in the thematic panel “American Studies as New Media Studies” at the 2010 American Studies Association Annual Meeting (November 18–21, San Antonio, TX).

Diya Chaudhuri’s poem “To Die Will Be an Awfully Big Adventure,” which appears in Rougarou 4.2, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her poem “Hangover” appears in Fugue (Summer/Fall 2010).

Aaron Thier’s review of Meeks, by Julia Holmes, appears in the Fall Books issue of The Nation.

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11/22/10

Thomas Cole’s review of Sander L. Gilman’s Fat: A Cultural History of Obesity appears in Cercles (November 2010).

Renee Dowbnia presented “Dividing Up the World: The Commodification of Nature in Toni Morrison’s A Mercy,” part of the special session “Contemporary Neo-Slave Narratives: Re-envisioning the Literary and Social Space,” at the 2010 SAMLA Convention (November 5–7, Atlanta).

Lauren N. Glenn presented “The Wind in the Trees, Explosions on the Field: Philosophy and Ethics in Contemporary Combat Films” at the Graduate Film Studies Group Conference “Film & Philosophy: How Films Think” (November 7, UF).

Katharine Westaway’s article “‘A Noble Pursuit’: The Armies of the Night as Outside Agitator” appears in The Mailer Review 4.1 (Fall 2010): 483–94.

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11/8/10

Poushali Bhadury’s essay “Pedagogical Preoccupations in Montgomery” appears in Jadavpur University Essays and Studies 24 (2010): 91–108.

Robin Brooks’s “Teaching Folk Culture: Images of the Nine Night Traditional Ritual in Zee Edgell’s Beka Lamb and Michelle Cliff’s Abeng“ and “Teaching Merle Hodge’s Crick Crack, Monkey: A Lesson Plan“ appear in Digital Library of the Caribbean (October 2010).

Diya Chaudhuri’s poem “Wildcard” appears in Harpur Palate 10.1. Her poems “Dynamo,” “Elegiac,” and “Urban Gardening” appear in Sugar House Review (Fall/Winter 2010). Her poems “Porch-Sitting” and “Birthing” appear in Emprise Review (#16). “Birthing” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Wylie Lenz presented “Hobo Utopias” at the 35th Annual Meeting of The Society for Utopian Studies (Milwaukee, WI).

At the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (October 28–31, Indianapolis), Stephanie Boluk presented “‘The Disenchantment of Time’: Seriality and Procedurality in On Kawara’s Today series,” Steven LeMieux presented “Texts as Technobodies: Writing (Reading) Indigestion,” and Sarah Mitchem presented “Fauna and Trauma: Subversive Devolution in Postcolonial Narratives.”

Sarah Mitchem presented “(Re)presenting New World Beasts: Liminal Animals in Nova Reperta” at the Atlantic World Literacies conference (October 8, University of North Carolina at Greensboro).

Aaron Thier’s review of Gary Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story appears in The Nation.

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10/25/10

Stephanie Boluk and Patrick LeMieux presented “Minimal, Serial, Procedural: Video Game Post-Histories” to the Franklin Humanities Institute’s Virtual Worlds working group (Duke University, October 6).

Robin Brooks’s review of Shirley Wilson Logan’s Liberating Language: Sites of Rhetorical Education in Nineteenth-Century Black America appears in JAC: A Journal of Composition Theory 31. Her article on the 19th-century organization League of Colored Women, the forerunner to the National Association of Colored Women (NACW), appears in Facts on File’s Women in American History: An Encyclopedia.

Georg Koszulinski has been elected to the board of the Florida College English Association.

Three Department of English graduate students presented at the Annual Florida College English Association Conference: Anthony Coman, “A Perfect Fit: Redemption and Refutation in Gran Torino”; Todd Jurgess, “Dancing Grain, Disruptive Digitality: Visual Inscription and High Resolution Transparency”; and Georg Koszulinski, “When the Face You See Is Not Your Own: Folding Time and Memory in the Neo-Noir” (Rollins College).

Emma Smith-Stevens’s short story “Switch” appears in Conjunctions (November 2010).

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10/11/10

Chad Newsom’s review of Cinephilia in the Age of Digital Reproduction appears in Film Criticism 35.1 (Fall 2010).

Aaron Thier’s reviews of Ingar Sletten Kolloen’s Knut Hamsun: Dreamer and Dissenter and Hans Magnus Enzensberger’s The Silences of Hammerstein appear in The New Republic’s online edition.

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9/20/10

Mauro Carassai has been named a HASTAC Scholar for the year 2010-11.

Georg Koszulinski presented “Reagan to Rambo: Manufactured Histories of the Vietnam War, 1978–1987” at the Wiregrass Graduate Conference in English Studies (Valdosta State University).

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News of Former Students

11/8/10

Takashi Doscher’s (BA, 2010) documentary A Fighting Chance airs several times the week of November 8 on the ESPN family of networks.

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10/11/10

Lindsay Smith (BA, 2010) was awarded American Psychoanalytic Association’s first Undergraduate Paper Prize.

The 40th issue of Tampa Review features poems by Eric Smith (MFA, 2009) and Adam Vines (MFA, 2006) and a story by John Brandon (MFA pending).

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9/20/10

Jason Snart’s (PhD, 2002) Hybrid Learning: The Perils and Promise of Blending Online and Face-to-Face Instruction in Higher Education has been published by Praeger Publishers.

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9/6/10

On September 1, Paul Reyes’s (MFA, 1998) Exiles in Eden (Holt Press, 2010) was profiled in The News-Press.

Jason Stuart (MFA, 2009) has accepted a position as faculty chair/director of academics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Biloxi, MS. He edits the independent literary press and journal Burnt Bridge, which will be publishing a new story by John Brandon in its first print issue in December. His fiction has appeared in Dew on the Kudzu, The Live Oak Review and Southern Grit.

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