Spring 2010 Newsletter

News of Faculty

5/3/10

Terry Harpold presented “The Underside of Digital Studies” at Futures of Digital Studies, the 2010 Conference of the Digital Assembly (UF, February 25–27).

Scott Nygren has been elected Chair-Elect of the Faculty Senate. He will be Chair-Elect in 2010–11 and become Chair of the Faculty Senate in 2011–12.

Phil Wegner presented “Lacan Avec Greimas: The Other Side of Cultural Studies” at the University of Minnesota’s Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society program.

Ed White’s essay “The Ends of Republicanism” and his edited version of William Jenks’s Memoir of the Northern Kingdom (1808), one of the first counter-factual political histories published in the US, appear in the Journal of the Early Republic.

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4/19/10

On March 29 Marsha Bryant gave Washington & Lee University’s spring Shannon-Clark Symposium titled “Modernism’s Child: Stevie Smith and Children’s Culture” and guest-taught a class on current British laureate Carol Ann Duffy .

Susan Hegeman and Phil Wegner presented the keynote addresses at the conference “Cultural Bankruptcy: Bail-Out or Bonus,” held at Northwestern University. Hegeman opened the proceedings with “Culture and Politics: Or, A Little Ground-Clearing in a Defense of a Concept,” taken from her forthcoming book The Cultural Return (University of California Press). Wegner concluded the event with “Politics and Culture: Notes on the Four Conditions of Cultural Study.”

R. Brandon Kershner’s “Making Them in the One Pot” appears in the James Joyce Quarterly 46:2 (Winter 2009): 361–62.

Scott Nygren presented “Teguia’s Lines of Flight: Re-Imagining a Post-Colonial Algeria” and chaired the “Perspectives on African Cinema” panel at the Society for Cinema & Media Studies Conference (Los Angeles, March 21). Nygren presented “Teguia’s Lines of Flight: Re-Imagining a Post-Colonial Algeria” and chaired the “Dialectic” panel at “The Global South” Marxist Reading Group Conference (Gainesville, March 27).

Padgett Powell’s “Cry for Help from France” appears in Subtropics 7 and has been selected by Amy Hempel for Best New Stories of the South 2010. Kevin Wilson (MFA, 2004) has also been selected for the anthology.

Malini Schueller gave an invited (videoconference) talk titled “Palestine, Campus Democracy, and the Academic Boycott” for the Nonstop Institute in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Maureen Turim presented “Framing the Landscape” and chaired “The Western Revisited” panel at the Society for Cinema & Media Studies Conference (Los Angeles, March 19). She presented “The South of the Western” at “The Global South” Marxist Reading Group Conference (UF, March 27), “Metaphors and Devices in Anne Friedberg’s The Virtual Window” at Futures of Digital Studies Digital Assembly conference (UF, February 26), and “Framing Shylock in William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice (2004)” at Convergences and Conversions: The Merchant of Venice into the 21st Century, A Conference sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies (UF, March 2).

Phil Wegner presented “Hegel or Spinoza; Marx and Spinoza” at the Comparative Literature Association meeting in New Orleans.

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4/5/10

Mark A. Reid presented “Things We Lost In the Fire: The State of Black Cinema, A Decade of Reckoning” by invitation for the Black Cinema Now Conference held at New York University’s Institute of African American Affairs (March 26–28).

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3/22/10

Richard Burt’s article “Jacques Rivette and Film Adaptation as ‘Dérive-ation’: Pericles in Paris Belongs to Us and The Revenger’s Tragedy in Noiroit” appears in The English Renaissance in Popular Culture: An Age for All Time, ed. Gregory Semenza (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), 167–86.

Terry Harpold presented “The Monstrous Air Serpent: Dracontology of the Early 20th Century Aeronautic Imaginary” at the 31st Conference of the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (Orlando, FL, March 17–21).

Judith Page presented “Jane Austen and the Allure of Shakespeare’s Shylock” at the 19th Century Studies Association meeting in Tampa. She gave a version of the presentation at “Convergences and Conversions: The Merchant of Venice into the 21st Century,” which she co-organized and was held at UF. Several other members of the Department of English also contributed to the conference: Andrew Gordon, Sid Homan, Peter Rudnytsky, Al Shoaf, and Maureen Turim.

Mark A. Reid presented “Sir Sidney Poitier: The Actor, His Films, and the Measure of a Man” and chaired the panel of the same title at the Society for Cinema & Media Studies Conference (Los Angeles, March 20).

Phil Wegner presented “The Modernisms of Science Fiction: Toward a Periodizing History of the Genre” at the University of Arkansas as part of the second annual Graduate Students in English Speakers series.

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3/8/10

Richard Burt’s article “All That Remains of the Shakespeare Play in Indian Film”appears in Shakespeare in Asia: Contemporary Performance, eds. Yong Li Lan and Dennis Kennedy (Cambridge UP, 2010), 73–108.

Jill Ciment's novel Heroic Measures is a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

Andrew Gordon presented “Myla Goldberg’s Novel Bee Season: The Obsessive-Compulsive Family” at the University of Louisville Conference on Twentieth Century Literature and Culture.

Mark A. Reid gave a plenary address, “Is There A Doctor in the House?,” at the Sidney Poitier International Conference and Film Festival, College of the Bahamas in Nassau.

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2/22/10

Malini Schueller presented “Post-Orientalism, Neoliberal Feminism, and Afghan Women” as an invited talk at Vanderbilt University’s Robert Penn Warren Center.

Phil Wegner’s essay “Greimas avec Lacan or, From the Symbolic to the Real in Dialectical Criticism” appears in Criticism: A Quarterly Journal for Literature and the Arts 51.2: 211–45.

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2/8/10

Pamela K. Gilbert’s scholarly and teaching edition of Rhoda Broughton’s novel Cometh Up as a Flower has been published by Broadview Press.

Judith Page presented “Monsters in the Garden: Dorothy Wordsworth and the Italian Style” at a symposium in Florence, Italy on the Romantics in Italy. Also, she served as the external examiner for a PhD defense for Queen Mary College, University of London.

Peter L. Rudnytsky successfully spearheaded making the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) an Affiliate Organization of the Modern Language Association. At December’s MLA convention, he chaired the “Creative Conversation,” “Between Psychoanalysis and Poetry” with Salman Akhtar and Alicia Ostriken, and the special session, “Opportunities in Psychoanalysis: Philadelphia and Beyond.” At the National Meeting of APsaA in January, he chaired the Discussion Group on the History of Psychoanalysis featuring Sue Erikson Bloland and co-chaired meetings of the Committee on Psychoanalysis and the Academy and the International Council of Editors of Psychoanalytic Journals.

Jodi Schorb’s review of Paul Kahan’s Eastern State Penitentiary: A History appears in The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 134 (January 2010): 95–7.

Stephanie A. Smith’s review essay of Karen Woods Weierman’s One Nation, One Blood: Interracial Marriage in American Fiction, Scandal and Law 1820–1870, David R. Shumway’s Modern Love: Romance, Intimacy and the Marriage Crisis and Florence Dore’s The Novel and the Obscene: Sexual Subjects in American Modernism appears in American Literature 81.4 (December 2009).

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1/25/10

“Now you will pay a dreadful penalty!”, Terry Harpold’s review of Fantagraphic Books’s collections of the comics of Fletcher Hanks, I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets! and You Shall Die by Your Own Evil Creation! (ed. Paul Karasik, 2007, 2009), appears in ImageTexT 5.1 (2010).

Malini Schueller’s review of Judie Newman’s Fictions of America: Narratives of Global Empire appears in Journal of American Studies 43.1 (April 2009).

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1/11/10

Richard Burt’s “Epilogue: ObaMacbeth: National Transition as National Traumission” appears in Weyward Macbeth: Intersections of Race and Performance, eds. Scott L. Newstock and Ayanna Thompson (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). 235–40.

John Cech’s book Imagination and Innovation, The Story of Weston Woods has been published by Scholastic Press. The complete, hitherto unpublished, storyboards for Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are are included. In December, Cech was interviewed by El Pais, Spain’s leading newspaper for a feature article about Sendak.

Mark A. Reid’s review of Stephane Dunn’s “Baad Bitches” and Sassy Supermamas: Black Power Action Films appears in The Journal of American Ethnic History 29.2 (Winter 2010): 116–18.

Malini Schueller’s essay “The Borders and Limits of American Studies: A Picture from Beirut” appears in American Quarterly (December 2009): 837–54.

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News of Current Students

5/3/10

Sarah Bleakney, Lisa Dusenberry, and Regina Martin received University Graduate Student Teaching Awards for 2009–10.

The following students received Department of English teaching awards for 2009–10:

Tamar Ditzian presented “Transforming Media: Readings of Female Metamorphosis” at the Midwestern Conference on Literature, Language, and Media (Northern Illinois University, April 10).

Christopher Garland presented “‘I Never Did Hack Anyone Up’: Uselessness and the Question of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission” at Columbia University’s Institute for Comparative Literature and Society Annual Graduate Student Conference (April 9–10).

On April 26, Charles H. Meyer published the first installment of his monthly column “Unconscious Film Trilogies” in Sike!, a Gainesville-based webzine.

Aaron Thier’s review of Witold Gombrowicz’s Pornografia appears in the online edition of The New Republic.

John Tinnell’s review of Deleuze/Guattari and Ecology, ed. Bernd Herzogenrath, appears in Deleuze Studies 4.1 (March 2010).

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4/19/10

On March 31st Shaun Duke presented “Otherism: The Dissection of Humanity and the Negation of the Human in Battlestar Galactica” at the National Popular Culture and American Culture Association Conference (PCA/ACA).

At the 43rd Northeast Modern Language Association Convention in Montréal, QC (April 7–11), Gary Hink presented “Literature’s Virtual Ethics” within the seminar, “The Ethical Turn to Literature: Genre, the Reader, and the Political,” and participated in a round-table discussion titled “New Media, New Narrative: Technological Effects on Student Writing,” proposing “Assemblage Writing as 2.0 Praxis.”

Jaimy Mann’s review of Japanification of Children’s Popular Culture: From Godzilla to Miyazaki, ed. Mark West, appears in The Lion and the Unicorn 34.1 (January 2010).

4/5/10

J. Stephen Addcox presented “A Brother’s Keeper: Family and Narrative Exclusivity in James Hogg’s The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner" at the 2010 Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference in Austin, TX.

Cari Keebaugh presented “‘The Better to Eat You[r Brains] With, My Dear’: A Critical Examination of Little Red Riding Hood’s Zombie BBQ” at the 2010 PCA/ACA conference in St. Louis, MO.

Anastasia Kozak’s essay (with Nadine Flagel) “Excavating Self: Archaeology and Life Writing in Penelope Lively’s Oleander, Jacaranda“ appears in Auto/Biography Studies 23.2.

On March 6 Michele LeSure presented “In Loco Parentis and Virtual Worlds: Responsibilities for Instructors In the 21st Century” at The Future is Now: Libraries and Museums in Virtual Worlds, an online American Libraries Association conference whose presentations used both OPAL web conferencing and the Second Life virtual platform. On March 25 she presented “Japanese Globalization and Resistance: Popular Culture and the Edo-Period Metaphor” at the 12th Annual Conference of the Marxist Reading Group.

Arun Kumar Pokhrel presented “Global Citizenship? A Global Cultural Politics of Citizenship in Desai’s The Inheritance of Loss” at the 19th Annual British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference (Savannah, GA, February 26–27). He presented “Writing Global and Teaching Nepali Hip-hop in English Classes: Voices or ‘Other Voices,’ English or Englishes?” at the 2010 CCCC Annual Convention (Louisville, KY, March 17–20). He chaired a panel on Narrative and presented “Badiou’s Politics and the Niger Delta Crisis” at the 12th Annual Conference of the Marxist Reading Group (March 25–27).

Kevin Sherman presented “Indexicality in the Digital Age and the Loss of Faith in the Cinematic” and Mauro Carassai presented “Terminal Time: From Systemic Narrative to Image-Based Subjective Behaviour” at SCMS at 50: Archiving the Future/Mobilizing the Past, 2010 Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, March 17–21, Los Angeles, CA.

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

3/22/10

Tamar Ditzian presented “Lesbian-Chinese-Canadian-Salt-Fish-Girl Hybrid: Loveable or Disgusting?,” Gary Hink presented “Cixous and the Inscription of Passion,” and Georg Koszulinski presented “(Birth) Canals: Love, Migration, and Dystopia in Alfonso Cuaron’s Children of Men” at the “Poetics and Politics of Love” Conference (University of Miami, March 5–6)

3/8/10

On February 5, Jaimy Mann gave an invited lecture, “In the Henry Darger Archive: From Rebellious Transsexual Child Slaves in Oz to Korean and Vietnamese Orphans,” at Morbid Anatomy Library/Observatory Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. On February 7, Mann gave an invited lecture, “Transsexual and White Slave Fantasies: Henry Darger’s Intertextualization,” at the Outsider Art Fair’s Nathan Lerner Annual Lecture. Mann wrote the spring 2010 museum exhibition wall labels for the Henry Darger art exhibition at the New York American Folk Art Museum.

Chris Hazlett, Rex Krueger, and Matt Snyder all presented at the 9th Annual Louisiana Conference on Language, Literature and Culture held at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Respectively, they presented “Reincarnating the ‘Civic Dead’: Prison Inmate Writing, the Projection of Civic Death, and Public/Counter-public Boundaries,” “Still Dead, Again: The Changing Nature of Undeath and Vampirism in Popular Culture,” and “Historical Trauma, the Critic, and the Work of Mourning in Chaucer’s Prioress’s Tale.” Snyder received the Darrell Bourque Award for the conference’s outstanding paper.

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2/22/10

Shaun Duke presented “Habitually Us: Battlestar Galactica, the ‘Android Personality,’ and Human Preservation” at the 31st Annual Southwest Texas Popular Culture Association Conference in Albequerque.

In February, Hilary S. Jacqmin’s poem “Ode to Our Magister” was chosen as the Honorable Mention for Southwest Review’s Morton Marr Poetry Prize.

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2/8/10

Arun Kumar Pokhrel’s essay “Zapatista Movement in Chiapas: The Local or the Global? Identity and Global Cultural Literacy” appears in EAPSU Online: A Journal of Critical and Creative Work. 6 (Fall 2009): 57–86. His article “Representation of Time and Memory in Holocaust Literature: A Comparison of Charlotte Delbo’s Days and Memory and Ida Fink’s Selected Stories” appears in Journal of Philosophy: A Cross-Disciplinary Inquiry 4.8 (Winter 2009): 27–37. Pokhrel presented “End or Beyond Postcolonial Theory? Postcolonial Empires, New Imperialism, and ‘Accumulation by Dispossession’” at the 7th Rethinking Marxism International Conference held at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, November 5–8.

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1/25/10

Akilah Brown’s review of Robinn Gourley’s Bring Me Some Apples and I’ll Make You a Pie and Anita Silvey’s I’ll Pass for Your Comrade: Women Soldiers in the Civil War appears in Purdue University’s First Opinions, Second Reactions.

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1/11/10

Sarah Bleakney’s review of Karen Chase’s The Victorians & Old Age appears on NBOL-19.org.

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News of Former Students

5/3/10

Rhoda Janzen’s (MFA, 1989) Mennonite in a Little Black Dress reached number 2 on the April 30 New York Times paperback non-fiction bestseller list.

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4/19/10

Joseph A. Alvarez (BA, 1968; MA, 1971) edited and wrote the introduction for a collection of essays titled Mark Twain’s Geographical Imagination, published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK (2009). Alvarez presented “High-Toned Injustice in Mark Twain’s ‘'Only a Nigger’” at the 2009 South Atlantic Modern Language Association Convention and participated in the session “Among the Literary Comedians – Mark Twain” at The SIxth International Conference on the State of Mark Twain Studies at Elmira College (August 2009), where he compared two stories both titled "The Noble Red Man" by Twain and Artemus Ward. Alvarez retired from Central Piedmont Community College in 2002, and now teaches an online class, The American Novel, for Charter Oak State College, New Britain, CT.

Saara Myrene Raappana’s (FA, 2007) poem “Letter to Tesla from Edison, Written on his Deathbed” appears in Isotope 7.2.

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4/5/10

Matthew Ladd (MFA, 2006) was awarded the 2009 Anthony Hecht Prize for his manuscript The Book of Emblems. Waywiser Press will publish the collection this fall.

Saara Myrene Raappana’s (MFA, 2007) poem “Kissimmee Ghost Tour” appears in the The South Carolina Review (Spring 2010), and her poem “Derrida at His Mother’s Deathbed” appears in Harvard Review Online (April 2010).

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3/22/10

Tof Eklund (PhD, 2009) has accepted a position at Full Sail University in Orlando in their “word and image” media-focused MFA in Creative Writing program.

Andrea Wood (PhD, 2008) has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Media Studies position at Winona State University in Minnesota. Her article “Feminism, Service Learning, and the Borderless Composition Classroom” appears in the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ e-newsletter “On Campus with Women” 38.3 (2010).

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3/8/10

Magdalen Powers’s (MFA, 2008) story “Lion and Woman and the Lord Knows What” was a finalist in the Southeast Review’s 2009 World’s Best Short Short Story Contest, appearing in volume 28.1.

Starting Fall 2011, Jeff Rice (PhD, 2002) will hold the Martha B. Reynolds Endowed Chair in Digital Media at the University of Kentucky.

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2/22/10

Patricia Carr (BA, 2008) presented “Good Grief! The Fine Line Between Tragedy and Comedy in the Representation of Adolescence in Young Adult Literature” at a poster session at the Fourth Annual Children’s Literature Symposium at the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee. Carr is a graduate student in the School of Library and Information Science at USF pursuing a MA in Library and Information Science.

Justin Taylor’s (BA, 2004) debut collection of short stories, Everything Here is the Best Thing Ever, received high praise from the New York Times Book Review.

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2/8/10

Saara Myrene Raappana’s poem “Hospice Care” appears in The Spoon River Poetry Review (Summer/Fall 2009).

Aaron Shaheen’s (PhD, 2005) Androgynous Democracy: Modern American Literature and the Dual-Sexed Body Politic has been published by the University of Tennessee Press. The monograph is based on his dissertation, which was directed by David Leverenz.

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1/25/10

The Italian publisher Round Robin has published Cose Che Puoi Fare Con Un Barattolo di Zuppa Campbell, a first collection of short stories (in Italian translation) by Brock Adams (BA, 2005).

Leah Carroll‘s essay “Helped to Heal by a Stranger’s Truth” appeared on January 24, 2010 in the New York Times “Modern Love“ column.

Saara Myrene Raappana’s poems “Honeymoon” and "The Race" appear in 42opus.

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