Spring 2011 Newsletter

News of Faculty

5/2/11

Kim Emery has been elected to the governing body of the American Association of University Professors, the AAUP National Council.

Judith W. Page’s book, Women, Literature, and the Domesticated Landscape: England's Disciples of Flora, 1780–1870, co-authored with Elise L. Smith, has been published by Cambridge University Press (Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture Series, #76).

Maureen Turim’s essay on Andrej Munk’s Pasazerka 1963 (The Passenger) appears as “On the Charge of Memory” in Arcadia International Journal for Literary Studies 45.2. (2011). The essay stems from a talk given for the Center for Jewish Studies Conference “Imaging the Unimaginable: The Iconicization of Auschwitz,” November 11–12, and was presented at the colloquium “Performing Cultural Trauma in Theatre and Film” organized by the University of Ghent at the Paleis der Academiën in Brussels (2008).

Phil Wegner presented “"Getting Beyond the End of the World: The Dialectic of Dystopia and Apocalypse in Paradise and The Windup Girl” at the Post45@The Rock Hall conference in Cleveland, Ohio. Wegner presented “Evental Genres: Science Fiction, Love, and Utopia in Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker” at The Thirteenth Annual Conference of the Marxist Reading Group. This was the thirteenth consecutive year that Phil has had the privilege of presenting at this event. 

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4/18/11

Sid Dobrin delivered the featured presentation “A Future of Writing Studies” at the 62nd Annual Conference on College Composition and Communication (Atlanta, April 6–9). He also chaired the session “Relating the Disaster: Mapping the Spill, Mapping Ourselves (a MEmorial)” presented by Nicholas Guest-Jelley and Sean Morey (PhD, 2010).

Laurie Gries presented “We Have Taken a Material(ist) Turn” at the Conference for College Composition and Communication (Atlanta, April 6–9). Her co-authored article “An Inconvenient Tool” was reprinted in Best Writing From Independent Composition and Rhetoric Journals: 2010 (Parlor Press, 2011). Her co-edited article “Octalog III: The Politics of Historiography in 2010” appears in Rhetoric Review 30.2 (2011).

Kenneth Kidd’s “The Child, the Scholar, and the Children’s Literature Archive” appears in The Lion and the Unicorn 35.1 (January 2011): 1–23. In March, he participated in a roundtable at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (Orlando, FL) titled “‘When you drop them, they tend to bounce’: Childhood Imagination and the Absurd in Film.”

Barbara Mennel presented “Female Labor and Familial Loss: Migrating Women in Contemporary Film” at the Society for Film and Media Studies Conference (New Orleans, March 10–14).

Scott Nygren presented “Blind Spots in the Mirror of Reason: William Kentridge and The Magic Flute” at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference (New Orleans, March 10–14). He also presented this paper at the Marxist Reading Group conference (UF, March 31–April 2).

Mark A. Reid presented “Homelessness and Migration Beyond Race, Religion, and Nation: I Wonder as I Wander” at the Black States of Desire: Dispossession, Circulation, Transformation conference, (Université Paris Diderot, April 06–09).

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4/4/11

In November, Professor Emeritus Alistair Duckworth gave an illustrated lecture on “Landscape and the Picturesque in Jane Austen.” The lecture was in The English Speakers series at Dalhousie University and was funded in part by the Jane Austen Society of North America. His review of Literature and Dance in Nineteenth-Century Britain: Jane Austen to the New Woman by Cheryl A. Wilson appears in Modern Language Review 106.2 (April 2011): 234–36.

Terry Harpold presented “Charles Fort’s Falling Fictions” at the 2011 conference of the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (Orlando, FL, March 16–20).

Kenneth Kidd’s collection Over the Rainbow: Queer Children’s and Young Adult Literature, coedited with Michelle Ann Abate, has been published by the University of Michigan Press.

Malini Johar Schueller’s essay “Cross-Cultural Identification, Neoliberal Feminism, and Afghan Women” appears in Genders (Spring 2011).

Maureen Turim presented “Sexual Scenes: Directions of French Women Directors” and was a respondant on a separate panel, “Breillat, Denis, Ozon: Rethinking Transgression in Contemporary French Cinema,” at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference (New Orleans, March 10–14).

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3/21/11

Sid Dobrin delivered a lecture titled “Visual Rhetoric, Writing, and Sustainability” at Washington and Lee University.

Kenneth Kidd’s “Queer Theory’s Child and Children’s Literature Studies” appears in PMLA 126.1 (January 2011): 182–88.

David Leavitt’s review of Brian Christian’s The Most Human Human appeared in the The New York Times Book Review on March 20, 2011.

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3/7/11

John Cech has been appointed to the Dunlevie Honors Term Professorship for 2011–12.

Susan Hegeman was an invited roundtable participant at the conference “Science, Scientism, & Anti-Science in the Humanities: A Symposium in Honor of Barbara Herrnstein Smith” (Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University, February 11).

Kenneth Kidd gave an invited keynote titled “Picture Books for Beginners, Dummies, and Other Adults” at the Fifth Annual Conference of the Children’s Literature Symposium (University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee, February 5). In January, Kidd presented “Posthuman Theory and the End(s) of Childhood” at the 2011 Modern Language Association Annual Convention (Los Angeles, January 6–11).

William Logan’s review of Elizabeth Bishop’s prose, poetry, and her correspondence with The New Yorker appeared in The New York Times Book Review on February 20, 2011.

Judith W. Page’s “Grace Aguilar’s Victorian Romanticism: Records of Israel (1844)” appears in Romanticism/Judaica: A Convergence of Cultures, ed. Sheila A Spector (Ashgate, 2011). 85–99.

On February 26, Stephanie A. Smith joined a roundtable discussion with professors Kenneth Kidd, Anastasia Ulanowitz, and guest speaker Lizzie Skurnick on “The State of the Art of Children’s and YA Literatures,”presented by The Center for Children’s Literature and Culture. Smith’s talk “‘They Meant No Harm’: Exploration, Exploitation and Empire ad majorem Dei gloriam in Maria Doria Russell’s The Sparrow and The Children of God” was well-received at the 2011 J. Lloyd Eaton Science Fiction Conference, graciously read by Terry Harpold, due to Dr. Smith’s illness (University of California, Riverside, February 11–13).

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2/21/11

Terry Harpold presented “‘An End to Novels’: A Forgotten Transatlantic Dialogue with Jules Verne on the Future of the Novel” at the 2011 J. Lloyd Eaton Science Fiction Conference (University of California, Riverside, February 11–13). His editorial “The Historical Rupture in Verne Studies” appears in Verniana 3 (2010–11). His chapter “Where is Verne's Mars?” appears in Visions of Mars: Essays on the Red Planet in Fiction and Science, eds. Howard V. Hendrix, George E. Slusser, and Eric S. Rabkin (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 2011), 29–35.

Susan Hegeman is Associate Editor of the two-volume Blackwell Encyclopedia of the Novel (Peter Logan, General Editor; Olakunle George, Susan Hegeman, and Efraín Kristal, Associate Editors; Wiley-Blackwell, 2011). Authors of entries from the Department of English are Kim Emery ("Speech Act Theory") and Phil Wegner ("Ideology" and "Marxist Theory"). Hegeman has been elected to the Executive Committee of the Literary Criticism Division of the MLA.

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2/7/11

Richard Burt’s book chapter “Backing Up the Virtual Bayeux Tapestries: Facsimiles as Attachment Disorders, or Turning Over the Other Side of the Underneath” appears in New Research on the Bayeux Tapestry: the Proceedings of a Conference at the British Museum, eds. M.J. Lewis, G.R. Owen-Crocker, and D. Terkla (Oxbow, 2011). 27–36.

Brandon Kershner’s entries on Bakhtin, dialogism, and carnival appear in Blackwell’s Encyclopedia of Literary and Cultural Theory.

In great sadness, we report the death of Professor James J. Paxson on Wednesday, February 2, 2011. His colleague Al Shoaf writes: “A learned scholar and brilliant critic, with a prodigious vocabulary both historical and theoretical, Professor Paxson was a widely published student of many of the major writers of medieval literature, especially Chaucer and Langland. In addition to maintaining his schedule of distinguished publications, he was a dedicated teacher revered by his students both undergraduate and graduate and recognized by the College with a teaching award for his signal achievements in the classroom.”

R. Allen Shoaf’s first paper devoted to his current book project, Lucretius and Shakespearean Tragedy, appears in the Shakespearean International Yearbook 10: 257–80. In early January, he read part of another paper in the project to UF’s Early Modern Reading Group. His poems “Coop” and “The Crack” appeared in Poetry South, and “Coop” has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Stephanie A. 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 (Fall 2010).

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1/24/11

William Logan and Jodi Schorb have each received a 2010 CLAS teaching award.

Mark A. Reid presented “Genre, Gender, Race, and (Inter)National Place(s)” on the “Reconceptualizing Film Genres: Gender, Race and Hollywood” panel arranged by the MLA Publications Committee at the 2011 Modern Language Association Annual Convention (Los Angeles, January 6–11).

Stephanie A. Smith presented “Union Blues: Melville’s Civil War Poetry” at the Modern Language Association Annual Convention. She has been invited to deliver the same talk at the 2011 American Literature Association Conference (Boston, May 26–29).

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1/10/11

Richard Burt’s Medieval and Early Modern Film and Media has been published in paperback by Palgrave Macmillan. His essay “Missing Shakespeare’s Corpus: Spectral Media, Mourning, and the Incomplete Works of Culture” appears in Shakespeare in Culture, ed. Beatrice Lei, (2010): 35–63.

Jill Ciment’s Heroic Measures was named one of the best 25 international novels of 2010 by The Globe and Mail.

Brandon Kershneer’s article “The Sands Of Pleasure: Prostitution And Modernity” appears in the special Prague Symposium issue of Hypermedia Joyce Studies (2010). His review of Vike Plock’s Joyce, Medicine and Modernity (University Press of Florida, 2010), “The Joyce Symptom,” appears in the James Joyce Literary Supplement 24:2 (Fall 2010): 4–5.

Barbara Mennel’s “Ueberkreuzungen in globaler Zeit und globalem Raum in Fatih Akins Auf der anderen Seite” appears in Kultur als Ereignis: Fatih Akins Film “Auf der anderen Seite” als transkulturelle Narration (Bielefeld, transcript 2010). 95–118.

Padgett Powell’s “Christmas with Pinkie” appears in Men’s Journal (December 2010/January 2011).

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News of Current Students

5/2/11

Thomas Cole presented “O! Say Can You See That Third Wave Yet Wave? Locating Girl Power and Third Wave Feminism in Barbie for President, 1992–2008” at the Popular Culture Association & American Culture Association’s National Conference in San Antonio, TX.

Renee Dowbnia presented “Consuming Appetites: Food, Sex, and Freedom in The Bell Jar” at the 32nd Annual Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association & American Culture Association’s National Conference (San Antonio, TX, April 20–23). Dowbnia presented “Uprooting the Seeds of Capitalism: The Potential for Social Change in Toni Morrison’s Fictionalized Utopias” and participated with Jordan Dominy and John Tinnell in a roundtable discussion on Pedagogy and Nature at the Marxist Reading Group’s 13th Annual Conference “Nature of the Contradiction” (UF, March 31–April 2).

Hilary S. Jacqmin’s poem “World’s Fair” won third prize in the 2010 Atlantic Student Writing Contest. She will receive $250, and her poem may be published in The Atlantic. Her poem “Homewood, 1816” appears in Measure, A Review of Formal Poetry (2010).

Mark Tabone’s essay “Delany’s New Worlds Revisited” was selected as the winner of the 2011 Society for Utopian Studies Arthur O. Lewis award for the best paper presented by a graduate student or younger faculty member at last year’s meeting.

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4/18/11

Ramona Caponegro has accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Children’s Literature in the Department of English Language and Literature at Eastern Michigan University. She conducted a professional development workshop, “The Caldecott Award: Picturing a Winner” at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (Amherst, Massachusetts, February 11). She presented “Amidst a Bounty of Blogs: Finding the Best Children’s Book Blogs for You” at the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival (Hattiesburg, Mississippi, April 7–9).

On April 1, Melika Hadziomerovic presented “Echoes of Alienation: Nostalgia in Transnational Cinema” at the Visions Film Festival and Conference at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.

James T. Newlin’s “The State(s) They’re In: Intersections of the Henriad, Hustler Narratives, and Alternative Music in Gus Van Sant’s My Own Private Idaho” appears in the Selected Papers of the Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference Volume III: 2009. The paper won the M. Rick Smith Memorial Graduate Student Essay Prize at the conference, in October 2009.

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4/4/11

Thomas Cole’s article “(The) Bikini: EmBodying the Bomb” appears in Genders 53 (Spring 2011).

Renee Dowbnia presented “Caught in the Ma(w)s of Death: Dis-lodging the Vagina Dentata in Monster House" and chaired the panel “Conjure Women, Werewolves, and...Blue Oyster Cult?” at the the 32nd International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts
(Orlando, FL, March 16–20).

Gary Hink presented “Acker’s Empire as Deleuzian Assemblage” in the seminar “Uncovering the Tradition of Vitalism in 20th Century Literature” and discussed “Assemblage Writing & 2.0 Pedagogy” in the roundtable “Teaching Writing in the Digital Age: Literacy, Access, and Community” at the 2011 Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association (New Brunswick, April 7–10). Hink presented “Electracy Pedagogy & Composition, for Network Age Students” at the 2011 College English Association conference (St. Petersburg, March 31–April 2).

David Blanton, Lauren Glenn, and Rex Krueger received the Graduate Student Teaching Award for 2010–2011.

Several graduate students prsented papers at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference (New Orleans, March 10–14):

Aaron Thier’s review of David Bezmozgis’s new novel, The Free World, appears in The Nation.

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3/21/11

Hanh N. Nguyen and R.C. Lutz’s chapter “The Wartime Diaries of Dang Thuy Tram: Extolling and Gendering the Heroine’s Voice in Postwar Vietnam and Beyond” appears in Women and Language: Essays on Gendered Communication Across Media, eds. Melissa Ames and Sarah Himsel Burcon (McFarland, 2011). 90–103.

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3/7/11

Poushali Bhadury presented “Fantastic Beasts and How to Sketch Them: The Fabulous Bestiary of Sukumar Ray” at the Fifth Annual Conference of the Children’s Literature Symposium (University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee, February 5).

Jeff Rice has accepted the position of Assistant Professor of English at Western Kentucky University.

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2/21/11

Mauro Carassai’s “E-Lit Works as ‘Forms of Culture’: Envisioning Digital Literary Subjectivity” appears in Culture Machine 12 (2011), “The Digital Humanities: Beyond Computing.”

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1/24/11

Daniel S. Brown presented “South Asian Realism: Bapsi Sidhwa’s Cracking India” at the 11th Annual South Asian Literary Association Conference (Los Angeles, January 7–8).

Mauro Carassai is a member of the 2011 American Studies Association Digital Humanities Caucus.

David Lawrimore’s review of John Michael’s Identity and the Failure of America: From Thomas Jefferson to the War on Terror appears in Reviews in Cultural Theory 1.2 (2010): 95–99.

Christina Van Houten presented “Regional Modernism: The Politics of Democratic Architecture and Domestic Narrative in Late Modernism” as part of a panel organized by the Graduate Student Caucus at the Modern Language Association Annual Convention.

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1/10/11

Diya Chaudhuri has three poems in Sugar House Review (Fall/Winter 2010). Her poem “Lahore, India, 1947” appears in Redivider 8.1 and her poem “To the March Hare” appears in Coe Review 41.1.

Lisa Dusenberry’s article “Reader-Players: The 39 Clues, Cathy’s Book, and the Nintendo DS”appears in the Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 35.4 (Winter 2010): 443–49.

Arun Kumar Pokhrel presented “Invisibility and Hypervisibility in Melba’s Warriors Don’t Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock’s Central High” at the 2010 Popular Culture Association in the South and the American Culture Association in the South (PCAS/ACAS) Conference (Savannah, GA, October 7–9). He presented “Bohemian Cosmopolitanism in Joyce’s Dubliners” at the 2010 South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) Convention (Atlanta, GA, November 5–7). He served as the Secretary to the 2010 SAMLA Graduate Students’ Forum in English and is nominated as the Chair for the 2011 SAMLA Graduate Students’ Forum in English.

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News of Former Students

5/2/11

Peter Grimes’s (MFA, 2003) story “Head Game” appears in the Mississippi Review (Winter 2010).

With deep sadness we report that PhD alumna Nicole LaRose passed away on Sunday, May 1, 2011 in a Houston hospital. Our thoughts are with her family and the very large community at UF and beyond that were touched by Nicole’s life. Messages of remembrance can be left at Nicole’s Facebook page. Her essay “The Already Dead and the Posthuman Baby: Children of Men, Dystopian Worlds, and Utopian Kinship” appears in Interdisciplinary Humanities 27.2 (Fall 2010): 7–23.

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4/18/11

Cellpoems, founded and edited by MFA alumni Mary Beth Ferda, Lee Pinkas, Saara Myrene Raappana, Christopher Shannon, and Eric Smith, is the subject of an article in The New Yorker Books Blog.

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4/4/11

Chris Bachelder (MFA, 2002) has accepted the position of Associate Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Cincinnati.

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3/21/11

Jung-Hwa Lee (PhD, 2008) has accepted an assistant professor position at Chosun University in the city of Gwangju, South Korea.

Emily Jeanne Miller (MFA, 2001) has signed a two-book contract with Harcourt Houghton Mifflin, which will publish her novel After Augustus in 2012.

Adam Vines’s (MFA, 2006) poetry collection The Coal Life is a finalist for the Miller Williams Prize and will be published by the University of Arkansas Press in 2012.

C. Dale Young’s (MFA, 1993) third book of poetry, Torn, has been published by Four Way Books.

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3/7/11

Oindrila Mukherjee (MFA, 2004) has accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Creative Writing in the Writing Department at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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2/7/11

Linsey Maughan’s (MFA, 2007) essay “Letting the Dog Out” appears in Brevity (January 2011).

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1/10/11

Jessica Roeder’s (MFA, 1992) story “Sleep and the Animals” appears in The Threepenny Review (Winter 2011).

Justin Taylor’s (BA, 2004) review of Barry Hannah’s Long, Last, Happy appears in the December 24th, 2010 issue of The New York Times Book Review.

Robert G. Walker (PhD, 1974), E. Derek Taylor (PhD, 2000), and W. Blake Gerard’s (PhD, 2002) co-edited collection Swiftly Sterneward: Essays on Laurence Sterne and His Times in Honor of Melvyn New will be published in 2011 by the University of Delaware Press. Contributors to the collection include Joseph Kronick (BA, 1975) and Taylor Corse (PhD, 1985). Other essays were contributed by scholars and colleagues of Professor New from the United States, England, and France.

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