Summer 2011 Newsletter

News of Faculty


Roger Beebe’s film "S A V E" was screened as part of the Cut+Run touring film festival, which included shows in Paris, Berlin, London, San Francisco, and Portland. The final show of the tour will take place in Los Angeles at the Echo Park Film Center on August 20. Over the past three months, he also presented three touring shows of his own – two in Berlin and one in New York – comprised of selections from FLEXfest 2011. He has also discovered (somewhat belatedly) that his essay “Paradoxes of Pastiche: Spike Jonze, Hype Williams, and the Race of the Postmodern Auteur” has been translated into Slovene and appears in the online journal Podoba-Glasba (Music-Image).

Richard Burt co-led (with Yukari Yoshihara and Lingui Yang) a seminar entitled “Global Shakespeare Spin-Offs” at the Ninth World Shakespeare Congress (Prague, July 17–22).

Terry Harpold gave an invited plenary lecture titled “The Continuing Advantage of Our Awkwardness” at “The Future of the Book” (Florida State University, July 21–22).

Kenneth Kidd taught a graduate seminar for the Institute of Children’s Literature at Simmons College in Boston, where he also gave the opening symposium talk on “Philosophy for Children.”

Stephanie Smith was awarded a fiction writer’s residency at Hedgebrook Farm on Whidbey Island from July 22–August 4.

Maureen Turim’s essay “On the Charge of Memory: Auschwitz, Trauma, and Representation” appears in Arcadia International Journal for Literary Studies, Band 45, Heft 2 (2011): 297–306.



Sid Dobrin’s new book Postcomposition has been published by Southern Illinois University Press. In addition, Utah State University Press has published Beyond Postprocess, which he co-edited with Micahel Vastola (PhD, 2010) and J.A. Rice (PhD, 2011), which features work from Raúl Sánchez and Jeff Rice (PhD, 2002).

Pamela Gilbert is pleased to announce the publication of her edited collection, A Companion to Sensation Fiction, (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011). Among the collection’s forty-eight essays, the volume features many UF contributors: Brandon Kershner, current PhD students Brittany Roberts and Dan Brown, and UF PhD alumns Tom Bragg, Amy Robinson, Marlene Tromp, and Heather Milton. In addition, four current students contributed to the volume as Research Assistants: John Glenn and Jimmy Newlin worked on the early stages, Steve Addcox did the bulk of the first run copyediting, and Abra Gibson did the last bit of first run copyediting, managed queries on final editing and proofing, and created the massive index.

Laurie Gries presented “Iconographic Tracking: A Digital Research Method for Studies of Circulation” at the Computers and Writing Conference (Ann Arbor, MI, May 19–22).

An interview with Terry Harpold on the importance of faculty-library collaboration in teaching and collection building appears in the Spring 2011 issue of Chapter One, the newsletter of UF’s George A. Smathers Libraries.

The winners of the 2011 Science Fiction and Fantasy Translation Awards, awarded for works newly published in English in 2010, were announced at Eurocon 2011 (Stockholm, Sweden, June 17–19, 2011).The awards are given in two categories, long form (> 40,000 words) and short form.

      Long form

•  Honorable mention – The Golden Age, Michal Ajvaz, translated by Andrew Oakland (Dalkey Archive Press). Original publication in Czech as Zlatý Věk (2001).
•  Winner – A Life on Paper: Stories, Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud, translated by Edward Gauvin (Small Beer Press). Original publication in French (1976–2005).

      Short form

•  Honorable mention – “Wagtail”, Marketta Niemelä, translated by Liisa Rantalaiho (Usva International 2010, ed. Anne Leinonen). Original publication in Finnish as “Västäräkki” (Usva (The Mist), 2008).
•  Winner – “Elegy for a Young Elk”, Hannu Rajaniemi, translated by Hannu Rajaniemi (Subterranean Online, Spring 2010). Original publication in Finnish (Portti, 2007).

Members of the international jury for the awards included Terry Harpold, University of Florida, USA (Jury Chair); Abhijit Gupta, Jadavpur University, India; and Dale Knickerbocker, East Carolina University, USA.

Brandon Kershner spoke on “Joyce and the Light Weeklies” and chaired a session on “Vision and the Visual Arts” at the 2011 James Joyce Conference (Pasadena, CA, June 12–16).

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 (Michigan State University Press, June 2011).

Raúl Sánchez presented “Identity and Communication without Negation” at the XVII International Conference of the International Association of Intercultural Communication Studies (San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, June 6–10).

Maureen Turim was invited to deliver a series of seminars at two universities in Paris in May and June. For the L’Université de Paris 3 la Sorbonne Nouvelle, she presented graduate seminars on topics in US and French film studies: May 3: “Les stars Garbo et Gish: Histoire de MGM, l’année 1926,” May 10 : “Du désir féminin en théorie,” and May 17: “L’encadrement de paysage dans le Western.” At the L’Université de Paris 8 Vincennes-St. Denis she presented three seminars on innovation in film: “Abramovic: La Reprise des performances,” “Abigail Child: Montages insolites,” and Andrezej Munk's “La passagère: traumatisme.” She also gave talks for two research groups: for Théâtres de la Mèmoire, she presented “Paysages mémoriels du Western,” at the L’Institute Nationale de L’Histoire de l’Art (INHA); and, for L’Association sur l’Étude du Surréalisme, she presented “Montage de Maya Deren,” at La Coupole.

Phil Wegner’s essay “’The Mysterious Qualities of This Alleged Void’: Transvaluation and Utopian Urbanism in Rem Koolhaas’s S,M,L,XL” appears in the collection, Imagining and Making the World: Reflections on Architecture and Utopia, edited by Nathaniel Coleman (Peter Lang, 2011), 283–98.



Pamela Gilbert delivered the keynote address “Epidemic Subjects” at the Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada Conference (Banff, April 2011). The conference topic was Victorian Epidemics. She received NEH support to attend an NEH Institute at the University of Virginia devoted to the topic of “Evaluating Digital Scholarship in the Humanities” (May–June 2011).

Andrew Gordon’s essay “The Critique of the Pastoral, Utopia, and the American Dream in American Pastoral” appears in Philip Roth: American Pastoral, The Human Stain, The Plot Against America, ed. Debra Shostak (Continuum, 2011): 33–43. Gordon gave two invited lectures in Denmark. On May 16, he spoke on Spielberg’s War of the Worlds at the University of Roskilde. On May 18, he discussed Spielberg’s Poltergeist at a seminar on “Ghosts and Spectrality” at the University of Aalborg.

Susan Hegeman presented “‘The Meat is the Message’: Ozeki’s My Year of Meats and Neoliberal Consumer Citizenship” at the American Literature Association Conference (Boston, May 26–31).

Stephanie A. Smith delivered an invited presentation titled “Union Blues: Melville’s War Poetry” at the American Literature Association Conference (Boston, May 26–31).


News of Current Students


Poushali Bhadury presented “I Eat, Therefore I Am: The Bengali and His Food in Narayan Gangopadhyay” at the 38th Annual Children’s Literature Association Conference (Roanoke,VA, June 23–25).

Marilisa Jimenez presented “Another Johnny Appleseed: Pura Belpre’s Storytelling and Resisting Colonialism” at the Society for the History of Childhood and Youth Conference (Columbia University, New York). She was awarded a graduate travel fellowship to attend the conference, and this award supported a research trip to the New York Public Library Manuscript and Archives Division and the Columbia University Oral History Project.

Wylie Lenz and Stephanie Boluk’s (PhD, 2011) essay “Infection, Media and Capitalism: From Early Modern Plagues to Postmodern Zombies” appears in the Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies 10.2 (Fall/Winter 2010): 126–147. Stephanie Boluk and Wylie Lenz's co-edited collection Generation Zombie: Essays on the Living Dead in Modern Culture has been published by McFarland & Company. The collection features essays by UF contributors Terry Harpold and Nicole LaRose (PhD, 2006).

Krissy Wilson’s exhibition of “Anomalies and Curiosities of the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature” showcases memorable “marks of the hand” – scribbles, doodles, hand-coloring of illustrations – and “somnotexts,” recycled binder’s waste, often of surprising origin, used in the binding of books in the Baldwin collection. The exhibition, based on Wilson’s University Scholars Project, runs August 1 through September 15, 2011.



Renee Dowbnia presented “Sacred Symbionts: The Mis/treatment of Animals in Linda Hogan’s Power and People of the Whale” at the 9th Association for the Study of Literature & Environment Biennial Conference: Species, Space and the Imagination of the Global (Bloomington, IN, June 21–26).

Hanh Nguyen’s co-authored essay “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).

Arun Kumar Pokhrel's entries on “Empire,” “Alterglobalization,” and “Eurocentrism” appear in Encyclopedia of Global Justice, ed. Deen K. Chatterjee (Springer, 2011). His book review on Robert J. C. Young’s The Idea of English Ethnicity (2008) is set to appear in ariel 41.3–4. He delivered three presentations recently: “Research in English: A Comparative Study of ABELL and MLAIB” at the 2011 MLA Annual Convention (Los Angeles, CA, Jan. 6–9), “Thinking beyond American Classroom: Connecting Composition, Literature, and New Media” at the 2011 CCCC Annual Convention (Atlanta, GA, April 6–9), and “The Postcolonial and the Global: Examining the Intersections of Development, Modernity, and the Ecological Turn” at the 13th Annual Conference of the Marxist Reading Group (UF, March 31–April 2).



Poushali Bhadury’s article “Fictional Spaces, Contested Images: Anne’s ‘Authentic’ Afterlife” appears in Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 36.2 (Summer 2011): 214–37.

John Tinnell’s article “Scripting Just Sustainability: Through Green Listing Towards Eco-Blogging” appears in Environmental Communication 5.2 (2011): 228–42. John is the new webmaster for the English Department. He and Gary Hink presented “Teaching Internet Invention” at the Computers and Writing Conference (Ann Arbor, May 19–22).


News of Former Students


Leah Carrol (MFA, 2007) has been named a recipient of the 2011 New York Foundation for the Arts Grant in Nonfiction Writing.

Karen Kaiser Lee (BA, 1990) was awarded her PhD in Rhetoric and Composition from Purdue University and she has accepted a position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of English in the Professional Writing and Editing Program at Youngstown State University.

Samantha Michaud (BA, 2010) is hiking the 2,179 miles of the Appalachian Trail. You can follow her adventures on her blog at: <>.



Anthony Cruz (BA, 2010) founds and publishes the first issue of the fiction magazine Writes for All.



Sharmain van Blommestein (PhD, 2005) has been accepted for an NEH Seminar titled: “The Islamic Scientific Tradition” (May 30–June 24, 2011).

Andrew Reynolds (PhD, 2010) has accepted an instructor position in the English Department at Florida State University.


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