Summer 2012 Newsletter

News of Faculty


Over the last month, Roger Beebe screened solo shows of his multi-projector films in Vienna (6/16), Berlin (6/23), and Paris (7/8). He also showed two films – Last Light of a Dying Star and TB TX DANCE – in London as part of the Unconscious Archives screening series on July 3rd. In addition, he traveled to Singapore to present a curated program of recent work from FLEXfest on as part of the 3rd Experimental Film Forum, which took place from June 7–10.

Andrew Gordon was the principal organizer of the International Conference on Psychology and the Arts at the University of Ghent, Belgium, July 4–8. He was ably assisted by Abra Gibson. 66 papers were presented by conferees from France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Romania, the Czech Republic, Poland, Italy, Portugal, Denmark, Sweden, Hungary, South Africa, Iran, Japan, the Philippines, Taiwan, Canada, and the U.S. Andrew Gordon spoke “The Bride of Melancholia.” Also from UF, Sylvie Blum-Reid spoke on “Rithy Panh’s (Re)Plotting of The Sea Wall.” The next International Conference on Psychology and the Arts will take place at the University of Porto, Portugal, June 26–30, 2013. For information, contact Andrew Gordon.

On July 6, Terry Harpold participated in a scholarly roundtable before and after a screening of Harry Hoyt’s 1925 silent film The Lost World (1925) at the Florida Museum of Natural History. The screening was the first of the Museum’s 2012 summer “Creative B” film series, devoted to popular sf films with paleontological themes.

Brandon Kershner spoke on “Joyce Beyond the Pale” (an eco-critical approach) at the 2012 International James Joyce Symposium held in Dublin. He also served as Respondent for a section on “Environmental Ethics in Joyce.” He attended the Trustees’ Meeting during the conference, where he served as Chair of the Scholarship Committee.

Mark Reid’s chapter “Quand les femmes noires s’intéressent aux hommes blancs” appears in Minorities in American Cinema. Ed. Anne Crémieux. Paris: CinémAction/L’Harmattan (2012). Reid presented “In-Treatment: Questioning the post-racial family film genre in Jonathan Demme’s Rachel Getting Married (2008)” at the 29th International Conference on Psychology and the Arts at the University of Ghent, Belgium, July 4–8, 2012.

Phil Wegner presented his essay, “Representing Jameson,” at the Marxist Literary Group Summer Institute on Culture and Society held this year at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. He was one of the four featured guests at the annual Summer Institute in Rhetoric and Public Culture held at Northwestern University July 23–27. He presented his paper, “‘The Great Sea Voyage which Marriage Can Be’: Repetition, Love, and the Event in 50 First Dates,” as well as led a seminar discussion of some of Fredric Jameson’s writings on film and media.


Andrew Gordon delivered four invited lectures at universities in Seoul, Korea: May 29, “Philip Roth’s novel The Dying Animal and the film adaptation Elegy,” at Kyunghee University May 31, “The Myth of the Birth of the Hero in The Matrix and Avatar,” Dongguk University May 31, “Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report,” Chung-Ang University and June 1, “Steven Spielberg’s E.T. as Suburban Fairy Tale,” Hanyang University. He also delivered three invited lectures at universities in Japan: June 5, “White Women and Black Women in Hollywood Films from Gone With the Wind to The Help,” Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo June 8, “Steven Spielberg’s Amistad,” Notre Dame Seishin University, Okayama and June 9, “Saul Bellow and Psychology,” as the keynote speaker at the Conference of the Chu-Shikoku American Literature Society, University of Hiroshima.

Susan Hegeman presented “Culture Wars and the Competition for Resources: The MACOS Case” at the MLG Summer Institute on Culture and Society at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia on June 28, 2012.

Kenneth Kidd was one of ten American scholars invited to participate in the first China-U.S. Symposium on Children’s Literature, hosted by Ocean University in Qingdao, China. His topic was “Missionary Work and/as Children’s Book Authorship in Elizabeth Foreman Lewis’ Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze (1932).” The following week he presented a paper entitled “Bad Classics” at the annual meeting of the Children’s Literature Association, held in Boston. His co-panelists were UF PhD students Poushali Bhadury and Anuja Madan. As usual many UF students presented, as did faculty members John Cech and Anastasia Ulanowicz.

Scott Nygren’s essay, “Teaching the Avant-Garde Film” appears in the MLA anthology Teaching Film, ed. Lucy Fischer and Patrice Petro (New York: MLA, 2012).

Stephanie Smith delivered a talk, “Tattspeak: Cognitive Signatures and American Authenticity” at the America Literature Association’s annual meeting in San Francisco (May 2012), and has been named one of UF’s Waldo W. Neikirk Term Professors for 2012–13.

Maureen Turim’s chapter “Teaching Feminist Film Theory or Women and Film” appears in Teaching Film, ed. Lucy Fischer and Patrice Petro (New York: MLA, 2012).

Sidney Wade taught at the Gettysburg Review’s Summer Conference for Writers in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. She did a bit of birding on the side.

Phil Wegner concluded his spring lecture marathon (3 universities, 4 talks, 5 arilines, 5 airports, and 14 flights in 18 days), with an address, “‘The Great Sea Voyage that Marriage Can Be’: Repetition, Love, and Becoming Human in 50 First Dates,” at Hartwick College, New York, as the final event in the College’s 2011–2012 Human Question Campus Theme lecture series.


Sid Dobrin presented “The Technology Effect“ at the 2012 Computers and Writing Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, May 17–20.

Laurie Gries presented “The Materiality Effect“ at the 2012 Computers and Writing Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, May 17–20. On May 25–28, she presented “Circulation, Obama Hope, and the Study of Reframed Dis/Identifications“ in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the 2012 Conference of the Rhetoric Society of America.

Pamela Gilbert delivered two invited talks at Hong Kong University. For the Faculty of English, she presented “'Blushing to think': faces of shame and desire in the nineteenth century,“ and for the Center for Medical Humanities, she presented “Sympathy and Contagion: Epidemic Behaviors in Nineteenth Century.“ On the way back, she stopped in New York for the last meeting of her three year stint on the MLA program committee. In place of that service, she has accepted an elected position on the board of NAVSA (the North American Victorian Studies Association), and an appointed editorial position on NINES (Nineteenth Century Scholarship Online). She published a short article, “Cholera in Nineteeth-century England“ in BRANCH: Britain, Representation and Nineteenth-Century History.

Sidney Homan’s “A Class with the Ladies of the Plains“ appears in The Truth about the Fact: International Journal of Literary Nonfiction 7.1 (spring 2012): 19–29.

Brandon Kershner’s poem “Funeral“ appears on the back cover of the current issue of Subtropics, 14 (spring–summer 2012).

William Logan’s essay “Elizabeth Bishop at Summer Camp“ is in the spring issue of Virginia Quarterly Review. He has had two other essays this spring, “The Unbearable Rightness of Criticism“ in the April New Criterion and “Meeting Mr. Hill“ in the April Poetry. He has had poems recently in Hopkins Review and Southwest Review.

Maureen Turim, presented “Images in the Shadow of the Dreyfus Affair: Georges Méliès, L'Affaire Dreyfus, 1899,“ at a conference on 19th Century French visual culture held in Israel, entitled La culture visuelle du XIXe siècle – (France et convergences internationales) May 22–23, 2012.

Phil Wegner’s essay, “Hegel or Spinoza (or Hegel) Spinoza and Marx,” appears in Mediations 25, no. 2, available online at <>. He presented an invited talk, “W.E.B. Du Bois’s Universal History,” at the University of Illinois conference, “Beyond Utopia? Art, Theory, and the Coming of Spring,” organized by the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory and the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities.


News of Current Students


Christopher Garland’s essay “‘I have been condemned to live’: History, Allegory, and a New (Zealand) Tomorrow in Geoff Murphy’s ‘The Quiet Earth’“ appears in the Spring 2012 issue of Bowling Green State University’s film journal, The Projector. His short piece, “Paris’ Jewish Quarter in Monsieur Ibrahim Et Les Fleurs Du Coran (2003)“ appears in Intellect Books’ (UK) World Film Locations: Paris (2012).

Emma Smith-Stevens’ short story “Anthem“ appears in the August issue of PANK.

Originally published in Fibreculture, John Tinnell’s essay “Transversalising the Ecological Turn: Four Components of Felix Guattari’s Ecosophical Perspective“ has been republished in Deleuze Studies 6.3 (2012): 357–88.


Poushali Bhadury attended the 39th Annual Children’s Literature Association Conference (June 14–16, Boston), where she presented “Lost in Translation?: World “Classics“ in/as Bengali Comics“ in a panel entitled “Rethinking the Children’s Classic“ with Dr. Kenneth Kidd and Anuja Madan, and was awarded the 2012 Hannah Beiter Graduate Student Research Grant. She then presented “Liminal Dreams, Liminal Identities: Memoryscapes in Anne's House of Dreams“ at the 10th biennial L M Montgomery conference (June 20–24) at the University of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown, PEI.

Robin Brooks presented “Class and Literary Culture: Examining Working-Class Portrayals in Caribbean Literature“ at the 2012 How Class Works Conference in Stony Brook, New York, (June 6–9).

Mauro Carassai gave a presentation titled “Problems and Perspectives in Configuring an Ordinary Digital Philosophy“ as an invited E-Poetry Seminar Fellow at the E-Poetry Seminar Intensive (May 16–18, 2012) at SUNY Buffalo's Center for the Arts.

Kadesh Lauridsen presented “‘Oh! It’s Only a Novel’: Woman Writers and the Intertextual Markings of Female Friendship in the Long Eighteenth Century” at the British Women Writer’s Conference in Boulder, Colorado (June 7–12).


Rebekah Fitzsimmons’s article “Testing the Tastemakers: Children’s Literature, Bestseller Lists, and the 'Harry Potter Effect'“ appears in Children’s Literature 40.1 (2012): 78-107.

Kevin Sherman gave an invited lecture, “Animated Documentary and the Rhetoric of the Reenactment,“ on June 4 at the Film and Digital Media Department, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Caroline Stone presented “The Old New Media Effect“ at the 2012 Computers and Writing Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, May 17–20.

John Tinnell presented “The Augmented Reality Effect“ at the 2012 Computers and Writing Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, May 17–20.

Walton Wood’s bibliographic and critical review essay of Henri Bergson’s Creative Evolution appears in Process Studies 39.2.


News of Former Students


Eric Otto (PhD 2006) has been promoted to associate professor of environmental humanities at Florida Gulf Coast University.


Sharmain van Blommestein’s (PhD 2005) article “Body as Book: Mortification of the Flesh and Self-Harm and Wounds as Rhetorical Sign and Agency” was accepted for publication in The International Journal on the Book, 2012. Sharmain presented “Medieval Mystics and Representations of Pain: Body as Book and Wounds as Rhetorical Agency” at the 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, Michigan, 10–13 May 2012.

Eric Doise’s (PhD 2010) article “Are They Real and Really Different From Us?: Testimony and Simulation in Radio Free Albemuth“ appears in Extrapolation 53.2 (2012): 183–204. He is currently a Peace Corps volunteer instructor at Anshun University in Anshun, Guizhou, China.

Ric Hoeben’s (PhD 2007) story “And The Ruin of that House was Great“ appears in Tampa Review Online.

Raappana Saara Myrene (PhD 2007) was featured in the Introductions Reading Loop of Blackbird’s Spring 2012 issue with two poems: “Elegy with Lake Effect“ and “The Nervous System Speaks.“

Eric Otto’s (PhD 2006) co-authored book chapter “Harnessing Time Travel Narratives for Environmental Sustainability Education“ has been published in Learning for Sustainability in Times of Accelerating Change (Wageningen).

Robert Walker’s (PhD 1974) essay on Samuel Johnson appears in the collection Theology and Literature in the Age of Johnson (Delaware, 2012), and his notes on Johnson appear in the Times Literary Supplement and in the Johnsonian Newsletter. His notes on Boswell in Notes & Queries and in the Eighteenth-Century Intelligencer. Two additional essays on Boswell are forthcoming later this year or early next in the Age of Johnson and in 1650–1850:Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era.


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