Fall 2013 Newsletter

News of Faculty


Marsha Bryant’s Women’s Poetry and Popular Culture (Palgrave, 2011) has been re-released as a paperback. A new review by Lara Vetter is just out in Twentieth-Century Literature 59.1 (2013):“Rebranding Women’s Poetry” (164–173). Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal reviewed the book last month (42.8: 1030–32).

Richard Burt gave an invited plenary lecture entitled “Shakespeare Gets Lost” at the 3rd Wuhan University International Symposium on Shakespeare November 16–17, 2013, in Wuhan, China. Burt also taught a graduate seminar on “What Happens in Hamlet, Question Mark.”

Laurie Gries’ article “Iconographic Tracking: A Digital Research Method for Visual Rhetoric and Circulation Studies” appears in Computers and Composition, Volume 30 Issue 4 (December 2013).

In November, Barbara Mennel gave a talk entitled “Care & Theft: Intimate Labor and Female Migration in the Italian Psychological Thriller” at “Emotional Economy: A Workshop on Emotional Labor and toward Dispositions for a New Economic Ethos” at Johns Hopkins University. Her book Queer Cinema has just appeared in French as Le Cinéma Queer. Paris: L’Arche, 2013.

Phil Wegner presented his paper, “Free at Last and Human at Last: Evental Genres and Utopian Form in Kim Stanley Robinson’s 2312,” at the 38th annual conference of The Society for Utopian Studies held this year in Charleston, South Carolina. He also spoke as part of roundtable discussion of Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor’s Postmodern Utopias and Feminist Fictions and presided over the Society’s steering committee and business meetings. Presentations were also made by current UF students, Paige Fowler, Yen Li Loh, Mitch Murray, and Daniel Norford, and alumni, Stephanie Boluk, Wylie Lenz, Mike Mayne, Patrick McHenry, Aron Pease, Dina Smith (also this year’s program chair), Tarshia Stanley, Mark Tabone, Christina Van Houten, and Patricia Ventura.


In October, Laurie Gries delivered a paper titled “Rhetorical Biographies of Things: A New Genre for Rhetorical History” at the Western States Rhetoric and Literacy Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Kenneth Kidd gave an invited talk entitled “The Age of Beginners” at the general forum for the Pacific Asian and Modern Language Association.

Stephanie A. Smith did a reading from her latest novel Baby Rocket at the Mason Arms Inn in Central London, to help launch the Thames River Press fall releases.


Pamela Gilbert’s essay, “Sensation Fiction and the Medical Context,” appeared in the Cambridge Companion to Sensation Fiction (Cambridge 2013).

Susan Hegeman’s article, “A ‘Wordminded’ People Encounters the Armory Show,” was just published in The New Art Spirit: The Armory Show at 100, edited by Kimberly Orcutt and Marilyn Kushner, New York Historical Society, 2013. This is the catalogue for the exhibit, “The Armory Show at 100,” which opened October 10 at the New York Historical Society.

David Leavitt’s new book, The Two Hotel Francforts, has been published by Bloomsbury.

The editors of Exemplaria have inaugurated, beginning in 2013, a yearly essay award for the best article published in the pages of Exemplaria. The award has been named in honor of the founding editors R. Allen and Judy Shoaf.

This year’s “R. Allen and Judy Shoaf Award” has just been announced: the recipient is Sonia Velasquez, for her article, “Didacticism and the Forms of Storytelling: Benjamin’s Medievalism and Forms of Knowledge in Sandebar.” The award will include a certificate and a $500 cash prize, to be given to Velasquez (Assistant Prof. of Spanish at the University of Pennsylvania) at a brief ceremony held during the International Congress at Kalamazoo.

Anastasia Ulanowicz was the inaugural speaker for the Learning, Teaching, and Diversity colloquium series at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education and Development on September 26. She presented a lecture entitled, “Literacy, Technology, and the Invention of Childhood.”

Phil Wegner presented his paper, “Allegories of an Embattled Public: Cognitive Mapping and the Geopolitical Aesthetic of the Schwedenkrimi,” as one of the featured speakers at “Marxism and the Interpretation of Culture at 25: Theories for the New Millennium II,” a symposium organized by the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory at the University of Illinois.


Marsha Bryant’s requested review of The Oxford Companion to Beer (“Oktoberfest Library: A Review-in-Limericks”) appeared on The Massachusetts Review blog.

Pamela Gilbert was invited to attend a workshop on Affect at the University of Manitoba in September, where she presented on “Touch.” This workshop is part of the Affect Project working group funded by SSHRC. In October, Gilbert’s article “Ouida and the Canon: Recovery, Reconsideration, Revisioning the Popular,” appeared in the new collection Exile of Passion: New Perspectives on Ouida and Nineteenth-Century Popular Culture (Ashgate, 2013).

Andrew Gordon taught a graduate course in film, “Blancos y Negros en el Cine de Hollywood,” in the Facultad de Filosofia y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, from September 2–12.

On September 19, Susan Hegeman spoke on a panel on “Theory and Culture” at the Celebration for the 25th anniversary of the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities at Vanderbilt University. Hegeman was a residential fellow of the Center from 1996–97.

Michael Hofmann’s review of Jonathan Franzen’s book The Kraus Project appears in the late October New York Review of Books. His edition of poems and essays by Gottfried Benn is published next month by Farrar Straus & Giroux.

Stephanie A. Smith gave a book talk/signing to an appreciative audience at Smathers Library West Cafe on Sept. 4 for the WARPAINT trilogy and a presentation to the Gainesville Writer’s Alliance on Sept. 8. about the publishing industry today.

Phil Wegner’s essay, “Detonating Shockwaves of Possibility: Alternate History and the Geopolitical Aesthetics of Ken MacLeod and Iain M. Banks,” appears as part of a special section on “The British Boom” in CR: The New Centennial Review 13, no. 2 (2013).


Marsha Bryant’s essay, “The Confessional Other: Identity, Form, Origins in Confessional Poetry” appears in the essay collection Identity and Form in Contemporary Literature, ed. Ana Maria Sanchez-Arce (Routledge, August 2013), Chapter 10. Bryant also presented a paper, “Queen Bees: Edith, Sitwell, and Sylvia Plath,” at the Modernist Studies Association in Brighton, UK, on August 31.

Richard Burt’s article “Shelf-Life: Biopolitics, the New Media Archive, and ‘Paperless’ Persons,” was published in a special issue of New Formations, on “Materialities of Text: Between the Codex and the Net,” eds. Nicholas Thoburn and Sas Mays, No. 78, August 2013, 22–45. The essay is available online at www.clas.ufl.edu/users/burt/shelflife.pdf

The paperback edition of John Cech’s Angels and Wild Things: The Archetypal Poetics of Maurice Sendak has just been published, with a new introduction and Annie Leibovitz’s last photographic portrait of Sendak.

Andrew Gordon organized the 30th International Conference on Psychology and the Arts at the University of Porto, Portugal, June 26–30, 2013. 72 papers were presented by participants from the United States, Portugal, France, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Belguim, Hungary, Poland, Macedonia, Denmark, Finalnd, England, Scotland, Brazil, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Australia, Japan, and China. Andrew Gordon presented “The Myth of the Brith of the Hero in The Matrix and Avatar.” The next International Conference on Psychology and the Arts will take place June 25–29, 2014 at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain. For information, contact agordon@ufl.edu.

Phil Wegner’s essay, “The Ends of Culture; or Late Modernism, Redux,“ appears as the final essay in the collection, Literary Materialisms, edited by Mathias Nilges and Emilio Sauri (Palgrave Macmillan).


News of Retired Faculty


Richard E. Brantley’s Emily Dickinson’s Rich Conversation: Poetry, Philosophy, Science has been published by Palgrave Macmillan. For Eric G. Wilson’s review, which relates the book to Brantley’s work as a whole, see nbol-19.org

Brian McCrea’s Frances Burney and Narrative Prior to Ideology has been published by the University of Delaware Press. Brian will be reading an excerpt from the book at the upcoming SAMLA meeting, November 9, 2013.


News of Current Students


Shannon Butts delivered a paper titled “A Cure for What’s ALE-ing You: Nostalgia, Britishness, and Beer” at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association conference that was held in Atlanta from November 8–10.

Christopher Garland delivered a paper titled “Port-au-Prince Is New Orleans: Crisis, Spectacular Abjection, and Uncanny Blackness” at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association conference. Garland’s article “Fantasies, Micro-Identity, and Web 2.0” appears in Networking Knowledge: Journal of the Media, Communications, and Cultural Studies Association (United Kingdom). 6.1 (2013). 63–73. His article “André Eugène: The Visual Language of Resistance” appears in sx salon: a small axe literary platform (13).

Anastasia Kozak presented “Rediscovering 19th Century Poetry In a Classroom: Teaching Writing Through Translation” at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association conference.

Andrea Krafft presented her paper “I Ain’t You”: Intergenerational Disidentification and the Cold War Family in Flannery O’Connor’s Short Fiction” at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association conference.

Sarah Lennox delivered two papers at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association conference—“‘Her English Ensign Tied Upside Down’: Carnivalistic Imagery in Michel Maxwell Philip’s Anti-Imperialist Novel Emmanuel Appadocca” and “‘As Plain as Print’: Reading and Writing the Body in the British Sensation Novel of the 1860s.”

Randi Gill-Sadler presented “From Respectable Tourism to Radical Tourism: Interventions in Tourism Advertisement Discourse in Paule Marshall’s Praisesong for the Widow” at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association conference.


Jacob Riley presented “Interfacing Life: The Creative Posthumanism of Bioart” at the Ecology and Environmental Humanities Symposium at Rice University in Houston, Texas, from September 13–14, 2013.

Caroline Short presented “Against Rhetorics of the New: Material Consequences of Electronic Devices” at the Western States Rhetoric and Literacy Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Jordan Youngblood presented “Is Metal Gear’s Rectum a Digital Grave?: Queering Failure in Metal Gear Solid 2” at the Queerness & Games Conference at UC Berkeley on October 24–26, and he will present “‘I Know A Clean Boy When I See One’: Wise Blood and Southern Urban Queer Geographies” at SAMLA 2013 in Atlanta from November 8–10. He also had an article published in Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology, entitled “‘C’mon! Make me a man!’: Persona 4, Digital Bodies, and Queer Potentiality.” It is available at http://adanewmedia.org/2013/06/issue2-youngblood/.


Tara Tatum’s poem entitled “The Nut House” will be published in the Winter 2013 edition of Able Muse, print edition. Tatum was chosen as a finalist for the Able Muse Write Prize (for poetry and fiction).


Poushali Bhadury’s essay “Fantastic Beasts and How to Sketch Them: The Fabulous Bestiary of Skumar Ray” appears in South Asian Review 34.1 (2013): 11–38.


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