Summer 2013 Newsletter

News of Faculty


Marsha Bryant served as a grant review panelist for the National Endowment for the Humanities. On July 25, her panel met in Washington, D.C., to assess fellowship applications in Comparative Literature.

Richard Burt’s book What’s the Worst Thing You Can Do to Shakespeare?, co-authored with Julian Yates, was published by Palgrave Macmillan.

In May, Pamela Gilbert participated in an international workshop for graduate student professionalization in Venice, sponsored by the North American Victorian Studies Association, British Association for Victorian Studies and Australasian Association for Victorian Studies. At the same joint meeting, she offered a seminar in her own work in progress. In July, she keynoted the Victorian Popular Fiction Association conference at University College, London her talk was titled “Sentimental Bodies: Victorians and the Experience of Reading.” That month, she also gave a paper, “The Human Touch: the Hand as Instrument of the Human,” at the The Victorian Tactile Imagination conference at Birkbeck in London., an independent e-book publisher, has designated August as R. Allen Shoaf Month in Arts & Entertainment. Shoaf has been publishing poetry on for several years. Each day in August, one of Shoaf’s poems and images will appear on the top of the website’s Arts & Entertainment home page. The website will also feature his new book Pied-Piper Philology: Love Words.


Marsha Bryant was coauthor with Alexandra Lucas (Cardiovascular Medicine, UF) of an editorial: “Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation—The Hemorrhagic Hurricane and the Cytokine Storm” in the June edition of Clinical & Experimental Cardiology. This is her second collaborative publication in the journal.

Brandon Kershner presented a paper at the 23rd North American James Joyce Conference in Charleston, S.C., entitled “Intertextuality in Ulysses.” Graduate students Rafael Hernandez, Rebecca McNulty, and Alyssa Huntzinger presented papers at the same venue.

In early May, Kenneth Kidd delivered an invited talk, “P4C and the Child Philosophers,” at the “Worlds of Wonder” symposium on queer childhoods at William College. At the annual meeting of the Children’s Literature Association in June, he presented “I Can Theorize! Graphic Guides to Theory” on a panel devoted to “beginning readers,” also featuring UF doctoral students Rebekah Fitzsimmons and Casey Wilson. Kidd’s book Freud in Oz was named the ChLA Honor Book for 2013.

Twenty-Three Great Stories, edited by David Leavitt and Aaron Thier (MFA 2012), has just been published by Signet Classics. David Leavitt’s review of Andrew Sean Greer’s The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells appears in The New York Times Book Review of July 14, 2013.

Judith W. Page delivered a keynote lecture at the conference at Cambridge University (Lucy Cavendish College) celebrating the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Her talk was entitled “Cultivated Ground and Open Country: Character and Class in the Estates of Pride and Prejudice.”

In June, Mark A. Reid delivered “Whose ‘Post-Racial’ and ‘Post-Black’ Is It?: France & the USA” at the African Americans, ‘Race,’ and Diaspora Conference, Montpellier, UniversitÚ Paul ValÚry, Montpellier 3, Site St Charles. Reid’s review of Soul Searching: Black-Themed Cinema From the March on Washington to the Rise of Blaxploitation, by Christopher Sieving, appears in Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Film and Television Studies 43.1 (Spring 2013): 34–35.

Stephanie A. Smith’s novel Baby Rocket has been published by Thames River Press, the second novel in the Warpaint trilogy. She was invited back to the Martha’s Vineyard Writer’s Residency to help kick off the opening of the Noepe Arts Center and to give a book talk at the Oak Bluffs Public Library June 22, 2013.


On April 15, Roger Beebe premiered “Contemporary Conversations,” a new video that was commissioned by the Indie Grits Film Festival with a grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in Columbia, S.C., as part of the Cinemovements series. That series pairs filmmakers with works by a Southeastern composer—this year, Mary Lee Taylor Kinosian—and presents the results with a live score performed by members of the South Carolina Philharmonic.

Richard Burt’s essay “Writing the Endings of Cinema: Evocations of Authorial Absence and the Saving of Film Authorship in the Cinematic Paratext,” was published in The Writer on Film: Screening Literary Authorship, edited by Judith Buchanan (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), pp. 178–92.

On May 30, Susan Hegeman presented “Casinos, Slow Food, and the Occupy Movement: Indigenous People and the Global Imagination” at the Linnaeus University Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, in Vńxj÷, Sweden.

Susan Hegeman and Phil Wegner were two of the featured speakers, along with Walter Benn Michaels, Gordon Hutner, Caren Irr and others, at “The Futures of the Present: New Directions in (American) Literature and Culture” symposium at Uppsala Universitet on May 16–17. Wegner presented his paper, “Things as They Were or Are: On Russell Banks’s Global Realisms,” and Hegeman brought the event to a conclusion with her presentation, “The Anthropological Turn.”

Robert Ray had two essays published. “The Mystery of Movie Stardom” appeared in the New England Review, Vol. 32, no. 4, pp. 175–184, and “Cavell, Thoreau, and the Movies,” appeared in Stanley Cavell, Literature, and Film: The Idea of America, edited by Andrew Taylor and Aine Kelly (Routledge, 2013), pp. 169–184.

Anastasia Ulanowicz received a Faculty Research Grant from the Children’s Literature Association in support of her project, “Representations of Nationhood in Post-Independence Ukrainian Children’s Literature.” She has also received a UF Humanities Grant in support of this project.


News of Current Students


Kayley Thomas’s essay, “Revisioning the Smiling Villain: Imagetexts and Intertextual Expression in Representations of the Filmic Loki on Tumblr,” was published in the special issue of Transformative Works and Cultures titled “Appropriating, Interpreting, and Transforming Comic Books,” edited by Matthew J. Costello. Thomas also presented “Performing Sherlock Holmes: The Detective as Dramatist” at the Sherlock Holmes: Past and Present Conference at the University of London (June 21-22).


Poushali Bhadury presented “Food, Risk and Trauma in Lois-Ann Yamanaka’s Blu’s Hanging” at the 40th Annual Children’s Literature Association Conference (June 13–15, Biloxi). She has received the 2013 Research Grant awarded by the International Research Society for Children’s Literature (IRSCL).

Lyndsay Brown’s essay “Pornographic Space-time and the Potential of Fantasy in Comics and Fan Art,” was published in the special issue of Transformative Works and Cultures titled “Appropriating, Interpreting, and Transforming Comic Books,” edited by Matthew J. Costello.

Christopher Garland’s essay “The Rhetoric of Crisis and Foreclosing the Future of Haiti in Ghosts of CitÚ Soleil” appears in Haiti and the Americas (The University Press of Mississippi, 2013).


Poushali Bhadury has received a Mellon Dissertation Fellowship in the Humanities in Original Sources, funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). She will be engaging in fieldwork in India during the fellowship period (2013–2014).


News of Former Students


Claire Eder’s (MFA 2013) poems “Another State, Another Makeshift Self” and “D. H. Lawrence in Tarquinia, 1927” appear in the Sakura Review volume 4.

Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar (PhD 2008) presented as part of a roundtable on “The Relationship Between Self-Sponsored and Academic Literacies Across Languages and Cultures: Possibilities and Paradoxes” at the 7th European Association of Teachers of Academic Writing, in Budapest, Hungary, with Chris Anson (NCSU) and Paul Kei Matsuda (ASU).


Marilisa Jimenez-Garcia’s (PhD 2012) review of Carol J. Singley’s book Adopting America appeared in the June issue of the International Journal of Children’s Literature.

Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar’s (PhD 2008) chapter, “The Taboo in Indian Literature in English: Expanded Ways of Writing and Reading Indianness” was published in the book Muses India: Essays on English Language Writers from Mahmoet to Rushdie (McFarland, 2013).


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