Spring 2017 Newsletter

News of Faculty


Amy Hempel was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Letters.

Michael Hofmann’s translation of Franz Kafka’s uncollected stories, The Burrow (Penguin), was reviewed by Nicholas Lezard in The Guardian (31 January 2017).

On 6 December 2016, Anastasia Ulanowicz gave an invited talk on Western-European and Anglo-American representations of childhood and violence at the fifth annual conference on children’s media, sponsored by Turkish Radio and Television (TRT) in Istanbul. In early January of 2017, she presented her paper “Andrij Chaijkivskij’s Za Sestroyu, The Ukrainian Weekly, and the Role of Children’s Literature in Negotiations of Diasporic Identity” in a special MLA panel on migration, refugees, and diaspora in children’s literature.


Terry Harpold’s “The Abbé Bethléem and Jules Verne” appears in Verniana 9 (2016–17): 57–86.

Ange Mlinko’s Bagley-Wright Lecture, “At Sea,” presented last September at the Hugo House in Seattle, can be heard now at this link.

Mark A. Reid has recently published “Whose ‘Post-Racial’ ‘Post-Black’ Is It?: USA, France, Italy, and England” in Diasporas, Cultures of Mobilities, ‘Race’ 3. African Americans and the Black Diaspora. Eds. Corinne Dubon & Claudine Raynaud (Montpellier, France: Presses universitaires de la Méditerranée Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, 2016).


Marsha Bryant organized and chaired the roundtable “Oh, the Places Modernist Studies Will Go!” at the Modernist Studies Association conference in Pasadena (Nov. 17–20, 2016). Tapping their writing, blogging, pedagogy, public outreach, and administration, presenters imagined the field’s futures in light of current reinventions of the humanities. On December 2, 2016, Bryant presented at the Harn Museum of Art for a TA workshop she co-organized: Teaching with the Harn! MFA candidate Nick Pierce was one of the presenters.

Pamela Gilbert delivered a paper, “Nineteenth-Century Skin: The Boundary of Individual and Social History,” at MLA 2017, in Philadelphia. She also moderated a panel, “‘Victorian’ in a Comparative Field,” as part of her service as an elected representative of the Forum LLC Victorian and Early-20th-Century English.

Raúl Sánchez’s book, Decolonizing Rhetoric and Composition Studies: New Latinx Keywords for Theory and Pedagogy, co-edited with Iris D. Ruiz (UC-Merced), was published by Palgrave.

Maureen Turim’s chapter “There’s No Geneva Convention Here: Torture in Three Films Set in World War II” appears in Screening the Tortured Body: The Cinema as Scaffold, edited by Mark de Valk (Palgrave, 2016, 159–174). Professor Turim also gave an invited talk, “Better Late than Never: French Feature Films of the 1970–80s Address the Occupation and the Shoah,” on December 6, 2016. The invited talk was sponsored by the France-Florida Research Institute, Jewish Studies, and The Harn Museum of Art.


News of Current Students


Wynne Hungerford recently had fiction in Fried Chicken & Coffee. She has work forthcoming in Storychord and Emrys Journal.


Maurice Evers presented a paper titled “Dangerous Dorothy: Intersectional Feminism in Postwar America” on the panel “A Hot Thing: Black Female Sexualities Reimagined” at the SAMLA 88 Conference in Jacksonville, Florida, in November 2016.


Melissa Bianchi’s article “Claws and Controllers: Werewolves and Lycanthropy in Digital Games” appeared in a special issue of the peer-reviewed e-journal Revenant: Critical and Creative Studies of the Supernatural.

Chesya Burke edited an anthology, Hidden Youth: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History, which debuted in October 2016. Her short story “For Sale: Fantasy Coffin (Ababuo Need Not Apply),” which was originally published in Stories for Chip Delany, was republished in Year’s Best YA Speculative Fiction, September 2016, and her short story “They Deal in Pain, but Pleasure is Better” was published in Into Painfreak: A Journey of Decadence and Debauchery, November 2016.

Srimayee Basu presented a paper titled “Queering the American 1950s” on the panel “Representing Women’s Agency” at the 2016 MMLA Conference held in St. Louis, Missouri, from November 10–13, 2016.

Jaquelin Elliott’s article “Becoming The Monster: Queer Monstrosity and the Reclamation of the Werewolf in Slash Fandom” appeared in a special issue of the peer-reviewed e-journal Revenant: Critical and Creative Studies of the Supernatural.

Derrick King’s article “Narrative, Temporality, and Neutralization in Sarah Orne Jewett’s Queer Utopias” appears in South Atlantic Review (2016, 81.4, 12–27).

Caleb Milligan published “The Viral Image: Transmedia Mise-en-scène in the Fictional Real” in the premiere issue of Mise-en-scène: The Journal of Film & Visual Narration.

Rob Short was elected to the board of The International David Foster Wallace Society and designed its website, dfwsociety.org, which launched January 2, 2016 (Twitter: @DFWSociety). He is also an Assistant Editor of The Journal of David Foster Wallace Studies, the first double-blind, peer-reviewed print publication to focus solely on Wallace’s work. The CFP for the first issue of the journal can be found on the DFW Society and UPenn Calls for Papers websites.


News of Former Students


Sam Grenrock’s poem “The Sixth Age” will appear in the next issue of Raritan. Two of her poems will be features on the New Orleans Review web page, and she has four poems forthcoming in Canary.


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