Professor Emeritus

Alistair Duckworth has an MA from the University of Edinburgh and an MA and PhD from Johns Hopkins University. He has taught at the University of Virginia and, on summer or visiting appointments, at the University of Edinburgh; Mount Holyoke College.SUNY Buffalo; UNO Innsbruck; FSU Florence; and FSU London; He joined the UF faculty in 1973. In 1998 Professor Duckworth was designated the T. Walter Herbert Commemorative Term Professor, and in 1999 he received a SAADE Outstanding Teacher Award. He retired from UF in 2003 and has been employed since by FSU in London and Florence.

Professor Duckworth was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1978 and a visiting fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford, in 1988. He has published more than 100 essays and reviews on English fiction and the relations between literature and landscape. His The Improvement of the Estate: A Study of Jane Austen’s Novels (Johns Hopkins UP, 1971) was reissued in paperback with a new introduction in 1994. Other books are “Howards End”: E. M. Forster’s House of Fiction(1992) and (with David C. Streatfield) Landscapes in the Gardens and the Literature of Eighteenth-Century (1981). Bedford Books/ St Martin’s Press published his case-study edition of Forster’s Howards End (1997) and his case-study edition of Austen’s Emma.  (2002).

Professor Duckworth has served on the Editorial Board of the Cambridge UP edition of Jane Austen’s Works, (9 vols, 2005–07). He has lectured on Jane Austen at the University of Bologna, Goldsmith’s College of the University of London, the University of Lincoln, the University of Aberdeen, and the Scottish Branch of the Jane Austen Society.


Professor Emeritus

R. Brandon KershnerR. Brandon Kershner received his MA from The Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars in 1966 and his PhD in English and Comparative Literature from Stanford University in 1972. He has been a member of the UF faculty since 1971.

He is the author of Dylan Thomas: The Poet and His Critics(1977); Joyce, Bakhtin, and Popular Literature (UNC Press, 1989), which won the 1990 award in literary criticism from the American Conference for Irish Studies; The Twentieth-Century Novel: An Introduction (Bedford Books, 1997); and numerous articles on Joyce, other modern writers, and topics within cultural studies. He is the editor of the critical edition of Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist from Bedford Books of St. Martin’s Press (1992), and two collections of essays on Joyce: Joyce and Popular Culture (UF Press, 1996) and Cultural Studies of Joyce (Rodopi, 2003). His poetry and translations have appeared in such journals as Poetry and APR.

Professor Kershner is serving a six-year term as a Trustee of the International James Joyce Foundation, and in 1999 was named University of Florida Alumni Professor of English.


Professor Emerita

Patricia Schmidt’s courses in the Department of English included Twentieth-Century American Literature, Political Rhetoric: Public Women in the ’30s and ’40s,Twentieth-Century American Biography, and Theory of Argument.

She is the author of Margaret Chase Smith: Beyond Convention, a biography that was nominated by the University of Maine Press for the Joan Kelly Memorial Prize in Women’s History, the John Dunning Prize in U.S. History, American Historical Association, MLA Prize for a first book. A pocket edition is currently in process.



John Cech’s recent research involves a documentary history of children’s literature that makes use of the University of Florida’s premier collection of children’s books, The Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature. In 2017, Cech provided the Afterword for a new edition of D’Aulaire’s Greek Myths, and he gave the Edward G. Holley Memorial Lecture at the annual conference of the American Library Association on “History, Creativity, and Children’s Literature.” Cech is the author of Angels and Wild Things, The Archetypal Poetics of Maurice Sendak; Imagination and Innovation, The Story of Weston Woods; and a series of picture-book retellings, with historical notes, of classic fairy tales. Cech directs the interdisciplinary Center for Children’s Literature and Culture. He serves on the advisory board of the International Children’s Media Center, and he was the recipient of the Anne Devereaux Jordan award for his contributions as a scholar and as a public intellectual in the field of children’s literature. Among Cech’s recent courses are graduate seminars in The Art and Legacy of Maurice Sendak; Childhood, Culture, and Creativity; and Childhood and its Poetics.

Professor Cech’s CV


Marston-Milbauer Eminent Scholar
Director, Working Group for the Study of Critical Theory

Phillip Wegner

Phillip Wegner joined the UF faculty in 1994. He received his BA from California State University, Northridge, where he was named the recipient of the Wolfson Scholar Award for 1986; and his PhD from the Literature Program at Duke University in 1993, where he was a Mellon Fellow in the Humanities. He was the Coordinator of the Graduate Program from 2009 to 2012 and the Associate Graduate Coordinator from 2005-2009, and he founded the Working Group for the Study of Critical Theory at UF in 2015. He was named a University Research Foundation (UFRF) Professor in 2010 and the Marston-Milbauer Eminent Scholar in English in 2012. He was the president for The Society for Utopian Studies from 2010-2014, and received the Society’s Lyman Tower Sargent Award for Distinguished Scholarship in 2017.

Professor Wegner is the author of four books, Imaginary Communities: Utopia, the Nation, and the Spatial Histories of Modernity (2002); Life Between Two Deaths: U.S. Culture, 1989-2001 (2009); Periodizing Jameson: Dialectics, the University, and the Desire for Narrative (2014); and Shockwaves of Possibility: Essays on Science Fiction, Globalization, and Utopia (2014). He has published more than 50 essays on topics including contemporary literature and film, twentieth-century culture, genre theory, utopian fiction, literary theory, cultural studies, Marxism, spatial theory, globalization, and science fiction. He has presented major lectures at universities across the United States, as well as in Ireland, Cyprus, Germany, Sweden, and Greece. His forthcoming book is entitled, Reading Theory and Utopia in Dark Times, and he has begun work on a new book entitled, A Return to the Scene of the Postmodern; or, Why 1984 Wasn’t Like 1984. He is a multiple recipient of UF Teaching Awards, and teaches a wide range of courses, including most recently, undergraduate courses on contemporary world fiction, literary theory, and modernist British literature; and graduate seminars on the dialectical theory, structuralism and post-structuralism, and the Künstlerroman.

Professor Wegner’s CV


Professor & Distinguished Teaching Scholar

My current project explores new pedagogies for modernist studies, drawing on my courses and cross-campus collaborations. The materials it engages include literature, film, archives, architecture, and artworks. My recent academic essays are “Queen Bees: Edith Sitwell, Sylvia Plath, and Cross-Atlantic Affiliations,” in Feminist Modernist Studies, and a collaborative essay on museum pedagogy in the anthology The Classics in Modernist Translation, (co-authored with UF Classicist Mary Ann Eaverly). I also do crossover writing, including “Liquid Whitman” for the Massachusetts Review, and “From Slag to Swag” for The Conversation. You can find my blog here.

I am active in the Modernist Studies Association and often contribute to its affiliate journal Modernism/modernity. I also serve on the editorial board of Contemporary Women’s Writing. On the UF campus, I work with the interdisciplinary project Impact of Materials on Society (IMOS), and collaborate frequently with the Harn Museum of Art. I have co-led the campus workshops “Team Teaching from Classroom to Gallery” and “Teaching with Archives: A 360⁰ Event.” I enjoy teaching a variety of undergraduate and graduate classes, which include Desperate Domesticity: The American 1950s, Modern British and American Poetry, and PostPunk Cultures: The British 1980s. I received a UF Doctoral Mentoring Award in 2018, and am a member of UF’s Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars.

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Malini Johar Schueller

I have just finished working on a book on how suitable pedagogical subjects, through schooling, emerged as a central biopolitical technology of power that was deployed in the materially different circumstances of the colonization of the Philippines and that of occupation Japan. Engaging with an archive of state-sanctioned proclamations, educational agendas, school textbooks, novels, short stories, film, and political cartoons I critically juxtapose two connected sites and two distinct temporalities to offer a new way of assessing U.S. empire in the first half of the twentieth century, one that argues that colonialism and occupation are linked vis-à-vis the assimilative production of “knowledgeable” subjects. The book, Campaigns of Knowledge: Pedagogies of U.S. Colonialism and Occupation in the Philippines and Japan (Forthcoming, Temple University Press), brings together the fields of American cultural studies, postcolonial studies, Asian American studies and transpacific studies.

Two recent invited talks that exemplify the breadth of my engagement with US empire studies and race studies are my response to current scholars writing about the “Barbary” states in a conference titled “America and Muslim Worlds” sponsored by the McNeil Center for Early American Studies and my lecture, “‘You taught me language’: Education, Racialization and forms of US imperial Governmentality” which was part of the Eminent Scholar Lecture Series at the University of Alabama. Three publications that are representative of my research are U.S. Orientalisms: Race, Nation and Gender in Literature, 1790-1890, “Decolonizing Global Theories Today: Hardt and Negri, Agamben, Butler,” “Colonial Management, Collaborative Dissent: English Readers in the Philippines and Camilo Osias, 1905-1932.” I have also directed a documentary, In His Own Home, about the police shooting of an African student on the UF campus. I am the undergraduate coordinator of the minor in Asian American studies and faculty advisor for Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and Sparks Magazine. Three courses I have taught recently are “Cultures of US Imperialism,” “Comparative Settler Colonialism,” and “Race, Empire, and Asian American Studies.”

Professor Schueller’s CV

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Director of Graduate Student Teaching & General Education; Associate Professor

Anastasia Ulanowicz received her Ph.D. in Cultural and Critical Studies from the University of Pittsburgh in 2006. While at Pitt, she was a recipient of an Andrew W. Mellon pre-doctoral fellowship.

Anastasia Ulanowicz’s research is primarily focused on the representation of intergenerational relationships and memory in children’s literature and graphic narratives. Her first book, Second-Generation Memory and Contemporary Children’s Literature: Ghost Images (Routledge, 2013) received the Children’s Literature Association Book Award in 2015. She is also the co-editor (with Manisha Basu, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) of The Aesthetics and Politics of Global Hunger (Palgrave, 2018), which includes her essay on representations of embodied memory and childhood games in Oksana Zabushko’s The Museum of Abandoned Secrets. She is currently collaborating with Marek Oziewicz (University of Minnesota) on a book on the emerging genre of “Bloodlands fiction” in global children’s literature, and she is also developing a book project on representations of post-1989 Eastern Europe in comics and graphic narratives. Recently, she has been a plenary presenter at the second annual Trauma as Palimpsest conference in Wroclaw, Poland, and a keynote speaker at the fifth annual Turkish Radio and Television conference on children’s media in Istanbul.

Currently, Anastasia Ulanowicz is the associate editor of ImageText as well as the book reviews co-editor of The Lion and the Unicorn. Her most recent essays appear in Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, Filoteknos and Miscellanea Posttotalitariana Wratislaviensia. She is a member of the Children’s Literature Association, the International Research Society for Children’s Literature, and the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies. As the newest associate graduate coordinator and facilitator of the department’s MarketWise program, she is particularly invested in mentoring graduate instructors as well as advanced graduate students applying for both academic and alt-ac positions. She regularly teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in children’s and adolescent literature, and also periodically instructs an upper-division undergraduate course on the Bible as Literature.

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