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Fall 2018 Newsletter

News of Faculty

Susan Hegeman was invited to speak on the plenary panel of the annual conference of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers (ALSCW) at Vanderbilt University. Her topic was “The ‘Soft Power’ of Humanities Centers.”

Phil Wegner presented the 2018 Lyman Tower Sargent Award for Distinguished Scholarship talk at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Utopian Studies held this year in Berkeley, California. Phil received the Society’s highest honor, recognizing “lifetime achievements, for diversified activity, and for accomplishments not only in the academic fields to which we are accustomed, but also for achievements in fields not usually considered for academic promotion and tenure” in 2017. His talk was entitled, “Conditions of Utopia in 2312 and The Best of All Possible Worlds,” and is drawn from his forthcoming University of Minnesota Press book, Invoking Hope: Reading Theory and Utopia in Dark Times.

“À la Hogarth, Terry Harpold’s review essay on Alex Kirstukas’s new annotated translation of Jules Verne’s Robur the Conqueror (1886), appears in Science Fiction Studies 45.3 (2018): 575–84.

Delia Steverson was recently selected as one of eight scholars to attend a rigorous, three-day forum arranged by the Watson-Brown Foundation entitled Southern Scene: The South Depicted in Media, 1880-1960.

Terry Harpold’s essay Jules Verne, Climate Fiction Author avant la lettre? appears in Los Viajes extraordinarios de Jules Verne. Edited by Nicolás J. Moragues González and Ariel Pérez Rodríguez, Ediciones Paganel, 2018, pp. 83–98. Harpold’s Lire Jules Verne dans l’Anthropocéne [Reading Jules Verne in the Anthropocene] appears in the popular French science fiction magazine Galaxies 52 (2018): 10–23.

Rául Sánchez’s review essay, Moving Knowledge Forward, appears in the September 2018 issue of College Composition and Communication.

Maureen Turim’s Beginning with Jewish Survival: Freud’s Leaving Home appears in ReFocus: The Films of Susanne Bier, edited by Missy Molloy, Mimi Nielsen, and Meryl Shriver-Rice, Edinburgh University Press.2018

Judith W. Page presented a paper, Wordsworth as Garden Theorist, at the Wordsworth Summer Conference in the UK on August 6, 2018. Also attending the conference on a scholarship was graduate student Heather Hannaford.

Pamela Gilbert published an essay, Dreadful: Aesthetic Fear in Victorian Reading in Dreadful Passions: Fear in the Literary and Medical Imagination Medieval to Modern (Palgrave. 2018).

Pamela Gilbert spoke at three conferences this summer. In Ithaca, NY, she led the seminar on Affect, in which she also presented, at the meeting of Novel Theory: The biennial conference of the Society for Novel Studies at Cornell University in June. She spoke at Reading the language of affect. At the June INCS conference on Measure and Excess in Rome, she presented Disgusting Pleasures and Imperial Gothic. Finally, she presented Dickens and the Language of Emotion at Dickens and Language: the 23rd Annual Dickens Symposium in Tübingen, Germany.

Raúl Sánchez, with Professors Gaby Hernández and Maria Rogal, both of the School of Art & Art History, Raúl Sánchez led an international group of designers and design educators in a conversation titled Transforming Design: Indigeneity and Mestizaje in Latin America. The conversation took place on 27 June 2018 as part of the Design Research Society Conference, at the University of Limerick.

Anastasia Ulanowicz presented her paper, Temporality, Memory, and Warped Mourning in Eugene Yelchin’s Breaking Stalin’s Nose at the Figures of Memory International Conference in Wroclaw, Poland.

News of Current Students

Srimayee Basu presented a paper titled “Race and Bioethics: Black Women and Reproductive Justice” at the 2018 annual meeting of the American Studies Association which was held in Atlanta, GA from November 8-11, 2018.

Madison Jones’ article Writing Conditions: The Premises of Ecocomposition was just published in Enculturation: A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture and can be viewed here: Writing Conditions

Madeline Gangnes’s article Togetherness with the Past: Literary Pedagogy and the Digital Archive appears in vol. 27 of disClosure: A Journal of Social Theory (July 2018). She also presented her co-authored paper (with Kevin Cooley) Elfqueer: Following the Posthuman Lodestone of Elfquest at this year’s International Graphic Novel and Comics Conference in Bournemouth, England

Karina A. Vado was recently awarded the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences O. Ruth McQuown Scholarship Award.

Leila Estes received a summer 2018 FLAS award for Hungarian language from the Center for European Studies.

News of Former Students

Christina Nichol’s essay “An Account of My Hut” has just been published in the new issue of N+1.