News of Faculty


On April 4, Raúl Sánchez took part in the Visiting Speakers Series of the Graduate Program in Rhetoric and Composition in the English Department at Florida State University. He delivered a talk titled “Cultural Rhetorics and the Uses of Theory for the Study of Writing,” participated in a roundtable (with Kathleen Blake Yancey and Michael Neal) on the future of composition studies, and was interviewed, for posterity, by graduate students.





Terry Harpold’s essay “European Science Fiction in the Nineteenth Century” appears in The Cambridge History of Science Fiction (eds. Gerry Canavan and Eric Carl Link, Cambridge University Press, 2019). Harpold was one of four Jules Verne scholars interviewed by the BBC World Service for The Forum’s April 4, 2019 episode on the 150th anniversary of the publication of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas. Also in early April, Harpold presented “‘What is?’: Gold Fame Citrus’s Climate Crises of Language” at “Reading and Writing the World: Perception and Identity in the Era of Climate Change,” Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, Montpellier, France.
(Image credits: Édouard Riou, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas, 1869–70)



Maureen Turim‘s essay, “Next to Chantal Akerman: An Installation of Generations and the Shoah, appears in Camera Obscura, Volume 33, Number 2 (100) pp 99-112.  She also published another shorter piece in this issue, “Forgetting to Eat: A Commemoration” pp. 166-167. This one hundredth issue of Camera Obscura, devoted to Akerman, was celebrated  with a reception at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference in Seattle, March, 2019.


Maureen Turim presented “Jia’s Still Life: Timing and Composition,” at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Seattle, March 2019:  She was also a participant in this Seminar at SCMS: Hot Take Horror for which her paper “Brevity Does Not Necessarily Equal Banality” was circulated and discussed.  She also presented “On the Diagonal, through the Window:  Marie Menken’s Glimpse of the Garden, 1957 and Rosalind Nashashibi’s Vivian’s Garden, 2017 for  a conference called “Plotting the Garden,” organized by Judy Page and Victoria Pagan, UF March 2019.


Wayne State University Press has recently published Reid, Mark A., ed. African American Cinema Through Black Lives Consciousness (2019).

Dr. Mark Reid presented “The Relevance of Baldwin, the Post-Civil Rights Movement and Not-So Post-Racial Imaginary through Critical Race Theory”, Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (10 February) and “Southern Intersectional Resistance – Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight (2016) and Dee Rees’ Mudbound (2017)” at the 13th International Conference of the Collegium for African American Research, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL (30 January – 3 February).

In conjunction with UF’s celebration of Black History Month, Reid moderated the discussion with Ron Stallworth, author of Black K Klansman: A Memoir at the Annual Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Black Graduate Student Organization sponsored Reitz Union event, 16 January.



Marsha Bryant‘s latest essay coauthored with Mary Ann Eaverly (UF Classics) appears in the volume The Classics in Modernist Translation (ed. Miranda Hickman and Lynn Kozak, Bloomsbury 2019). “Modernist Migrations, Pedagogical Arenas: Translating Modernist Reception in the Classroom and Gallery” generated from their team-taught class on women writers and their Harn Museum exhibit Classical Convergences.




Pamela Gilbert‘s new book, Victorian Skin: Surface, Self, History (Cornell UP, 2019) is now out. From the back cover: “Drawing on novels and stories by Dickens, Collins, Hardy, and Wilde, among others, along with their French contemporaries and precursors among the eighteenth-century Scottish thinkers and German idealists, Gilbert examines the understandings and representations of skin in four categories: as a surface for the sensing and expressive self; as a permeable boundary; as an alienable substance; and as the site of inherent and inscribed properties. At the same time, Gilbert connects the ways in which Victorians “read” skin to the way in which Victorian readers (and subsequent literary critics) read works of literature and historical events (especially the French Revolution.) From blushing and flaying to scarring and tattooing, Victorian Skin tracks the fraught relationship between ourselves and our skin.” She also attended MLA 2019, where she organized four sessions as part of her service to the Forum for Victorian and Early-20th-Century English.


Barbara Mennel‘s book Women at Work in Twenty-First-Century European Cinema has been published by University of Illinois Press in February 2019.

News of Current Students


Norma Aceves‘ article, “Feminist Disability Studies Goes Goth: The Hyperability of Female Monstrosity in Charlotte Dacre’s Zofloya” came out in Studies in Gothic Fiction this month.






Meghna Sapui received the Robert L. Platzman Memorial Fellowship, awarded by University of Chicago Library. This program supports short-term research fellowships in the Special Collections Research Center, and will allow Meghna to work on her project “British Poetry in/from India: Creating a New Poetic Community.”




Madison Jones and Jacob Greene recently published the article “Articulate Detroit: Visualizing Environments with Augmented Reality” describing a grant-funded AR walking tour of Woodward Ave in Detroit in Computers & Composition Online.




Alison Gaines (graduating in 2019) has a poem, “Plum Brandy,” in the summer 2019 issue of Salamander. The poem is based on the Manet painting of the same name.


Madison Jones‘ poem about the UF Bat Houses, “Sunfall with Bat House,” appears in the new issue of the North American Review, Vol. 304, No. 1, Winter 2019. He also has a blog post about taking his writing classes to the bat houses on NAR’s blog at







Srimayee Basu published an article titled “Reading Los Angeles’ Urban Uprisings: From Watts to Rodney King” in Issue 48.2 (Winter 2019) of Modern Language Studies.







Kel Martin‘s essay “Does It Dry Up Like A Raisin in the Sun?: Langston Hughes, Black Art, and the Question of Authenticity” appears in The Griot: The Journal of African American Studies, Vol. 37.2.







Kenny Anderson and Jason Crider‘s article “Disney Death Tour: Monumentality, Augmented Reality, and Digital Rhetoric” was published in Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, and can be viewed here.





Emily Brooks presented “Makeademia: Paper/Digital Prototyping as Multimodal Composition” and “Making Little Golden Books: A Material, Multimodal Approach to the Media History of Disney” at MLA 2019 in Chicago, IL.





Amrita Bandopadhyay‘s article “Romancing Jamaica: The National Imaginary and Jamaican-Chinese Women” appeared in Issue 12 (December 2018) of the Caribbean Review of Gender Studies (CRGS) titled “Gender and Anti-colonialism in the Interwar Caribbean.” CRGS is published by the Institute for Gender and Development Studies, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago.





Madeline Gangnes‘ essay “Wars of the Worlds: H.G. Wells’s Ekphrastic Style in Word and Image” appears in the collection Art and Science in Word and Image: Exploration and Discovery (Brill, 2019). Madeline’s chapter examines early illustrations of The War of the Worlds from its initial serialization in Pearson’s Magazine (1897) through the Second World War. Her analysis of illustrations and book covers highlights the difficulties presented for illustrators by texts that are deliberately written to be undepictable. It also addresses the ways in which various technologies and international conflicts have influenced visual interpretations of the novel.




Madison Jones‘ article “Sylvan Rhetorics: Roots and Branches of More-than-Human Publics” was published in the latest issue of Rhetoric Review (vol. 38, no. 1, February 2019).






Madison Jones‘ assignment, “Advertising Poetry: Remix and Digital Invention,” was just published by Digital English. The article describes a writing assignment asking students to identify typologies of remix through analysis of poems and ads. Students then produce their own poem/ad mashups.



Cheyenne Taylor, a first-year MFA, has recently had two poems published in literary journals. Her poem “Real-Girl-cum-Hypnotist” was published in the Winter 2018/9 issue of Barrow Street, and “Fear of the South” was published in Issue 49 of Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review.



News of Former Students


Megan A. Norcia‘s Gaming Empire in Children’s British Board Games, 1836-1860 is forthcoming this month from Routledge’s Studies in Childhood, 1700-Present series, edited by Claudia Nelson. Special thanks to Pamela Gilbert, Kenneth Kidd, and the Baldwin Archive where it all began.


Nicholas Pierce’s poem “How Do You Wear Your Nakedness?“ appears in the latest issue of Florida’s own Subtropics. He has another poem forthcoming in the Winter 2019 issue of The Hopkins Review.






Comments are closed.