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Ange Mlinko’s poem “Watteau” is published in The London Review of Books.





Susan Hegeman was invited to speak on “Academic Freedom and Fighting White Supremacy on Campus” at the AFT National Higher Education Leadership Conference, October 12, 2019 in Linthicum Heights, MD.





Richard Burt‘s article “Welles Worth Seeing? Teorie dell’attribuzione, titoli di film falsi e diffusione simultanea via Netflix di The Other Side of the Wind e They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead  appeared in Cabiria: Studi di Cinema, a special issue edited by Alberto Anile, Maggio-Aogosto Nouva Serie N. 192, 2019, 65-74, in English and Italian. (Attribution Theory, Fake Film Titles, and the Netflix Simultaneous Release of The Other Side of the Wind and They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead).



Marsha Bryant organized and chaired the roundtable Plastic Modernisms for the Modernist Studies Association conference in Toronto, Canada (October 17-20). The presenters were Allan Pero (Western U, Ontario), Scott Herring (Indiana U), Christina Walter (U Maryland), Anita Helle (Oregon State U), and Amanda Golden (NY Institute of Technology). The materials we featured included Bakelite, Tupperware, Fiskars scissors, Polaroids, and 3D printers.



Phil Wegner‘s extended discussion of the ethics of reviewing, “Are You Now or Have You Ever Been a Suvinian? Beyond the Moralizing Temptation; or, How Not to Read,” appears in the latest issue of Utopian Studies 30, no. 2 (2019): 300-344.









Phil Wegner presented his essay, “Utopias of the University in Dark Times,” at the 44th Annual Meeting of the Society of Utopian Studies, held this year at Michigan State University in Lansing, Michigan. Also participating in the conference were current graduate students Kel Martin (pictured with his wife Terri), Burcu Kuheylan, and John Mark Robison, and UF alumni, Mark Tabone (Ph.D, 2013) and Patricia Ventura (Ph.D 2003).




Richard Burt gave a plenary lecture entitled “Posthumous Shakespeare” at the Visualizing Shakespeare conference at Teeside University September 3 and chaired a session on Brecht, Arendt, And Shakespeare at the Arendt and Shakespeare conference at Kingston University, London September 7 held at Garrick’s Temple.





Mark A. Reid‘s “Intersectionality” appears in James Baldwin in Context, edited by D. Quentin Miller, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2019, pp. 127–135. Literature in Context.




In May 2019, Barbara Mennel presented a paper, entitled “Theory Film,” at the Toronto German Studies Symposium: Reconsidering Feminism, Film Authorship, and Performance where she also offered introductions to Irene von Alberti’s film The Long Summer of Theory and Ula Stöckl’s The Sleep of Reason with whom she moderated a discussion after the screening. Finally, she also participated in a roundtable on Stöckl’s life and work.

Also in May 2019, she presented a public talk entitled “Intimacy and Immediacy: IPhone Aesthetics in Sean Baker’s Tangerine (2015)” at the invitation on the NEH funded Faculty Seminar on Cities at Lawrence University, in Appleton, WI. She also introduced the film and offered a lunch workshop for the faculty seminar reflecting on her work on Cities and Cinema, in addition to guest-lecturing and meeting undergraduate students and faculty.

In March 2019, Barbara Mennel gave a lecture on “Grants and Fellowships in the Humanities” at the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama. In the same month, she publicly discussed her newly released book Women at Work in Twenty-first Century European Cinema with feedback from three scholars (Hester Bear, University of Maryland, College Park; Monika Shafi, University of Delaware; and Peter Pfeiffer, Georgetown University)  at Georgetown University in an event entitled: “Author meets Critics: Discussion of Women at Work in Twenty-first Century European Cinema.” In March, she also presented a paper “Miniscule Art: Female Miniaturists in Film” at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies in Seattle on a panel she organized on miniatures and women in film.


Marsha Bryant‘s review of Song of Myself IPA from Bell’s Brewery appeared in The Massachusetts Review on July 4, 2019 (Liquid Whitman). Part I of Bell’s Leaves of Grass Series, Song of Myself marks the bicentennial year of Walt Whitman’s birth.



Susan Hegeman‘s article, “American Popular Social Science: The Boasian Legacy” was just published in the Winter 2018 volume of Amerikastudien/American Studies (vol. 63, no. 4).




Marsha Bryant‘s essay “Queen bees: Edith Sitwell, Sylvia Plath & cross-Atlantic affiliations” appears in the June 2019 issue of Feminist Modernist Studies. DOI: 10.1080/24692921.2019.1621690






Rae X. Yan‘s article “Robert Louis Stevenson as Philosophical Anatomist: The Body Snatcher” is now out in English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920, Vol 62, No. 4, 2019.







Jill Ciment’s new novel, The Body in Question, will be published by Pantheon in June. “Think Again,” an excerpt from her memoir-in-progress, The Other Half, appears in the June issue of Harper’s.







Al Shoaf‘s fourth book of poems, LANGUAGE TO LIVE IN, is scheduled to be released May 31. The publisher has posted information about the book on its website, including a small collection of the poems as a sample:
You can “click through” the cover page to an ancillary site with further information and a sample of the poems.






Susan Hegeman and Phil Wegner were invited speakers at the international conference, “Reading in the Age of Trump: The Politics and Possibility of Literary Studies Now,” hosted by the Obama Institute of Transnational American Studies, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany (May 15-18, 2019). Dr. Hegeman spoke on “21st Century Criticism and the Problem of Class.” Dr. Wegner’s talk was titled, “Reading Theory and Utopia in Dark Times.”



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


Madeline Gangnes presented her paper, “The (De)collected War of the Worlds: Victorian Serialized Fiction and the Digital ‘Edition’,” at the 2019 North American Victorian Studies Association conference in Columbus, Ohio (Oct. 17-19, 2019). Through her digital project, The (De)collected War of the Worlds, this paper explores ways in which the material and cultural contexts of serialized novels might be made more visible and accessible through digital projects that place them within their periodical presentations. She also advised several UF undergraduate English majors in presenting at NAVSA’s poster session, where their research was very well received. The (De)collected War of the Worlds can be found at





Kevin Cooley‘s article, “Picasso, Comics, and Cultural Divides: Why Krazy Kat Is a Kubist Kat,” was published in Modernism/modernity at the end of September. It can be found here.





Srimayee Basu presented a paper titled “Reading the Early Black Atlantic Criminal Narrative as Romantic Prophecy” at the 2019 gathering of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism in Chicago, IL (August 8-11, 2019).







Kayla Rodney was accepted for the UF/Santa Fe College Faculty Development Project program and is now teaching at Santa Fe for the year.


Stephen de Búrca‘s poem “The Day I Read Yesterday’s Daily Mirror” finished second in the 2019 Fish Anthology competition, judged by Billy Collins. The anthology was published in July. Earlier this summer, his poem “Past” was published in print and online in the ‘Delete’ issue of Abridged, an Irish journal.


Kenny Anderson and Jason Crider received the Kairos Best Webtext Award for “Disney Death Tour.”







Jason Crider’s article “Augmented Vision(s): Visual Rhetoric in the Augmented Reality Apparatus” was published in Technoculture: An Online Journal of Technology in Society.





Natalie Goodman and Jason Crider presented “User/Body Rhetorics: Adaptive Strategies for Networked Embodiment” at the 2019 Computers and Writing conference in June.




Kelsey Carper presented her paper, “‘They had become part of the nature of things’: Gardens and Nature as Queer Utopia in Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse” at the 2019 Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) Thirteenth Biennial Conference on June 28th.






Srimayee Basu received an Intersections Doctoral Student Award to support research and conference travel related to participation in the UF Mellon Intersections Group on Mass Incarceration.







Karina A. Vado recently received the Center for Mexican-American Studies-Benson Latin American Collection’s Gloria Anzaldúa Summer Research Fellowship, awarded by The University of Texas at Austin. Given to the “project that best makes use of the Gloria E. Anzaldúa Papers,” this program will allow Karina to work on her project entitled “‘I Graft a New Tribalism’: Affiliative Futurities, Biocultural Mestizajes, and Interspecies Intimacies in the Works of Gloria E. Anzaldúa.”



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


Michael Hammerle transferred from Bennington College’s MFA to the University of Arkansas at Monticello where he has been awarded two assistantships teaching Composition II. He founded the literary magazine Middle House Review. The team is hard at work on their second issue and the print anthology. He has recently published stories and poetry with Drunk MonkeysAfter the PauseMisfitmagazineNew Flash Fiction ReviewDoor Is A JarJapery, and Poetry Quarterly.


Robert G. Walker (PhD, 1974) has coauthored with Melvyn New (Emeritus, University of Florida) three items: “Who Killed Tom Cumming the Quaker?: Recovering the Life-Story of an Eighteenth-Century Adventurer,” Modern Philology (2019); “Further Annotations to Boswell,” Notes & Queries (2018); and “Thomas Cumming and William Leechman: An Early Spat for the ‘Fighting Quaker,’” Scottish Literary Review (2019).

He has also published “Ernest Borneman’s Tomorrow Is Now (1959): Thoughts about a Lost Novel, with Glances toward Samuel Johnson and other Modernists,” in Samuel Johnson among the Modernists, (Clemson University Press, 2019); “Sterne’s Mummies: Fraudulent Trade in ‘The Prodigal Son’ Sermon,” Scriblerian (2018); “Thomas Cumming as Celebrity,” Eighteenth-Century Intelligencer, (2019); and “‘Curious Particulars’: The Will of Thomas Cumming, the Fighting Quaker,” Johnsonian Newsletter (forthcoming, 2019).

He has reviewed five books: Prose Immortality, 1711-1819Eighteenth-Century Intelligencer (2016); Raving at Usurers: Anti-Finance and the Ethics of Uncertainty in England, 1690-1750Scriblerian (2017); The Johnson Circle: A Group PortraitEighteenth-Century Intelligencer (2018); The Papist Represented: Literature and the English Catholic Community, 1688-1791, and Facts and Inventions: Selections from the Journalism of James Boswell, both in Scriblerian (2019).


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.






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