Spring 2016 Newsletter

News of Faculty


Andrew Gordon presented “Politics and Purity in the Fiction of Philip Roth” for a panel he chaired, titled “Philip Roth and American Politics,” which was organized by the Philip Roth Society at the American Literature Association conference May 26–29th in San Francisco.

On June 24, Terry Harpold led a workshop on “Climate Fiction and the Sympathetic Imagination” for “What Sustains Us? Florida Ecosystems in an Era of Rapid Change,” a week-long seminar for humanities and science teachers, grades K–12, sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council and organized by the UF Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere. In mid-July, Harpold presented “‘Des inondés de Mars’: Sans dessus dessous and the Argument from Analogy” at the 2016 annual meeting of the North American Jules Verne Society, held in Philadelphia July 14–16.


Richard Burt gave a plenary address entitled “Filming Othello? Orson Welles’s Cinemal d’Archive and the Post-Faux-pas-calypse of Philm” at “Shakespeare: the Next 400 years” in Kronborg Castle, Elsisnore, Denmark, April 22–24, 2016.

Pamela Gilbert was in residence in May as a Visiting International Research Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Warwick. On May 11, she conducted a two-hour advice “surgery” for PhD students, postdoctoral associates, and early career colleagues about professionalization and the US market. On May 19, Dr. Gilbert gave a fifteen minute talk on building a research career at the IAS symposium “Global Futures: Building Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Research Careers.” She also gave three invited scholarly talks: the first, an interdisciplinary discussion co-sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Study, the Centre for the History of Medicine and the Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning, was titled “Be Afraid! Be Very Afraid!” was followed by a workshop on how we aesthetically enjoy normally aversive emotions like fear and sadness. Respondents included Jonny Heron (IATL), Lorenzo More (Life Sciences), Liz Barry (English), and Emilie Taylor-Brown (English/IAS). On May 18, Dr. Gilbert offered a Research Seminar sponsored by the Department of English/Comparative Literary Studies and French Studies/the School of Modern Languages and Cultures on “Flaying History: The French Revolution, Historical Progress, and Marsyas.” She finished her visit with a keynote lecture at the “World Victorians” conference titled “Dangerous Lesions: Skin, History, and Realism in Britain and France” on May 19.

Cindy Spence’s interview with Terry Harpold on the “Imagining Climate Change” initiative, “Climate Conversation,” appears in the Summer 2016 issue (21.2) of UF’s Explore magazine. The interview is available online at http://explore.research.ufl.edu/climate-conversation.html.

Anastasia Ulanowicz presented a paper entitled “Second World War History and the Aesthetics and Politics of Music in M.T. Anderson’s Symphony for the City of the Dead” at the annual Child and the Book conference held in Wroclaw, Poland. She was also a plenary speaker at the Trauma as Cultural Palimpsest conference in Wroclaw, where she presented a paper entitled “Re-Framing Ukrainian History: Igort’s The Ukrainian Notebooks and the Role of Western Journalism in Contemporary Representations of Ukraine.”

Phillip Wegner’s essay “‘The Great Sea Voyage which Marriage Can Be’: Repetition, Love, and Concrete Utopia in 50 First Dates” appears in Minnesota Review 86. The essay is part of a special section, “Marxism and Utopia Again,” for which Dr. Wegner wrote the introduction, and which also includes an essay by UF alumnus Eric D. Smith.


Marsha Bryant and Mary Ann Eaverly (Classics) presented at the conference “Portals, Gates: The Classics in Modernist Translation” at McGill University (April 30–May 1, Montreal). Their antiphonal paper was “Mythic Migrations: Ange Mlinko and the Modernist Imagination.” You can read about the conference on Marsha’s blog.

Hitler in the Movies: Finding Der Führer on Film, by Sidney Homan and Hernan Vera, has been published by the Fairleigh Dickinson University Press and Rowman and Littlefield.

William Logan gave the PhD Commencement Speech at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on April 28. There’s apparently a live stream still available.

Phillip Wegner was one of the invited guests for the “Utopia 500” workshop and symposium organized by the Onassis Cultural Centre and held in Delphi and Athens, Greece, May 14–17. For the Delphi workshop, Dr. Wegner presented his paper “The Making of Bricks Without Straw: The Problem of Form in Contemporary Utopian Narratives.” Back in Athens, Dr. Wegner participated in a public symposium, where he discussed the utopianism of love and listening.


Judith Page presented a paper, “Frances Garnet Wolseley and the New Art of Garden Design for Women,” at the Nineteenth Century Studies Association meeting in Lincoln, Nebraska on April 14, 2016.

Phillip Wegner presented his essay “When It Changed: Bodies, Cities, and Worlds in SF, circa 1984” as the plenary address for the “Power and the Space of the Planet” conference, held at Columbia University’s Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture. The keynote lecture was by Kim Stanley Robison, and Dr. Wegner also served as the respondent to his talk. See this link for video of Dr. Wegner’s address.


Pamela Gilbert has been awarded a 2016 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in support of her project Victorian Skin: Surface, Subjectivity, Affect. Professor Gilbert has also been awarded a residential Cornell Humanities Fellowship for the 2016–2017 academic year.

Stephanie A. Smith has been awarded a creative writing residency/fellowship at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in September 2016.

Maureen Turim delivered her paper “From Bara to Garbo: The Pose and Timing of Female Desire” at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference (SCMS) in Atlanta. At this conference, Turim also participated in a Workshop on the Pedagogy of Film Theory, presenting on the grad seminars of Prof. Scott Nygren, and what his work had in common with her own approach to teaching film theory. In addition, she presented her “Immersive Camerawork and its Meanings in Son of Saul” at a panel discussion on this film sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies and the Price Judaica Library at UF.

Phillip Wegner was the keynote speaker for Ohio State’s German Graduate Student Association’s (GGSA) conference, Between Utopia and Dystpoia, where he presented his essay, “I Was Once Cook at the Café Anglais: Forms of Utopia in Isak Dinesen’s Babette’s Feast.”


Terry Harpold, Madeline Gangnes, and Alioune Sow (UF Center for African Studies) are winners of UF’s 2016 Champions for Change Award for their contributions to the “Imagining Climate Change” initiative. The Award is given each year by the UF Office of Sustainability to individuals or groups in the UF community who have made significant contributions to campus life in the areas of sustainability, health, and well-being.

Jodi Schorb presented a paper, “Haunting Literacy in The Life and the Adventures of a Haunted Convict,” at the C19, The Society for Nineteenth-Century Americanist, meeting at State College, PA. She also gave an invited talk, “Of Books and Bumpology: Gender, Race, and Reform in the Women’s Ward of Sing Sing Prison, 1844–48” at the Newcomb College Institute, Tulane University, New Orleans.

Phillip Wegner presented his paper “Free At Last and Human At Last: Utopian Form in Robinson’s 2312 and Lord’s The Best of All Possible Worlds” as one of the invited guests at the Symposium “Utopia: Dreaming the Social,” held at the Reynolds Museum of American Art on the campus of Wake Forest University. The next week, Dr. Wegner had the privilege of presenting his essay “Innocent in Every Sense of the Word: Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Roosting Chickens, and the Challenges of Historical Amnesia” at the 18th Annual UF Marxist Reading Group Conference. The following week, he traveled to Boston for the 2016 American Comparative Literature Conference, where he presented his paper “Allegories of an Embattled Public: National Allegory, Geopolitical Aesthetic, and the Case of the Swedish Crime Novel.” While he was in Boston, he also gave a talk at Brandeis University, entitled “Thinking the Contemporary.”


Marsha Bryant contributed to another scientific editorial: Alexandra Lucas, Dara Wakefield, Marsha Bryant, et al. “Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) in Cardiovascular Disease: Searching for the Sweet Spot.” Journal of Clinical & Experimental Cardiology 7.1 (2016). doi: 10.4172/2155-9880.1000e141.

Jill Ciment's novel, Act of God, has been released in paperback by Vintage.

Susan Hegeman presented a paper, “UNDRIP Lit,” at the 2016 American Comparative Literature Association meetings in Cambridge, MA.


Richard Burt delivered an invited paper entitled “MacDeth” at the The Hudson Strode Renaissance Studies Symposium entitled “Why Isn’t Shakespeare Dead?” at the University of Alabama, February 27–28, 2016.

Stephanie A. Smith gave a reading from her novel-in-progress, Still Ice, at the UF Humanities Center for the Public Sphere on Wednesday, February 10, 2015 as a 2015 UF Rothman Summer Grant recipient. The grant supported Smith’s travel to Boston and research into soft robotics for the novel. Additionally, Smith’s essay “‘An Empire O’er Disentangled Doom’: Captivity and the Re-staging of Prometheus in the Twenty-first Century,” on the National Theatre’s Frankenstein and the film Prometheus, has been published in the journal Science Fiction and Television 9.1 (2016): 55–72 (Liverpool UP).

Phillip Wegner’s essay “Romantic and Dialectical Utopianism in Cloud Atlas” appears in Science Fiction Film and Television 9.1 as part of a special “Utopia Anniversary Symposium.”


Marsha Bryant’s co-edited “Camp Modernism” forum (with Douglas Mao) appears in Modernism/Modernity 23.1 (January 2016): 1–36.

With Andrea Dutton (UF Department of Geological Sciences) and Sara Gonzalez (George A. Smathers Libraries), Terry Harpold is co-curator of “The Science and Fiction of Climate Change,” a rotating exhibit of climate fiction text and graphic novels on display in the UF Marston Science Library lobby, February 8–March 10, 2016.

Susan Hegeman is now a guest blogger for Amerikaanalys.se—“För en breddad analys av amerikansk politik” (“For a broader analysis of American Politics”). The site follows the 2016 US presidential campaign for a Swedish audience.

Malini Schueller gave an invited talk, “The Pedagogical Subject of US Empire and the Case of Bienvenido Santos,” as part of the Kritika Kultura Lecture Series at Ateneo de Manila University in November 2015. She also presented the paper “Post-Postmodernism and the Limits of Resistance to Neocolonialism in R. Zamora Linmark’s Leche” at the 16th Biennial Symposium on Literature and Culture in the Asia-Pacific Region at Manila in November 2015. Her article “Negotiations of Benevolent (Colonial) Tutelage in Carlos Bulosan” appears in Interventions 18 iii (2016): 422–449.


Richard Burt gave an invited talk on “What the Dead Said: Posthumography and the Public Sphere” at the UCI and USC conference on “Freedom of Expression in a Changing World: What Cannot Be Said.” Burt had the disconcerting honor of following Edward Snowden.

Sid Dobrin delivered the talk “Digital Humanities and the Future of English Departments” at the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities.

Raúl Sánchez’s review essay “Theory Building for Writing Studies” appears in the Fall 2015 issue of Writing Program Administration.

Maureen Turim’s essay “L’encadrement de paysage” appears in Le western et les mythes de l’Ouest (Presses Universitaires de Rennes, et Lauric Guillaud & Gilles Menegaldo, 2015).

Phil Wegner’s review of John Frow’s The Practice of Value: Essays on Literature in Cultural Studies appears in Symploke 23, Nos. 1–2.


Richard Burt’sTranscript of a Lost Stand-Up Monologue” was published by the Los Angeles Review of Books blog on December 23rd, 2015.

Terry Harpold’s essay “Nouveaux Jonas: The Sources of Sans dessus dessous’s ‘Stop’ Caricature” appears in Verniana 8 (2015–16): 27–56.

Maureen Turim’s chapter “Cukor’s Tragicomedies of Marriage: Dinner at Eight, No More Ladies, The Women, and The Marrying Kind” appears in George Cukor: Hollywood Master (ed. Murray Pomerance and R. Barton Palmer, Edinburgh University Press 2015, 11–27). Professor Turim gave an invited talk, “Georg Koszulinski’s Florida Trilogy: Observation, Framing, and Montage,” at the 2015 Flickering Landscapes Conference: Florida’s Landscape, History, and Identity on the Screen. She was on a panel on Experimental Cinema alongside a former student in the Film and Media Studies Program, Lisa Danker, who is now an Assistant Professor of Film Studies at UCF.


News of Current Students


Emily Brooks presented “Digitization and Dissemination of Movable Books Data” at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute Colloquium at the University of Victoria, Canada, June 13–17, 2016.

The following students presented at the American Literature Association conference May 26-29th in San Francisco: Alyssa Hunziker presented “Joyce, Race, and (American) Empire in LeAnne Howe’s Shell Shaker” for a panel titled “Transnational Community in Multi-Ethnic American Women’s Literature,” which was organized by the Society for the Study of American Women Writers. Norma Aceves presented “Twilight Online Fandom: Cixous’ Écriture Féminine and the Digital Text” for a panel called “Children’s Literature Adaptations Digital Transformations—from TV and Film to New Media,” which was organized by the Children’s Literature Society. Derrick King presented “Representing Crisis: Modernist Realism and the Eco-Crisis Novels of Ruth Ozeki and Lauren Groff” for a panel on speculative landscapes.

Gentris L. Jointe’s poems “Playing Frisbee with My Father” and “Watching” are forthcoming in the Summer 2016 issue of The Journal. His poem “Another Elegy” is forthcoming in the Summer 2016 issue of Muzzle Magazine. His poem “Consolations” is forthcoming in the Fall 2016 issue of The National Poetry Review.

Michael Lupi’s poem “Still Life of Laughter as a Bowlful of Dense Objects,” was published in issue 16.5 of DIAGRAM, and can be found online here.


Erin Jones’s poems “From a Distance” and “A Difficult Birth” appeared in the April 2016 issue of Word Riot. “Stranger” is forthcoming in the Summer 2016 issue of The Journal, and her poems “Hot Mouth” and “Kitchen Wound” will appear in the Fall 2016 issues of Sou’wester. “Remembering Winter” will appear in the 2017 edition of Moon City Review.


Norma Aceves published an article, “Twilight Online Fandom: Cixous’ Écriture Féminine and the Digital Text,” in Frontiers in American Children’s Literature (Cambridge Scholars, 2016). Anastasia Ulanowicz’s article “Remembering to Forget: Historical Trauma, Paratext, and Visual Rhetoric in M. T. Anderson’s The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing” appears in the same volume, which also features a foreword by Kenneth Kidd entitled “The Great Included.”

Rob Short’s essay “David Foster Wallace and the Postmodern Novel of Ideas” will appear in the forthcoming anthology Normal 2015: Selected Works from the Second Annual DFW Conference. He’s also the featured guest for the current episode of The Great Concavity, a biweekly podcast about Wallace, hosted by Matt Bucher and Dave Laird.


Maurice Evers presented a paper titled “James Baldwin's Cultural Identity Politics” at the 8th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference, (Un)Stable Identities: How the Self is Forged and Found, organized by the English Graduate Association of the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.


Srimayee Basu presented a paper titled “The Fictional Autobiography in Afro-Caribbean Women’s Writings” at the 8th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference, “(Un)Stable Identities: How the Self is Forged and Found,” organized by the English Graduate Association of the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.

Olga Rukovets’s poem “In Memory” appears in the current issue (37) of Passages North. Her poem “Reliquary” will be in the next issue of Parcel Magazine. Her poem “Dacha” was a finalist for Breakwater Review’s 2015 Peseroff Prize and was published online.

Scott Sundvall’s article “The Rhetoric of Desiring-Surveillance” appeared in Media Fields.


Lauren Cox received an Honorable Mention from the Council of Undergraduate Research for her project “Lost and Found in the Archive: The Films of Lois Weber and Frances Marion,” which she submitted to the 2016 Posters on the Hill competition.

Karina A. Vado presented “Project (Q)ueer (U)ntouchables (E)migrants (E)xcommunicated (N)egroid: On Janelle Monáe’s Afrofeminist Futures” at the 37th annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Conference (SWPACA) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was awarded SWPACA’s competitive Heldrich-Dvorak Travel Fellowship to present her paper and was selected as one of two 2016–2018 Michael K. Schoenecke Institute Fellows.


Chesya Burke’s novel The Strange Crimes of Little Africa was published by Rothco Press in December of 2015. Her short story “For Sale: Fantasy Coffin (Ababuo Need Not Apply)” appears in Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany. She was chosen to speak to faculty and students for Agnes Scott College’s Writers and Scholars Series on February 3rd, 2016.

Derrick King’s essay “Biogenetics, the Nation, and Globalization in Paolo Bacigalupi’s Critical Dystopias” appears in the inaugural issue of MOSF Journal of Science Fiction (January 2016), an open-access journal sponsored by the Museum of Science Fiction. The journal can be accessed here.


Nathaniel Deyo’s article “Only in Dreams: The Big Sleep and Hollywood Fantasy” appears in Issue 6 of Movie: A Journal of Film Criticism.

Ashley Keyser’s poem “Tycho Brahe” appears in the winter issue of Pleiades, and her poems “Ant in Amber” and “Wilde in Florida” in the latest issue of The Cincinnati Review. In late December, her poem “Land of Flowers” will appear in Best New Poets 2015.

David Lawrimore’s article “Imperial Ambivalence: Gender, Discourse and Empire in Early Twentieth-Century Women’s Travel Narratives of the Philippines” appears in Interventions (2014): 1-18.


News of Former Students


Craig Saper’s The Amazing Adventures of Bob Brown was published by Fordham University Press.


Robert G. Walker (PhD, 1974) has published “Issues with Biographical Evidence in Recent Studies of Samuel Johnson: A Review Essay,” Biography (2015); ”Boswell’s Reference to Erasmus on His Fear of Death,” Notes & Queries (2015); and “John Armstrong’s ‘Finer Souls’ in an Early Boswell Journal,” Notes & Queries (2016). In the past year he has also published book reviews in the Eighteenth-Century Intelligencer and in Religion in the Age of Enlightenment.


The 2016 Terry Southern Prize will be presented by John Guare to Chris Bachelder for his novel The Throwback Special, which was serialized over four issues of Paris Review and was published this week by W. W. Norton. The Terry Southern Prize is a $5,000 award recognizing humor, wit, and sprezzatura in the pages of the Review and on the Daily. The prize is given in memory of contributor Terry Southern, known for his uproarious fiction and journalism and such screenplays as Dr. Strangelove and Easy Rider. Recent winners include Elif Batuman, Ben Lerner, and Mark Leyner. Bachelder also recently appeared on NPR‘s Weekend Edition.

Melissa Garcia Criscuolo‘s poems “What Red Wine Reminds Me Of,” “Prayer,” and “Fray” were published online in the Winter 2016 issue of Mezzo Cammin. Her “Tsunami” was published online in issue #21 of Anak Sastra.


Dale Young’s fourth collection of poetry, The Halo, has just been published by Four Way Books in New York. His first collection of short stories, The Affliction, is forthcoming from Four Way in early 2018.


Paulette Guerin Bane’s poem “On the Color Black” recently appeared in issue 5 of Stonecoast Review (January 2016). “Flight and First Child” will appear in issue 12 of Glassworks (March 2016). “Y2K” is forthcoming in Contemporary Verse 2, and “Expectations” is forthcoming in Main Street Rag.


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