Spring 2015 Newsletter

News of Faculty

2/26/15

In January, Kenneth Kidd presented a paper entitled “Literature for Beginners” at the Vancouver MLA.

Judith Page published two articles this month: “Wordsworth on Gender and Sexuality” in The Oxford Handbook of Wordsworth, ed. Richard Gravil and Daniel Robinson (Oxford UP, 2015), 647–661, and “Dorothy Wordsworth” in William Wordsworth in Context, ed. Andrew Bennett (Cambridge UP, 2015), 19–26.

Stephanie A. Smith’s short story “Winter Studio, 1901” was commissioned for and has been published in the Harn Museum’s catalogue for the “Monet and American Impressionism” exhibition, which will run from February to May 2015.

2/11/15

Barbara Mennel has published “From Utopian Collectivity to Solitary Precarity: Thirty Years of Feminist Theory and the Cinema of Women’s Work” in Women in German Yearbook 30 (2014): 125–137.

Phillip Wegner presented his paper “On Althusser’s Not-Unusefulness (Notes Toward an Investigation)” as part of a session, Ideology and the ISA (Ideological State Apparatus) Today: On Althusser’s On the Reproduction of Capitalism, at the MLA Convention in Vancouver.

1/27/15

Laurie Gries delivered a plenary speech titled “Circulation Studies, Visual Rhetoric, and the Study of Remix in a Digital Age” at the International Conference on Language, Literature, and Culture and led a two hour workshop on iconographic tracking at the Digital Humanities Winter School, both of which were held in Pune, India in December of 2014. Laurie also delivered a presentation at the 2015 MLA conference in Vancouver, BC titled “Visualizing Hope: Making Data Visualizations and Becoming Data Literate.”

Maureen Turim published a chapter, “French Neo-noir: An Aesthetic for the Policier,” in International Film Noir, edited by Homer B. Pettey and R. Barton Palmer, Edinburgh University Press, pp. 61–84.

Anastasia Ulanowicz presented a paper, “The Kozak as a Site of Memory in Post-Independence-era Ukrainian Children’s Literature,” at the MLA convention held in Vancouver, BC.

Phillip Wegner gave a talk, “Always Totalize, Forcing, Deep Listening, and Other Habits of Highly Effective Theorists,” at the invitation of the Department of French and Italian at Northwestern University. Dr. Wegner also met with faculty and graduate students for a lunchtime discussion of his two recently published books, Periodizing Jameson and Shockwaves of Possibility.

1/9/15

Marsha Bryant presented an invited talk for an IMOS teaching workshop funded by the National Science Foundation. (IMOS = Impact of Materials on Society.) The workshop took place at the Fall meeting of the Materials Research Society in Boston on December 2, and Professor Bryant spoke on “The Power of Polymers: Tupperware and Domestic Design in Postwar America.” IMOS is part of the MRS Public Outreach Center. Bryant and students from her 2013 course “Sylvia Plath and Her Cultural Afterlife at 50” have published “Parody as Pedagogy, Plath as Style” in Plath Profiles 7. You can find a preview and link to the article on Marsha's blog.

Andrew Gordon gave a paper on “Envy: Cynthia Ozick Meets Melanie Klein” at the Jewish American and Holocaust Literature Symposium in Miami Beach November 10. His article “Red Scare: The Early Cold War in Novels by Mailer, Doctorow, and Roth” appears in The Mailer Review 8.1 (Fall 2014): 186–214.

Brandon Kershner’s poem “Our Lady of the Brilliant Sky” appears in the current issue of Subtropics.

Barbara Mennel published “Ming Wong’s Imitations” in Transit: A Journal of Travel, Migration and Multiculturalism in the German-Speaking World 9.2 (2014) and “The Fantasy of Femininity among the Industrial Ruins of Communism: Teona Strugar Mitevska’s I am from Titov Veles (2007)” in Genre and the (Post)Communist Woman: Analyzing Transformations of the Central and Eastern European Female Ideal. Ed. Florentina C. Andreescu and Michael J. Shapiro. New York: Routledge, 2014. 133–47.

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News of Current Students

2/11/15

Scott Sundvall’s flash theory piece, “Hegel’s The Master,” recently appeared in Interstitial. Additionally, his William Burroughs audio cut-up, “An Introduction and Conclusion to (Metaphysical) Writing Studies,” was published in the Responses section of Enculturation.

1/27/15

Alex Pickett’s story “Road Crew” appears online in Green Mountains Review. The story can be found here.

1/9/15

Gabriel Mayora published “Cover, Girl: Branding Puerto Rican Drag in 21st Century U.S. Popular Culture” as part of McFarland's The Makeup of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

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News of Former Students

1/27/15

Christine Poreba’s manuscript Rough Knowledge was chosen by poet Peter Everwine as winner of the 2014 Philip Levine Book Manuscript Prize with publication by Anhinga Press.

1/9/15

Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar’s chapter “I am Trayvon Martin: Obama and the Black Male in Cinema” appears in the recently-published Movies in the Age of Obama: The Era of Post-Racial and Neo-Racist Cinema, edited by David Garrett Izzo. The piece was co-authored with Alisha Saiyed, her undergraduate research assistant at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar.

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