Spring 2014 Newsletter

News of Faculty


Marsha Bryant and Amy Ongiri collaborated on the current UF Libraries exhibit, “failure,” created by the Arts and Humanities Research Group. AHRG also includes Mary Ann Eaverly (Classics), Peggy McBride (University Archives), Eric Segal (the Harn), and Craig Smith (Creative Photography). For more information, visit the website.

On March 21, Terry Harpold presented a paper titled “Portentosa Africa—Imperial and Anthropological Pessimism in Jules Verne’s Le Village aérien (1901)” at the 2014 International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts, in Orlando, FL. Also at the Conference, he announced the creation of the Walter James Miller Memorial Award for Student Scholarship in the International Fantastic. Named for the American literary critic, playwright, poet, and translator Walter James Miller (1918–2010), the Award will be given at each year’s ICFA for the best student paper devoted to a work or works of the fantastic originally created in a language other than English. In addition to its scholarly excellence, the winning paper must also demonstrate the author’s command of relevant linguistic, national, and cultural contexts of the work or works discussed. Benefits of the award include a cash prize, a plaque honoring the winner, and one year’s free membership in the IAFA. Winning papers will also be considered for publication in the Association’s Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts. With the generous support of an anonymous donor and the assistance of Miller’s widow Mary Hume and the members of the IAFA Executive Board, Harpold has established a permanent endowment to fund the award. He will serve as the Award’s Jury Chair for its first five years.

Susan Hegeman’s essay “The Novel and the Rise of Social Science” is a chapter in The American Novel 1870–1940: The Oxford History of the Novel in English, Vol. 6, Ed. Priscilla Wald and Michael A. Elliott. Oxford, 2014. Also, the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of the Novel, of which Susan is the co-editor (along with Peter Logan, Olakunle George, and Efraín Krystal) has just been republished in a one-volume paperback edition.

Brandon Kershner’s book The Culture of Joyce’s Ulysses is being issued in a paperback edition.

In March, Kenneth Kidd delivered the Joseph Keene Chadwick Memorial Lecture at the University of Hawai’i-Mānoa.

Maureen Turim co-authored with Michael Walsh a chapter entitled “Sound Events: Innovation in Projection and Installation,” in The Oxford Handbook of New Audio-Aesthetics, edited by John Richardson, Claudia Gorbman, and Carol Vernallis. 543–562. The publication of the volume was honored by the Oxford Press with a reception at the Society for Film and Media Studies International Conference in Seattle, WA, March 19–23.

Phil Wegner’s essay “The British Dystopian Novel from Wells to Ishiguro” appears in A Companion to British Literature, Volume 4: Victorian and Twentieth-Century Literature, 1837–2000 (Wiley-Blackwell).


On January 26 Marsha Bryant was a panelist for a Hippodrome Theatre Talk-Back on the film The Punk Singer. Discussing “Gender, Feminism & Pop Culture: Riot Grrrl & Beyond,” the panel included Hazel Levy and Trysh Travis (CWSGR). Bryant wrote about the event on her blog.

In February, Pamela Gilbert was the invited speaker for the Workshop Series in History of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Her talk was entitled “Skin: Surface and Self in the Nineteenth Century.” Earlier in the month, she served as the outside examiner for University of Toronto PhD student Alisha Walters, who successfully defended her dissertation, “Racial Hybridity and Victorian Nationalism: 1850-1901.”

Laurie Gries delivered a paper “Researching Remix as a Transnational Political Practice” at the Writing Research Across Borders III conference in Paris. The conference was held at Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense on February 19–22.

Terry Harpold and Tim Davis (CISE) have won a 2014–15 “Interdisciplinary Team-Teaching in the Humanities” grant from UF’s Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere. Their graduate course, “Digital English—Text Mining & Manipulation, Information Visualization, & Digital Poetics” will be taught in Fall 2014.

On February 1, Stephanie A. Smith did a book event for Broken Shelves, a new indie bookstore in GNV’s Sun Center, co-owned by UF’s own Eric Chianese, a former English major and recent Harvard JD.


Richard Burt delivered an invited paper entitled “‘Reading Madness’ in the Archive: Shakespeare’s Contagious Cu(n)t” at the “Global Shakespeares” symposium at George Washington University, January 24–25, 2014. Julie Taymor and Harry Lennix also spoke at the conference.

Susan Hegeman organized and chaired a panel on “Reconsidering Raymond Williams’ The Country and the City” at the 2014 MLA convention in Chicago.

Michael Hofmann’s translation of Markus Werner’s cult novel Zundel’s Exit, is just out from Dalkey Archive.

Maureen Turim’s book Flashbacks in Film: Memory and History was just reissued by Routledge University Press Library Editions: Cinema.

Anastasia Ulanowicz presented a paper entitled “Witness, Re-Vision, and the Constraints of Child Authorship in Nadja Halilbegovic’s My Childhood Under Fire: A Sarajevo Story” at the annual MLA conference in Chicago. The paper was part of a panel called “Diaries of the Young Girl: The Craft of Female Selfhood.”


Richard Burt delivered an invited plenary paper entitled “Pacific G/Rim: Un-translating Shakespeare” at the First University of the Philippines International Shakespeare Conference December 5–6, in Manila, and met afterwards with the other foundational members of the Asian Shakespeare Association. The conference program is available on the conference website.

Ron Carpenter published “When ‘Surge’ Signifies Rapid Increases of American Combatants Sent to Foreign Warfare: Classical Enargeia for Contemporary Warfare,” Style (Fall 2013): 315–332. His co-author is Courtney Caudle Travers, a former English Department Honors student who went to UGA for her MA in rhetoric and is now completing her dissertation in rhetoric at the University of Illinois.

Stephanie A. Smith’s essay “Union Blues: Melville’s Poetic In(ter)ventions” appears in the Spring 2014 Genre (Duke) vol. 47, No. 1, and her creative memoir/essay “A Meditation on ‘Brit’” appears in the Pea River Journal’s collection Re-making Moby-Dick, both in print and online at www.remakingmoby.wordpress.com . In November, she did a book-signing/reading from her novel Baby Rocket at the Westfield Town Bookstore in N.J., and she took part in the ABA Sherman Alexie national indie-author-independent book-sellers at The Book Mark in Neptune Beach. For more information, see the story in USA Today.

Maureen Turim’s essay “Renoir’s Jews in Context,” appears in A Companion to Jean Renoir, ed. Alastair Phillips and Ginette Vincendeau, Wiley-Blackwell Press, 2013. 474–98.


News of Current Students


Poushali Bhadury’s essay “Metafiction, Narrative Metalepsis, and New Media Forms in The Neverending Story and the Inkworld Trilogy” appears in The Lion and the Unicorn 37.3 (Sept. 2013): 301–326.

Thomas Cole’s book review of Moral Authority, Men of Science, and the Victorian Novel by Anne DeWitt (Cambridge University Press, 2013) appears on the pre-publication website for RaVoN: Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net, issue 64.

Kayley Thomas presented a paper entitled “Crime for Art’s Sake: Economic, Social, and Aesthetic Value in E.W. Hornung’s Raffles: The Amateur Cracksman” at the 35th Annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference on February 20, 2014.

Dhanashree Thorat presented a paper entitled “A Pedagogy for the Digital Age: Reading and Critiquing Digital Networks, Spaces, and Objects” at the Digital Media and Learning Conference held in Boston from 6–8 March 2014.

On February 24th, Sandy Weems gave an interactive presentation at the Medical University of South Carolina’s interdisciplinary “Narrative Bridge” conference in Charleston, S.C., entitled “Reflective Writing for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: Coping and Community.” The presentation is part of a community outreach initiative for under-served citizens.


On February 28, Berit Brink presented a paper “‘But It Could Also Be Very Different’: Space, Place, and Memory in Dutch Caribbean Travel Literature and Cola Debrot’s My Black Sister” at the 8th Annual Landscape, Space, & Place Graduate Student Conference at Indiana University in Bloomington.

The 2014 Symposium of UF’s Institute for the Psychological Study of the Arts (February 7–8) included a graduate student panel on psychoanalysis, film, and literature, with papers by:


In November, Mitch Murray presented his paper, “Intolerable Utopia,” at the 38th annual conference of The Society for Utopian Studies held this year in Charleston, South Carolina.


News of Former Students


Amy Robinson received the 2012–2013 Chancellor’s Award for Clinical Teaching at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg where she is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English.


Sharmain van Blommestein (PhD 2005) is now tenured as of Spring 2013 and is now an Associate Professor at SUNY Potsdam in the Department of English and Communication. She is the Director of Graduate Studies in that Department and the Interim Director of Women and Gender Studies.

Andrew Donovan’s poem, “Ithaca (No Suitors)” appears in the March 3 issue of The New Republic. He is hoping the poem will be freely available online around that date as well.

Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar presented her paper, “We Have to Take Writing Classes?” as part of the panel on “Students, Faculty, and Home Culture” at the (Re)thinking Global Connectedness: Critical Perspectives on Globalization, Liberal Arts International Conference on January 28.

John Tinnell’s (PhD, 2013) article “Computing En Plein Air: Augmented Reality and Impressionist Aesthetics” appeared in Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies. 20.1: 69–84.


Chip Livingston’s book of short stories, Naming Ceremony, will be published Feb. 8, 2014. Livingston joined the MFA faculty in Creative Nonfiction at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM.


In January, Lisa Dusenberry (PhD, 2013) became the Assistant Director of the Writing and Communication Program at the Georgia Institute of Technology.


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