Fall 2016 Newsletter

News of Faculty


Kim Emery contributed the chapter “Not Working: Shared Services and the Production of Unemployment” to Academic Labour, Unemployment, and Global Higher Education: Neoliberal Policies of Funding and Management, ed. Suman Gupta, Jernej Habjan, and Hrvoje Tutek (London: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2016). Her essay on activism, academic freedom, and the 1967 tenure case of UF faculty member Marshall B. Jones, “Rights and Rebellion: the Faculty Role, Revisited,” appears in the current issue of Works & Days (33/34), 2016.

Michael Hofmann has a piece on Wallace Stevens in the latest London Review of Books (“Snap Among the Witherlings”).


Richard Burt and Ryuta Minami (Shirayuri College, Japan) co-directed a seminar entitled “Shakespeares Tattered and Re-imagined in Manga / Comics, Animation, and World Cinema” at the  2016 World Shakespeare Congress in Stratford-Upon-Avon and London, July 31–August 6, 2016.


Marsha Bryant’s essay “The WP Network: Anthologies and Affiliations in Contemporary American Women’s Poetry” appears in A History of Twentieth-Century American Women’s Poetry, ed. Linda Kinnahan (Cambridge UP, June 2016): 186–201. Her collaborations with Mary Ann Eaverly (UF Classics) are featured in the current Print Plus edition of Modernism/modernity.

During the month of July, Terry Harpold was an invited panelist for roundtable discussions before and after screenings of three films in the 2016 “Creative B” summer film series of the Florida Museum of Natural History: Ishirō Honda’s beloved 1961 kaijū film Mothra (July 8) Christian Nyby and Howard Hawks’s 1951 science fiction horror classic The Thing from Another World (July 22) and Ishirō Honda’s 1963 Matango (aka Attack of the Mushroom People, Fungus of Terror), a hallucinatory tokusatsu horror film based on a 1907 short story by English weird fiction author William Hope Hodgson (July 29). On July 26, Harpold curated and presented an evening of contemporary international short sf films for the College of Arts’ “Creative B” summer film series.

Mark A. Reid has recently published “Agency as Remembering and Retelling,” the Foreword in Delphine Letort’s The Spike Lee Brand: A Study of Documentary Filmmaking (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2015), “Charles Burnett’s Urban Blues as Agency in Killer of Sheep (1977) and To Sleep With Anger (1990)” in Charles Burnett: A Troublesome Filmmaker, and in the Spanish edition “El blues urbano de Charles Burnett como agencia: Killer of Sheep (1977) y Nunca te acuestes enfadado (To Sleep with Anger, 1990)” en Charles Burnett Un cineasta incómodo María Míguez / Víctor Paz (Coordinadores), eds. María Míguez / Víctor Paz (Tui, Spain: Play-Doc Books-Asociación Cultural Enfoques, March 2016).

During the summers of 2016 and 2015, he presented “The Relevance of Baldwin, the Post-Civil Rights Movement and Not-So Post-Racial Imaginary” at the conference “A Language to Dwell In: James Baldwin, Paris, and International Visions” at The American University of Paris, 26th–28th May, 2016, and the summer before last, “The Fictional and Reel Depiction of Slavery in Two Contemporary Films” at the CAAR conference “Mobilising Memory: Creating African Atlantic Identities” at Liverpool Hope University, 24th–28th June 2015.


News of Current Students


Leila Estes co-authored a chapter with Dr. Katherine Kelp-Stebbins in the recent film anthology The Laughing Dead: The Horror-Comedy Film from Bride of Frankenstein to Zombieland. Their chapter is entitled “Undead in Suburbia: Teaching Children to Love Thy Neighbor, Fangs and All,” which focuses on undead characters in suburban films such as Addams Family and Beetlejuice. She also reviewed Doug Dibbern’s new book “Hollywood Riots: Violent Crowds and Progressive Politics in American Film” for the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television.


Madison Jones's article “Plato’s Apocalyptic Rhetoric: Interpreting Bioregionalism in the Critias-Timaeus Dialogs” was just released online from ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment. It will appear in print issue 23.3 later this semester.

Rob Short presented “I Want a New Drug: Reading David Foster Wallace's Fiction through His Criticism” and chaired the panel “The Solitary Made Social: Crowdreading Infinite Jest” at the 3rd Annual International David Foster Wallace Conference at Illinois State University, July 28–30, 2016.


Madeline Gangnes presented “‘Expressing Myself Wordlessly’: Intertextual Self-Portraiture in David Small’s Stitches: A Memoir” at the Graphic Medicine conference at the University of Dundee, Scotland, July 7–9, 2016. She also presented “Hysterical Reality: Weimar Germany and the Victorian Gothic in Mattotti and Kramsky’s Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde” at the International Graphic Novel and Comics Conference at Manchester Metropolitan University in Manchester, England, July 11–13, 2016.

Olga Rukovets’s poems “Leonard” and “The Urge to Belong” are forthcoming in the next issue (59) of Potomac Review.

Marissa Secades co-directed the short film “Make Love Happen” with fellow film production classmate Kristen Van Dyke. They created the film as part of Lauren DeFilippo’s fall 2015 Film and Video Production course. “Make Love Happen” was screened on July 8th at the Big River Film Festival in Savannah, Georgia.


News of Former Students


Paulette Guerin Bane’s poem “The Lady Eve” recently appeared in SLANT. “Epiphany” and “Polish Wedding” are forthcoming in The Fem.


Tom Bragg has published his book Space and Narrative in the 19th-century British Historical Novel with Routledge. The book is a study of the spatial dynamics at work in the novels of Walter Scott, W. H. Ainsworth, and Edward Bulwer Lytton.

Michael Hammerle’s poem “A Father’s Lessons Stick” has been published in Poetry Quarterly, where the poem is a contender for the Rebecca Lard Award. Hammerle was recently named a finalist in the 2016 Hayden’s Ferry Review flash fiction contest.


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