Fall 2015 Newsletter

News of Faculty


With Alioune Sow (UF Center for African Studies), Terry Harpold co-organized and co-moderated “Imagining Climate Change” (Oct. 9–10, 2015), the first of two international colloquia this year that will bring American and French science fiction authors and scholars and climate scientists to UF to explore new ways of representing and responding to environmental change. The fall event featured talks by Jean-Marc Ligny, Nathaniel Rich, and Andrea Dutton, with responses from UF faculty from the Departments of English, Languages, Literatures and Cultures, and Religion. For more information and a tentative schedule of the Spring 2016 colloquium, see http://imagining-climate.clas.ufl.edu.

Susan Hegeman was a featured speaker at the fourth annual Global Studies Symposium, Global Studies for China and the World, at Shantou University (Guangdong Province, PRC). The title of her talk was “Terra Ultima: Arctic Indigeneity and the Global Imagination.”  She also served as a consultant on establishing new global studies initiatives at Shantou University. 

In October, Barbara Mennel participated in the seminar “New Approaches in Feminist and Queer Theory” at the German Studies Association in Washington, D.C. and presented a poster Women and Work in Contemporary European Cinema” at the Women in German conference in Alberta, Canada. In November she gave the keynote Mechanical Movements & Gestures of Care: Labor Regimes in Contemporary European Cinema” at the symposium Film and Media in the Age of Transnationalism” at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Robert Ray’s “The Cukor Problem” appears in Murray Pomerance & R. Barton Palmer, eds., George Cukor (Edinburgh Univ. Press).  Ray’s essay discusses Cukor’s stylistic choices in the movies David Copperfield, Holiday, and The Philadelphia Story.

Stephanie A. Smith gave several readings from her novel in progress, Still Ice, at EGO’s “How to talk about Horror” conference (Oct. 22–24) and at the SSAWW Annual Conference, “Liminal Spaces, Hybrid Lives,” in Philadelphia (Nov. 4–8), where she also read from The Warpaint Trilogy and presented a talk and chaired the panel on “Creative Writers in Academe.”

Phillip Wegner presented his paper, “Optimism of the Intellect, Pessimism of the Will: On the Militant Utopianism of David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas,”” at the 40th Annual Conference of the Society for Utopian Studies held in Pittsburgh. The conference also featured presentations by our alumni, Wylie Lenz, Mike Mayne, Mark Tabone, and Patricia Ventura.


Richard Burt delivered the plenary lecture and was a respondent in a seminar at the annual meeting of the Japan Shakespeare Society in Hakodate, Japan, October 10–11, 2015.

With Daniel Compère and Volker Dehs, Terry Harpold is co-editor of Collectionner l’Extraordinaire, sonder l’Ailleurs. Essais sur Jules Verne en hommage à Jean-Michel Margot (Amiens: Encrage Edition / L’Association des Amis du Roman Populaire, 2015). The collection includes Harpold’s essay “Picturing Readers and Reading in the Illustrated Voyages extraordinaires” (pp. 107–32).

Mississippi University Press has published Beyond Windrush: Rethinking Postwar Anglophone Caribbean Literature, co-edited by Leah Rosenberg and J. Dillon Brown. The collection was the subject of two plenary roundtables at the 34th West Indian Literature Conference at the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras (30 September–3 October). Leah’s paper was entitled “Midcentury Caribbean Modernism and Anglo-American Popular Fiction: An Overlooked Debate.”

Malini Schueller presented a paper, “Melancholic Stagnation as Ethnic LIfe Writing,” at the American Studies Association meeting in Toronto. Her documentary, In His Own Home, won the Best Documentary Short Award at 14th Urban Mediamakers Film Festival in Atlanta.


Pamela Gilbert reviewed Eileen Cleere’s book, The Sanitary Arts (Ohio State University Press, 2015), for Nineteenth Century Contexts.

Michael Hofmann’s piece on the Swiss writer Regina Ullmann appears this month in the New York Review of Books.

Sidney Homan’s “Staging Stoppard’s Arcadia” appears in Disciples of Flora: Gardens in History and Culture, ed. Victoria Emma Pagan, Judith W. Page, and Brigitte Weltman-Aron (Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, 2015): 166-181.

Malini Schueller’s essay (with David Lloyd, “The Israeli State of Exception and the Case for Academic Boycott”) has been published in Against Apartheid: The Case for Boycotting Israeli Universities (Haymarket Books, 2015). The collection includes essays by Andrew Ross, Joan Scott, and Ilan Pappe.


Pamela Gilbert published an essay, “Genre Fiction and the Sensational in Victorian Literature: Criticism and Debates” (Routledge, 2015). She also gave a paper at The Affect Conference in Winnipeg where she presented on “Nineteenth Century Fear” and introduced the first keynote speaker, Lauren Berlant. This was part of her collaboration on the three-year Affect Project funded by SSHRC and led by Arlene Young.

Phillip Wegner gave the keynote address at the conference After Postmodernism? Contemporary American Culture and the Problem of Periodization, held at Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Germany, from September 17–19. His talk was entitled “How to Fix the Intolerable Present with the Naked Eye: Science Fiction and the Challenges of Periodizing the Contemporary.”

With co-editors Victoria Pagan and Brigitte Weltman-Aron, Judith W. Page published a collection of essays, Disciples of Flora: Gardens in History and Culture (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2015). The collection also includes essays by Judith Page and Sidney Homan, “Gardening for Women: Frances Garnet Wolseley and the Rise of the Professional Woman Gardener” (51–67) and “Staging Stoppard’s Arcadia” (166–79). See this link for details.


Michael Hofmann’s selection and translation of some of Joseph Roth’s journalism, The Hotel Years, is out from New Directions and Granta this month. It is his fourteenth book of Roth, and is being reviewed in The New York Times and elsewhere.

Anastasia Ulanowicz presented her paper, “Bloodlands Fiction and the Ukrainian Famine: A Transnational Perspective,” at the 22nd biennial conference of the International Research Society for Children’s Literature in Worcester, U.K.


News of Current Students


Gentris L. Jointe’s poem “First Line of Questioning” will appear in Issue 22.1 of Fourteen Hills. His poem “Who Put the Bad Mouth on Me?” will appear in the Summer 2016 issue of Pleiades.

Erin Jones’s poems “Alcohol Gene” and “Sisters” will appear in issue 38 of Passages North (spring 2017), “Hallucinari” will appear in the spring 2016 issue of Compose Journal, “Sinkhole” is forthcoming in Puerto del Sol, and “Transformation” will appear in Issue 9 of Radar Poetry (January 2016).


Chesya Burke’s short story “Please, Momma” appears in issue 30 of Nightmare. Her novella Cut. Pour. (The Daughters of Inanna Anthology) has been published by Thunderstorm Books (2015).

Erin Jones’s poem “Hunting Season” appeared in issue 35 of Boxcar Poetry Review (Spring 2015). Her poem “Kennett Square” will appear in the December issue of Cleaver Magazine. Her poems “Still Life” and “New House” will appear in Parcel, and “Lifeboat (1944)” is forthcoming in Fourteen Hills.


Charles Acheson’s article, “Expanding the Role of the Gutter in Nonfiction Comics: Forged Memories in Joe Sacco’s Safe Area Gorade,” was published in Studies in the Novel 47.3 on September 10.


Madison Jones’s co-edited collection, Writing the Environment in Nineteenth-Century American Literature: The Ecological Awareness of Early Scribes of Nature, comes out on September 15th from Rowman & Littlefield.


News of Former Students


Amy Robinson Possidente’s article “The Victorian Provincial Novel” appears in Vol. 12 (2015) of Literature Compass.  Her review of Sari Edelstein’s Between the Novel and the News: The Emergence of American Women’s Writing (U. of Virginia Press) is featured in Nineteenth-Century Prose (Fall 2015).


Wesley Beal published Networks of Modernism through the University of Iowa Press.

Christina Nichol has been appointed to the Philip Roth Residency in Creative Writing at Bucknell University. Details about the residency and related events can be found here.


This summer, Alexandra Monroe was awarded the 4-Year Outstanding Scholar Award by the UF Alumni Association. The award was presented by the President of the Alumni Association at the summer commencement. She was honored by being a part of the platform party in the commencement ceremony and had the chance to meet President Fuchs. She will begin graduate school at Duke University this fall.

Andrea Wood’s article, “Making the Invisible Visible: Lesbian Romance Comics for Women,” has been published in the most recent issue of Feminist Studies (41.2). It can be accessed on the web here.


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