Fall 2002 Newsletter

News of Faculty


Roger Beebe has made good use of his semester’s leave. His films have screened at no less than 50 festivals from Mexico City to Moldavia. His latest, “Composition in Red & Yellow,” recently received the small gauge award (for Super 8 films) at MicroCineFest while his two previous efforts (“The Strip Mall Trilogy” and “A Woman, A Mirror”) have garnered a fistful of awards in the same period. He’s also published two essays “Sarah Abbott’s ‘The Light in our Lizard Bellies’ and the Meaning of Meaning,” in the Journal of Film and Video 521 and “The Racial Politics of Hybridity and Neo-Eclecticism in Contemporary Popular Music” (co-authored with Jason Middleton) in Popular Music 212.

R. Brandon Kershner’s article “Framing Rudy and Photography” has been reprinted in Morton P. Levitt, ed., Joyce and the Joyceans (Syracuse UP, 2002), 70–90.


R. Brandon Kershner’s review of Annette Federico’s Idol of Suburbia: Marie Corelli and Late-Victorian Literary Culture appears in the current issue of Clio, 313 (Spring 2002), 334–37.

Judith W. Page presented a lecture, “Reinventing Shylock Romanticism and the Representation of Shakespeare’s Jew,” as part of the Fall Lecture Series that the UF Center for Jewish Studies sponsors. She also published a chapter entitled “Hyman Hurwitz’s Hebrew Tales (1826): Redeeming the Talmudic Garden,” in British Romanticism and the Jews: History, Culture, Literature (Palgrave, 2002).


Andrew Gordon spoke October 24 on “The Jewish Masquerade: Gentleman’s Agreement and Zelig” at the ALA conference on Jewish-American Literature in Boca Raton. He also spoke November 7 on “Cowboys Playing Indians: Little Big Man and Dances with Wolves” at the Film and History conference on Western movies in Kansas City. Both presentations were excerpts from his forthcoming book with Hernan Vera, Screen Saviors Hollywood Fictions of Whiteness.

Sidney Wade’s fourth collection of poems, Celestial Bodies, has just been published by the LSU press. She participated on translation panels for two conferences, the American Literary Translators’ Association in Chicago, and the Biennial Translation Conference at Stephens Institute. Both panels had as their focus the translation of Turkish Literature.


Marsha Bryant presented a paper at the recent conference of the Modernist Studies Association in chilly Madison, WI. Titled “Uneasy Alliances: Brooks, Ebony, and Postwar Race Relations,” the paper was part of a panel she organized on Women’s Poetry and Popular Culture.

John Cech gave a lecture on November 3rd for the Children’s Humanities Festival, which is part of the Chicago Humanities Festival. The theme of the festivals this year was “Brains and Beauty.” John’s multi-media presentation was on “Prodigies, Geniuses, Quiz Kids, and Other Amazing Young People” – with images from the Stone Age (from Ug the Boy Genius) to Wang Yani’s incredible monkey paintings, and with music from Mozart and Thomas Wiggins to our own Bo Diddley’s “Peanut Butter and Jelly Blues.”

Malini Johar Schueller has been appointed as a Neikirk Term Professor in CLAS for 2002–2003.


On Oct. 4, Norm Holland gave a presentation, “The Willing Suspension of Disbelief, or, Why Cry for Jenny Cavalieri?” to UF’s Center for Neuropsychological Studies.

John Cech has recently been named to the Advisory Board of the Weston Woods Institute, Weston, Connecticut, which is dedicated to developing innovative educational and cultural communications that enrich the lives of children. He will be serving on the Board with, among others, Peggy Charren (founder of Action for Children’s Television), Howard Gardner (Frames of Mind, Creating Minds, etc.), and Maurice Sendak (the well-known author and artist). John is also on the Advisory Board for the Children’s Humanities Festival, a part of the Chicago Humanities Festival which takes place each year in late October and early November.

Anne Goodwyn Jones spoke October 18 at the Colloque [Eudora] Welty in Rennes, France.


Norm Holland has published “The Neurosciences and the Arts” in “Literature and Psychoanalysis: Proceedings of the Eighteenth International Conference on Literature and Psychoanalysis,” Nicosia (Cyprus), May 2001. 103–112.


Marie Nelson presented a paper, “Grendel Crosses a Boundary,” at the Southeastern Medieval Association Conference in Tallahassee on September 27.


Greg Ulmer participated on a panel, “Beyond Black Mountain College: Innovative Approaches to Education,” as part of “Under the Influence,” a festival celebrating the legacy of Black Mountain College on the 50th anniversary of John Cage’s “Theatre Piece No. 1,” Asheville, NC, September 21, 2002.


Terry Harpold has been named to the Editorial Board of Game Studies: The International Journal of Computer Game Research. His review of David Turnbull’s Mason, Tricksters, and Cartographers: Comparative Studies in the Sociology of Scientific and Indigenous Knowledge (Harwood, 1999) appeared in Technology and Culture 43 (April 2002), 398–401.


Jim Haskins is featured in Volume 32 of the series Something About the Author, published by the Gale Group. Black Stars of Colonial Times, the first of a new, four-book series for which he serves as writer and general editor, has just been published by John Wiley & Sons. Two volumes of the new Black Stars series have been published. The second one is Black Stars of the Harlem Renaissance: African Americans Who Lived Their Dreams.

Kevin McCarthy’s latest book, Babe Ruth in Florida, has just been published.


Norm Holland served as the outside examiner in a “viva” (defense of dissertation) at the University of Greenwich July 2. The dissertation was by Wendy Creed and concerned reader responses to the material book, especially 18th century novels.

News of Current Students


Patrick S. Brennan successfully defended his Doctoral Dissertation, “Underground Homosexualities: Resituating the Early Sixties Cinema of Kenneth Anger, Jack Smith, and Andy Warhol,” and has been awarded the PhD His Dissertation Committee was chaired by Scott Nygren. Sylvie Blum (UF, Romance Languages), Robert Ray and Maureen Turim served as readers.

Mary L. S. Huffer, successfully defended her Doctoral Dissertation, “Emily Dickinson’s Experiential Poetics: ‘not precisely Knowing/And not precisely Knowing not,’” and has been awarded the PhD Her Dissertation Committee was chaired by Richard Brantley. Marsha Bryant, John Cech, David Hackett (UF, Religion) and David Leverenz served as readers.

Heather Joy Marcovitch, successfully defended her Doctoral Dissertation, “The Art of the Pose: Oscar Wilde’s Theory of Persona,” and has been awarded the PhD Her Dissertation Committee was chaired by Chris Snodgrass. Alistair Duckworth, Pamela K. Gilbert and Ralf E. Remshardt (UF, Theatre) served as readers.

Brian Rhinehart successfully defended his Doctoral Dissertation, “Acting Comedy: In History, Theory, and Practice,” and has been awarded the PhD His Dissertation Committee was chaired by Sid Homan. Carl Bredahl, Norman Holland, John Seelye and David Young (UF, Theatre) served as readers.

Jeffrey Rice successfully defended his Doctoral Dissertation, “The Rhetoric of Cool: Computers, Cultural Studies, and Composition,” and has been awarded the PhD His Dissertation Committee was chaired by Gregory Ulmer. Sid Dobrin, James Paxson, and William Tilson (UF, Architecture) served as readers.

Mario F. Garcia successfully defended his Masters Thesis, “The Physique Closet: Phantom Normalcy and Gay Masculinity,” and has been awarded the MA His Thesis Committee was chaired by Blake Scott. Kimberly Emery served as a reader.

Roman Kazmin, successfully defended his Masters Thesis, “Landscape and Ideology in 18th Century British Culture,” and has been awarded the MA His Thesis Committee was chaired by Julian Wolfreys. John P. Leavey, Jr. served as a reader.

Eric C. Otto, successfully defended his Masters Thesis, “The Speculating a Sustainable Future: Science Fiction and the Pedagogy of Ecological Literacy,” and has been awarded the MA His Thesis Committee was chaired by Andrew Gordon. Sid Dobrin served as a reader.

Jill L. Pruett, successfully defended her Masters Thesis, “The Evidence of Experience: Narrative As Rhetoric, Autobiography As Activism,” and has been awarded the MA Her Thesis Committee was chaired by Anne G. Jones. Kimberly Emery served as a reader.


The Marxist Reading Group was invited to edit the fall issue of the journal Politics and Culture: An International Review of Books. This is the first of a series of annual contributions the MRG will make to the fall issue.

Contributors to the journal include:

To read their reviews, go to http://laurel.conncoll.edu/politicsandculture/list.cfm and click on “Issue 3.”


Nivedita Majumdar’s article “Shadows of the Nation: Amitav Ghosh and the Critique of Nationalism” is forthcoming in a future issue of ARIEL.

News of Former Students


Barbara Tilley successfully defended her dissertation, “New Men?: Exploring Constructions of Masculinity in Late Nineteenth-Century New Woman Novels,” on August 5th and is currently employed as an Assistant Professor in English at Hilbert College in Hamburg, New York. She graduates in December 2002 with her PhD Barbara is making the transition from graduate student to professor quite smoothly and she is enjoying the four classes (two general comps, one intro to lit and a British survey) that she is teaching at Hilbert College. Her new email address is btilley@hilbert.edu.


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