Spring 2003 Newsletter

News of Faculty


Ira Clark’s book Comedy, Youth, Manhood in Early Modern England has just been published by the University of Delaware Press.

James Haskins’s book Pinkley Benton Steward Pinchback has been listed in The African-American Bookshelf (Fifty Must-Reads From Before the Civil War Through Today) (ed. Clifford Mason).

Debra King presented a paper titled “Nigger Please: Callin’ and Claimin’ a Word that Hurts” at UF’s Levin College of Law’s recent conference, “Rhyme, Rhetoric and Race: Exploring the Influence of Language, Literature and Lyrics on Race Relations.” The conference was sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations.

Chris Snodgrass’s article “The Poetry of the 1890s” has been published in the Companion to Victorian Poetry, eds. Richard Cronin, Alison Chapman and Anthony H. Harrison (Blackwell, 2002), 321–41.

“The Future of the Humanities: An Interview with Gregory Ulmer” by Sung-Do Kim appears (in Korean) in Dong-Ah Ilbo (Seoul, South Korea), 4/18/03: A18.


Mark A. Reid presented “French Cinema, Postnegritude and Black Paris” at “The Black Atlantic: The Making of Black Diasporas” conference held at King Alfred’s College, Winchester, England, 13–16 April.

Peter L. Rudnytsky’s book, Reading Psychoanalysis: Freud, Rank, Ferenczi, Groddeck (Cornell 2002), received the Gradiva Award for the Best Book in Psychoanalysis (Theory) from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. Winners in other categories were the late Stephen Mitchell, the leading figure in relational psychoanalysis, and Peter Fonagy, Freud Memorial Professor at the University of London.

Phil Wegner has been on something of a whirlwind speaking tour as of late. On March 21, he presented his paper, “We’re Family’: Reimagining Kinship (and Revolution) in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Octavia Butler’s Parable Novels,” at the Marxist Reading Group’s 2003 conference, “Born of Desertion: Singularity, Collectivity, Revolution.” A week later he read his essay, “October 3, 1951 to September 11, 2001: Periodizing the Cold War in DeLillo’s Underworld,” at the International Conference on Narrative in Berkeley, CA. The following week, he gave an invited lecture, “Where the Prospective Horizon is Omitted: Naturalism and Dystopia in Fight Club and Ghost Dog,” as part of the “Cultural Theory/Historical Practices” lecture series at Carlow College, Pittsburgh, PA. While at Carlow College, he also had the opportunity to speak to History professor’s Csaba Toth’s honors seminar on representations of the 1960s. And finally, last Saturday, he presented his paper, “Aesthetics, Politics, and Play: ‘The Baby With the Bath-water’ and The Cradle Will Rock,” at the “Beyond/After the Screen: The Impact of Documenta X and XI on Contemporary Film and Video Practice” at UF.


James Haskins’s book Champion: The Story of Muhammad Ali has been chosen for The Best of Beyond Difference list by the Vermont Center for the Book. The list comprises the top ten diversity books published in the previous year.

Anne Goodwyn Jones will give several lectures in Russia, May 4–19, at universities in Moscow and Udmurtia. The U.S. State Department is funding the trip, centered on the fifth anniversary celebration of the Udmurt State American Studies program. She will speak on gender and war in American culture, and on possible futures of American studies. Jones will attend an NEH Summer Seminar, “Faulkner and Southern History,” at Vanderbilt University, June 7–July 11.

Malini Johar Schueller’s edited anthology Messy Beginnings: Postcoloniality and Early American Studies (co-edited with Edward Watts) has been published by Rutgers University Press. Her essay “Nation, Missionary Women and the Race of True Womanhood” also appears in that collection.

Julian Wolfreys gave a lecture titled “The Insatiable Crisis of Memory: Maureen Duffy’s London” at “Insatiable Crises: Producing Obsessions, Evils, and Traumas,” the 2003 interdisciplinary conference of UF’s English Graduate Organization English Graduate Organization.


Andrew Gordon’s essay “The Matrix: Paradigm of Post-Modernism or Intellectual Poseur?” appears in Taking the Red Pill: Science, Philosophy, and Religion in The Matrix, ed. Glenn Yeffeth (Dallas: Benbella Books, 2003), pp. 85–102.

Maureen Turim gave a guest lecture titled “Cool Desires, Godard Drives” at Emory University on Friday, March 28. The lecture was co-sponsored by the Psychoanalytic Studies program, the Film Studies Program, the Department of French and Italian, the Institute for Women’s Studies and the Graduate Student Council. While there, she also served on the dissertation defense committee (with Elissa Marder and Matthew Bernstein) of Virginia Bonner, who had attended Turim’s seminar at UF as a MA student in Art History.

Gregory Ulmer’s essay “The Internet and Its Double: Voice in Electracy” appears in Theoretical and Conceptual Innovation in Digital Domains, eds. Gunnar Liestol, et al., MIT Press (2003): 91–113.

Four books by Julian Wolfreys have been published: Occasional Deconstructions: Poetics, Politics, Responsibilities (State University of New York Press); Critical Keywords in Literary and Cultural Theory (Palgrave); he has edited Thinking Difference (Fordham University Press) and an edition of Richard Marsh’s novel, The Beetle (Broadview Press). Another collection edited by Professor Wolfreys, Glossalalia, will be published by Edinburgh University Press and Routledge in June.


Mark A. Reid’s photographs of the premier punk rock group Ramones appear in the CD booklet that accompanies the album A Tribute to Ramones: We’re A Happy Family, Columbia Records, 2003.


An essay by David Leverenz appears in Anglistica, vol. 6 (2002), as part of a forum on the American Renaissance. Other participants: Nina Baym, Michael T. Gilmore, Paul Lauter, Donald E. Pease, and Eric J. Sundquist. Professor Leverenz also gave a talk on “Trachtenberg, Haskell, & Livingston, Inc.” at the December MLA, and recently gave a talk at the University of Barcelona on representations of manhood in 19th century American literature.


Andrew Gordon participated March 14, 2003 in a forum, “Hollywood and the Racial Divide,” at the City University of New York Graduate Center, co-sponsored by the Center for Communication. Others in the panel were from the movie industry: Pat Golden, a casting director; Charles Randolph-Wright, a director and writer; Voza Rivers, a film producer; and Richard Wesley, President of the Screen Writers’ Guild of America, East.

Susan Hegeman was invited to give a talk on March 11 at the Department of English at Brandeis University. She spoke on “Naive Modernism and the Politics of Embarrassment.”

Several English department Film and Media Studies Faculty gave papers and played key roles in the Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 6–9, 2003:

Roger Beebe gave a paper entitled “Experimental Film as Genre Film.” He also was a member of the screening committee that organized film and video showings during the conference.

Scott Nygren gave a paper entitled “Manga Space: The Graphic Inflection of Digital Imaging.”

Maureen Turim chaired a panel on Film and Philosophy on which she also gave a paper entitled “Cool Desires, Godard Drives,” and took part in a workshop on Women’s Avant-garde Cinema whose participants will produce a volume under consideration by Duke University Press. She was also recognized for her work as SCMS secretary, as her two year term ends in June.


Terry Harpold’s essay “The Contingencies of the Hypertext Link” has been anthologized in The New Media Reader (eds. Noah Wardrip-Fruin and Nick Montfort, MIT Press, 2003).

Anne Goodwyn Jones has been named the 2003–2004 Maxwell C. Weiner Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at the University of Missouri, Rolla. She will teach one course, lead a faculty seminar, think, read, and write in the Missouri Ozarks during spring semester, 2004.


Terry Harpold presented a paper titled “Space Sickness: Jules Verne’s Voyage au centre de la Terre” at In the Wake Of Carnivale: Ritual Wandering as a Prelude To Paradise, a symposium sponsored by UF’s Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, February 24–26.

James Haskins was the Keynote Speaker at the Contemporary Writers Series, Kean University (Union, New Jersey), February 25.

Kevin McCarthy’s book African Americans at the University of Florida, co-authored with Betty Stewart-Dowdell (UF), has just been published.


Terry Harpold presented a paper titled “Critique of Pure Usability: Perverse Structure and the Graphical User Interface” at the Fifth Annual University of South Carolina Comparative Literature Conference, February 13–15.

James Haskins’s book Cecil Poole: A Life in the Law has been published by the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society for distribution in all public schools in the Ninth Judicial Circuit which comprises ten western states.

Peter L. Rudnytsky has been named the Fulbright/Sigmund Freud Society Scholar of Psychoanalysis for 2004. He will leave for Vienna following the upcoming conference on “Psychoanalysis and Narrative Medicine,” February 19–22, 2004. Professor Rudnytsky is the organizer of the conference, which is sponsored by the Thomas H. Maren Foundation and the journals American Imago and Literature and Medicine. For the period of his grant, he will work on his new project, Transference and Transgression: Case Studies in the History of Psychoanalysis, and teach a course on the history of psychoanalysis in German at the University of Vienna. His most recent book, Reading Psychoanalysis: Freud, Rank, Ferenczi, Groddeck, was published in December of 2002 by Cornell University Press. The Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art will be mounting a special exhibition in conjunction with the “Psychoanalysis and Narrative Medicine” conference, “The Private Life of Sigmund Freud: Photographs of Edmund Engelman.”


James Haskins was the Keynote Speaker at the Space Coast Writers’ Guild Conference in Cocoa Beach, Florida, January 17–18.


Andrew Gordon and Hernan Vera’s (UF, Sociology) book Screen Saviors: Hollywood Fictions of Whiteness has been published by Rowman and Littlefield.


Pamela K. Gilbert has published an edited collection Imagined Londons (SUNY 2002), in which her essay “Mapping the Social Body of Nineteenth Century London” also appears. The collection includes essays by Professor Julian Wolfreys and Department of English graduate student Michelle Sipe. Gilbert’s essay “Producing the Public: Public Medicine in Private Spaces” has recently been published in Medicine, Health and the Public Sphere in Britain, 1600–2000, edited by Steve Sturdy (Routledge, 2002).

In a column by Michael Dirda in the January 19, 2003 issue of the Washington Post, Michael Hofmann and William Logan were both mentioned among the “ideal contributors” (Hofmann on the subject of translations, Logan as a poetry critic) to an imaginary literary magazine.

Marie Nelson has returned home safe and in what passes in her case for sound from Honolulu, Hawaii, where she presented a paper titled “The Book of Margery Kempe: the Trials and Triumphs of a Homeward Journey” at the first International Conference on Arts and the Humanities.

Maureen Turim was an invited featured speaker at the Bremer Symposium zum Film in Bremen, Germany, January 17–20, which was devoted this year to theories of temporality in film. Her address drew on her book, Flashbacks in Film: Memory and History, to examine how modernist flashbacks signal a disruption of everyday postwar existence. Turim comparatively analyzed the Holocaust and WWII warfare legacies in Alain Resnais’s Hiroshima, Mon Amour (France,1959), Andrzej Munk’s Pasuzerka [Passenger] (Poland, 1962) and Sidney Lumet’s The Pawnbroker (U.S., 1965).

The Florida Research Ensemble’s article “Miami Miautre: Mapping the Virtual City (A Preview)” appears in Journal of Visual Culture, 1:3 (2002): 341–357. The FRE includes Gregory L. Ulmer, Barbara Jo Revelle, William Tilson, John Craig Freeman, and Will Pappenheimer.

Julian Wolfreys’s article “...As if such a thing existed...” has been published in Interrogating Cultural Studies: Theory, Politics and Practice, ed. Paul Bowman (London: Pluto Press, 2003).


James Haskins’s book Black Stars of the Civil Rights Movement has been published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., completing a series of four collective biographies. An entry on Professor Haskins, including an autobiographical essay, appears in the just-published Volume 32 of Something About the Author (Farmington Hills, MI: The Gale Group, 2002), pp. 84–101.

Phil Wegner’s essay “Soldierboys for Peace: Cognitive Mapping, Space, and Science Fiction as World Bank Literature” has been published in World Bank Literature (University of Minnesota Press), edited by our former colleague, Amitava Kumar.


Anne Goodwyn Jones has been elected president of the William Faulkner Society, an office she will hold for three years. The WFS website now emanates from UF, at <http://www.english.ufl.edu/faulkner/>. Anne chaired a session at 2002 MLA Convention in New York, on“Faulkner and Style,” with papers by Hortense Spillers, Philip Weinstein, and Jack Matthews.

Maureen Turim’s essay “Popular Culture and the Comedy of Manners: Clueless and Fashion Clues” appears in a new SUNY Press volume, Jane Austen and Co.: Remaking the Past in Contemporary Culture, edited by James Thompson and Suzanne Pucci. In preparing this essay, Turim enjoyed conversing with colleagues Elizabeth Langland, Allistar Duckworth, and Patricia Craddock, and gratefully dedicates the finished product to these moments of shared affinities.

Gregory L. Ulmer’s essay “Reality Tables: Virtual Furniture” appears in Prefiguring Cyberculture: An Intellectual History, ed. Darren Tofts (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press), 110–129.


James Haskins’s book One Nation Under a Groove: Rap Music and Its Roots (Hyperion) was featured in the December 2002/January 2003 issue of CLASNotes.

R. Brandon Kershner’s review of Christy L. Burns, Gestural Politics: Stereotype and Parody in Joyce (Albany: SUNY Press, 2000); and Derek Attridge, Joyce Effects: On Language, Theory, and History (Cambridge: CUP, 2000) appears in Novel 35, 1 (Fall 2002), 142–45.

Judith W. Page gave two papers at the 2002 MLA Convention in New York: “Jews, Otherness, and Sympathy in Maria Edgeworth’s Harrington (1817);” and “‘Hath Not a Jew Eyes?’: Edmund Kean, Theatrical Performance, and the Innovation of a Sympathetic Shylock,” selected for the Keats-Shelley Association. From January–June, 2003, she will be a Skirball Fellow at the Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies at Oxford University.

Gregory L. Ulmer’s new book, Internet Invention: From Literacy to Electracy, has been published by Longman Publishers. “Based on my teaching in the Networked Writing Environment, this book is a hybrid, at once a theory of electracy and a textbook for hypermedia composition.”

News of Current Students


Glenn Freeman presented several new poems on the Creative Writing Panel at the Popular Culture Association conference in New Orleans, April 20. He has also had poems recently published in The Ledge and in The Birmingham Poetry Review.


Cathlena Martin presented a paper titled “Postmodern Piglets: A Look at Marginalization in The Three Little Pigs” at the Fifth Biennial Conference on Modern Critical Approaches to Children’s Literature, April 10–12.

Heather Milton presented “Sex, Sin, and Shame: Confession and the Production of Bourgeois Subjectivity” at the Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies Conference on March 21 in Santa Cruz, CA.

Oindrila Mukherjee’s review of Amitava Kumar’s Bombay-London-New York appears in the April 2003 issue of IndiaStar Review of Books.

Robin Nicks presented a paper titled “‘Us Against the World’: The Pimp as Hero in American Popular Culture” for the American Studies section of the 45th annual conference of the Western Social Science Association in Las Vegas, April 9–12.

Harun Karim Thomas’s essay “The Pedagogy of Whatever” appears in Computers and Composition 20.1 (March 2003).


Several Department of English graduate students presented papers at “Insatiable Crises: Producing Obsessions, Evils, and Traumas,” the 2003 interdisciplinary conference of UF’s English Graduate Organization:

Julie Green. She presented “And yet.”

Lisa Hager. She presented “What Little Girls Are Really Made Of: Powerpuff Girls and the Crisis of Citizenship.”

David Hart. He presented “American Crisis and a Caribbean Connection: C.L.R. James’s Mariners, Renegades and Castaways.”

Nicole LaRose. She presented “High-Rise Congestion and a Culture of Crisis.”

Nick Melczarek. He presented “Jouissance and/as Crisis Manipulation in Achy Obejas’s We Came All the Way from Cuba So You Could Dress Like This?

Charles H. Meyer. He presented “Sad Sack and Sad Jack: The Crises of Americanism.”

Scott Reed. He presented “Fight Club, Resistance Rhetorics, and the Crisis of Masculinity.”

Amanda Reynolds. She presented “The Process of Poems.”

Craig Rinne. He presented “Wielding the Six-Gun of Diversity, Hollywood Rides to the Nation’s Rescue: The American Film Western, 1989–1995.”

Sarah Schiff. She presented “A Crisis in Faith: Immortality in the Poetry of Emily Dickinson.”

Andrea Wood. She presented “The Ambivalent Desire for Essence: Gender Mythologies, Unstable Bodies, and Feminist Crises in Angela Carter’s The Passion of New Eve.”


Cathlena Martin presented “Pamela’s Virtue: Education and Influence in Richardson’s Pamela Novels’” at UF’s 2003 Graduate and Professional Student Forum, April 1.

Arthur McMaster presented “Roman Catholic Modalities in the Sacramental Poetry of Emily Dickinson” at UF’s 2003 Graduate and Professional Student Forum, April 1. He was advised by Richard Brantley.

Zach Whalen presented “Play Me a Story: Music and Narrative in Video Games” at UF’s 2003 Graduate and Professional Student Forum, April 1.


Sophie Croisy and Denise Cummings participated at the fourth annual Native American Literature Symposium at the tribal venue in Mystic Lake, MN on March 20–22. Sophie presented a paper entitled, “Tribal Thoughts, Ecofeminist Thoughts: Together Toward and Ecological Society.” Denise organized a screening of Sherman Alexie’s latest film The Business of Fancydancing, and she also chaired a roundtable discussion following the film.

Harun Karim Thomas has been admitted to the 27th session of the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University, where he plans to study with Etienne Balibar.

Several Department of English graduate students presented papers at the 2003 Conference of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, held in Minneapolis, March 6–9:

Renuka Bisht. She organized the “Bollywood: Westward Ho!” panel and presented “Mission Kashmir: ‘If you’re not nervous, you’re not paying attention.’”

Denise K. Cummings. She organized the “Viewing Spaces: Comparative Exhibition” panel and presented “An Architectural Affair: A Pennsylvania Study.”

David T. Johnson. He presented “Keaton’s Camera and the Indexical Performance.”

Rochelle Mabry. She presented “‘Like a Woman... Like a Little Girl’: The Meg Ryan Comedies as New ‘New Romance.’”

Craig Rinne. He presented “The Cinematic Sketch Aesthetic: Bazin, Rivette, Rossellini.”


Kate Casey-Sawicki has a book review of Bronwyn Williams’s Tuned In: Television and the Teaching of Writing in the new issue of Enculturation.

David Hart presented a paper titled “Matters of History and Faith in Caribbean Chronotopes: Derek Walcott and Michelle Cliff” at the XXII Annual West Indian Literature Conference, in Miami, March 20–22.


Theresa Ostrom presented a paper titled “The Madness of Subjects and Objects: Psychoanalysis, Historical Relevance, and the Middle English Romance” at the Fifth Annual University of South Carolina Comparative Literature Conference, February 13–15.

Laurie Taylor organized a panel on “Webcomics and the Underground” at The Second Annual University of Florida Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels, February 7–8. The panelists included Laurie Taylor, who presented “Webcomics and the Influence and Continuation of the Underground Comix Revolution;” Trena Houp, who presented “Webcomics as a Response to Bill Watterson;” Sean Fenty, who presented “Underneath the Information Superhighway: Webcomics as a New Digital Underground;” and Brian Clevinger, who presented “My Experience as a Webcomic Artist.”


Traci Klass has published an essay in The Toni Morrison Encyclopedia, edited by Elizabeth Ann Beaulieu (Greenwood, 2003). Her contribution to the collection discusses Platonic undertones and allusions in Morrison’s fiction.


Brendan Riley’s essay “A Produced Space: Thinking and Teaching Spatial Theory with Hypertext” has been published in issue 7.3 of KAIROS.


David Hart’s review “Erosion, Noise, and Hurricanes: A Review of Edward Kamau Brathwaite’s A History of the Voice: The Development of Nation Language in Anglophone Caribbean Poetry” will appear in Revista Mexicana del Caribe 12 (2003), 211–216.

News of Former Students


Richard Dery (MA, 1993) was recently accepted into Columbia University Teachers College’s Summer Intensive MA Program for multi-media design. Dery recently presented his writing game Bloody Murder! at the Innovations 2003 Conference, hosted by the League for Innovation in the Community College. The game was also named a Best Practice in the State of New Jersey by NJEdge, a leader in fostering technological innovation in higher education. His essay “Technology Gumbo” will appear in an upcoming issue of the online journal Faculty Shack.


Several former Department of English students presented papers at the 2003 Conference of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, held in Minneapolis, March 6–9:

Christian Keathley (Middlebury College). He presented “Simulating Transitional Cinema.”

Barry Mauer (University of Central Florida). He presented “Cindy Sherman’s Untitled Film Stills: The Avant-garde ‘Performs’ Cinema.”

Mary Wiles (Florida Atlanta University). She presented “Shame and the Crisis in Male Subjectivity: Lauren Cantet’s L’Emploi du Temps.”


William Bowers (MFA, 1999) is the focus of Liz Smith’s “Page Six” column in the New York Post, January 28, 2003. The article Smith refers to is in the renascent Oxford American, where Department of English MFAs Lauren Wilcox and Paul Reyes are employed.


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