Fall 2004 Newsletter

News of Faculty


Maureen Turim and Scott Nygren presented papers at the “Japan Through Its Films” Symposium sponsored by film faculty from the University of Miami and the Institute for Asian Studies at Florida International University, Nov. 17–18 at FIU. Turim spoke on “Modern Girls (‘Modan Guru’), New Women, and a Lingering Feminine Tradition in Japanese Cinema,” and Nygren addressed “Kurosawa’s Rhapsody in August and the Crisis of Apology.” UF’s Joseph Murphy (AALL, Film and Media Studies, and Interim Director of the Asian Studies Program), also presented a paper at the Symposium, “Cutie-Honey-High End vs. Low End in the Aesthetics of Otaku Culture.”

Julian Wolfreys has had second editions of two books published, Key Concepts in Literary Theory and Introducing Literary Theories: A Reader and Guide, by Atlantic Books, New Delhi, as well as a new Japanese translation of Deconstruction: Derrida.


On November 8, Andrew Gordon gave an invited talk on “Father and Son in Art Spiegelman’s Maus” to faculty and the students of an honors class on autobiography at Rollins College.

Caroline Dennis and UF English Emeritus Professor Marie Nelson, taking two perspectives – one rational, the other magical – on the Old English “Nine Herbs Charm,” presented a paper titled “Take Nine Herbs . . . ” at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference in Roanoke, Virginia, November 12.

Phil Wegner presented a lecture titled “‘I can remember when a thing like that would have fetched eight pounds’: Orwell, British Intellectuals, and Americanization,” as part of the Orwell Symposium at the College of Du Page (where former UF graduate student Jason Snart is on the faculty). For more information on the College’s symposium, go to <http://www.cod.edu/1984/doublethink.htm>.


Ron Carpenter received the 2004 Douglas Ehninger Distinguished Rhetorical Scholar Award. Presented in Chicago last week at the annual convention of the National Communication Association convention, the award recognizes “multiple publications and presentations around a rhetorical topic or theme” that demonstrate “intellectual creativity, perseverance, and impact on academic communities.”


Andrew Gordon spoke November 12 on “Victor Fleming’s A Guy Named Joe (1944) and Steven Spielberg’s Always (1989): Remaking a WW II Fantasy Film” at the Film and History Conference on War Films in Dallas, TX.

Norm Holland’s essay “The Power(?) of Literature” appears in New Literary History 35.3 (2004): 395–410.

Earlier this month, Debora Greger and William Logan were Attaway Fellows at Centenary College, where they received the Corrington Award for Literary Excellence (given in the past to Eudora Welty, Richard Wilbur, Anthony Hecht, and James Dickey, among others). This past year Logan has won the Allan Tate Prize from Sewanee Review, the Elizabeth Matchett Stover Memorial Award from Southwest Review, and the J. Howard and Barbara M. J. Wood Prize from Poetry.

Scott Nygren and Maureen Turim led the concluding round table discussion at “Toward a Political Modernism? Critical Japanese Cinema of the 1960s and 1970s,” a Film Studies symposium at the University of Chicago, Nov. 12–14.

Malini Johar Schueller presented a paper titled “Discipline and Secure: The Postcolonialist as Terrorist” at the American Studies Association in Atlanta earlier this month. The paper was part of a session on HR 3077, the “International Studies in Higher Education Act,” a bill currently making its way through Congress that proposes regulation of federally-funded area studies.


Susan Hegeman organized a panel on Fredric Jameson’s A Singular Modernity for the Modernist Studies Association meeting in Vancouver, Canada . She spoke on “A Singular Late Modernism.”


Marsha Bryant gave a paper titled “Edith Sitwell as Modernist Icon: The Beaton Photographs” at the Modernist Studies Association conference in Vancouver.

Phillip Wegner’s essay“October 3, 1951 to September 11, 2001: Periodizing the Cold War in Don DeLillo’s Underworld” has been published in Amerikastudien/American Studies 49.1 (2004): 51–64.


Ira Clark’s “Shirley, James (bap. 1596, d. 1666)” appears in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2004).

Andrew Gordon chaired a panel on the fiction of Philip Roth and, in a session on Jewish- American women writers, gave a paper titled ““Envy’: Cynthia Ozick Meets Melanie Klein” at the American Literature Association Conference on Jewish-American Literature, held in Boca Raton October 14–17. He has also been appointed co-editor of Studies in American Jewish Literature.

Kevin McCarthy’s 34th book, St. Johns River Guidebook, was recently published by Pineapple Press.

Phillip Wegner presented a paper titled “Ken MacLeod’s Permanent Revolution: Utopian Possible Worlds, History, and the Augenblick in the ‘Fall Revolution’ Series” at the Twenty-Ninth Annual Conference of the Society for Utopian Studies, held in Toronto, Canada. He was also elected to the Society’s Steering Committee.


Maureen Turim presented a paper titled “The Interiority of Space: Maya Deren and Progeny Avant-Garde Cinema” at the International Conference on the Avant-Garde at the University of Edinburgh, September 24–26. Conference contributions will be published in a volume titled Avant-Garde Cinema in the series Avant-Garde Critical Studies (Amsterdam/New York: Editions Rodopi).


On September 29, Norman Holland gave a lecture at George Washington University (Washington, DC) titled “What You Like and Why You Like It.”

Kevin McCarthy’s latest book, Greek Americans of Florida, co-authored with Karelisa Hartigan (UF, Classics), has been published by UF’s Center for Greek Studies.

Malini Johar Schueller’s review of Deborah L. Madsen’s (ed.) Beyond the Borders: American Literature and Post-Colonial Theory appears in Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History 5.2 (2004).


Marsha Bryant and Mary Ann Eaverly’s (UF Classics) co-authored article “Classical Tourism in Debora Greger’s Poetry” appears in the September 2004 issue of Mosaic.

James Haskins’ book Black Dance in America has been adopted as a required text for a course entitled “Dance Forms Of the African Diaspora” at Ohio State University.

Debora Greger’s book of poems Western Art has been published by Penguin (2004).

Judith W. Page recently presented a paper titled “Hazlitt, Disraeli, and the Politics of Cultivation” at NASSR (North American Society for the Study of Romanticism) in Boulder, Colorado. Her book Imperfect Sympathies: Jews and Judaism in British Romantic Literature and Culture has just been published by Palgrave (2004).

Malini Johar Schueller gave an invited talk for the Mellon Workshop on Transnational Gender History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The talk, sponsored by the History Department, was titled “Techno-Sexual Dominance and Torturegate: The Making of U.S. Imperialism.”


From August 1–14, Roger Beebe (along with filmmaker and onetime UF guest Bill Brown) toured the Rust Belt showing their films at microcinemas, galleries, rock clubs, and (in Windsor, Ontario) an absinthe bar. They were joined on the tour by the bands Roommate (from Aug. 2–8) and Nuclear Family (from Aug. 10–14) with other musical guests being added for single shows along the way. Professor Beebe also found time on tour to attend the University Film and Video Conference in Toledo, Ohio where a panel was dedicated to “One Nation under Tommy,” a collaborative video project that he conceived, produced, and edited. Since his last update that project has also screened at a half-dozen festivals and on a video-equipped bus driving from Chicago to Milwaukee as part of the series Video Mundi. His old movies continue to circulate as well – for ex., his “Strip Mall Trilogy” will be installed at the Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art starting Friday, Sept. 18.


Andrew Gordon’s essay “Back to the Future: Oedipus as Time Traveller” has been reprinted in Liquid Metal: The Science Fiction Film Reader, ed. Sean Redmond (London: Wallflower Press, 2004).

Scott Nygren presented a paper titled “Nomadic Tropes in the World Media Archipelago” at the Colloque International de l’AFECCAV (Université de Lyon II, France), July 6–8.

Malini Johar Schueller’s essay “Claiming Postcolonial America: The Hybrid Asian-American Performances of Tseng Kwong Chi” appears in Asian North American Subjectivities: Beyond the Hyphen, eds. Eleanor Ty and Donald C. Goellnicht (Indiana University Press, 2004), 170–85.

News of Current Students


Sean Fenty’s review of Mark Meadows’s Pause & Effect: The Art of Interactive Narrative appears in Currents in Electronic Literacy, (Fall 2004).


Matthew Ladd’s poems “The Traveling Dissection Tent” and “Apeland” appear in the most recent issues of The Paris Review and Margie, respectively.  The latter poem was also featured on Verse Daily on October 31st.


Marlon Moore’s review of The Exorcist, rev. 2nd edition, edited by Mark Kermode (BFI Modern Classics), has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Film and Video 56. 3 (Fall 2004).

Lloyd Willis presented a paper titled “Monstrous Ecology: John Steinbeck, Ecology, and American Politics” at the 2004 MMLA convention in St. Louis, MO.


Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar’s reviews of Saurabh Dube’s Stiches on Time: Colonial Textures and Postcolonial Tangles (2003) and Doris Sommer’s Bilingual Aesthetics: A Sentimental Education (2004) appear in Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture 4.4 (Fall 2004).


Denise Guidry  presented a paper, “The ‘Authentic,’ Classed Cajun: Conflations of Language, Class, Culture,” at Cultural Confluences, the South Central Modern Language Association’s 2004 meeting in New Orleans, October 28–30.

Kadesh Minter presented a paper titled “The ‘Jewess’ is an English Protestant?: Intersections of Female and Jewish Identity in Maria Edgeworth’s Harrington” at the The Midwestern Modern Language Association’s annual conference in St. Louis, Missouri, November 4–7.

These Department of English graduate students presented papers at the 2004 EGO Conference, October 20–22:

These Department of English graduate students presented papers at the 2004 Comics Conference, October 29–30:


Troy Teegarden has been chosen as a quarter finalist of the Tom Howard/John H. Reid Poetry Contest #2.

Zach Whalen’s article “Play Along – An Approach to Video Game Music” appears in the current issue of Game Studies.


Afshin Hafizi was invited to present “Tradition and Modernity in Iran: The Question of the Archive” at The Hoover Institute, Stanford University on 2–3, October 2004.

Jeffrey Rice presented a paper titled “To be Seen, Not Heard: The Impossibility of Historical Representation Amidst Ideological Fantasy in Ken Burns’ Jazz” at “Beyond the Frame: Transcending Borders in Cinema” conference, held at San Francisco State University, October 15–16.

Laurie Taylor presented a paper titled “Gaming Girls Playing with Power: Possibility Spaces in Game Design and Game Play” at The Society for Literature and Science Conference, held at the Duke University, October 14–17.

Andrea Wood presented a paper entitled “‘Straight’ Women, Queer Texts: Boy-Love Manga and the Threat of Desiring Differently” at the Tufts University conference, “Conjuring Difference” on October 15.


Denise Guidry presented a paper titled “Atlantic Upheaval: Building Acadian and Cajun Identities” at “Creating Identity and Empire in the Atlantic World, 1492–1888”, held at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, September 17–18.

Melissa Mellon presented a paper titled “The Fictional ‘Dark Woman’: Religion and Ethnicity in the Reproduction of English and American ‘Nation’” at “Creating Identity and Empire in the Atlantic World, 1492–1888”, held at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, September 17–18.

Amy Robinson presented a paper titled “Traveling Beyond the Pale in Sydney Owenson’s The Wild Irish Girl” at the 11th Annual International Conference on Romanticism (ICR), held in Laredo, Texas, October 16.


Sarah Brusky’s article “A Veiled Lady: Nancy Prince and Her Gothic Odyssey” has been published in Gender, Genre, & Identity in Women’s Travel Writing, ed. Kristi Siegel (Peter Lang, 2004), 167–80.

Kadesh Minter presented a paper titled “Frances Burney and Her Eighteenth-Century Reviewers” at the The Burney Society Conference in Los Angeles, California on October 7th.

Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar’s story “Tree” appears in Americana 2.6 (2004).

Brendan Riley (PhD, 2004), Laurie Taylor, and Mike Sansone’s (MA, 2004) article “MUDs and MOOs: Collaborative Narrative Play at Work in the Classroom” appears in the inaugural issue of ACE On-Line.


Troy Teegarden’s poem “take you there” appears in the 2004 edition of Limestone.


Cathlena Martin presented her abstract “Hollywood’s Glam: Celebrity-Authored Children’s Literature” for The President’s Inaugural Research Symposium at the University of Florida on September 8, 2004, welcoming President J. Bernard “Bernie” Machen.


Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar’s short story “Baby” appears in the August 2004 issue of the e-zine Szirine.

News of Former Students


Barbara Drake’s (MFA, 2004) “The Girl Scout Variations: Twelve Meditations on the 1913 Handbook for Girl Scouts” was recently announced as a finalist in the 2004 Robert J. DeMott Prose Contest, sponsored by the journal Quarter After Eight (Tom Noyes, judge).


Erica Dix (MA, 2004) presented “Animating the Children’s Picture Book: The Work of Director Michel Gondry” at the 2004 EGO Conference, October 20–22.

Russ Schneider (MA, 1986) has published Siege (Random House).  It was a Book of the Month Club selection.


Noelle Kocot’s (MFA, 1995) second collection of poetry, The Raving Fortune, was published by Four Way Books in New York this past spring (2004). It has been reviewed in a few places, including The Village Voice. Other recent news: in 2001, she received grants from The National Endowment for the Arts and The Fund for Poetry, and her work appeared in Best American Poetry, 2001. She has two other books forthcoming, both from Four Way Books. Upon the death of her husband, composer Damon Tomblin, in March of 2004, she took religious vows in the Catholic Church.


C. Dale Young (MFA, 1993) recently accepted an appointment to the Faculty of the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference. The conference will take place in July 2005.


David Hart (PhD, 2004) has accepted the position of Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Angelo State University.


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