Summer 2004 Newsletter

News of Faculty


Reviews by James Haskins of Wade Hudson’s Powerful Words: More than 200 Years of Extraordinary Writing by African Americans, and Sharon Robinson’s Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America, appear in the Spring 2004 issue of FlaVour Magazine. A bio-bibliographical entry on Professor Haskins will appear in the forthcoming Black Artists and Authors of Books for Children and Young Adults by Barbara Thrash Murphy, forthcoming fromRoutledge USA.

Norman Holland’s essay “The First Psychological Critic: Walter Whiter (1758–1832)” appears in PsyArt 8 (2004), in conjunction with the UF Library’s recent online publication of Whiter‘s 1794 book, A Specimen of a Commentary on Shakspeare Containing I. Notes on As you like it. II. An Attempt to explain and illustrate various passages on a new principle of criticism derived from Mr. Locke’s doctrine of The Association of Ideas.

R. Brandon Kershner has returned from a semester teaching on exchange at the University of Utrecht. On his way back he attended the International Joyce Symposium in Dublin for the hundredth anniversary of Bloomsday, where he presented a paper on “Joyce, Beaufoy, and Popular Fiction” and chaired another session on “The People’s Joyce.” He also attended the meeting of the Board of Trustees of the International Foundation. His recent publications include “The Reader, the Frame, and Impressionism in Heart of Darkness,” Conradiana 53, 1–2 (Spring/Summer 2003), 41–48; “Family Resemblances in Dubliners,” in Oona Frawley, ed., A New and Complex Sensation: Essays on Joyce’s Dubliners (Dublin: Lilliput Press, 2004), 168–73; and “Dialogical and Intertextual Joyce,” in Jean-Michel Rabaté, ed., James Joyce Studies (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), 183–202. He has also been named an advisory editor for Joyce on H-NET.

Judith W. Page gave a paper titled “Women and Landscape: Improvements and Prospects from Anne Finch to Anna Seward” at the recent “Women and Material Culture, 1660–1830” conference, held at Chawton House, England.

Mark A. Reid recently presented a paper titled “Migrating PostNegritude: French Cinema and Its Afro-Francophone (Dis)equivalent,” at the “Fictions françaises et francophones: Petits et Grands écrans, Colloque International de l’AFECCAV,” held at the Université de Lyon II, France, July 6–8.

Maureen Turim gave a plenary session paper at the Colloque International de l’AFECCAV (Université de Lyon II, France, July 6–8), titled “Désir, amour fou, et aphanisis dans le cinéma de la Nouvelle Vague.”


Andrew Gordon gave an invited talk on Thomas Pynchon to a group of graduate students and faculty of American Literature at the Université de Paris 3, June 25. On May 27, he spoke on “Mailer in Berkeley” at the American Literature Association Conference (San Francisco).

James Haskins is profiled among “Outstanding Authors of Nonfiction for Young Adults” in the seventh edition of Kenneth L. Donelson and Alleen Pace Nilson’s book Literature for Today’s Young Adults (Allyn & Bacon, 2004).

Susan Hegeman’s article “Naive Modernism and the Politics of Embarrassment” appears in Discipline and Practice: the (Ir)resistability of Theory, eds. Stefan Herbrechter and Ivan Callus (Bucknell University Press, 2004).

Norman Holland and Andrew Gordon organized the 21st International Conference on Literature and Psychology in Arles, France, June 30–July 5. Sixty-one papers were presented by conferees from the U.S., Canada, France, Portugal, Spain,the Netherlands, Germany, Hungary, Finland, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, Australia, Kuwait, and Iran. Holland spoke on “Tickled Rats and Human Humor” and Gordon spoke on “Spielberg’s Hook: The Peter Pan Syndrome.” The 22nd International Conference on Literature and Psychology will be held in Cordoba, Spain, June 29–July 4, 2005. Those interested in attending should contact Andrew Gordon <>.

Malini Johar Schueller gave a plenary talk titled “Whose Transnationalism? Whose Postcolonialism?” at this summer’s American Studies Institute at Dartmouth College. The Institute was directed by Donald Pease on the topic of American Studies Outside Itself.”

Julian Wolfreys gave a plenary session paper titled “’The Precincts of Felicity’: Iain Sinclair’s Narrative Phantastry” at the Contemporary Writing Environments Conference, held at Brunel University, London, on July 10.


Donald Ault’s article “Imagetextuality: ‘Cutting Up’ Again, Part III” appears in the inaugural issue of the online journal ImageText. The journal is edited by Ault and is based in UF’s Department of English.

Andrew Gordon’s article “Jewish Fathers and Sons in Spiegelman’s Maus and Roth’s Patrimony” appears in ImageText 1.1.

On May 27, Norman Holland presented “Hamlet’s Pancreas? Neuro-Psychoanalysis and Literary Character” as a Grand Rounds to the Department of Psychiatry, Montefiore Hospital and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NewYork.

Kevin McCarthy’s book Apalachicola Bay has just been published by Pineapple Press.

Phillip Wegner spoke recently at Ireland’s Ralahine Centre for Utopian Studies as part of its seminar series, “Utopia/Method/Vision,” on the nature and impact of utopian thought, practice, and scholarship. On May 6, he presented a paper titled “Here or Nowhere: Utopia, Modernity and Totality” at the University of Limerick and again the following day at the National University of Ireland, Galway.


Marsha Bryant’s article “IMAX Authorship: Teaching Plath and Her Unabridged Journals,” appears in Pedagogy 4.2: 241–61. The essay quotes from several U.F. students in her Plath course, including recent MA graduate Erica Dix.

Terry Harpold gave an invited lecture titled “Verne’s Cartographies” at the Alliance Française de Washington, DC, May 12. At the 2004 annual conference of the North American Jules Verne Society (held at The Library of Congress, Washington, DC, May 13–15), he presented a paper titled “The Providential Grace of Le Testament d’un excentrique.” During the conference, Professor Harpold was elected to the Board of Trustees of the NAJVS, and recorded interviews for future broadcast on Recess! with Verne scholars Walter James Miller (on the Verne renaissance in the U.S.) and Brian Taves (on the films of Verne’s novels).

James Haskins has been awarded the 2004 John and Patricia Beatty Award of the California Library Association for his book Cecil Poole: A Life in the Law. He was a general session speaker at the 35th annual Georgia Children’s Literature Conference at the University of Georgia in Athens, April 23–24.

Norman Holland’s essay “The Willing Suspension of Disbelief: A Neuro-Psychoanalytic View” appears in Literature and Psychoanalysis, Proceedings of the Nineteenth International Conference on Literature and Psychoanalysis (Arezzo, June 26-July 1, 2002), 275–80.

News of Current Students


Doris Bremm presented a paper titled “The Identity of a City: Temporality and Intertextuality in Peter Ackroyd’s London: The Biography” at the recent Literary London Conference, held at the University of London, July 16–17.

Laurie Taylor and Brendan Riley’s collaboratively written article “Open Source and Academia” appears in the Spring 2004 issue of Computers and Composition Online.


On May 27, Amanda Davis presented a paper titled “A Whole Nation: African American Women Writing During Black Nationalism” at the American Literature Association Conference (San Francisco). Her review of Nancy Hirschmann’s The Subject of Liberty: Toward a Feminist Theory of Freedom appears in Women’s Studies 33.6 (2004), and her review of The Latina Feminist Group’s Telling to Live: Latina Feminist Testimonios is forthcoming in the spring 2005 issue of Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano/a Studies.

On May 29, James McDougal presented a paper on “Pound and the Orient” at the American Literature Association Conference (San Francisco).


These English graduate students attended and presented papers at the 31st annual Children’s Literature Association Conference, held June 10–12 in Fresno, CA: Joel Adams, Cathlena Martin, Julie Sinn, Aaron Talbot, and Catherine Tosenberger. At the conference, Julie Sinn was awarded the Beiter Graduate Student Scholarship.

Jessica Livingston’s article “Murder in Juarez: Gender, Sexual Violence, and the Global Assembly Line” appears in Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies 25.1: 59–76.

Laurie Taylor’s article “Compromised Divisions: Thresholds in Comic Books and Video Games” appears in ImageText 1.1.


Rosa E. Soto has been awarded the St. Lawrence University Jeffrey Campbell Graduate Fellowship for the 2004–2005 academic year.

News of Former Students


Arthur McMaster’s review of Stuart Dischell’s latest volume of poetry, Dig Safe, appears in the Summer 2004 issue of Rattle.

Mad River Press recently published C. Dale Young’s (MFA 1993) Torn, a limited edition, signed and numbered fine letterpress broadside printed on French archival linen paper.Young’s second full-length collection of poems, The Second Person, will be published by Zoo Press in March 2005.


In April, David Johansson (MA, 1983) conducted a seminar on modern fiction for the British Council at Oxford University. Held at Corpus Christi College, the residential conference featured English faculty from over twenty countries. At the request of the Director of Studies, Johansson was subsequently invited to lecture on American literature at the University of Lund, Sweden, where he will discuss metaphor in the early novels of Harry Crews.


Geri Doran (MFA, 1995) has been named the winner of the 2004 Walt Whitman Award, administered by the Academy of American Poets. Doran received an award of $5000 and a residency at the Vermont Studio Center. The judge was award-winning poet Henri Cole. Doran’s first collection of poems will be published next spring.

Jeff Rice (PhD, 2002) has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of English at Wayne State University.


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