Fall 2005 Newsletter

News of Faculty


On December 8, Marsha Bryant gave a lecture at the University of Georgia on Edith Sitwell, Gwendolyn Brooks, and the confessional poetry movement, titled “Racing Modern Poetry: A Triptych.”


On December 9, Terry Harpold gave a lecture titled “Reading the Illustrations of The Extraordinary Voyages” to mark the official opening of “Journey Through the Imagination of Jules Verne,” an exhibit of Verniana on loan to the Broward County Library (Fort Lauderdale, FL) from the Bibliothèques d’Amiens Métropole (Amiens, France.) The exhibit continues through January 25, 2006.


Marsha Bryant was an invited participant in an international workshop on Artist Statements and Artistic Inquiry at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. Her contribution was “‘Prepare to Be Transported’: Displaced Artist Statements in Women’s Poetry Anthologies.’”

R. Brandon Kershner’s essay “‘An Encounter’: Boys’ Magazines and the Pseudo-Literary” has been reprinted in Dubliners: Contemporary Critical Essays, ed. Andrew Thacker (New York: Palgrave, 2006), 117–34.

Julian Wolfreys has had four books published by Edinburgh University Press. Key Concepts in Literary Theory is the second revised and expanded edition of a volume co-authored with Kenneth Womack (Pennsylvania State University, Altoona) and Ruth Robbins (Leeds Metropolitan University). The others, edited by Professor Wolfreys, are Modern European Criticism and Theory: A Critical Guide, Modern British and Irish Criticism and Theory: A Critical Guide, and Modern North American Criticism and Theory: A Critical Guide. His article “The Demands of Criticism” appears in The Cambridge Quarterly 34.4 (2005).


Terry Harpold’s article “Verne, Baudelaire et Poe – La Jangada et ‘Le Scarabée d’or’” has been published in Revue Jules Verne 19–20 (2005): 162–68.


Marsha Bryant organized two panels on “Rethinking Modernism, Modernity, and Orientalism” at the 2005 Modernist Studies Association Conference, held recently in Chicago. She presented her co-authored paper with Mary Ann Eaverly (UF, Classics), “Materializing Ancient Egypt: James Henry Breasted’s New Past and H.D.’s Egypto-Modernism.” She also participated in a seminar on the self in modern poetry, contributing “The I’s Have It? The Problem of Dramatic Monologue in Contemporary Women’s Poetry.”

Malini Johar Schueller presented a paper titled“Religion, Nation and Empire: the ABCFM” as part of a roundtable on religion and secularization theory at the American Studies Association meeting in Washington, DC.

Gregory Ulmer’s book Electronic Monuments has just been published by the University of Minnesota Press.


John Cech presented a lecture on the boyhood photographs of Jacques Henri Lartigue at the Chazen Museum of Art at the University of Wisconsin in Madison on October 27. The talk was part of the opening events for the exhibition of Lartigue’s photographs, “A Boy, A Camera, An Era,” that Cech co-curated last year at the Harn and that has since been on tour. For more information about the exhibition see <http://www.chazen.wisc.edu/Exhibitions/index.asp>.

Sidney Dobrin’s new edited collection Don’t Call It That has just been published by The National Council of Teachers of English. A .pdf version of Dobrin’s introduction to the book, “Finding Space for the Composition Practicum,” is available online at <http://www.ncte.org/store/books/122349.htm>.

Professor Emeritus Alistair Duckworth has been reappointed by FSU’s International Programs for spring and summer 2006 and for the academic year 2006–07. He would be most grateful if colleagues could advertise the study abroad opportunities offered by FSU in London. English majors might be particularly interested in the special program that he will again be teaching with Professor Gene Crook in London in the fall semester of 2006. The program comprises four courses (12 credits), and another 3 credits are available through an online course offered by Professor Crook in summer 2006. Full details are available on the FSU International Programs web site, or students may write directly to Professor Duckworth for information. Professor Duckworth has recently served on the editorial board of The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jane Austen, now published in ten volumes under the general editorship of Janet Todd. His essay on “Landscape” appears in the commentary volume Jane Austen in Context, ed. Janet Todd (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005): 278–88. Other recent publications are: “Manners in Jane Austen’s Novels,” in Re-Drawing Austen, ed. Beatrice Battaglia and Diego Saglia (Napoli: Liguori Editore, 2004) and “Improving on Sensibility,” an excerpted reprint of a 1994 essay, in Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism, Vol. 81 (Thomson Gale, 2003): 75–79. Recent illustrated lectures include “Jane Austen, Landscape and the Picturesque,” delivered at the University of Aberdeen on May 21, 2005 and “Jane Austen and Humphry Repton,” delivered to the Scottish Branch of the Jane Austen Society in Dunfermline, Fife on September 17, 2005.

Andrew Gordon spoke on October 28 on ““Mexico and James Tiptree, Jr.’s ‘The Women Men Don’t See’” at the “Latin American Strikes Back” conference on Latin American science fiction, organized by UF’s Romance Languages Department.

Phillip Wegner presented a paper titled “The Utopian Guide or, Jameson’s Modernisms” at the Society for Utopian Studies 2005 meeting, held this year in Memphis. His presentation was part of a plenary roundtable discussion of Fredric Jameson’s new book Archaeologies of the Future: The Desire Called Utopia and Other Science Fictions (Verso, 2005). At the meeting, Wegner also agreed to serve as the program chair for the Society’s 2007 conference to be held in Toronto.


John Cech gave a lecture titled “Hans Christian Andersen: The Man, The Myth, The Tales” for the UF Alumni Association’s Distinguished Lecture Series, October 18 (2005 is the 200th anniversary of Andersen’s birth). On October 22, he gave a lecture for the Florida Pen Women’s annual conference on “The Longest Place Name in the World and Other Creative Resources.”

Andrew Gordon participated in a roundtable on “Saul Bellow’s Legacy” and also delivered a paper titled ”Performing Whiteness in The Human Stain” in a session on Philip Roth’s novel The Human Stain at the Symposium on Jewish American and Holocaust Literature of the American Literature Association, October 19–22 in Boca Raton.

On October 19, Norman Holland met with and spoke to the Cognition and Literary Theory group at Yale University for a discussion of his work applying neuroscience to literature.

R. Brandon Kershner’s new edition of Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist has just been published (Bedford Books of St. Martin’s Press, 2005). It includes his essays on “Biographical and Historical Contexts” and “A Critical History of Portrait,” an essay illustrating Cultural Criticism on Portrait entitled “The Culture of Dedalus: Urban Circulation, Degeneration, and the Panopticon,” and a selection of “cultural documents” chosen by him. His entries on James Joyce and Mikhail Bakhtin appear in his former doctoral student M. Keith Booker’s Encyclopedia of Literature and Politics (Greenwood Press, 2005). His former doctoral student Eric Smith contributed an entry on Robert Antoni.


William Logan was named the first winner of the Randall Jarrell Award in Criticism. The Award is given by the Poetry Foundation, which oversees the publication of Poetry magazine. He received the award in Chicago, where he was presented with a check for $10,000.

Kevin McCarthy 35th book has just been published: Over Southeast Florida (Pineapple Press, 2005).

Melvyn New’s entry on Laurence Sterne has appeared in the New Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004–5). His short essay “Richard Lovell Edgeworth and Laurence Sterne” appeared in Notes and Queries, N.S. 51.4 (2004): 417–21. His collection of “Scholia to the Florida Edition of the Works of Sterne from The Scriblerian, 1987–2005” appears in The Shandean 15 (2004): 135–64. His facsimile edition (co-edited with Peter de Voogd) of Sterne’s Letters from Yorick to Eliza (1773) appears in the same issue, 79–105. His essay “Lisping in Numbers: Some Canonical Statistics for the Present Age” appeared in The Scriblerian (Autumn 2004), along with a dozen reviews. He has also coedited with Derek Taylor (UF PhD, 2000, presently an Assistant Professor at Longwood University), John Norris and Mary Astell’s Letters Concerning the Love of God (Ashgate, 2005).

Julian Wolfreys’s article “Londonography: Iain Sinclair’s Urban Graphic” has been published in Literary London Journal 3.2 <www.literarylondon.org>.


Richard Burt presented a paper titled “History in Stitches: Remediating the Bayeux Tapestry in Cinema” at a conference on “The Middle Ages in Film” at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, in July, and at the 2005 Annual Conference of SEMA (Southeastern Medieval Association), held in Daytona, FL, September 29.

Terry Harpold’s article “The Providential Grace of Verne’s Le Testament d’un excentrique” has been published in IRIS (Centre de recherche sur l’imaginaire, Université Stendhal-Grenoble 3) 28 (2005): 157–68.

Sidney Wade was one of the organizers of “Translation Routes,” an international symposium on problems of literary translation, October 14–15. Two faculty and one alumnus of the Department of English gave presentations at the symposium:


John Cech gave a talk at “The Witching Hour, A Harry Potter Symposium,” held in Salem, Massachusetts, October 6–10. For more information, see: <http://www.witchinghour.org>.

Emerita Professor Marie Nelson presented a paper titled “Who was the most other woman of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales?” at the 2005 Annual Conference of SEMA (Southeastern Medieval Association), held in Daytona, FL, September 29–31.

Gregory Ulmer gave a lecture and colloquium at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, September 29–30. His essay “Derrida Archive” was published in Poiesis 7 (2005): 58–63, a publication of the European Graduate School. He was listed recently in Who’s Who in Humanities Higher Education.

Phillip Wegner’s essay entries “Utopian Fiction” and “Science Fiction” have been published in the Encyclopedia of Literature and Politics: Censorship, Revolution, and Writing (Greenwood, 2005), edited by UF graduate M. Keith Booker.


Roger Beebe currently has two films (A Fragmentary History of the 21st Century and The Strip Mall Trilogy) installed as part of the show “I Live Tomorrow” at the Espace Landowski in Boulogne-Billancourt, France. He is currently on a 27-day tour of the Heartland, showing retrospectives of his film and video work in Tallahassee, Pensacola, Houston, Shreveport, Dallas, Lawrence, Iowa City, Chicago, Bloomington, Louisville, Lexington, Nashville, Atlanta, Athens, and Macon. He will conclude his tour with a show at the WARPhaus Gallery in Gainesville (818 NW 1st Ave.) on Thursday, October 6, 8 PM.


Ron Carpenter’s essay “Ronald Reagan” appears in American Voices: An Encyclopedia of Contemporary Orators, eds. Bernard Duffy and Richard Leeman (Greenwood, 2005): 378–90. His co-author Windy Lawrence was an undergraduate student of Carpenter’s at UF before moving on to pursue her MA and PhD.

On September 16, Norman Holland gave a talk titled “Tickled Rats and Human Laughter” at the Institute of Cognitive Science, University of Louisiana (Lafayette, LA).


Malini Johar Schueller gave an invited talk titled “Postcoloniality, American Studies and the Global Rush” for the American Studies Lecture Series at Purdue University on September 8.

Julian Wolfreys’s essay “Iain Sinclair’s Millennial Fiction: the Example of Slow Chocolate Autopsy” appears in British Fiction of the 1990s, ed. Nick Bentley (Routledge, 2005).


Norman Holland’s article “‘The Barge She Sat In’: Psychoanalysis and Diction” has been reprinted in PsyArt, the online journal for the psychology of the arts. The article is one of thirteen in a special “Shakespeare and Psychoanalysis” edition of the journal, edited by Murray M. Schwartz.

Sidney Wade guest-edited the latest issue of Translation Review, published this summer and devoted to contemporary Turkish literature in translation.


During the month of August, Roger Beebe was the Artist-in-Residence at the Echo Park Film Center in Los Angeles. On September 1, he premiered his new film, “S A V E” at the Film Center. In April, he premiered another new film, “(rock/hard place),” at the PDX Film Festival Invitational in Portland, Oregon.

Ira Clark has been named a 2005–2008 University of Florida Research Foundation Professor.

Jill Ciment’s novel The Tattoo Artist has been published by Pantheon.

Terry Harpold’s review of Joseph Tabbi’s Cognitive Fictions (University of Minnesota Press, 2002) appears in South Atlantic Review 70.2 (2005): 151–55.

Maureen Turim’s essay “A Look at the Violence of Female Desire” appears in Women and Experimental Filmmaking, eds. Jean Patrolle and Virgina Wright Wexman (University of Illinois Press, 2005.)

Phillip Wegner’s essay “Utopia” appears in A Companion to Science Fiction, ed. David Seed (Blackwell, 2005).

News of Current Students


Kate Casey-Sawicki, Lindsey Collins, Cathlena Martin, and Brenda Maxey-Billings have published a webtext entitled “A Rhizomatic Wisdom Project” in Hyperrhiz < http://www.hyperrhiz.net/>, the new media/interactive media section of Rhizomes.


Andrew Reynolds’s essay “Ursula K. Le Guin, Herbert Marcuse, and the Fate of Utopia in the Postmodern” has been published in The New Utopian Politics of Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Dispossessed, eds. Laurence Davis and Peter Stillman (Lexington, 2005), 75–94.


Maryam El-Shall’s review of Azar Nafisi’s Reading Lolita in Tehran has been published in the Fall 2005 issue of the Journal of Middle Eastern Women’s Studies.

Matthew Ladd’s poem “A Difficult Knowledge of California” has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Meg Shevenock has poems forthcoming in Passages North and Puerto del Sol.  She was also a finalist in Swink’s 2005 Emerging Writers competition.


Brandon Hartley has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His poem “Cheese” appears in the current issue of 32 Poems (Fall 2005).

Josh Miller presented his paper “The Paradox of Dostoevsky’s Positively Good Idiot” at the 2005 Conference of the Florida College English Association, held in Daytona Beach, November 3–4.


Jessica B. Burstrem presented a paper titled “The Reclamation of Zora Neale Hurston’s Seraph on the Suwanee” at the 2005 Conference of the Florida College English Association, held in Daytona Beach, November 3–4. She also presented a paper titled “A Feminist Approach to Mothering Boys” at “Theory, Activism, Creativity: Navigating Textual Politics,” the 5th Annual UF-EGO Interdisciplinary Conference, October 27–29.

Ramona Caponegro presented a paper titled “Marginalized Even Among the Marginalized: Exonerated Death Row Inmates and Murder Victims’ Family Members Who Advocate for Forgiveness” as part of the panel “Life Writing on the Margins” at the Southern Atlantic Modern Language Association 2005 Convention in Atlanta, GA, November 4–6.  She also presented a paper titled ‘“Guideposts and Direction Boards’: Children’s Fiction about the Criminal Justice System” at “Theory, Activism, Creativity: Navigating Textual Politics,” the 5th Annual UF-EGO Interdisciplinary Conference, October 27–29.

Matthew Ladd has three poems in the current issue of West Branch, the literary journal of Bucknell University.

Eric Otto chaired this year’s Fantasy and Science Fiction Discussion Circle at SAMLA in Atlanta, GA. The November 5th session was titled “Science Fiction, Fantasy, and the Critical Conscience.”

Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar presented a paper titled “Low Stakes Writing and Speaking:  Using Everyday Tasks to Boost Student Abilities” at the recent American University in Cairo conference, On the Road to Sustainable Excellence: Communicating Across the Curriculum.

Jeffrey Allen Rice presented a paper titled “The Political Signifier: Truth, Lies, and Ideological Discourse” at the 2005 Annual Convention of The Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society, held at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, Novemver 4–6.

Julie A. Sinn was voted the new Secretary of the Children’s Literature Discussion Circle for SAMLA 2006.  She will be the Chair of the Dicsussion Circle for the 2007 SAMLA conference. 

Andrea Wood’s article “‘Straight’ Women, Queer Texts: Boy-Love Manga and the Rise of a Global Counterpublic” will appear in the May 2006 issue of Women’s Studies Quarterly.


Scott Balcerzak presented a paper titled “Finding the ‘Sanity Clause’ of Nonsensical Sense: Deleuzian Paradox in the Humor of the Marx Brothers” on the panel “A Hundred Years of the Marx Brothers” at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Atlanta, GA, November 5.

Melissa Mellon presented a paper titled “Creating Consciousness: Studying Narratives of American Captivity in an Age of Terror” at “Theory, Activism, Creativity: Navigating Textual Politics” – the 5th Annual UF-EGO Interdisciplinary Conference, October 27–29.

Horacio Sierra’s interview with Anne Rice was published in The Miami Herald on November 5, 2005. The full article is available on the Herald’s website, at: <http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/living/13078668.htm>.


Delores Amorelli presented a paper titled “Yuppies, Cannibals, and Psychos: Constructed Identities in Contemporary Pulp Fictions” at Collisions and Elisons: A Symposium on Literature and Popular Culture, held at the University of Wisconsin, Madison on October 14–15.

Stephanie Boluk, Chris “Tof” Eklund, and Philip Sandifer were the curators of “75 Years of Blondie: 1930–2005” which is being exhibited in UF’s Smathers Library for the month of October.

Cari Keebaugh presented a paper titled “The Many Sides of Hank: Modifications, Adjustments, and Adaptations of Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” at the New Voices Conference on Thursday, October 20 in Atlanta, GA.

Adam Vines’s poem “Grabbing” appears in the anthology Family Matters (Bottom Dog Press, 2005).


Amanda Davis’s review of Janet Zandy’s Hands: Physical Labor, Class, and Cultural Work appears in the current issue of the Labor Studies Journal 30.3 (2005).

The Best Food Writing 2005 book, which just came out last week, features David Ramsey’s article on hot chicken, which originally appeared in The Oxford American.


James Fleming’s entry on Nathaniel Tarn will appear in the forthcoming Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poetry.


Ramona Caponegro and Catherine Tosenberger gave talks at “The Witching Hour, A Harry Potter Symposium,” held in Salem, Massachusetts, October 6–10. For more information see: <http://www.witchinghour.org>.

Jaimy Mann presented a paper titled “‘Some make-believe must be where women strive’: Michael Field’s Trilogy of Plays, World at Auction, Race of Leaves, and Julia Domna” at NAVSA, the North American Victorian Studies Association, held in Charlottesville, Virginia, September 30–October 2.

Two Department of English graduate students presented papers at the Popular Culture Association in the South and the American Popular Culture Association in the South’s 2005 Conference, held in Jacksonville, Florida October 6–8:


Amy Robinson presented a paper titled “Who Needs Prince Charming, Anyway?: A Different Kind of Happily-Ever-After in Johnson’s The Fountains: A Fairy Tale” at the North East Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (NEASECS) Conference, held in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, September 30 – October 2.

Zach Whalen presented a paper titled “Reading as Cryptography: The Role of Encoding and Decoding in Digital Print Culture” at the 2005 IAWIS/AIERTI 7th International Conference on Word and Image Studies: Elective Affinities, September 26, in Philadelphia.


Antonio Garza’s essay “Pobre Puente” appeared in Puerto del Sol’s Summer 2005 40th Anniversary Issue.


Leeann Hunter presented a paper titled “Sexualizing the (Re)Production of the Laboring Woman: The Paradigm Shift from the Victorian to the Modern” at the British Association for Victorian Studies Conference, held at the University of Gloustershire, Cheltenham, Gloustershire, UK, September 5–7. She also presented a paper titled “Lily Briscoe’s Painting: Absence as Vision in To the Lighthouse” at the Women’s History Network Conference, held at Solent University, Southampton, Hampshire, UK, September 2–4.


Amanda Davis contributed the entries “Hush Harbors,” “Slave Codes,” and “The Civil Rights Act of 1968” to The Encyclopedia of African American History (ABC-CLIO, 2006). Her entry “Patrice Gaines” is forthcoming in African American Women Writers: An A to Z Guide (Greenwood, 2006), and her entry “Janet McDonald” is forthcoming in An Encyclopedia of Ethnic American Literature (Greenwood, 2005).

Aaron Shaheen’s article “‘The Social Dusk of that Mysterious Democracy’: Race, Sexology, and the New Woman in Henry James’s The Bostonians” will appear in a special issue of The American Transcendental Quarterly, on the New Woman.

News of Former Students


M. Keith Booker has edited Encyclopedia of Literature and Politics (Greenwood Press, 2005).

Eric Smith (PhD, 2004) contributed an entry on Robert Antoni to Encyclopedia of Literature and Politics (Greenwood Press, 2005).


Derek Taylor (PhD, 2000), presently an Assistant Professor at Longwood University, and Melvyn New have coedited John Norris and Mary Astell’s Letters Concerning the Love of God (Ashgate, 2005).


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