Spring 2005 Newsletter

News of Faculty


Andrew Gordon’s essay “The Critique of Utopia in Philip Roth’s The Counterlife and American Pastoral” appears in Turning Up the Flame: Philip Roth’s Later Novels, eds. Jay L. Halio and Ben Siegel (Univ. of Delaware Press, 2005).


Diana Paris’s new book on the work of Norman Holland, Norman Holland y la articulación literatura/psicoanálisis has just been published (Madrid: Campo de Ideas, 2004).

Two English faculty presented papers at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference in London, UK, March 31–April 3:

At the recent AWP conference, Sidney Wade was elected Vice-President of the organization. She has poems in the current Kenyon Review and Paris Review. She also guest-edited an all-Turkish issue of Translation Review, which will be published in May.


Finally published is Norm Holland’s contribution to the 2003 International Literature and Psychology Conference (Greenwich, UK, July 4–5, 2003): “Hamlet’s Big Toe? Neuropsychology and Literary Character,” in The Twentieth International Conference on Literature and Psychoanalysis, Ed. Frederico Pereira. (Lisbon: Instituto Superior de Psicologia Aplicada, 2005).


Terry Harpold presented a paper titled “Verne, Baudelaire et Poe – La Jangada et ‘Le Scarabée d’or” at Le Mondial Jules Verne, a colloquium held in celebration of the centenary of the author’s death, Amiens, France, March 21–27.

Tace Hedrick’s encyclopedia entry “Ana Mendieta” appears in Notable American Women (Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2005). On February 17, Professor Hedrick presented an invited talk at the University of Florida Latin American Studies Colloquium, titled “‘We Have the Quiet of the Indian About Us’: Mexicans and Modernity in Gloria Anzaldua’s Borderlands/La frontera.”

Professor Emerita Marie Nelson’s essay “Beowulf’s Boast Words” has been published in Neophilologus 89.2 (April 2005): 299–310.


Marsha Bryant participated in a workshop titled “Reading the Image-Text” at a recent meeting of the Society for Textual Scholarship in New York. Her talk focused on Stevie Smith’s mise-en-page.

Gregory Ulmer participated in “Writing Multimodalities within Literacy and ‘Electracy’: A Conversation with Gregory Ulmer,” a featured session at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, held in San Francisco March 17.


Terry Harpold presented a paper titled “Screw the Grue: Programmed Narrative and Limits of the Gameworld” at the first UF Game Studies Conference, “Playing the Past: Nostalgia in Videogames and Electronic Literature,” March 18–19.

Phillip Wegner’s essay “Más allá de las clausuras de la guerra fría: repeticiones y revisiones en el ciclo Terminator” appears in the new online journal LiberArte: La Revista Virtual del Colegio de Artes Liberales, Universidad San Francisco de Quito.


The House That Jack Built: The Hal Jackson Story, by Hal Jackson as told to James Haskins, has been issued in paperback by Colossus Books. The book was originally published in hardcover by Amistad Press. Haskins’ review of Nick Salvatore’s Singing in a Strange Land: C.L. Franklin, the Black Church, and the Transformation of America was published in the St. Petersburg Times, February 20.

R. Brandon Kershner chaired a panel on translation of poetry at “Other Words: A Conference of Literary Magazines, Independent Publishers, and Writers,” held at Florida State University, March 5. Among the panelists was Sidney Wade.


Professor Emerita Marie Nelson’s essay “From the Book of Margery Kempe: The Trials and Triumphs of a Homeward Journey” has been published in Oral Tradition 19.2 (2004): 214–35.


Professor Emeritus Alistair Duckworth has been reappointed by FSU’s International Programs for the academic year 2005–06. He would be most grateful if colleagues could advertise the study abroad opportunities offered by FSU in London. Students might be particularly interested in the special program for English majors that he will be team-teaching with Professor Gene Crook in London in the fall semester of 2005. The program comprises four courses (12 credits), and another 3 credits are available through an on-line course, offered by Professor Crook, in summer 2005. Full details are available at <http://www.international.fsu.edu/Types/College/EnglishLit.htm>.

Professor Duckworth’s recent publications include: “How Shall We Ever Recollect Half the Dishes for Grandmamma?” [an essay evaluating the spate of recent criticism of Jane Austen], Eighteenth-Century Fiction 16.3 (2004): 471–92;  “Two Borrowings in Pat Barker’s Regeneration,” Journal of Modern Literature 27.3 (2004):  63–67; “Mansfield Park: Jane Austen’s Grounds of Being” [a reprint of 11 page excerpt from The Improvement of the Estate], Palgrave Macmillan Reader’ Guide to Essential Criticism: Mansfield Park (London:  Macmillan, 2004); a Review of From the Temple to the Castle: An Architectural History of British Litrature, 1660–1760, by Lee Morrissey, Scriblerian 36.2 (2004): 195–96; and a Review of Paranoid Modernism:  Literary Experiment, Psychosis, and the Professionalization of English Society, by David Trotter, English Literature in Transition, 1880–1920 46.3 (2003): 315–20. Recent lectures include: “Landscape and the Picturesque in Jane Austen’s Works,” an illustrated lecture at Lincoln University, February 18, 2005; “Three Approaches to Jane Austen as a Novelist of Manners,” lecture at Goldsmiths College, London, February 2, 2005; and “Jane Austen and Manners:  Litigation by Other Means?”, lecture at the Centro Interdisciplinare di Studi Romantici, University of Bologna, May 28, 2003.


Sid Dobrin and Chris Keller’s (PhD, 2001) co-edited book Writing Environments was published this month by State University of New York Press.

Terry Harpold’s essay “Verne’s Cartographies” appears in Science Fiction Studies 32.1 (2005), a special issue of the journal celebrating the centenary of Jules Verne’s death.


James Haskins’s book Champion: A Biography of Muhammad Ali (Walker & Company, 2002) has just been published in Korea by Namuwasup Publishing Co. His book Keeping the Faith: African-American Sermons of Liberation (Welcome Rain, 2001) has just been reissued in paperback by Sensei.

Scott Nygren chaired a panel and presented a paper titled “The Apology Crisis: Hiroshima, Trauma, and Working Through,” at “Trans/National Film and Literature: Cultural Production and the Claims of History,” the 30th Annual Conference on Literature and Film at Florida State University, January 27–29. He has also been elected Chair of the Academic Infrastructure and Support Policy Council, as a member of the Faculty Senate. This Council addresses such concerns as IT, libraries, and buildings. Please let him know of any concerns in these areas that he may submit for consideration by the Council. See the UF Faculty Senate web page for complete details.

Exemplaria, edited by R. Allen Shoaf, has announced its first Beiheft, or Supplement, “Turn It Again”: Jewish Medieval Studies and Literary Theory, ed. Sheila Delany (Volume 12, 2000). See this URL for ordering information: <http://web.english.ufl.edu/exemplaria/Delany.pdf>.

Gregory Ulmer gave the keynote address, titled “Inventing Electracy,” at “Merging Image & Word: Reimagining (New) Literacy through Media,” the LSU English Mardi Gras Conference, held in Baton Rouge, LA., February 4.


On Friday, January 21, Norman Holland was heard on the Bob Newman show on KOA (850–AM, Denver) discussing “The Internet Regression.”

Phillip Wegner gave a talk titled “Here or Nowhere: Urbanization, Globalization, and Totality in Contemporary Theory” as part of the 2004–2005 St. John’s College, University of British Columbia, Speaker’s Series, “Living Out the Metropolis.” He also recently presented a paper, “‘We’re Family’: Kinship, Fidelity, and Revolution in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Butler’s Parables,” at the MLA Convention in Philadelphia .  At the Convention, he was elected to the executive committee of the Discussion Group on Science Fiction and Utopian and Fantastic Literature and learned he was elected as the South Region representative to the MLA Delegate Assembly.


Richard Brantley’s Experience and Faith: The Late-Romantic Imagination of Emily Dickinson has just been published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Judith W. Page is serving as Interim Director of Jewish Studies until July 1, 2005.  She recently presented a paper at the Association for Jewish Studies meeting in Chicago titled “Jewish Spectacle: Culture and Cultivation in Early Nineteenth Century Britain.”


Ron Carpenter’s latest book, Rhetoric in Martial Deliberations and Decision Making: Cases and Consequences, has just been published by University of South Carolina Press.

James Haskins’s latest book in the Black Star Series published by John Wiley & Sons is African Heroes. In addition to writing books for the series, he serves as General Editor.

R. Brandon Kershner delivered a paper on “Photographic Joyce” at the 2004 MLA Convention. An expanded version of the paper is to be a chapter in a collection edited by Joseph Valente on Joyce and the Visual Arts. As a UF senator, he was recently elected to serve on the Council on Academic Research and Scholarship.

Malini Johar Schueller presented a paper titled “Ethnic Studies as Resistance to Imperialism” at the 2004 MLA Convention.


James Haskins’s newest book is Delivering Justice:  W. W. Law and the Great Savannah Boycott, illustrated by Benny Andrews and published by Design Press. His book Building a New Land:  African Americans in Colonial America, illustrated by James E. Ransome (published in hardcover in 2001) has just been issued in paperback by HarperCollins.

Susan Hegeman presented a paper titled “Culture and/or Belief” at the 2004 MLA Convention in Philadelphia.

Mark A. Reid presented a paper titled “Migrating PostNegritude: Afro-Francophone Women in French Cinema” at the African American and Diasporic Research in Europe conference, sponsored by Harvard University and held at l’Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris III (15–18 December, 2004). His article, “Haile Gerima: ‘Sacred shield of culture’” appears in Contemporary American Independent Film: From the Mainstream to the Margins, edited by Chris Holmlund and Justin Wyatt (Routledge, 2004).

Malini Johar Schueller gave an invited talk titled “Shock and Awe: Reading Abu Ghraib” for the Global Literary and Cultural Studies Research Cluster at Michigan State University on December 10, 2004.

Stephanie Smith’s essay “The Sea: Melville and Moby-Dick”, was published in the fall of 2004 in A Companion to American Fiction 1780–1865 edited by Shirley Samuels (Blackwell). At this year’s MLA in Philadelphia she presented a paper titled “The Mother of them All: Sacagewea as American Icon.”

News of Current Students


English graduate students Tof Eklund, Trena Houp, Cathlena Martin, and Laurie Taylor are 2004–05 recipients of UF’s Presidential Recognition for Outstanding Graduate Students.

Jaimy Mann’s essay “Los Angeles Prostitution” has been accepted for the upcoming Historical Encyclopedia of Prostitution, ed. Melissa Hope Ditmore (Greenwood Publishing Group).

Jacqueline Whipple Walker has been awarded the 2005–06 Lyman T. Johnson Post-Doctoral Fellowship, at the University of Kentucky.

These English graduate students have been awarded 2004–05 Teaching Awards by UF’s Graduate School:

These graduate students have been awarded 2004–05 Teaching Awards by the Department of English:


Two English graduate students presented papers at the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century British Women Writers Conference, held at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, April 14–17:

Marlo David presented a paper titled “Romancing the Folk: Toward a Revision of Black Women’s Folk Tradition” at the Celebrating the African-American Novel Conference, held at Pennsylvania State University, April 1, 2005.

Angelique Nixon has been elected President of UF’s Black Graduate Student Organization (BGSO) for the upcoming academic year.

Three graduate students presented papers at the Caribbean Literary Studies Symposium held at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, April 13–14:

The papers were presented in a panel on “Memory and the Shaping of History in Caribbean Literature: A Study of Brathwaite, Lovelace, and Brodber.”


Aaron Shaheen’s article “Endless Frontiers and Emancipation from History: Horatio Alger’s Reconstruction of Place and Time in Ragged Dick” appears in Children’s Literature 33 (2005).

Laurie Taylor’s article “Playing the System: Economic Models for Video Game Narrative and Play” appears in Works and Days 22 (2005).

Zach Whalen’s article “Game/Genre: A Critique of Generic Formulas in Video Games in the Context of ‘The Real’“ appears in Works and Days 22 (2005): 43–44.


Wesley Beal presented a paper titled “Urban and Rural Intersections of the Knowable Community in In the American Grain” at “Communities in Crisis: Isolation, Desecration, and Transformation in the 20th Century,” a conference held at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, April 2–3. He also chaired the conference‘s panel on “Class and Social Change.”

Antonio Garza presented a paper titled “Coding the Switch, or Transmigrations of Talk and Text” at the 2005 AWP Annual Conference in Vancouver.

Andrew Jenkins chaired a panel and delivered a paper – ”The Limits of Vision: Emmanuel Appadocca’s Telescope” – at the UF Graduate Student Council Research Forum, April 1.

Cathlena Martin presented a paper titled “Haunted Houses and Their Unseen Spaces: Neil Gaiman and the Uncanny” at the Sixth Biennial Conference on Modern Critical Approaches to Children’s Literature, Nashville, TN, March 31–April 2.

Charles H. Meyer presented a paper titled “French Patriotism and the Mythic Fantasy of America in Jacques Tati’s Jour de fête” at the 22nd Annual French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium, which was held in Gainesville, March 31–April 3.

The Journal of American Culture will publish Lloyd Willis’s article “Monstrous Ecology: John Steinbeck, Ecology, and American Cultural Politics.” Lloyd presented a paper titled “Emerson and the Abstraction of Natural Space” at “Negotiating 19th-Century Spaces,” The Third Annual Graduate Student Literature Conference of the University of South Carolina, March 11–12.

Andrea Wood presented a paper titled “‘Straight’ Women, Queer Texts: Pornography, Readership, and the Counter-Aesthetics of Boy-Love Manga” at the University of North Carolina–Asheville GLBTQ Conference on “Queer Counter-Knowledges,” March 31–April 2.


Jessica Burstrem presented a paper titled “The Problems with Science and Objectivity in the Study of English” at the 2005 Baylor University English Graduate Student Association Conference, “Boundaries of Literature: Examining Literature in an Interdisciplinary Setting,” held in Waco, Texas, April 1–2.

Kate Casey-Sawicki, Jennifer Simmons, and Jessica Espinosa Kirwan participated in a panel titled “Miss-fits of Feminism: Remembering Jem and the Holograms,” at the 2005 National PCA/ACA Conference, held in San Diego, March 23–25.

Andrew Jenkins has been elected Vice President of the UF Graduate Student Council. 

Traci Klass presented a paper titled “‘Let Us Be English Men and English Women, Even While We Still Glory in Being Hebrews’: Writing the Anglo-Jewish Home” at the 36th annual College English Association Conference, held in Indianapolis, Indiana, March 31–April 2.

Jeffrey A. Rice presented a paper titled “Bird in the Bush: Kerouac, Aesthetic Representation and Jazz History” at the 36th Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association, held in Cambridge, MA, March 31–April 3.

Laurie Taylor and Cathlena Martin’s collaboratively written article“Gaming’s Non-Digital Predecessors” appears in the Spring 2005 issue of The International Digital Media & Arts Association Journal.


Traci Klass presented a paper titled “Grace Aguilar and the Jews” in the Jewish Studies Division of the 2005 International Popular Culture/American Culture Association Conference, held in San Diego, March 23–26.

Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar’s short story “Dasi” appears in the collection Book of Voices, published by Flame books, March 2005. Pre-order copies from: <http://www.flamebooks.com/product.asp?prodId=29>.


Two graduate students presented papers at the first UF Game Studies Conference, “Playing the Past: Nostalgia in Videogames and Electronic Literature,” March 18–19.

The Conference was organized by UF English graduate students Laurie Taylor and Zach Whalen.

Three graduate students presented papers at “Negotiating 19th-Century Spaces,” The Third Annual Graduate Student Literature Conference at the University of South Carolina, March 11–12.

Nicole LaRose’s article“Reading the Information on Martin Amis’s London” appears in the Winter 2005 edition of Critique.

Troy Teegarden’s article “The Fightin’ Side of Me” is now online at <http://www.gainesvillenights.com>.


Nicole LaRose and Washella Turner presented papers at the 33rd Annual 20th Century Literature and Culture Conference, held at the University of Louisville, February 24–26. LaRose’s paper was titled “Martin Amis’s Alternative Apocalyptic Community.” Turner’s paper was titled “Unity or Dissension?: African-American Authors’ Views on the Effectiveness of the NAACP.”

Margot Reynolds’ article “Mother Times Two: A Double Take On A Gynocentric Justice Song” will be published by SUNY Press in an anthology titled Cultural Sites of Critical Insight: Philosophy, Aesthetics, and Native and African American Women’s Writings.

Zach Whalen presented the paper titled “House of Leaves and Digital Ontology” at “Visual Culture: Image, Icon and Ideology,” the 14th Annual KSU Cultural Studies Conference, held at Kansas State University (Manhattan, KS).


Natasa Kovacevic’s essay “History on Speed: Media and The Politics of Forgetting in Milan Kundera’s Slowness” has been accepted for publication in Modern Fiction Studies.

Horacio Sierra presented his paper “Depictions of Spain, Spaniards, and the Spanish New World: Religious and Ethnic Othering, Xenophobia, and the Black Legend in British and American Children’s Literature” at the 14th Annual British Commonwealth & Postcolonial Studies Conference, held in Savannah, Georgia February 25–27.

Laurie Taylor and Cathlena Martin presented “Science and Video Games” at the Transforming Encounters II: Children and Science, Imagination and Inquiry colloquium held at the University of Florida on February 18.


Maryam El Shall presented a paper titled “The Effects of Colonialism on Muslim Identity” at the third annual Postcolonial and British Commonwealth Literature Conference in Savannah, Georgia, February 25–27.

Christine Poreba’s poem “The Thorne Rooms” was awarded a second place prize of $500 in The Atlantic Monthly Student Writing Contest.


Sean Fenty, Trena Houp, and Laurie Taylor’s essay “Webcomics: The Influence and Continuation of the Comix Revolution,” appears in the current issue of ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies 1.2 (Fall 2004).

Ellen Joy Letostak presented a paper titled “‘To be or not to be:’ the Dialectical Complexity of the Shakespearean Actor” at the SW Texas PCA/ACA Conference in Albuquerque, NM, February 9–12.

Cathlena Martin’s review of Leaving Springfield: The Simpsons and the Possibility of Oppositional Culture (ed. John Alberti) appears in the current issue of ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies 1.2 (Fall 2004).

Horacio Sierra presented a paper titled “Out Of The Closet in Early Modern England: Margaret Cavendish’s Gender Politics and Lesbian Explorations” at the 14th Annual Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Interdisciplinary Symposium, held at the University of Miami on February 19, 2005.

Troy Teegarden’s article“Dirt Track Date” now appears online at <http://www.gainesvillenights.com>.


Kate Casey-Sawicki, Nicholas Jelley, and Patrick McHenry presented a panel, “New (Media) Directions in the Discipline: Methods, Examples & Questions Based on the Networked Writing Environment at UF,” at “Merging Image & Word: Reimagining (New) Literacy through Media,” the LSU English Mardi Gras Conference, held in Baton Rouge, LA., February 4.

Amanda Davis’s review of Angelyn Mitchell’s The Freedom to Remember: Narrative, Slavery, and Gender in Contemporary Black Women’s Fiction appears in the current issue of Melus 29.2 (2004). Her essays “bell hooks,” “Audre Lorde,” “Gloria Wade-Gayles,” and “Sherley Anne Williams” are included in The Encyclopedia of African American Literature, forthcoming from Greenwood Publishing (2005).


Several graduate students presented papers at “Trans/National Film and Literature: Cultural Production and the Claims of History,” the 30th Annual Conference on Literature and Film at Florida State University on January 28, 2005.

Troy Teegarden’s first in a series of articles now appears online at <www.gainesvillenights.com>.


Charles H. Meyer presented a paper titled “French Patriotism and the Mythic Fantasy of America in Jacques Tati’s Jour de fête” at “Trans/National Film and Literature: Cultural Production and the Claims of History,” the 30th Annual Conference on Literature and Film at FSU.

Christine Poreba’s poems “Something Polka” and “Your Silent Elegy” will appear in the 2005 edition of Limestone.

Sharmain van Blommestein’s review of Feminist Futures: Re-imagining Women, Culture and Development (edited by Kum-Kum Bhavnani, John Foran, and Priya Kurian) will be published in Millennium: Journal of International Studies Vol 33.3 (Spring 2005).  Her articles: Aquinas/Prostitution and Ballet/Prostitution were accepted for the upcoming Historical Encyclopedia of Prostitution by Greenwood Publishing Group, edited by Melissa Hope Ditmore.


Cari Keebaugh presented “Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”: A Psychoanalytic Allegory You can Sink Your Teeth Into!” at the 2005 Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities on January 13, 2005. The paper was also published in the conference proceedings.

Matthew Ladd has work appearing in the current issue of Fence.

Cathlena Martin and Laurie Taylor’s article “E for Everyone - A Call for Interdisciplinary Studies” was published as the January 2005 International Gamers Digitial Association’s academic column, “The Ivory Tower.”

Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar’s short story “Dasi” will be published in Sierra Leone Pen’s short story collection Book of Voices, due out in March 2005.


Andrew Reynolds gave a paper titled “‘Obscenity Must Be Mated With Banality’: Power and Perversion in the Suburban Landscape of Lolita” at the 2004 MLA Convention. His book review “Disneyfied Sprawl, Blue-Collar Bogeymen, and Bourgeois Jeremiads: The Legacy of Investment in Suburbia,” appears in American Quarterly 56.4.


Scott Balcerzak’s essay “Dickensian Orphan as Child Star: Freddie Bartholomew and the Commodity of Cute in MGM’s David Copperfield (1935)” appears in the January 2005 issue of Literature/Film Quarterly (33.1).

Cathlena Martin and Laurie Taylor’s collaboratively written essay “Practicing What We Teach: Collaborative Writing and Teaching Teachers to Blog” appears on-line in Lore: An E-Journal for Teachers of Writing.

Reagan Ross’s essay “Allegorical Figurations and the Political Didactic in Bulworth” was published in the recent edition of Cineaction (65: 54–61).

Laurie Taylor’s review of Ann Weinstone’s Avatar Bodies: A Tantra for Posthumanism appears in Consciousness, Literature and the Arts (December 2004).

News of Former Students


Stories by MFA graduates Becky Soppe (2003) and Kevin Wilson (2004) appear in the 2005 New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best (Algonquin, 2005). Stories by Soppe and Wilson also appeared in the recent issue of Ploughshares for emerging writers.


Geoffrey Brock (MFA, 1998)  is the winner of the fifth annual New Criterion Poetry Prize. Judges for the prize were Roger Kimball, A. E. Stallings, Hilton Kramer, Charles Martin, and David Yezzi. He will receive $3000 and his book Weighing Light will be published by Ivan R. Dee (Chicago) in the fall of 2005.


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