Fall 2006 Newsletter

News of Faculty


Terry Harpold has been named Associate General Editor of ImageTexT.

R. Brandon Kershner has been elected to a second four-year term as a Trustee of the International James Joyce Foundation. He is one of nine Trustees from North America. In the same election his former student Tekla Mecsnober was elected as a European Trustee.

Peter L. Rudnytsky gave a grand rounds presentation, “Inventing Freud,” to the Department of Psychiatry, Tulane Medical School, and a public lecture, “‘I’m Just Being Horrid’: D.W. Winnicott and the Strains of Psychoanalysis,” at the New Orleans Psychoanalytic Center, December 1.


Marsha Bryant has received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for 2007–08 to complete her book on women’s poetry and popular culture. Inspired by her women’s poetry courses at UF, this study considers ways in which poetry from the US and the UK intersects with journalism, cinema, children’s culture, and popular magazines.

Richard Burt is the editor of the newly-published two-volume Shakespeares After Shakespeare: An Encyclopedia of the Bard in Mass Media and Popular Culture (Greenwood Press).

Norman Holland has been appointed to the Editorial Board of Projections: The Journal for Movies and Mind.

Judith Page’s “Reforming Honeysuckles: Hannah More’s Coelebs in Search of a Wife and the Politics of Women’s Gardens” appears in The Keats-Shelley Journal (2006): 111–36.


Marsha Bryant presented two papers at the annual conference of the Modernist Studies Association, held in Tulsa, OK on October 19–22. They were “H.D. in CinemaScope: Helen in Egypt, Historical Epic Film, and Hollywood,” and “Sounding Sitwell, Sounding Modernism.” On October 27–28 she gave a talk on graduate student mentoring at the University of Illinois’s symposium in honor of Cary Nelson, “Poetry, Politics & the Profession.”

On November 15, R. Brandon Kershner lectured at the University of South Florida on “Shaping the Twentieth-Century Novel: Joyce, Beckett, Queneau and Murdoch.” He also taught a graduate class on the drama of Joyce and Beckett.

Emerita Professor Marie Nelson and Caroline Dennis (MA, 1983) presented an illustrated paper titled “From ‘Nine Herbs’ to Now: From Fiction to Fact” at the annual conference oof the South Atlantic Modern Languages Association, held in Charlotte, North Carolina on November 12.

Mark A. Reid gave an invited talk on “Searching for a PostNegritude Womanist Identity in French Film” for the Department of Radio-Television-Film of the University of Texas, November 9. As the chair of the Modern Languages Association Executive Division of Literature and Other Arts, he has orrganized three panels at the upcoming annual convention of the MLA and will chair two, “Performance: Riots, Uprisings, and Terrorism, I and II.”


On October 7–8, John Cech participated in a planning session for the Chicago Humanities Festival. The annual, month-long Festival, now in its 19th year, is the largest of its kind in the country, involving a wide range of disciplines, speakers, and types of presentations, including readings, exhibitions, lectures, and performances. The planning session was for the 2007 Festival, tentatively titled “A Climate of Concern.” Among the group convened for the session were George Woodwell, founder and senior scientist of the Woods Hole Research Center; Elizabeth Kolbert, journalist with The New Yorker; Mark Hertsgaard, journalist with The Nation; Adele Simmons, former director of the MacArthur Foundation and former president of Hampshire College; William Wimsatt, University of Chicago “big problems” philosopher; Maya Lin, architect and environmental artist; and Lawrence Weschler, the artistic director of the Festival.

On October 20, the late James Haskins, Professor of English, was honored posthumously with the 2006 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award in the Book for Younger Children category for Delivering Justice: W.W. Law and the Fight for Civil Rights, illustrated by Benny Andrews (Candlewick Press 2005).

Phillip Wegner presented his paper “Methods from the Known to the Unknown: Ulysses/Utopia” at the 31st Annual Meeting of The Society for Utopian Studies. He will serve as the program coordinator for the Society’s 2007 meeting, to be held in Toronto. On October 20, he presented “‘The Dead are Our Redeemers’: Economies of Sacrifice in 9/11 Films” at “Reel: Fear – Horror, Suspense, and Anxiety in Postmodern Film,” the first annual University of Florida Graduate Film Studies Group Symposium.


Peter L. Rudnytsky presented “True Confessions in Operation Shylock” at the Gardiner Seminar for Psychoanalysis and the Humanities, Yale University, October 12. The paper will be published in the Spring 2007 issue of Philip Roth Studies.

Several Department faculty presented papers or chaired sessions at “‘Who?’ or ‘What?’ – Jacques Derrida,” last week’s UF conference in honor of the legacy of Jacques Derrida, including Richard Burt, Pamela Gilbert, John Leavey, Scott Nygren, Chris Snodgrass, Maureen Turim, and Gregory L. Ulmer.


Susan Hegeman’s “Culture, Patriotism, and the Habitus of a Discipline or, What Happens to American Studies in Moment of Globalization?” appears in Genre 38. This essay is part of a special double issue, “Circulating America,” edited by UF graduate Patricia Ventura (PhD, 2003), now an Assistant Professor at Spelman College.

Phillip Wegner’s “The Pretty Woman Goes Global, Or, Learning to Love ‘Americanizaton’ in Notting Hill” appears in Genre 38.


Richard Burt’s “Civic ShakesPR: Middlebrow Multiculturalism, White Television, and the Color Bind” appears in Colorblind Shakespeare: New Perspectives on Race and Performance, ed. Ayanna Thompson, (Routledge, 2006): 157–85.

David Leavitt gave the Bonnie and Vern Bullough Academic Convocation Address at Buffalo State College, September 21.


Norman Holland’s “Style, Identity, Free Association, and the Brain” appears in PsyArt #060821 (2006). Professor Holland was recently appointed to the Literature and Cognitive Sciences Advisory Committee. The Committee plans an annual international conference in those disciplines.

R. Brandon Kershner wrote several of the Joyce-related entries in Encyclopedia of Erotic Literature (eds. Gaëtan Brulotte and John Phillips, Routledge, 2006).

Gregory Ulmer has been named to UF’s Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars. He will serve for three years on UF’s Advisory Board for Faculty Development, where he will assist the Associate Provost in developing programs and workshops that enhance the professional careers and experiences of faculty.


Susan Hegeman and Phillip Wegner were featured participants in the year’s inaugural event of the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, a colloquium on “Theory After 9/11: Has Anything Changed?” Wegner also delivered a Modern Critical Theory Public Lecture on “Marx and Marxism” and Hegeman discussed “Cultural Discontents,” a chapter of her book-in-progress, in a joint event of the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory and the Seminars in Cultural Anthropology.

David Leavitt’s September 5 “agon” for Quick Muse is available online at <http://www.quickmuse.com>. Quick Muse is a “linguistic jam session,” in which authors are given 15 minutes to compose a complete work of fiction or poetry on an assigned topic that they are not told ahead of time. Readers of the work may observe the composition of the work in real-time - character by character, word by word - as it is composed, or read it afterwards in a streaming format that repeats that real-time operation.

New members of PEN American Center this year include Jill Ciment, Michael Hofmann, and Mark Mitchell.


Pamela K. Gilbert gave a paper titled “Paul, Eschatological Time, and Victorian Liberalism” at the 2006 conference of the North American Victorian Studies Association, held in concert with the 2006 conference of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism. She also organized four panels at the conference on “Interdisciplinarity and the Body,” moderating two of them.

Scott Nygren gave an invited public lecture on “Negotiating Abjection: The Politics of [Underground] Manga,” at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe (Karlsruhe Academy of Fine Arts), Karlsruhe, Germany, June 8.


Roger Beebe’s film “S A V E” has been named Best Experimental Film at the 2006 Chicago Underground Film Festival. His film “TB TX DANCE” will premiere in Austin, Texas on September 23. That film was made without a camera in the middle of the night by running 16MM clear leader through the laser printer in the English Department mailroom.

Jill Ciment’s novel, The Tattoo Artist, has won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for Best Fiction by an American Woman, 2005.


Richard Burt gave a paper titled “Total(itarian) Recall: Alluding to Romeo and Juliet and Cultural Memory in Qing ren jie / A Time to Love” at the VIII World Shakespeare Congress, held in Brisbane. He was one of three speakers for the panel “Film Shakespeares / World Interpretations.”

Terry Harpold’s “Reading the Illustrations of Verne’s Voyages extraordinaires: The Example of Le Superbe Orénoque” appears in ImageTexT 3.1 (2006).

Norman Holland has finally learned of the translation of his 1966 book, Psychoanalysis and Shakespeare into Turkish, as Psikanaliz ve Shakespare (trans. Özgür Karacam; Istanbul: Gendas Kültür, 2002).

Emeritus Professor Bernard Paris’s biography of Karen Horney, Karen Horney: A Psychoanalyst’s Search for Self-Understanding (Yale UP, 1994) has been reissued in a German translation by Psychosozial Verlag. The translation was originally published in 1996 by Kore Verlag.

News of Current Students


Carol Steen’s review of Calling Cards: Theory and Practice in the Study of Race, Gender, and Culture (eds. Jacqueline Jones Royster and Ann Marie Mann Simpkins, SUNY Press, 2005) appears in Composition Forum 16 (2006).

Andrea Wood has been awarded a CLAS Dissertation Fellowship for Spring 2007.


Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar’s “Assia Djebar’s Short Stories and Women” appears in the International Journal of the Humanities 4.4 (2006).

Horacio Sierra’s review of Barbara Ehrenreich’s Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream appears in the December issue of The Satellite - North Florida’s alternative monthly.


Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar gave the keynote address at the international symposium “Towards improvements in English Language and Literature Teaching: Communicating Across the Curriculum,” sponsored by DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh, India. The address was published in the September 2006 issue of the College’s humanities journal, Diviner.

Matt Snyder presented “Who Dares (to Embellish) Wins (the Book Contract): Examining Bravo Two Zero and The One That Got Away in Light of Societal Expectations of the Returning Soldier’s Tale” at the 2006 annual conference of UF’s English Graduate Organization, November 2–3.


Scott Balcerzak’s “Nationalizing and Segregating Performance: Josephine Baker and Stardom in Zouzou (1934)” appears in Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities 26.1 (2006).

Laurel Czaikowski presented “Unsignified Women: (Lack of) A Place in Social Construction in The Wanderer” at The Burney Society’s annual meeting, held in Tucson, Arizona.

Lauren C. Ermel presented “Problematizing the Visible and Non-Visible in Boccaccio’s Decameron and Pasolini’s Famous Recreation” at the 2006 conference of the Southeastern Medieval Association (SEMA), held at the University of Mississippi, October 12–14.

Bharati Kasibhatla presented “Erasures in the Production of the Nation State: A Reading of Mahasweta Devi’s ‘Douloti the Bountiful’” at the 4th International Conference of the United States Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (USACLALS), held at the Santa Clara University, San Jose, CA, October 27–29.

Cari Keebaugh presented “Ogres are Like Onions: Performatives, Multi-Layered Messages, and the Captive Audience of Children’s Films” at the 2006 annual conference of UF’s English Graduate Organization, November 2–3.

Jeffrey Rice presented “Discursively Produced Realites or, How Rational-Critical Discourse was Formed” at the 2006 “Rethinking Marxism” conference, held at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, October 26-28.

Horacio Sierra’s review of Dan Savage’s book The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage, and Family appears in the November issue of The Satellite - North Florida’s alternative monthly.


Marianne Kunkel’s poem “Where to Look” will be published in the Spring 2007 issue of 32 Poems.

Zach Whalen’s essay “Cruising in San Andreas: Ludic Space and Urban Aesthetics in Grand Theft Auto” appears in The Meaning and Culture of Grand Theft Auto: Critical Essays (ed. Nate Garrelts, McFarland & Company, 2006).

“Reel: Fear – Horror, Suspense, and Anxiety in Postmodern Film,” the first annual University of Florida Graduate Film Studies Group Symposium was held at UF October 19–20. Several Department of English graduate students helped to organize the event and chaired panels, including Scott Balcerzak, Katherine Casey-Sawicki, Matt Feltman, Nicholas Guest-Jelley, Paul Anthony Johnson, and Jennifer Simmons.


Cari Keebaugh presented “Searching for Meaning from Dragons: Bettelheim’s Beauty and the Beast in Patricia C. Wrede’s Searching for Dragons” at Fantastic Genres II: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Children’s Literatures, held at SUNY New Paltz, NY, October 6–8.


Amanda Davis contributed the essays “Angela de Hoyos” and “Julia Alvarez” to the Encyclopedia of Latino/a Literature (Facts on File, 2006) and an entry on “The Border Arts Workshop” to The U.S. – Mexico Border: An Encyclopedia of Culture and Politics (Greenwood, 2006).

Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar’s short story “Exposure” has been published in Cooweescoowee: A Journal of Arts and Letters (2006).


James Fleming’s review of Dino Francis Felluga’s The Perversity of Poetry: Romantic Ideology and the Popular Male Poet of Genius appears in Romantic Textualities 16 (2006).

Stephen Giddens’s “Singing Otherwise: Karaoke, Representation, and Practice” appears in Studies in Popular Culture 28.3 (2006).


Lisa Hager’s “A Community of Women: Women’s Agency and Sexuality in George Egerton’s Keynotes and Discords” appears in Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies 2.2 (2006).


Lyndsay Brown’s “Yorick, Don’t Be A Hero: Productive Motion in Y: The Last Man” appears in ImageTexT 3.1 (2006).

Christopher Eklund’s review of Bart Beaty’s Fredric Wertham and the Critique of Mass Culture (University Press of Mississippi, 2005) appears in ImageTexT 3.1 (2006).

James Fleming’s review of The Gospel According to Superheroes: Religion and Popular Culture (ed. B.J. Oropeza; Peter Lang Publishing, 2005) appears in ImageTexT 3.1 (2006).

Georgia Gelmis’s short story “City of the Dead” will be published in the Fifth Anniversary Issue of The Saint Ann’s Review.

Michael Mayne’s review of Chris Lamb’s Drawn to Extremes: The Use and Abuse of Editorial Cartoons (Columbia University Press, 2004) appears in ImageTexT 3.1 (2006).

Philip Sandifer’s review of Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie’ Lost Girls (Top Shelf Productions, 2006) appears in ImageTexT 3.1 (2006).

News of Former Students


Chris Adrian’s (BA, 1993) second novel The Children’s Hospital has just been published by McSweeney’s.

Dave Reidy’s (MFA, 2006) story “On Guard” will be published in the Spring/Summer 2007 issue of The MacGuffin.


Glenn Freeman’s (PhD, 2005) book Keeping the Tigers Behind Us was selected as the winner of the 2006 Elixir Press poetry award. The book will be published by Elixir in February 2007.


J. Jeffrey Franklin’s (MFA, 1991; PhD, 1995) book of poems For the Lost Boys has been published by Ghost Road Press. He is currently an Associate Professor of English at the University of Colorado at Denver.

Andrew M. Kozma (MFA, 2002) is the winner of the Zone 3 Press First Book Award for City of Regret, which will be published in Spring 2007. He is currently working towards his PhD in creative writing at the University of Houston.


Laurie N. Taylor (PhD, 2006) presented “Automated or Empty: Zombies in Video Games and Computers” at “Reel: Fear – Horror, Suspense, and Anxiety in Postmodern Film,” the first annual University of Florida Graduate Film Studies Group Symposium. Her essay “From Stompin’ Mushrooms to Bustin’ Heads: Grand Theft Auto III as Paradigm Shift” appears in The Meaning and Culture of Grand Theft Auto: Critical Essays (ed. Nate Garrelts, McFarland & Company, 2006).


Sharmain van Blommestein (PhD, 2005) has been elected as Chair of the Medieval Women’s Interest Group for the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) and Co-Chair of the International Region for NWSA.


Sharmain van Blommestein (PhD, 2005) presented “Violent Themes in Mystical Imagery: Mystical Union with God and Medieval Marriage” at the 16th annual Texas Medieval Association Conference (TEMA), held at Baylor University, Waco, Texas, October 6.

Patricia Ventura (PhD, 2003), now an Assistant Professor at Spelman College, is the editor of a special double issue of Genre (38), on “Circulating America.”


Chris Bachelder (MFA, 2002) and Michael Kevin Wilson (MFA, 2004) have stories in New Stories From the South 2006 – The Year’s Best, eds. Allan Gurganus and Kathy Pories (Algonquin Books, 2006).


Laurie N. Taylor (PhD, 2006) presented “Virtual Bodies: Game Gender as Style and Structure” as an invited speaker at the University of Idaho’s “Power, Identity, and Community in Virtual Worlds: A Speaker Series, September 12. Other speakers in the series included speakers Shawn Rider, Julian Dibbell, and Rick Fehrenbacher.


Nora Spencer (MFA, 2005) has been named UF’s Director of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Affairs.


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