Spring 2006 Newsletter

News of Faculty


Delivering Justice: W. W. Law and the Fight for Civil Rights, written by the late James Haskins and illustrated by Benny Andrews, is the winner of the 2006 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award in the category of Books For Younger Children.

Greg Ulmer’s essay “Choramancy: A User’s Guide” appears in Mind Factory, ed. Louis Armand (Litteraria Pragensia, 2005): 200–59, with illustrations by Barbara Jo Revelle and John Craig Freeman.


Amy Obugo Ongiri has been named the UF’s Teacher of the Year for 2005–2006.

R. Allen Shoaf is among several medievalists interviewed for a two-part Internet radio broadcast on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Professor Shoaf was interviewed by Rachel Manno, host of Chatterbook, a program on “Canadian literature and corollary subjects” based at CFRC, the radio station of Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. Both parts of the broadcast are available as MP3 files from this URL: <http://www.chatterbook.ca/?p=24>.

Julian Wolfreys’s “Victorian Gothic” appears in Teaching the Gothic, eds. Anna Powell and Andrew Smith (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006): 62–78.


Roger Beebe’s film “(rock/hard place)” was recently awarded the Alice Guy Blaché Award at the Humboldt International Short Film Festival. He also, since his last update too many months ago, received an Individual Artists Grant from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. Also in that span of months, he travelled to North Carolina to present retrospectives of his work in Durham and Raleigh. His new film “S A V E” had its official premiere in Berlin, Germany in February, while “(rock/hard place)” screened in Buffalo, NY and Washington, DC and was presented as an installation at the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from March 30–April 6.

Richard Burt’s essays “Introduction: The Schlock of Medievalism: Of Manuscript and Film Parodies, Prologues, and Paratexts” and “Re-embroidering the Bayeux Tapestry in Film and Media: the Flip Side of History in Opening and End Title Sequences” appear in a special issue of Exemplaria on “Movie Medievalism,” 18.2 (Fall 2006), co-edited by Richard Burt and Nicholas Haydock. The articles are available online at

Norman Holland gave an invited lecture at SUNY at Oswego titled “Tickled Rats and Human Laughter.” While up in the cold, he attended the Literature and Cognitive Science conference at the University of Connecticut and presented “The Neuroscience of Metafiction.”

Judith W. Page gave a public lecture for the Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Kentucky on April 3, 2006. The lecture, entitled “Reimagining Shylock,” dealt with the performance and interpretive history of The Merchant of Venice in 18th and 19th century Britain.


The Publisher, Editors, and Advisers of Exemplaria take pleasure in announcing a Special Cluster of essays on “Movie Medievalism,” guest-edited by the newest member of the Exemplaria Advisory Board, Richard Burt (University of Florida), and by Nikolas Haydock (University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez). The cluster is scheduled to appear in Exemplaria 18.2 (Fall 2006) and is available online as a digital preprint at this URL:



Terry Harpold’s essay “Un Intertexte sophocléen du Voyage au centre de la terre” appears in Bulletin de la Société Jules Verne (Nouvelle série) 153 (2005): 33–35.

Malini Johar Schueller presented “Almost But Absolutely Not: Black Style and Desi Identity in Indian-American Films” at the recent conference of the Association of Asian American Studies, held in Atlanta.


Professor Emerita Marie Nelson’s essay “Phonology, Morphology, Syntax: Reading The Lord of the Rings from a Linguistics Perspective” appears in Germanic Notes and Reviews 37.1 (2006).


Exemplaria received a substantial review in the most recent issue of TLS (March 10, 2006) by Bettina Bildhauer (University of St. Andrews). The review focused on volume 16, number 2, addressing each essay in the issue, offering generally favorable commentary on each. The review concludes “there is always enough substance to merit the most attentive reading; and the journal remains unique in encouraging new approaches in a way that is as inspiring and satisfying for fresh graduates as for more established medievalists and early modernists, and for non-specialists with an open mind as to what medieval and early modern studies can tell them about other times and other texts.” A copy of the review is posted to the door of Turlington 4338. The Editors and Advisors of Exemplaria take this occasion to acknowledge and thank the Department of English, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Office of the Vice President for Research for their continued support of the journal and its initiatives.

Maureen Turim organized a colloquium entitled “I am (not) an Amazon: Women and the Avant-gardes” with Christa Blümlinger, (Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle) Feburary 17–18, at UF’s Paris Research Center. Fourteen distinguished scholars from France, England, Germany and the US presented new work. Professor Turim gave a paper titled “Desire in the Abstract.” She also gave a paper titled “Big Bangs or Superflat: Art and Desire under Consumerism” at “Art in the Age of Globalization: Directions in Contemporary Art Since 1989,” held at UF, March 2–36.

Sidney Wade was elected President of AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs) at their recent annual convention in Austin, TX. Her poems and translations have appeared recently in Gettysburg Review, the Wallace Stevens Journal, Two Lines, Quadrant, and are forthcoming in Cincinatti Review and Field. An essay on translating from the Turkish appeared in The Review Revue.


Richard Burt presented “Backstage Pass(ing): Stage Beauty, Othello, and the Makeup of Race” as the annual Hudson Strode Renaissance Studies Lecture at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, February 26.

Jill Ciment has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for fiction.

William Logan has won the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism for The Undiscovered Country.


Jill Ciment’s film Chinatown will be shown at the Museum of Modern Art’s tribute to Cal Arts this summer.

Amy Obugo Ongiri has been selected as the 2005–2006 College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (CLAS) Teacher of the Year.

Judith W. Page recently gave the plenary lecture at an international conference on Jews and British Romanticism at the Institute of English Studies, Senate House, University of London. The conference was one of a series of collaborative events organized by the Corvey Project at Sheffield Hallam University, the Chawton House Project, and the Department of English at the University of Southampton. The lecture, which speculated on the dynamics of Romantic theatricality, performance, and audience, was entitled “Shylock’s Turquoise Ring: Jane Austen and the ‘Exquisite Acting’ of Edmund Kean.”


John Cech was invited to present one of the conference sessions – on the current state(s) of children’s books – for the Publishers Association of the South annual meeting in Savannah, Georgia, January 28.

Norm Holland’s essay “Don Quixote and the Neuroscience of Metafiction” appears in the Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference in Literature and Psychology.

Emeritus Professor Bernard Paris’s Conrad’s Charlie Marlow: A New Approach to Heart of Darkness and Lord Jim has been published by Palgrave Macmillan.


Richard Burt delivered two invited papers at the University of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, January 26–27: “Re-embroidering the Bayeux Tapestry in Film and Media: the Flip Side of HIstory in Opening and End Title Sequences” and “Civic ShakesPR: Middlebrow Multiculturalism, White Television, and the Color Bind.”

Andrew Gordon’s essay “‘Envy’: Cynthia Ozick Meets Melanie Klein” appears in the proceedings of the 22nd International Conference in Literature and Psychology.

R. Brandon Kershner presented “Joyce and the Daily News” at the 2006 Miami Joyce Birthday Conference at the University of Miami on February 3. He also introduced the plenary speaker, Zack Bowen, and spoke on the upcoming XXth International Joyce Symposium to be held in Budapest this summer, for which he is organizing the program.

Phillip Wegner’s entry, “Postmodernism,” appears in the Edinburgh Dictionary of Continental Philosophy, ed. John Protevi (Edinburgh University Press, 2006).


Andrew Gordon’s review, with Hernan Vera, “On How To Dissolve Racial Taboos” appears in Contexts 4.4 (2005): 68–69.

Maureen Turim’s coauthored essay, with Mika Turim-Nygren, “Of Spectral Mothers and Lost Children: War, Folklore, and Psychoanalysis in John Sayles’s The Secret of Roan Inish,” appears in Sayles Talk: New Perspectives on Independent Filmmaker John Sayles, eds. Diane Carson and Heidi Kenaga (Wayne State University Press, 2006). Mika Turim-Nygren is now a Freshman at UF, pursuing a major in English and Creative Writing.


Andrew Gordon’s essay “Contact: Little Orphan Ellie” appears in Reconstruction 5.4 (2005). His essay “Star Wars: A Myth for Our Time” has been reprinted in Saga Journal 1.11 (2005). His essay “The Empire Strikes Back: Monsters from the Id” has been reprinted in Saga Journal 2.1 (2006).

Mark A. Reid gave an invited lecture titled “Migrating PostNegritude” for the Film and Video Studies Program at the University of Oklahoma on 26 January.

Malini Johar Schueller’s entry “Orientalism” appears in American History through Literature, 1820–1870, eds. Janet Gabler-Hover and Robert Sattelmeyer (Scribner’s Press, 2006): 838–42.


John Cech’s essay “The Violent Shadows of Children’s Culture” appears in Handbook of Children, Culture, and Violence, eds. Nancy E. Dowd, Dorothy G. Singer, and Robin Wilson (Sage Publications, 2006).

David Leverenz has been elected to a three-year term on the Board of Editors of American Literature.

Stephanie A. Smith’s essay “Fashion” has been published in the collection American History through Literature, 1870–1920, eds. Tom Quirk and Gary Scharnhorst (Scribner’s Press, 2006).


Richard Burt’s essay “SShockspeare: (Nazi) Shakespeare Goes Heil-lywood” has been published in the collection A Companion to Shakespeare in Performance, eds. Barbara Hodgdon and W.B. Worthen (Blackwell Press, 2005): 437–56.

William Logan’s book The Undiscovered Country: Poetry in the Age of Tin is a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award in criticism. It was named among the books of the year in Newsday, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, and other papers, and by WBUR (Boston). His new book of poems, The Whispering Gallery, was named among the books of the year in TLS.

Stephanie A. Smith’s fifth book, Household Words, has been published by the University of Minnesota Press.


Richard Burt’s essay “Stupid Shit: (In)security in the Age of Twilightenment” appears in ArtUS 11 (Dec 2005–Feb 2006).

Mark A. Reid presented “Challenging and Resisting the Everyday Narratives of the Arab Male in Recent French Cinema” as part of the “Arab Pop Culture Speaks Back” panel at the Modern Language Association’s annual convention in Washington, DC, December 27–30, 2005.

Malini Johar Schueller’s essay “Analogy and (White) Feminist Theory: Thinking Race and the Color of the Cyborg Body” appears in Signs 31.1 (2005): 63–92.

Phillip Wegner’s essay “Periodizing Jameson, or, Notes toward a Cultural Logic of Globalization” has been published in the collection On Jameson: From Postmodernism to Globalization, eds. Caren Irr and Ian Buchanan (SUNY Press).

News of Current Students


Troy Teegarden’s short story “Beautiful in the Light” will appear in the forthcoming issue of The Georgetown Review.

Tanya Underwood has been selected to receive the $10,000 Henfield Prize for her outstanding writing. This prize is conferred upon three writers in the nation annually.

Andrea Wood presented “Lesbian Romance and Underground Comics for Women: Delving into the Somatic and Sexual Politics of Representation” at the “Media and Sexual Minorities” Conference, held at Plymouth State University, April 21–22.


Jessica B. Burstrem presented “The Reclamation of Zora Neale Hurston’s Seraph on the Suwanee” at the 37th Annual College English Association Conference, held in San Antonio, Texas, April 6–8.

Cathlena Martin presented “Culture of Comics: The Sol and Penny Davidson Big Little Books Special Collection at the University of Florida” at the PCA/ACA 2006 National Conference in Atlanta, GA on April 12–15.

On March 6, 2006, Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar chaired a panel at “Arab Women, Past and Present: Participation and Democratization,” a conference sponsored by Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar. The panel was titled “Discourses on Women’s Participation, Past and Present,” and included presenters from Georgetown University and the University of Notre Dame.


Several graduate students presented papers at the second annual UF Game Studies Conference, “Video Games and The Alien / Other,” April 6–8:

Wesley Beal presented “Globalizing the Knowable Community: The Knowable Network in Ensemble Film” at the 2006 meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, Princeton University, March 24–26.

Amanda J. Davis has been selected to receive the Calvin A. VanderWerf Teaching Award for 2005–2006. The award was established in memory of Dr. VanderWerf, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences from 1971–1978. It is awarded to the top two ranked graduate instructors across the University.

Jeffry Rice presented a paper titled “Grounding Agency in/through/for a Revolutionary Pedagogy” at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Chicago, March 22–25. He also chaired the Conference’s panel on “Labor Power: Reclaiming Marxism as a Guide to (Rhetorical) Action.”


Clay Arnold presented “Re-Imagining Rhetorical Invention” as part of the “Re-Inventing the Media Classroom: Pedagogy, Ethics, and Public Computers in the Class Space” panel at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Chicago, March 22–25.

Andrea Wood was awarded the Madelyn Lockhart Dissertation Fellowship at UF’s Women’s History Month Awards Ceremony, March 29.


Antonio Garza’s story “With My Back to the Bulls” appears in the current issue of Hayden’s Ferry Review.

James McDougall’s essay “Post-Cultural Revolution Beijing: Making a Space for ‘Today’” appears in Entertext 5.2 (2005).

Melissa Mellon presented “The Probable, the Possible, and a Mission Impossible: Reader Expectation and Narrative Elasticity in Hope Leslie” at the Consortium on the Revolutionary Era, 1750–1850, in Atlanta, Georgia, March 2–4.

Two graduate students presented papers at the Fifty-Seventh Annual Convention of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 22–25, in Chicago, Illinois:


Amanda Davis’s essay “To Build a Nation: Black Women Writers, Black Nationalism, and the Violent Reduction of Wholeness” appears in the current issue of Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies 26.3 (2005): 24–53.


Maryam El-Shall presented “Modern Interpretations of the Hijab” at the 15th Annual Postcolonial and British Commonwealth Literature Conference in Savannah, Georgia, February 24–25.

Cathlena Martin’s essay “Introduction to Film: Through the Eyes of a Child” appears in the pedagogy section of the Winter 2006 Newsletter of the Society for the History of Children and Youth.

Horacio Sierra presented “Queering Poe’s ‘The Murders in the Rue Morgue’: Codes and Closets in Antebellum America” at the 18th Annual Stony Brook University Graduate Student Conference in New York City, February 24–25.


Cari Keebaugh presented “From Page to Paragraph: Adaptations of Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” at the 4th Annual UF Comics Conference, February 23–25.

Amanda Davis’s essay “Shatterings: Violent Disruptions of Homeplace in Jubilee and The Street” appears in the current issue of MELUS 30.4 (2005): 25–51.

Jung-Hwa Lee presented “‘I Would Tell a Familiar Story’: Narrating Home in Chang-rae Lee’s Native Speaker” at the 34th Twentieth-Century Literature and Culture conference in Louisville, KY, February 23–25.


Cari Keebaugh presented “Slinker and Stinker: The Latent Psychological Effects of Gollum/Smeagol from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings” as part of the “Lord of the Rings: Cultural Codes” panel at the 27th Annual Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association & American Culture Association Conference in Albuquerque, NM, February 8–11.

Scott Balcerzak will co-chair the panel “The Work of Cinephilia in the Age of CGI Reproduction” with Jason Sperb from Indiana University at the 2006 annual meeting of the Society of Cinema and Media Studies in Vancouver, BC, March 2–5.

Carolyn A. Kelley presented “The Poetry of the Poisoned Mushroom: Ginsberg, Corso, Waldman and the Atomic Bomb” at the Popular Culture and American Culture Associations annual conference in Albuquerque, NM, February 8–11.


Barbara R. Drake’s short stories “Town & Hillock” and “How to Marry a Southern Man” appear in recent issues of New Delta Review and Red Rock Review, respectively. She also presented a paper titled “Hey, You! Second-Person Fiction and the Millennial Generation” at the 2005 annual conference of the Florida College English Association in Daytona Beach, FL, November 3–4, 2005.

Horacio Sierra’s review of Sonia Nazario’s novel Enrique’s Journey: The Story Of A Boy’s Dangerous Odyssey To Reunite With His Mother has been published in the February 2006 issue of Hispanic magazine.


Ellen Joy Letostak’s essay “Tracking Shakespeare with TiVo®” and numerous film and television entries are forthcoming in Shakespeares after Shakespeare: An Encyclopedia of the Bard in Mass Media and Popular Culture, ed. Richard Burt (Greenwood Press, 2006). She will be discussing the results of this research at the Shakespeare Association of America 34th Annual Meeting in April.

Laurie N. Taylor’s essay “Positive Features of Video Games” appears in Handbook of Children, Culture, and Violence, eds. Nancy E. Dowd, Dorothy G. Singer, and Robin Wilson (Sage Publications, 2006).


Lauren Ermel presented “Anchored in Tradition?: The Cinematic Refashioning of the Anchoress” as part of the “Literary Representations of Historical Medieval Women” panel at the Modern Language Association’s annual convention in Washington, DC, December 27–30, 2005.

Meg Shevenock has received an honorable mention for poetry in The Atlantic Monthly’s 2005 Student Writing Contest.


Scott Balcerzak’s essay “The Two Faces of Hans Beckert: Refragmenting and Reconstructing Cinematic Performance in Peter Lorre’s The Lost Man (1951)” will be published in the Spring 2006 issue of The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association.

Laurie N. Taylor presented “Constructions and Reconstructions of the Gothic” with co-panelists Ted Wesp and Eric Hayot at the Modern Language Association’s annual convention in Washington, DC, December 27–30, 2005.

News of Former Students


Karen Kaiser (BA, 1990) is finishing her MA in early modern literature at Florida State University. She has been accepted to Purdue University’s PhD program in composition and rhetoric, which she will begin studies this fall (2006).


Sarah Schiff’s (MA, 2004) “Family Systems Theory as Literary Analysis: The Case of Philip Roth” (based on her UF MA thesis) appears in Philip Roth Studies 2.1 (2006): 25–46. Schiff is currently a doctoral candidate at Emory University.


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