Fall 2007 Newsletter

News of Faculty


Andrew Gordon chaired a panel on November 20 and delivered a paper November 21 on “A.I., Mourning, and Simulacra” at the Spielberg at Sixty Conference, held at the University of Lincoln, England.

Brandy Kershner has been named UF Colonel Allan R. and Margaret Crow Term Professor for the year 2008 in recognition of his excellence in scholarship, teaching, and service.

Kenneth Kidd gave an invited talk entitled “Freud in Oz” at the University of Winnipeg on October 29. The talk was sponsored by the Center for Young People’s Texts and Cultures. Last June he presented “Sendak’s Dream of the Wolves” at the annual meeting of the Children’s Literature Association, where he also talked on job market strategies for graduate students. His essay “Prizing Children’s Literature: The Case of Newbery Gold” appears in Children’s Literature 35 (2007): 166–90.

David Leavitt’s The Indian Clerk has been named to The New York Times's list of the “100 Notable Books of the Year.”

Mark A. Reid has been appointed to the Editorial Board of Cinema Journal, the journal of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, for 2008–12.

Greg Ulmer’s essay “Image Heuretics” appears in Contemporary Poetics, ed. Louis Armand (Northwestern University Press, 2007): 233–55.


Marsha Bryant co-chaired a peer seminar on “Modernisms in the 1950s” at the 2007 Modernist Studies Association conference, held in Long Beach, CA, November 1–4. She was also a panelist for conference’s Forum on Teaching Innovation.

Susan Hegeman’s short essay “Williams in a New Key,” a response to New Keywords: A Revised Vocabulary of Culture, by Tony Bennett, Lawrence Grossberg, and Meaghan Morris, appears in Criticism 47.4 (2005): 561–66.

Kevin McCarthy recently won the 2007 Distinguished Colleague Award of the Florida College English Association, which represents college teachers of English throughout the state, for “his significant and sustained contributions to teaching, scholarship and service.”

Judith Page presented “The Garden in Mansfield Park or, Fanny Price’s Potted Plants,” at the North Florida meeting of the Jane Austen Society of North America, held on Amelia Island. Recent UF M.A. Kadesh Minter, Regional Coordinator of JASNA for North Florida, organized the meeting.

Jodi Schorb was invited to Dartmouth College to help consult on the Samson Occom Project, a digital archive of writings by and about Samson Occom (an 18th century Mohegan author). Her October visit was sponsored by the Dartmouth Center for Academic Learning. Recently, she delivered a paper titled “Buried Child: Infanticide’s Affects” at the American Studies Association’s annual meeting, held in Philadelphia.

Maureen Turim presented “Auschwitz, Trauma, and Representation” at “Imaging the Unimaginable: The Iconicization of Auschwitz” a seminar sponsored by UF’s Center for Jewish Studies, November 11–12. Her essay “Modern Girls and New Women in Japanese Cinema” appears in Japan Studies Review XI (2007): 129–41.


Richard Burt delivered a plenary paper titled “Mapping Shakespeare (Under)Ground Film Fragments: Borderline City Spacings in Children of Men and Paris Belongs to Us” at the bi-annual Drama and Media conference, held in Lodz, Poland, October 25–27. The theme of the conference was “Images of the City.”

Norman Holland’s “The Neuroscience of Metafilm” appears in the inaugural issue of Projections: The Journal for Movies and Mind 1.1 (2007): 59–74.

Brandon Kershner’s “Modernity, Postmodernity and Popular Culture in Joyce and Eliot” appears in Astradur Eysteinsson and Vivian Liska, eds. Modernism (John Benjamins, 2007), 607–17.

Judith Page recently gave a paper on Dorothy Wordsworth (“Gardening in the Grasmere Journals”) at a conference titled “Romantic Objects” sponsored by the International Conference on Romanticism (in Baltimore this year). She also chaired a symposium on Erich Auerbach for the Center for Jewish Studies at UF.

Gregory Ulmer’s “Joseph Beuys” appears in Joseph Beuys: The Reader, eds. Claudia Mesch and Viola Michely (MIT Press, 2007). The essay is a reprint of a chapter from Ulmer’s Applied Grammatology (Johns Hopkins, 1985).


Richard Burt’s “Thomas Middleton, Uncut: Castration, Censorship, and the Regulation of Middleton’s Dramatic Discourse” appears in Thomas Middleton and Early Modern Textual Culture: A Companion to the Collected Work, eds. Gary Taylor and John Lavagnino, Oxford University Press, 2007.

In October, Pamela Gilbert attended the 2007 meeting of the North American Victorian Studies Association in Victoria, Canada, where she delivered a paper titled “Putting the Skin to Work.” In September, she also gave an invited talk at The Georgia Institute of Technology titled “The Spatial Turn: Sex in the City.” She was happy to see many new friends and old, including UF PhD alums Ron Broglio, now on the faculty of Tech’s School of Literature and Communication, Derek Merrill, a Tech Brittain Fellow, and Trish Ventura – alum of both UF and the Brittain program – who is now on the faculty of Spelman College in Atlanta.

Andrew Gordon spoke on Steven Spielberg’s film War of the Worlds at the Literature/Film Association Conference at the University of Kansas and on “Spielberg and the American Prejudice Against Fantasy” at UF’s 2007 EGO conference. His new book Empire of Dreams: The Science Fiction and Fantasy Films of Steven Spielberg has been published by Rowman and Littlefield.

Susan Hegeman was a participant in a roundtable discussion of “Paradigms and Obsolescence: What Is to Become of ‘Culture,’ ‘Race,’ and Other Keywords in the New Transhemispheric American Studies?” at the recent American Studies Association meeting, held in Philadelphia.

David Leavitt’s new book The Indian Clerk was profiled recently on National Public Radio.

Mark A. Reid’s review of Krin Gabbard, Black Magic: White Hollywood and African American Culture appears in Film Quarterly 61.1 (Fall 2007).

An appreciation of Mary Robison’s work recently appeared in The Guardian.


Marsha Bryant’s “Ariel’s Kitchen: Plath, Ladies’ Home Journal, and the Domestic Surreal” appears in Anita Helle's edited collection The Unraveling Archive: Essays on Sylvia Plath (University of Michigan Press). Her co-authored essay with Mary Ann Eaverly (UF, Classics), “Egypto-Modernism: James Henry Breasted, H.D., and the New Past,” appears in Modernism/modernity 14.3.

Richard Burt’s “Cutting and Running from the (Medieval) Middle East : The Uncanny Mises-hors-scène of Kingdom of Heaven’s Double DVDs,” appears in Babel 15 (2007): 247–98, a special issue on “Le Moyen Age mise-en-scène: perspectives contemporaines” edited by Sandra Gorgievski and Xavier Leroux.

Terry Harpold has been named a founding member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Verniana – Jules Verne Studies / Études Jules Verne. The first international journal of Verne studies, Verniana will publish its inaugural issue in 2008.

Tace Hedrick has been invited to Emory University on November 15 to present her lecture “Queering the Cosmic Race: Esotericism, Mestizaje, and Sexuality in Gabriela Mistral and Gloria Anzaldúa.” The lecture is cosponsored by Emory’s Department of English, Women’s Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and the Institute for the Liberal Arts.

Brandon Kershner gave an invited lecture on “The Newspaper in Ulysses” as part of a Joyce conference in honor of Austin Briggs, held at Hamilton College on September 29. His review of Clair Culleton’s Joyce and the G-Men appears in James Joyce Quarterly 44.2 (Winter 2007): 380–82.

Leah Rosenberg’s new book Nationalism and the Formation of Caribbean Literature has been published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Stephanie Smith’s review of Reclaiming Authorship: Literary Women in America, 1850–1900 appears in the New England Quarterly (September 2007).

Maureen Turim’s “Sounds, Intervals, and Startling Images in the Films of Abigail Child” appears in Women’s Experimental Cinema: Critical Frameworks, ed. Robin Blaetz, Duke University Press.

Phil Wegner presented “Heterotopia/Dystopia/Eutopia and the Utopia of the ’Place Between Two Deaths’ in 1990s Films” at the 32nd annual meeting of the Society for Utopian Studies, held in Toronto. Wegner also served as the program coordinator for the largest and most successful meeting in the Society’s history, a meeting at which UF graduates past and present were also well represented.


Roger Beebe, with Jason Middleton, has coedited Medium Cool: Music Videos from Soundies to Cellphones, published by Duke University Press. Beebe also cowrote the introduction to the collection with Middleton and his “Paradoxes of Pastiche: Spike Jones, Hype Williams, and the Race of the Postmodern Auteur” appears in it.

Sidney Homan‘s “Race and the Theatrical Mirror” appears in the Handbook of the Sociology of Racial and Ethnic Relations, eds. Hernan Vera and Joe Feagin (Springer, 2007), 241–62.

Debra Walker King‘s “The Not-So-Harmless Social Function of a Word that Wounds” appears in the Handbook of the Sociology of Racial and Ethnic Relations, eds. Hernan Vera and Joe Feagin (Springer, 2007), 101–14.

Maureen Turim‘s “Art/Music/Video.com” also appears in Beebe and Middleton’s Medium Cool.


Richard Burt’s “Shakespeare ’Tween Media and Markets: Literacy, Losers and Literary Culture from Little Women to Lizzie McGuire” appears in Shakespeare's Children / Children’s Shakespeare, eds. Susanne Greenhalgh and Robert Shaughnessy (Cambridge University Press, 2007), 218–32.

Norm Holland’s “Tickled Rats and Human Laughter” appears in Neuro-Psychoanalysis 9.1 (2007): 42–57.

Barbara Mennel’s book The Representation of Masochism and Queer Desire in Film and Literature has been published by Palgrave. Her essay “Returning Home: The Orientalist Spectacle of Fritz Lang’s Der Tiger von Eschnapur and Das indische Grabmal” appears in Take Two: Fifties Cinema in Divided Germany, eds. John Davidson and Sabine Hake (Berghahn Books, 2007). Her essay “Political Nostalgia and Local Memory: The Kreuzberg of the 1980s in Contemporary German Film” appears in a new special issue of The Germanic Review on Newer German Cinema

Malini Johar Schueller has edited (with Ashley Dawson) a special issue of Social Text on “The Perils of Academic Freedom.” The issue includes essays by Ward Churchill, Ashley Dawson, Bill Mullen, Vijay Prasad, and an interview with Andrew Ross. Schueller’s essay “Area Studies and Multicultural Imperialism: The Project of Decolonizing Knowledge” also appears in the issue.


Roger Beebe’s most recent film, “TB TX DANCE,” has been selected for preservation by the Sundance Film Festival, who will be archiving the original elements plus a new internegative and release print in the vaults at UCLA. Since his last update to the Newsletter (January 2007), “TB TX DANCE” has screened at 8 festivals, including the NY Underground and Antimatter in Victoria, BC; his “Strip Mall Trilogy” (2001) was installed at the Urban Explorers Festival in Dordrecht, Netherlands; and “S A V E” (2006) screened a half dozen times, including festivals in Paris, Berlin, and Madrid. “The Strip Mall Trilogy” is also being screened in Bandung, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, and Jakarta, Indonesia between August 28 and September 10. For Flag Day, the New Nothing Cinema in San Francisco hosted a retrospective of Beebe’s films and videos. Beebe will be screening this same program of films on a 55-day East Coast tour starting with a show in Jacksonville on September 4. For more on Beebe’s tour, see <http://www.clas.ufl.edu/users/rogerbb/films/newmapstour/NEWMAPSrelease.htm>.

Two essays by Richard Burt appear in Exemplaria 19.2 (2007), a special issue on “Movie Medievalism”: “Getting Schmedieval: Of Manuscript and Film Prologues, Paratexts, and Parodies” (217–42), and “Re-embroidering the Bayeux Tapestry in Film and Media: The Flip Side of History in Opening and End Title Sequences” (327–50).

Pamela Gilbert’s new book The Citizen’s Body: Desire, Health, and the Social in Victorian England has been published by Ohio State University Press. She also recently gave a paper and chaired a session at a conference on “The Idea of the City,” held at the University of Northampton, England.

Andrew Gordon and Norman Holland organized the 24th International Literature and Psychology conference, held at the University of Belgrade, Serbia, July 4–9, in conjunction with the University of Belgrade Faculty of Philosophy, the Serbian Center for Applied Psychology, and the Serbian Psychological Society. This was the first such conference held in Serbia. Conferees were greeted by the Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and members of the two psychological societies. There were 47 papers in English by participants from Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, England, Ireland, France, Greece, Israel, Australia, Qatar, and the United States. Professor Holland presented “Reader Response: Three Models” and Professor Gordon presented ““Do We Not Bleed?’: Bernard Malamud’s The Fixer.” Conference activities included a visit to the Kalemegdan fortress and the Ethnological Museum in Belgrade, a bus tour to a medieval monastery, a wine tasting, and a banquet on a boat floating on the Danube. The 25th International Literature and Psychology conference will take place July 4–9, 2008 at the Instituto Superior de Psicologia Aplicada in Lisbon, Portugal. For more information, contact Professor Gordon at <agordon@ufl.edu>.

Debora Greger has been named the first recipient of the Dunlevie Term Professorship in Honors, for Spring 2008 and Fall 2008.

Malini Johar Schueller’s book Exceptional State: Contemporary US Culture and the New Imperialism, co-edited with Ashley Dawson, has been published by Duke University Press. The book includes her essay “Techno-Dominance and Torturegate” and her co-authored introduction and coda.

Gregory Ulmer’s “Derrida in Miami (Miautre)” appears in The European Legacy 12.4 (2007): 457–68, a special issue on Derrida edited by Eric White.

Phillip Wegner’s essay “Here or Nowhere: Utopia, Modernity, and Totality” appears in Utopia Method Vision: The Use Value of Social Dreaming, eds. Tom Moylan and Raffaella Baccolini (Peter Lang, 2007), a collection of essays based on lectures originally presented at the Ralahine Centre for Utopian Studies at the University of Limerick.


News of Current Students


Velina Manolova’s review of Zan Meyer Gonclaves’s Sexuality and the Politics of Ethos in the Writing Classroom appears in Composition Forum (Fall 2007).

On December 5, Mika Turim-Nygren, elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a junior English major, delivered the charge to the new PBK students at the induction ceremony for the honor society.

Zach Whalen’s essay “Film Music vs. Video Game Music: The Case of Silent Hill” appears in the collection Music, Sound, and Multimedia: From the Live to the Virtual, ed. Jamie Sexton, (Edinburgh University Press, 2007).


These undergraduate English majors have been elected to UF’s chapter of the national honor society Phi Beta Kappa:


Cathlena Martin presented “Integrated Media: Race and Gender in Children’s Video Games” at the Sixty-Fourth Annual South Central Modern Language Association Conference (SCMLA), held in Memphis, TN, November 1–3.


Bharati Kasibhatla presented “Citizens, Domestics, and Terrorists: Resistant Cartographies in Uzma Aslam Khan’s Trespassing” at the 14th international Triennial Conference of ACLALS, held at the The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, August 17–22.


Carolyn Kelley presented “Feminisms and Jouissance: Missed and Mixed Messages in Jane Campion’s Holy Smoke at the “Feminism(s) and Film Symposium,” held at the University of Hartford, April 21. She also presented “Aubrey Beardsley and the (Funny) Femme Fatale” at the “Fin De Siècle Seminar Series” sponsored by the Faculty of English Language and Literature, The University of Oxford, on June 7. Her poems “Dry Drown” and “The Stars” appear in The Aroostook Review 1.2 (Summer 2007).

Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar recently gave an invited talk for the English Department of North Carolina State University, titled “Haram in the Harem: Narratives of Muslim Domesticity in India, Algeria, and Pakistan.”

Andrea Wood has accepted a position as a postdoctoral Brittain Fellow in The Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Literature, Communication and Culture.


News of Former Students


Joel Adams’s (PhD, 2007) “Books That Will Rock Your Queer World!” appears in Talk About It, the yearly National Coming Out Month publication of the Office of LGBT Affairs at the University of Michigan.


Eric Otto (PhD, 2006) has accepted a position as assistant professor of Environmental Humanities and English at Florida Gulf Coast University. He has also been appointed Environmental Humanities program leader.


Barbara Stephenson (PhD), current Deputy Director for Iraq for the US Department of State, was profiled in a recent article in The Gainesville Sun.

Washella Turner (PhD, 2005) has accepted a tenure-track position in African-American Literature at Savannah State University.


Joel Adams (PhD, 2007) has accepted a position with the University of Michigan’s LGBT Affairs office. His entry “Throwing Shade” appeares in LGBTQ America Today, forthcoming from Greenwood Press.

Michael Shay (BA, 1976) will be one of the presenters at the Wyoming Book Festival, September 14–15, in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Shay is the author of the story collection The Weight of a Body (Ghost Road Press 2006) and co-editor of Deep West: A Literary Tour of Wyoming (Pronghorn Press 2003). He works at the Wyoming Arts Council, where he supervises programs for individual artists.

Sharmain van Blommestein (PhD, 2005) has accepted the position of Assistant Professor at SUNY Potsdam, beginning Fall 2007.


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