Spring 2007 Newsletter

News of Faculty


John Cech’s retelling of the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale The Elves and the Shoemaker, with illustrations by Kirill Chelushkin, has just been published by Sterling Publishers. This is the first in a new series of fairy tales adapted by Cech (who provides historical notes on each tale) with illustrations by contemporary European artists.

On March 22, Malini Johar Schueller gave an invited talk titled “Decolonizing Global Knowledge” for the Zicklin Lecture Series at Brooklyn College, New York.


Marsha Bryant’s essay “Brooks, Ebony, and Postwar Race Relations” appears in the current issue of American Literature 79.1 (2007): 113–41.

The University Press of Florida has published Ira Clark’s Rhetorical Readings, Dark Comedies, and Shakespeare’s Problem Plays.

On March 13, as part of his Spring Break intensive course in Paris, “Jules Verne’s Paris in the – 21st – Century,” Terry Harpold moderated a roundtable discussion on “Jules Verne’s Paris” featuring the participation of Daniel Compère (Paris III, Université de la Sorbonne nouvelle) and Jean-Michel Margot (President, North American Jules Verne Society). The roundtable was held at Reid Hall, Paris, under the auspices of UF’s Paris Research Center.

Scott Nygren’s book Time Frames: Japanese Cinema and the Unfolding of History has been published by the University of Minnesota Press. At the 2007 conference of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference (Chicago, March 8–11), he chaired a panel and presented a paper titled “Cinema as Concept: Film in Recent Paris Exhibitions.”

Mark A. Reid has been elected by the executive committee of the Division on Literature and Other Arts to serve as the Division’s representative in the MLA Delegate Assembly for the period January 1, 2007 through December 31, 2009. His “Dialogic Modes of Representing Africa(s): Womanist Film” (1991) has been reprinted in The Womanist Reader: The First Quarter Century of Womanist Thought, ed. Layli Philips, (Routledge, 2006): 193–206. At the 2007 conference of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference (Chicago, March 8–11), he organized “A (re)New(ed) French Cinema of Tricolor: Beur, Blanc, Black, Part 1 and Part 2,” chaired one of the sessions, and presented “A (re)New(ed) French Cinema of Tricolor: Beur, Blanc, Gay.”

Maureen Turim presented “Abject Voyages Towards the Sublime” at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference in Chicago, March 8–11, on the panel “Godard: A Retrospection.”

Gregory Ulmer’s “Discourse of the Imaginary” was reprinted and translated into German in the bi-lingual catalogue for an exhibit titled Exile of the Imaginary: Politics, Aesthetics, Love, curated by Juli Carson (Generali Foundation, 2007).


Gregory Ulmer gave the keynote address of the 2007 INVENT-L Conference, “Imagining Place,” held at UF February 22–24. Also speaking at the conference were former Department of English graduate students Michael Laffey (MA, 1997, Lecturer, Centenary College), Barry Mauer (PhD, 1999, Assistant Professor, University of Central Florida), Craig Saper (PhD, 1990, Professor, University of Central Florida), Richard Smyth (PhD, 1994), and Stephanie Tripp (PhD, 2006, Lecturer, Rhodes College). Conference organizers included current English graduate students Kate Casey-Sawicki, Lindsey Collins, Patrick McHenry, Carol Steen, Clay Arnold, Nic Guest-Jelley, and Sean Morey.


Donald Ault’s “Re-Visioning William Blake’s The Four Zoas,” which reprises an afterword and appendix of his Narrative Unbound: Re-Visioning William Blake’s The Four Zoas (1987), appears in ImageTexT 3.2.

Norman Holland’s “Literary Creativity: A Neuropsychoanalytic View” appears in Evolutionary and Neurocognitive Approaches to Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, eds. Colin Martindale, Paul Locher, and Vladmimir M. Petrov (Baywood Publishing, 2007), 165–80.


Richard Burt presented “Border Skirmishes: Weaving Around the Bayeux Tapestry and Cinema,” at Text & Image: From Book History To “The Book Is History”, held at UC Irvine, February 1–2.

Barbara Mennel was the organizer and moderator of “German Cinema: National and Global Dimensions,” a one day symposium featuring speakers from UF, Georgetown University, Pittsburgh University, and the University of Binghamton.

Sidney Wade gave the keynote reading for the Florida Literary Arts Council’s 2007 annual conference in Tallahassee. Her poem “Avant gardening on my weeping knees” was the Poetry Daily website’s featured poem on January 30.


Emeritus Professor Kevin McCarthy’s latest book, African-American Sites in Florida, has been published by Pineapple Press.

Peter L. Rudnytsky has been elected an Honorary Member of the American Psychoanalytic Association.


In a January 12, 2007 story, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported on the results of a new ranking of US research university doctoral programs, The Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index. The 2005 Index surveyed faculty publishing in 7,294 individual doctoral programs in 104 disciplines at 354 institutions. UF’s Department of English was ranked 8th among all English departments included in the study in faculty scholarly productivity.

Roger Beebe’s video “Famous Irish Americans” screened at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) on November 19, 2006. Since his last Newsletter update in September, his fil “S A V E” has been screened at a half dozen festivals, including Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin. His most recent film, “TB TX DANCE”, screened at the Animation World’s Fair in Chicago and in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in a program with works by Stan Brakhage, Norman McLaren, and Len Lye. In the coming weeks, “TB TX DANCE” will be screening at the Sundance Film Festival and at the Pacific Film Archive. A video for Death Cab for Cutie, for which Beebe was one of the cinematographers, was nominated for a Grammy in the Long Form Music Video category. It is in competition with videos by Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Gorillaz, and Terence Blanchard. (And, no, if the video wins, Beebe doesn’t get a trophy – only the producers do).

Stephanie A. Smith’s review essay “A Most Ambiguous Citizen: Samuel R. ‘Chip’ Delany,” appears in American Literary History 19.2 (2006). Her review essay on the late Octavia Butler will appear in Feminist Studies this coming fall.


Since his retirement last December, Kevin McCarthy has published one book, Cedar Key: An Illustrated History, and gone on five lecture cruises: two in the Mediterranean, two in the Caribbean, and one transatlantic.

Mark A. Reid organized three panels at the Modern Language Association annual convention and chaired two panels, “Performance: Riots, Uprisings, and Terrorism, I and II.”


News of Current Students


Sarah Bleakney, Carrie Bolte, and Ariel Gunn presented papers on a panel titled “The Authority that Binds: Problematizing Power Across Genres” at the 18th and 19th Century British Women Writers Conference, held at the University of Kentucky, April 12–15.

Eric Bliman’s poem “The Devil’s Own Job” was published in the April 13 issue of the Times Literary Supplement.

Stephanie Boluk and Phil Sandifer’s research in comics studies is featured in an article in the 2007 issue of Excel, the annual newsletter of the UF Graduate School.

Ariel Gunn was recently named a recipient of the UF Graduate School’s Graduate Teaching Assistant Award. She presented “Modern Women and Their Shopping Odyssey or, the Hunt for the Perfect Pair of Jeans” at the 2007 Conference of the Popular Culture Association, held in Boston, April 3–7.

Yun Jo’s documentary film “Family Project: House of a Father” was an invited screening at the Korean Film Festival, held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, March 29–31. A discussion with the filmmaker was held after the screening.

Cari Keebaugh presented “Limericks: The Land, The Lyrics, The Legend” at “Performance Culture in the Irish World: 2007 Musicology Graduate Student Symposium,” held at the University of Florida on April 13. She moderated and presented on the panel “The Interpretation of Visual Humor” at the Popular Culture Association Conference, held in Boston April 3–7. Her paper was titled “‘Quoth the Raven, “Eat My Shorts!’:” Poe and Parodies in YA Culture.”

Marianne Kunkel’s poems “Torpor,” “Before I Was Born,” and “Exquisite” will be published in the forthcoming issue of Passages North.

James Liner presented “Between Fragmentation and Affinity: Globalization and Family Structures in Syriana” at the Seattle University Wismer Center conference “Intersections of Race and Gender: (Re) Imagining the Family,” held in Seattle, Washington, April 12–14.

Velina Manolova presented “How Dora Queered Freud: Detours and Displacements of Desire” at “(Dis)junctions: Malappropriation Nation,” the Fourteenth Annual Humanities Graduate Conference of the University of California, Riverside, April 7.

Saara Raappana will have three poems, “At Our Cabin, the August I Turned Ten,” “Cross-Country,” and “In Winter, the Perch Move” published in a forthcoming issue of the Birmingham Poetry Review.

Horacio Sierra’s “Fighting the ‘Wool-Hat Boys’: Ecofeminism in the Short Stories of Marjory Stoneman Douglas” has been published in The Journal of Florida Literature 15 (2007): 185–201.

Matt Snyder presented “The Silences and Elisions of Franz Kafka’s ‘In the Penal Colony,’ Michel-Rolph Troulliot’s Silencing the Past, and Neil Whitehead’s Dark Shamans” at the 38th Annual Conference of the College English Association, held in New Orleans April 12–14.


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

Joel Adams has accepted a position as University Library Associate in the School of Information at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor for Fall 2007. The ULA program combines education and work experience allowing students to attend School of Information classes full-time while working a 50% appointment in the University Library. The position offers a full tuition scholarship, a choice of health-care plans, and a stipend.

Ramona Caponegro presented “Prisoners of Innocence: American Justice, Children, and Children’s Books, 1865–1920” at the Modern Critical Approaches to Children’s Literature Conference, held in Nashville, Tennessee on March 29–31. Her essay “Recess!: Exploring the Cultures of Childhood” appeared in the April 2 issue of The Looking Glass: An Online Children’s Literature Journal.

Kate Casey-Sawicki presented “Hank Hardy Unruh and the Golden Phallus: The Yes Men as Pedagogues” at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, held in Chicago March 8–11.

Eric Doise was recently named a recipient of the UF Graduate School’s Graduate Teaching Assistant Award.

Melissa Garcia’s poem “Consciousness” will be published in a forthcoming issue of Palabra: A Magazine of Chicano and Latino Literary Art.


Many Department graduate students presented papers at the serially-held annual conferences of UF’s Game Studies and Comics Studies Groups, “World Building: Space and Community / Seriality and History,” including: Lyndsay Brown, Joshua Coonrod, Tof Eklund, Matt Feltman, James Fleming, Aaron Kashtan, Cari Keebaugh, Velina Manolova, Philip Sandifer, Elise Takehana, and Zach Whalen. Also presenting papers or participating in roundtable discussions during the conferences were Department alumni Scott Reed (MA, 2003) and Laurie Taylor (PhD, 2006), and faculty Donald Ault, Terry Harpold, Kenneth Kidd, and Anastasia Ulanowicz.

Scott Balcerzak chaired the panel “Blockbuster Revisionist: New Frontiers in the Films of Peter Jackson” and presented the paper “Performing Kong: Andy Serkis as Actor and Body” at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference in Chicago, March 8–11.

Eric Bliman’s “Vespers,” a translation/adapation of Arthur Rimbaud’s poem “Oraison du soir” is forthcoming in the 2007 issue of Sojourn Journal, published by the University of Texas at Dallas.

Ellen Joy Letostak presented “‘Sorry, Will, the tribe has spoken’: Televisual Reality and the Silenced Spectre of Shakespeare” at the Medieval and Early Modern Society’s Stammtisch Series on March 5, 2007.

Lee Pinkas’s poem “Lost” appears in issue Diagram 7.1.

Horacio Sierra’s op-editorial “‘Ugly Betty’ sends wrong message about Hispanic community,” appeared in the March 11, 2007 edition of The Gainesville Sun.

Randi Marie Smith presented the paper “A Melancholic Nature: Nature and Its Place in the Poetry of Francis Quarles and Robert Southwell” on the panel “Nature and Theology” at the South Central Renaissance Conference, March 9, 2007.

Matt Snyder’s review of Delivering College Composition: The Fifth Canon, ed. Kathleen Blake Yancey (2006), will be published in Composition Forum 17 (Spring 2007).

Elise Takehana’s “Associations Through (Re)Mediations: The ‘Cut and  Paste’ Aesthetic and Transparency” appears in Artscencia 2.6 (21 March 2007).

Zach Whalen presented “Heads-Up Display: Text in the Videogame Interface” at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference in Chicago, March 8–11.


Linsey Maughan’s poems “Orion in the Farmlands” and “Carnation Road” will be published in a forthcoming issue of Talking River.

Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar’s “Low Stakes Writing and Speaking” appears in Sustaining Excellence in Communicating Across the Curriculum: Cross-Institutional Experiences Best Practices (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007).

Matt Snyder presented “Codpieces and Tacos: Chingaderas, Chiasmus, and Carnival in Rabelais’s Pantagruel and Jose E. Limon’s ‘Carne, Carnales, and the Carnivalesque’” at the 19th Annual Stony Brook Graduate Conference: “Transgressing Boundaries: Interdisciplinary Dialogues,” February 16–17.


Zach Whalen, Production Editor of ImageTexT, reworked the journal’s layout and ornamentation in a Blakean idiom for issue 3.2. His article “Game Studies and Web 2.0: Finding an Audience Online” appears in the current issue of Flow TV.

Roger Whitson’s “Paneling Parallax: The Fearful Symmetry of Alan Moore and William Blake” and “Engraving the Void and Sketching Parallel Worlds: An Interview with Bryan Talbot” appear in ImageTexT 3.2. He was also the Editor of issue 3.2.


On February 2, Stephanie Boluk presented “Under the Banner of the Great Juche Idea: Cosmopolitanism’s Crosscurrents” at the 32nd Annual Florida State University Conference on Literature and Film.


Aaron Talbot’s review of Michael Cart’s and Christine A. Jenkins’s The Heart Has Its Reasons: Young Adult Literature with Gay/Lesbian/Queer Content, 1969–2004 (Scarecrow Press, 2006) appears in the Winter 2006 issue of Children’s Literature Quarterly.


Aaron Kashtan has taken over the role of moderator of the comix-scholars discussion list from Phil Sandifer. Based at UF, the discussion list is the primary academic forum of its kind for scholars involved in research, criticism and teaching related to comics art.


News of Former Students


Since retiring five years ago after a 19-year career with Merrill Lynch, Robert Walker (PhD, 1974) has resumed writing, and has published, in addition to several book reviews for the Scriblerian, “A Source for the Waxen Tables in ‘Martinus Scriblerus,’” Notes & Queries (2006), “A Critical Preface to Koestler’s Scum of the Earth,” Sewanee Review (2006), and “Boswell’s Use of ‘Ogden on Prayer’ in Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides,” Age of Johnson (forthcoming, 2009).

C. Dale Young’s (MFA, 1993) new collection of poetry, The Second Person, has just been published by Four Way Books. It received a starred review in Publishers Weekly as part of their National Poetry Month roundup. Young recently was awarded a Fellowship to attend Yaddo later this year.


Jessica B. Burstrem’s (MA, 2006) “A Sense of Guilt,” a review of Jean Wyatt’s Risking Difference: Identification, Race, and Community in Contemporary Fiction and Feminism (SUNY Press, 2004) appears in In-between: Essays & Studies in Literary Criticism 13.2 (2004): 189–191. Her poem “Waiting” will appear in The MOM EGG: The Journal of Mamapalooza, 5e, edited by Alana Ruben Free and Marjorie Tesser (forthcoming in May 2007). This fall, she will begin a PhD program in English Literature at the University of Arizona.

Dave Reidy’s (MFA, 2006) short story “The Regular” has been chosen by Charles D’Ambrosio as the winner of the inaugural Emerging Writers Network Short Fiction Contest.


Blake Gerard’s (PhD, 2002) book Laurence Sterne and the Visual Imagination has been published by Ashgate Publishing. Gerard was awarded tenure and promotion to Associate Professor at Auburn University Montgomery in 2006 and has been Co-Editor of The Scriblerian since 2002.


Ron Broglio’s (PhD, 1999) “William Blake and the Novel Space of Revolution” appears in ImageTexT 3.2.

Oindrila Mukherjee (MFA, 2004), currently enrolled in the PhD program in Creative Writing at the University of Houston, has won the $10,000 Michener Fellowship, given by the University in memory of Donald Barthelme.


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