Summer 2007 Newsletter

News of Faculty


Professor Emeritus Alistair Duckworth continues to teach in FSU’s London program. His review of Lisa Colletta’s Dark Humor and Social Satire in the Modern English Novel appears in English Literature in Transition 1880–1920 49.2 (2006): 234–38. His review of Roger Ebbatson’s An Imaginary England: Nation, Landscape and Literature, 1840–1920 appears in Victorian Studies 49.3 (2007): 551–53. On March 31, he was a featured speaker at a symposium on “Jane Austen’s Life and Legacy” at the Scottish Branch of the Jane Austen Society in Dunfermline.

Professor Emeritus Kevin McCarthy recently taught a writing workshop in Hanoi, Vietnam and a week-long course in English as a Foreign Language on a mountaintop in Spain. He has had two new books published, a revised version of his Florida Outhouses: An Ode to the Shack at the Back and Cedar Key: A History. This summer he is travelling to Thailand for an academic conference and will be lecturing on a two-week-long transatlantic cruise from Spain to Florida.

Stephanie Smith’s essay “Harriet Jacobs: A Case of Authentication” appears in The Cambridge Companion to The African American Slave Narrative (ed. Audrey Fisch, Cambridge University Press, 2007).

Illogic of Sense: The Gregory Ulmer Remix has been published by the electronic book review and Alt X Press in a .pdf format designed by Joel Swanson. The ebook includes an introduction by Darren Tofts and Lisa Gye, and contributions by Niall Lucy, Jon McKenzie, Linda Marie Walker, Craig Saper, Rowan Wilken, Marcel O'Gorman, Teri Hoskin, and Michael Jarrett.

Sidney Wade chaired a panel on “Translating Orhan Pamuk” at the First International Symposium of Translators and Publishers of Turkish Literature, held at Bogazici University, Istanbul, June 2. After the Symposium, she participated in the Cunda Translation Workshop, working on translating poems from the Turkish of Gulten Akin. Her next collection of poems, Stroke, will be published by Persea Books this fall.


Terry Harpold gave two presentations at the 2007 meeting of the North American Jules Verne Society (Albuquerque, NM, June 7–10): “Verne’s Errant Readers: Nemo, Clawbonny, Michel Dufrénoy,” and “Jules Verne’s Paris in the – 21st – Century,” a report on his Spring Break 2007 “capstone” course for UF’s Paris Research Center. His essay “Screw the Grue: Mediality, Metalepsis, Recapture” appears in Game Studies 7.1 (July 2007).

David Leverenz presented “Raced Shaming” at the 2007 conference of the American Literature Association, held in Boston, May 24–27.

Phillip Wegner’s essay “Recognizing the Patterns” appears in New Literary History 38.1 (2007), a special issue on “What is Literature Now?”


Richard Burt presented “A Credit to His Race: Civic ShakesPR Paratexts, Canonization, and Middlebrow (Academic) Culture” in the Hudson Strode Lectures Series, University of Alabama, April 14.

Norman Holland presented “The Neuroscience of Metafiction” at “From the Brain to Human Culture,” held at Bucknell University, April 20–22.

Malini Johar Schueller presented “Middle East Studies and Multicultural Imperialism” at the 2007 Cultural Studies Association meeting in Portland, Oregon. The paper was part of a salon session for Social Text.

Maureen Turim gave a keynote address, “Desires with An Edge: Feminism and the Avant-garde,” at the “Feminism(s): Film, Video, Politics” Symposium, held at the University of Hartford, April 20–22.


Current Students


Lauren C. Ermel presented “Pushing Beyond Fidelity and Adaptation: The Translation of Medieval Textual Elements to the Screen” at the May 2007 International Congress on Medieval Studies, held in Kalamazoo, MI.

Angelique Nixon is the author of a three-part series on racial identity in the Nassau Guardian (Nassau, The Bahamas).


Ramona Caponegro presented “Don't Forget the ‘Bad Girls’: Female Juvenile Delinquency in the 1950s” at the 2007 conference of the Children’s Literature Association, held in Newport News, VA, June 14–16. Her entries “The Anti-Death Penalty Movement” and “Sister Helen Prejean” appear in Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice (eds. Gary L. Anderson and Kathryn G. Herr, SAGE Publications, 2007).

Lisa Hager has been awarded a University (of Florida) Women’s Club Scholarship for 2007–08.

Cathlena Martin is co-editor with Charles Hatfield (Assoc. Professor of English, California State University, Northridge) of ImageTexT 3.3, a special issue on “Comics and Childhood.” The issue includes among others essays by Department faculty member Kenneth Kidd and current students Tof Eklund, Cari Keebaugh, and Philip Sandifer.

Jill Pruett (PhD, 2007) has accepted a post as Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.


Charity Burns was named by the Salem College Center for Women Writers a 2007 Poetry Finalist in the fourth annual National Literary Awards.

Georgia Gelmis’s short story “Cremation Day” will appear in the Summer/Fall 2007 issue of Crab Creek Review.

Jessica Livingston has accepted a post as Assistant Professor at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Sean McCartin was named the winner of the 2007 Henfield Prize for his MFA thesis “Mystery Play.” The Henfield Prizes are given annually by the Joseph F. McCrindle Foundation to one student each in the Creative Writing programs at Columbia University, the University of Florida, and the University of Southern Mississippi.

James McDougall has accepted a post as Assistant Professor at the American University of Kuwait.

Horacio Sierra was named a 2007 receipient of UF’s University Writing Program Teaching Award.

Catherine Tosenberger was named a 2007 recipient of the UF Graduate School’s Graduate Teaching Assistant Award. She also received a 2007 Departmental Teaching Award from the Department of English.


Former Students


Stephanie Tripp (PhD, 2006) has accepted a post as Assistant Professor at SUNY Plattsburgh.


Brian Rhinehart (PhD, 2002) is currently Assistant Director of the first National Broadway tour of The Wedding Singer. He is also in rehearsals for a production of Caligula with Horizon Theatre Rep, and in the fall he’ll direct The Shape of Things at the Bernie West Theatre, NYC. Recently he directed “The Hunt,” a semi-finalist in the 2007 Samuel French Short-Play Festival. He was a member of the 2006 Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, and was a Resident Artist at the Kraine Theater, NYC, from 2003 to 2005. In 2001 he was named “Best Director” of the New York International Fringe Festival for Einstein’s Dreams, and in 1998 he was awarded “Best Director” for “Escape Artist” in the “Drop Your Shorts: Short Play Festival,” at the Trilogy Theatre, NYC. He has acted in more than 40 productions, and the plays he has written or co-written have been seen in the New York International Fringe Festival and in a variety of Off-Off Broadway venues. He is a member of Actors Equity Association, and an associate member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.


Kate DiCamillo (BA, 1987) was the keynote speaker of UF’s 2007 commencement of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Justin Taylor (BA, 2004) has completed an MFA in fiction at the New School. His edited anthology The Apocalypse Reader has just been published by Thunder’s Mouth Press. His essay “The Codex Seraphinianus: A Fragment of the Complete History of An Unknown Planet” appears in the May 2007 issue of The Believer.

Laurie N. Taylor (PhD, 2006) has accepted a position as Digital Projects Technology Librarian in the Digital Library Center in UF’s George A. Smathers Libraries.


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