Spring 2008 Newsletter

News of Faculty


Richard Burt’s “Becoming Literary, Becoming Historical: The Scale of Female Authorship in Becoming Jane” appears in Adaptation 1 (2008): 58-62.

Robert Ray gave a lecture and conducted a seminar at Louisiana State University in March. His book The ABCs of Classic Hollywood has been published by Oxford University Press.

Phil Wegner recently presented a work-in-progress, “Greimas Avec Lacan or, From the Symbolic to the Real in the Work of Fredric Jameson,” at Stanford University. He was also a guest at the Berkeley-Stanford CityGroup luncheon roundtable, where the group discussed his essay “Here or Nowhere: Urbanization, Globalization, and Totality in Contemporary Theory.”


Richard Burt presented “Arousing Shakespeare Automatically from the Archive: From Seance to Cyberspace” at the Shakespeare Association of America panel on “New Electronic Shakespeares: Digital Archives, Synthetic Worlds” held in Dallas, March 13–15. He gave an invited paper titled “Phony Shakespeare” at the Center for the Humanities and Digital Research, University of Central Florida, April 10.

Andrew Gordon chaired “Early Science Fiction Film” and presented “The Ending of Spielberg’s A.I.” at the International Conference on the Fantastic in Orlando, March 20–21.


Barbara Mennel’s book Cities and Cinema has been published by Routledge.

Last month Judith Page gave an invited paper at the University of Southampton Research Forum (UK) titled “Gardening in Grasmere: Dorothy Wordsworth at Dove Cottage, 1799–1802.”


Pamela Gilbert’s “Dangers Lurking Everywhere: Sex Offenders as Pollution” appears in Dirt: New Geographies of Cleanliness and Contamination, eds. Rosie Cox and Ben Campkin (Berg/Palgrave, 2008): 92–102.

Norman Holland has published, with Murray Schwartz (Emerson College), Know Thyself: Delphi Seminars. It is published online by the PsyArt Foundation and is available through <www.knowthyselfdelphiseminars.com>.

David Leavitt’s The Indian Clerk has been named a finalist of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.

On March 11 Gregory Ulmer lectured on electracy at Georgetown University, where he also consulted with the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship.


Marsha Bryant’s essay “Sitwell Beyond the Semiotic: Gender, Race & Empire in Façade” appears in Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature 26.2 (2007).

Marsha Bryant, LaMonda Horton Stallings, Barbara Mennel, and Amy Ongiri were plenary speakers at the Third Annual Conference of the Florida Consortium for Women’s and Gender Studies in Tampa, Florida. At the conference UF undergraduate Jodi Greig, who minors in English, gave a paper entitled “Exposure and Consciousness: Natasza Goerke’s Portrayal of Gender in The Return.”

Terry Harpold and Nicholas Guest-Jelley (English, UF) and Jane Dominguez and Jeffrey Stevens (CLAS News & Publications) have been awarded second place in the 2008 Golden Gator Awards for Web/Interactive Media, for their redesign of the Department of English web site last fall. The Awards are given annually by the University’s Office of Public Relations in recognition of “excellence in communications on behalf of the University, honoring those efforts that strengthen the University and help to meet its mission of teaching, research and service.” The English site bested fifteen other competitors in this category, including twelve department sites and three college-level sites. First place was awarded to the UF Foundation's “Florida Tomorrow” campaign.

David Leavitt’s The Indian Clerk has been chosen for inclusion in The New York Public Library’s Books to Remember from 2007. This is an annual list of 25 outstanding titles selected by a committee of librarians.

Sidney Wade’s fifth collection of poems, Stroke, has been published by Persea Books. She will be reading from the book at the Alachua County Library, downtown, at 7:30 PM on March 6.


Issue 1 of Verniana: Jules Verne Studies / Etudes Jules Verne was released on February 8, the 180th anniversary of Verne’s birth. (Terry Harpold is a founding member of the journal’s Editorial Advisory Board.) This inaugural issue of the first international, multilingual journal of Verne studies was dedicated to the memory of Verniana’s Founding Editor, Zvi Har’El, who died unexpectedly on February 2. In 1996, Har’El, Professor of Mathematics at Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, founded the Jules Verne Forum, a listserve of Verne scholars and enthusiasts with at present more than 200 members from more than 40 countries.

An interview with Norman Holland by journalist Ismail Salami appears on the English-language Iranian news site <www.presstv.ir>. It is also available at <internationalpsychoanalysis.net>.

Debra King’s new book African Americans and the Culture of Pain has been published by the University of Virginia Press.

On February 8, as part of a month-long series on African Americans in Film, Tony Cox, of National Public Radio’s “News & Notes”, interviewed Mark A. Reid as well as a comedian and a cultural historian. In January, Reid gave an invited lecture titled “Searching for a PostNegritude Womanist Identity” at the University of Kentucky.


Roger Beebe’s role in organizing FLEXfest 2008 was highlighted recently in a video on Gainesville Sun’s web site.

Melissa Davis has won a 2007–08 Superior Accomplishment Award. She will receive this award at a ceremony on Wednesday, February 13, at Emerson Alumni Hall.

Pamela K. Gilbert’s new book Cholera and Nation: Doctoring the Social Body in Victorian England has been published by SUNY Press.

Brandon Kershner’s chapter “Joyce, Music, and Popular Culture” appears in A Companion to Joyce Studies, ed. Richard Brown (Blackwell, 2008): 270–85.

William Logan reviewed the English poet Geoffrey Hill on the front page of the January 20 edition of The New York Times Book Review; and two days later, in the arts section of The Times, there was a long piece drawing from his review, forthcoming in Parnassus, about the hundreds and perhaps thousands of errors in Robert Faggen’s edition of Robert Frost’s Notebooks.

Judith Page has been awarded a Visiting Fellowship at the Chawton House Library, home to a collection of books and manuscripts by women writing in English from 1600–1830. While at Chawton this spring, she will be working on books pertaining to landscape and gardening.

Dostoevsky’s Greatest Characters: a New Approach to Notes from Underground, Crime and Punishment, and The Brothers Karamazov by Bernard J. Paris, UF Emeritus Professor of English, has been published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Phil Wegner presented two papers at the 2007 MLA Convention, “The Unfinished Project of the Dialectic or, Theory After 9/11,” and “Specters of Modernism: Conspiracy’s Deaths in Ubik and The X-Files.” He also served his final year on the Delegate Assembly as the South representative and is the 2008 chair for the Discussion Group on Science Fiction and Utopian and Fantastic Literature, and will be responsible for organizing the group’s 2008 panel, “Storytelling in Fantastic Literatures.” His review essay on Bret Benjamin’s Invested Interests: Capital, Culture, and the World Bank and the contemporary university appears in the latest issue of Politics and Culture.


Marsha Bryant’s essay “Displaced Artist Statements, Reluctant Artist-Researchers: Poet-Editors of Women’s Poetry Anthologies” appears in the Canadian journal Open Letter 13.4 (2007): 45–63. This special issue addresses artist statements and the nature of artistic inquiry.

Pamela Gilbert organized a panel, “The Body as Boundary in Victorian Culture and Medicine,” at the 2007 Modern Language Association Convention in Chicago, in which she presented “Victorian Skin: Sweating, Bathing, and the Imperial Body.”

Norm Holland’s essay “Psychoanalysis as Science” appears in the Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine 10 (2006): 21–23. This essay summarizes his longer online essay with the same title, PsyArt (2004). The summary and the online essay form the opening shots in a colloquy with Frederick Crews, whose response appears in the same journal (24–28), followed by second response by Holland (29–30), and a “Response to Holland and Crews” by psychiatrist Peter Barglow (31–35).

Judith Page’s review of Alyson Pendlebury’s Portraying ‘the Jew’ in First World War Britain appears in AJS Review 31 (November 2007): 427–30. Her review of Eitan Bar-Yosef’s The Holy Land in English Culture, 1799–1917: Palestine and the Question of Orientalism appears in Review of English Studies 57 (2006): 838–40. Conference proceedings for “Exile, Judaism and Literary Criticism: Erich Auerbach, the 50th Anniversary of His Death,” including Page’s introductory talk “Auerbach and Exile,” held at the University of Florida on October 24 have been published online at <http://www.libretto.co.yu/>.

Mark A. Reid chaired the panel “Theorizing Adaptation: Intercultural Adaptation” at the 2007 Modern Language Association Convention.

Peter Rudnytsky will be inducted as an honorary member of the American Psychoanalytic Association this month for his commitment to the field and his work on American Imago.

Maureen Turim’s “The Interiority of Space: Desire and Maya Deren” appears in Avant-Garde Cinema, eds. Alexander Graf and Dietrich Scheunemann (Editions Rodopi, 2008): 155–65.


Terry Harpold, Sidney Homan, and Barbara Mennel have been awarded CLAS Teaching Awards for the 2007–08 school year.

Maureen Turim’s “Women’s Films: Comedy, Drama, Romance” appears in Chick Flicks: Contemporary Women at the Movies, eds. Suzanne Ferriss and Malory Young (Routlege, 2008): 26–40.


News of Current Students


Wesley Beal received the 2008 Calvin A. VanderWerf Award as the top-ranked Teaching Assistant in the University.

Lyndsay Brown presented “Slashing Celebrities, Slashing Theory: How Real Person Slash and Vids Lead to Deleuze/Lacan” at Console-ing Passions: An International Conference on Television, Audio, Video, New Media & Feminism held in Santa Barbara, CA on April 24–26.

Ramona Caponegro served as a Graduate Student Ambassador at the 41st Annual Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival at the University of Southern Mississippi on April 2–4.

Three poems by Phoebe North appear in Sub-lit 4.

On April 25th, the Department of English presented the 2008 Departmental Graduate Teaching Awards to:


Laurel Czaikowski presented “‘Creation is Equally Meaningless’: Nature and Civilization in Emily Brontë’s Poetry and Devoirs” at the 18/19th Century British Woman Writers Conference, held at Indiana University, March 27–30. She presented “Limning the Margins: Identity, Politics and Art in Felicia Hemans’s Poetry" at the Nineteenth Century Studies Conference, April 3–5.

Christopher Garland’s feature article on the Ku Klux Klan, “Klan’s New Message of Cyber-Hate,” appeared in the weekend world section of The New Zealand Herald.

On March 24th, Yun Jo gave an invited screening and talk on her film “Family Project: House of a Father” at the University of Minnesota Consortium for the Study of the Asias.

Ellen Joy Letostak presented “Sexual Shakespeare: The ‘Boob Tube’ Remediated” for the “Mediatizing Shakespeare” panel at the Shakespeare Association of America’s annual conference in Dallas, March 13–15.

Kate Megear won a Collegiate scholarship to the Summer Writers’ Institute at Skidmore College. She will attend in July.

Paromita Mukherjee presented “‘Immortal Longings’: Transitional Identities in the Uncanny Stories of Elizabeth Bowen” on March 29th at College English Association’s 39th Annual Conference, “Passages,” held in St. Louis, Missouri.

Horacio Sierra presented “Queer Virgins Celebrating Catholicism’s Opportunities in Measure for Measure” and chaired the panel “Protestant Depictions of Catholicism in Elizabethan and Jacobean Literature I” at the 2008 Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL.

Eric Smith’s poem, “Questions Concerning Galactic Bowling,” was accepted for publication by American Literary Review.

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


Scott Balcerzak chaired the workshop “Presence of Pleasure: Cinephilia in the Age of Digital Reproduction” at the 2008 Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference in Philadelphia, PA.

Christopher Garland’s article on soldiers blogging from Iraq, “The Blogs of War,” appears on The New Zealand Herald’s web site.

Cari Keebaugh presented “The Cask of Amontilla-D’Oh! and Other Comic Fantasies: Parodies of Poe and the Use of the Gothic in Youth Culture” at the 29th Annual Conference of the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts in Orlando, FL.

Phoebe North has poems appearing in Night Train 8.1 and Umbrella (Spring 2008).


Nicholas Guest-Jelley presented “The Way of Cynicism: Chaplin‘s Bodily Philosophy” and chaired the panel “Grammatological Approaches to Film and Television” at the 2008 Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference in Philadelphia, PA.

Eric Smith’s poems “Victory, with Molly Ringwald’s Underpants in the Air” and “Crows” have been accepted for publication by Iron Horse Literary Review. His review of Sarah Riggs’s Waterwork will appear in Verse magazine’s special issue on the poetic sequence.

Zachary Whalen presented “An Archaeology of the Videogame Image” at the 2008 Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference in Philadelphia, PA.

Jenna Wood’s short story “Penniless” has been accepted for publication at the online literary journal Elsewhere for their Winter (Nov/Dec) 2008 issue.


Emily Kissel’s short story “To: unknownsoldier” appears in the literary journal Kalliope (Spring 2008).

Zachary Whalen has accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor at The University of Mary Washington (Fredericksburg, Virginia).


Laurel Czaikowski presented “Diminished Boundaries: Subsuming the Self in Felicia Hemans’s Poetry” at the Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, held at Auburn University, February 14–17.


Marlo David and Angelique Nixon were recently interviewed in a Gainesville Sun article profiling the Black Graduate Student Organization’s project to present monuments by Duval Elementary school students commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Christopher Garland’s article about Cité Soleil, Haiti, “Where the Sun Never Shines,” recently appeared in the world section of The New Zealand Herald.

Jaimy Mann chaired a panel at the 2007 Modern Language Association Convention titled “Japanese Kawaii (Cute) Children’s Culture, 1995–Now.”

Cathlena Martin has accepted the position of Secretary for the 2008 South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) Children’s Literature Discussion Circle.

Lee Felice Pinkas’s poem “Constitution” and two co-translations, “Prayer on the Battlefield” and “In the Cup are my Portions,” appear in Witness XXI.

Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar’s essay “Out From Behind the Unspeakable” will appear in Woman.Period., a forthcoming anthology edited by Julia Watts, Parneisha Jones, and Jo Ruby.


Dan Brown’s “Chopping Wood: ‘Primitive’ Masculinity in Gauguin’s Man With an Axe, Matamoe and Noa Noa” appears in Nineteenth Century Gender Studies 3.3 (2007).

The Jane Austen Society of North America’s Gainesville chapter, whose president is Amy Robinson, was recently the focus of a Gainesville Sun article “Sundays with Jane Austen.”


Ramona Caponegro’s review of Keith Knight and Mat Schwarzman’s Beginner’s Guide to Community-Based Art appears in Community Literacy Journal 2.1 (Fall 2007).

Eric Doise presented “The Sadness of (Not) Seeing: Remembering the Holocaust in Everything Is Illuminated” at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) Conference in Atlanta on November 9.


News of Former Students


Ann Wood Fuller (BA, 1978) attended the 20th annual Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings conference held in Cedar Key, Florida where she read and discussed use of meter in her own landscape poetry. She also attended the Southern Writers, Southern Writing conference held in Oxford, Mississippi in the summer of 2007 and read from her work.


Kenneth Chan (PhD, 1999) has accepted a tenure-track position of Advanced Assistant Professor of Film Studies (English Department) at the University of Northern Colorado. His essay “Goodbye, Dragon Inn: Tsai Ming-liang’s Political Aesthetics of Nostalgia, Place, and Lingering” appears in the Journal of Chinese Cinemas.

Aileen Easterbrook’s (FKA Cheryl Russo, BA, 1990) article “Pathways into the Library” appears in AppleSeeds magazine’s February 2008 issue on Civil Rights. The article celebrates the life of UF Professor of English James Haskins (d.2005).


Eric Otto’s (PhD, 2006) “Science Fiction and Transformative Ecological Politics: Biocentric Wisdom in Three Early Works” appears in The Everyday Fantastic: Essays on Science Fiction and Human Being, ed. Michael Berman (Cambridge Scholars, 2008): 31–48.

C. Dale Young’s (MFA, 1993) poetry collection The Second Person (Four Way Books, 2007) was recently named a finalist for the Lambda Book Award in Poetry, the Northern California Book Award, and ForeWord Book of the Year Award in Poetry.


Catherine Tosenberger (PhD, 2007) has accepted a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor of English (Young People’s Texts and Cultures) at the University of Winnipeg.


Barbara Stephenson (PhD, 1985) has been nominated as ambassador to Panama. She currently serves as Deputy Coordinator for Iraq at the Department of State.


Michael W. Cox’s (MA, 1998) personal essays appear recently in River Teeth (“Richland”), South Asian Review (“The Reagan-Thatcher Blues: A Young Man’s Lament”), Sport Literate (“Incidental Contact”), and Oxford American (“A Good Coach”). His story “The It Boy” has been reprinted in Tartts Three (Livingston Press), and his essay “Visitor” has been reprinted in the new Touchstone Antholgy of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction.

“Cremation Day,” a story by Georgia Gelmis (MFA, 2007), appears in Crab Creek Review (Fall/Winter 2007).


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