Summer 2008 Newsletter

News of Faculty


Richard Burt delivered a paper titled “Unsewing the Tapestry: Science/Fictions of What Lies Beneath the Screens” at “The Bayeux Tapestry at the British Museum” conference held in London, July 15–16. His Medieval and Early Modern Film and Media has been published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Brandon Kershner spoke on “Temporalities of Ulysses” in an invited lecture at the 21st International James Joyce Symposium held at the University Francois-Rabelais in Tours, France on June 18. He also attended the Foundation meeting as an elected Trustee.

Judith Page’s article, “Learning How to See: Maria Elizabeth Jacson’s Botanical Dialogues (1797) and the Tradition of Women’s Botanical Writing,” was published in The Female Spectator 12 (Spring 2008).


Andrew Gordon presented an invited talk on “Blood and Bellow” in a panel on Saul Bellow and chaired a panel on Chaim Potok at the American Literature Association Conference in San Francisco, May 21–22.

Terry Harpold has been named to the Organizing Committee of the 27th annual J. Lloyd Eaton Conference on Science Fiction, to be held in May 2009 at the University of California, Riverside. The theme of the Conference is “Extraordinary Voyages: Jules Verne and Beyond.” Professor Harpold is also the organizer of “Jules Verne: Un auteur mondiale, rencontres en l’honneur de Jean-Michel Margot,” an international symposium on Verne to be held in October 2009 in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland, in commemoration of the opening of “L’Espace Jules Verne,” a new wing of Maison d’Ailleurs [House of Elsewhere] <>, Europe’s foremost museum of science fiction and utopian literature.

A Spanish translation of Norman Holland’s 1985 book, The I, has been published in Chile as El Yo by Editorial de la Universidad de Santiago de Chile.

Sidney Homan’s A Fish in the Moonlight: Growing Up in the Bone Marrow Unit has been published by Purdue University Press. Besides collecting stories of his youth, growing up in Philadelphia in the 1940s and 50s, A Fish in the Moonlight recounts his experience as Artist-in-Residence telling those stories to young patients and their families on the Bone Marrow Unit of Shands Hospital.

In May, Robert Ray gave a lecture, "Film Theory vs. Film Analysis," at St. Anne’s College, Oxford, where he was invited by Andrew Klevan. He met with the graduate students in Oxford’s new MA/PhD program in Film Aesthetics and also with Victor (V.F.) Perkins who came over to Oxford from Warwick.

Malini Johar Schueller’s essay “On Borders, Globalization, and Terror: A Picture from Beirut” appears in Commondreams, June 5, 2008.

Maureen Turim gave an invited talk “The Charge of Memory” at the Institut national de l’histoire de l’art for the research group "Théâtres de la mémoire" on June 11.



Richard Burt presented “Window Framing Film and Media Convergence: Re-Animated Menus as Migrating Hyperparatexts on HD–DVD” in an American Comparative Literature Association seminar on “Interface Aesthetics,” held in Long Beach, CA, April 24–27.

Pamela Gilbert guest edited and introduced a special issue of Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net <> titled “Interdisciplinarity and the Body.”

On May 13, Terry Harpold gave an invited talk titled “‘Fickle Rolling Wheel’: The Cryptic Topology of Textual Intercomparison” for the Department of Comparative Literature, the Humanities Research Institute, and the Arts Computation Engineering program of the University of California, Irvine. Later that week, he presented “Where is Verne’s Mars?” at the 2008 J. Lloyd Eaton Science Fiction Conference, “Chronicling Mars,” held at the University of California, Riverside, May 16–18. His review of Timothy Unwin’s Jules Verne: Journeys in Writing (Liverpool University Press, 2005) appears in Nineteenth-Century Contexts 30.2 (2008): 205–08.

On May 9, Maureen Turim gave an invited talk “On the Charge of Memory” at a colloquium “Performing Cultural Trauma in Theatre and Film” organized by the University of Ghent at the Paleis der Academiën in Brussels.


News of Current Students


Jeff Rice’s paper “From Collaborative to Collective Writing: Producing Knowledge through Web 2.0 Technical Writing Environments” received the IEEE International Professional Communication Conference’s James F. Lufkin Award for Best Conference Paper. The award was presented at the 2008 conference held in Montreal, Quebec, July 13–16.


Ramona Caponegro presented “Normalizing Teen and Tween Activism: Fictional Portrayals of Young Activists and their Relationships with the American Legal System” at the 35th Annual Children’s Literature Association Conference held in Bloomington-Normal, IL, June 12–14.

Nicholas Guest-Jelley’s review of Bauhaus Culture: From Weimar to the Cold War appears in Invisible Culture 12.

Ariel Gunn presented “Drawing Room of Horrors: Domestic Nightmare in Wilkie Collins’s Basil” at the 2008 Northeastern Modern Language Association Conference held in Buffalo, NY, April 10–13.

Angelique Nixon has accepted a postdoctoral fellowship in Africana Studies at New York University. Her article “What Racial Hybridity? Sexual Politics of Mixed-Race Identities in the Caribbean and the Performance of Blackness” appears in Lucayos 1 (Spring 2008): 90–105.

Jeff Rice’s article “Politicizing Critical Pedagogies for the Logic of Late Capitalism” appears in Composition Forum 18 (2008).



Christopher Garland’s article on the rise of atheism, “Losing Faith in Modern America,” appeared in the weekend review section of The New Zealand Herald.

Velina Manolova presented “Beyond the Homosocial: Transnational Sexuality in Claude McKay’s Home to Harlem and Banjo” at the 2008 American Comparative Literature Association Conference held in Long Beach, CA, April 24–27.

Angelique Nixon presented “‘We have something to teach the world’: Erna Brodber’s Blackspace, Building Community, and Educo-tourism” at the 11th Conference of the Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars, held at St. George’s University in Grenada, May 19–23.

Jeff Rice’s article “Bridging the Gap: Contextualizing Professional Ethics in Collaborative Writing Projects” appears in Business Communication Quarterly 70.4 (2007): 470–75.

Brittany Roberts’s review of Kimberly Harrison and Richard Fantina’s Victorian Sensations and Anna Maria Jones’s Problem Novels: Victorian Fiction Theorizes the Sensation Self appears in Nineteenth-Century Literature 62.4 (March 2008): 550–54.

Horacio Sierra’s article “Local Photography Exhibit Promotes Alachua County Forever” appears in the May issue of The Satellite, North Florida’s alternative monthly.

Zach Whalen’s article “Deviant Materialities: Reflecting Surfaces and Hollow Bodies in CSI” appears in Refractory: A Journal of Entertainment Media 13 (2008).


News of Former Students


Melissa Garcia’s (MFA, 2007) poems “Invective” and “Apple” will be published in forthcoming issues of Alimentum Journal: The Literature of Food.

Dave Reidy’s (MFA, 2006) debut short-story collection, Captive Audience, will be published July 2009 by Ig Publishing, an independent house in Brooklyn, NY.


Ariana Cascio Bianchi (MA, 2007) will begin this fall as Assistant Professor of English at Broward College in South Florida.

Kenneth Chan’s (PhD, 1999) essay “Gay Sexuality in Singaporean Chinese Popular Culture: Where Have All the Boys Gone?” appears in China Information 22.2 (July 2008): 305–329.

Natasa Kovacevic’s (PhD, 2006) doctoral dissertation, Narrating Post/Communism: Colonial Discourse and Europe’s Borderline Civilization, has been published by Routledge as part of the Routledge/BASEES series on Russian and East European Studies.



Sharmain van Blommestein (PhD, 2005) attended the First Annual Anne Righton Malone Colloquium held on April 18, 2008 at SUNY, Potsdam where she discussed, on a panel titled “Writing Women’s Lives,” her forthcoming book, Historical Encyclopedia of Women’s Reproductive Lives: Ancient to Modern (Greenwood Press). The encyclopedia will condense and document “all” information related to women’s reproductive lives (menstruation, birth, menopause, etc.) via literature, history, and culture/pop culture from ancient to contemporary times. Sharmain has a CFP for the encyclopedia on the Penn English website and her own website with a list of entries: <> <>.

Jeff Rice (PhD, 2002) will be the new Director of the University of Missouri’s Campus Writing Program as of June 1, 2008.

Joanna Shearer (PhD, 2007) has accepted a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor of English at Nevada State College.


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