Summer 2010 Newsletter

News of Faculty


On July 14, Marsha Bryant was in Washington, D.C., as a panelist for assessing this year’s NEH Fellowship applications in Comparative Literature & Literary Theory.

On September 13, 2009, Professor Emeritus Alistair Duckworth gave an illustrated lecture to the Massachusetts chapter of JASNA on “Jane Austen, William Gilpin, Humphry Repton.” On March 4, 2010, he addressed the Long Eighteenth Century and Romanticism Colloquium at Harvard University on the topic of Jane Austen and the Enlightenment. As a plenary speaker at the (English) Jane Austen Society’s meeting (Bermuda; May 4–11), Duckworth presented “How Revolutionary is Persuasion?” His chapter on Emma has been excerpted as an electronic reprint in the Harold Bloom Collection of EBSCO’s Literary Reference Center database.

Pamela Gilbert had an eventful summer. In the spring, she co-organized and presented “Using Health Narratives to Address Health Concerns and Bridge Disciplinary Gaps: A Pilot Program for Graduate Students of English and Medical Studies” with graduate students Jackie Amorim and Renee Dowbnia at the Center for International Research on Narrative biennial conference (Fredericton, Canada). In June, she served on the MLA program committee in New York, presented “The Other Victorians: Sexuality and Feminist Readings of Victorian Popular Fiction” at Victorian Theory? the Annual CUNY Victorian Conference, presented “Those Mysterious Markings: Tattooing and the Orientation of the British Traveller” at the Australasian Victorian Studies Association (Singapore), and was a Research Associate at the Wellcome Centre for the History of Medicine in London, where she attended their final conference, The Future of the History of Medicine. In July, she presented “Sensation Fiction and the Past” at the Victorian Popular Fiction Association Conference at University College in London and served as a contributing editor to Oxford’s new initiative, the Oxford Bibliography OnLine (OBOL). 

On May 27, Andrew Gordon spoke on “Fish Imagery in the Fiction of Saul Bellow” at the American Literature Association (San Francisco). On June 21, Gordon gave two invited talks on Spielberg’s films Close Encounters of the Third Kind and A.I. at the University of Belgrade, Serbia. Gordon and Professor Emeritus Norman Holland organized the International Conference on Literature and Psychology (University of Pecs, Hungary; June 23–27).  52 papers were presented by conferees from the U.S., England, France, Italy, Portugal, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Hungary, Serbia, Slovakia, Japan, Egypt, and Iran. Gordon presented “The Resistant Patient in Philip Roth’s My Life as A Man” and Peter Rudnytsky presented “Angry Acts: The Roth-Kleinschmidt Encounter and a New Ethics for Psychoanalysis” in a panel on the fiction of Philip Roth. Gordon’s revised and expanded “Back to the Future: Oedipus as Time Traveler” appears in The Worlds of Back to the Future:  Critical Essays on the Films, ed. Sorcha Ni Fhlainn (McFarland, 2010).   

Terry Harpold has been named Chair of the 2010 international jury for the newly-formed Science Fiction & Fantasy Translation Awards

Brandon Kershner spoke on “The Sands of Pleasure: Prostitution and Modernity” at the International James Joyce Symposium held in Prague during June. He also chaired a session on Joyce and Newspapers and attended the Board meeting of the Trustees of the Joyce Foundation.

Professor Emeritus Bernard J. Paris’s Heaven and its Discontents: Milton’s Characters in Paradise Lost has been published by Transaction Publishers at Rutgers University.

Maureen Turim presented “L’Encadrement du paysage dans le Western 1947–1953” at the 2010 Colloque de Cérisy on “Le Western et les myths de l’Ouest dans la littérature et les arts de l’image” in Normandy, France. Her paper will be published in a volume edited by Lauric Guillaud and Gilles Menegaldo. 



Richard Burt’s essay “Putting Your Papers in Order: The Matter of Kierkegaard’s Writing Desk, Goethe’s Files, and Derrida’s Paper Machine, Or, the Philology and Philosophy of Publishing After Death” appears in Rhizomes 20 (2010).

Terry Harpold presented “His Master’s Voice: E-Books, Illusionism, and the Future of Electronic Reading” at “ELO_AI – Archive and Innovate” the 2010 Conference of the Electronic Literature Organization (Brown University, June 3–6).

Kenneth Kidd attended the annual meeting of the Children’s Literature Association in June, and heard many but not all of these current grad students present their research: Poushali Bhadury, Ramona Caponegro, Lisa Dusenberry, Rebekah Fitzsimmons, Marilisa Jimenez Garcia, Cari Keebaugh, Michele Lee, Megan Leroy, Cathlena Martin, Emily Murphy, Rachel Slivon, and Mariko Turk.

Phil Wegner’s essay “The Beat Cops of History or, The Paranoid Style in American Intellectual Politics” appears in Arizona Quarterly: A Journal of American Literature, Culture, and Theory 6.2, (Summer 2010). Wegner presented an invited lecture, "‘The Point is’: Notes on the Four Conditions of Marxist Cultural Studies,” at the Marxist Literary Group’s 2010 Institute on Culture and Society in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Ed White’s essay “The Constitution of Toussaint: Another Origin of African-American Literature,” co-authored with Michael Drexler, appears in A Companion to African American Literature (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010).



Sid Homan’sCome and Go: Beckett’s Play for Women” appears in Women’s Studies 34.4 (June 2010): 304–18.

Phil Wegner edited the special issue of ImageText, “Anime and Utopia.” The issue contains his essay “‘An Unfinished Project that was Also a Missed Opportunity’: Utopia and Alternate History in Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro,“ John Leavey’s “Possessed by and of: Up against Seeing: Princess Mononoke,” and Department of English alumnus Matthew Stoddard’s “Contested Utopias: Ghost in the Shell, Cognitive Mapping, and the Desire for Communism.” Wegner’s essay “Emerging from the Flood in Which We Are Sinking: Or, Reading with Darko Suvin (Again)” has been published as the Preface to Darko Suvin’s Defined by a Hollow: Essays on Utopia, Science Fiction and Political Epistemology (Peter Lang).


News of Current Students


Stephanie Boluk received the 2009 Arthur O. Lewis Award for “Blondie and the End of History,” for the best paper presented by an untenured scholar at the Society for Utopian Studies annual conference.

Shaun Duke presented “Shaping the Shapeless: New Weird, Bizarro, and Bending Genres” at What Happens Now: 21st Century Writing in English – the First Decade (University of Lincon, UK; July 10). “Political Allegory: Receptions and Their Implications in V and District 9" appears online in Crimethink: Politics and Speculative Fiction.

Beau Golwitzer’s humor piece “A Guide to Screen-Layering in the New Screen-Profuse Environment” appears online in McSweeney’s.      

Philip Pinch’s story “Dwight and Fan” appears online in Noo Journal.

Allison Rittmayer presented “Faulkner and Godard: Beyond Quotation” at “Faulkner and Film” the 2010 Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference (University of Mississippi; July 18–22). 



Kristin Allukian presented “The ‘Positioning’ of Midwife Martha Ballard: Women, Sex, and Cultural Pedagogy in Early American Literature” at the American Literature Association’s Annual Conference (San Francisco,, May 29).

Stephanie Boluk co-presented (with Patrick LeMieux) “Hundred Thousand Billion Fingers: Seriality and Critical Game Practices” at “ELO_AI – Archive and Innovate,” the 2010 Conference of the Electronic Literature Organization (Brown University, June 3–6).

Mauro Carassai presented “E-lit as ‘Forms-of-Culture’: Envisioning Digital Literary Subjectivity,” and co-presented (with Paola Pizzichini) “E-lit Context as Records Continuum: The ‘Lost’ Michael Joyce’s Afternoon Italian Edition and the Archival Perspective” at “ELO_AI – Archive and Innovate,” the 2010 Conference of the Electronic Literature Organization (Brown University, June 3–6).

Cari Keebaugh presented “‘The Better to Eat You[r Brains] With, My Dear’: Fairy Tales, Zombies, and the Memory of Childhood in Little Red Riding Hood’s Zombie BBQ at the 2010 Children’s Literature Association Conference (Ann Arbor, June 9–12).

Rachel Khong’s story “Today is a Fish” appears in Phoebe (Fall 2010), the literary journal at George Mason University.



In March, Hilary S. Jacqmin’s poem “The Good Girl” received an Associated Writing Programs Intro Journals award. It will appear in the upcoming summer issue of Controlled Burn.

On May 26, Charles H. Meyer published “Cubicle Rebellion,” the second installment of his monthly column “Unconscious Film Trilogies” in Sike!, a Gainesville-based webzine.


News of Former Students


On July 18, John Brandon’s (MFA pending) second novel, Citrus County, was reviewed by Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) on the front page of the New York Times Book Review.

Patricia Carr (BA, 2008) presented “Celebrate the Freedom to Read in Any Format!” at the 2010 Florida Library Association Conference in Orlando. 

Three MFA@FLA poetry alumni were included in the 2010 Best New Poets anthology: Sheri Allen (MFA, 2005), Benjamin Pryor (MFA, 2001) and Eric Smith. (MFA, 2009).

Suzanne Warren’s (MFA, 2004) interviews with novelists Mary Gaitskill and Brock Clarke appear in Narrative (March 2010) and Memorious 14 (April 2010), respectively.



Eric Otto (PhD, 2006) presented “The Sense of Wonder and an Ethics of Ecological Difference” at the 2010 Conference of the Science Fiction Research Association (Carefree, AZ; June 24–27).



Saara Myrene Raappana (MFA, 2007) has two new poems, “Don’t Let’s Talk Things through Anymore” and “The Hardwood Laments its Lowly Position,” in The Cincinnati Review (Summer 2010).


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