Fall 2011 Newsletter

News of Faculty


On November 28–29, Terry Harpold gave two invited teaching seminars for the Electronic Poetry Center, University of Buffalo: “Family Tree and Others” and “The Underside of the Digital Field.”

Michael Hofmann’s selection of Joseph Roth’s letters comes out next month from W.W. Norton. His introduction and a sample of three letters appear in the New York Review of Books (issue of 22 December) other letters are due to appear in the New Yorker (online only).

Kenneth Kidd’s Freud in Oz: At the Intersections of Psychoanalysis and Children's Literature has been published by the University of Minnesota Press.

Judith W. Page’s essay “Dorothy Wordsworth and the Aesthetics of Travel Or, Nature and Art on Three Island Gardens,” on the web site of Romanticism: Life, Literature and Landscape (Adam Matthew Digital, UK). Professor Page also serves on the Editorial Board for this newly-launched site, which includes manuscripts, letters, journals, fine art, and secondary resources.

Phil Wegner’s essay “Lacan avec Greimas: Formalization, Theory, and the ‘Other Side’ of the Study of Culture,” appears in Minnesota Review 77. The essay is dedicated “to the memory of Jim Paxson, theorist.” Jim was a regular contributor to the journal during the editorship of his close friend Jeffrey Williams.


Pamela Gilbert gave two talks recently, one at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities: The Works in Progress Series at the University of Edinburgh (October) titled “The Marked Body,” and a paper at the North American Victorian Studies Association in Nashville (November) titled “The Play of Emotions: Charles Bell on the Anatomy of Performance.” She also contributed to a recent forum in College English, in which she wrote about graduate mentoring (November 2011): 113–115.

Barbara Mennel received the Women in German Best Article Award 2010 at the annual Women in German Conference in October 2011, for “The Global Elsewhere: Ursula Biemann’s Multimedia Countergeography” in The Collapse of the Conventional: German Film and Its Politics at the Turn of the Twenty-first Century (eds. Jaimey Fisher and Brad Prager, Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2010). At the conference, she also presented “Estranging Authenticity: Migrating Women in Austrian Political Art Cinema.” For the German Studies Association’s annual conference in September 2011, she co-organized two panels on “Feeling European.” She moderated “Feeling European in Literature and Popular Culture” and responded to “Feeling European in Film.”



Since September 16, Roger Beebe has had 11 solo shows of his recent multi-projector films, stretching from Savannah (SCAD) to Hanover, New Hampshire (Dartmouth) with stops in between at MassArt, Wesleyan, Oberlin, Hampshire, Bennington, Cornell, Keene State, Bard, and the Indie Grits Festival in Columbia, SC. He has another 21 shows scheduled before December 1. For his full itinerary, see <www.clas.ufl.edu/users/rogerbb/films/fall11tour.pdf>.

Marsha Bryant’s new book, Women’s Poetry and Popular Culture, is out from Palgrave (with cover art by UF's own Jane Dominguez). The book is part of the Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics series. Bryant has joined the Editorial Advisory Board of the journal The Space Between: Literature and Culture, 1914–1945. In Buffalo, NY, she organized and presented in a roundtable on Rethinking Poetic Innovation for the Modernist Studies Association.

Richard Burt contributed a paper and participated in Materialities of Text: Between the Codex and the Net, an Online Conference (October 24th – November 4th 2011). The conference organisers intend this forum to allow discussion that may be included within the second form of dissemination, and feed into contributors’ articles in it: a special issue of the peer reviewed journal New Formations in 2012. Burt delivered three keynote lectures: “What’s the Worst Thing You Can Do to Shakespeare?” at the Donghua University in Shanghai, China, October 11, 2011 Shakespeare’s Reader: Friend or Foe?”at the Shanghai Drama Academy, October 14, 2011 and “Face-booking Shakespeare: What’s Not to Like?” at the International Shakespeare Forum at Donghua University, October 15, 2011. Burt was appointed Honorary Professor of the Shanghai Drama Academy October 14, 2011 and appointed honorary Professor of Donghua University in Shanghai, China October 15, 2011.

Sid Dobrin’s review essay “Ecology and Concepts of Technology” appears in Writing Program Administration: the Journal of the Council of Writing Program Administrators 35.1 (Fall/Winter 2011): 175–198.

Pamela Gilbert presented an invited lecture at the Royal College of Physicians at Edinburgh to the Edinburgh History of Medicine Group, (Co-Sponsored by Science, Technology and Innovation Studies), on October 12 entitled “Victorian Skin.” She also gave an invited response to a lecture at the University of Edinburgh by Professor Alfred I. Tauber (Zoltan Kohn Professor of Medicine and Philosophy, Boston University) entitled “Reason and its Discontents: Science in the Postmodern Age” on October 6.

Andrew Gordon spoke on “Spielberg’s Munich as Morality Play” and chaired a session in the “Border Visions: Borderlands in Film and Literature” conference of the Literature Film Association at Central Connecticut State University (October 13–14). He was an invited speaker at the “Congreso Universitario Internacional sobre Contenidos, Investigacion y Docencia” of the Facultad de Ciencias de la Informacion at the Universidad Complutense of Madrid (October 18–19). He spoke at two round tables and in the closing plenary session.

William Logan’s review of T. S. Eliot’s Letters, vols. 1 and 2, appeared in the New York Times Book Review on October 2.

Sidney Wade’s poem “Burrowing Owl” appears in The New Yorker on October 17.



Marsha Bryant presented on the American Edith Sitwell and her influence on Sylvia Plath at the Sitwelliana Symposium (Birmingham, UK, September 30, via Skype). On October 3, Marsha and students from her “Supersized” seminar performed Book 4 of William Carlos Williams’s Paterson for UF’s Random Acts of Culture Marathon. Marsha’s co-authored essay with Mary Ann Eaverly (UF Classics), “Excavating H.D.’s Egypt,” appears in Approaches To Teaching H.D.’s Poetry And Prose, eds. Annette Debo and Lara Vetter (New York, MLA).

Sidney Homan’s account of his tour of the Florida prisons with an improv company appears as “Prisoners As Audience” in Haight Ashbury Literary Journal  29.1 (2011): 12.

Malini Schueller gave an invited talk at the Institute for Global Security Law and Policy Symposium at Case Western University.

Sidney Wade participated in the 4th annual International Istanbul Poetry Festival, September 13–19, giving a series of readings at historical sites in the city, along with poets from Macedonia, Majorca, The Netherlands, Iran, Spain, Slovakia, and Turkey.


Alistair Duckworth’s review of Self Impression: Life-Writing, Autobiografiction, and the Forms of Modern Literature by Max Saunders appears in English Literature in Transition, 1880–1920 54.4 (2011): 539–544.

“Much Like Our First Lives,” Terry Harpold’s review essay on Nick Dyer-Witheford and Greig de Peuter’s Games of Empire: Global Capitalism and Video Games (University of Minnesota Press, 2009), appears in Science Fiction Film and Television 4.2 (2011): 271–79.

Michael Hofmann’s review article on Elizabeth Bishop (“Mostly Middle”) appeared in the 9–8–11 issue of the London Review of Books.

Barbara Mennel’s essay “Alina Bronsky, Scherbenpark: Global Ghetto Girl” appears in Emerging German-Language Novelists of the Twenty-First Century, eds. Lyn Marven and Stuart Taberner (Camden House, 2011): 162–178.

Phil Wegner edited the special volume of Paradoxa, no. 23, “Darko Suvin: A Life in Letters.” He also wrote the collection’s Foreword, “Crossing the Border with Darko Suvin.”



Pamela Gilbert spoke on “Sexuality and Victorian Popular Fiction” at the Victorian Popular Fiction Association Conference (London, July 18–19). She presented “Composing Oneself: Emotional Expression and Self-Control” at the British Association for Victorian Studies Conference (Birmingham, England, September 1–3). Two of her book reviews have also come out: her review of Idiocy: A Cultural History by Patrick McDonagh appears in University of Toronto Quarterly 80.2 (2011): 251–253, and her review of Satire in an Age of Realism by Aaron Matz appears in Review 19 (June 2011). Pamela is currently a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh.

Michael Hofmann’s translation of Günter Eich’s Angina Days (Princeton University Press, 2010) was among the runners-up for the 2011 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation.

Norman Holland and Andrew Gordon organized the International Conference on Psychology and the Arts (University of Roskilde, Denmark, June 22–26). There were 50 papers by participants from the U.S., Denmark, Finland, Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Malta, Iran, Japan, China, and Argentina. Andrew Gordon spoke on “Saul Bellow’s Quarrel with Psychoanalysis.” The next International Conference on Psychology and the Arts will take place July 4–8, 2012 at the University of Ghent, Belgium. For information, contact Andrew Gordon at <agordon@ufl.edu>.

Scott Nygren’s Op-Ed piece titled “Cultural education is key in a global economy” appears in the 9–6–11 edition of the St. Petersburg Times.

Judith W. Page’s article “Susanna Blamire’s Ecological Imagination: Stoklewath or the Cumbrian Village” appears in Women’s Writing 18:3 (August 2011): 387–406. She also presented a lecture and discussion on July 27 at the Harn Museum on 18th and 19th century women botanists and botanical writing. This presentation was in conjunction with the course “Knowing Nature,” based on the extensive new collection of natural history prints at the museum.

Phil Wegner presented, “‘The Greatest of these is Love’: Utopia and the Event in Roadside Picnic and Stalker,” as the keynote address for the 12th International Conference of the Utopian Studies Society Europe (Nicosia, Cyprus, July 8–11). Phil also participated in two roundtables, on the university and contemporary social movements and on dystopia.


News of Current Students


Jimmy Newlin presented “The Avoidance of Lear in Antiphilosophy” at the 6th Annual Blackfriars Conference at the American Shakespeare Center (Staunton, VA).

Arun Kumar Pokhrel presented his paper “Aldous Huxley’s Post/modernist Eco-Utopia, Island” at the 36th Annual Meeting of the Society for Utopian Studies (University Park, PA, October 20–23). He organized and chaired five panels under Graduate Students’ Forum in English: Diasporic Identity and presented his paper “‘Brutish empire,’ Irishness, and ‘the new Bloomusalem in the Nova Hibernia’ in Joyce’s Ulysses” at the 83rd Annual Convention of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (Atlanta, November 4–6). He also won a 2011 George Mills Harper Graduate Student Travel awards.

Emma Smith-Stevens’s story “Mercy” appears in issue 28 of The Collagist.



Kristin Allukian presented “Motherhood, Sex, and Cultural Pedagogy in Eighteenth-Century Maine” at the American Studies Association’s Annual Conference in (Baltimore, October 20–23).

Poushali Bhadury’s review of Critical Approaches to Food in Children's Literature, eds. Kara K. Keeling and Scott T. Pollard, appears in The Lion and the Unicorn 35.2 (April 2011).

Thomas Cole organized and chaired two panels, “Memory” and “World War II,” in the regular session on late 19th- and 20th-century German literature and culture at the 68th Annual Convention of the South Central Modern Language Association.

Harry Leeds’s translations of two Georgy Ivanov poems appear in Asymptote (October 2011).

Wylie Lenz presented “Hobotopia and the Rejection of Labor” at the 36th Annual Meeting of the Society for Utopian Studies (University Park, PA, October 20–23) and “Dos Passos’ Tramps” at the 83rd Annual Convention of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (Atlanta, November 4–6).

Emerson Richards’s non-fiction piece “Going to God” appears in the University of California Berkeley’s Undergraduate Comparative Literature Journal.

Matt Snyder’s article “A Remarkable Violence: The Mechanical and Textual Apparatus of Kafka’s ‘In the Penal Colony’” appears in Modern Horizons 2 (November 2011).

Mark Tabone presented his paper, “Rethinking Toni Morrison’s Paradise: The Utopian Enclave at the Millennium,” at the 36th Annual Meeting of the Society for Utopian Studies (University Park, PA, October 20–23) and “Diasporic Subjectivity and Embodied Resistance in Adrienne Kennedy’s Funnyhouse” at the 83rd Annual Convention of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (Atlanta, November 4–6).

Walton Wood’s article “The Empirical Twilight: A Pony’s Guide to Science and Anarchism” appears in ImageTexT 6.1 (Fall 2011).


Rebecca Evanhoe’s short story “Snake” appears in the Harper’s Magazine (November 2011).

Aaron Thier’s review of We Others by Steven Millhauser appears in The Nation.

John Tinnell’s article “Transversalising the Ecological Turn: Four Components of Felix Guattari’s Ecosophical Perspective” appears in The Fibreculture Journal 18 (2011).



Elizabeth Bevilacqua’s story “Winter Harbor” appears in SLICE magazine, Issue #9.

Mauro Carassai presented “The Human Sensorium as Contend(/st)ed Space in Nalo Hopkinson’s Midnight Robber: Moving Toward ‘American Digital Studies’” in a panel co-organized with Kristin Allukian at the 5th International American Studies Association World Congress (Niteroi, Rio De Janeiro, July 27–29).

Rebekah Fitzsimmons’s review of The Nineteenth-Century Child and Consumer Culture, ed. Dennis Denisoff, appears in The Lion and the Unicorn 35. 2 (April 2011).

Hilary S. Jacqmin’s poem “Wedding Album” was chosen by D.A. Powell to be included in Best New Poets 2011, an annual anthology of 50 poems from emerging writers. The collection will be published by University of Virginia Press in November 2011.


Matt Snyder’s essay “Historical Trauma, the Critic, and the Work of Mourning in Chaucer’s Prioress’s Tale” appears in Turning Points and Transformations: Essays on Language, Literature and Culture, eds. Christine DeVine and Marie Hendry (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011): 3–16.

Aaron Thier’s review of Abbott Awaits by Chris Bachelder (MFA, 2002) appears in the 9–26–11 issue of The Nation. Aaron also published a review of Sandor Marais Portraits of a Marriage online at The New Republic, and his review of Evelyn Juerss House of Exile is due out on the same site.


News of Former Students


Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar’s (PhD, 2008) essay “Faceless Facebook“ will appear as a chapter in New Media Literacies and Participatory Popular Culture Across Borders, eds. Bronwyn Williams and Amy A. Zenger, to be published in 2012 by Routledge.


Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar’s (PhD, 2008) short story collection, Coloured and Other Stories, about South Asian immigrant experiences in the U.S. is now available as an e-book.


Horacio Sierra (PhD, 2010) is beginning his second year as a tenure-track assistant professor of English at Saint Joseph College. His review of the Hartford Stage’s “Antony and Cleopatra” appears in Theater Journal 63.2 (2011): 267–69. He organized the college's First Annual Read-A-Thon during National Library Week – participants included students, faculty, staff, and the Mayor of Hartford, Pedro Segarra. He also presented “To sing his mistresse prayse, and let him mend: Paradoxical Projections of Queen Elizabeth I in Book III of The Faerie Queene” at the Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference (Montréal, October 2010).

Suzanne Warren (MFA, 2004) has accepted a visiting assistant professor position in creative writing at the University of Puget Sound.


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