Fall 2012 Newsletter

News of Faculty


Invited keynote speaker Richard Burt delivered “ITA-TACKY-MASU SHAK-U-SPEARE” at the Shakespeare International Forum conference on “Shakespeare and Popular Media,” Tokyo, Japan, December 2–3, 2012.

Sid Dobrin delivered “The Postcomposition Position” as part of The FSU Rhetoric and Composition Speaker Series.

Andrew Gordon gave the keynote address, “The Psychology of Revolution in Twentieth-Century American Literature” on November 15 at the Eleventh International Symposium on Comparative Literature: Creativity and Revolution held at the the Department of English Language and Literature, Cairo University, Egypt.

Terry Harpold’s essay “The Underside of the Digital Field” appears in Digital Humanities Quarterly 6.2 (2012).

Sidney Homan’s “Snapshots of a Shakespearean in China“ appears in Comparative Drama 46.3 (Fall 2012): 303–318.

Maureen Turim gave a keynote address entitled “Desires that Trouble, Divide, and Suppress: Filmic Recognition” at the Foreign Language Film Conference V hosted by the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

On November 5, Phil Wegner presented a portion of his work-in-progress, “Evental Genres III: W.E.B. DuBois’s John Brown as Universal History,” at the Higher Research Seminar for American Studies at Uppsala University, Sweden. On November 7, The Gainesville Sun published his editorial, “The day it all didn’t change.” On November 9, he presented a paper, "After the End of the World: Pseudo-Apocalypse and the Event in Paradise and The Windup Girl,” at the 9th Annual Historical Materialism conference in London, UK.


Richard Burt’s essay “Hamlet’s Hauntographology: Film Philology, Textual Faux-rensics, and Facsimiles“ appears in A Companion to Literature, Film, and Adaptation. Ed. Deborah Cartmell (Blackwell, 2012). His essay “Duly Noted or Off the Record? Sovereignty and the Secrecy of the Law“ appeared in Cinema Secrets of the Law. Eds. Martha Umphrey, Lawrence Douglas, and Austin Sarat (Stanford UP, 2012). Burt recently gave two invited lectures: “Drown Before Reading: Prospero’s Missing . . . Books” for the Graduate Student Colloquium at Tufts University; and “Anonymess” for the Medieval and Renaissance Group at New York University.

Ron Carpenter published “On Allan Nevins, Grand Style in Discourse, and John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address: The Trajectory of Stylistic Confluence” in Style 46.1 (Spring 2012): 1–26.

“Other Kingdoms,” Terry Harpold’s review essay on several new English translations of works by the early 20th century Franco-Belgian science fiction author J.-H. Rosny aîné, appears in Science Fiction Studies 39.3 (2012): 512–20. Harpold has been named to the Executive Editorial Board of the newly-formed Eaton Journal of Archival Research in Science Fiction, which will launch its inaugural issue in April 2013.

On November 6, Susan Hegeman presented “Voting and Voter Suppression: Postcards from Florida” at the “US election vigil” held by the Department of Political Science at Lund University, Sweden.

Andrew Gordon and Peter Rudnytsky were invited speakers at the Second World Humanities Forum: Humanities and Healing, sponsored by the Korean Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology, the National Research Foundation of Korea, Busan Metropolitan City, and UNESCO, in Busan, South Korea, November 1–3. They spoke in a plenary session on “Nature and Civilization, Science and Technolgy.” Gordon Spoke on “Becoming the Alien: Avatar and District 9.” Rudnytsky spoke on "The Work of Art in the Age of Digital Technology: What Kind of a Future Will Human Beings Create?”

William Logan’s new book of poems, Madame X (Penguin), was published in September. His edition of John Townsend Trowbridge’s Guy Vernon (Minnesota) was published in June. He has had poems recently in Poetry, Salmagundi, and Virginia Quarterly Review, among other journals. His recent prose includes a review of Philip Larkin’s Complete Poems in Poetry in September and a verse chronicle in the New Criterion in June.

Warpaint, the first novel in Stephanie Smith’s new trilogy has been released in hardcover and in a Kindle edition by Thames River Press, and she will be signing books at the UF bookstore Nov. 17, 2012. She has recently returned from a two-week writer’s residency at the Martha’s Vineyard Writer’s Residency program.


On September 20, Susan Hegeman presented “‘What is Human about Humans?’: MACOS and the Cold War Culture Wars,” the first plenary lecture at the Scandinavian Association for American Studies conference in Uppsala, Sweden. On September 3, she presented her current research project, “Claims to Culture” at the Higher Research Seminar for American Studies at Uppsala University.

Barbara Mennel has published Queer Cinema: Schoolgirls, Vampires, and Gay Cowboys (Wallflower, 2012), and co-edited, with Sabine Hake, Turkish German Cinema in the New Millennium: Sites, Sounds, and Screens (Berghahn, 2012). Her essay “The Architecture of Heimat in the Mise-en-Scene of Memory: Amie Siegel’s Installation Berlin Remake (2005)” is included in Heimat zwischen Gedächtnis- und Raumdiskursen: Exemplarische Analysen von Literatur und Film, eds. Friederike Eigler and Jens Kugele (Walter de Gruyter, 2012).

Phil Wegner presented his essay, “‘I was once cook at the Café Anglais:’ Utopia, the Work of Art, and the Event in ‘Babette’s Feast’,” at the Thirty-seventh Annual Conference of the Society for Utopian Studies, held this year in Toronto. Phil was also re-elected for a second two-year term as the Society’s President/Steering Committee chair.


Brandon Kershner has published two poems, “My Father Feared“ and “Babies in the Wall,“ in the current (2012) issue of Paddlefish.

Judith Page presented a keynote lecture “‘The Lonely Hills’: Beatrix Potter, William Wordsworth, and the Lakeland Landscape“ at the Wordsworth Summer Conference in Grasmere, England.

Jodi Schorb’s review essay “Punishment's Prisms: Execution and Eighteenth Century Print Culture“ appears in Early American Literature 47.2 (2012): 461–76.

Stephanie Smith’s novel Warpaint, the first of a trilogy, will be released by Thames River Press on September 15, 2012, to be followed by Baby Rocket in December, and Content Burns in May of 2013. She has also been awarded a writer’s residency at the Martha’s Vineyard Writer’s Retreat for October of 2012.


News of Current Students


Lisa Dusenberry presented “Tempering Terror?: Jack Prelutsky’s Chilling Poetry for Children“ at the 84th Annual South Atlantic Modern Language Association Convention in Durham, NC November 9–11, 2012.

Claire Eder’s poem “Crow Mob“ appears in issue 9.2 of the Cincinnati Review.

The 2012 IPSA [Institute for the Psychological Study of the Arts] Symposium included paper presentations by three Department of English graduate students:

Arun Kumar Pokhrel organized and chaired two panels titled “Modernism and the Environment,” as well as presented his paper “Modernism, Empire, and the Environment” at the 2012 SAMLA Conference, Research Triangle, NC. His essay, “‘Brutish empire,’ Irishness, and ‘the new Bloomusalem in the Nova Hibernia’ in Joyce's Ulysses,” presented at the 2011 SAMLA Conference, has been selected for this year’s SAMLA Graduate Student Essay Prize. The award was recognized during the SAMLA Presidential Address and Awards Ceremony, and his essay will be published in the 2013 Winter issue of South Atlantic Review. Also, his book review of The Humanities at Workby Yubraj Aryal has appeared in the American Philosophical Association’s (APA) Newsletter, Fall 2012 (Vol. 12, No. 1).

Amy Scharmann’s story, “The Invitation,” appears in SmokeLong Quarterly. Her stories, “The Silverfish,” “The Men I Have Been Sleeping With,” and “The Last Good Thing,” appears in the online literary magazine Bodega.

Scott Sundvall’s essay “Post-Human, All too Non-Human: Implications of the Cyber-Rhizome” has been published in Cybercultures: Mediations of Community, Culture, Politics, eds. Harris Breslow and Aris Mousoutzanis (New York, NY: Rodopi, 2012).


Thomas Cole’s essay “‘I have worked hard at her head and brain’: Dr. Moreau and the New Woman“ has been published as part of the book The Sex Is Out of This World: Essays on the Carnal Side of Science Fiction, eds. Sherry Ginn and Michael G. Cornelius (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2012). His book review of Jacqueline Williams' Out of the Shadows: Black Women in Film, 1900-1959 (Matador Press 2012) also appeared earlier this year in Cercles: Revue pluridisciplinaire du monde anglophone.

Wylie Lenz presented “‘I Would Prefer Not To’: Work-Less Utopian Visions“ at the 37th Annual Meeting of the Society for Utopian Studies held in Toronto, October 4–7, 2012.

Sarah Lewis Mitchem chaired the panel “Wolves to Wolfdogs: Creating and Condemning Charismatic Megafauna“ at the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts (SLSA) conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on September 30, 2012. She also presented a paper entitled “Conceptualizing Wolfdogs as a Practice of Alterity in Literature and Pedagogy.“

James Newlin’s essay “Living On The Edge: Deconstruction, the Limits of Readability, and Philip Roth’s The Counterlife“ was published in Philip Roth Studies 8.2 (Fall 2012).

Allison Rittmayer presented, “Broken Bodies: Film, Ethics, and State Violence“ at the Foreign Language Film Conference V at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Emma Smith-Stevens’ story “Guide to a Childhood Diversion“ appears in Web Conjunctions.


Hanh Nguyen’s article “Blood on the Screen in Tran Anh Hung’s Cyclo (1995), and the Cinematic Poetics of Masculinity, Violence and Urban Decay“ appears in Spectacles of Blood: A Study of Masculinity and Violence in Postcolonial Films, eds. Swaralipi Nandi and Esha Chaterjee (Zubaan, 2012).


Poushali Bhadury’s review of Contemporary English-Language Indian Children’s Literature: Representations of Nation, Culture, and the New Indian Girl by Michelle Superle appears in The Lion and the Unicorn 36.2 (April 2012): 217–221.

Mauro Carassai presented a paper titled “Verbal Disengagement: Annie Abrahams’ Separation/Séparation Translation as Language Game“ at the Translating E-Literature conference held at Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis/Université Paris Diderot, June 12–14.

Wylie Lenz presented on “The Railroad Tramp’s Anti-Work Utopia“ at the Marxist Literary Group Summer Institute on Culture and Society, at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia

Francesca Marinaro’s and Kayley Thomas’s essay “Don't Make People into Heroes, John: (Re/D)constructing the Detective as Hero“ appears in the Collection Sherlock Holmes for the 21st Century: Essays on New Adaptations, ed. Lynnette Porter (Jefferson, NC: Mcfarland, 2012).

Kayley Thomas’s essay “‘Bromance is so passe’: Robert Downey, Jr.s Queer Paratexts“ appears in the collection Sherlock Holmes for the 21st Century: Essays on New Adaptations, ed. Lynnette Porter (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2012).

John Tinnell has been named a HASTAC Scholar for the year 2012–13.


News of Former Students


Camelia Raghinaru’s (PhD 2012) essay “Molly Bloom and the Comedy of Remarriage” appears in Forum: University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture and Arts (online). Issue 15: Imitation and Repetition, 2012.


Marilisa Jimenez-Garcia (PhD 2012) was presented with the Puerto Rican Studies Assocation’s award for Best Dissertation in Puerto Rican Studies at the 2012 Bienniel Conference of PRSA in SUNY, Albany.


Eric Otto’s (PhD 2006) book Green Speculations: Science Fiction and Transformative Environmentalism has been published by The Ohio State University Press.

Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar’s (PhD 2008) short story “Coloured” appears in EnterText 9.


Sharmain van Blommestein (PhD 2005) presented: “Cultural Approaches to Caring and Health: Medieval Islamic and European Women’s Medicine” at Passages V from Antiquity to the Middle Ages: Social and Cultural Approaches to Cure, Caring and Health, University of Tampere, Finland. Sharmain also presented: “The Dancing Whore: Ballet Girls and the Romance and Ravishings between Ballet and Prostitution” at the Tenth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities.

Eric Otto’s (PhD 2006) book chapter “Ecofeminist Theories of Liberation in the Science Fiction of Sally Miller Gearhart, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Joan Slonczewski” has been published in Feminist Ecocriticism: Environment, Women, and Literature (Lexington Books).


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