Spring 2012 Newsletter

News of Faculty


Terry Harpold presented “In the Wake of the Sea-Serpents: Verne’s Textual Monster, Les Histoires de Jean-Marie Cabidoulin” at the annual Conference of the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando, FL, March 21–25. On April 19–20, he presented an extended version of the paper, titled “In the Wake of the Sea Serpents: Verne’s Textual Monsters” as an invited lecture to the Department of French and Italian, Princeton University.

Brandon Kershner’s essay “Grace: Spirited Discourses,” co-authored with Mary Lowe-Evans, appears in Vicki Mahaffey, ed. Collaborative Dubliners: Joyce in Dialogue (Syracuse UP), 323–42.

Judith Page presented a paper, “Professions for Women: Frances Garnet Wolseley’s Gardening Uopia,” at the 19th Century Studies national conference in Asheville, NC, last month. She was also an evaluator of over thirty essays for that association’s Emerging Scholars Award.

Scott Nygren presented a paper, “Animals, Communists, and Caves: Benjaminian Time in Weerasethakul’s 'Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall his Past Lives' (2010),” at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference in Boston, March 21–25, 2012.

Stephanie A. Smith signs a three-title contract with Thames River Press. The three novels, War-paint, Baby Rocket and Content Burns, are intertwined by love and friendship, and deal with contemporary women who are struggling to balance art, love, illness and trauma. The first of the three is due out in August of 2012.

Maureen Turim presented a paper entitled “Designs of Spaces One Survives with Difficulty” on the Cinema, Architecture, Space Panel at The Society for Cinema and Media Studies 2012 International Conference in Boston.

Phil Wegner was the featured guest for two events recently held at Duke University. The first, sponsored by the Literature Program, was a graduate roundtable and discussion of his forthcoming book, Periodizing Jameson or, the Adventures of Theory in Postcontemporary Times (Northwestern UP). For the second, he presented a keynote address, “If Everything Means Something Else: Technology, Allegory, Events, and the Genre of Science Fiction,” at the “Utopia, Dystopia, and the Problem of Technology” symposium organized by the Political Theory Working Group.


John Cech presented an invited paper, ”The Grimms, Sendak, and the Zeitgeist,” for
the conference, “Grimm Legacies” at Harvard University.

Sid Dobrin’s book Postcomposition was awarded the 2011 W. Ross Winterowd Award for best book published in composition theory. He delivered the talk ”Visual Writing” at the 63rd annual CCCC Conference (St. Louis).

Pamela Gilbert’s essay, “Disease and the Body,” was published in Routledge’s The Victorian World, edited by Martin Hewitt.

Michael Hofmann has been awarded the Thornton Wilder Prize for Translation (”to a practitioner, scholar or patron who has made a significant contribution to the art of literary translation”) by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Bernard J. Paris’s book A General Drama of Pain: Character and Fate in Hardy's Major Novels has been published by Transaction Publishers.

Mark Reid was Respondent on the Beyond Blaxploitation, 1970–1975 panel and presented “Many Rivers to Cross with Christian and Muslim Flows” on The Trouble with Britishness panel at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference (Boston).

Jodi Schorb’s essay “Reading Prisoners on the Scaffold: Literacy in an Era of Disciplinary Spectacle” appears in Buried Lives: Incarcerated in Early America, eds. Michele Lise Tarter and Richard Bell (Univ. of Georgia Press, 2012).


Pamela Gilbert spoke on “Victorian Skin: Marsyas” for the Faculty of English Victorian Seminar at the University of Oxford. While in the UK, she also served as an external examiner for a PhD at the University of London.

Andrew Gordon was an invited speaker at an international symposium on the fiction of Philip Roth February 16 at the Universita di Venezia, Ca Foscari. He spoke on “History in Roth’s The Plot Against America.” He also chaired a session on Literature and Psychology February 24 at the University of Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture and delivered a paper on “Saul Bellow and Psychology.” His essay “Something Fishy: Fish Imagery in Saul Bellow’s Novels” appears in the Saul Bellow Journal 24.2 (Fall 2011): 87–94.

David Leavitt’s review of Olaf Olafsson’s novel Restoration appears in the February 19th issue of the New York Times Book Review.

David Leverenz’s book, Honor Bound: Race and Shame in America, has been published by Rutgers University Press.

Judith Page has published a review of Susan M. Levin’s Dorothy Wordsworth: A Longman Cultural Edition in Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net, pp. 57–58.

Malini Schueller gave a talk at The AAUP, Left Critiques of U.S. Higher Education, and the Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel at the Center for American Studies and Research, American University of Beirut in January 2012. Her essay, “The Borders and Limits of American Studies: A Picture from Beirut” was reprinted in The American-Style University at Large Eds. Kathryn L.Kleypas and James I. McDougall (New York: Lexington Books, 2012), pp. 209–230.

Stephanie Smith was recently interviewed (Feb 13) by the Women’s National Book Association NYC blog at wnbanyc.wordpress.com.

Gregory Ulmer’s ebook and archive (with John Craig Freeman, Barbara Jo Revelle, William Tilson) Miami Virtue: Choragraphy of the Virtual City has been published by Community-University Research Alliance, Small Cities Imprint 3.2 (2012): 332pp.

Phil Wegner presented his paper, “The Ends of Culture or, Late Modernism, Redux,” at the invitation of the University of Wisconsin-Madison English Department’s Contemporary Literature Colloquium (CLC). Phil also participated in a seminar discussion of his recent Minnesota Review essay, “Greimas avec Lacan: Formalization, Theory, and the ‘Other Side’ of Cultural Studies.”


Terry Harpold’s “Verne the Futurist: ‘Jules Verne Foresaw Hitler’s Rise and Fall’” appears in Verniana 4 (2011–12): 99–106.

Anastasia Ulanowicz’s essay “American Adam, American Cain: Johnny Tremain, Octavian Nothing, and the Fantasy of American Exceptionalism” appears in The Lion and the Unicorn, 35.3 (2011).

Phil Wegner’s essay, “Science Fiction,” appears in The Cambridge Companion to American Fiction After 1945, edited by John N. Duvall.


On January 6, Roger Beebe presented a reprise of his FILMS for ONE to EIGHT PROJECTORS program in St. Petersburg at C. Emerson Fine Arts. Prior to that, on December 10, he screened the 6-projector version of his “Last Light of a Dying Star” at a lunar eclipse show in O'leno State Park, a show that also featured music from Liza Kate, Holopaw, and Die Hoffnung.

Marsha Bryant presented a paper titled “Excavating H.D.’s Egypt” at the MLA convention (Seattle). Drawing from her co-authored work with Mary Ann Eaverly (UF, Classics), the talk was for a special session on Approaches to Teaching H.D.

Sid Dobrin’s edited collection, Ecology, Writing Theory, and New Media: Writing Ecology, was published earlier this month by Routledge. The book features chapters by Laurie Gries, Sean Morey (PhD, 2010), Raúl Sánchez, John Tinnell, and Gregory Ulmer.

Andrew Gordon’s review of Norman Mailer’s Later Fictions: Ancient Evenings through The Castle in the Forest appears in The Mailer Review (Fall 2011).

Susan Hegeman’s book, The Cultural Return, has been published by University of California Press in the Flashpoints Series (Modern Languages Initiative).

Judith W. Page’s essay “Edmund Kean” appears in The Encyclopedia of Romantic Literature, ed. Frederick Burwick, et al., Wiley-Blackwell, 2012: vol. 2, pp. 698–704.

Phil Wegner presented his essay “Evental Genres: Science Fiction, Love, and Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker” at the MLA Convention (Seattle), as part of the Division on Film session organized by our former colleague, Nora Alter. Phil’s review of Lisa Yaszek’s Galactic Suburbia: Recovering Women’s Science Fiction appears in Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology 19.1 (Winter 2011).


Judith W. Page presented “Grace Aguilar’s ‘The Rocks of Elim’: Biblical Narrative and Romantic Lyric” as a part of a panel on nineteenth-century Anglo-Jewish literature at the recent national meeting of the Association for Jewish Studies.

Robert Ray’s new book Walden X 40: Essays on Thoreau has recently been published by Indiana University Press. He also has a poem (“Don't Know about You”) in the most recent New England Review.

Raúl Sánchez’s essay “Outside the Text: Retheorizing Empiricism and Identity” appears in College English 74.3 (January 2012).

Jodi Schorb’s essay “Hard-Hearted Women: Sentiment and the Scaffold” appears in Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers 28.2 (2011).


News of Current Students


Mauro Carassai’s “Electronic Literature As Language Game: A Philosophical Approach to Digital Artifact Subjectivity” appears in Leonardo Electronic Almanac 17.2 (2012).


Rebecca Bauman, Sarah Lewis Mitchem, David Lawrimore, and Matt Snyder received English Department Teaching Awards. Rebecca Bauman and Sarah Lewis Mitchem have been chosen to receive Graduate Student Teaching Awards for 2011–2012. They were nominated by the Department of English and selected as recipients of the award from the university-wide competition.

Megan Leroy presented an invited paper entitled “Domestic Adaptations: Anne Sexton's Transformations and the Grimms’ Tales” for the conference, “Grimm Legacies” at Harvard University.

Sarah Lewis Mitchem was a guest speaker for the Institute of Learning in Retirement (ILR). She delivered a presentation entitled “Florida’s Canid Curiosities: Exploring the Roles of Wolves through European Imaginings into American Wolfdog Breeding Practices.”

Rob Short’s “Common Monstrosities: First World War Poetry’s ‘Grotesque’ Debt to the Victorian Fin de Siècle” appears in Cuadernos de Literatura Inglesa y Norteamericana 14.1-2 (2011): 43–50.

Dhanashree Thorat presented a paper titled “Pronominal Usage in Spam Emails: A Corpus Based Study of the Rhetorical Function of Scams and Advertisements” at the Georgetown University Round Table on Language and Linguistics.

Several graduate students chaired panels and presented papers at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference (Boston, March 21–25):

Melanie Brunnell, “Paradise Lost, Hope Regained: The Tramp’s Final Journey in Modern Times,” Panel chair: Depictions of Poverty in American Cinema

Craig Cieslikowski, “Writing Sounds: Cinematic Writing and Cinephilia," Workshop participant: Video Essays: Film Scholarship’s Emergent Form

Anthony Coman, “Nev’s Dilemma, or the Coming Community of Catfish”

Tamar Ditzian, “Transgender’s Transgressions Undone in Hedwig and Rocky Horror: Reviewing Queerness in the Glam Rock Musical”

Lauren Glenn, “‘You Know You Can Shoot People Here’: American Cinematic Identity in Post-9/11 Combat Films,” Panel chair: Cinematic Identity Formation: The Ethics of Representation in Historical Fiction Films

Marina Hassapopoulou, “Interactive Cinema: Expanding and Updating Film Theory”

Todd Jurgess, “Texture as Gesture in His Mother’s Voice

Wylie Lenz, “Cinematic Solutions to Economic Crisis,” Panel Co-chair: Depictions of Poverty in American Cinema

Melissa Molloy, “Sex, Brutality, and Childhood in Films of the Argentine Countryside,” Panel chair: Violence in Contemporary Latin-American Cinema

Emily Murphy, “The Politics of Play in John and Faith Hubley’s Windy Day,” Panel chair: Experimental Animation

Allison Rittmayer, “The Unseen and the Unseeable: Using Ellipsis to Represent Torture,” Panel chair: Historical Fiction Film: Questions of Form and Ethics

Kevin Sherman, “Dennis Tupicoff’s Chainsaw and the Politics of Location,” Panel chair: The Paradoxes of Truth and Evidence: The Work of Dennis Tupicoff

Ying Xiao, “From Body Crossing to Border Crossing: Refiguring Gender, Genre, and Transnational Imaginary in Postwar Chinese Cinema,” Panel chair: Cold War Politics and East Asian Cinema Reconsidered


Kristin Allukian has been awarded the Madelyn Lockhart Dissertation Fellowship by the Association for Academic Women at the University of Florida. The Fellowship was established to honor an outstanding female graduate student in any Ph.D. program who demonstrates achievement to date and promise in her chosen field.

Rebekah Fitzsimmons’s article “Dialectical ‘Complexifications’: The Centrality of Mary Malone, Dust and the Mulefa in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials” appears in the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts 22.2 (2012).

Emerson Richards presented “I’d Give Beatrice a 9 Out of 10” at the Centre for European Studies Brown Bag Lunch series on Feb. 29. She presented “Every Knight Has His Dawn: Victorian and Medieval Chivalric Traditions in The Once and Future King” at the International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts.

John Tinnell led a workshop on augmented reality during THATCamp Texas at the University of Texas at Arlington.


Two of Hilary S. Jacqmin’s poems, “The Girl Detective” and “Sideshow Banner: The Engagement of the Fat Lady and the Pocket Man,” were published in the January 26th edition of The Awl.

Harry Leeds’s translation of a Georgy Ivanov poem appears in Birmingham Poetry Review.


Amy Scharmann’s story “Chromosome T” has been published in the electronic version of Tin House magazine.


Mauro Carassai co-edited with former UF student Elise Takehana a two-volume essay collection titled “Futures of Digital Studies” for the Digital Humanities Quarterly. The first DHQ special issue, featuring a co-authored Introduction by the editors, is available at: <http://digitalhumanities.org/dhq/>.

Harry Leeds and John Westbrook’s translation of a Dmitry Golynko poem appears in The Broome Street Review.

Sarah Lewis Mitchem presented “Imperial Animality: Stratifications of Human/Non-Human Animal Assignments in Arcimbold’s Four Elements and Frantz Fanon’s Black Skin, White Masks” as part of the Brown Bag series for the Center for European Studies on December 7, 2011.

Emma Smith-Stevens’ story “Greyhounds” appears in Web Conjunctions.

John Tinnell’s article “All the World’s a Link: The Global Theater of Mobile World Browsers” appears in Enculturation 12 (2011).


News of Former Students


C. Dale Young has been named a 2012 Fellow in Poetry by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He hopes to make significant progress toward his fourth book manuscript of poetry with the support of this Guggenheim Fellowship.


Melissa Garcia Criscuolo's non-fiction piece “Letter to Tia Bertha” appears in the February 2012 issue of The Acentos Review. Her chapbook “Things in My Backyard” has been accepted for publication with Finishing Line Press (summer 2012 release).

Mohana Rajakumar presented a paper on the work of Pakistani author Khadija Mastur, “Evil Embodied” as part of the panel “Representing Evil” at the Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service in Qatar conference, ”The Problem of Evil.”


John Arroyave (BA 2005) was admitted to Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, Weekend MBA Program, which begins June 2012.

Eric Smith (PhD 2004) was recently awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. His book Globalization, Utopia, and Postcolonial Science Fiction: New Maps of Hope is forthcoming from Palgrave, and his essay on Salman Rushdie’s Grimus is forthcoming in Twentieth-Century Literature.


Earlier this month, The University of Arkansas Press published Adam Vines’s poetry collection, The Coal Life, which was a Miller Williams Prize finalist.


Mohana Rajakumar’s chapter titled, “Faceless Facebook: Female Qatari Users Choosing Wisely” will appear in New Media Literacies and Participatory Popular Culture Across Borders, published by Routledge (May 2012).


Jeff Rice’s article “I am McLuhan” appears in Enculturation 12 (2011).


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