Spring 2016 Newsletter

News of Faculty


Pamela Gilbert has been awarded a 2016 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in support of her project Victorian Skin: Surface, Subjectivity, Affect. Professor Gilbert has also been awarded a residential Cornell Humanities Fellowship for the 2016–2017 academic year.

Stephanie A. Smith has been awarded a creative writing residency/fellowship at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in September 2016.

Maureen Turim delivered her paper “From Bara to Garbo: The Pose and Timing of Female Desire” at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference (SCMS) in Atlanta. At this conference, Turim also participated in a Workshop on the Pedagogy of Film Theory, presenting on the grad seminars of Prof. Scott Nygren, and what his work had in common with her own approach to teaching film theory. In addition, she presented her “Immersive Camerawork and its Meanings in Son of Saul” at a panel discussion on this film sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies and the Price Judaica Library at UF.

Phillip Wegner was the keynote speaker for Ohio State’s German Graduate Student Association’s (GGSA) conference, Between Utopia and Dystpoia, where he presented his essay, “I Was Once Cook at the Café Anglais: Forms of Utopia in Isak Dinesen’s Babette’s Feast.”


Terry Harpold, Madeline Gangnes, and Alioune Sow (UF Center for African Studies) are winners of UF’s 2016 Champions for Change Award for their contributions to the “Imagining Climate Change” initiative. The Award is given each year by the UF Office of Sustainability to individuals or groups in the UF community who have made significant contributions to campus life in the areas of sustainability, health, and well-being.

Jodi Schorb presented a paper, “Haunting Literacy in The Life and the Adventures of a Haunted Convict,” at the C19, The Society for Nineteenth-Century Americanist, meeting at State College, PA. She also gave an invited talk, “Of Books and Bumpology: Gender, Race, and Reform in the Women’s Ward of Sing Sing Prison, 1844–48” at the Newcomb College Institute, Tulane University, New Orleans.

Phillip Wegner presented his paper “Free At Last and Human At Last: Utopian Form in Robinson’s 2312 and Lord’s The Best of All Possible Worlds” as one of the invited guests at the Symposium “Utopia: Dreaming the Social,” held at the Reynolds Museum of American Art on the campus of Wake Forest University. The next week, Dr. Wegner had the privilege of presenting his essay “Innocent in Every Sense of the Word: Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Roosting Chickens, and the Challenges of Historical Amnesia” at the 18th Annual UF Marxist Reading Group Conference. The following week, he traveled to Boston for the 2016 American Comparative Literature Conference, where he presented his paper “Allegories of an Embattled Public: National Allegory, Geopolitical Aesthetic, and the Case of the Swedish Crime Novel.” While he was in Boston, he also gave a talk at Brandeis University, entitled “Thinking the Contemporary.”


Marsha Bryant contributed to another scientific editorial: Alexandra Lucas, Dara Wakefield, Marsha Bryant, et al. “Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) in Cardiovascular Disease: Searching for the Sweet Spot.” Journal of Clinical & Experimental Cardiology 7.1 (2016). doi: 10.4172/2155-9880.1000e141.

Jill Ciment's novel, Act of God, has been released in paperback by Vintage.

Susan Hegeman presented a paper, “UNDRIP Lit,” at the 2016 American Comparative Literature Association meetings in Cambridge, MA.


Richard Burt delivered an invited paper entitled “MacDeth” at the The Hudson Strode Renaissance Studies Symposium entitled “Why Isn’t Shakespeare Dead?” at the University of Alabama, February 27–28, 2016.

Stephanie A. Smith gave a reading from her novel-in-progress, Still Ice, at the UF Humanities Center for the Public Sphere on Wednesday, February 10, 2015 as a 2015 UF Rothman Summer Grant recipient. The grant supported Smith’s travel to Boston and research into soft robotics for the novel. Additionally, Smith’s essay “‘An Empire O’er Disentangled Doom’: Captivity and the Re-staging of Prometheus in the Twenty-first Century,” on the National Theatre’s Frankenstein and the film Prometheus, has been published in the journal Science Fiction and Television 9.1 (2016): 55–72 (Liverpool UP).

Phillip Wegner’s essay “Romantic and Dialectical Utopianism in Cloud Atlas” appears in Science Fiction Film and Television 9.1 as part of a special “Utopia Anniversary Symposium.”


Marsha Bryant’s co-edited “Camp Modernism” forum (with Douglas Mao) appears in Modernism/Modernity 23.1 (January 2016): 1–36.

With Andrea Dutton (UF Department of Geological Sciences) and Sara Gonzalez (George A. Smathers Libraries), Terry Harpold is co-curator of “The Science and Fiction of Climate Change,” a rotating exhibit of climate fiction text and graphic novels on display in the UF Marston Science Library lobby, February 8–March 10, 2016.

Susan Hegeman is now a guest blogger for Amerikaanalys.se—“För en breddad analys av amerikansk politik” (“For a broader analysis of American Politics”). The site follows the 2016 US presidential campaign for a Swedish audience.

Malini Schueller gave an invited talk, “The Pedagogical Subject of US Empire and the Case of Bienvenido Santos,” as part of the Kritika Kultura Lecture Series at Ateneo de Manila University in November 2015. She also presented the paper “Post-Postmodernism and the Limits of Resistance to Neocolonialism in R. Zamora Linmark’s Leche” at the 16th Biennial Symposium on Literature and Culture in the Asia-Pacific Region at Manila in November 2015. Her article “Negotiations of Benevolent (Colonial) Tutelage in Carlos Bulosan” appears in Interventions 18 iii (2016): 422–449.


Richard Burt gave an invited talk on “What the Dead Said: Posthumography and the Public Sphere” at the UCI and USC conference on “Freedom of Expression in a Changing World: What Cannot Be Said.” Burt had the disconcerting honor of following Edward Snowden.

Sid Dobrin delivered the talk “Digital Humanities and the Future of English Departments” at the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities.

Raúl Sánchez’s review essay “Theory Building for Writing Studies” appears in the Fall 2015 issue of Writing Program Administration.

Maureen Turim’s essay “L’encadrement de paysage” appears in Le western et les mythes de l’Ouest (Presses Universitaires de Rennes, et Lauric Guillaud & Gilles Menegaldo, 2015).

Phil Wegner’s review of John Frow’s The Practice of Value: Essays on Literature in Cultural Studies appears in Symploke 23, Nos. 1–2.


Richard Burt’sTranscript of a Lost Stand-Up Monologue” was published by the Los Angeles Review of Books blog on December 23rd, 2015.

Terry Harpold’s essay “Nouveaux Jonas: The Sources of Sans dessus dessous’s ‘Stop’ Caricature” appears in Verniana 8 (2015–16): 27–56.

Maureen Turim’s chapter “Cukor’s Tragicomedies of Marriage: Dinner at Eight, No More Ladies, The Women, and The Marrying Kind” appears in George Cukor: Hollywood Master (ed. Murray Pomerance and R. Barton Palmer, Edinburgh University Press 2015, 11–27). Professor Turim gave an invited talk, “Georg Koszulinski’s Florida Trilogy: Observation, Framing, and Montage,” at the 2015 Flickering Landscapes Conference: Florida’s Landscape, History, and Identity on the Screen. She was on a panel on Experimental Cinema alongside a former student in the Film and Media Studies Program, Lisa Danker, who is now an Assistant Professor of Film Studies at UCF.


News of Current Students


Maurice Evers presented a paper titled “James Baldwin's Cultural Identity Politics” at the 8th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference, (Un)Stable Identities: How the Self is Forged and Found, organized by the English Graduate Association of the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.


Srimayee Basu presented a paper titled “The Fictional Autobiography in Afro-Caribbean Women’s Writings” at the 8th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference, “(Un)Stable Identities: How the Self is Forged and Found,” organized by the English Graduate Association of the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.

Olga Rukovets’s poem “In Memory” appears in the current issue (37) of Passages North. Her poem “Reliquary” will be in the next issue of Parcel Magazine. Her poem “Dacha” was a finalist for Breakwater Review’s 2015 Peseroff Prize and was published online.

Scott Sundvall’s article “The Rhetoric of Desiring-Surveillance” appeared in Media Fields.


Lauren Cox received an Honorable Mention from the Council of Undergraduate Research for her project “Lost and Found in the Archive: The Films of Lois Weber and Frances Marion,” which she submitted to the 2016 Posters on the Hill competition.

Karina A. Vado presented “Project (Q)ueer (U)ntouchables (E)migrants (E)xcommunicated (N)egroid: On Janelle Monáe’s Afrofeminist Futures” at the 37th annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Conference (SWPACA) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was awarded SWPACA’s competitive Heldrich-Dvorak Travel Fellowship to present her paper and was selected as one of two 2016–2018 Michael K. Schoenecke Institute Fellows.


Chesya Burke’s novel The Strange Crimes of Little Africa was published by Rothco Press in December of 2015. Her short story “For Sale: Fantasy Coffin (Ababuo Need Not Apply)” appears in Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany. She was chosen to speak to faculty and students for Agnes Scott College’s Writers and Scholars Series on February 3rd, 2016.

Derrick King’s essay “Biogenetics, the Nation, and Globalization in Paolo Bacigalupi’s Critical Dystopias” appears in the inaugural issue of MOSF Journal of Science Fiction (January 2016), an open-access journal sponsored by the Museum of Science Fiction. The journal can be accessed here.


Nathaniel Deyo’s article “Only in Dreams: The Big Sleep and Hollywood Fantasy” appears in Issue 6 of Movie: A Journal of Film Criticism.

Ashley Keyser’s poem “Tycho Brahe” appears in the winter issue of Pleiades, and her poems “Ant in Amber” and “Wilde in Florida” in the latest issue of The Cincinnati Review. In late December, her poem “Land of Flowers” will appear in Best New Poets 2015.

David Lawrimore’s article “Imperial Ambivalence: Gender, Discourse and Empire in Early Twentieth-Century Women’s Travel Narratives of the Philippines” appears in Interventions (2014): 1-18.


News of Former Students


Craig Saper’s The Amazing Adventures of Bob Brown was published by Fordham University Press.


Robert G. Walker (PhD, 1974) has published “Issues with Biographical Evidence in Recent Studies of Samuel Johnson: A Review Essay,” Biography (2015); ”Boswell’s Reference to Erasmus on His Fear of Death,” Notes & Queries (2015); and “John Armstrong’s ‘Finer Souls’ in an Early Boswell Journal,” Notes & Queries (2016). In the past year he has also published book reviews in the Eighteenth-Century Intelligencer and in Religion in the Age of Enlightenment.


The 2016 Terry Southern Prize will be presented by John Guare to Chris Bachelder for his novel The Throwback Special, which was serialized over four issues of Paris Review and was published this week by W. W. Norton. The Terry Southern Prize is a $5,000 award recognizing humor, wit, and sprezzatura in the pages of the Review and on the Daily. The prize is given in memory of contributor Terry Southern, known for his uproarious fiction and journalism and such screenplays as Dr. Strangelove and Easy Rider. Recent winners include Elif Batuman, Ben Lerner, and Mark Leyner. Bachelder also recently appeared on NPR‘s Weekend Edition.

Melissa Garcia Criscuolo‘s poems “What Red Wine Reminds Me Of,” “Prayer,” and “Fray” were published online in the Winter 2016 issue of Mezzo Cammin. Her “Tsunami” was published online in issue #21 of Anak Sastra.


Dale Young’s fourth collection of poetry, The Halo, has just been published by Four Way Books in New York. His first collection of short stories, The Affliction, is forthcoming from Four Way in early 2018.


Paulette Guerin Bane’s poem “On the Color Black” recently appeared in issue 5 of Stonecoast Review (January 2016). “Flight and First Child” will appear in issue 12 of Glassworks (March 2016). “Y2K” is forthcoming in Contemporary Verse 2, and “Expectations” is forthcoming in Main Street Rag.


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