Summer 2015 Newsletter

News of Faculty

6/17/15

Writing under the pseudonym A. J. Rich, Amy Hempel and Jill Ciment’s novel, The Hand That Feeds You, will be published July 7.

Kenneth Kidd’s review of Paula Connolly’s Slavery in American Children’s Literature, Gary Schmidt’s Making Americans, and Sarah Day’s Reading Like a Girl appears in the June 2015 issue of American Literature.

6/6/15

With Pasqual Bernat, Nicholás Moragues, Ariel Pérez, Cristian Tello, and Volker Dehs, Terry Harpold is co-editor of Jules Verne: Ciencia, literatura e imaginación (Marratxí: Ediciones Paganel, 2015).

Tace Hedrick’s new book, Chica Lit: Popular Latina Fiction and Americanization in the Twenty-First Century, will be out this May from the University of Pittsburgh Press. Additionally, she published two essays in Spring of 2015: “Teaching Matters of Class and Style with Chica Lit,” in Frederick Aldama’s edited volume Latina/o Literature in the Classroom: 21st-Century Approaches to Teaching; and “History is What Hurts: Queer Temporalities and Alien Feelings in Gloria Anzaldúa,” in a special issue of Cultural History. Hedrick has also published an entry on the Afro-Cuban-American writer and activist Evelio Grillo in the Oxford University Press Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography, edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Finally, she organized a panel on Cross-Racial Teaching and presented a paper, “You Could be Cuban: Teaching Comparative Race in Florida Latino/a Studies” for the 2014 Latina/o Studies Association Conference in Chicago.

David Leavitt’s essay “The Making of Larry Kramer’s Americans” has been published in The New Yorker’s Page-Turner blog. A review of Anne Enright’s The Green Road appeared in the May 17th, 2015 issue of the New York Times Book Review.

5/20/15

Sid Dobrin’s collection Writing Posthumanism, Posthuman Writing has been published by Parlor Press. The collection includes contributions from Sean Morey (UF PhD, 2010) and J. A. Rice (UF PhD, 2010).

On May 13, Susan Hegeman gave a paper, “Indian Casinos: Neoliberalism and Changing Ideas of the ‘Good Indian,’” at the biennial conference of the Nordic Association for American Studies in Oulu, Finland.

Stephanie A. Smith was awarded a two-week writing residency at the Noepe Center for the Literary Arts, from May 1–15, 2015.

5/6/15

Pamela Gilbert guest-edited a special issue of the postgraduate journal Victorian Network devoted to “Bodies and Body Parts.” She also gave the Ian Fletcher Annual Lecture for the Department of English at the Arizona State University in April, 2015, titled “A Mild Erection of the Head: The Meaning of the Blush in Nineteenth-Century Britain.”

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News of Current Students

6/17/15

On June 6th, Megan Fowler presented “A Person, Not a Pin-Up: Subverting the Asian Action Heroine with Pacific Rim’s Mako Mori” at the annual Fandom and Neomedia Studies Conference in Dallas, Texas.

6/6/15

Lyndsay Brown has received a Brittain Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

5/6/15

The following students presented at the 2015 UF Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels, held April 10–12:

Spencer Chalifour, “‘Trouble or Pleasure’: The Problematic Representation of John Constantine’s Bisexuality”; Jaquelin Elliott, “‘Welcome to “White” Vale’: (Non)Visual Rhetoric and The Erasure of Racial Minorities in Welcome to Night Vale Fan Art”; Megan Fowler, “The Case of Renee Montoya: The Potential for Intersectional Feminist Narrative through Transmedia Storytelling”; Asmaa Ghonim, “When They’re at Home: The Dotted Line Between Super-Abilities and Disabilities”; and Ashley Manchester, “The Queer Language of Comics: Visual Narrative and Marginalized Experience in How Loathsome.”

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News of Former Students

6/17/15

Chris Adrian and Eli Horowitz’s novel, The New World, appears in the Sunday Book Review at The New York Times.

5/20/15

Parlor Press has published Jeff Rice’s (UF PhD, 2002) collection Florida, which includes contributions from Sid Dobrin, Greg Ulmer, Sean Morey (UF PhD, 2010), and Bradley Dilger (UF PhD, 2003).

Justin Taylor’s short story “So You’re Just What, Gone?” appears in the May 18, 2015 issue of The New Yorker.

5/6/15

Lisa Dusenberry accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of Professional Communication (tenure track) at Armstrong State University in Savannah, Georgia, beginning in August 2015.

Jamie Fisher’s review of Phyllis Birnbaum’s Manchu Princess, Japanese Spy appears in The New York Times Sunday Book Review.

Yen Loh presented “Feeding the Hungry Ghost: Peristalsis as Aesthetics in Lan Samantha Chang’s Hunger” at the annual conference of the Association for Asian American Studies in Chicago, which ran from April 23–25.

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