Fall 2010

Faculty Updates

Mariner Books released the paperback edition of Jane Alison’s  memoir, The Sisters Antipodes, in April. In May, The Washington Post published her essay about abandoning public transportation, “Why I Was Driven to Drive” (reprinted in the Dallas Morning News, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Charleston Daily Mail, Albany Times Union, Portland Press Herald, and elsewhere). In September, Albany Records released a six-part song-cycle, “XENIA,” which she produced in collaboration with composer Thomas Sleeper and tenor John Duykers.

John Funchion presented “Working Out with Culture: Canonicity for a Digital Age” with John Melson (Brown University) at the Inaugural Conference of C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists in May and chaired and served as respondent to the panel “Theorizing 19th Century Literary Regionalism.” He also presented “Atlantic Localities: Toward a Theory of Literary and Cultural Regionalization” at the Third Early Ibero/Anglo Americanist Summit in May.

Patrick McCarthy published “Postlegomena to Stuart Gilbert’s Prolegomena,” in Joyce’s Disciples Disciplined: A Re-Exagmination of the “Exagmination of Work in Progress,” ed. Tim Conley (Dublin: University College Dublin, 2010).

Joel Nickels delivered a talk at The University of Miami Center for the Humanities Fellows Colloquium entitled “Mass Spontaneity and Mass Organization in Wallace Stevens’ Poetry.”

Ranen Omer-Sherman presented “Levantine Arabs & Jews in the Israeli Literary Imagination of Almog Behar & Sayed Kashua” at “I'm in the East and My Heart is in the West: Israel in the Middle East,” a seminar workshop hosted by the University of Calgary, October 4. On October 17th he introduced novelist David Grossman and conducted a public interview with him in response to the recent translation of Grossman’s novel To the End of the Land, at the Miami Jewish Book Festival. His reviews of books by Jules Feiffer, Joan Leegant, Art Spiegelman, and David Grossman appeared in Shofar, the Miami Herald, the Journal of Graphic Novels & Comics and Forward. His profile of an Israeli graphic political artist, “A Twilight Unto the Nations: Sivan Hurvitz’s Illustrated Prophecies,” also appeared in Forward.

Frank Palmeri published “Ovid and his Human Animals” in Approaches to Teaching the Works of Ovid and the Ovidian Tradition, ed. Barbara Weiden Boyd and Cora Fox (MLA). He also presented “The Eclipse and Reemergence of Radical Satire: From the Penny Satirist to Tomahawk” at the meeting of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals at Yale University in September.  He has received a courtesy secondary appointment in the Department of Philosophy.

In recent months John Paul Russo has published “Poetry at the End of the World,” in Testi e linguaggi: Rivista del Dipartimento di Studi Linguistici e Letterari del Università di Salerno; “Teaching Religion in Italian American Fiction: DeLillo’s Underworld and Giardina’s The Country of  Marriage,” in Teaching Italian American Literature, Film, Popular Culture. Options for Teaching Series, ed. Edvige Giunta and Kathleen Zamboni McCormick ( MLA); “The Nostoi of John Ciardi and Jorie Graham,” in USA: Identities, Cultures, and Politics in National, Transnational, and Global Perspectives, ed. Marina Camboni, Valerio Massimo De Angelis, Daniele Fiorentino, and Tatiana Petrovich Njegosh. Proceedings of the Seventeenth Biennial International AISNA Conference (Università di Macerata); and a review of Margherita Heyer-Caputo’s Grazia Deledda’s Dance of Modernity in Italian Americana. He was also visiting professor at the University of Messina, 17-21 May; and he gave a lecture on Jorie Graham and John Ashbery at the University of Catania on 21 May.

Maureen Seaton published an essay, “Prose Poem As Fast Car,” and two poems in the anthology, The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry: Contemporary Poets in Discussion and Practice , as well as the essay, “(I’ve Had) the Time of My Life,” in Pank, and fifteen new poems in The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide, Black Warrior Review, New Letters, Wisconsin Review, New Mexico Poetry Review, South Loop Review, Pank, and The Missouri Review. With Neil de la Flor she published a short story in Encyclopedia Vol 2 F-K, and six poems in Triquarterly Online and frigg; with Neil de la Flor and Kristine Snodgrass, she published five poems in Zoland Poetry, Artifice Magazine, and Versal. At the Associated Writing Programs Conference, she presented “(I’ve Had) the Time of My life”: Queer Desire: Poets’ Aesthetic Libidos.

This year, Jeffrey Shoulson is Ruth Meltzer Fellow at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania. He gave an invited presentation,“Jewish Alchemy and its Discontents,” to the Barnet Seminar in Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College in August. He presented “Purity and Admixtion:  Jews, Alchemy, and Early Modernity” at the conference, "The Board of Deputies of British Jews at 250:  Consensus and Controversy," The Institute of Jewish Studies at University College London in September.

Mihoko Suzuki published four articles in The Classical Tradition, ed. Anthony Grafton, Glenn Most, and Salvattore Settis (Harvard), on Cleopatra, Helen, Penelope, and Phaedra.  She presented a paper at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference on the relationship between Hester Pulter’s manuscript poetry and John Milton’s Paradise Lost.

Cynric R. Williams, Hamel, the Obeah Man, eds. Candace Ward and Tim Watson, foreword by Kamau Brathwaite has been published by Broadview in the Broadview Editions series; the novel was first published anonymously in 1827. Details are available at:

Graduate Students and Alumni

Catherine Baker presented “Guest + Host = Ghost: Trinitarian and Psychoanalytic Perspectives of the Father, Son, and Author in Ulysses" at the Charles University in Prague at the XXII International James Joyce Symposium in June.

Jessica Damian’s essay “These Civil Wars of Nature: Annotating South America’s Natural and Political History in Maria Graham’s Journal of a Residence in Chile (1824)” has appeared in Romanticism and the Anglo-Hispanic Imaginary, ed. Joselyn Almeida-Beveridge (Amsterdam: Rodopi).  

Allison Johnson was awarded the David John Ruggiero Award for the best dissertation in the humanities.  She has accepted a position teaching World Literature and the Humanities at Miami International University of Art and Design.

Ng’ang’a Muchiri presented a paper on Shailja Patel, a Kenyan poet of Indian origin, at the African Theatre Association conference in Kampala, Uganda, in July: “Shailja Patel’s Poetry on Stage: Twenty-first Century Reincarnation of African Activism.”

Marlisa Santos published The Dark Mirror: Psychiatry and Film Noir (Lexington).

Jennifer Slivka presented “Breaking the ‘Sacred Fetters of Land and Blood’: Re-Defining Irishness in Edna O’Brien’s Wild Decembers,” at the American Conference for Irish Studies National Conference, at Penn State University in May. She also received the Outstanding TA in Literature Award from the English Department.

In June, Amanda Thibodeau presented "Alien Bodies and a Queer Future: Sexual Revision in Two Science Fiction Texts"at the Science Fiction Research Association Conference in Carefree, Arizona.