January - August 2016


Chantel Acevedo published a chapbook of poems, En Otro Oz, with Finishing Line Press. Her short story “A Mariel Epistolary” was published in New Letters in their spring 2016 special issue on Cuba. Her short story “The Execution of the Guitar” was published by Epiphany magazine and was listed as a Notable Story in the Best American Short Stories 2016 anthology, edited by Junot Díaz.

John Funchion was a guest in March 2016 on the Utah Public Radio Program Access Utah, discussing his co-edited collection Mapping Region in Early American Writing. In May 2016, he gave an invited Skype presentation, “Left Nostalgia,” as part of the University of Manchester’s English Department Seminar “Occupy Everything.” He presented “Writing in Black and Red: The Rise of the Radical Novel” at the Biennial Meeting of C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists in March 2016. In February 2016 he was an invited panelist at the symposium “Mapping Early American Writing” at the CUNY/Graduate Center.

Amina Gautier was a Faculty Fellow at the Center for the Humanities in spring 2016. Her short story collection Now We Will Be Happy won the International Latino Book Award, a USA Best Book Award, an International Book Award, a Silver Medal Independent Book Publishers Award, Second Place in the Royal Palm Literary Award, was a Finalist for the William Saroyan International Prize, the National Indie Excellence Award in Short Story, and the Next Generation Indie Book Award in Short Story Fiction.Her third short story collection The Loss of All Lost Things was published February 2016, was reviewed in The New York Times, and named one of Bookriot’s 100 must-read short story collections. The Loss of All Lost Things was awarded two Florida Authors and Publishers Association Presidents Book Award gold medals, one Florida Authors and Publishers Association Presidents Book Award silver medal, the Royal Palm Literary Award, and the Chicago Public Library Foundation’s 21st Century Award. Gautier was a featured author for the Footprints Foundation Literary Jazz Brunch, and was interviewed for All Write Already!, KMSU Weekly, Mosaic, Newcity, ReadMore Podcast, and Riverfront Times. She was featured in Newcity and Poets and Writers Magazine.She published five book reviews in Fiction Advocate and The Rumpus, oneinterview in The Sunday Rumpus,and five short essays in The Chicago Tribune, Glimmer Train Bulletin, Large-Hearted Boy, The Nervous Breakdown, and Read Her Like an Open Book, respectively. Her short story “Thankful Chinese” was a Finalist for the World’s Best Short-Short Story Contest and was published in Southeast Review.  Her short story “Disturbance,” runner up for the Midwest Short Fiction Contest, was published in The Laurel Review. Her short stories “Taste of Dust” and “A Cup of My Time” were reprinted in the anthology Borderlands & Crossroads: Writing the Motherland (Demeter Press). Gautier gave readings at BookCellar, Books and Books, Boswell Books, 57th Street Books, Green Apple Books, Ivy Bookshop, Left Bank Books, Pegasus Books, Red Emma’s, Sunday Salon, Women and Children First. She gave presentations at Delta Authors on Tour, Evanston Literary Festival, Girls High School, Johnson State College, Printer’s Row, and Regis University. She attended the Vermont Studio Center residency, and was invited onto the Staff of the Sewanee Writer’s Conference, was awarded a Brown Foundation Fellowship, and received a Provost’s Research Award.

Tom Goodmann submitted the manuscript as editor of Approaches to Teaching Langland’s Piers Plowman, forthcoming from MLA Publications. With Tom Prendergast, he organized a session on “The Universities II.0” for the Biennial Congress of the New Chaucer Society in London in July 2016, where he also delivered “Everywhere and Nowhere: Surveilling the Friars.” While in London he gave a paper, “Rider, Writer, Tinker, Thinker: On John Berger’s To the Wedding,” at the annual conference of the International Journal of Motorcycle Studies. In May 2016, he began a three-year term as President of TEAMS: Teaching Association for Medieval Studies, which publishes medieval texts and sources and an online journal of pedagogy, while offering conference sessions on pedagogy, teaching awards, and liaison with K-12 and tertiary instructors.

Valerie Gramling presented the paper “‘New Engynes of Malycyous Conspiracy’: Linguistic Temptation in the Demon’s Prologue To N-Town Passion Play 1” at the 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, MI, in May 2016.

Pamela Hammons published an essay, “Modernizing Katherine Austen’s Book M (1664) for the Twenty-First-Century, Non-Expert Reader,” in Editing Early Modern Women, edited by Sarah C. E. Ross and Paul Salzman, Cambridge University Press, 2016, pp. 232-252. She also gave a paper, “A Call for Readers: The Centrality of Women’s Cultural Production to Early Modern Studies,” at the Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America held in Boston, MA from March 30-April 2, 2016.

Catherine Judd published the article “Daisy Miller, Europe, and the American Civil War” in Symbiosis: A Journal of Transatlantic Literary & Cultural Relations, 20.1 (2016): 25-54. She gave two presentations: “Shakespeare, Spencer, and the Thames: Elizabethan Riverine Poetics” at Shakespeare Across the Divide in Miami Beach in February 2016; and “Whistler and Joyce: Riverside Dandies on the Thames, the Liffey, and the Seine” at Anniversary Joyce: XXV International Joyce Symposium, London, England, June 2016 (paper presented for her by Patrick McCarthy).

In spring 2016 Patrick A. McCarthy was selected as one of four new Cooper Fellows in the College of Arts and Sciences for the academic years 2016-2019. His most recent publication, a review of Robert Spoo’s book Without Copyrights: Piracy, Publishing, and the Public Domain, was published as “Copyright & Its Discontents” in English Literature in Transition 59:2 (2016), 256-59. In June 2016 he presented a paper, “Revisiting Sexuality and Survival in Finnegans Wake (III.4),” at the 25th International James Joyce Symposium, King’s College, University of London. So far, the text of Malcolm Lowry’s novel In Ballast to the White Sea, first published in McCarthy’s 2014 scholarly edition, has been translated into French as Le Voyage infini vers la mer Blanche(Paris: Buchet Chastel, 2015) and into Portuguese as Rumo ao Mar Branco (Lisbon: Livros do Brasil, 2016). McCarthy was also interviewed by a Portuguese journalist, Rita Cipriano, for an article about Lowry and his work: “Um vulcão chamado Malcolm Lowry” (“A Volcano Named Malcolm Lowry”), Observador (Lisbon), 26 Juhno 2016:

Brenna Munro published two articles: “Sexuality and Gender in the African Novel” in the Oxford History of the Novel in English, volume 11, The Novel in Africa and the Caribbean Since 1950, ed. Simon Gikandi (Oxford University Press, 2016), pp. 167-80; and “Locating ‘Queer’ in Contemporary Writing of Love and War in Nigeria,” in Research in African Literatures 47: 2, Summer 2016: 121-138; she also published a book review in that same issue of Research in African Literatures, “Out In Africa: Same-Sex Desire in Sub-Saharan Literatures and Cultures by Chantal Zabus.” She presented a paper, “Human Rights, Pedagogy, and Queer African Studies,” at the MLA in January 2016.

Joel Nickels presented “Ecos en forma de cáscara de naranja sacada intacta: Surrealism and Eidetic Rupture in the Work of Miguel Ángel Asturias” at the American Comparative Literature Association Conference, Harvard University, Spring 2016.

Kirk Nielsen published an article, “Trump Woos Evangelicals: ‘This Will Be So Great for Religion,’” in The Progressive magazine in August 2016.

Frank Palmeri’s book State of Nature, Stages of Society: Enlightenment Conjectural History and Modern Social Discourse was published in March 2016 by Columbia University Press in the Columbia Series in Political Thought/Political History, edited by Dick Howard. His article, “A Profusion of Dead Animals: Autocritique in Seventeenth-Century Flemish Gamepieces,” was published in the Journal of Early Modern Cultural Studies16.3. “In Praise of Speculative History” appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education Review in July, and was picked up by the History News Network. “How Historians Should Think about the Anthropocene” was published in the History News Network, then was picked up and re-posted by Time. At the International Narrative Conference in Amsterdam, he presented a paper on “Alternate Generic Paths for Satire in Victorian England.”

Rachel Panton published an article, “Transformative Learning and the Road to Maternal Leadership,” in the journal New Directions for Teaching and Learning, in a special issue on Transformative Learning and Adult Higher Education.

Jessica Rosenberg published two articles: ”The Point of the Couplet: Shakespeare’s Sonnets and Thomas Tusser’s A hundreth good pointes of husbandry,” which appeared in English Literary History 83.1 (2016), 1-41;and ”A Digression to Hospitality: Thrift and Christmastime in Shakespeare and in the Literature of Husbandry,” in Shakespeare and Hospitality (Routledge, 2016), a collection edited by Julia Reinhard Lupton and David Goldstein. She presented papers on “Plant Futures” on a panel on “Animals, Plants, and the Environment in Seventeenth-Century England” at the annual meeting of the Modern Language Association in Austin, TX in January; “A Digression to Hospitality” at FIU’s Shakespeare Across the Divide symposium in Miami in February; and, in March, “The Poetics of Practical Address: In Handbooks and in The Taming of the Shrew,” at a seminar on “Imagining Scientific Form” at the annual meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America in New Orleans. In June, she spoke on Shakespeare and grafted fruit trees to a public audience at the Kampong, in Miami, at an event called “The History of the World in Your Own Backyard,” part of the NEH-funded public humanities project, Fragile Habitat: Conversations for Miami’s Future. She is currently a fellow at UM’s Center for the Humanities.

John Paul Russo wrote three reviews for Italian Americana of which he is Co-editor and Review Editor: on John Hooper’s The Italians; on Andrei Guruianu and Anthony Di Renzo’s Dead Reckoning: Transatlantic Passages on Europe and America; and on Myra Kornfeld and Stephen Massimilla’s Cooking with the MuseXXXIV, 2 (2016): 226-229.

Patricia Saunders published two essays: “Gardening in the Garrisons, You Never Know What You’ll Find: (Un)Visibility in the Works of Ebony G. Patterson,” in Feminist Studies, Special Issue on Everyday Militarism, vol. 42, no. 1, Spring 2016: 98-137; and “Journal Work and the ‘Public Good’: Undocumented Academic Labor in Emerging Fields,” Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism, special 20th anniversary/issue  #50, Vol. 20, No. 2, July 2016: 58-75. She presented “Sounds of Vacation: Cross-Caribbean Perspectives on Music and Tourism” at the University of California Berkeley, Department of Music, March 31-April 1, 2016.

Joshua Schriftman gave two presentations: “Action for Whom, for How Long, and With What Impact? Raising Problems; Generating Solutions Through Community-Based Courses” at the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) in April 2016; and he was a presenter on behalf of Exchange for Change at Philanthropy Miami 2016: Philanthropy Reinvented, Innovative Ways to Frame and Fund your Mission on March 3, 2016.

At the 2016 MLA, Mihoko Suzuki organized and chaired “‘Ecology’ and the Early Modern: Animals, Plants, and the Environment in Seventeenth-Century England,” sponsored by the Forum on 17th-Century English Literature, for which she serves on the Executive Committee. Also at the MLA, she contributed “Transcultural Approaches in the Study of Early Modern Women” to a roundtable on “The Myth of Post-canonicity: Early Modern Women Writers.” In March, she gave an invited keynote for a symposium on “Rethinking Japanese Literary History” organized by the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University, on “Issues in Periodization in Early Modern Studies.” And in April, she presented an invited paper at the “Generations of Women Historians” conference at the Charles Taft Center for the Humanities, University of Cincinnati, on “Women’s Literary History around the French Revolution: Louise de Kéralio and Stéphanie de Genlis.” In June, at the International Conference on Narrative in Amsterdam, she presented a paper on “Early Modern Women’s Memoirs as Political Writing.”

Tim Watson published three essays and two book reviews: “Working the Edges of the Nineteenth-Century British Empire,” Literature Compass 13.5 (2016): 288-99, a special issue on “Labor Travels, Art Works,” ed. Laura Doyle, DOI: 10.1111/lic3.12309; “African and Caribbean Modernist Fiction,” in the Oxford History of the Novel in English, volume 11, The Novel in Africa and the Caribbean Since 1950, ed. Simon Gikandi (Oxford University Press, 2016), pp. 316-31; “The British Empire” in The Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies, ed. Sangeeta Ray and Henry Schwartz (Wiley-Blackwell, 2016), online version: DOI: 10.1111/b.9781444334982.2016.x; review of Monique Allewaert, Ariel’s Ecology: Personhood and Colonialism in the American Tropics, in Clio: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of Literature 45.1 (2015): 99-105; and review of Anthony P. Maingot, Miami: A Cultural History, in New West Indian Guide/Nieuwe West-Indische Gids 90.3-4 (2016): 357-9.

Graduate Students and Alumni

Mario Ariza, with Zach Hindin, published “When Nativism Becomes Normal” in The Atlantic in May 2016, on the refugee crisis and anti-immigration politics in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

Alisa Be presented “The Carnivalization of the Political Public Sphere: Elizabeth Inchbald’s Nature and Art” at the 2014-2015 Center for the Humanities Fellows Symposium, University of Miami, March 3, 2016.

Suchismita Dutta presented a paper at the Modern Languages and Literatures Department Annual Graduate Conference, titled, “Recycling Culture(s): Poetics and Practices of Sustainability,” in February 2016. She presented a paper, “Reimagining Culture through Chutney Soca and Bhojpuri Vivaaha Geet in the Caribbean,” at the 10th Annual Graduate Student Colloquium at Purdue University on April 8, 2016.

Tiffany Fajardo published an article: “The Discovery of Bloom’s Misreading: Metaphysics, Mysticism, and the Role of the Unconscious in ‘Calypso,’” in the Summer issue of the New Hibernia Review, vol. 20, no. 2, 2016, pp. 134-147. Her presentation “Subjectivities Under Siege: Reclaiming Ontology in Caribbean Aesthetics” received one of three awards for “rigor and originality” at the South Florida Latin America and the Caribbean Graduate Conference ($250), held at the University of Miami in April 2016, and was also presented as a public lecture at the Miami-Dade Downtown Library in June 2016.

Jared Flurry presented “Reconfigured Subjectivity, Performance, and Staged Authenticity in Smile Orange” at the South Florida Latin American and Caribbean Studies Graduate Student Conference held at the University of Miami in April 2016.

Marta Gierczyk presented “Resistant Consumption: Thinking Mobilities through Visual Culture in Angie Cruz’s Let it Rain Coffee” at the annual Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the U.S. conference in Charleston, SC in March 2016.

Andrew Gothard published “That Thing on the Shelf: The Book as Artifact in Novels by Patrick MacGill and Pádraic Ó Conaire” in New Hibernia Review 20.1 (2016): 105-120. He gave two presentations: “A Pint of Plain: The Cultural Life of Jem Casey and the ‘Workman’s Friend’” at the American Conference for Irish Studies (ACIS) southern regional meeting, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, April 14-16, 2016; and “Bishops and Bar Brawls: Roddy Doyle’s Brownbread and War” at the 40th Comparative Drama Conference, Stevenson University, Baltimore, MD, March 31-April 2, 2016.

Brad Rittenhouse was the UGrow Fellow at UM’s Center for Computational Science for the 2015-2016 academic year. He presented a paper on his research at CCS, entitled “TMI: The Thick Literature of Nineteenth-Century America,” at the Bavarian American Academy Summer Institute in Miami Beach in June 2016.

Bryant Scott presented his paper “‘Everything’s Fate and Destiny’: Terror, Fate, and Bodies of Resistance in Naguib Mahfouz’s Sugar Street and Alaa Al Aswany’s The Yacoubian Building”at the 25th Annual British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference in Savannah, Georgia. He became the UGrow Fellow in Communications and Social Media for the English Department. He was selected, with funding, to attend the Harvard University World Literature Institute in summer 2016. He was also selected, with partial funding, for Cornell’s Institute of Theory and Criticism 2016 program, but could not attend. During the summer of 2016, he attended the University of Haifa’s intensive Arabic program in Israel.

Spencer Tricker organized a panel at ALA 2016 (San Francisco, CA) entitled “US Imperialism and Nineteenth-century Pacific Narratives.” The panel was chaired by Hsuan L. Hsu, Professor of English at UC Davis. Spencer presented a paper on the panel entitled “‘A Healthful Industry’: Labor, Race, and Utopian History in James Fenimore Cooper’s The Crater.

Monica Urban presented a paper, “Mill Girls in Nineteenth-Century American Etiquette Manuals and Popular Novels,” at the Bavarian American Academy institute in Miami Beach in June 2016.

Becca Yahr was selected as the 2016-2017 UGrow fellow for Professional Development in the Graduate School Office. She is currently organizing the annual Fellowship Writing Clinic and helping to develop the Graduate School’s calendar of events and a new Responsible Conduct of Research seminar series.