Spring 2011

Faculty Updates

Brenna Munro received a Center for the Humanities Fellowship, for "In the Postcolonial Politics of Stigma: Sexuality, Nation, and Diaspora in Contemporary Nigerian Writing."

The following members of the faculty received Provost Research Awards: Joel Nickels, for “The Imaginary International: Anarchism and Self-Government in Twentieth-Century Literature”; Mihoko Suzuki, for “Antigone’s Example: Gender and Political Thought in Early Modern England and France“; and Frank Palmeri, for “Satire, the Novel, and Public Spheres in England, 1790-1915.”

Eugene Clasby has been invited to deliver a paper, "Chaucer and Deguileville: Beyond ABC," at the International Colloquium on Guillaume de Deguileville in Lausanne, Switzerland, July 2012.  

Kathryn Freeman’s article " ‘She had eyes and chose me’: Ambivalence and Miscegenation in Hartly House, Calcutta (1789),” appeared in European Romantic Review 22.1 (February 2011). 

John Funchion published "When Dorothy Became History: L. Frank Baum's Enduring Fantasy of Cosmopolitan Nostalgia," Modern Language Quarterly 71.4 (December 2010).  He also delivered a paper at the Modern Language Association (MLA) Convention in January on "Historical Oversights: Judgment and Ambivalence in the Age of Archival Reproducibility," and presented "A Republican Antithesis: Common Aesthetics and Democratic Possibility in the Eighteenth Century" at the Society of Early Americanists in March 2011.

 Tassie Gwilliam published “Disguise, Fantasy, and Misrecognition in The Belle’s Stratagem and Fantomina,” Approaches to Teaching Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Women Playwrights, ed. Bonnie Nelson and Catherine Burroughs (MLA Approaches to Teaching Series 2010).She also presented “’Fine teeth and a very pretty leg’: Atomizing Description in Harris’s List of Covent Garden Ladies” at the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Vancouver, March 2011.

Pamela Hammons has published “Valuing Early Modern Women’s Verse in the Twenty-First Century,” History of British Women’s Writing (1610-1690), ed. Mihoko Suzuki (Palgrave).

At the MLA Convention (January 2011) in Los Angeles, Joel Nickels organized and chaired the panel “Crowds and Masses in Modernist Poetry” and presented a paper “The Mass Poetics of William Carlos Williams.”

Ranen Omer-Sherman’s essay, “Paradoxes of Jewish and Muslim Identities in Israeli Short Stories,” appeared in Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice 22.4. (October-December 2010). He was invited to speak at the premiere of the documentary film Amos Oz: The Nature of Dreams (dir. by Yonathan Zur) at the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, February 2011. Omer-Sherman participated in panel discussions of two other films in conjunction with the Kenneth Lattman Foundation Lecture Series at the Cosford Cinema at UM: Elia Suleiman’s The Time that Remains (February 2011), a film about personal and collective Palestinian history and memory; and Eran Riklis’ The Human Resources Manager (March 2011), adapted from the novel A Woman in Jerusalem by A.B. Yehoshua. He also presented “Identity Destabilizations in Jerusalem: New Mizrahi and Arab Israeli Writing,” Association for Jewish Studies Annual Conference, Boston, December 2010.

 “Satire and the Psychology of Religion in Swift and Nietzsche,” by Frank Palmeri, was publishedin Swiftly Sterneward: Essays on Laurence Sterne and His Times in Honor of Melvyn New, ed. W. B. Gerard, E. Derek Taylor, and Robert G. Walker (Delaware, 2011).  Palmeri also presented “Conjectural History and the Sociological Historical Novel” at the annual meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Vancouver, March 2011, and organized “Imagining Culture(s), Rethinking Disciplines: A Conference on Anthropology and the Humanities” for the Center for the Humanities at UM, April 2011.

In April 2011 John Paul Russo gave a lecture entitled “Poetry at the End of the World”  at the Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment at FIU, and another, “Signs of the Sacred in Italian American Literature: Ciardi, Citino, DeLillo” at Ramapo College, New Jersey. He was the organizer and co-chair of two sessions, "Italian Americana Presents Its Authors" and "The Future of AIHA” at the American Italian Historical Association Conference, New York, November 2010. He co-edited, with Teri Ann Bengiveno, Italian Passages: Making and Thinking History. Selections from the 40th Annual Conference of the American Italian Historical Association.

Jeffrey Shoulson reviewed “I have always loved the Holy Tongue”:  Isaac Casaubon, the Jews, and a Forgotten Chapter in Renaissance Scholarship, by Anthony Grafton and Joanna Weinberg, The Jewish Review of Books 4 (Winter 2011), and Milton Studies 48:  Milton and Historicism, ed. Albert C. Labriola, Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association 43 (2010), as well asMilton and Christian Hebraism:  Rabbinic Exegesis in Paradise Lost, by Frank Mattern, Renaissance Quarterly 63 (2010).He delivered “Fictions of Conversion:  Jews, Christians, and Cultures of Change in Early Modern England” at Temple University, March 2011, and “Alchemies of Conversion:  The Science and Drama of Jewish Transmutation,” at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania.

Mihoko Suzuki published History of British Women’s Writing (1610-1690), volume 3 of the 10-volume series published by Palgrave Macmillan. She organized and presided over a session at the MLA on “Transcultural and Interdisciplinary Approaches to Early Modern Women.” She has been invited by the Department of History at the University of Cincinnati to present a paper on the memoirs of Anne Halkett and the poetry of Jane Barker as civil war writings to celebrate the retirement of Hilda L. Smith. Along with her UM colleagues Anne J. Cruz (MLL) and Mary Lindemann (History), Suzuki has been chosen to coedit Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal.

Graduate Students and Alumni

Jennifer Slivka and Yi Huang were named Outstanding PhD students for 2010-11, and Amanda Thibodeau was named the Outstanding TA in the PhD program.

Catherine Baker's conference paper, "A 'Manly Voys' and a 'Talking Queynte': The Wife of Bath as a Ventriloquized Hole," was selected for publication in Gender and Sexual Identity: Presentations of the 31st Annual SW/Texas Regional Meeting of the Popular Culture Association, ed. Michael Johnson Jr., published by Cambridge Scholars Press.

Judith Broome (formerly Mesa-Pelly) has been awarded tenure at William Paterson University.  

Yi Huang will be a Visiting Assistant Professor at Grinnell College in 2011-2012.

Michelle Ramlagan presented at two conferences:"(Re)Placing Family: Transnational Models of Mothering in Danticat's Breath, Eyes, Memory," at the North East Modern Language Association, Rutgers, April 2011; and "Practicing Wildness: Ecocritical Elements in Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon," at the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS) Conference, Florida Atlantic University, April 2011.Her essay, "Secret Gardens: Young Women Cultivating Nation in Shani Mootoo’s Cereus Blooms at Night," has been accepted for publication in Tout Moun: A Caribbean Journal of Cultural Studies.

Stephanie Selvick’s "Queer (Im)possibilities: Alaa Al-Aswany and Wahid Hamed’s The Yacoubian Building" will be published in LGBT Transnational Identity in Media: Post Colonial – Post Queer, ed. Christopher Pullen (Palgrave Macmillan).

Amanda Thibodeau presented three papers at two conferences: “Female Mental Illness and Dystopia in Marge Piercy’s Woman on the Edge of Time” and “Feminist Political Ecology and Reading The Year of the Flood”at the MLA, Los Angeles, January 2011; as well as “Feminist Political Ecology and Reading The Year of the Flood,” at the Eaton Conference on Global Science Fiction, University of California, Riverside, February 2011.

At Florida International University, Josie Urbistondo presented on the “Alumni Panel on Graduate School and the Profession,” October 2010. She also presented at the annual MELUS conference "To Dream, To Be: The Island of Eternal Love and Mythical Postmemory," April 2011, and she received the MELUS President's Travel Award for her abstract submission.

Carolina Villalba presented “Resisting the Present Tense: José Lezama Lima’s Legacy in Contemporary Cuban-American Women’s Fiction” at Texas A & M University's Hispanic Studies Graduate Student Symposium (November 2010) and “African-American Literary Masculinity: A Transnational Construct” at the MELUS/USACLALS Joint Conference (April 2011). 

Izabela Zieba presented papers at two conferences:“Breast-Feeding Beyond Infancy vs. the Euphoria of Fasting in Two Contemporary American Novels: A Study of Ties and Control” at “Food! The Conference!” CUNY English Student Association Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference at CUNY Graduate Center, March 2011; and “‘Amy Tan Phenomenon’: The Limits of Authenticity in a Multicultural World” at the MELUS/USACLALS conference, April 2011.

We note with sadness the passing of two scholars with recent PhDs from our department: Richard Fantina(PhD, 2007) and John Slack (PhD, 1995).

Presenters at the annual Graduate Student Symposium, April 2011.