English Department News Letter and Calendar

Recent Publications, Awards, and Other Achievements

Marco Abel's review essay of A Critical History of German Film (Camden House, 2010) by Stephen Brockmann recently appeared in German Quarterly 84.4 (fall 2011): 504-507.

UNL's Research Council awarded Marco Abel a Jane Robertson Layman Fund Grant-in-Aid, in the amount of $1,125, to be used for the subvention of publication of his co-edited book, Im Angesicht des Fernsehens: Der Regisseur Dominik Graf, to be published with edition text + kritik (Munich) in August 2012 on the occasion of the German filmmaker's 60th birthday. The volume will be the first critical assessment of this prolific director in any language.

Roland Végsö and Marco Abel, together with Jeannette Jones (History), received two Faculty Senate Convocation Committee awards for their "Humanities on the Edge" speaker series ($250 each) to support the upcoming lectures by Michael Hardt (March 29, 2012, 5:00p [!], Sheldon) and Cesare Casarino (April 12, 2012, 5:30p, Sheldon).

Wheeler Winston Dixon has recently published;

A series of essays as part of a regular column in Flow: A Journal of Television and New Media, published by the Department of Radio, Television, and Film at the University of Texas at Austin, at http://flowtv.org/.

"Some Notes on Streaming" – Flow 14.1 (June 9, 2011)

"Red Boxes and Cloud Movies" – Flow 14.4 (July 21, 2011)

"How Long Will it Last, and Do You Really Own It?" – Flow 14.7 (Sept. 3, 2011)

"I'm Not Here" – Flow 15.04 (December 5, 2011)

as well as:

"Flash Gordon and the 1930s and 40s Science Fiction Serial," Screening the Past 32 (December 2011).

"'Let the Sleepers Sleep, and the Haters Hate': An Interview with Dale Resteghini," Quarterly Review of Film and Video 29.1 (2012): 1-11.
"Le mystère Picasso," Senses of Cinema 60 (2011).

"The Whip Hand," Noir of the Week November 28, 2011.
"'All My Films Are Personal': An Interview with Pat Jackson," The Journal of Popular Film and Television 39.4 (2011): 150 – 161.
"Pop Star, Director, Actor: An Interview with Michael Sarne," Film International 53 (Fall, 2011): 30 – 36.
"The Racket," Noir of the Week October 2, 2011.

"Acto de Primavera," Senses of Cinema 60 (Fall, 2011).
"The Hoodlum," Noir of the Week August 29, 2011.

"Bodyguard," Noir of the Week August 1, 2011.

 "Working Within The System: An Interview with Gerry O'Hara," Screening the Past 30 (Spring, 2011),

as well as the following reviews:

"The Silvering Screen: Old Age and Disability in Cinema by Sally Chivers," Choice December 2011: 684.

"Pretty: Film and the Decorative Image by Rosalind Galt," Choice, November 2011: 512.

"The DVD and the Study of Film: The Attainable Text by Mark and Deborah Parker, Choice, November 2011: 513.

"Cult Cinema: An Introduction" by Ernest Mathijs and Jamie Sexton," Choice, September 2011: 118-119.
"National Identity in Global Cinema: How Movies Explain the World by Carlo Celli," Choice, August 2011: 2314.

"Michelangelo Red Antonioni Blue: Eight Reflections on Cinema by Murray Pomerance, Choice, August 2011: 2316.

"Minding Movies: Observations on the Art, Craft, and Business of Filmmaking by David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson," Choice, July 2011: 2103.

"Film Moments: Critical Methods and Approaches, by James Walters and Tom Brown, eds.," Choice, April 2011: 1486.

"Arnheim for Film and Media Studies by Scott Higgins, ed.," Choice, April 2011: 1486.

"Idols of Modernity: Movie Stars of the 1920s, edited by Patrice Petro," Screening the Past 30 (Spring, 2011).
"The Films by Gordon Ball," (DVD Review), Screening the Past 30 (Spring, 2011).

"The Chill by Romano Bilenchi. Translated by Ann Goldstein," Prairie Schooner (Spring, 2011): 164-167.

He is also finishing up the final copy-editing on his forthcoming book Death of the Moguls: The End of Classical Hollywood from Rutgers University Press, due out in Fall 2012; and working on a lecture to be delivered as a keynote address at the 2012 Tocqueville Symposium, "Not A Pretty Picture: The Arts After 9/11," University of Richmond, Richmond, VA, on February 9, 2012.

Wheeler Winston Dixon's book A HISTORY OF HORROR (Rutgers UP) has been chosen by CHOICE magazine as one of the Outstanding Academic Books of the Year for 2011. As CHOICE notes, the list of Outstanding Academic Books "comprise[s] less than 9 percent of the titles reviewed during 2011 and 2.5 percent of those submitted during that same time span, [ensuring that] these exceptional titles are truly the 'best of the best.'" In addition, A HISTORY OF HORROR will be released as an audiobook by Redwood Audiobooks in 2012, and has just gone into a second printing from Rutgers.

Nima Kian's poems, "Iran; A Note on Cartography," "A Motivation for Yesterday," and "Window Cleaning" appear in the new issue of Blast Furnace.

Bret Shepard's poem "Backyard Orchard" will appear in the next issue of Permafrost. And his poems "Eco" and "Water Raining" have been accepted by the UCity Review.

Francis Davis has had the following short stories published: "Glasnost" by Notes Magazine (Summer, 2011), "Spring Break" in Third Wednesday (Fall, 2011), and "Swallowing the Worm" in Ducts.org (Issue 28, Winter 2012). Davis's short story "Soft City Seattle" is slated to be published by Weber: The Contemporary West, the literary magazine of Weber State, in the spring of 2012.

Trey Moody's new chapbook, Once Was a Weather, has been released by Greying Ghost Press. You can find more information at www.greyingghost.com. One of his poems was included in Bigger Than They Appear: Anthology of Very Short Poems (Accents Publishing), and another was featured in the Little Red Leaves handmade Ephemera Issue 6.

Laura Madeline Wiseman has poems in the current issue of Silver Blade and Miller's Pond and in the anthologies Science Poetry and Sunrise from Blue Thunder. In December, she read in Tuesday with Writers holiday read-a-thon. She also read with fellow contributing poets in the 2012 Nebraska Poets Calendar (Black Star Press) readings--once at Noyes Gallery and once at Crescent Moon's Poetry at the Moon. Her poem "Ten-Speed" is the poem for July 2012. Also, "Potboiler" was selected for the 2011 "Best of Spittoon" award by Spittoon. This piece is also forthcoming in her chapbook THE PUPPET WIFE (Pudding House Publications).

Please encourage undergraduates to send in items for the newsletter. They can do so by sending an email to literaryleague@unl.edu.

Upcoming Events

What: Translation, Misappropriation, and the Politics of Language: Panel on Translation Issues
When: January 20, 2012, 3-5p
Where: Bailey Library
Who: Professor Marina Camboni (University of Macerata, Italy), Professor Marta Skwara (University of Szczecin, Poland), Caterina Bernadini (University of Macerata, Italy, and Fulbright Scholar at UNL), Professor Jordan Stump (Modern Languages & Literatures, UNL), and Professor Roland Végsö (English, UNL)
Moderator: Marco Abel
Panel Decription:
The purpose of this panel is to raise questions about literary studies and how its primary objects—(the production, dissemination, reception, and meaning of) texts—are affected by the act of translation. The impetus behind this panel comes from the discovery that an Italian translation of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass placed the American poet of Democracy in proximity to an emerging fascist ideology in Italy in the early part of the 20th century. One of the panelists, Professor Camboni, will deliver a lecture on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 (5:30 pm, Bailey), in which she discusses this case at greater length. This panel is conceived as an extension of the very concerns that Professor Camboni's talk will broach: namely, the panel's premise is that what appears to be a rather mind-boggling misappropriation of Whitman's poetic language during the age of Italian modernism nevertheless opens up provocative questions about the nature and practice of translation or, put differently, about the politics of language and the language of politics. The panel will consider the ideological implications of translations as well as the very assumptions literary history makes, and holds, about the relative (in)stability of its objects of concern. To engage aspects of these questions, each panelist will be given 10 minutes to offer a position statement, after which the floor will be opened for both discussion among the panelists about their positions and conversation with the audience about the questions raised by the panelists.

Friday, January 20, 4:00 pm, Zen's Lounge: Michelle Menting and James Redd will read from their work as part of the no name reading series.

Saturday, February 11, 7pm, Drift Station Gallery, 18th & N: The Clean Part Reading Series presents poets Lily Brown and Benjamin Paloff. Check the Clean Part website for more information (cleanpartreading.blogspot.com).

March 29, 2012, 5:00-6:15pm (NOTE the different starting time!!!) at the Sheldon Auditorium
"Humanities on the Edge" invites you to a lecture by Michael Hardt (Professor of Italian Studies and Literature, Duke)
Building on his work of the past decade with political philosopher Antonio Negri, Hardt's talk, "What to Do in a Crisis: A Biopolitical New Deal," will respond to their call, issued in Commonwealth, the third part of their trilogy (Empire and Multitude are the first two volumes), for the need to reinvent the vocabulary of democracy as tools for intervening in the present. From a democratic-left perspective, one of the central concepts is that of the "New Deal." Hardt's talk will argue for the need of a new "New Deal"; however, for a "New Deal" to be effective today, it is in need to be re-imagined so that it will be responsive to the new form of power (biopower) characteristic of informational/finance capitalism. In his talk, Hardt wants to delineate the path along which such a new "New Deal" needs to be articulated. In addition to his collaborative work with Negri and numerous articles, Professor Hardt has authored Gilles Deleuze: An Apprenticeship in Philosophy (1993), co-edited Radical Thought in Italy: A Potential Politics and The Jameson Reader, as well as translated books by Giorgio Agamben and Negri.

April 12, 2012, 5:30-7:00pm (NOTE: back to regular time!) at the Sheldon Auditorium
"Humanities on the Edge" invites you to a lecture by Cesare Casarino (Professor of Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, U Minneapolis)
Starting from a retrospective and self-critical assessment of the collaborative reflections and undertakings of In Praise of the Common (a book he co-authored with Antonio Negri), Casarino's talk, "Universalism of the Common," attempts to produce a concept of the "common," to evaluate the reasons for its present relevance and currency, as well as to posit its inescapable centrality for any critical understanding of related concepts such as "capitalism," "biopolitics," and "communism" today. In addition to In Praise of the Common, Professor Casarino has authored numerous articles and the book, Modernity At Sea: Melville, Marx, Conrad In Crisis (2002), as well as edited Marxism Beyond Marxism (1996) and translated a number of important essays by Giorgio Agamben