English Department News Letter and Calendar

Recent Publications, Awards, and Other Achievements

Michelle Menting has a poem appearing in Anderbo. Her poem "Jill Falls For Jack" can be read at anderbo.com.

Wheeler Winston Dixon has published a critical essay on the career of director Robert Wise in Film Noir: the Directors, Alain Silver and James Ursini, eds., Limelight Press, 2012: 460 – 470.

Ken Price's essay, "Whitman, Walt, Clerk," has appeared in Prologue, the journal of the National Archives.  At the beginning of March, Ken travelled to Japan where he lectured on Walt Whitman and Daisaku Ikeda at Soka University and Soka high school. He then travelled to Washington, DC, where he gave a talk on digital humanities to the National Humanities Alliance and took part in Humanities Advocacy Day by speaking to Mike Johanns, Jeff Fortenberrry, and staffers in the office of Ben Nelson about the importance of supporting the humanities. That evening Ken lectured on Whitman and the Civil War at the Smithsonian. The following morning--there was no cause and effect!--Ken learned that that the Whitman Archive has been awarded a three-year $275,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. This work will support the creation of an integrated finding guide to all of Whitman's literary manuscripts, both prose and poetry.  These documents are scattered over approximately seventy different repositories around the world.  This undertaking builds on earlier grant-funded work that focused solely on the poetry manuscripts.

In addition, Ken has accepted two new service roles.  He has agreed to serve a four-year term on the MLA committee on scholarly editions.  He has also joined a working group convened by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission charged with writing a report to President Obama on the state of the nation's historical records.

Laura White presented two papers recently, both on Lewis Carroll, one at the International Conference on Narrative March 15-18 in Las Vegas, and the other at the annual conference of Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies, March 22-25, in Lexington, Kentucky.  The first was on Carroll’s narrative logic and the second was on his subversion of the practice of nineteenth-century natural history and natural history illustrations.

John Johnson has a poem coming out in one of his favorite venues, Mythic Delirium, and a review in the forthcoming edition of Star*Line.  Also, Spillway Magazine, edited by Susan Terris and godfathered by David St. John, has let him put the rodent back into "Mickey Mouse" in a poem of the same name.

Joy Castro served as the Stellfox Visiting Writer at Susquehanna University in February.  On March 1, she delivered the paper “Margery Latimer and Meridel LeSueur:  Leftists, Feminists, Modernists” at the AWP conference in Chicago.  Her essay “The Dangerous Myth of a Room of One’s Own” appeared on March 15 on the #AmWriting blog at http://amwriting.org/archives/10367.

Together with Heather Barnes, Marco Abel was awarded a UCARE funding ($2,000) for 2012-13 to work on “The Berlin School in its International Context.” 

On April 5, Marco Abel gave an invited guest lecture, “The Counter-Cinema of the Berlin School: Filming the Nation in the Age of Neoliberalism,” at the University ofCalifornia-Davis. The next day, Marco guest-taught at Berkeley in Professor Tony Kaes’ graduate seminar; attendees included faculty from the Film Studies and German Studies departments at Berkeley and Davis. Marco's seminar focused on “Current German Cinema and Its Notion of Germany.”

Rhonda Garelick has a new article coming out in the May issue of Art Press, an international art journal published in French and English, available both online  (www.artpress.com) and on newsstands.  The special issue is devoted to the "Cyborg" and her piece is called "Fashion, Cyborgs, and the Case of Thierry 'Manfred' Mugler." 
Also she wanted to remind everyone that the finale performance for Season III of the Interdisciplinary Arts Symposium will be on April 14th at 7:30 at the Lied Center, and it's called "This is Tango Now"--which uses tango to tell a highly dramatic story. These are world-class tango dancers--not to be missed! Free tickets are available for students (through "Arts for All", go to the Lied Center website) and for special groups. For more information, visit the IAS website at www.unl.edu/ias or contact us at ias@unl.edu

Gwendolyn Audrey Foster chaired a panel, “Gluttony and Excess: Visions of Depravity and Consumption from Hoarders and Cannibals to Human Centipedes,” and delivered a paper, “Capitalism Eats Itself: Gluttony in Hoarders, Food Porn, Christmas Excess, and Merchandising American Patriotism," at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies National Conference, Boston, MA, March 21, 2012.

Tom Lynch and Aubrey Streit Krug joined UNL alumna Tracy Tucker in presenting a panel at the UNL Center for Great Plains Studies Symposium on March 29. Tom's paper was titled "Nothing but Prairie: Gardens and Women’s Narratives in the U.S. and Australia," and Aubrey presented on "Education and the Effects of 1862 in Francis La Flesche’s The Middle Five."

Ashley Lawson has accepted a tenure-track position as assistant professor at West Virginia Wesleyan College, where she will teach classes in English and Gender Studies.  She also won the John B. Stephenson Faculty Fellowship from the Appalachian College Association, which will allow her to maintain a reduced teaching load while completing her dissertation. She would like to offers her sincere thanks her committee (Maureen Honey, chair, Joy Castro, Rhonda Garelick, Melissa Homestead, and Marissa Vigneault of the Art History department) for their guidance and support through the process thus far; to Ken Price, Liz Lorang, and fellow staff members of the WWA; and to other faculty, staff, and students with whom she has worked.  Despite the impending distance, Ashley hopes to return to Lincoln regularly, and she prefers to say "see you soon!"

Julia Schleck presented at two national conferences in March.  At the Renaissance Society of America's annual conference in Washington DC, she gave a paper entitled “Sectarian strife and state power: comparative perspectives on the Ottoman-Safavid conflict,” on the panel European/Islamicate Exchange: Text & Image which she organized for the Early Modern Image and Text Society.  At Brown University, she delivered "Was there a time before race? Resistance and the Temptation of the Pre-Modern" as part of the seminar Teaching Medieval and Early Modern Cross-Cultural Encounters at the American Comparative Literature Association's annual meeting.

Laura Madeline Wiseman has poems in the current issues of The Meadowland Review, UNL Womanhouse: The House That Feminism Built, Poet Lore, and Extract(s), the latter features poems from her forthcoming chapbook SHE WHO LOVES HER FATHER (Dancing Girl Press, 2012). Her essay “Bicycle Face” appears in Ginger Piglet. She has five poems forthcoming in the spring issue of Feminist Studies. She also has poems forthcoming in Paddlefish, Floorboard Review, Broad River Review, and The Delinquent. She read in the Les Femmes Folles: The Women, 2011 reading at Parallax Space in Lincoln the last weekend of spring break. Her collaborative poetry broadside project has been in the show “Belles Lettres” during the month of March at the Altered Esthetic Art Gallery in Minneapolis. Finally, she interviews Grace Bauer about the chapbook workshop on her blog feature about chapbooks (www.lauramadelinewiseman.com/blog). Other interviews include Lucy Adkins on the character driven chapbook and Cati Porter on echapbooks.

Janel Cayer presented a paper, "'The figure I want for my frontispiece': Illustrating Margaret Fuller's Woman in the Nineteenth Century," on March 25, 2012 at the Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies (INCS) annual conference in Lexington, Kentucky.

Sindu Sathiyaseelan's poem "Daughterson" appeared in the spring issue of JMWW.

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

Upcoming Events

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

Friday, April 13, 11:30am, Bailey Library: The Teaching & Research Committee hosts a Brown Bag Talk on Research X Teaching, featuring panelists Basuli Deb, Gregory E. Rutledge, and Stacey Waite. 

Friday, April 13, 4:00 pm, Zen's Lounge: Crystal Gibbins and John Schulze will read from their work as part of the no name reading series.

Literary League Open-Mic at the Crescent Moon Cafe on Monday, April 16th

On Monday, April 16th, the Literary League will be hosting an open-mic poetry
session. The event will be at the Crescent Moon Cafe (140 N 8th St #10) in the basement of Ten Thousand Villages. Although the Lit. League officially has the stage from 7:00-8:20 PM, you can stay later and watch members of the public present their poems or read more of your own creations.

The Literary League will also be selling their Hunger Games t-shirts for $14. E-mail the Lit. League at literaryleague@unl.edu or join the facebook group (Literary League UNL) for more information.