English Department News Letter and Calendar


Peter Capuano and Katihryn Kruger

Peter Capuano and Kathryn Kruger at the Dickens Universe consortium meeting, University of California at Santa Cruz, Summer 2012.

Pete Capuano and Kathryn Kruger attended the Dickens Universe at the University of California-Santa Cruz, July 29-August 3. The theme of the 2012 event was Dickens' Bleak House. This was the inaugural year of UNL's participation as a full consortium member of the Dickens Project. As part of the consortium, Pete co-taught a graduate seminar on Bleak House with Dr. James Buzard (MIT), and Katie participated in graduate workshops in pedagogy and narratology facilitated by Dr. Steve Bickmore (LSU), Richard Kaye (CUNY); Dr. Robyn Warhol (OSU) and Dr. Rebecca Stern (U South Carolina) respectively.

From RHONDA GARELICK: "This October, I will be chairing a panel I organized for the Modernist Studies Association meeting in Las Vegas, on fashion and the spectacle of national identity, with a group of international fashion scholars. Also, I have finalized the schedule for the 2013 Spring Season of the Interdisciplinary Arts Symposium (IAS). Season IV is devoted to 'The Ancient World through Modern Eyes,' and features performances by the Joffrey Ballet (doing Rite of Spring), choreographer Lori Bellilove's reconstructions of the Greek Dances of Isadora Duncan, and two avant-garde dramatic works by acclaimed director David Herskovits and his Target Margin Theater – The Dinner Party (based on Plato's Symposium) and The Argument (a monologue and performance piece based on Aristotle's Poetics).  As is customary, I am teaching a special seminar devoted to this theme, a 400/800-level course cross-listed with the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts, and open to seniors and graduate students (and juniors with permission).  Accompanying events will include public lectures, a preliminary visit from David Herskovits to discuss his directorial practice and the role of classical philosophy, especially Plato's works, in his approach to theater. One of these discussions (apparently including a 'make your own Greek philosophy' workshop) will be held at my home, accompanied by a Greek-inspired dinner buffet; this will be open to a limited number of guests. More info to follow!"  IAS performances are usually free for all students, and this season many free tickets will be offered to UNL faculty as well. For more on IAS, any of our visiting artists, performances, themes or publications, visit www.unl.edu/ias.

The Clean Part Reading Series presents poets Graham Foust and Gina Myers on Saturday, October 6, 6 pm at the Sheldon Museum of Art.  Check The Clean Part website for more information: cleanpartreading.blogspot.com.

On October 11, the Metropolitan Community College Writing Center will host a reading for What Teaching Means: Stories from America's Classrooms. This event will take place at 7 pm at Metro's South Omaha Campus (Connector Building 222, 2909 Edward Babe Gomez Avenue). The collection of 39 teacher narratives from all over the country was compiled and edited by current UNL English Ph.D. student Daniel Boster and Metro CC English faculty member, Marni Valerio. The book features pieces by several people with ties to UNL's English department, including Dr. Lauren Gatti, Danielle Helzer, Susan Martens, Todd Pernicek, and Laurie Zum Hofe. Danielle, Susan, and Todd, and other teacher-authors are scheduled to join Dan and Marni for this event. For more information about the book, go to www.roguefacultypress.com.

Laura Madeline Wiseman's poem "Ms. Behaving," will be performed in Lit Undressed: Women in Disguise / Omaha Lit Fest at the House of Loom, 1012 S. 10th Street, Omaha, NE, at 8 p.m., on October 24, 2012.


Laura Madeline Wiseman has been awarded a grant from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation.

Steve Buhler was interviewed by the City of Lincoln Public Information Office for a video presentation at the Mayor's Arts Awards in June.  During the ceremony, he was part of the Flatwater Shakespeare Company group accepting the Arts Event of the Year award for 2011's production and tour of A Midsummer Night's Dream.  He was also dramaturg and sound designer for the 2012 summer production and tour of Twelfth Night, as Flatwater Shakespeare again brought classic theater, free of charge, to neighborhoods across the city. 


Laurus, UNL English's undergraduate literary magazine, is pleased to announce the new editors for 2012-13: Sarah Benal, Daley ElDorado, Claire Rief, Kalisa Schweitzer, and Jacob Zlomke. They will be joining returning editors Joe Kozal, Alex Lierz, Tim Lundy, Michaela Montgomery, and John Schwaniger.


Hot off the press in Germany is Marco Abel's second book, Im Angesicht des Fernsehens: Der Filmemacher Dominik Graf (text + kritik, 2012), which he co-edited with three colleagues at the HFF (Academy of Film and Television) Potsdam-Babelsberg. The collection has its genesis in Marco's long Senses of Cinema interview with Graf, who is arguably Germany's most important filmmaker since Fassbinder, and also in an essay he's written on Graf's work for a still-forthcoming volume on German genre cinema; Im Angesicht makes both of Marco's pieces available for the first time in German. The book was publicly presented at a special event honoring the director on his 60th birthday at the German Historical Museum's Zeughauskino in Berlin. Following the presentation, which was also attended by a number of Graf's colleagues, including various "Berlin School" directors, the editors engaged Graf in a public conversation about his career. Promoting both the book and the special event (which was part of the cinema's three-week long retrospective of Graf's oeuvre, which consists of more than 60 films and TV episodes to date), Marco also gave an interview on Graf's career for Germany's public radio network, Deutschlandradio.

Wheeler Winston Dixon has published two new essays: "Making the Universe Safe for Democracy: Rocky Jones, Space Ranger," in Cadets, Rangers, and Junior Space Men: Televised "Rocketman" Series of the 1950s and Their Fans, ed. Cynthia Miller and A. Bowdoin Van Riper (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012): 181-192; and "'Lost in a Roman Wilderness of Pain': Film and Television After 9/11" in Film International, at <http://filmint.nu/?p=5928>.  Wheeler  has also just published Part Four of his essay on "Dark Humor in Films of the 1960s" in Film International, along with links back to parts 1, 2, and 3, at <http://filmint.nu/?p=5891>.

Kristi Carter has two poems forthcoming in Issue 77 of Hawai'i Review, due in winter.

FROM JOHN TALBIRD: "I hope that fall is arriving where you are. It's been beautiful here in New York. I have some new stories out that I wanted to share. My very short story 'City Dream' is in a recent edition of Vol. 1 Brooklyn's 'Sunday Stories' series:


"I also have a slightly longer piece, 'Sex, Drugs, and Rock-and-Roll, Inc.' in ThunderDome Magazine:


"And if you have a Kindle or other similar reading device you can read my long story,  'Daydream Nation.' It's published by Ploughsharesunder their new imprint, "Pshares Singles" and available for purchase (for 1.99) at Amazon:


Roland Végs?'s translation of Rodolphe Gasché's book Georges Bataille: Phenomenology and Phantasmatology was published by Stanford University Press as the latest title in the "Cultural Memory in the Present" series edited by Mieke Bal and Hent de Vries. The book is a substantial engagement of Bataille's highly eccentric "mythological anthropology" – one that situates Bataille's thought with respect to the triumvirate of Schelling, Hegel, Nietzsche, and Freud. For more information and excerpts, see the following link:

Trey Moody's piece of flash fiction, "Substance, Static," was recently accepted for publication in Denver Quarterly.

Laura Madeline Wiseman has poems in the current issues of New Purlieu Review, Sugar Mule, Naugatuck River Review, Penwood Review, and Vermillion Literary Project. She has poems forthcoming in Menacing Hedge and Poet Lore and a short story forthcoming in Spittoon. Avital Norman Nathman interviewed her The Mamafesto on strong, powerful women writers and historical figures: "This is What a Feminist Looks Like: Laura Madeline Wiseman." Also, her chapbook Farm Hands, was just released in a limited edition from Gold Quoin Press. Her full-length collection of poetry, Sprung, has just been released by San Francisco Bay Press.

Michelle Menting's poem "To Fell Roaches" appears in the current issue of Pif Magazine: The Arts and Technology Magazine. Her poem "To Sprout Wings" will appear in an upcoming issue of Crab Creek Review.

Adrian Gibbons Koesters' poems, "A Nun Thinks of Her Mother on Easter Day" and "Always We Begin Again" appear in the Fall 2012 issue of Saranac Review.

Steve Buhler has contributed over twenty entries to The Milton Encyclopedia, ed. Thomas Corns (Yale University P, 2012) on several of Milton's works and on topics ranging from Greek philosophy to Renaissance music.