English Department News Letter and Calendar


Aubrey Streit Krug presented her paper, "Ethnobotany as Literature, Plants as Peoples: Stories of Relations on the Great Plains" at the Under Western Skies 2 conference Oct. 10-13 at Mount Royal University in Calgary.

At the recent German Studies Association conference in Milwaukee, Marco Abel attended a special reception for the publication of A New History, a book with 88 contributions that is set to leave a deep mark on German film studies. While in Milwaukee, Marco also participated in two panels, which he co-organized with Christina Gerhardt (U Hawaii): he moderated a panel on the work of Christian Petzold and served as commentator for a panel devoted to one of the most interesting narrative film experiments in German film history, the Dreileben project. Rather than merely commenting on the presentations, however, Marco instead commented on the theoretical debate between the three filmmakers — the two Berlin Schooldirectors, Christian Petzold and Christoph Hochhäusler, and genre filmmaker Dominik Graf, on whom Marco recently published, as co-editor, the first book-length study — participating in this project; this debate about film aesthetics and the material conditions for the production of moving images in Germany preceded and, in fact, spawned the idea for the three feature films constituting Dreileben. Marco’s paper was entitled, “Debating Filming/Filming Debate: The Aesthetics and Politics of the Dreileben Project.”

Pete Capuano recently attended the North American Victorian Studies Association's annual meeting at the University of Wisconsin (along with Laura White and Lindsay Mayo Fincher). Pete's paper, "Networked Manufacture in Charlotte Brontë's Shirley," has been selected to appear in Victorian Studies in the Winter 2013 issue.

Anastasia Bierman attended a workshop for graduate students at the Newberry Library's Center for Renaissance Studies titled, "Reading the Early Modern Anglo-Muslim Archive: The Poetics and Politics of Cultural Translation" on September 27th.

Susan Belasco was an invited participant in two plenary roundtables at the recent Society for the Study of American Writers triennial conference in Denver last week. The first was a panel on the theme of the conference, “Citizenship and Belonging,” and the second was a panel on career paths. At the conference, Susan enjoyed talking with Carol Holly, a UNL undergraduate who earned her Ph.D. at Brown University and is now a professor of English at St. Olaf’s College.

Danielle Metcalf presented her research “Commercialized Stories and False Narratives: Silence and Re-Silencing within Novels Involving Trafficked Women” on October 13th at the Interdisciplinary Conference of Human Trafficking in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Gwendolyn Audrey Foster and Wheeler Winston Dixon delivered the keynote addresses at the 2012 Literature/Film Association Annual Conference at York College in York, PA; Gwendolyn spoke on "21st Century Hollywood", and Wheeler spoke on "Streaming the World," to an audience of film scholars and students.

Grace Bauer's poem "The Rhetoric Of Oz" was chosen by Lit Undressed for their "Women In Disguise" presentation to be performed as part of the Omaha Lit Fest. Earlier this month, Grace helped organize the second annual 100 Thousand Poets for Change Reading in Lincoln, which featured graduate students and recent grads of our Creative Writing Program, including Jeff Alessandrelli, Sarah Chavez, Crystal Gibbons, and Madeline Wiseman, as well as poets from the Lincoln community generally.

Lindsay Mayo Fincher presented "Grasping Ephemera: Scientific and Aesthetic Studies of the (Not So) Common Soap Bubble" at the North American Victorian Studies Association conference in Madison, Wisconsin on September 29.

Mevi Hova presented her paper, “Bridging Old and New Black Women Identities: The Use of Vernacular in Jessie Redmon Fauset’s ‘Mary Elizabeth’ and Anita Scott Coleman’s 'Two Old Women A-Shopping Go!’” at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) triennial conference in Denver, CO, on October 13. She is especially appreciative of Dr. Maureen Honey’s advice and support for this paper.

Amelia M.L. Montes' paper, “The Question of Class in Considering Race and Ethnicity in the Study of American Women Writers” was presented at The Society for the Study of American Women Writers’ panel, “Intersections: Considering Race and Ethnicity in the Study of American Women Writers” on Friday, October 11, 2012, for the SSAWW meeting in Denver. On Saturday, October 12, Amelia was on a plenary panel and gave her paper, “Directing an Ethnic Studies Program” for the "Latinos in the Midwest” Obermann-International Programs Humanities Symposium at the University of Iowa. The Clean Part Reading Series presents poets Mathias Svalina, Alexis Orgera, and John Chávez on Saturday, November 3, 6 pm at the Sheldon Museum of Art. Check the Clean Part website for more information: cleanpartreading.blogspot.com.

Trey Moody will read on Friday, November 16, 7:30 pm at Aromas coffee shop in downtown Omaha as part of the Strange Machine Reading Series.

Caitie Leibman presented at the 3rd Annual Constructed Environment Conference in Vancouver on October 26. Caitie was representing the UNL Mid-America Transportation Center, where as a graduate research assistant she serves as a senior editor and staff writer. She spoke about the role of communication products in disseminating transportation research results. The conference organizers selected Caitie as a Graduate Scholar Award recipient, entitling her to a certificate, a conference fee waiver, and valuable experience chairing and moderating sessions.

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Jeff Alessandrelli's manuscript This Last Time Will Be the First was recently a finalist for the 2012 Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize. Out of 500 entries, 20 were chosen as finalists..

Wheeler Winston Dixon recent book, A History of Horror, has just been released as an unabridged audiobook by Audible, one of the world's top publishers of audio books, with narration by Aaron Henkin. A History of Horror was named an Outstanding Academic Title by the journal Choice. Some representative reviewer comments: 1) "This book certainly has solid scholarship, but it is also a book that once picked up is hard to put down. Essential." (Choice); 2) "This concise overview is an informative and entertaining read. Recommended." (Library Journal); 3) "This is an excellent survey of horror movies . . . full of fascinating information and is delivered in an accessible manner. Required reading for horror fans." (Booklist)

Place in the Classroom: A Pedagogy Roundtable Are you looking for new ideas for your classes? Are you anticipating a new course assignment for next semester? Are you wanting to shake up an existing class? Whether you’re teaching a composition class, a creative writing, or a literature class, we have presenters who will give you new ideas about the possibilities that using a place-conscious pedagogy can offer to you and your classes, integrating all the interdisciplinary facets of place, including ethnic and gender studies. This roundtable, moderated by Robert Brooke, will feature Michelle Menting talking about using place in creative writing classes, Aubrey Streit Krug talking about the benefits of using place in English 151, and Karen Babine will talk about using place in English 180. Join us on Tuesday 6 Nov. 2012 in Bailey Library from 12:30-1:30 for the conversation.

Teaching College Literature is a new online source for ideas about English Literature instruction at the college and university level, edited by Renee Pigeon of California State University, San Bernardino. The site features articles, reviews, teaching tips, and links to resources including syllabi and course materials. Submissions are welcome, too! Access the site at: teachingcollegelit.com.


Ted Kooser'ssecond children's book, House Held Up By Trees, has just been published in a German edition. Ted says he's riding the coattails of the young illustrator, Jon Klassen, who has been getting a lot of recognition, including this book's nomination for Canada's Governor General's Award.

Sarah Fawn Montgomery's essay, “Either/Or,” was accepted for publication by New Madrid. Her essay, “Two Fighting Fists,” was accepted for publication by apt. Her poem, “Firefly,” was accepted for publication by Fourteen Hills.

Kathryn Kruger's article, "'The Antigone and Its Moral': George Eliot, Hegel, and Judith Butler" has been accepted and is forthcoming in the peer-reviewed journal, The George Eliot Review. The article argues that George Eliot's Antigonean considerations---most notably from Eliot's essay, "The Antigone and Its Moral" (1856) and her historical novel Romola (1862-63)---deviate from Hegel's gendered reading of Sophocles' tragedy and thereby anticipate Judith Butler's post-structuralist interpretation of Antigone as a catachretic exemplar of kinship---a concept which illustrates the constitutive relationality between the political and the familial.

Marco Abel just published two new essays related to his ongoing research on the contemporary German filmmaking movement, the BerlinSchool. His essay, “22 January 2007: Film Establishment Attacks ‘Berlin School’ as Wrong Kind of National Cinema,” was published in A New History of German Cinema (Eds. Jennifer Kapczynski and Michael Richardson, Rochester: Camden House, 2012: 602-608); and his essay, “The Minor Cinema of Thomas Arslan: A Prolegomenon,” just came out in Turkish German Cinema in the New Millennium: Sites, Sounds, and Screens (Eds. Sabine Hake and Barbara Mennell, Oxford & New York: Berghahn Books, 2012: 44-55).

Sarah Fawn Montgomery was invaluably helpful as one of the assistant editors of the first-ever guest-edited issue of Brevity, brevitymag.com, in which her book review of Mary Cappello's Swallow appears. Joy Castro co-edited the special issue, “CEILING or SKY? Female Nonfictions after the VIDA Count,” with Susanne Antonetta (Western Washington U) and Barrie Jean Borich (DePaul U). Joy's craft essay, "On Length in Literature," also appears in the issue.

Steve Behrendt's essay, "William Wordsworth and Women Poets," appears in European Romantic Review 223 (December 2012): 635-50.

Jeff Alessandrelli's work was recently accepted for publication in Puerto del Sol, Pleiades, Rain Taxi and Anti-.

J.D. Wiley's story "This Burned Cup of Earth" appears in the latest issue of the South Dakota Review.

Gabriel Houck's essay, "Lost Birds of the Civil War," will appear in the Summer 2013 issue of the literary journal Sweet.

Sarah A. Chavez's poem, "Tag," (which was written in Grace Bauer's poetic forms class – so Sarah says, “Thank you, Grace!”) was recently accepted for publication in North American Review. Sarah’s "The poem I wouldn't write for you" appeared in The Acentos Review August 2012 Music issue, edited by Bonafide Rojas.

Hali F. Sofala has poems appearing in the Fall 2012 issues of both WomenArts Quarterly Journal and basalt. She also has work forthcoming in the Winter 2013 issues of CALYX Journal and New Madrid.

Grace Bauer's poem "All That Glitters Is Not Goldi" appears in the inaugural issue of Phoenix in a Jacuzzi.

Benjamin Vogt has had two micro essays accepted by Prime Number -- both come from his memoir about establishing his backyard prairie garden.

Casey Pycior's flash fiction, "De Facto Romance," is set to appear in the October 2012 issue of Storyglossia.

“Lady of the Burlesque Ballet” by Timothy Schaffert was the debut story in Ploughshares’ new series of long-form short stories for e-book readers. The story hit #20 on Amazon’s list of best-selling Kindle Singles the week of its debut. His essay, “A Life in a House,” is forthcoming in the print edition of Ploughshares. His editorial project, You Will Never See Any God: Stories by Ervin D. Krause, for which he wrote the introduction and selected the stories, has been accepted for publication by University of Nebraska Press and will be published in 2014.