English Department News Letter and Calendar


Steve Behrendt (who is also Acting Chair for Spring 2013) has a new essay, "William Wordsworth and Women Poets," just out in the latest issue of European Romantic Review.

Wheeler Winston Dixon
has published "Just the Facts, Man: the Complicated Genesis of Television’s Dragnet" in Film International, at http://filmint.nu/?p=6348.

Sarah Fawn Montgomery's poem, "Time Traveling," will appear in Georgetown Review.

Kristi Carter’s poem, "Portrait of you as Appalachia and Myself as Nike of Samothrace," will appear in the Spring 2013 issue of So to Speak.

Julia Schleck's “Textual truths and lived experience in George Sandys’ Relation of a Journey begun in 1610 and William Biddulph’s The travels of certaine Englishmen“ has been published in Through the Eyes of the Beholder: The Holy Land 1517-1714, edited by Judy Hayden and Nabil Matar (Leiden: Brill Publishers, 2012).

Michelle Menting has three poems forthcoming in The MacGuffin, as well as a poem forthcoming in Poecology. Her poems currently appear in the most recent issues of Crab Creek Review and Hawk & Handsaw: The Journal of Creative Sustainability. Michelle also had her proposal accepted to present at the UVa conference, "Subject to Change: Nature, Text, and the Limits of the Human," this March in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Jill McCabe Johnson's first poetry collection, Diary of the One Swelling Sea (http://moonpathpress.com/publications.htm), has been published by MoonPath Press, an imprint of Concrete Wolf. She is especially grateful to Grace Bauer and Ted Kooser for their feedback and encouragement on many of these poems.

Laura Madeline Wiseman's new letterpress book Unclose the Door is now available from Gold Quoin Press. Unclose the Door is from her dissertation on Matilda Fletcher, the suffragist, lecturer and poet. Finally, her chapbook Stranger Still has just been accepted by Finishing Line Press.  She has poems in the current issue of Silver Blade, Spittoon, and Menacing Hedge. She also has poems forthcoming in The Meadowland Review, Martian Lit, Thirteen Myna Birds, and in the anthology Les Femmes Folles: The Women, 2012. Her essay “How to be a Russian Sleeper for US” is forthcoming in The Places We’ve Been: Field Reports from Travelers Under 35.

Benjamin Vogt's collection of poems, Afterimage, has just been released by Stephen F. Austin State University Press; it was one of his two dissertations. In related news (read the aforementioned book), Benjamin's prairie garden was chosen as a best of 2012 outdoor space by Apartment Therapy.

Gwendolyn Audrey Foster and Wheeler Winston Dixon have just published the second, revised edition of their textbook A Short History of Film (Rutgers UP, 2013).  A Short History of Film, Second Edition provides a concise and accurate overview of the history of world cinema, detailing the major movements, directors, studios, and genres from 1896 through 2012. Accompanied by more than 250 rare color and black-and-white stills, it presents new and amended coverage of the industry in addition to updating the birth and death dates and final works of notable directors. This edition's expanded focus on key films brings the book firmly into the digital era and chronicles the death of film as a production medium.  David Sterritt, Chairman of National Society of Film Critics, has declared "This is the film history book we've been waiting for." In a starred review, Library Journal rates it "Highly recommended."

E. D. E. N. Southworth: Recovering a Nineteenth-Century Popular Novelist, Melissa Homestead's volume of scholarly essays co-edited with Pamela Washington (University of Central Oklahoma), is just out from the University of Tennessee Press. This is the first book in more than 75 years to be devoted exclusively to one of the most popular novelists of the 19th-century United States. The book includes a new chronological bibliography of Southworth's works that Melissa produced in collaboration with Vicki Martin, a UNL PhD student.

Casey Pycior's poem, "Sledding in Wichita," recently appered in Ted Kooser's nationally-syndicated column, American Life in Poetry. Casey would like to thank Ted “for taking the poem and exposing him to more readers than he'll probably ever have for his fiction. (Thanks again, Ted. It was an honor.)”


Matt Jockers participated in the following conference discussions and workshops: "Rebooting Graduate Training: Collaboration, Computing, and the New Thesis," a panel organized by the Discussion Group on Computer Studies in Language and Literature at the Modern Language Association National Meeting, Boston, MA. January 7, 2013; "Theories and Practices of the Literary Lab," a roundtable at MLA, Boston, MA. January 3, 2013; "Getting Started in Digital Humanities with Help from DHCommons," a roundtable for the Digital Humanities Commons MLA Workshop hosted by Northeastern University, Boston, MA, January 3, 2013; "Introduction to Topic Modeling," a Digital Humanities Commons MLA Workshop hosted by Northeastern University, Boston, MA, January 3, 2013; and “Large-Scale Text Analysis with R,” a workshop at the Digital Humanities Winter Institute, University of Maryland, January 7 – 11, 2013.

Attending the MLA conference in Boston, Marco Abel participated in a panel on “Good Objects and their Discontents: The Berlin School and the Current State of German Film Studies”; Marco’s presentation was entitled, “No Turn Back: Dissensus and the Affect-Image in Films of the Berlin School.”

Pete Capuano organized and presented a Special Session at this year's MLA in Boston. The panel was called "Surface Reading by Hand: The Manual Turn in Nineteenth-Century British Literature." Pete's paper was titled "Manufacturing Hands in British Industrial Fiction."

In October, the Gray Skies Reading Series in Olympia featured Jill McCabe Johnson and contributors to the anthology, Becoming: What Makes a Woman, edited by Jill. Jill also read her poetry in a reading November 19 hosted by Floating Bridge Press at the University of Washington Bookstore in Seattle.

Laura Madeline Wiseman did a reading for the “Tuesday with Writers” series in December.


Aubrey Streit Krug has been named a Graduate Fellow at UNL’s Center for Great Plains Studies. This newly-established fellowship program offers selected graduate students a place to work, meet, obtain travel and research support and funding, learn from fellow students, engage with the center’s faculty and staff, benefit from the center’s resources, and progress in their studies.

Adrian Koesters received an Outstanding Educator Award for 2012 from the UNL chapter of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity.

Steve Behrendt has recently (late November) been elected President of the International Conference on Romanticism, the second-largest international association of Romanticists and the one with historically the most diversified and internationalist perspective on interdisciplinary Romanticism.

Jaime Brunton’s co-authored chapbook, The Future is a Faint Song, has won the 2012 Dream Horse Press National Chapbook Competition and will be published later this year. This book, along with her chapbook Opera on TV, were both named finalists for the Midwest Writing Center’s 2012 Chapbook Contest. Opera on TV was also named a semifinalist for Gold Line Press’s 2012 Chapbook Competition. Additionally, Jaime’s full-length manuscript, Reclaimed, was recently named by Brenda Hillman as a finalist for Omnidawn’s 1st/2nd Poetry Book Prize.

On December 7, 2012, Marco Abel was quoted in “Summoning Halcyon Days of Failed Ideas,” Dennis Lim’s long New York Times review article of Berlin School director Christian Petzold’s latest film, Barbara. Marco also received three grants. The UNL Research Council awarded Marco a John C. and Nettie V. David Memorial Trust Fund Grant-in-Aid in the amount of $4,250 with the help of which Marco will travel to Munich next summer to spend a few weeks at the Munich film museum’s archive to do some preliminary research on the “New Munich Group,” a group of German filmmakers emerging in the late 1960s who made some of the most important films of the era but who have been written out of (German) film history. Marco speculates that this preliminary research might be the first step in a long-term project tentatively entitled, “New Munich Group Filmmaking: With Nonchalance Before the Abyss.” And together with Roland Végsö, Jeannette Jones (History), and Damien Pfister (Communications Studies), Marco was awarded two Faculty Senate Convocation Grants, totaling $1,213, to support Humanities on the Edge’s two spring events, the visits by E. Patrick Johnson (Northwestern) and Kristin Ross (NYU). Finally, Marco, representing the “Humanities on the Edge” collective, appeared on “Feeding the Soul of the Community,” a panel discussion broadcast live on NET television on January 26.

Judy Slater has won the 2012 short-short story prize from the New York literary magazine Literal Latté.  Her story, “The Past Life Hypnotist Predicts the Future,” will be published in the next issue.

Five of Steve Buhler's musical settings of Shakespearean sonnets have been released as a digital EP, Sweet Will and the Saucy Jacks.  The EP (or individual tracks) is available for preview and download on Bandcamp: sweetwill.bandcamp.com.

Laura Madeline Wiseman’s debut full-length book of poetry, Sprung is reviewed in New Orleans Review, Book Review: My Imaginary Rest on a Cushion of Benjamins.” Amorak Huey interviews her, “‘They Wouldn’t Be Poems If I didn’t Make Them’: A Conversation with Laura Madeline Wiseman,” in the current issue of Menacing Hedge and Jeff Hecker interviews her, “Sprung Is Not About Spring: an interview with Laura Madeline Wiseman” in Apt.


Please encourage your students to join us for a workshop on Gaining Experience: Internships in English on January 23 from noon-1:30 p.m. in the Bailey Library. Panelists include representatives from Prairie Schooner, the Walt Whitman Archive, the Sheldon Museum of Art, Sandhills Publishing, the UNL Writing Center, and Career Services. Snacks provided. Students will learn about on and off-campus opportunities to gain relevant career experience.  Please contact Angela Jockers (ajockers2@unl.edu) or Kelly Payne (kpayne2@unl.edu) with questions.

It is with sadness that we report the passing on 27 December 2012, at the age of 77, of Erin Marcus, the wife of our former colleague Mordecai Marcus. Erin took her PhD from the Department of English in 1994, having completed a fine dissertation on A. E. Housman, and she also taught in the department for several years during that period. We all offer Mordecai our sincere sympathy and condolences on his loss.