English Department News Letter and Calendar

Publisher: Susan Belasco


Claire Harlan Orsi has a story in the current issue of Better: Culture and Lit and will have a short story in the Spring 2014 Issue of The Pinch.

Steve Buhler has a review of Noam Reisner, John Milton's Paradise Lost: A Reading Guide, in the May 2013 issue of Milton Quarterly.

Tom Bennitt's short story "Wild and Wonderful" was accepted by The Texas Review and is due to be published in their Spring 2014 issue. Also, his interview of the fiction writer Skip Horack will appear in Fiction Writers Review sometime this winter. . Caitie Leibman's personal essay "This Might Just Be Me" will be featured in the forthcoming issue of New Delta Review. This is her first major creative publication, and she'd like to thank her M.A. adviser Joy Castro and all the kind readers of her committee and workshops.

Sarah Fawn Montgomery's poems, "Losing Ground" and "A Surviving Letter from the Hindenburg," will appear in the anthology [Ex]tinguished & [Ex]tinct: An Anthology of Things That No Longer [Ex]ist. Her essay, "Syndicated Silence," appear in The Southeast Review.

Over the summer, Trey Moody's poem "Same-Day Resolution" appeared in Boston Review; a piece of his flash fiction, "Substance, Static," appeared in Denver Quarterly.

Raul Palma's essay "The Roasting Box" is forthcoming in The Cossack Review, and his essay "A Restoration Comedy" appeared in NEAT's inaugural issue."

PhD student Belinda Acosta's short story "Birth and Afterbirth" was named a finalist in the 2013 Texas Observer Short Story Contest. Read her story here"

Adrian Gibbons Koesters' first book of poetry, Many Parishes, is forthcoming from BrickHouse Books as part of its long-running New Poets series, and will appear in March 2014. Her poems, "Penitentiary" and "This Morning, Making a Back Payment" are forthcoming in The Inflectionist Review.

Jaime Brunton has two poems in the latest issue of Denver Quarterly.

Timothy Schaffert's novel, The Swan Gondola, forthcoming in the US from Riverhead/Penguin, has been accepted for publication in the UK by Oneworld Publications (London).

Marco Abel's essay “Seeing and Saying” was recently published in Berlin School Glossary: An ABC of the New Wave in German Cinema (Eds. Brad Prager, Kristin Kopp, Lutz Koepnick, and Roger Cook. London: Intellect, 2013: 231-237).

Marianne Kunkel's poem "I Guess" has been accepted for publication in Rattle, and her poetry collection, All the Girls Shout Please, was a finalist for the ABZ Press First Book Prize.

Jaime Brunton was named a runner-up for Tupelo Quarterly's poetry prize, judged by Ilya Kaminsky. You can read her poem, "You Are a Flash in This Young Night," in Tupelo Quarterly's inaugural issue. "

Kwame Dawes was recently awarded the University of Iowa's Paul Engle Prize, which honors writers who represent a pioneering spirit in the world of literature. Dawes received the prize Oct. 12 while in Iowa City as the university's Ida Beam Visiting Writer. Additionally, his poem "Journey Man" was recently accepted for publication in TriQuarterly.

Hali F. Sofala's poems "Answering" and "Clearing" have been accepted for publication in the Spring 2014 issue of Moon City Review. Her poem "Getting Over It" has been accepted for publication in the Fall 2013 issue of Arcadia Magazine. Sofala's poems were also featured in the October 29th edition of the SamoaObserver, the primary newspaper on the islands of Samoa.

Raul Palma's short story "Ropa Vieja" finished Top-25 in Glimmer Train's Short Story Award For New Writers. His poem "Blue Balls" was a finalist in Nagautuck River Review's 5th Annual Narrative Poetry Contest, which was judged by Susan Deer Cloud; it will appear in their 2014 Winter Issue. His story "Seventeenth of December" was a finalist in Cease, Cows Hallow/Hallowed contest, which was judged by Stephen Graham Jones; it will appear in their forthcoming issue.

Grace Bauer's chapbook of poems, Cafá Culture has just been released by Imaginary Friend Press.

Wheeler Winston Dixon has published "Light From The Screen: Cinema, Painting and Spectatorship," in Film International October 29, 2013.

Gwendolyn Audrey Foster published the following articles: Article, "Yayoi Kusama: The Orgy of Self-Obliteration," Film International October 18, 2013: Reconsidering The Landscape of the Homoerotic Body in Claire Denis’s Beau Travail, Film International September 10th, 2013; Alice Guy’s La Vie du Christ: A Feminist Vision of the Christ Tale," Film International September 3, 2013.

Marco Abel published The Counter-Cinema of the Berlin School (Rochester: Camden House, 2013). Marco thanks the Department and especially Linda Pratt, Joy Ritchie, and Susan Belasco, for all the support they've given him over the last 9 years to pursue this research project bring it to completion.

Joy Castro's edited collection of essays by 25 authors of memoir, Family Trouble: Memoirists on the Hazards and Rewards of Revealing Family, was published in October by the University of Nebraska Press.

Susan M. Fritz, Linda Ray Pratt, and Kristin Yates published "Strategic Investment: A Case Study of Payoffs from Targeted University Funding" in the Journal of Academic Perspectives. Vol 1,#3 (2013). Online at http://www.journalofacademicperspectives.com/back-issues/vol-2013/no-3/

Trey Moody recently had one poem accepted by Pleiades and four poems accepted by West Branch.


Steve Buhler's Shakespeariences -- broadcasts on Shakespearean topics for NET Radio -- can be heard monthly on the network's Friday Live program and are also available online. Here's a sample: Shakespeariences

Together with Alexander Vazansky (Dept. of History), Marco Abel organized the 3-day seminar, "What Was Politics in '1968'?," held at the annual German Studies Association meeting, October 3-6, in Denver. The seminar brought together 14 scholars from disciplines including German History, Art History, Film Studies, Literary Studies, and Geography to discuss the question based on individual contributions that were submitted prior to the meeting. Marco’s contribution was his paper, "Against the 'Political' Film in '1968': The Forgotten Case of the New Munich Group."

Pete Capuano joined Laura White, Bev Rilett, Lindsay Mayo Fincher, and Jackie Harris at this year's North American Victorian Studies Association meeting in Pasadena, CA. Sending five Victorian scholars to this important meeting marks an all-time high for the department.

Rhonda Garelick will be giving a lecture at Yale on November 21st, entitled" An Exterminating Angel: Coco Chanel, Myth, and Fashion." The lecture, based on her forthcoming book about Chanel and politics, is co-sponsored by the Yale Program for the Study of Antisemitism and the Yale French Department.

Amanda Gailey delivered a talk, "Searching for Topsy," at the Loyola University Day Conference on Textual Studies and the History of Books in American Literature."

Jessica Metzler will present a session entitled Interdisciplinary Teaching Collaborations: Creating Space and Facilitating Connection with colleagues Amy Godert and Rob Vanderlan from Cornell University at the 2013 POD (Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education) Conference in November. The session addresses interdisciplinary course design and the creation of faculty programming support for interdisciplinary teaching collaborations.

Steve Behrendt gave the Presidential Address, The State of International Romanticisms, at the annual meeting of the International Conference on Romanticism held at Oakland University in late September.

Joy Castro served as an invited visiting writer at Grinnell College, Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, Vanderbilt University, and Washington College.

From October 9-12 Tom Lynch attended the Western Literature Association conference in Berkeley, California. While there, he presented a paper titled Reconciliation with Place: Bioregional Narratives of Reinhabitation in the US West and Australian Outback. He also served on a panel on the topic of graduate student professionalization and publishing. And he ran a session on the topic of new directions for the journal Western American Literature, which he now edits. He also managed to slip away to attend an Oakland As playoff game, which they lost.

Beverley Rilett presented two conference papers this October: George Henry Lewes’s Packaging of George Eliot: From Moral Insurgent to Moral Sage at the European Studies Conference (ESC) in Omaha, and How Thomas Huxley Helped to Create George Eliot’s Casaubon and Proteus Merman at the North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA) conference in Pasadena, California.

Matthew Jockers gave three invited talks in October: "Big Text and Critical Issues of Copyright." Critical Issues in Higher Education Conference. New York, October 29-30, 2013; "Data-Driven Criticism: A (Literary) Lab Report." Keynote. Iowa State University’s Signature Themes series on Data-Rich Environments. Ames IA, October 11, 2013: "Other Irelands: A Macroanalysis." Keynote. American Conference for Irish Studies Midwest Regional Meeting. Iowa City, IA. October 12, 2013.


"Wheeler Winston Dixon's book Streaming: Movies, Media and Instant Access (University Press of Kentucky) has been selected as a Significant University Press Title for Undergraduates, 2012–2013 by Choice. In addition, Wheeler Winston Dixon and Gwendolyn Audrey Foster's book A Short History of Film, 2nd Revised Edition (Rutgers UP) has also been selected as a as a Significant University Press Title for Undergraduates, 2012 –2013 by Choice."

"The Nebraska State Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is holding its annual meeting at UNL this year, on Saturday, November 9 from 9:30-2:30 in the City Campus Union. The meeting will feature round table discussions of 'Workplace Issues: Why We Need Unions in the Educational Workplace and Academic Freedom Issues: Why We Need Advocacy Groups and Chapters. The meeting is aimed at K-16 educators in Nebraska and will have speakers from the NEA, AAUP, ACLU and AFCON. All educators, regardless or rank or status (that includes graduate student teachers!) are encouraged to attend. Lunch and coffee will be served. Any questions? Contact Julia Schleck at jschleck2@unl.edu."

Over the summer Jaime Brunton's manuscript Reclaimed was named a semifinalist for the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition.

Timothy Schaffert's novel, The Swan Gondola, was featured in the September Pre-Pub Alert section of Library Journal as award worthy; the article noted that it’s time for him to become a household name. Schaffert's short story, Lady of the Burlesque Ballet, was listed in Best American Short Stories 2013 as one of the year's most notable. The notables list also included Gerald Shapiro's A Drunkard's Walk.

Joy Castro's novel Hell or High Water won the 2013 Nebraska Book Award for fiction.

Linda Pratt was part of a team of consultants that reviewed the mission statements of the sixteen campuses of the University of North Carolina and made recommendations to the Board of Governors for the UNC system about changes in the kinds of degrees each campus could offer. Linda and the team held hearings on the Chapel Hill campus Oct. 17-19.

On Oct. 26, Tom Lynch attended the Nebraska Center for the Book annual awards ceremony, where his book Artifacts & Illuminations: Critical Essays on Loren Eiseley, co-edited with Susan N. Maher, received the top prize in the anthology category.

Ken Price was featured on the nationally syndicated radio program, Leaves of Grass, carried by Studio 360. The program has been archived by New York Public Radio. Ken was also interviewed by Mariana Garzón Rogé, a journalist from Buenos Aires, for Red-Historia. Their discussion is titled Expansión elasticidad y reelaboración de un archivo como base de datos. Entrevista a Kenneth Price del Archivo Walt Whitman

Matthew Jockers's research was profiled in Nautilus in an article titled: "Literature by the Numbers.

Humanities on the Edge

On November 7, our second speaker this fall, Joshua Clover (Professor of English, University of California-Davis), will deliver a lecture entitled, "Is Crisis Theory? Global Crisis, Local Struggles, and the Fate of Ideas." An acclaimed poet (The Totality for Kids), Clover specializes in poetics, 20th century American poetry, critical theory, and film studies. In his Film Quarterly column, "Marx and Coca Cola," he offered some of the most trenchant analyses of contemporary film culture; his writings on music, including his many contributions to Spin magazine and his book, 1989: Bob Dylan Didn't Have This to Sing About, reimagined how we understand both pop music and its social context; and in his contributions to The Nation he uses his distinctive critical point of view -- a mix of Pop and Marxism -- as a means to question, for example, the viability of the economic theories of many a liberal's favorite economist, Paul Krugman. Clover is also an indicted member of the "Davis Dozen" -- a group of eleven activist students and one professor (Clover) who were served with arrest notices one month after the US Bank on the UC-Davis campus closed its doors for good, following weeks of protests against the banks' role in increasing student costs and student debt. At 2p on the same day Professor Clover will have a special student-centered meeting with interested graduate students in Bailey library to discuss his work. We've circulated the essays that will serve as the basis for this meeting. If you have don't have access to the essays please contact Marco Abel. As always, the lecture takes place at the Sheldon Museum of Art at 5:30 pm. Marco Abel and Roland Végső, as well as their collaborators Jeannette Jones (History & Ethnic Studies) and Damien Pfister (Communication Studies), hope that you will help us spread the word about these events and, of course, that many of you can attend them.