January/February 2023

Department of English Newsletter January/February 2023

Upcoming Department Events

Publications & Acceptances

Marco Abel and his co-editor, Jaimey Fisher, were interviewed on the cinema of the Berlin School and their co-edited volume, The Berlin School and Its Global Contexts: A Transnational Art Cinema (Wayne State UP, 2018), which transcript Verlag recently published in German translation as Die Berliner Schule im globalen Kontext: Ein transnationales Arthouse-Kino (2022). “Ästhetische Weigerung: Kein leicht konsumierbares Abbild eines ‘modernen’ Deutschlands” appeared in the Berliner Gazette (January 11, 2023).


Steve Behrendt’s chapter, “British Women and Provincial Poetry,” has just appeared in The Routledge Companion to Romantic Women Writers, edited by Ann Hawkins, Catherine Blackwell, and Leigh Bonds. Steve’s essay situates Romantic-era British provincial women writers within the contexts of literary publication throughout England generally, ca. 1785 - 1835, and considers the principal gender-specific factors that affected how, where, and for whom these writers wrote and published. The essay also includes two extensive bibliographical supplements.

Joy Castro’s new novel One Brilliant Flame  was published on January 3 and launched on January 11 at the historic San Carlos Institute in Key West, Florida, where the story is set, as part of the Key West Art & Historical Society’s Distinguished Speakers Series. Joy is very grateful to our colleague Amelia Montes for this thorough and thoughtful interview about how the novel came to be. It was reviewed in Booklist which called it a “fascinating, informative, and important read” that “should be in all fiction collections”—and el roommate: colectivo de lectores. In Poets & Writers, she offered advice to writers and answered ten questions about writing One Brilliant Flame.

Cameron Steele’s essay “A Certain Slant of Light” was published in the print edition of Barrelhouse Magazine in December. Her essay “A Shadow Materialized,” part book review of Barbara Molinard’s Panics and Philippa Snow’s Which As You Know Means Violence, part personal narrative about the violence of cancer recurrence, will be featured in Gulf Coast Magazine’s forthcoming issue.

Ber Anena has three poems, “How to Love a Broken Man,” “Lessons on My Mother’s Face,” and “Hail the Feet that Kick in Walls” published Isele magazine.

Phillip Howells has published “Science Fiction and the Absurd: Lauren Olamina as a Symbol of Hope in Butler’s Parables in the Journal of Popular Culture. This is his first peer-reviewed publication in an academic journal.

Siwar Masannat published an article titled “A Constellation of Transnational Poetics” in Jacket2.

Conferences, Readings, Workshops & Presentations

The local launch of Joy Castro’s new novel One Brilliant Flame will take place at Francie & Finch Bookshop on Friday, February 10 at 5:30 pm. A public conversation about the book’s political issues—the utopian, revolutionary, anticolonial, antiracist, and working-class struggles of Cuban cigar-workers in late 19th-century Key West—will take place at Indigo Bridge on Saturday, February 11 at 4:00 pm. Everyone is warmly invited to both events; refreshments will be served. Joy also taught a creative writing workshop for the Key West Literary Seminar, January 10-14. In addition to launching One Brilliant Flame at the historic San Carlos Institute, which features so largely in the novel, on January 11, she gave readings at Florida International University in Miami, the University of Tampa, and the Sunshine State Book Festival in Gainesville, Florida.

On Friday, January 27, Guy Reynolds gave the keynote address at the Affectivities of Migration conference held at Manipal Academy of Higher Education in Manipal, India. The title of the lecture was “Global Formalism: Migration and the Contemporary Anglophone Story.”

Arden Eli Hill, Stacey Waite, and Ava Winter will be reading at Indigo Bridge books (1624 S 17th St Ste 200) on Sunday, February 12 at 2:00 pm. Come out, see the new location of the store, buy books, and have them signed!

Activities, Accolades, & Grants

Cover of Boyer 2030 Report Cover of HOSTAS REVIEW Number 18

Amy Goodburn was elected president-elect of the Association for Undergraduate Education at Research Universities (UERU) and will serve as president in 2023-24 and past-president in 2024-25. UERU is a national consortium of more than 100 R1 and R2 universities, all of which are dedicated to innovation and excellence in undergraduate education. In particular, Amy will be sponsoring conversations across higher education institutions on the newly released Boyer 2030 report “The Equity-Excellence Imperative.”

The editors of the international journal, Hostos Review/Revista Hostosiana, have nominated Amelia M.L. Montes’ essay, “Los Rumbos Que Marcan El Cuerpo/Places That Mark the Body,” for a Pushcart Prize. Her essay, a chapter from her Yugoslavia book, was published in November 2022.

Julia Schleck’s book Dirty Knowledge received a glowing review in the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Katie Schmid Henson is a National Endowment for the Arts fellow in literature for 2023.

Adrian S. Wisnicki will spend two weeks as an Invited Professor at the Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour during the fall 2023 semester thanks to Laurence Roussilon-Constanty, President of Société Française des Études Victoriennes et Édouardiennes (SFÉVÉ), having secured a grant from the university to fund the visit.

Uche Okonkwo was awarded a 2023 grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation.

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