Department of English Newsletter March 2015

Upcoming Department Events

Publications & Acceptances

Wheeler Winston Dixon has published an article, “Humanities in the Digital Era,” which examines the gap between the complete record of human knowledge and what's available online, as well as the unreliability of digital archiving, in Film International February 12th, 2015.

Yeojin Kim’s book review of “Material Ecocriticism. Ed. Serenella Iovino and Serpil Oppermann. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 2014.” is forthcoming in the Summer 2015 issue of Journal of Ecocriticism. Meanwhile, her article “Cormac McCarthy’s The Crossing: Demystifying American West through Bioregional Reinhabitation and Nomadic Border-Crossing” was published in American Studies 37-1 (2014): 55-81, a refereed academic journal published by American Studies Institute at Seoul National University in Republic of Korea.

Cover image for Water and What We KnowKaren Babine's essay collection, Water and What We Know: Following the Roots of a Northern Life is available now from the University of Minnesota Press. In essays that travel from the wildness of Lake Superior to the order of an apple orchard, Babine traces an ethic of place, a way to understand the essence of inhabiting a place deeply rooted in personal stories. How, she asks, does land determine what kind of people grow in that soil? She will also participate in the University of Minnesota Press's 90th Anniversary Reading at AWP in Minneapolis in April.

Gwendolyn Audrey Foster has published an article on “Michelangelo Antonioni’s La Notte,” in Senses of Cinema 74 (February 2015).

Cover Image for Nowhere At AllA review of Grace Bauer's book, Nowhere All At Once, appears in the January issue of World Literature Today. Grace's poem, The Rhetoric of Oz, is featured, along with a brief interview, on the Fairy Tale Review website. Grace has poems forthcoming in Georgetown Review, Grist, Paterson Poetry Review, Scapegoat, So To Speak, and South Dakota Review.

Sarah Fawn Montgomery’s poem, “How to Make a Drum,” will appear in Weave. Her poem, “Quicksand, Missouri,” will appear in Briar Cliff Review. Her poem, “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” will appear in Weber: The Contemporary West. Her flash essay, “In the Midst of This,” appears in the current issue of Barnstorm.

Gabriel Houck's short story, Funeral For the Old Family, will appear in the upcoming issue of The Adirondack Review.

Rhonda Garelick published an article in Salon entitled "Bill O’Reilly’s masculinity problem: Why anchormen feel the need to be war heroes."

Maria Nazos' three poems "For a Good Time, Call Morphine," "When the Beloved Asks 'What Would You Do One Morning if I Woke up as a Loch Ness Monster?'" and "Rock 'n' Roll Fever" (reprinted), are forthcoming in Gargoyle Magazine.

Jackie Harris' journal article "George MacDonald's Frightening Female: Menopause and Makemnoit in The Light Princess" will appear in a forthcoming issue of North Wind: The Journal of George MacDonald Studies. The essay derives from one of her dissertation chapters.

Ken Price et al. published "Civil War Washington: The City and the Site" in Civil War Washington: History, Place, and Digital Scholarship (University of Nebraska Press). This volume also reprints from Leviathan Ken's essay "Walt Whitman and Civil War Washington."

Kelly Payne co-presented with Ann Tschetter on bell hooks' theory of Radical Openness and faculty advising at the 2015 UNL Academic Advising Association conference on "Hidden Student" on February 23rd. Information about this presentation and others may be found online.

Conferences, Readings, Workshops & Presentations

Yeojin Kim will present her paper “Constructing the Bioregional Cartography of Antebellum Northeastern Coastal Forests: Imaginary Collaboration by Henry David Thoreau and Susan Fenimore Cooper” at the Thoreau Society 2015 Annual Gathering in Concord, M.A. in coming July. Research for this paper was supported by a 2014 Thoreau Society Short-Term Research Fellowship. Yeojin owes her deepest appreciation to Michael Frederick, Executive Director of the Thoreau Society, and Jeffrey Cramer, Curator of the Thoreau Institute collections for their warm hospitality throughout her visit. Yeojin received a Joy Currie Graduate Student Travel Fellowship from the English department at UNL for going to the conference, and she would like to sincerely thank the Currie family for most generously offering the Dr. Joy Currie graduate support fund.

At the end of February Rhonda Garelick served as guest speaker and host for the annual fashion show at NYU's Gallatin School. She will be speaking about her book, Mademoiselle, on March 19th and 20th at the Norton Museum in West Palm Beach, Florida and on March 23rd at the MidManhattan Library in New York City.

Jackie Harris recently presented the paper "The Weight of Womanhood in George MacDonald's The Light Princess" at the 2015 Dickens Project Winter Conference in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Mitch Hobza will be presenting his paper "Between Fascism, Feminism and Franco: the Rhetorical Negotiations of Pilar Primo de Rivera" at the Tenth Annual James A. Rawley Graduate Conference in the Humanities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, March 6th-7th. He will also be presenting a segment from his thesis, titled "'I am not your justification for existence:' Fascism, Feminism and the Transmission of Ideologies between Mothers and Daughters in Atwood, Ziervogel and Ozick" at the 15th Annual Craft Critique Culture Graduate Conference at the University of Iowa, April 10th-11th.

Dan Froid will present a paper, "'Until We May Possess the Better Land': Nature, the Prophetic Voice, and Bioregionalism in Women’s Romantic Poetry," at the James A. Rawley Graduate Conference at UNL, March 6th-7th.

Ashanka Kumari presented her paper "'Yoü and I: Identity and Performance of Self in Lady Gaga and Beyoncè" at the 36th Annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference in Albuquerque, NM on February 13.

Activities, Accolades, & Grants

Grace Bauer's poem, Interlude in Auvillar, has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize by the journal, One Trick Pony.

Ashanka Kumari accepting the Diana Cox Award for Images of WomenAshanka Kumari was awarded the Diana Cox Award for Images of Women for her paper "'Yoü and I: Identity and Performance of Self in Lady Gaga and Beyoncè" by the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association.

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