Department of English Newsletter October 2018

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Publications & Acceptances

Cover of Uber PetzoldMarco Abel published “‘Das ist vorbei’: Unzeitgemäße Begegnungen mit dem Neoliberalismus in Christian Petzolds dffb Studentenfilmen” in the first German-language volume about the best-known filmmaker of the so-called “Berlin School” of contemporary German cinema, Über Christian Petzold, edited by Ilka Brombach and Tina Kaiser (Berlin: Verlag Vorwerk 8, 2018): 76-99.

Steve Behrendt has new poems in the just published anthology, The Night’s Magician: Poems about the Moon (Negative Capability Press) and the Connecticut River Review.

Gwendolyn Audrey Foster published several book reviews in Choice, including Ishiro Honda: A Life in Film From Godzilla to Kurosawa by Steve Ryfle and Ed Godziszewski, Decentring France: Multilingualism and Power in Contemporary French Cinema by Gemma King, Remaking Reality: U.S. Documentary Culture after 1945, edited by Sara Blair, Joseph B. Entin, and Franny Nudelman, and To Boldly Go: Marketing the Myth of Star Treck by Djoymi Baker.

Cover of Goose River Press anthology, 2018Patrick T. Randolph published, Employing Embodied Cognition to Help ELLs Acquire Vocabulary in The Ohio TESOL Journal, summer/fall issue. This piece looks at how tapping into discoveries in neuroscience and cognitive psychology, regarding research in embodied cognition, can help ELLs employ both physical and mental associations for learning and using English lexical items. By associating body regions, organs, and body parts with vocabulary, ELLs create immediate, concrete, and lasting associations with lexical items’ meanings and use.

Randolph also had six poems, Mr. Taxi Driver, Winter Walks with Aylene, Images from Childhood, A Poem for My Wife, Grandma Thinking of Grandpa: Summer of ’75, and September Sonnets, accepted for publication in the Goose River Press Anthology, 2018.

Shari Stenberg and Debbie Minter’s “‘Always Up Against’: A Study of Veteran WPAs and Social Resilience” was published in the June 2018 issue of College Composition and Communication.

Rachael Wendler Shah’s “The Courage of Community Members: Community Perspectives of Engaged Pedagogies” appeared in the current (September 2018) issue of College Composition and Communication.

Katie Marya’s (formally Pryor) poem “All Daughters of Strippers” is forthcoming in the fall issue (303.4) of North American Review, and her first full-length manuscript “Sugar Work” was a finalist for the 2018 Noemi Press Poetry Prize. Her panel discussion “The Poetics of Addiction,” a collaboration with Katie Schmid which features Gregory Pardlo, Airea D. Matthews, and Michael Schmeltzer, was accepted for the 2019 AWP conference.

For The Paris Review, Ilana Masad wrote about Jill Lepore’s new comprehensive US history book, These Truths and how history is a mutable thing that can both create destructive myths and dispel them. For our own Prairie Schooner Masad reviewed Quite Mad: An American Pharma Memoir by UNL alum Sarah Fawn Montgomery, and interviewed the author as well.

Katie Schmid Henson’s Wilbur Gaffney Award winning poem, “Location,” was published on the Academy of American Poets web site.

Conferences, Readings, Workshops & Presentations

Movie poster for TätowierungMarco Abel was an invited participant at the workshop, “The Joys of Violence,” which took place in Uppsala, Sweden, September 19-21. Marco’s paper, “Tätowierung, West-German Cinema around ’68, and the Joys of Violence; or: the Forgotten Case of the ‘Aesthetic Left’,” focuses on Johannes Schaaf’s largely forgotten gem, Tätowierung (Tattoo, 1967). This essay was his first stab at a new book project he’s tentatively calling “Left Politics Without Leftism: A Counter-Genealogy of Germany’s Political Cinema.”

Joy Castro delivered the paper “Intimate Terrains: Contemporary German Cinema, Refugees, and the Work of Aysun Bademsoy” at the German Studies Association conference in Pittsburgh on September 29th. She offered the invited workshop “Storytelling, Vulnerability, and Leadership” to the Nebraska National Guard on September 26th.

Promotional poster for Dixon's show in MontrealScreenshot from Foster's film Bisexual Materialist Ragtime PartyWheeler Winston Dixon had a mini-retrospective of his film and video work at La lumière collective, Montreal, Canada with a lecture and Q&A after the films on September 21, 2018. Films screened include London Clouds, Numen Lumen, Stargrove, Look, Double Wedding, The Big Idea, Ulysses on the Shore, Efficiency, Electric City, Borders, Downhill, A Typical Day, Access Granted / Access Denied, Risk, The Ninth Circle, Recreation II, Desert Places, Life of Luxury, Escape, Human Scale, One More Night of Fun, Lafayette Street and others.

Gwendolyn Audrey Foster’s Bisexual Materialist Ragtime Party screened as a highlight of the 2018 Bi Arts Festival: Celebrating Bisexual Lives & Culture for the Film & Video Showcase. Foster’s experimental self-portraits, Genderqueer Doll Party and Self Portrait [Détournement], were selected for inclusion in the Bi+ Self Portrait Workshop; an outreach initiative of the Bi Arts Festival, offering members of the bisexual, pansexual, two-spirit, fluid, polysexual ace/biromantic, queer/bi+ and other non-monosexual communities an opportunity to create their first one‐minute short video and self-portrait. The festival runs from September 18 through 23, in Toronto.

Gwendolyn Audrey Foster’s film, Self Portrait [Détournement] was selected for the prestigious short film presentation of the annual NewFilmmaker New York 2019 Festival curated by Tova Beck-Friedman. The screening was held on September 11th at 7:15 p.m. at Anthology Film Archives in New York.

Patrick T. Randolph had five presentation proposals accepted for the 2019 TESOL Convention and English Language Expo in Atlanta, Georgia, March 12-15. The focus of these talks include one-point multiskills analyses, embodied semantics, verbpathy, professional development conferences, and the benefits of physical exercise in the ELL classroom.

Activities, Accolades, & Grants

At its September 4 meeting, the Faculty Senate presented Marco Abel and Julia Schleck with the James A. Lake Academic Freedom Award. Marco and Julia accepted the award on behalf of the Department.

The Mary Riepma Ross Media Center has launched a Discussion Series with UNL scholars speaking with audience members after select National Theatre Live broadcasts. Discussions last 20-30 minutes. If you are interested in moderating a discussion during the Spring Semester, please contact Steve Buhler.

The series started on September 9 with Kelly Stage and Ann Marie Pollard discussing Julie and continues on September 30, after the 1 p.m. screening with Julia Schleck and Steve Buhler discussing King Lear. Future events include:

with guest speakers Ian Borden and Michael Page
Monday, October 29
(following the 7:00 p.m. screening)

The Madness of George III
with guest speakers Kelly Stage and Steve Buhler
Sunday, November 25
(following the 1:00 p.m. screening)

Antony and Cleopatra
with guest speakers Ann Marie Pollard and Julia Schleck
Sunday, December 9
(following the 1:00 p.m. screening)


  • Ian Borden is an Associate Professor of Theatre Studies and Performance in the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film at UNL.
  • Author of Shakespeare in the Cinema: Ocular Proof, Stephen Buhler is Aaron Douglas Professor of English at UNL and also Education Director for the Flatwater Shakespeare Company.
  • Dr. Michael Page teaches science fiction in UNL’s English Department and is the author or editor of five books, including The Literary Imagination from Erasmus Darwin to H. G. Wells, where he considers Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein within the context of evolutionary theory.
  • Ann Marie Pollard is an actor, singer, director, and voice coach currently teaching at UNL as an Assistant Professor of Practice in Voice, Movement, and Acting and serving the Lincoln community through her coaching company Voice: Realized.
  • Author of Telling True Tales of Islamic Lands, Julia Schleck is an Associate Professor of English and a faculty member in the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program at UNL.
  • Author of Producing Early Modern London, Kelly Stage is an Associate Professor of English and Director of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program at UNL

Katie Schmid Henson’s poem Apple Glory, originally a finalist in the American Literary Review’s annual contest, has been nominated for the Best of the Net anthology.

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