Department of English Newsletter September 2019
Upcoming Department Events
Publications & Acceptances
Marco Abel published “Interview: Klaus Lemke” in Revolver 40 (summer 2019): 88-119. This is a translated and modified version of his interview with this legendary German filmmaker that was first published in Marco’s co-edited book, Celluloid Revolt: German Screen Cultures and then Long 1968 (Camden House, 2019). Marco is especially pleased that Revolver published this interview in German both because it has long been affiliated with the “Berlin School” on which Marco has extensively written and because it widely circulates not just among cineastes but also contemporary German filmmakers. (Plus: Revolver issues are quite beautiful as artifacts.)
Wheeler Winston Dixon has published a review of “Cinema, if You Please: The Memory of Taste, the Taste of Memory by Murray Pomerance,” in Choice (October 2019): #57-0492
Amelia Montes’s memoir excerpt, “Trigger Warnings” has been accepted in the anthology, Don’t Look Now: Essays on What We Wish We Hadn’t Seen, edited by Kristen Iversen and David Lazar, The Ohio State University Press.
Guy Reynolds sent the MS of Cather Studies 12 to the University of Nebraska Press for publication. Subtitled Willa Cather and the Arts, this volume will be published in January, 2020.
Chris Harding Thornton has signed a two-book deal with the Farrar, Straus and Giroux imprint MCD/FSG. The first novel, Pickard County Atlas, is slated for publication in 2021.
Over the summer, Ilana Masad has reviewed a bunch of books for NPR , interviewed author Aya de Leon for Guernica , and wrote about the latest season of The Bachelorette with writer Will Horn. Most recently, The Paris Review published Ilana’s examination of and love letter to John Irving’s novel, The World According to Garp.
Anne Nagel’s article, “Dreaming up Monsters: The Affective Intensity of Dreams, Nightmares, and Delirium in Frankenstein and Wuthering Heights,” was accepted for publication in The Innermost, the Dreamt, and the Creation of Literature, to be published by Blaise Pascal Press.
Kristi Carter has two poems in the political anthology Counternarratives.
Conferences, Readings, Workshops & Presentations
Gwendolyn Audrey Foster is excited to hear that her experimental handpainted 16mm short, Kitchen Sink Film will be presented at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco on Sept 4 for the Awards Ceremony of the Aggregate Space International Animated Short Film Festival. Kitchen Sink Film is also being presented in a touring collection screening across France and Belgium at venues such as The Château Perché Festival (July 25 to 28); Circe Magique (Aug 2 - 4); Hadra Festival (Aug 29 - Sept 1); Tomahawk Festival (Sept 6 - 7) and Festival du Morse (Sept 13 - 15). Two of Foster’s avant garde shorts, Kiki’s Film and Dada Ship, are Official Selections at The Vast Lab International Film Festival in Los Angeles on September 20 - 21.
Amelia Montes organized a panel for the May 16 - 18, 2019 first international Gloria Anzaldúa conference in Paris, France: Gloria Anzaldúa: Translating B/borders. Title of her panel: “At the Confluence of Geographic & Academic Borders: Transnational Perspectives.” Title of her paper: “TransBorder Histories: Chicana and Former Yugoslavian Women’s Border Stories.” Amelia was also accepted and participated in the Macondo Writer’s Workshop (July 23-28, 2019). Her writing workshop was led by writers and MacArthur Fellows Sandra Cisneros and Ruth Behar.She gave a public reading of her work, “Calexico Skin.”
Guy Reynolds delivered a plenary lecture—“Haptic Narrative: Touch, Violence, and Disability in Sapphira and the Slave Girl”—at the 17th International Willa Cather Seminar, which was held at Shenandoah University (Winchester, Virginia), June 17-22.
Julia Schleck was invited by UNL alumna Dr. Katie Sisneros to join a panel discussion at the Minneapolis Institute of Art to celebrate the opening of a new exhibit she curated entitled “Turkish Rugs on Tudor Walls: 16th Century Trade between England and the Islamic World” . On June 27, Dr. Schleck joined local activists to discuss some of the history and the current realities of Anglo-American engagements with Muslims and Islam.
Activities, Accolades, & Grants
The co-editors of the University of Nebraska Provocations book series, Roland Végső and Marco Abel, are delighted by Spine Magazine’s University Press cover round-up, which includes Nathan Putens’s cover design for the book series as one of “six examples [that] really hit the mark on this challenge to produce beautifully memorable series designs.”
The Writing Center is thrilled to welcome Meredith Steck as the first-ever full-time Associate Director of the Writing Center and Writing Fellows program. Meredith holds a PhD in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior from the University of Minnesota, where she served as Teaching Assistant Coordinator and Graduate Writing Consultant at the Center for Writing.
Flatwater Shakespeare’s 2019 fall production is Macbeth, directed by company founder Bob Hall. The performances run September 26-29 and October 3-6, 10-13 in the Stables at Wyuka, 3600 “O” Street, Lincoln. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Steve Buhler serves as dramaturg and also appears as the Thane of Ross. Tickets available now.
The editors of Fifth Wednesday Journal have selected Amelia Montes’s essay, “Defining La Rumorosa and the Borderland” (Issue 23) as a Pushcart Prize Finalist.
The U.S. Fulbright Institute of International Education has selected Amelia Montes to participate in the 2020-2021 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Committee in Washington D.C., to convene in October, 2019. Amelia has also been appointed as a founding board member of The University of Nebraska Chapter of the Fulbright Association.
Anne Nagel received the Robert L. Hough Lecturer Teaching Award, which is awarded to one lecturer per year and is accompanied by a stipend, at the end of the spring semester. Anne also feels honored to have received the Ted Kooser Instructional Award, which she received because her talented English 150 student, Sam Wright, won the Ted Kooser Award for Outstanding First-Year Writing.
For the second consecutive year, under the leadership of Josh Davis and the direction of Chris Dunsmore, UNL’s Programs in English as a Second Language hosted the U.S. State Departments’ prestigious Fulbright for Graduate Students Program. Thirty-one participants, who are now beginning graduate study at universities around the U.S., became familiar with U.S. culture, focusing on higher education. During their four-week Nebraska stay, the Fellows, who are from 22 countries, took intensive graduate writing and speech courses taught by Emily Herrick, Tim Janda and Jane Miller. In addition, UNL faculty experts presented sessions on topics such as cultural awareness, U.S. social issues, the legal system, and media. Civic engagement projects and trips to the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo, the Nebraska History Museum, the State Capitol and a Saltdogs baseball game also introduced students to the local culture. As the grant is renewable, UNL and PIESL look forward to seeing future Fulbright scholars for the next several summers.