Graduate Literature Program Newsletter February 2016

Department of English

Graduate Literature Program


February 2016


Roger Dahood’s The Avowing of King Arthur (1984) appeared in a Routledge reprint in 2014. Roger’s “The Anglo-Norman ‘Hugo de Lincolnia’: A Critical Edition and Translation from the Unique Text in Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France MS fr. 902,” appeared in The Chaucer Review 49 (2014), 1-38. His follow-up essay, “Alleged Jewish Cannibalism in the Thirteenth-Century Anglo-Norman ‘Hugo de Lincolnia’, with Notice of the Allegation in Twelfth-Century England,” appears in Mary Carruthers, ed., Language in Medieval Britain: Networks and Exchanges, Harlaxton Medieval Studies 25 (2015), 229-39. In July 2015 at the Harlaxton Medieval Symposium in England Roger gave a paper titled “Boy Crucifixion, Sainthood, and the Puzzling Case of Harold of Gloucester.” He will deliver a paper, "Why the Legend of Harold of Gloucester is a Boy Crucifixion Story", at the 50th annual conference of the Medieval Association of the Pacific at UC Davis in April.

Jerry Hogle presented his lecture-with-visuals, “The Dark Immortality of the Vampire,” on October 28 at the Fox Theater in Tucson as part of the 2015 SBS Downtown Lectures series.  That event was followed by an SBS fund-raising “Vampire Dinner” at Maynard’s downtown, at which Jerry was also the featured speaker.  His newest publications, published in late 2015, are:

 “The ‘Gothic Complex’ in Shelley: From Zastrozzi to The Triumph of Life,” in Shelley and the Gothic: A Romantic Circles Praxis Volume, ed. David  Brookshire (U of Maryland), online.

“Walpole, Horace” in The Encyclopedia of British Literature, 1660-1789, ed. Gary Day and Jack Lynch et al. (Wiley-Blackwell).

“The Gothic and Second-Generation Romanticism: Byron, P.B. Shelley, Polidori, Mary Shelley,” in The Romantic Gothic: An Edinburgh Companion, ed. Angela Wright and Dale Townshend (Edinburgh UP).

“Romantic Contexts” in The Cambridge Companion to Frankenstein, ed. Andrew Smith (Cambridge UP).

Jennifer Jenkins published “Framing Race in the Arizona Borderlands: The Western Ways Apache Scouts and Sells Indian Rodeo Films,” in The Moving Image 14.2. Her essay on film adaptations of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest will appear in Irish Literature on Screen in 2016. An essay on “The Philosophy of Marriage in North by Northwest” is forthcoming in Hitchcock’s Moral Gaze (SUNY). The Journal of Popular Culture will publish “Cut and Paste: Repurposing Texts From Commonplace Books to Facebook,” in its next issue.

She co-organized a workshop, “AMIA@ALA: Preserving and Promoting Your Library’s Audiovisual Collections” at the American Library Association meeting in San Francisco in June and organized the 16th Northeast Historic Film Archive Summer Symposium on “Moving Images of War and Peace” as well as a service day in the NHF archives in July. She spoke by invitation on “Decolonizing the Archive: American Indian Film Gallery and Native Narration” at the Library History Seminar XIII at Simmons College, Boston, also in July.

At the recent UNAM@UA Symposium inaugurating the Centro de los Estudios Mexicanos-Tucson (CEM-T), she presented on "Rethinking Mexican Cinema History: Studiography as Methodology." This work forms the basis for a book proposal, currently in development.

A project to repatriate films and record Native narrations for the American Indian Film Gallery is the focus of a Humanities Collections and References Resources grant proposal currently under review at the NEH. This project incorporates work presented by invitation at the National Museum of the American Indian last year.

Her book, Celluloid Pueblo: Western Ways Film Service and the Invention of the Postwar Southwest will be published by the University of Arizona Press in 2016.The project was recently featured in a UANews story at:

Leerom Medovoi is completing his final year as the principal investigator of a .$.5 million grant with the Mellon Foundation and Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes to study the comparative state of religion, secularism and political belonging in North America, Western Europe, Israel/Palestine, and China.  The project has included presentations at Utrecht University in Holland, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Tel Aviv University, and it has brought a range of internationally prominent scholars to present their work at the University of Arizona: Judith Butler, Joan Scott, Wendy Brown, Gil Anidjar, Eric Santner, Colin Jager, Akeel Bilgrami, Timothy Melley, and Keith Feldman, among others.

His next book on “The Hidden Life of Race: From Islamophobia to the Dogma Line” is currently under review by Duke University Press.

Lee has a book chapter in Postmodern/Postwar—and After, co-edited by Jason Gladstone, Daniel Worden, and Andrew Hoberek, forthcoming from the University of Iowa Press, as well as a short chapter on “Sustainability” that will appear in Fueling Culture: Energy, History, Politics, coedited by Imre Szeman, Jennifer Wentzel, and Patricia Yaeger, and forthcoming from Fordham University Press.  His article “Remediation as Pharmikon,” which dealt with Helon Habila’s novel Oil on Water, was published last year in Comparative Literature in a special forum on the topic of remediation.  Last year, he also published a short chapter on “Government” in Keywords in American Culture (NYU Press), a lexical collection co-edited by Burce Burgett and Glenn Hendler.

He was a keynote speaker last year at the Cultural Studies Annual Conference hosted by Indiana University.   This year he is an invited speaker at Uppsala University in Sweden, at the European University of St. Petersburg, at an international symposium on the Biopolitics of America at Würtzburg University in Germany, and at the Futures of American Studies Meeting at Dartmouth College. He has just completed a three-year term on the advisory committee for PMLA.

Tenney Nathanson’s essay “‘The birds swim through the air at top speed’: Kinetic Identification in Keats, Whitman, Stevens, and Dickinson (Notes toward a Poetics)” is in the current Critical Inquiry.

Johanna Skibsrud’s new novel Quartet for the End of Time was released by Norton in paperback in November.

One review is at:

Susan White’s essay, “Alfred Hitchcock and Feminist Film Theory (Yet Again)” appeared in The Cambridge Companion to Alfred Hitchcock (2015).  She has been invited to contribute an essay to be entitled “Please Don’t Blow Up the Puppy: Alfred Hitchcock’s Bestiary” in a new collection on Hitchcock.  She has also been invited to submit an essay on her years studying with Giles Deleuze as both an undergraduate and graduate student, to appear in the online journal Lola.



Hunter Knox is the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Leon Edel Prize awarded by The Henry James Review (Johns Hopkins University Press), for his essay, "Some Unexpected Occupant: Elaborating the Invisible in 'The Jolly Corner.’” The prize is given to the best essay on James written by a scholar no more than four years beyond the PhD and includes a cash award of $500 and publication in The Henry James Review, an internationally renowned peer-reviewed journal.



Michelle Denham successfully defended her dissertation,Representations (of Time) in the Twentieth Century Novel,” directed by Lynda Zwinger, last semester.

Jennifer Wiley successfully defended her dissertation, “Shakespeare's Influence on the English Gothic, 1791-1834: The Conflicts of Ideologies” and completed her PhD last semester. Jerry Hogle directed her dissertation.



Andy Doolen (PhD 2001) recently published Territories of Empire: U.S. Writing from the Louisiana Purchase to Mexican Independence (Oxford University Press, 2015). He's Professor of English at the University of Kentucky and Director of Graduate Studies.

Margaret Jay Jessee (PhD 2012) accepted a tenure track position as Assistant Professor of English at the University of Alabama at Birmingham last year. Since then, she ha published an article in Nathaniel Hawthorne Review. Last month, her article on feminine duality and Henry James appeared in South Atlantic Review. She currently has a chapter in press in Nathaniel Hawthorne in Context, under contract with Cambridge UP.

Paul Niemeyer (PhD 2000) is, as of Fall 2014, a tenured Associate Professor of English at Texas A&M International University in Laredo, the town Donald Trump reports he managed to survive.  Now with greater responsibilities, such as for the first time chairing a job search committee and hearing appeals from graduate students and professors alike, Paul reflects that he not only has a close-up view of the sausage being made, but he even gets to whip up a batch every now and then himself.  His article, “The Royal Red-Headed Variant: The Prisoner of Zenda and the Heredity Debates of 1893,” can be found in College Literature 42.1 (2015); and his review of the recent film adaptation of Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd is in Volume 136 (2015) of the Proceedings of the Dorset [England] Natural History & Archaelogical Society.  He is pursuing projects on British espionage fiction with an eye toward writing a book on the subject.

Tereza M. Szeghi (PhD 2007) is Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of English at the University of Dayton. Her most recent publication is “The Possibilities and Pitfalls in Teaching Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” in the 2015 Multiethnic American Literatures: Essays for Teaching Context and Culture.







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