2010 Imagine Fund awards went to Timothy Brennan, Maria Damon, Genevieve Escure, Ray Gonzalez, Michael Hancher, Qadri Ismail, Paula Rabinowitz, Jani Scandura, Katherine Scheil, Julie Schumacher, and Charles Sugnet. The $4000 arts and humanities awards may be used for research needs, teaching materials, books, materials for creative works, or travel.
Charles Baxter will publish Gryphon: New and Selected Stories in January 2011 with Pantheon. His short story, "The Cousins," which originally appeared in Tin House, was selected by Richard Russo for The Best American Short Stories 2010. He published the short story "The Winner" in Tin House, "The Old Murderer" in the American Scholar, "Mr. Scary" in Ploughshares, and "A Scream" in Cellar Door. He has an essay on Paula Fox's "The Widow's Children" in the New Ohio Review. He published reviews of the latest novels by Jonathan Franzen and Jonathan Lethem in the New York Review of Books.
Timothy Brennan co-edited (with Keya Ganguly) Intellectual Labor, a special issue of South Atlantic Quarterly 108:2 (January 2009). He published "Politics or Ethics?" in Locating Transnational Ideals, edited by Walter Goebel and Saskia Schabio (Routledge, 2009) and "The Art of the Circular Reading" in Commitment and Complicity, edited by Begum O. Firat, Bregje van Eekelen, Sarah de Mul, and Sonja van Wichelen (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). He published in Italian "Antonio Gramsci negli Stati Uniti, un'esasperazione" in "Americanismi sulla ricezione del pensiero di Gramsci negli Stati Uniti" (On the reception of Gramsci's thought in the United States), edited by Mauro Pala (CUEC, 2010). His essay "Nietzsche and the Colonies" was featured in German Colonialism, Race, the Holocaust, and Postwar Germany, edited by Volker Langbehn and Mohammad Salah (Columbia UP, 2010). He published "Intellectual Labor" and "Labor and the Logic of Abstraction: an Interview with Moishe Postone" in South Atlantic Quarterly 108:2 (Spring 2009). "When to Publish" appeared in Social Text online (February 2, 2009). His essay "Postcolonial Studies between the European Wars" was translated into Swedish, "Postkoloniala studiers europeisk rötter: En undertryckt idéhistoria," häften för kritiska studier 197 (Fall 2009); a chapter from Wars of Position "Humanism, Philology, and the Critique of Imperialism" was translated into Polish, "Humanizm, filologia I imperialism," in Porównania/Comparisons 9 (Fall 2009); and "The Making of a Counter-Tradition" was translated into Turkish, "Bir Karsi Gelenek Olusturmak" in Hazırlayanlar: Müge Gürsoy Sökmen, Başak Ertür, Barbarlari Beklerken (Istanbul, 2010). He was invited to give the following lectures: "Vico, Spinoza, and the Imperial Past" (Cornell University, June, 2010); "The Role of the Academy in Progressive Social Change" (CUNY Grad Center, New York, May, 2010); "The Conservative Gesture in Popular Music" (University of Wisconsin-Madison, November, 2009); "In Plain Hearing: Afro-Latin Music and the Subtext of Everyday Life" (American Cultures Colloquium, Northwestern University, October, 2009); "Problems with the Idea of a Cosmopolitan Subaltern," for "Postcolonial Empires: Writing Resistance?" (Cambridge University, July, 2009); "The Post-Political, or How we Argue Now" for the conference "Intellectuals and the State: Complicities, Confrontations, Ruptures" (Nicosia, Cyprus, June, 2009); "Beyond World Music: From the Roots of Jazz to Ringtones" (part of the lecture series "Globalization Unearthed" at The People's University, Minneapolis Public Library, June, 2009); "Nietzsche and the Colonies" (Department of Music, New York University, April, 2009); "On Freedom: Problems in Popular Music Studies" for the conference "Cuba and the Atlantic: Celebrating 400 years of Espejo de paciencia" (University of Minnesota, Department of Spanish, April, 2009); "A Short History of the Term 'Cosmopolitanism'" (Asian Studies Department, Stanford University, February, 2009). He was interviewed about his book Secular Devotion: Afro-Latin Music and Imperial Jazz by KFAI-FM "Write On Radio" (Minneapolis) on April 8, 2009, by KPFA-FM (Berkeley, CA) on December 8, 2009, and by KBEM-FM (Minneapolis) on January 8, 2010. He was interviewed for the two-part program "The 1960s and Today" aired the week of December 20, 2009, with "Access Minnesota," Minnesota Broadcasters Association, for a network of 45 radio stations statewide. He was an invited Faculty and Seminar Leader at the School of Criticism and Theory (Cornell University, Summer, 2010) "Conformism, Antagonism, Critique: On the Post-Political." He was granted Single Semester Leave Award for fall 2010. He was an invited member of the Advisory Board for the Center for the Study of Globalization and Cultures, University of Hong Kong.
Michael Dennis Browne (emeritus) edited Lucille Broderson's poetry collection But You're Wearing a Blue Shirt the Color of the Sky (Nodin Press, 2010).
Tom Clayton published "New Directions: Soundings in A Midsummer Night's Dream" in A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Critical Guide, edited by Regina Buccola (Continuum, 2010).
Siobhan Craig published Cinema After Fascism: the Shattered Screen (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).
Lois Cucullu published the essay "Downsizing 'the Great Divide': A Reflexive Approach to Modernisms, Disciplinarity, and Class" for Disciplining Modernism, edited by Pamela Caughie (Palgrave, 2010). Her essay "The Adolescent Dorian Gray: Oscar Wilde's Proto-Picture of Modernist Celebrity" was published in Modernist Star Maps, edited by Aaron Jaffe and Jonathan Goldman (Ashgate, 2010). For the 12th Annual Modernist Studies Conference (Victoria, BC, November 2010), she co-led a seminar entitled "The Modernism-Fashion Nexus" and also presented "Wilde and Wilder Salomés: Flouting the Generational Divide from Sarah Bernhardt to Norma Desmond," for the panel "Generation M: Modernism and the Generation Complex." She will deliver another paper "Isherwood: A Single Man and the American Maurice" at MLA in January 2011 for a special session on Christopher Isherwood and Los Angeles, organized by James Berg (PhD 1996), Dean of the Social Sciences and Arts at the College of the Desert.
Maria Damon published "Imp/penetrable Archive: Adeena Karasick's Wall of Sound," in Radical Poetics and Secular Jewish Culture, edited by Daniel Morris and Stephen Paul Miller (University of Alabama Press, 2009) and "Alan Sondheim's Internet Diaspora" in Diasporic Avant Gardes: Experimental Poetics and Cultural Displacement, edited by Carrie Noland and Barrett Watten (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). She published the visual poem/needlework "Terra Divisa/Terra Divina," in These Debatable Lands, Vol. II, edited by Iain Biggs (Wild Conversations Press, 2009). She published two poems with Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, "Riff on Jukka 3" and "Jamming with Jukka," in Tammy. She reviewed three books in Rain Taxi Review of Books: You Are Here, by Thich Nhat Hanh (winter 2009/2010); I Slept With Joey Ramone: A Family Memoir by Mickey Leigh and Legs McNeil (spring 2010); and Unraveled: A Weaver's Tale of Life Gone Modern by Elizabeth Krause (summer 2010). She also reviewed Race and the Avant-Garde: Asian American and Experimental Poetry Since 1965 by Timothy Yu and Poetic Obligation by G. Matthew Jenkins for American Literature (March 2010). She presented, with Adeena Karasick, "Intertextile, Text in Exile: A Shmata Mash-up" for a panel on "Where is the Sentence Going?" at In(ter)ventions: Literary Arts at the Edge, Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta, in February and "Intertextile, Text in Exile: Shmata Mash-up: a Jewette for Two Voices" at the post_moot Convocation 2010, Miami University-Ohio in April. She presented "Micropoetries" at "The Works: A Writer's Salon," Bryant-Lake Bowl, Minneapolis, in April. And she gave a poetry reading with mIEKAL aND at Avols Bookstore, in Madison, Wisconsin, in April.
Andrew Elfenbein's 2008 book Romanticism and the Rise of English was awarded an Outstanding Academic Book Award from Choice. His edition of Dracula was published by Longmann Cultural Editions in 2010.
Ray Gonzalez's poem "Bob Dylan in El Paso, 1963" was featured on MPRnewsQ, Minnesota Public Radio's online news service, in March. The poem is from Faith Run (University of Arizona Press, 2009), named a finalist in poetry by the International Latino Book Awards. Sudden Fiction Latino: Short Short Stories From the U.S. and Latin America, co-edited by Gonzalez, Robert Shapard, and James Thomas, was published by W.W. Norton. His book of prose poems, Cool Auditor (BOA Editions, 2009) was named a Best Book of the Year in the Montserrat Review's annual Book Issue.
Patricia Hampl wrote the text for "Brooklyn Bones," a choral work by Alvin Singleton which received its Carnegie Hall premiere on April 26, 2010. Hampl presented "The Big Time--F. Scott Fitzgerald," a staged essay about Fitzgerald's love/hate relationship with literary ambition and success September 18 at St. Paul's Fitzgerald Theatre with music by Dan Chouinard and friends (including singer Blake Hazzard, Fitzgerald's great-granddaughter).
Michael Hancher published "Definition and Depiction" in Word & Image (September 2010).
Josephine Lee published The Japan of Pure Invention: Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado (University of Minnesota Press, 2010). Lee was promoted to full professor.
Nabil Matar was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for a project entitled "Crossing Cultural Spaces: Islam and the West in Arts and Sciences." The grant will support an academic forum and program development workshop "exploring continuities between cultural and intellectual traditions in the Islamic worlds and Western civilization." He also was awarded a Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry, and Scholarship.
Ellen Messer-Davidow received the inaugural College of Liberal Arts Dr. Matthew Stark Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Faculty Award. In August, she became Chair of the Department of English.
Paula Rabinowitz will hold the Distinguished Fulbright Lectureship in American Literature in the People's Republic of China for Spring 2011 at East China Normal University in Shanghai.
Julie Schumacher received a 2009-10 Morse-Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education. She was also awarded a residency at the Bellagio Center in Italy for spring 2011. She plans to work on a collection of short stories, "Passengers."
Madelon Sprengnether published her chapbook of prose poems, Near Solstice, Mourning, winner of the West Town Press Poetry Chapbook competition.
John Watkins was named a Distinguished McKnight University Professor.