Sunyoung Ahn (Timothy Brennan, adviser) received a Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for 2012-13. She also was granted a Graduate Research Partnership Program for Summer 2012 for her project, "Nature Rules: The Dialectic of Domination in Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake" (project adviser: Brennan).
Patricia Baehler presented the paper "Securing Love Letters: Aphra Behn, the Postal Network, and the (Dis)Loyal Messenger" at the British Women Writers conference, Boulder, Colorado, June 2012.
Lelaine L. Bonine published "The Frustration of Reality/Illusion: Searching for Vertigo on the Cinephilic Pilgrimage," in The San Francisco of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo: Place, Pilgrimage, and Commencement (Scarecrow Press, 2012).
Wesley Burdine (Jani Scandura and Tony Brown, advisers) received a Short Term Research Grant for spring 2012. He presented the paper "What Was It?": Unspeakable, Untimely Monsters of Modernism" at the American Comparative Literature Association, Providence, Rhode Island, March 29-April 1, 2012.
Hyeryung Hwang presented the paper "Between Home and the World: The Place of Exile in Edward W. Said's Secular Criticism" at the American Comparative Literature Association, Providence, Rhode Island, March 29-April 1, 2012. She presented the paper "From Cliché to the Genesis of an Image: Deleuze and the Logic of Sensation" at the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA), Scottsdale, Arizona, October 6-8, 2011.
Jennifer Kang presented the paper "Between Ingenuousness and Irony: Peripheral Modernism and Max Havelaar as Immanent Critique" at Generation M: Resetting Modernist Time, Amsterdam, May 11-12, 2012.
Will Kanyusik (Siobhan Craig, adviser) received a Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for 2012-13. His article "The Problem of Recognition: The Disabled Male Veteran and Masculinity as Spectacle" was published in the 2012 (6.2) issue of Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies. Kanyusik presented the following papers: "Broken Boundaries, Fractured Masculinities: The Postwar Landscape and the Postwar Man," Border Visions: Borderlands and Film, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut, October 2011; "Censorship, Masculinity, and the Treatment of Battle Fatigue in John Huston's Let There Be Light," Conference of the Centre for Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto: (An) Aesthetic of Absence, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, March 2012; "Fraught Masculinities, Marked Bodies: Disability and the American War Documentary," Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association Conference, Scripps College, Claremont, California, November 2011; "Superseding the Frame Narrative: The Defamiliarization of American Myth in Pynchon's Mason & Dixon," American Comparative Literature Association, Providence, Rhode Island, March 29-April 1, 2012.
Eun Joo Kim received a Predoctoral Teaching Fellowship for 2012-13 at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. She presented the following papers: "Alternative Forms, Practices, and Spaces of Literacy in Push and Blu's Hanging," Annual Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature Conference at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, October 14-15, 2011; "The Politics of Conversion in Asian American Theater," Association of Asian American Studies Conference, Washington, DC, April 11-14, 2012; "Urban Degradation, Polluted Waters, and the DMZ's Ecological Paradise," American Comparative Literature Association, Providence, Rhode Island, March 29-April 1, 2012.
Adam Lindberg presented a paper, "At Play: the Aesthetics and Politics of Emancipation in Never Let Me Go and Portal", at the Midwest Conference on Utopian Studies at Valparaiso University, March 2012, and won the award for the best paper by a graduate student. He presented a paper, "Collapsing Utopia: Partial Participation and 'Real Space' in MMOs" at the annual meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association. In November he co-chaired a panel on Digital Games at the Midwest Modern Language Association's annual meeting.
Andrew Marzoni (Siobhan Craig, advisor) received a Short Term Research Grant for spring 2012. He also received a Graduate Research Partnership Program for Summer 2012 for his project, "Terry Southern; Easy Writer" (project adviser: Craig). He also received a Travel Grant from the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly, University of Minnesota. His essay "'The Villany You Teach Me, I Will Execute': Vengeance and Imitation in Shakespeare, Marlowe, and the Jewish Revenge Film" is published in Locating Shakespeare in the Twenty-First Century, edited by Kelli Marshall and Gabrielle Malcolm (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012). He presented the paper "Sympathy for the Dialectic: Godard's One Plus One and the Battle of the Brows" at the Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association at Brown University, March 30, 2012. (The paper was nominated for the 2012 Horst Frenz Prize.) Two creative pieces ("Étonne-moi!" and "Becoming-Pizza") are published in the Whole Beast Rag, Issue 2 ("EDGE"), fall 2012.
Caitlin McHugh received a Graduate Research Partnership Program for Summer 2012 for her project, "Theory of Tragedy in the Restoration: William Davenant's Macbeth and Nahum Tate's King Lear" (project adviser: Katherine Scheil). She presented the paper "Perswasion must be joyn'd to Force': Spectacular Morality and the Witches in William Davenant's Macbeth" at the South-Central Renaissance Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 2012. She also presented "Spectacular Morality and the Witches in William Davenant's Macbeth" at the University of Minnesota Medieval and Early Modern Research Group Colloquium, March 2012.
Rachel McWhorter presented the paper "Time and Pregnancy: Conceptions of Temporality" at the Mother/Nature Conference, University of Southern Mississippi.
Keith Mikos presented the paper "'Undo it, cut it, quick': Symbolism, Violence, and the Literal in Melville's Short Novels" at the American Comparative Literature Association, Providence, Rhode Island, March 29-April 1, 2012.
David Moberly has accepted a Critical Language Scholarship from the US Department of State and traveled to Tangier, Morocco, to study Arabic in an intensive summer program. He published "'We'll Wear Out Great Ones': Maria Pickersgill, Letitia Landon and the Power of the 'Improvisatrice'" in Romantic Textualities 20 (winter 2011). Moberly presented "Mediterranean Piracy and the Female Captivity Experience in Early Modern Literature" at the Dialectics of Orientalism in Early Modern Europe, 1492-1700, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, October 7, 2011.
Trenton Olson received a Graduate Research Partnership Program for Summer 2012 for his project, "Evolving Influence: The Wordsworthian Darwinism of George Eliot's Daniel Deronda" (project adviser: Andrew Elfenbein). He gave the following presentations: "Evolving Influence: The Wordsworthian Darwinism of George Eliot's Daniel Deronda" at the British Association of Romantic Studies Early Careers Conference, University of Newcastle, UK, June 2012; and "Entangled Influence: Revisions of Wordsworth and Darwin in George Eliot's Daniel Deronda" at the North American Victorian Studies Association Conference, University of Wisconsin, Madison, September 2012, and at the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Conference, University of Colorado, Boulder, October 2012.
John Pistelli was offered a place at the NEH "Oscar Wilde and His Circle" summer seminar at UCLA, an award that comes with a $3900 NEH fellowship. Of the 16 Summer Scholars, only two are graduate students; the rest are faculty.
Katie Robison published the young adult novel Downburst with Quil Press, Inc., first in the Windstorm Series. She was interviewed about the book by the Minnesota Daily. She also wrote an essay, "Moko," for Red Clay Review: A Literary Magazine Featuring Graduate & Doctoral Student Authors, Issue V, 2012. Robison presented the paper "Vaille moy lonc estude!": Addiction and Imitation in Christine de Pizan's Chemin de long estude" at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 2012.
Michael Rowe presented the paper "The Alcoholic Creature in Jack London's John Barleycorn" at the American Comparative Literature Association, Providence, Rhode Island, March 29-April 1, 2012.
Adam Schrag accepted a tenure track position as assistant professor at Fresno Pacific University.
Davu Seru (John Wright, Adviser) received a Short Term Research Grant for spring 2012.
Anne Marie Spidahl will publish the novel Nothing in summer 2013, with Two Dollar Radio Press.
Amanda Taylor published "'Mutual Comfort': Courtly Love and Companionate Marriage in the Poetry of Sir Philip Sidney and Edmund Spenser" in Quidditas 32 (2011). She presented the paper "This Message Will (not) Self-Destruct: Torn Between Public Text and Private Process in Plato's Phaedrus" at the University of St. Thomas Annual English Department Graduate Student Conference, April 2012, and the paper "Who is Shakespeare? The Role of the Sonnets in Contributing to Biographical Representations of Shakespeare" at the International Newberry Graduate Student Conference, January 2012.
Jewon Woo was awarded the Samuel Holt Monk Prize for the Best Article by a Graduate Student, awarded for "Amistad Africans on the Abolitionist Stage," American Studies 34.2 (winter 2011).
Candice Wuehle presented the paper "The Romantic and the Revolutionary: The Subversive Doubling of Frances Burney's Twin Wanderers" at the Midwestern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, November 2011.