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Faculty Notes
  • Kathryn Atkins-Roberson (French) was invited to present at two conferences this summer. She presented at the National TPRS Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling) and at the Academy for Instructional Excellence sponsored by the UT Center for Literacy Studies. The Center for Literacy Studies provides professional development to ESOL teachers across the state. She made a training video on TPRS for Tennessee adult education teachers. She also attended the MTSU Summer Language Institute using TPRS.
  • Harriet Wood Bowden (Spanish) had a paper accepted in the journal Language Learning for publication in March 2009: “Concurrent Verbalizations, Pedagogical Conditions and Reactivity: Two CALL Studies,” co-authored with Sanz, Lin, Lado and Stafford. In March she presented a paper entitled “The Processing of Inflectional Morphology in L1 and L2 Spanish: Memorization vs. On-line Computation” at the annual conference of the American Association for Applied Linguistics in Washington, DC.
  • Flavia Brizio-Skov (Italian) presented a paper on the Western Genre and organized three sessions on Media, Violence and Spectatorship at the AATI-AAIS INTERNATIONAL Conference of Taormina, Sicily. She was invited to present a paper at a “Colloque littéraire éuropén” in Paris organized by the Maison des Ecrivains Etrangers et des Traducteurs de Saint-Nazaire. She also received a “Ready for the World” grant to organize a visit by a scholar from Genoa, who delivered three lectures in October. She continues to be an active member of the editorial board of Studies in European Cinema and is completing a book on popular culture and Italian cinema.
  • Ed Campion's (French) research interests now deal largely with Francophone writers from Africa and the Caribbean and with Frenchlanguage writings on race and colonialism. In July, he read a paper on the Senegalese writer Senghor at a conference held in Helsinki, Finland. He is preparing a book on the influence of the French theologian Teilhard de Chardin on Senghor.
  • Nuria Cruz-Cámara’s (Spanish) book El laberinto intertextual de Carmen Martín Gaite was published by Juan de la Cuesta. Her article “Un icono femenino de la revolución: Heroínas de Federica Montseny” has been published in Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies, and “La doctrina socialista y el público en Una mujer por caminos de España de Martínez Sierra” was accepted for publication in Bulletin of Spanish Studies. During the summer, she received a Professional Development Award to conduct research at the Biblioteca Nacional (Madrid) on the works of Spanish female politician-writers (1900-1939).
  • Les Essif (French) organized two panels and presented a paper at the Comparative Drama Conference, published an article in Text and Presentation, revised an essay for an edited volume, submitted an NEH grant proposal, and continued work on his book project, “Images of American ‘Unculture’ in Contemporary French Theatre.” He also directed the French-language play, “La Guerre de Troie: ça sert à quoi?,” which was performed by his students at the Carousel Theatre.
  • Millie Gimmel (Spanish) published an article in the Journal of the History of Ideas, had another accepted in Colonial Latin American Review and delivered a paper at the Ethnicity, Race and Indigenous Peoples conference. She received a Chancellor’s Award to Pursue External Funding, was a finalist for the Chancellor’s advising award and a mentor for a McNair Scholar. This year she is a UT nominee for the NEH summer stipend.
  • Michael Handelsman (Spanish) presented conference papers in Ecuador and Chile and delivered a keynote address on mestizaje during a Ph.D. graduation ceremony at the Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar in Quito during summer 2008. Handelsman is completing an edited volume of essays on globalization with Professor Olaf Berwald of the University of North Dakota. In Spring 2008, Handelsman received the Jefferson Prize for Research and Creative Activity and was reappointed Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at UT. He is currently chairing the Comisión Andina de Evaluación y Acreditación for the Andean University system in Ecuador and Bolivia.
  • Christine Holmlund’s (French) third anthology, American Cinema of the 1990s, the first book to focus specifically on 1990’s films, was published this fall by Rutgers University Press. Holmlund’s introduction surveys production, exhibition, economic, social, and historical trends; her concluding essay analyzes millennial masculinity in eight films from 1999. Her essay on Pam Grier was reprinted in Screening Genders (Rutgers Depth of Field series). She will give a plenary presentation at the Film and History Association of Australia and New Zealand conference in November. Last spring she organized panels on Sylvester Stallone at the SCMS conference in Philadelphia, and a Ready for the World series with Mike Skladany (Sociology) titled “What Was the Black Panther Party?”
  • Noriko Horiguchi (Japanese) completed her book manuscript, Women and Empire in Modern Japanese Literature (290 pages) upon her return from a Visiting Scholarship at the University of Tokyo in 2007. It is currently under review by the University of Minnesota Press and Routledge. Her article, “Idosuru josei no shintai: Hayashi Fumiko gensaku Naruse Mikio honan eiga o megutte” (Female Bodies in Motion: Naruse Mikio's Film Adaptation of Hayashi Fumiko's Novels) was published in RIM 9.3 (January 2008): 36-48. Horiguchi was nominated for a Convocation Teaching Award this fall.
  • Gregory Kaplan (Spanish) presented a paper in July at the International Medieval Congress, held at the University of Leeds (England). He also published two articles, “Jewish Tendencies in Converso Humor: A Psychoanalytical Approach” and “Notas sobre la Peña Horacada,” the latter of which deals with a topic from his current book project on the origins of the Spanish language in Cantabria (a region in northern Spain).
  • Erec R. Koch’s (French) book, The Aesthetic Body: Sensibility, Passion, and Corporeality in Seventeenth-Century France was published this year, and he also had an essay on rhetorical perfection appear in EMF: Studies in Early Modern France. Professor Koch gave invited talks at UCLA and the Sorbonne, and he was a keynote speaker at the 2008 NASSCFL conference at Lafayette College.
  • Katherine Kong (French) gave a paper on “Marguerite's Mirouer and the Translations of Authority” at the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, MI in May 2008. In November, she gave a paper on “Gender and polemic in the querelle du Roman de la Rose” at the Western Society for French History in Quebec City, Canada. She is an ongoing participant in the UTK Faculty Research Seminar on “Renaissance Humanisms.”
  • David Lee’s (German) article on a controversial German film from 1938 appears in the Fall issue of Monatshefte. He is currently at work on an article on the unlikely relationship between German anacreontic and martial poetry at mid 18th century and the questions this raises about the Enlightenment project and war. An edition of and notes to the correspondence between two German writers between 1745 and 1765 is a continuing preoccupation.
  • Verónica Loureiro-Rodríguez (Spanish) collaborated in the volume Bilingualism and Identity: Spanish at the Crossroads with other Languages, published by John Benjamins, with a chapter entitled “Conflicting values at conflicting ages. Linguistic Ideologies in Galician adolescents.” She also finished her doctoral dissertation at the University of California, Davis: Language attitudes and values among Galician adolescents.
  • Daniel H. Magilow (German) recently published In Her Father's Eyes: A Childhood Extinguished by the Holocaust (Rutgers University Press, 2008), an edition of a photographically illustrated baby book for a young Slovak Jew who died in the Holocaust. He also curated an exhibition about the same subject matter that opened at the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Washington, D.C. and that was on display at Hodges Library in Knoxville during the fall 2008 semester.
  • Mary McAlpin (French) gave two talks, including a presentation at the South-Eastern American Society for 18th-Century Studies Conference, where she was elected President for 2008-09. She was advisory editor for New Perspectives on the 18th Century and Co-President of the U.T. Association of Women Faculty. She published a book review and continued work on her second monograph, Montpellier Vitalism and the Decline of Women in the Literature of the French Enlightenment.
  • Maria Stehle (German), with the help of a Professional Development Grant, spent most of the summer in Berlin, Germany where she conducted research for her book project tentatively titled “My World is a Ghetto: Cityscapes and Identifications in Germany. Representations of ‘ghettos’ in literary texts, films, and popular music offer ways to explore the changing cultures and politics of German cityscapes at the beginning of the 21st century.”
  • Dolly Young (Spanish) gave a keynote on Intercultural Communication for the Wiley Faculty Network in Puerto Rico in April. She spent her summer working on a special issue on Language Anxiety and FL Learning Disabilities, completed writing her first-year Spanish textbook, Vívelo, and spent the last two weeks of July in a FL program for Spanish teachers in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Her article on Blended Learning was published this fall in CALICO.
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