Faculty Notes


Stephen Blackwell's (Russian) book, The Quill and the Scalpel: Nabokov's Art and the Worlds of Science, was published by Ohio State University Press. This study examines the overlapping domains of art and science in the fiction of the Russian-American author Vladimir Nabokov. His article on "Nabokov's Fugitive Sense" appeared in a collection published by Peter Lang. Dr. Blackwell received the 2008/2009 University Studies Award for Outstanding Contributions to Interdisciplinary Scholarship.


Harriet Wood Bowden (Spanish) had a paper published in Language Learning, entitled "Concurrent Verbalizations, Pedagogical Conditions and Reactivity: Two CALL Studies," co-authored with Sanz, Lin, Lado and Stafford. In March, she presented a paper at the annual conference of the American Association for Applied Linguistics in Denver, CO, entitled "L1 and L2 Processing of Gender and Number Inflectional Morphology: An ERP study of Spanish." She also presented a workshop on writing in language classes at the annual MFLL pre-service training for instructors and GTAs.


Flavia Brizio-Skov (Italian) was invited to present a paper and to organize a panel on new Italian detective fiction at an International Seminar held in La Spezia, Italy, in June. She received her second Ready for the World grant to organize the visit of an outstanding scholar from the University of Genoa, Italy, who delivered three lectures at UT in October. She continues to be an active member of the editorial board of Studies in European Cinema and her book on Italian post-war popular culture and cinema has been accepted for publication by Tauris Publishers, UK.


Ed Campion's (French) research interests now deal largely with Francophone writers from Africa and the Caribbean and with French-language writings on race and colonialism. He is preparing a book on the influence of the French theologian Teilhard de Chardin on Senghor.


Nuria Cruz-Cámara's (Spanish) article "La doctrina socialista y el público en Una mujer por caminos de España de María Martínez Sierra" was published in Bulletin of Spanish Studies. In June, she presented the paper "Constancia de la Mora's Autobiography and the Sources of Spanish Feminism" at the 7th European Feminist Research Conference, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. She received a $5,000 grant from Ready For the World to organize the colloquium "Interdisciplinary Speakers and the Spanish Civil War" and to bring guest speakers to her team-taught course on the Spanish Civil War.


Sébastien Dubreil's (French) article "Virtual Learning Environments for a Real (Transcultural) Dialogue: Toward New Pedagogies in Culture Teaching" appeared in September 2009 as the featured article for the English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics resource website published by Cambridge University Press. In this article on intercultural learning, Dubreil lays down the theoretical background and rationale for an international telecollaborative project in which he is involved. The project looks at ways of teaching and learning culture through an online learning environment, as well as how the learning outcomes can be assessed. You can find it on the web at http://www.cambridge.org/elt/resources/appliedlinguistics/intercultural.htm.


Dawn Duke (Spanish) published "From 'Yélida' to Movimiento de Mujeres Dominico-Haitianas: Gendering Problems of Whiteness in the Dominican Republic," in At Home and Abroad: Historicizing Twentieth-Century Whiteness in Literature and Performance. (ed. La Vinia Jennings, U of Tennessee P). She received a Professional Development Award for summer research in Brazil on her book project "Afro-Brazilian Women Writers Speak." Her paper "Black Movement Militancy in Panama: SAMAAP's Reliance on an Identity of West Indianness" was accepted for publication in Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies (LACES) and "The Triumph Within: Carolina Maria de Jesus and Strategies for Black Female Empowerment in Brazil" was accepted for publication in Critical Perspectives on Afro-Latin American Literature.


Les Essif (French) wrote a tribute to a French scholar for a French publication, and a preface and a lead article for a collection of essays on pedagogical uses of theatre. He also organized a panel on new directions in French theatre with two French doctoral students (Sarah Lloyd and Sandra Soares) for the Comparative Drama Conference, had an article accepted by Text and Presentation, and continued work on his book project, "American Unculture on the French Stage."


Millie Gimmel (Spanish) was awarded a Professional Development Award from UT and a summer stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support archival research in Mexico. She spent two weeks in Mexico this summer and will spend two months there in 2010. While in Mexico she delivered an invited paper at the International Congress of Americanists. Currently, she has two articles under review and a third invited article in progress. She received a 2009 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Advising and was Quest Scholar of the Week in January.


Michael Handelsman (Spanish) completed a co-edited volume of essays on globalization and the humanities with German Professor Olaf Berwald of the University of North Dakota titled: Globalization and its Apparitions. Intercultural Engagements and Disengagements Seen from the South and North. In March, Handelsman was invited to lecture on contemporary Ecuadorian literature and culture in Geneva (United Nations), Brussels (Ecuadorian Embassy), Paris (La Maison de L' Amerique Latine), and London (University of Westminster and the Canning House). Handelsman was appointed as a Faculty Associate at UTK's Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.


Christine Holmlund (French) was elected to a six year term as President (President-Elect, President, Past President) of the Society of Cinema and Media Studies, the largest international society devoted to the study of moving images. This year she published an anthology, American Film of the 1990s (Rutgers UP), and an essay on Harvey Keitel's collaborations with Jane Campion, "We Are the Piano" (Wayne State UP). She delivered keynote addresses at the Film and History Association of Australia and New Zealand and the Midwest Undergraduate Film Conference. She also joined the inaugural editorial board of Celebrity Studies.


Gregory Kaplan (Spanish) published a book, Valderredible, Cantabria (España): La cuna de la lengua española (Santander, Spain) in which he presents a variety of evidence (toponyms, inscriptions, features of medieval and modern Spanish, etc.) that establishes the Cantabrian origins of the Spanish language. He also published an article, "La Cantabria rupestre: Un análisis de la Peña Horacada (Cantabria, España)," in Cuaderno Internacional de Estudios Humanísticos y Literatura. During the summer, he directed the UT in Spain study abroad program.


Erec R. Koch's (French) book, The Aesthetic Body: Sensibility, Passion, and Corporeality in Seventeenth-Century France, was published this year by the University of Delaware Press. He also had articles on Descartes and on rhetoric and aurality appear in, respectively, La littérature, le xviie siècle et nous: dialogue transatlantique and EMF: Studies in Early Modern France.


Katherine Kong (French) presented a paper on "Writing Love in the Thirteenth Nouvelle: Marguerite de Navarre's Epistolary Fictions," at the annual International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, MI in May. She also presided over sessions at the Marco Symposium on "Humanism and its Economies" and the Marco Medieval Manuscripts Workshop in the spring. Professor Kong's book, Lettering the Self in Medieval and Early Modern France, was accepted for publication with the Gallica Series at Boydell & Brewer.


Daniel H. Magilow's (German) book, In Her Father's Eyes: A Childhood Extinguished by the Holocaust, appeared in November 2008 and he spent significant time in 2008-2009 promoting it with a companion traveling exhibition. On April 4, 2009, a leading Slovak newspaper, Pravda, profiled Dr. Magilow's work in a special centerspread. Dr. Magilow recently published an article, "Children's Photos: Early Photos of Saddam Hussein and Adolf Hitler," and he spent the summer working on an essay about Jews in interwar German cinema, specifically a 1927 film, now long-forgotten, called Familientag im Hause Prellstein (Family Day at the Prellstein's).


Mary McAlpin (French) had an article, "The Rape of Cécile and the Triumph of Love in the Liaisons dangereuses," appear in Eighteenth-Century Studies. She served as President of the South-Eastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and as advisory editor for the journal New Perspectives on the Eighteenth Century. She was elected to the MLA Divisional Committee for eighteenth-century French Studies and, thanks to a UT Faculty Development Grant, spent the summer pursuing her research into eighteenth-century conceptions of female physiology at the Bibliothèque Universitaire de Médecine de Montpellier.


Natalia Pervukhin (Russian) reviewed the Dissertation "Orphic Text In Russian Post-Symbolist Poetry" by Mr. Edward Waysband (Hebrew University of Jerusalem). Her two articles on Russian labor camp life "Abez" and on the picaresque novels by Ilia Ilf and E. Petrov were accepted for publication by the journal Slovo/Word. She organized a panel "Literary dialogues in Emigration" and round table "Underground Poets in Moscow of the 1950s and 1960s" for the AAASS Convention in Boston in November, at which she was also a participant. She also served as a chair at the panel "Others Writing Herzen's Life: Then and Now."


Óscar Rivera-Rodas (Spanish) was chosen to be a keynote speaker on three occasions in 2009. In June, he was invited by the government of the Dominican Republic to deliver two keynote addresses on the Dominican dramatist Franklin Domínguez, one at the Academia Dominicana de la Lengua and another at the VI Festival Internacional de Teatro in Santo Domingo. In August, he was invited by the Fundación Simón I. Patiño (Geneva, Switzerland) to deliver a keynote address on literary criticism and new Bolivian narrative at the Simón I. Patiño Cultural Center, in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Professor Rivera-Rodas also published an essay, "Rosario Castellanos y los discursos de identidad," in vol. XX/1 of Literatura Mexicana.


Euridice Silva's (Portuguese) ongoing research is focused on Brazilian theater and popular culture, with a special recent emphasis on multi-mediatic representations, adaptations and interconnections of literature, theatrical performance, film, TV, the plastic arts, music, and photography. His research is informed by modern theories and discourses of national identity, alterity, contemporary art, cultural semiotics and issues of gender and race. Dr. Silva continues to serve as chair of the Portuguese Section, supervisor of the Portuguese language lower division, academic and programs abroad adviser and as library liaison for Portuguese and the Latin American Studies IDP.


Maria Stehle (German) was invited to attend an international conference on "Questioning the Crisis of Multiculturalism in Europe" in Ireland. The conference will result in the publication of her paper entitled "White Ghettos: The 'Crisis of Multiculturalism' in Post-Unification Germany." She attended a conference in Colorado, gave an invited talk in California, and co-organized a workshop at the Technical University in Berlin in the summer of 2009. She is currently on research leave to complete her book manuscript tentatively titled Provincial, National, Translocal: "Ghettos," Cityscapes, and Representation in 21st Century Germany.


Dolly Young (Spanish) was awarded the TFLTA Jacqueline Elliott Award last year. She edited a special issue of Foreign Language Annals on "Special Needs Learners and Language Anxiety," which was published in the spring. She and her co-editor were showcased in the spring issue of The Language Educator. She presented on her research on Second Life at the American Association of Applied Linguists in April, and was invited to talk on "Language Acquisition and Literacy Development" for a THEC funded program titled, "Pathways to School Readiness" in June. She is currently writing the activity manual that corresponds to her first-year Spanish textbook, Vívelo, which debuts in January of 2010. She participated in an Applied Linguistics Seminar at Penn State this summer, which resulted in a presentation on "FL Classroom Assessment" at the MFLL departmental preservice in August.