2011 Conference

Nothing New Under the Sun?: Novelty, Game-Changing, and Genre-Breaking

October 28-29, 2011

Keynote speaker: Dr. Richard Flynn

Call for Papers

The English Graduate Organization of the University of Florida invites papers across disciplines concerning the idea of novelty in literature, film, rhetoric or the production of art. By interrogating the causes and effects of novelty in the life of an artist, scholar or artistic movement, we hope to destabilize the boundaries around the “old” and “new” and trace the lingering impact of these game-changers across both time and disciplines.

In considering novelty, we seek papers examining groundbreaking texts, new concepts of a pre-existing text, the application of new media to traditional print texts, and technological innovations in the creation and distribution of texts. Novelty may also include revolutionary movements or groundbreaking use of specific texts in theory, adaptation or collaborations. We also will consider novel uses of technology that increase cultural circulation (such as viral videos or alternative marketing), improve artistic quality, or even shift the relationship between the human and non-human. The conference also invites papers that discuss practical applications of the new to the old, such as innovative pedagogical techniques like wikis or class blogs, or the implementing of unorthodox genres into the classroom. Creative submissions featuring the use of novel techniques or topics may also be considered.

We welcome abstracts of up to 250 words along with contact information to ufl.ego@gmail.com by Oct 1st, 2011. Please also indicate any a/v requirements (DVD player and data projection available). Authors of accepted papers will be notified the first week of October.


Friday, October 28


Redefining the Generic Boundaries of Alterity and Nationhood

Moderator: Matt Snyder

Christopher Garland, “This is (Not) Jamaica: National Allegory and Garfield Ellis’ For Nothing At All”

Dr. Phil Wegner, “W.E.B. Du Bois’s Universal History: Crisis and Generic Innovation in John Brown (1909)”

Randi Gill-Sadler, “‘Playing Santa’: Mimicry and Imperial Nostalgia in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”

Pugh 210


Experimentation and Transformation in Children’s Texts

Panel Organized by the Children’s Culture Reading Group

Moderator: Emily Murphy

Michele Lee, “Manifestations of Jo March in Modern Japanese Shoujo Culture”

NaToya Faughnder, “Moving Pictures”

Casey Wilson, “Paper Books and Virtual Towns: Transtexts and Online Community”

Pugh 210


Lunch Break


Uploading and Upgrading Visual Rhetoric

Moderator: Rebekah Fitzsimmons

Asmaa Ghonim, “Judge a Book by its Cover”

Melissa Bianchi, “Game-Changing Technologies: Reexamining Radiography through Mortal Kombat”

Dave Stahl, “Understanding Webcomics: How the Internet Can Liberate Sequential Art”

Pugh 210


Old / New Approaches to Technology and the Classroom

Moderator: Asmaa Ghonim

Caroline Stone, “Electronic Materiality: Considering the Position of Old New Media”

Sam Hamilton, “Rearranging the Desks: Digital Hush Harbors and the Classroom”

Anish Dave, “Stoicism, Marcus Aurelius, and Facebook: Cultivating Social Accountability in Our Writing Students”

Pugh 210


Digital Humanities and Pedagogy Roundtable

Sam Hamiltom, Caroline Stone, John Tinnell, Gary Hink, and Laurie Gries.
Pugh 210

Saturday, October 29


Novel Poetics

Moderator: Sam Hamilton

Andrew Donovan, “Gnoetry and the Age: Describing Poetic Collaboration Between Human and Machine”

Lee Surma, “The Sonnet Form of Kiss Me Deadly”

David Lawrimore, “‘He Blurs the Camera-Glass:’ Modernist Aesthetics v. Popular Front Politics in Muriel Rukeyser’s ‘The Book of the Dead’”

Pugh 210


Violence, Comedy, and Shattering Expectations of Genre

Moderator: Joseph Weakland

Andrea Krafft, “‘Shrikean’ Style in Miss Lonelyhearts: New Comic Possibilities for Modernism”

Leah DiNatale, “Domestic Violence Isn’t Funny: Reimaging Genre and Narrative Structure in William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew”

Lisa Cunningham, “Vicious Nymphettes: Violent Child-Bodies in Contemporary Cinema”

Pugh 210


Lunch Break


Dimensionality: Exploring Cinematic Space

Panel Organized by the Graduate Film Studies Group

Moderator: Caroline Stone

Allison Rittmayer, “Through a Familiar Maze: The Distortion of Banal Spaces in Scenes of Torture”

Peter Gitto, “Towards a Theory of Cinematic Space: Anthony Vidler’s Warped Space, Alain Resnais’ Last Year at Marienbad, and Roberto Rossellini’s Voyage in Italy,”

Pugh 210


Reimagining Speculative Worlds: Novel Approaches to Science Fiction

Moderator: Andrea Krafft

Joseph Weakland, “‘The Machine in the Ghost’: Rereading William Gibson’s Neuromancer”

Amanda Yazdani, “Chekov Across Media- To Go, Boldly”

Shaun Duke, “Escaping Apartheid: The Speculative Renaissance in South Africa”

Pugh 210


Contextual (Re)Visions of Children’s Literatures

Panel Organized by the Children’s Culture Reading Group

Moderator: Casey Wilson

Rebekah Fitzsimmons, “Intimate Text: Novelty Through Typeface in Octavian Nothing and The Knife of Never Letting Go”

Mariko Turk, “Let’s Talk About Accessories!: Rereading American Girl’s Accessorizing of History”

Kendra Holmes, “Children’s Literature: What’s so Childish about it?: Broken Psyches, Re-envisioned Identities, and Alternative-Histories in the Confinement of a Children’s Text”

Pugh 210


Dinner Break

Keynote Address


Dr. Richard Flynn

(Georgia Southern University)

“My Folk Revival: Childhood, Politics and Popular Music”

Richard Flynn is Professor of Literature at Georgia Southern University, where he teaches modern and contemporary poetry and children’s and young adult literature. He is the author of a critical book, Randall Jarrell and the Lost World of Childhood (Georgia, 1990) and a book of poetry, The Age of Reason (Hawkhead Press, 1993). He has written extensively on children’s poetry and adult’s poetry that focuses on childhood, including essays on Gwendolyn Brooks, Muriel Rukeyser, June Jordan, Randall Jarrell and Elizabeth Bishop, among others.

His work on children’s literature includes his serving as editor of the Children’s Literature Association Quarterly from 2004-2009. Recent essays include “The Fear of Poetry” in the Cambridge Companion to Children’s Literature (2009), “Toward a Digital Poetics for Children” in the Children’s Literature Association Quarterly (2010) “Culture” in Keywords for Children’s Literature (2011), “The Bat-Poet: Poets, Children, and Readers in the Oxford Handbook of Children’s Literature (2011) and a review essay on the work of Perry Nodelman in Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures (2011).

Forthcoming work includes “Words in Air: Bishop, Lowell and the Aesthetics of Autobiographical Poetry” in Elizabeth Bishop in the 21st Century (Virginia, 2012) and “My Folk Revival: Childhood, Politics, and Popular Music” in Time of Beauty, Time of Fear: the Romantic Legacy in the Literature of Childhood. Edited by James McGavran (Iowa 2012).

“My Folk Revival” is part of a creative/scholarly memoir in progress about the intersection of music, politics, youth and privilege in the late 1960s and early 1970s , which will be the subject of his address.
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CFP PDF available here.