GradSEA Gazette

A Publication of the Graduate Student English Association,
with assistance from the English Graduate Office
Issue One, Spring 2003


This is the first issue of the GradSEA Gazette which features GradSEA news and announcements of graduate student publications, conference presentations, fellowships and other awards and achievements. This new publication is sponsored by GradSEA with assistance from the English Graduate Studies Office.

If you have questions about the GradSEA Gazette, please contact the GradSEA Officers.

GradSEA News

The GradSEA Sponsored End of Semester Party is Tuesday, May 6, 2003, from 10 AM to 2 PM in HEAV 320. Please come and enjoy collegiality, fun, and food! Hope to see you all at the party, Tuesday, May 6, 2003!


Election Results

President: Michael C Kapper

Secretary: Cat Shuler

Vice President: Jennifer Consillio

Web Master/List Administrator: Kate Agena

Academic Computing Committee:
Megan Hughes

English Language and Linguistics Committee:
Gigi Taylor

Grad Studies Committee:
Mica Gould & Gill Hunter

Job Placement Committee:
Carrie Sheffield

Literary Awards Committee:
Geoff Stacks

Undergraduate Studies Committee:
Wendy Long

Creative Writing Committee:
Cassie Smith

Excellence in Teaching Committee:
Jonikka Charlton & Geoff Stacks

Introductory Writing Committee:
Tarez Graban & Sarah Johnson

Leonora Woodman Lecture Committee:
Margaret Morris

Theory and Cultural Studies Committee:
Geof Carter & Carrie Sheffield

PGSG Senate Representative:
Jennie Blankert
Amy Ferdinandt (Alternate)

Thank you to everyone who was willing to serve.

Recent Graduate Student Publications and Presentations

Pamela Sanders, a doctoral candidate in American literature, recently published an article, “The Feminism of Dorothy West's The Living Is Easy: A Critique of the Limitations of the Female Sphere through Performative Gender Roles,” in the African American Review--36.3 (Fall 2002): 435-46. In April 2003, she presented a paper entitled “The Irish-American Narrative and Loss of Home-Place: Mary Doyle Curran's The Parish and the Hill” at the Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the U.S. (MELUS) Conference at Florida Atlantic University.

Tadd Ruetenik (English and Philosophy Ph.D. Program) has a review of James Duban's The Nature of True Virtue: Theology, Psychology and Politics in the Writings of Henry James, Sr., Henry James, Jr., and William James forthcoming in JSP. He also presented a paper, “It Depends on the Liver: William James and William Mallock on the Defense of Religious Belief,” at the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy conference, held in March at the University of Colorado at Denver.

Serkan Gorkemli gave a 20-minute presentation titled “Turkish Queer Online: Cyber-Re-Writing of Identity and the Emergence of a Sexual Minority in Turkish Universities” and conducted, in collaboration with Debrah Huffman, Deb Rankin, Jessica Clark, and Linda S Bergmann, a
90-minute workshop titled “Transforming Knowledge: Practices and Projects” at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, New York City, New York, March 19-22, 2003. He has also been serving as the ESL Coordinator in the Purdue Writing Lab since August 2002. And last but not least, one of Serkan's photographs titled “Seeds of Reality” was published in the Purdue Exponent Literary Edition 2002.

Xiaoye You has received two first prizes and one honorable mention in the 72nd Annual Literary Awards: first prize for the Asian Studies Award, first prize for the Grace L. Smart Award in Rhetoric and Compositions, and an honorable mention for the Walter Johnson Award in ESL.

David Wood is a recipient of the year-long, 2003 PRF Grant. His dissertation explores the works of Sidney, Shakespeare, and Milton.

Erin Chamberlain presented a paper entitled, “Who are you, Miss Snowe?: Performance and the Woman Artist in Villette” at the British Women Writers Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, March 20-23, 2003.

Margaret Morris, Julie Woodford, Jonikka Charlton, and Shirley K Rose were speakers for a Featured Session at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in New York City in March. Margaret Morris also participated in a Special Interest Group roundtable on the topic of Playing for Keeps: The Lasting Value of the Situated Role Play in Mentoring TAs.

Filming is also now complete on a series of conversations held over the past year with retired Professor Janice M. Lauer, entitled “Looking Forward/Back: Conversations with Janice Lauer.” Editing of these tapes is underway, and tentative plans for a preview showing of the taped conversations are also in
the works.

Carlann Scholl presented “Langston, It's Not That Simple: Graduate Students Using a New Genre” at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in New York City in March.

Daryn Glassbrook successfully defended his dissertation prospectus last November. In May, he will present a paper, “José Garcia Villa and the Philippine Diaspora,” at this year's American Literature Association Conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Tarez Graban contributed three segments to New Directions for Writers, Vol. 12: College Writing and the World of Work edited by Cheryl Reed and published by AW Longman, 2003. Her segments are entitled “Writers Write: Searching the Library,” “Writers Write: Research Networks,” and “Writers Write: Sophisticated Sentences.”

Michael Carlson Kapper presented a paper entitled “Students' Right to Their Own Language--and the Writing Teacher's Failings” at the Conference of the Michigan College English Association (Dearborn, MI) on November 1, 2002. He also presented a paper entitled “Production and Desire: The Economics of the Cyborg Vampire in Buffy the Vampire Slayer” at the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association Conference (Albuquerque, NM) on February 14, 2003, and a paper entitled “Students No More: Apprentice Writers, 'Real' Texts” at the Conference on College Composition and
Communication (New York, NY) on March 20, 2003.

Philip Douglas presented a paper entitled “Richard Wright's Self-Inscription in Native Son” at the National Association of African-American Studies Conference in Houston Texas, on February 22, 2003 and will present another paper, entitled “The Modern and Subjective Richard Wright: Writing One's Own Fate” at the American Literature Association Conference in Boston in late May.

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This issue of the GradSEA Gazette was assembled on May 4, 2003.