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American Literature Association ...

    American Literature Association

    th15 Annual Conference

    May 27-30, 2004

    Presentations and Performances:

(14-B) a Performance adapted from Eudora Welty‘s

    ?Music From Spain‖

    (15-D) Reading by Charles Johnson

    (21-B) The Drawing Poems of Robert Grenier

     (22-A) Ralph Ellison: An American Journey--In the Classroom with

    Arnold Rampersad and Avon Kirkland

    (22-B) Celebrating Contemporary American Poets:

    A Photographic Slideshow, Lecture and Discussion

    with Lynda Koolish

(23-A) Reading by Maxine Hong Kingston

    Thursday, May 27, 2004

    Registration, 7:30 am - 5:30 pm

    Book Exhibits, 10 am 5 pm

    Welcoming Reception 6:30-7:30 pm

    Thursday, May 27, 2004

    8:30 - 9:50 am,

Session 1-A CALIFORNIA WRITING

    Chair: Karen Weekes, Pennsylvania State University, Abington

1. ―‘That‘s What Comes of Bein‘ Literary‖: Hannah Lloyd Neal in the Overland Monthly,‖

    Kimberly Cortner, Claremont Graduate University

    2. ―Literary San Francisco at Mid-Century: Sex Words and the Censorship of Beat Writing,― Ronna Johnson, Tufts University

    3. ―Seabiscuit in Life, Literature, and Northern California,‖ Beverly Peterson, Penn State

    Fayette

Audio/Visual Requests: slide projector and screen

    Session 1-B DISEMBODYING RACE: MISCEGENATION AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF AMERICAN IDENTITIES

    Chair: Caroline Leguin, Blue Mountain Community College

1. ―‗Imaginary Terror‘: Ghosts and the Politics of Racial Identity in The Bondwoman’s

    Narrative, Ellen Weinauer, University of Southern Mississippi

2. ―Self-making and Race in Rebecca Harding Davis‘s Waiting for the Verdict,‖ Stephanie

    Browner, Berea College

3. ―National Amalgamation: Making and Unmaking Race in Lydia Maria Child‘s Romance of

    the Republic,‖ Lori Robison, University of North Dakota

4. ―‗Sin, Sex, and Segregation‘: Racialized Domesticity in Lillian Smith‘s Killers of the

    Dream,‖ Allison Berg, Michigan State University

Audio/Visual Needs: None

    Session 1-C MAKING HUMOR WORK FOR WOMEN: BEGGING, BORROWING AND STEALING AUTHORITY

    Chair: Jeffrey McIntire-Strasburg, Lincoln University

1. ―‘The UNITED STATES is comical‘: The Slapstick of Gertrude Stein‘s Dramas,‖ Roxanne

    Schwab, Saint Louis University

    2. ―The Trickster Voice in Zora Neale Hurston‘s Mules and Men,‖ Susan Fanetti, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville

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    3. ―Humor and Control of Persona: Marietta Holley and Samantha Allen (Josiah Allen‘s Wife),‖ Janice McIntire-Strasburg, St. Louis University

Audio/Visual Needs: NONE

Session 1-D MODERN AMERICAN POETRY

    Chair: Madelyn Detloff, Miami University of Ohio

    1. "Christian Science, Jewish Science: Mina Loy and American Identity," Lara Vetter 2. Hart Crane and the Poetry Project: Wiring America," Logan Esdale , Chapman U, 3. ―Flying and Swimming: Elizabeth Bishop‘s Animals and the Question of Anthropomorphism,‖ David Copland Morris, University of Washington, Tacoma

    Audio/Visual Requests: None

Session 1-E READING PHILIP ROTH THROUGH ―HIGH‖ AND ―LOW‖ CULTURAL PRISMS

    Organized by The Philip Roth Society

    Chair: Ben Siegel, Cal Poly Pomona University

    1. The Human Stain as Film,‖ Elaine B. Safer, University of Delaware

    2. ―Reading Philip Roth Reading Henry James,‖ Margaret Smith & Theresa Saxon, Manchester Metropolitan University (UK)

    3. ―Why Philip Roth Will Probably Never Be Read in Oprah's Book Club (and Why That May

    Not Be Such a Bad Thing,‖ Derek Parker Royal, Texas A&M University-Commerce

Audio/Visual Needs: None

Session 1-F NATURE AND CULTURE

    Organized by the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment

Chair: Jennifer Dawes Adkison, Idaho State University

    1. ―Off the Plate: Gary Nabhan and the Reunion of Nature and Culture,‖

    Gioia Woods, Northern Arizona University

    2. ―Using Geographic Theory to Read Literature Spatially,‖ Patrick Barron, City College of

    San Francisco

    3. ―John Steinbeck‘s The Grapes of Wrath: The Stumbling-Forward Ache. Culture‘s Role in

    Defining Nature,‖ Eve Quesnel, University of Nevada, Reno

    Audio/Visual Requests: None

Session 1-G F. SCOTT FITZGERALD AND HIS WORLD

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Organized by The F. Scott Fitzgerald Society

    Chairs: Susan Wanlass, California State University, Sacramento and Peter Hays, University of California, Davis,

    1. "Father to Mother and Mother to Children: Fitzgerald's Depiction of Parental Roles in Tender Is the Night," Victoria Fresenko,

    2. "Fitzgerald's Revisions of American History: Re-Configurations of the 'Platonic Conception' of America in Drafts and Gatsby-Related Stories," Ann Ross, CSU Dominguez Hills

3. "The Story of Myself Versus Myself: Narrating Save Me the Waltz," Natalie Sliskovic:

Audio/Visual Requests: None

1-H Business Meeting: Available

    Thursday, May 27, 2004

    10:00-11:20 am

Session 2-A GLOBALIZING WESTERN AMERICAN LITERARY STUDIES

    Organized by The Western Literature Association

    Chair Susan Kollin, Montana State University, Bozeman

    1. "The Global Dimensions of the U. S. Hispanic Recovery Project," José F. Aranda, Jr., Rice University

    2. "'To Market, To Market': Fast Food, Slow Food, and the Edible West," Nancy Cook, University of Rhode Island

    3. "The Figure of the Surfer in Narratives of the New World Order," Krista Comer, Rice University

    4. "I'm Just a Lonesome Korean Cowgirl: Adoption and National Identity," Melody Graulich, Utah State University

    Audio/Visual Needs: Slide projector and tape deck

Session 2-B PERIODICALS AND AMERICAN LITERATURE

    Chair, J. A. Leo Lemay, University of Delaware

    1) "A Master of Audience: Newspaper Reviewers Expose a Radical Lecturer in Charlotte Perkins Gilman," Andrea Leary, Loyola College, Baltimore.

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    2) "'A Real Encyclopaedia': The Edinburgh Review in Thomas Jefferson's Library," Christine Modey, University of Michigan.

    3) "Newspaper Editors' Attitudes toward the Great Awakening, 1740-1748," Lisa Herb Smith, Independent Scholar

    Audio/Visual Needs: Overhead projector

    Session 2-C INTERSECTIONS: CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN AMERICAN WRITING Organized by the African American Literature and Culture Society Chair: Keith Byerman, Indiana State University

     1. ―Bridging the Generations: Sonia Sanchez and Tupac Shakur,‖ Annette Debo, Western

    Carolina University

    2. ―African American Writers, Gender Politics and The New York Times Book Review,‖ Ann

    Hostetler, Goshen College

    3. From the Daily Egyptian to the New York Times: Charles Johnson as Newspaperman,

    Linda Selzer, Penn State University

    4. ―A Whole Nation: African American Women Writing During Black Nationalism,‖ Amanda Davis, University of Florida

Audio/Visual Needs: Possible overhead projector

Session 2-D TO MARKET, TO MARKET‖: AMERICAN WOMEN WRITERS’ RESISTANCE

    TO LITERARY CONSUMERISM AT THE TURN INTO THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

Chair: Leah Glasser, Mount Holyoke College

1. ―‘Yes, I shall try to please McClurg with my book‘: Sui Sin Far‘s Letters to Her Publishers

    and Literary Representations of the Asian American Female Subject,‖ Martha Cutter, Kent State University

    2. ―Every woman hopes to be a mother‖: Infanticide Stories by Mary Wilkins Freeman and Sui Sin Far and the Literary Marketplace,‖ Linda Grasso, York College, CUNY

    ―‘A Shade Pert and Consciously Brisk‘: Maternal Capitalism and Female Consumerism in Edna Ferber‘s Fiction,‖ Susan Tomlinson, Fairfield University

Audio/Visual Needs: NONE

Session 2-E THE SHORT-STORY CYCLE: NEW CONSIDERATIONS

    Chair: Jeff Birkenstein, University of Kentucky

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    1. "Remapping the Territory of Married Life: John Updike's Reconfiguration of the Maples Stories in Early Stories: 1953-1975," Robert Luscher, University of Nebraska at Kearney 2. "Contemporary Feminist Short-Story cycles," Karen Weekes, Penn State, Abington 3. "The Multiple Texts of a Cycle Story," James Nagel, University of Georgia Audio/Visual Needs: NONE

Session 2-F PERIODIZATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS: A ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION

Moderator: Jay Grossman, Northwestern University

1. ―The Literary Period that is Not One,‖ Deborah Nelson, University of Chicago

    2. ―Benjamin Franklin, Optimism, and the Critical Circuit,‖ Eric Wertheimer, Arizona State University

    3. ―Revolution vs. Renaissance: The Representative Arts and American Literary History,‖ Jay Grossman, Northwestern University

4. ―Gertrude Stein Undisciplined, ‖ Sharon Kirsch, Arizona State University West

Audio/Visual Needs: NONE

Session 2-G THE NATIVE AMERICAN IN EARLY AMERICAN LITERATURE

Chair: Jeanne Campbell Reesman, University of Texas at San Antonio

    1. "Fugitive in His Native Land": Irving's Identification with the Indian,‖ Kenneth Hovey, University of Texas at San Antonio,

    2. ―Melville's Tashtego and Native American Myth,‖ Debbie Lopez, University of Texas at San Antonio

    3. ―The Only Good "Indian" is an Appropriated and/or Vanquished One: The Status of the Yemassee in William Gilmore Simms's The Yemassee, ― Maria DeGuzman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Audio/Visual Needs: NONE

Session 2-H MAILER I

Organized by the Norman Mailer Society

Chair: John Whalen-Bridge, National University of Singapore

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1. ―Telesthesia: a Meditation on Telepathy, Literature, & Norman Mailer's ‗Egyptian Book,‘‖

    Philip Morais,

    2. Harlot's Ghost: Norman Mailer's Unwritten Novel,‖ David Anshen, State University of New York

3. ―'Your wife-that was his dream': Heterophobia in Norman Mailer's Tough Guys Don't Dance,

    "Ashton Howley, University of Ottawa

Audio/Visual Needs: NONE

    Session 2-I INTERNATIONAL INFLUENCES ON KATHERINE ANNE PORTER'S LIFE AND WRITINGS

Organized by the Katherine Anne Porter Society

    Chair: Alexandra Subramanian, Independent Scholar

     1. "'A Perfectly Proper Picture': Mexico and Art in Katherine Anne Porter's 'Virgin Violetta,'"

    Beth (Ruth M.) Alvarez, University of Maryland

     2. "Culture, Politics, and International Conflict in "'The Leaning Tower,'" Jerry Findley, University of Indiana

     3. "Katherine Anne Porter and the Feminist Oriental Tale," Mary Titus, St. Olaf College

    Respondent: Jan Bloemendaal , Universityersiteit Leiden, The Netherlands Audio/Visual Needs: None

    2-J Business Meeting: American Religion and Literature Society

    Thursday, May 27, 2004

    11:30 am -12:40 pm

    Session 3-A GLOBALISM AND TWENTIETH-CENTURY AMERICAN PERIODICALS

    Organized by the Research Society for American Periodicals

Chair: Susan Belasco, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

1. ―Modernism and the Yellow Journalism,‖ Sarah Wilson, University of Toronto

2. ―Mimeo Fever: Sixties Small Press within a Global Context,‖ Nick Lawrence, SUNY at

    Buffalo

3. ―From Grassroots to Massroots: Third Wave Feminism, Global Activism, and Marie Claire,‖

    Jennifer Lynn Stoever, University of Southern California

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    Audio/Visual Needs: a media projector to be connected to a laptop for a powerpoint presentation

Session 3-B AMERICAN REALISM

Chair: David E.E. Sloane, University of New Haven

1. ―Cable‘s The Grandissimes and Le Code Noir,‖ James R. Payne, New Mexico State

    University

    2. ―The Novum in the Transitional Age of American Science Fiction,‖ Steve Anderson, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

    3. "Sui Sin Far and the 'Western Worship.'" Mikako Ichikawa, Osaka City University

Audio/Visual Needs: None

Session 3-C GOTHIC LIMEN

Organized by the International Gothic Association

Chair: Steven Bruhm, Mount St. Vincent University

1. "Gothicism in Edith Wharton's Short Fiction and the Definition of Social and Ideological

    Boundaries," Warren Kelly, University of Mississippi

2. ―Parallel Pygmalia: Crossing the Portrait's Threshold,‖ Jo Smith, Manchester Metropolitan

    University

3. ―Horrid Apparitions and Loathsome Spectacles: Wieland and the Imagery of

    Phantasmagoria,‖ Reneé Fox, Princeton University:

Audio/Visual Needs: None

    Session 3-D RADICAL TERMS: EXPERIMENTS IN THE LANGUAGE OF RACE AND

    THGENRE IN 19 CENTURY WOMEN’S WRITING

    Chair: Lindsey Traub, Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge, England (currently Visiting Scholar, UCLA)

1. ―Catherine Sedgwick, Hope Leslie, and the Indians,‖ Shirley Foster, University of Sheffield,

    England

    2. ―Harriet Prescott Spofford‘s The Amber Gods and the Domestic Gothic,‖ R.J. Ellis, Nottingham Trent University, England

3. TBA, Lisa Merrill, Hofstra University

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Audio/Visual Needs: None

    Session 3-E AMERICAN JEWISH WOMEN NOVELISTS: FROM YEZIERSKA TO GOLDSTEIN

    Organized by the Society for the Study of American Jewish Literature Chair: Daniel Walden, Penn State University

    1. Anzia Yezierska as a Jewish Female Public Intellectual,‖ Meredith Goldsmith, Whitman College

    2. ―Coming of Age as a Jewish Woman: Horn, Singer and Pollack, Three First Novels,‖ Irene

    Goldman-Price, Independent Scholar

    3. "Wayfinding": (Re)Constructing Jewish Identity in 'Mazel' and 'Lovingkindness,'" Melanie

    Levinson, San Jose City College

    Audio/Visual Needs: None

    Session 3-F ERNEST HEMINGWAY: THE QUESTION OF DEATH AND DEATH IN QUESTION

    Organized by the Ernest Hemingway Society

    Chair: Christopher R. Howard, Illinois State University 1. "Games of Death: Sports, Money, and War in The Sun Also Rises," Paul Tayyar,

    California State University, Long Beach

    2. "Death in Earnest: Temporality and Writing in Hemingway's Death in the Afternoon and A

    Moveable Feast," Boris Vejdovsky, Lausanne University

    3. "Stories of Sacrifice: Love, Politics, and Bullfighting in Anglo-American and French

    Literature, 1926-1955," Stephen E. Lewis, University of Chicago Audio/Visual Needs: None

    Session 3-G HENRY ADAMS: REVISITING THE NOVELS

Organized by the Henry Adams Society

Chair: John Orr, University of Portland

    1. "Mind over Matter: Character and Psychology in Esther," Richard Androne, Albright College

     2. "Henry Adams's Democracy as Game and Gain," Earl Harbert, Northeastern University

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     Respondent: Edward Chalfant, Hofstra University

Audio/Visual Needs: None

Session 3-H DICKINSON: NEW PSYCHOANALYTIC APPROACHES.

Organized by the Emily Dickinson International Society

Chair: Marianne Noble, American University

1. "Dickinson‘s Discovered Self: The Productive Unconscious," Maurice Lee, University of

    Missouri-Columbia

2. "Dickinson and the not-all,‖ Max Gasner, Deep Springs College

    3. "‘It ceased to hurt me‘: Dickinson‘s Language of Consolation," Cindy Mackenzie, University of Regina

    4. "Executing Identity: Sexuality and Compound Vision," Renee Bergland, Simmons College

Audio/Visual Needs: None

    Session 3-I AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE: DIASPORA, ECOLOGY, AND JUSTICE

Organized by MELUS

Chair: Derek Parker Royal, Texas A&M University-Commerce

    1. "African Diaspora and Poetic Ancestry in the Work of Audre Lorde," Jeff Westover, Howard University

    2. "Will in the Wilderness: Language and Ecology in Will Alexander's 'The Stratospheric Canticles,'" Megan Simpson, Penn State Altoona

    3. "Other People's Holocausts: Empathy and Justice in the Work of Anna Deavere Smith," Gregory Jay, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee

Audio/Visual Needs: None

3-J Katherine Anne Porter Society -- Business meeting

    Thursday, May 27, 2004

    1:00 2:20 pm

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