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Western Literature Association

    st41 Annual Conference

    Feeling Western

    25-28 October 2006

    The Grove Hotel, Boise, Idaho

    Hosted by Boise State University

    Wednesday 25 October

    14 Executive Council Meeting River Fork

47 Registration 2nd Floor Landing

    56:30 Executive Council Dinner Cottonwood Grille

7:15-10 Welcome Evergreen

     Tara Penry, WLA President

     Silent Film: Back to God’s Country, starring Nell Shipman

     Introduction by Tom Trusky, Idaho Film Collection

     Original Score Performed by Bijou Orchestrette


    Thursday 26 October

    83 Registration 2nd Floor Landing

85 Book Exhibit Aspen

    Thursday 89:15 Session One

    1A Mary Clearman Blew and Western Feminism Evergreen Chair: O. Alan Weltzien, University of Montana, Western

     Sarah Hulme, Utah State University

     ―Mending Geographies: Mary Clearman Blew‘s Balsamroot

     Susan Rowe, Boise State University

     Isolation and Identity in All But the Waltz

     Cassie Hemstrom, Boise State University

     The Rebirth of the Sow in the River: Creating a Narrative of Choice in

    Mary Clearman Blew‘s Writing Her Own Life

     Evelyn I. Funda, Utah State University

     ―The ‗Threat to the Common Herd‘:

     Monsters in Mary Clearman Blew‘s Writing‖

1B Foreign Places in the Heart

    Cedar Chair: Nancy Owen Nelson, Yavapai College

     Susan Lang, Yavapai College

     From Juniper Blue

     Nancy Owen Nelson, Yavapai College

     From Don’t Stay Too Long: Memoir of an Army Brat

     Penelope Reedy, Idaho State University

     From Coffee Royal, Pocatello Blend/Rare Beans

     Charlotte M. Wright, University of Iowa Press

     ―Henry‘s Story‖

    1C Understanding Animals in the Western Frontier Rapids Chair: Sarah E. McFarland, Northwestern State University

     Jennifer J. Clark, University of Southern California

     ―As Honest as the Horse Between My Knees: Slavery, Horsemanship, and

    Stewardship in the Western Novel‖

     Tamas Dobozy, Wilfrid Laurier University

     ― ‗Between You, the Coyotes and the Crickets a Thought Don't Have Much

    of a Chance': The Artificial Frontiers of Sam Shepard's True West

     Lauri Chose, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

     ―Writing Arctic Animals: Forging the Connection‖

     Andrew Wingfield, George Mason University

     ―Stalking the Mountain Lion‖

    1D Demystifying/Remystifying Robinson and Proulx White Chair: Susan Kollin, Montana State University Water

     Elizabeth Lester Barnes, Boise State University

    ―Transcending Boundaries:

    The Un-Housing of Bachelard in Marilynne Robinson‘s Housekeeping

    Catherine Holmes, College of Charleston

    ― ‗The Remystification of Nearly Everything‘: Another Look at Myth,

    Metaphor, and Mobility in Marilynne Robinson‘s Housekeeping

     Sayzie Koldys, Boise State University

    ―Reimagining the Emptiest State: Magical Realism in Annie Proulx‘s

    Wyoming Stories

    Stacy Coyle, University of Denver

     ―Open Places vs. Charged Spaces in Annie Proulx‖

1E Forces of Nature and Community in Cather’s Fiction

    River Fork Chair: Anne Kaufman, Milton, Massachusetts

    Angela Glover, University of Kansas

    ―Jim Burden, Lost in Space: How Liminality and Temperament Theory

    Work to Produce a Tragic Ending in Willa Cather‘s My Antonia

    Margaret Doane, California State University, San Bernardino

    ― ‗Bridled by Caution‘: Community-Enforced Conformity in Willa Cather‘s

    Nebraska Novels‖

    Mark Hartvigsen, Boise State University

     ― ‗Geography is a terribly fatal thing sometimes‘:

     Determinism in O Pioneers!

1F The Trouble with “Black” and “White”

    Clearwater Chair: Michael K. Johnson, University of Maine, Farmington

     Brian Flota, George Washington University

     ―Whose Country Is It?

     Ishmael Reed and Percival Everett‘s African American West‖

     Katie Rawson, University of Mississippi

    ―Roping Uncle Sam‘s Canon: Narrative Voice and the American Myth of the

    West in The Life and Adventures of Nat Love

     Amber Leonard, Leeward Community College

     ―A Place in Paradise:

     Perceiving (In)authenticity in Tara Bray Smith‘s West of Then

     John Escobedo, Rice University

    ―The Racial Logic of White U.S. Mestizaje in Maria Amparo Ruiz de

    Burton‘s Who Would Have Thought It? and The Squatter and the Don

1G Reading Western Fiction by Genre

    Ivy Chair: Jill Heney, Boise State University

    John Donahue, Concordia University

    ―Zane Grey‘s Idaho, The Border Legion, and Deadwood

    Paul Varner, Oklahoma Christian University

    ―Twenty-first Century Paperback Westerns‖

    William Katerberg, Calvin College

    ―At Home in Utopia: Time and Place in Utopian Science Fiction set in the

    American West‖

    John C. Davies, Bishop Grosseteste College & Portland State University

     ―Western Feeling, Feeling Western: The Novels of Molly Gloss‖

1H Making Home In A Restless World:

    Suite 214 Perception, Representation, Preservation

     Chair: Liz Stephens, Utah State University

     Brandon R. Schrand, University of Idaho

     ―Curating Memory: Seeing Home as a Tourist‖

     Rob Kunz, Utah State University

     ―Growing Pains:

     The Battle Over Land and Family in the Shadow of the Tetons‖

     Liz Stephens, Utah State University

     ―American West Heritage Center:

     The Selling of a Lifestyle, The Commodification of a Dream‖

     Denice Turner, University of Nevada, Reno

     ―Flying Home: Finding a Place in the Space of the West

    Thursday 910 Coffee Break


    Thursday 9:3010:45 Session Two

    2A Emotion in the Western Classroom: Workshop and Conversation Evergreen Co-chairs: Tara Penry, Boise State University

     Michelle Payne, Boise State University

2B Idaho Poetry: Charles Potts

    Rapids Introduction by John Crawford, West End Press

2C Fiction Reading: Daniel Orozco and Joy Passanante

    White Introduction by Mary Clearman Blew, University of Idaho


2D Sacajawea’s Story: A Lemhi Shoshone Perspective

    River Fork Rozina George (Lemhi Shoshone), Great-grandniece of Sacajawea

2E Willa Cather and War

    Clearwater Chair: Mary R. Ryder, South Dakota State University

    Steven Trout, Fort Hays State University

     ―Willa Cather and War: An Overview‖

    Ann Romines, George Washington University

    ―Willa Cather‘s Civil War: A Long Engagement‖

    Michael Gorman, Independent Scholar

     ―Jim Burden and the White Man‘s Burden:

     My Antonia and the Plains Indian Wars‖

    Richard Harris, The Webb Institute

    ―One Little Feller‘s Quest for ‗Something Splendid‘:

    Another Look at Cather‘s Claude Wheeler‖

2F Encountering Western Landscapes:

    Suite 214 Writing, Living, and Feeling One’s Way

     Chair: Alex Hunt, West Texas A&M University

    SueEllen Campbell, Colorado State University

    ―Things That Happen in Deserts‖

    Alex Hunt, West Texas A&M University

    ―Annie Proulx‘s Exploration Narrative: That Old Ace in the Hole and James

    William Abert‘s Expedition to the Southwest

    Barbara J. Cook, Mount Aloysius College

    ―Life Changes in an Instant:

    Changing Relationships with Western Landscapes‖

    Nina Björnsson, Eastern New Mexico University

    ―Gender/Migration/The West: Going TransAmerica‖

    Thursday 1112:15 Session Three

3A Embodying Social and Environmental Justice

    Rapids Chair: Steve Tatum, University of Utah

    John Streamas, Washington State University

    ―The Diminishing Significance of Genre in the Literature of Wartime

    Japanese America‖

    Kyoko Matsunaga, Hiroshima University

    ―Meats, the Female Body, and Toxicity: Environmental Justice in Ruth L.

    Ozeki‘s My Year of Meats

    Hilary Hawley, Washington State University

    ―Cultural Activism as Environmental Justice in Castillo‘s So Far From God

     Dora Ramirez-Dhoore, Boise State University

    ―Third World Women and Ecological Matters in Tomás Rivera‘s …y no se lo

    trago la tierra and Helena Maria Viramontes‘s Under the Feet of Jesus

3B Domestic Violence in the West

    White Chair: Lillian Schlissel, Brooklyn College Water

     Lillian Schlissel, Brooklyn College

     ―The Literary History of Secrets‖

     Barbara Richard, Sequim, Washington

     ―Walking Wounded‖

     Mary Clearman Blew, University of Idaho

     Judy Blunt, University of Montana

     Jeanette Weaskus, Northwest Indian College

3C Sex, Gender, and Social Critique in Plains Literature

    River Fork Chair: Doug Werden, West Texas A&M University

    Amy T. Hamilton, University of Arizona

    ― ‗A Constant Move‘:

    Adventure and Social Critique in Sarah Wakefield‘s Captivity Narrative‖

    Peter L. Bayers, Fairfield University

    ―Charles Alexander Eastman's From the Deep Woods to Civilization and

    the Shaping of Native Manhood‖

    Matt Evertson, Chadron State College

    ―Feeling Western Bodies:

    Sex and Settlement in the Narratives of Mari Sandoz‖

    Kim Palmore, University of California at Riverside

    My ‗Queer‘ Àntonia

3D Knowing Western Rivers

    Clearwater Chair: T. S. McMillin, Oberlin College

     Laurie McMillin, Oberlin College

     ― ‗Ragged, Rugged, Dark-Complected‘:

     Race, Reflection, and Twain‘s Mississippi‖

     Mary Keller, University of Wyoming

     ―Native Ways of Knowing Rivers in the Rocky Mountain Region:

     From Creek Mary’s Blood to the Native Waters Curriculum‖

     T. S. McMillin, Oberlin College

     ―Into the Great Unknown: Powell‘s Colorado River‖

     Nick Petzak, Case Western Reserve University

     ―Selling the Middle Fork‖

3E Cashing In?

    Ivy Money & Politics in the Production of West Coast Music

     Chair: Brock Dethier, Utah State University

     David Fenimore, University of Nevada, Reno

     ―Songs for Sale: Woody Guthrie‘s Columbia River Compromise‖

     Karl Germeck, Utah State University

     ―The White Guy from Santa Monica: Ry Cooder and Chavez Ravine‖

     Brock Dethier, Utah State University

     ―The Cost of Artistic Independence‖

    3F Tales of Disaster: A Gathering of Creative Readings Suite 214 Chair: Ann Putnam, University of Puget Sound

     Beverly Conner, University of Puget Sound

     ―Hearing Voices‖

     Ann Putnam, University of Puget Sound

     ―Lights Go Out‖

     Sarah Jane Sloane, Colorado State University

     ―The Lifeguard,‖ from The Antler Diaries

     Beth Kalikoff, University of Washington, Tacoma

     ―Café du Monde‖

    3G Judge Holden: The Mythic Trickster Rides the West Suite 320 in Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian

     Chair: Jerry D. Mathes II, University of Idaho

     Jerry D. Mathes II, University of Idaho

     ―Classical Tricksters and Judge Holden‘s Malevolent Power‖

     Steven Coughlin, University of Idaho

     ―Landscape of the Tricksters‖

     Joshua Cilley, University of Idaho

     ―Trickster Fools in Blood Meridian

     Sean Prentiss, University of Idaho

     ―Convergence and Divergence of Tricksters in Blood Meridian and Winter

    in the Blood

    3H The Academic Library of the Future: Cedar What's In It for the Literary Scholar?

     Chair: Thomas Peele, Boise State University

     Donald Barclay, University of California, Merced

     Alan Virta, Boise State University

     Denise Shorey, Northwestern University

     Larry Kincaid, Boise State University

3I Basque Block Tour

    Grove Preregistration required. Cost: $5. Also offered Wed 10/251:30 pm.

    Lobby Meet at Grove Hotel lobby and walk across Capitol Blvd to Basque Block.

    This tour will only appear in the final program if a sufficient number of

    members have preregistered for it. Space limited.

Thursday 12:152 Past President’s Address & Luncheon


    12:15 Luncheon

    11:45 Address: William Handley, University of Southern California

     Open seating will be available at 1 pm for those who wish to hear the

    address only. All WLA registrants are welcome to attend at this time.

Thursday 23:15 Session Four

4A Feeling Western on/under the Skin

    Rapids Chair: Krista Comer, Rice University

     Elizabeth J. Wright, Pennsylvania State University, Hazelton

     ―An ‗Unexpected Visitor‘:

     Disability and Family Politics in the Fiction of Laura Ingalls Wilder‖

     Linda Lizut Helstern, North Dakota State University

     Written on the Skin: Ableism and the Native Subject‖

     Krista Comer, Rice University

     ―Feeling Western/Feeling White‖

     Bruce Ballenger, Boise State University

     Title pending

4B Stock-Taking in the Literary Northwest

    White Chair: Peter Donahue, Birmingham Southern College Water

    John Trombold, Independent Scholar, Oregon

    ―Reading Portland: Toward a Place-Based Pedagogy of Politics‖

    Peter Donahue, Birmingham-Southern College

    ―Taking Stock of the Stock-Takers:

    Regional Identity and the 1946 Writers‘ Conference on the Northwest‖

    Michael Strelow, Willamette University

    ―Lost and Found: Authors, Editors, and Publishers in the Northwest‖

    Philip Heldrich, University of Washington, Tacoma

     ―The Absence and Presence of Mount Rainier:

     Ansel Adams, Martha Hardy, and the Mountain‖

    4C Women’s Collaborations and Relationships in Willa Cather’s River Fork Fiction and Career

     Chair: Ann Romines, George Washington University

    Michael Schueth, Creighton University

    ― ‗Her Masterful Will‘:

    Mary Baker G. Eddy, Celebrity Biography, and Cather‘s Canon‖

    Pat Brennan, Clarkson College

    ―The Sister Narratives of Willa Cather‖

    Mary R. Ryder, South Dakota State University

    ―That D---d Mob of Women Performers:

    Women Artists as Rivals in Cather‘s Fiction‖

    Janis P. Stout, Texas A & M University

    ―Curious Connections: Cather, Silko, and Randall in the Southwest‖

4D Wild Encounters

    Clearwater Chair: Charles Crow, Bowling Green State University

     Michael L. Johnson, University of Kansas

     ―Wildfire: A Taste of Authenticity‖

     Bob Lyon, Bellevue, Washington

     ―Blowups: Fact and Fiction in Firefighting‖

     Christopher McGill, Boise State University

     ―Wildness Wherever: Social Subversion and the Wilderness Experience of

    Charles Bowden‘s Blood Orchid

    Susan J. Tyburski, Colorado School of Mines

    ―Seduced by the Wild:

    Audrey Schulman‘s Journey into the Arctic Heart of Wilderness‖

4E Proto-Westerns and Early Westerns

    Ivy Chair: Lawrence I. Berkove, University of Michigan, Dearborn

     Nicolas Witschi, University of Western Michigan

    ― ‗I do not like newspaper notoriety‘: Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp, The

    James Gang, and the Op-Ed Autobiography

     Jefferson D. Slagle, St. Bonaventure University

     The Heirs of Buffalo Bill: Performing Authenticity in the Dime Western

     Seth Bovey, Louisiana State University, Alexandria

     ―Pulp Fiction, Gangster Films, and the Beginnings of the Noir Western‖

    4F Reading and Teaching Intermountain Western Women Suite 214 Chair: Pamela Steinle, California State University, Fullerton

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