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2010 Conference Program

The 2010 MWCBS Program is available as a .pdf here

56th
Annual Conference

Baldwin Wallace
College

8-10 October 2010

Friday, 8 October 2010

9:30-10:30 Registration

Session One

Panels 1-3

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

1. Between Hearth and Hedgerow: Nature, Landscape, and the Critique of

Cultural Boundaries
in Victorian Literature
location

Chair:
Daniel Shea (Austin Peay State University)

Commentator:
Audience

1. “’Here I
Can Rove at Will’: Transgressing
Boundaries in Harriet Martineau’s Lake District Writings,” Amanda Adams
(Muskingum University)

2. “’Step in
the puddle and save your life!’:
Richard Jefferies against the Current,” Daniel Shea (Austin Peay State
University)

3. “’If the
hedges are too close round, they may kill the plants’: Evolving Domestic Landscapes in Olive
Schreiner’s From Man to Man,” Hannah
Tracy (Seattle University)

2. The
Popular Press and Public Consciousness

Chair: TBD

Commentator: TBD

1. “Jeers,
Jingo, and Jesuits: Britishness,
Edmund Burke, and Crises of Empire in Eighteenth-Century Britain,” Johnathan M.
Pettinato (Fordham University)

2. “Libraries, Empire, and Literacy:
How Subscription Libraries Shaped Acculturation in the Colonies of the British
Empire,” Sterling Joseph Coleman, Jr. (Central State University)

3. “From
Racial Types to Typography:  Mapping Empire in the Wide World Magazine,”
Sigrid Anderson Cordell (University of Michigan)

4. “’The
nearest contacts with truth’:  Authoring and Publishing the British First
World War Memoir,” Ian A. Isherwood (University of Glasgow)

3. Conceiving Romantic-Era Bodies and Relations location

Chair:
Rick Incorvati (Wittenberg University)

Commentator:
TBD

1. “From
Taxonomy to Family Tree: The
Transformation of the Linnaean system in Earasmus Darwin’s The Loves of the Plants,” Bendta Shroeder (Brandeis University)

2. “Soulful Sensorium: The Body in Early (British) Romantic
Brain Science,” Lisa Ann Robertson (University of Alberta)

3. “Sex,
Poverty, and ‘Savagery’ in Malthus’ Population Principle and the Condition of
England Question,” Jenise R. DePinto (The College of Saint Rose)

4. “What
Disability Studies Can do for Romanticism: William Wordsworth’s Uncouth Shape,” Essaka Joshua
(University of Notre Dame)

12:00-1:30 Lunch (on your own)

Session Two

Panels 4-6

1:30-3:00 p.m.

4. Experience, History, and Prophecy in Early
Modern Warfare
location

Chair:
TBD

Commentator:
Hilda Smith (University of Cincinnati)

1. “Prisoners,
Patients, Trauma, and Survival in the English Civil Wars and the Interregnum,
1640-1660,” Annie St. John-Stark (Thompson Rivers University, British Columbia)

2. “The Rise
of the Phoenicians in British Imperial Historiography, 1676-1726,” Jacob
Pollock (University of Pittsburgh)

3. “The
Third Anglo-Dutch War and the War of the Grand Alliance in English Political
Prophecy: A Comparison,” Jennifer
Nalmpantis (Lakeland Community College)

5. Parakeets, Elephants, and
Porcupines: Envisioning the Beast
from

Dickens
to Lawrence
location

Chair:
TBD

Commentator:
Laurel Flinn (Johns Hopkins University)

1. “Flight
and Disease: Sanitation in the
Victorian Aviary,” Erika Olbricht (Case Western Reserve University)

2. “Imperial
Nostalgia and the Zoo-Ideal in Kipling and Wells,” Kurt Koenigsberger (Case
Western Reserve University)

3. “Representing
Animals: D. H. Lawrence’s Creative
Evolution,” Raymond Watkins (Case Western Reserve University)

6. Detection and the Marginal Identity location

Chair:
TBD

Commentator:
TBD

1. “In the
‘Great Cesspool’ of Empire:
Examining Fin de Siècle

Colonial Masculine Identity in Sherlock Holmes,” Catherine Hart (The Ohio State
University)

2. “Tracking
the Woman Detective through the ‘Lead Desert,’” Dagni Bredesen (Eastern
Illinois University)

3. “A
Question of Orientation: Gay Spies
and National Security after World War II,” Chet DeFonso (Northern Michigan
University)

Session 3

Panels 7-9

3:30-5:00 p.m.

7. Religious Conflict in Early Modern Britain
and Europe
location

Chair: Warren Johnston (Algoma University)

Commentator:
Melinda Zook (Purdue University)

1. “Assessing
the ‘Monster’: The Depth and
Developments of Elizabethan Intelligence on the Holy roman Empire,” David Scott
Gehring (University of Wisconsin, Madison)

2. “Dutch
Arminianism through English Eyes, 1608-1630,” Eric Platt (St. Francis College)

3. “’A
Perfect Sinke of All Errours’:
Quakerism and the Debate on Toleration in Scotland and Europe, c. 1688
– c. 1700,” Paul Jenkins (University of Glasgow)

8. Romantic Theologies location

Chair and Commentator: Carol Engelhardt Herringer (Wright State University)

1. “Consumerism,
Mourning, and the Picturesque in Romantic Evangelicalism,” Joseph Stubenrauch
(Indiana University)

2. “Original
Sinners: Original Sin and
Individuality in Coleridgean Theology,” Christopher Dinkel (Fort Hays State
University)

3. “’Power
Dwells Apart’: A Theology of the
Godless Sublime in Shelley’s Alpine Hymns,” Thomas Prasch (Washburn University)

9. Birth, Death, and Morbidity: Women’s Experience in the 19th
Century
location

Chair:
TBD

Commentator:
TBD

1. “Elizabeth
Thompson and the Infamy of the Maternal Pelvis,” Pam Lieske (Kent State
University at Trumbull)

2. “’But the
Undertakers Urge Her On’: The
Cultural Construction of Mourning in Elizabeth Gaskell’s Mary Barton,” Jennifer A. Swartz (Lake Erie College)

3. “’The
Valley of the Shadow of Books’:
George Gissing and Morbid Female Detachment,” Marisa Palacios Knox
(University of California, Berkeley)

Plenary Address and Reception

Sponsored by the

North American Conference
on British Studies

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Location

Plenary Speaker: Martha Vicinus, University of Michigan

“Literature as History or History as
Literature”

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Session 4

Panels 10-11

8:30-10:00 a.m.

10. The Long
Eighteenth-Century Court, the Public Sphere, and the Financial

Revolution location

Chair: Robert Bucholz (Loyola University Chicago)

Commentator: Marlyn Morris (North Texas State
University)

1. “Affective
Relationships and Political Authority in the Commemoration of William III’s
Entry into the Hague,” Amy Oberlin (Loyola University Chicago)

2. “Royal
Physicians as Gatekeepers of Information,” Steven Catania (Loyola University
Chicago)

3. “Political
Capital: The Investment Strategies
of Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough,” John Krenzke (Loyola University Chicago)

11. Stretching Time, Space, and Genre in
Victorian Fiction
location

Chair:

TBD

Commentator:
TBD

1. “Dickens
and Utilitarian Time,” John McBratney (John Carroll University)

2. “Jealousy and Lyrical Excursions in
George Meredith’s The Ordeal of Richard
Feverel
,” Martin J. Fashbaugh (Auburn University)

12. Colonial Identities: 19th and
20th Century Art and Fiction
location

Chair:

TBD

Commentator:
TBD

1. “Racial
Theory and Neoclassicism in Enlightenment Thought,” Jason M. Kelly (Indiana
University-Purdue University, Indianapolis)

2. “Sovereign Anxieties: Kipling and the Afghans,” Zarena Aslami
(Michigan State University)

3. “Colonial
Identities: Defining Britishness
in Catherine Helen Spence’s A Week in the
Future
,” Lindsey M. Lawrence (University of Arkansas, Fort Smith)

4. “From
Picadilly to the Simla Ridge:
Wooing the Coy Mistress of the Art in the Name of Taste and Country,”
Renate Dohmen (University of Louisiana at Lafayette)

Session 5

Panels 12-14

10:15-11:45 a.m.

13. TBD

14. Romantic
Expression in its Generic and Rhetorical Contexts
location

Chair:
Jason Kelly (Indiana University-Perdue University, Indianapolis)

Commentator:
TBD

1. “Anglo-French
Romantic Anti-Structure: Confessions of
an English Opium-Eater
and Symphonie
Fantastique
, Barry Milligan (Wright State University) and Dennis Loranger
(Wright State University)

2. “’Wanting
both unity and precision?’: Thomas
DeQuincey’s Dialogue with New Rhetorical Textbook Traditions in His Essay on Rhetoric and Style,” Katie
Homar (University of Pittsburgh)

3. ”Sir
George Hayter’s Portrait of Lady Caroline Montague,” James E. Bryan (University
of Wisconsin-Stout)

15. Bread and Water: The Politics of Food and Water Supply in Modern

Britain,
1800-1960
location

Chair:
TBD

Commentator:
TBD

1. “’Where’
Were Victorian Water Supply Problems and Solutions?: Employing Actor-Network Theory to Locate the Origins of
Municipal Water Systems,” John Boich (Case Western University)

2. “Constipation,
Food Security, and U-Boats: The
Bio-Geopolitics of White Wheat Bread, 1800-1920,” Christopher Otter (The Ohio
State University)

3. “St.
Georginas versus the ‘Chemical Dragon’:
The British Housewives League’s Battle for Wholesome Food and Water,”
Amy Whipple (Xavier University)

Plenary Address, Business Meeting, and Lunch

12:00-2:00 p.m.

Location

Plenary Speaker: Retha Warnicke, Arizona State University

“Anne Boleyn, Anne Stanhope, and
Poetic Animal Imagery:

A Hind, a Lion, and a Wolf”

Session 6

Panels 15-17

2:15-3:45 p.m.

16. Honoring David Cressy location

Chair:

TBD

Commentator:
David Cressy (Ohio State University)

1. “Invoking
the King’s Ire: The Dangerous Talk
of Sir Francis Bacon and the 1621 Parliament,” Chris R. Kyle (Syracuse
University)

2. “The
‘Strange Speeches’ of Mr. Melvin:

Dangerous Talk and the Crisis of 1628,” Allastair Bellany (Rutgers
University)

3. “Seditious
Talk or Sedition?: Restoring
Social History to the Study of Revolutionary Situations in Restoration
England,” Newton Key (Eastern Illinois University)

17. Platform,
Pulpit, and Pedagogy: Shaping
Identity in Victorian England
location

Chair:
TBD

Commentator:
Jules Gerhke (Saginaw Valley State University)

1. “Church
Plate and Church Identity:
Spiritualizing Material Goods in Victorian England,” Carol Engelhardt
Herringer (Wright State University)

2. “’Preventing
everything from being centred in London’:
The Victorian Lecture Circuit and Provincial Identity,” Anne Rodrick
(Wofford College)

3. “Equal in
the Eyes of the Law: Educational
Demands and the Changing Face of Late Victorian Catholic Identity,” Eric G.
Tenbus (University of Central Missouri)

18. Configurations of the Boer War

Chair: Lori Campbell (University
of Pittsburgh)

Commentator: TBD

1. “Constructing
Visual Memory:  Photography and the South African War,” David Downs
(Northern Illinois University)

2. “’My
African friend or foe?’  Perceptions of the Native Races by Supporters and
Critics of the South African War, 1899-1902,” Jodie N. Mader (Thomas More
College)

3. “The
‘Weenen’ and the Reconfiguration of the Anglo-Boer Conflict,” Nicole M. Mares
(King’s College, Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania)

Session 7

Panels 18-20

4:00-5:30 p.m.

19. Honoring David Cressy location

Chair:
TBD

Commentator:
David Cressy (Ohio State University)

1. “Burning Books and Burning Bones in
Tudor Cambridge,” Susan Wabuda (Fordham University)

2. “The
Spectre of Clerical Celibacy in Late Stuart England,” Michelle Wolf (Ohio State
University)

3. TBD

20. Reviewing “Edwardianism” in the Visual Arts

Chair:
Anne Helmreich (Case Western Reserve University)

Commentator:
TBD

1. “Promoting
a ‘new internationalism’: The
Significance of the Artist-Designer beyond the London-Paris Axis from c.
1900-15,” Andrew Stephenson (University of East London)

2. “Human
Character at the Edwardian Royal Academy, c. 1910,” Pamela Fletcher (Bowdoin
College)

3. “Reviewing
‘Edwardianism’ in the Visual Arts:
The Case of the Camden Town Group,” Ysanne Holt (Northumbria University)

21. Victorian Subversion and Reform: Readers and Society location

Chair:
TBD

Commentator:
TBD

1. “To
Paris, with Sympathy: Undoing the
Myth of Victorian Moral Superiority in Anthony Trollope’s The Way We Live Now,” Kristi N. Embry (East Tennessee State
University)

2. “The Fabians and the Fairy Tale: Socialist and Feminist Subtexts in
E(dith) Nesbit Fantasy Books for Children,” Lori Campbell (University of
Pittsburgh)

3. “The
Critic as Master: Ruskin’s
‘liberal education of the artisan,’” David Thiele (University of Mount Union)

4. “Fighting
Doubt and Uncertainty:

Enlightenment Ideology in Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” Sein Oh (University of Illinois at Chicago)

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Session 8

Panels 21-23

8:45-10:15

22. Voices beyond the Pale: Women’s Discursive Tactics in
Nineteenth-Century

Novels location

Chair:
TBD

Commentator:
David Thiele (University of Mount Union)

1. “The
Mistress of Bleak House: Esther Summerson and the Discourse of
the Law,” Kristen Parkinson (Hiram College)

2. “Maria
Edgeworth, Mary Russell Mitford, and Elizabeth Gaskell: Authorizing Provincial Women Writers
through the Discourse of Natural History,” Martha Bohrer (North Central
College)

3. “Verbal
Survival: Female Alcoholics In
Nineteenth-Century Fiction,” Leah Kind (Northern Illinois University)

23. Missionaries, Merchants, and
Naturalists: British Travelers as
Global Agents
location

Chair:
TBD

Commentator:

TBD

1. “British
Missionaries as Naturalists: The
Dual Role of British Missionaries on 19th Century Madagascar,”
Thomas Anderson (University of Pittsburgh)

2. “Thomas
B. Glover: A British Merchant and
the Rise of Modern Japan,” James Hommes (University of Pittsburgh)

3. “Stranger
Communities: Protestant England’s
Reactions to French Protestants,” Thomas Rushford (U.S. House of
Representatives)

24. Thinking with Feet: the Meaning of the Foot in British
Literature
location

Chair:
TBD

Commentator:
TBD

1. “Fancy’s
Boot: Making Shoes Last,” John
Twyning (University of Pittsburgh)

2. “A
shoemaker sell flesh and blood—O indignity!’: Staging Labor and Artisanal Consciousness in The Shoemaker’s Holiday,” Matthew
Kendrick (University of Pittsburgh)

3. “’This
Petty Sort of Theft’: The Lady
Footpad in Defoe’s Moll Flanders,”
Julie Beaulieu (University of Pittsburgh)

Session 9

Panels 24-26

10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

25. Troubled Gender Relations in
Nineteenth-Century Rhetoric
location

Chair:
TBD

Commentator:
TBD

1. “His and
Hers: Ownership and Victorian
Marriage in Dombey and Son and Lady Audley’s Secret,” Katherine Osborne
(University of Kentucky)

2. “Catherine
Earnshaw’s Ghost Form:

Displacement and Reclamation on the Heights,” Hannah Freeman (Pikeville
College)

3. “The
Troubled Case of Mr. Hyde and the Hermaphroditic Body,” Mary Clai Jones
(University of Kentucky)

26. Transatlantic Literature and the Production
of National Identities, 1870-1910
location

Chair:
Keridiana Chez (CUNY Graduate Center)

Commentator: TBD

1. “Henry James and the Poetics of Authentic Display,”
George Phillips (University of Kentucky)

2. “The Stars and Stripes and the British Empire: Anglo-Saxonism and the Problem of the
Frontier in Arthur Conan Doyle’s A Study
in Scarlet
and Bram Stoker’s Dracula,
Joanna Collins (University of Pittsburgh)

3. “Sharing the White Man’s Buirden: Kipling’s Kim in the American McClure’s,”
Leigha McReynolds (George Washington University)

4. “The Production of Humaneness through the Pet Dog in
English and American Literature,” Keridiana Chez (CUNY Graduate Center)

27. New Approaches to Nineteenth-Century
British Women Poets
location

Chair:
TBD

Commentator:

Noelle Chao (Ohio State University)

1. “’Things
by their Right Names’: Sarah Hale,
Anna Barbauld, and ‘American’ Literature,” Derek Pacheco (Purdue University)

2. “’Old
Idolatry’: Letitia Landon’s
Ephemeral Hellenism,” Noah Comet (Ohio State University, Mansfield)

3. “’A vein
of melancholy love’: Felicia
Hemans and an Epistemology of Love,” Seth Reno (Ohio State University)

Future MWCBS Meetings

2011:
Champaign, Illinois, hosted by the University of Illinois-Champaign

1 Comment

  1. By: Mahasweta Baxipatra on July 25, 2010 at 10:04 am      

    Congratulations! The program brings out the inter-disciplinary character of NACBS – a great leap since the 2009 conference at Louisville.

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