2006 M\MLA Annual Convention
November 9-12, Chicago, Illinois
Sunday, November 12, 2006
8:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Refreshments (Monroe Ballroom)
You are invited to attend the Book Exhibit, 8:30 a.m.-12:00 noon (Monroe Ballroom)
216. American Literature I: Literature to 1870
8:30-10:00 a.m. (Clark 9)
Topic: Literacy and Literary Practice
Chair: Bonnie Carr, Wake Forest Univ.
Secretary: Rebecca R. Saulsbury, Florida Southern Coll.
1. “‘Visual Literacy’ and Abolitionist Fiction,” by Nicole Seymour, Vanderbilt Univ.
2. “Enlisting Literacy: African American Writing and Civic Identity in the Occupied South, 1863-1865,” by
Christopher Hager, Northwestern Univ.
3. “The (Un)timely Technology of the Journal: Edgar Poe and the Production of Literacy,” Lope López de Miguel, Univ. of Pittsburgh
4. “The Education of the ‘Common Eye’: Picture Literacy as Cultural Authority in the 19th-Century American Travel Sketch,” by Heidi Kolk, Washington Univ.
217. English I-A: English Literature Before 1800
8:30-11:45 a.m. (Dearborn 2)
Topic: Loved Ones or Loved Once: Lovers in Early English Literature
Chair: John Peruggia, Saint Louis Univ.
8:30-10:00 a.m. (Dearborn 2)
1. “‘Between Shirt and Smock’: Moll Frith’s Critique of Courtship Rituals,” by Sheri McCord, Saint Louis Univ.
2. “The Two Janes: City Wives and Courtly Suitors on the Renaissance Stage,” by Nora Corrigan, Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
3. “‘Pray Bawl Soundly for Me’: Loving the Law in The Plain Dealer,” by Casey Etheridge, Univ. of Mississippi
4. “A Lovers' Exchange in the Jew of Malta: How the Outsider Talks his Way In,” by Christine Maffucio, Univ. of Maryland
10:15-11:45 a.m. (Dearborn 2)
5. “‘Wailing Eloquence’: The Persuasive Power of Pain in Sidney’s Astrophil and Stella,” by Kimberly Huth,
Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison
6. “Sixteenth-Century Feminism?: Isabella Whitney’s ‘I.W. To Her Unconstant Lover,’” by Andrea Powell Jenkins, Ball State Univ.
7. “‘Mind how it comes on’: Love, Hate, and Marriage in Clarissa,” by Jennifer Camden, Univ. of Indianapolis
218. Old and Middle English Literature and Language
8:30-10:00 a.m. (Parlor A)
Topic: Treatment of Enemies and “Others” in Old and Middle English Literature and Language
Chair: Sara Schwamb, Saint Louis Univ.
Secretary: Laura Reinert, Saint Louis Univ.
1. “‘The Door Immediately Gave Way’: The Contested Doorway in Beowulf, Its Analogues, and Old English Poetry,” by Justin Noetzel, Saint Louis Univ.
2. “God’s Rape of the Devil: Sexual Triumph and Genesis in Beowulf,” by Chris Snellgrove, Auburn Univ.
219. Community and the Postmodern Self
8:30-10:00 a.m. (LaSalle 4)
Moderator: Brendan Balint, Loyola Univ. Chicago
1. “Popularizing the Shipwreck, Capitalizing on Dislocation,” by Kendra Crede, St. Ambrose Univ.
2. “Steve Zissou: The Postmodern Broken Hero,” by Matthew Nusko, Purdue Univ.
3. “A Fan’s Life: Sports Fandom, Autobiography, and the Production of the Self,” by Ricky Werner, Univ. of Virginia
220. Disability in African Fiction
8:30-10:00 a.m. (LaSalle 3)
Moderator: Olabisi Gwamna, Iowa Wesleyan Coll.
1. “Ability in Disability: J.M. Coetzee’s Fiction and the Empowerment of the Disabled,” by Ayo Kehinde, Univ. of Ibadan, Nigeria
2. “Highs and Lows: Dis/Abilities and Agency in Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions,” by Walter P. Collins, Univ. of South Carolina
3. “Combating Stereotypes: Examining Disabled Characters in African American Children’s Literature,” by Elizabeth Byers, Independent Scholar
4. “The ‘Chthonic Realm’: The Abiku Syndrome as a Metaphor of Failure in Soyinka,” by Bitrus P. Gwamna, Iowa Wesleyan Coll.
221. Epifanias y madurez: escritoras hispanicas en desafio
8:30-10:00 a.m. (Dearborn 1)
Moderator: Asunción Horno-Delgado, Univ. of Colorado at Boulder
1. “Asombro interior: Instancias de crecimiento en escritoras Hispanicas,” by Asunción Horno-Delgado, Univ. of Colorado at Boulder
2. “Pasiones tardias, epifanias a destiempo en poemas de escritoras Argentinas,” by Esther Gimbernat-González, Univ. of Northern Colorado
3. “Cuba, mujer y erotismo. Maduracion a traves de la escritura,” by María del Mar López-Cabrales, Colorado State Univ.
222. Filmic Adaptation
8:30-10:00 a.m. (Parlor B)
Moderator: Nathan Kelber, Loyola Univ. Chicago
1. “Adaptation, Circulation, and the Canon: Pride and Prejudice in the Marketplace,” by Gwendolyn Blume, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison
2. “An Uneasy Convergence: 'Scar' Literature and French Auteur Theory in Dai Siejie's Balzac and the Little
Chinese Seamstress,” by Lyon Evans, Viterbo Univ.
3. “Rewriting the Rules: Writing Elite Models Out of Film Genre, Writing the Game Movie In,” by Allison
McGuffie, Univ. of Iowa
223. Food in Film and Literature: Transcendence of the Quotidian
8:30-10:00 a.m. (Clark 4)
Moderator: Phyllis Mitchell, Wheaton Coll.
1. “Maruja Torres’ Un calor tan cercano: Bread and Chocolate, Idylls and Anchors,” by Christine Goring Kepner, Wheaton Coll.
2. “Dulce Chacón’s La voz dormida: Garbanzos, Torture and Survival,” by Phyllis Patteson Mitchell, Wheaton Coll.
3. “Rosetta: Foxes, Food and the Forging of a Social and Relational Identity,” by Alan D. Savage, Wheaton
224. Highbrow and Low-down: The Novels of Ishmael Reed
8:30-10:00 a.m. (LaSalle 1)
Moderator: Steve Almquist, Univ. of Iowa, and Justin St. Clair, Univ. of Iowa
1. “A Legacy of “Highbrow and Low-down”: The Text and the City in Ishmael Reed’s Mumbo Jumbo and Colson Whitehead’s The Intuitionist,” by Anne Langendorfer, Ohio State Univ.
2. “Questioning Commodification, Restoring the Aesthetic: The Re-Appropriation of the Slave Narrative in Ishmael Reed’s Flight to Canada,” by Dan Jones, Univ. of South Dakota
3. “Confronting the “Slave Traders’ Language” in the Multicultural Academy: Ishmael Reed’s Satirical Use of Kiswahili in Japanese by Spring,” by Steve Almquist, Univ. of Iowa
4. “‘Plug in Your Head’: Ishmael Reed on Radio’s Centralizing Address,” by Justin St. Clair, Univ. of Iowa
225. Identity in 20th-Century American Literature A
8:30-11:45 a.m. (Parlor C, Parlor D)
Moderator: Scott McFarland, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago
8:30-10:00 a.m. (Parlor C)
1. “A Strong Baxterian Flavor: Charles W. Chesnutt and the Poetics of Identity,” by Ryan Brooks, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago
2. “Role-Playing in Tender is the Night: The Cinematic Hero Forecloses the Dandy’s Class Ascension,” by Meg King, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago
3. “‘Certain Dangerous Intersections’: Carson McCullers, Deafness and the Politics of Multiculturalism,” by Cynthia Barounis, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago
10:15-11:45 a.m. (Parlor D)
4. “‘The Americas for Americans,’ 'Cuba for Cubans' and a Neighborhood for Mr. Roosevelt: Pan-American Anti-Imperialism in the 1930s,” by Emilio Sauri, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago
5. “Invisible Man’s Invisible Black Policemen,” by Scott McFarland, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago
6. “The Laboring Immigrant Body: Ethnicity and Class in E. Annie Proulx's Accordion Crimes,” by JoAnne Ruvoli, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago
226. Literatures in English
8:30-10:00 a.m. (Clark 3)
Moderator: Jonathan E. Hill and Richard DuRocher, Saint Olaf Coll.
Introduction: “From English to Literatures in English: The English Major at St. Olaf College,” by Jonathan E. Hill, St. Olaf Coll.
What is the effect of re-conceptualizing an English Major as a major in Literatures in English? What are the consequences upon courses drawn from, and curricula based upon, traditionally discrete national literatures,
primarily British and American literatures? What new kinds of courses are made possible by such a configuration? What happens to students and their understanding of English in this model? To what extent does the global rise of literatures in English compel us to rethink the notion, direction, and integrity of the received literary canon?
These and related questions will be the focus of a panel presentation and discussion moderated by members of the Department of English, Saint Olaf College. While we will provide 2-3 brief starter statements of a few minutes each, we will then turn the conversation over to colleagues from other departments. We invite M/MLA members to contact us by November 6 if they would like to contribute to the panel and discussion, or if they would like more information about the session. Email: email@example.com.
227. Modernist Cultures
8:30-10:00 a.m. (LaSalle 2)
Moderator: Eurie Dahn, Univ. of Chicago
1. “High Reads Low: Why Modernism Needs Comedy More than Comedy Needs Modernism,” by Brian D. Holcomb, Michigan State Univ.
2. “D. H. Lawrence and Mollie Skinner: Strange Bedfellows Writing The Boy in the Bush,” by Russell McDonald, Univ. of Michigan
3. “Blending ‘Brows’: Artists, the Great House, and Cultural Divides in Virginia Woolf’s Between the Acts and ‘Anon,’” by Melissa Sullivan, Univ. of Delaware
228. One Ring: Wagner in the 21st Century
8:30-10:00 a.m. (Parlor D)
Moderator: Jeremy Glazier, Ohio Dominican Univ.
1. “The Twilight of Tonal Music: Wagner’s Der Ring Des Nibelungen in Musical Context,” by Phillipa Burgess, Ohio Dominican Univ.
2. “The Woodbird’s Song in Act III of Götterdämmerung: Recapitulatory Transformations of the Wondrous,” by Joseph E. Jones, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
3. “Deliberate Disunities: Breaking Up Wagner’s Ring,” by Katherine Syer, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
4. “Magic Fire Music: James Merrill and ‘The “Ring” Cycle,’” by Jeremy Glazier, Ohio Dominican Univ.
229. The Popular in the Age of Shakespeare
8:30-10:00 a.m. (Parlor E)
Moderator: Erica Chu, Loyola Univ. Chicago
1. “Highly Objectified?: Representations of the Rape of Lucrece,” by Emily Detmer-Goebel, Northern Kentucky Univ.
2. “Macbeth between the Stage and Baiting Hall: A Study of Performance and Culture,” by Ronald Harris, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison
3. “Bear-Baiting High and Low: Early Modern Cultural Hierarchies,” by Don Hedrick, Kansas State Univ.
230. Reading Japan
8:30-10:00 a.m. (Clark 7)
Moderator: James Shea, Columbia Coll. Chicago and DePaul Univ.
1. “Yoshimoto Banana and Tokyo as the City of Play,” by Myles Chilton, Univ. of Chicago
2. “Postmodernity and Aesthetics in Japan,” by Iain Macpherson, Univ. of Calgary, Canada
3. “A High Context Mask: Uncovering the Horror of Japanese and American Facades in A Gesture Life,” by KrisAnn Norby-Jahner, Kent State Univ.
231. Truth in Genre: Great Expectations in Contemporary Memoir
8:30-10:00 a.m. (Clark 10)
Moderator: Julia Galbus, Univ. of Southern Indiana
1. “Imposture and the inauthentic text: An historical labyrinth,” by Susanna Egan, Univ. of British Columbia
2. “Truth or Truthiness? The Role of Truth in Contemporary War Memoirs,” by Deborah Core, Eastern Kentucky Univ.
3. “Truth in Genre: Great Expectations in Contemporary Memoir,” by Julia A. Galbus, Univ. of Southern Indiana
232. Women's Search for Social, Spiritual and Sexual Liberation: a Cross-Cultural View
8:30-10:00 a.m. (Clark 1)
Moderator: Christina Mougoyanni Hennessy, The Coll. of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s Univ.
1. “Feminism, Social Class, and Alienation in Two Works by Annie Ernaux,” by Camilla Krone, The Coll. of Saint
Benedict and Saint John’s Univ.
2. “Jesusa Palancares’s Search for Spiritual Identity in Elena Poniatowska’s Hasta no verte Jesús mío,” by Elena Sanchez Mora, The Coll. of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s Univ.
3. “Ideological Feminism and Sexual Freedom in the Spanish Erotic Novel,” by Christina Mougoyanni Hennessy, The Coll. of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s Univ.
233. Workshop III: Bridging the Gap: Transitions between Academic and Nonacademic Careers
10:15-11:45 a.m. (Clark 5)
Moderator: Harveen S. Mann, Loyola Univ. Chicago
1. “There and Back Again: Negotiating Life in the Borderland between the Inside and the Outside,” by Donald E. Levin, Marygrove Coll.
2. “Experience Transfer: Pedagogical Approaches to Bringing Private Sector Reality into the Writing Classroom,” by Jon S. Mann, DePaul Univ.
3. “How to Use Modern Marketing Techniques to Enhance Business, Scholarship, and College Teaching; and How to Use the Same Techniques to Market Yourself,” by Theodore Price, Montclair State Univ.
4. “‘Trust in the Unexpected’: Making the Transition from Academia to the Non-Profit World,” by Phoebe Stein Davis, Illinois Humanities Council
234. English I-B: English Literature Before 1800
10:15-11:45 a.m. (Dearborn 2)
(see Session #217 - 8:30 a.m., Sunday)
235. International Francophone Studies (papers available in advance)
10:15-11:45 a.m. (Clark 4)
Topic: Post/Colonial Francophone Studies
Chair: Keith Alan Sprouse, Hampden-Sydney Coll.
1. “Postcolonial Studies Meet Visual Rhetoric: The Case of Description de L’Egypte,” by Maha Baddar, Univ.
2. “Camus’s Algeriance: Rethinking Colonial Identity and Discourse,” by Phil Bridges, Missouri State Univ.
3. “The [M]Other Tongue in Patrick Chamoiseau’s Chemin d’ecole: Performative Linguistic Spaces in a French Creole Childhood,” by Janice Morgan, Murray State Univ.
4. “Violence in postcolonial Caribbean literature,” by Véronique Maisier, Southern Illinois Univ.
236. Beyond Historicism: Antebellum Fiction Out of Place
10:15-11:45 a.m. (Clark 9)
Moderator: John Schlueter, Loyola Univ. Chicago
1. “No More Tears: Sentimentalism Against Itself in Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” by Carina Pasquesi, Loyola Univ. Chicago
2. “Chronic Problems in American Romanticism,” by Rick Rodriguez, Loyola Univ. Chicago
3. “Speaking Marks: Hawthorne’s Body-texts and Modernity’s Confusion of Speech and Writing,” by John Schlueter, Loyola Univ. Chicago
237. The Bloomsbury Group: Materials and Materialism
10:15-11:45 a.m. (Parlor B)
Moderator: Jessica Stender, Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Colleen Booker, Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
1. “Automatic Beasts: David Garnett’s Phenomenology of Disaster,” by Ted Wayland, Univ. of Washington
2. “‘Gates to the Glorious and the Unknown’: The Railway in Forster’s Howard’s End,” by Jessica Stender, Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
3. “Everything I Needed to Know About Empire I Learned at Rugby: Bloomsbury and the Dismantling of Boy Culture,” by Colleen Booker, Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
4. “The Domestication of Modernism: Wyndham Lewis’ Interior Design and Aesthetic Compromise in the Futurist Movement,” by Art Zilleruelo, Wichita State Univ.
238. But Can It Work for Us?: Faculty-Student Collaborative Research in the Humanities
10:15-11:45 a.m. (Clark 3)
Moderator: Martin Wood, Univ. of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
1. “Challenges Impeding Faculty-Student Collaborative Research in the Humanities,” by Marty Wood, Univ.
of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
2. “Faculty-Student Collaborative Research as an Extension of Teaching,” by Carmen Manning, Univ. of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
3. “Shakespeare-in-the-Schools Project: Positive and Negative Outcomes of Collaborative Research,” by Theresa Kemp, Univ. of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
239. Graphic Novels in the Literature Classroom
10:15-11:45 a.m. (Clark 10)
Moderator: Laura L. Beadling, Purdue Univ.
1. “Reading Between the Panels: How Graphic Novels Successfully Illustrate a Text's Figurative Meanings, Closing the Resistance Gap First Year Students Tend to Have Toward Literature and Art,” by John E. Barrett, Bloomsburg Univ.
2. “Graphic Novels in the Introductory Literature Class: Canons, Narratives, and Memory,” by Lisette
Gibson Díaz, Capital Univ.
3. “Introducing the Graphic Novel to the Classroom: Using Comics Terms and Literary Theory,” by Wendy Goldberg, United States Coast Guard Academy
240. High Carver, Low Carver
Organized by the International Raymond Carver Society
10:15-11:45 a.m. (LaSalle 1)
Moderator: Robert Miltner, Kent State Univ. Stark
1. “Raymond Carver and the Temperance Tradition,” by Angela Sorby, Marquette Univ.
2. “Raymond Carver and the Love Poem Tradition,” by Sandra Lee Kleppe, Univ. of Tromsø, Norway
3. “Raymond Carver and the Architecture of Emotion,” by Robert Miltner, Kent State Univ. Stark
241. Historical Genre Fiction
10:15-11:45 a.m. (LaSalle 3)
Moderator: Rob Franciosi, Grand Valley State Univ.
1. “Kings and Commoners: Writing Fictional Case Studies for the History Classroom,” by James R Wright, Triton Coll.
2. “The Legacy of An American Tragedy: From Children's Literature to High Opera,” by Rosemary Erickson Johnsen, Governors State Univ.
3. “Comedic Historical Fiction: Over-the-Topical Adventures in Empire,” by Jo Ellyn Clarey, Independent Scholar
242. Identity in 20th Century American Literature B
10:15-11:45 a.m. (Parlor D)
(see Session #225 - 8:30 a.m., Sunday)
243. Mexican Fiction and Cuban Poetry
10:15-11:45 a.m. (Dearborn 1)
Moderator: Héctor García, Loyola Univ. Chicago
1. “Gustavo Pérez Firmat: A Case Study of the 1.5 Generation,” by Nicolas Mansito III, Illinois State Univ.
2. “Reproduced Divide between Solidarity Feeling and Lived Reality in Rosario Castellanos’ Ciudad Real,”
by Shigeko Mato, Monmouth Coll.
3. “El vamprio de la Colonia Roma: Mexico City’s Maps and Gaps,” by Chris T. Schulenburg, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison
244. The Other’s Other: Western Women Writing the Orient
10:15-11:45 a.m. (Clark 7)
Moderator: Joan Torres-Pou, Florida International Univ.
1. “Facing East: Orientalist Discourse in Spanish Women Writers,” by Joan Torres-Pou, Florida International
2. “From West to East: European Women in Terra Incognita,” by Susana Cavallo, Loyola Univ.
3. “Beyond the Borders: Western Women’s Visions of the Harem,” by Ulle Holt, Independent Scholar
245. The Perils of Popular Writing
10:15-11:45 a.m. (LaSalle 5)
Moderator: Rima Rantisi, Columbia Coll. Chicago
1. “Authorial Nightmares: Pierre, Misery, and the Horrors of Writing for Money,” by David Dowling, Univ.
2. “The Transnational Flight between High and Low Culture in John Irving’s A Prayer for Owen Meany,” by Susanna Hoeness-Krupsaw, Univ. of Southern Indiana
3. “’Our arbiter of the aesthetic’: Russell Smith’s Noise and the Direction of Contemporary Fiction in Canada,”
by Brooke Pratt, Univ. of Western Ontario, Canada
246. Reading and Misreading the Popular
10:15-11:45 a.m. (LaSalle 4)
Moderator: Donovan S. Braud, Loyola Univ. Chicago
1. “When Pastorals Attack: Polluted Innocence in an Era of Monsters,” by Sarah Marxhausen, Univ. of
2. “The Pleasure of Puck: Rediscovering Trickster in Gaiman’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’” by Brian O'Camb, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison
3. “The Lives of a Cell: Multigraphic Accumulation as the Language of Comics,” by Jack Dudley, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison
247. Recasting the Past: Modernizing Poetics and the Classical
10:15-11:45 a.m. (Parlor A)
Moderator: Douglas J. Swartz, Indiana Univ. Northwest
1. “Making the Old Veteran a New Man: Old Rhetoric, New Poetry, and Medieval Pleasure,” by Robin Hass Birky, Indiana Univ.-Northwest
2. “Reading Brecht Reading Horace: On Pleasure and Use,” by Doug Swartz, Indiana Univ.-Northwest
3. “Okeanos in Gloucester: Charles Olson’s Use of the Greeks in The Maximus Poems,” by William Allegrezza, Indiana Univ.-Northwest
248. Sexual Politics
10:15-11:45 a.m. (Parlor C)
Moderator: Karen Lee Osborne, Columbia Coll. Chicago
1. “I’d Rather Ignore PETA’s Message Than Objectify Women: Sexism, Patriarchy, and the Animal Rights Movement,” by Krista M. Danis, Roosevelt Univ.
2. “Legal Gender: Transsexuals in Tehran,” by Sophie Hand, North Central Coll.
3. “Prostitute Meets Photographer Meets Contemporary Writer: Bellocq, Ondaatje, and Trethewey,” by Anna Leahy, North Central Coll., and Debora Rindge, North Central Coll.
249. Session cancelled.
250. Writing the Lesbian Text
10:15-11:45 a.m. (Clark 1)
Moderator: Mary Pflugshaupt, Columbia Coll. Chicago
1. “Queering Theatre: An Interpretation of Two Post-Francoist Texts,” by María Yazmina Moreno-Florido, Washington Univ. in St. Louis
2. “Camp Consumption and Queer Performativity in Lesbian Pulp Fiction: Ann Bannon’s Odd Girl Out,” by Alison Murray, Roosevelt Univ.
3. “Upper East Side vs. Inner-most Thoughts: Janet Flanner’s Public and Private Letters,” Rai Peterson, Ball State Univ.