2015 Symposium

Literature of Status / Status of Literature

Friday, March 6, 2015

Session One: Jane Austen


Anticipatory Ecofeminism: Jane Austen and the Status of Women

Shelby Heathcoat (University of North Alabama)

Marketing the Roots of Englishness and the Geography of a Transnational Jane Austen

Deirdre Mikolajcik (University of Kentucky)

Session Two: Slave Narratives


Broken English, Broken Morality: European Language as a Symbol of Virtue in The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano

Samantha S. Caddis (University of Alabama)

The Four Elements of Self Knowledge; Answering the Epistemological Question

Robert White (Alabama State University)

Session Three: 20th Century British Fiction


Revisiting a Literary Throwdown: Galsworthy Among the Moderns

Maria Bachman (Middle Tennessee State University)

Vicious Creatures and Ignorant Swans: St. Aubyn and Yeats

Adam Parkes (University of Georgia)



Session Four: Economics


The Current Status of the American Literary Manuscripts Trade in Academic Special Collections Centers

Amy Chen (University of Alabama)

The Literature of Mass Destruction: Atlas Shrugged, Free to Choose, & the Rhetorical Origins of the Income Gap

Matt Seybold (University of Alabama)

Session Five: J. M. Coetzee


In Disgrace: Literature and Language in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Anne Reef (Rhodes College)

Knowing and Power: How Access to Knowledge and History Defines Access to Power in White Teeth and Disgrace

Jen Zellner (University of Cincinnati)

Round Table on Scholarly Publishing


Maria Bachman, Editor, Victorians Institute Journal

Marshall Brown, Editor, Modern Language Quarterly

Dan Waterman, Editor-in-Chief, The University of Alabama Press

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Session Six: Genre and Adaptation


Nineteenth-Century Stage Adaptations of Victorian Novels

Amy Elizabeth Holley (Swansea University)

“Not the Respect We Were Looking For”: the Status of Comic Books as Literature

Russ McConnell (University of Alabama)

Session Seven: Literacy and Pedagogy


Reading Together: The Communal Reading Experience, Literature, and Functional Illiteracy

Megan Holt (Tulane University)

Considering Coleridge: “Winged Words” and the Psychology of Metaphor Through the Hybrid Prism of Affect-Noetic Theory

Susie Warley (Texas A & M University – Commerce)

Session Eight: 19th Century British Fiction


Novel Impressionism: More than Just Pretty Colors

Cameron Dodworth (Spring Hill College)

“Pastry and Preserves”, Not “Bread, Meat, and Milk”: The Status of the Novel in Mid-Victorian Reform Culture

Frank Emmett (Shelter Island School)



Session Nine: (Dis)Courtesy and Social Mobility


Courtliness, Courtesy, and Social Status in Spenser, Castiglione, and Guazzo

Michelle Golden (Georgia State University)

“horn-handed and pig-headed”: British Reception of The Poets and Poetry of America

Albert D. Pionke (University of Alabama)

Session Ten: Women’s Authorship


“My Writing is a Species of Mediumship:” Ghostly Presences and the Status of Women’s Authorship in Virginia Woolf

Claudie Massicotte (University of California Los Angeles)

“Tyrant Taste”: Marianne Moore’s Authority and Revision Of “The Old Dominion”

Eloise A. Whisenhunt (Young Harris College)

Keynote Address


“The Heyday of the Short Story”

Marshall Brown (University of Washington)

Marshall Brown is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Washington and longtime Editor of Modern Language Quarterly. The author of The Shape of German Romanticism (1979), Preromanticism (1991), Turning Points: Essays in the History of Cultural Expressions (1997), The Gothic Text (2004), “The Tooth That Nibbles at the Soul”: Essays on Music and Poetry (2010), and numerous articles in English, German, and Italian, as well as the editor and/or translator of several additional volumes, Professor Brown has won many awards for research, teaching, and service. He has received fellowships from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Woodrow Wilson Center. Most recently, he was recognized with the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Keats-Shelley Association.

2015 Symposium Call For Papers

2015 Symposium Program