April 2009 Conference

The Fifth Annual English Department Undergraduate Research Conference will take place in the Standish Room (Science Library, 3rd floor) on April 16, 2009. Panels begin at 10:00 a.m. and run through 4:30 p.m. This year's keynote speaker is Robert Markley, Romano Professorial Scholar, University of Illinois Urbana; he will lecture on "Nature, Landscape, and Climate: Feeling the Heat in Jane's Austen's Mansfield Park."

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The Fifth Annual
English Department Undergraduate Research Conference
April 16, 2009

Standish Room, Science Library

Morning Sessions

Posthumanism and New Subjectivities
Moderator: Paul Stasi
“Being the Object and the “Other”: The Women of Morrison’s Paradise and Naylor’s Linden Hills,” Jennifer Kowalski
“Examining the Rhetorical Tendencies of Abolitionist Frances Ellen Watkins Harper,” Lauren Nye
“J. M. Coetzee and the Politics of Animality,” Charlene Bradt
“Naviv and the Indian Ocean” (Fiction), Maggie Mae Nicholson

Nineteenth-Century Literature I
Moderator: Glyne Griffith
“Wordsworth’s Prelude: Memory and Experience,” Fred Benyo
“ ‘Bartleby the Scrivener’ as a Parable of Memes,” Jillian Orcutt
"Forgiveness or Punishment?: The Fate of Antagonists in Great Expectations and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”


Keynote Address
Robert Markley, Romano Professorial Scholar
University of Illinois-Urbana

"Nature, Landscape, and Climate:
Feeling the Heat in Jane's Austen's Mansfield Park"

Afternoon Sessions

Anarchy in the U.S.A.
Moderator: Eric Keenaghan
Title TBA, David Boyer
“It starts with fire,” Ariel Callaschai
Viva La Revolución!...or Not: Is Poetry a Tool of the Anarchist Revolution or Capitalist Production?” Candice Mann,
“Business and Politics in the Interzone,” Caitlin Walsh,

Expression, Repression, and the Human Condition
Moderator: TBA
“Objects In ‘Need’ Of Protection: Indian Women under British Legislation,” Trudy Steier
“The Violence of the Gaze: David and Bathsheba in Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts,” Effie Magalaras
“The Practical Impossibility of Testimony: Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s ‘Dictee’,” Tyler Fritz
In Our Time, Out of Touch: Ernest Hemingway and the Depletion of the Relevance of the Human Condition After WWI,” Denise Giaimo

Nineteenth-Century Literature II
Moderator: Branka Arsic
“ ‘Song of Myself’: The Idea of Self,” Emmelia Krontiris
“Emerson’s Understanding of Life Without Philosophy, Within Experience,” Nicole Cappuccitti
“Just a Figment: The Unreality of Edgar Allen Poe’s ‘Ligeia’ ,” Amanda Karaszkiewicz