1994 ACR Annual Meeting

American Conference on Romanticism
Annual Meetings, 1994-1998

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American Conference on Romanticism

1st Annual Meeting

The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, Pennsylvania

October 14-16, 1994

The Penn State Scanticon Conference Center Hotel

Conference Organizer:

Ray Fleming,
Pennsylvania State University

Conference Program:

Friday, October 14, 1994

Sessions from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

The Culture of Romanticism

John Isbell, Indiana University
"Romanticism's Creators Disown Their Progeny. 1800-1830"
Yvonne Pelleier, University of Toronto
"A Romantic Cartography of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein"
Chad Edgar, New York University
"Byron's Relation to Bourgeois Discourse in 'Hours of Idleness'"
Daniel White, University of Pennsylvania
"Hamlet and the Faces of Romantic Ideology"

Romanticism and the Representation of Women

Claire May, University of South Alabama
"Violence and the Female Artist in Lamia"
Daniel Burgoyne, University of Washington
"Mary Wollstonecraft's The Wrongs of Women: Negotiating Judgment"
Sarah Curchwell, Princeton University
"The 'Problem' of Beatrice in The Cenci"
Tacey Rosolowski, University of Wisconsin (Madison)
"Spectacular Reciprocity and Gendered Self-Reflection in Friedrich Holderlin's Hyperion"

Romanticism and History

David Arnett, Utah State University
"'[C]ode on a grecian Urn': Keats takes the Reader to Town and Makes History"
Albert Sbragia, University of Washington
"The Representation of Woman in the Italian Romantic Novel"
Barbara Keller, Capital University
"The Middle Ages as Metaphor and Ideological Construct in French Romanticism"
Tony Beins, Columbia University
"Supervising Homecoming in Maria Edgeworth's 'The Knapsack'"

Sessions from 10:10 a.m. to 11:40 a.m.

Romanticism and Politics

Robert Ryan, Rutgers University (Camden)
"Shelley's Apocalypse: Fatality and Redmption in Hellas"
Robert Kaufman, University of California (Berkeley)
"Legislators of the Post-Everything World: Shelley's Defence of Adorno"
Michele Sharp, State University of New York (Buffalo)
"Reading Revolution in Shelley's Dead Poets"
Jay Ward, Thiel College
"Tory and Radical: The Ideological Effects of Byron's Publishers"

The Silent Woman in Romanticism

Gregory Jones, Vassar College
"What a crash was that!: Wordsworth's Loudest Lucy Poem"
Nancy Fredricks, University of Colorado (Boulder)
"On the Sublime and the Beautiful in Shelley's Frankenstein"
Melinda Meek, Louisiana State University
"The Struggle Between Byron's Narrator and the Women of the Seraglio in Don Juan"

Percy Shelley

Kim Wheatley, College of William and Mary
"Prometheus Unbound and the Reformation of the Reviewers"
Chris Foss, University of Wisconsin (Madison)
"Writing/Love as Revolution: A Critical Articulation of Shelley and Cixous"
James Silver, Tulane University
"Materiality, the Sublime, and the Seduction of Death in Queen Mab"
Shannon Zimmerman, University of Georgia
"Ambivalence, De/sign, Erasure: Shelley's Irreconcilable Center"

11:40 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Sessions from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Romantic Visual Representation and Gender

William Snyder, Saint Vincent College
"Gendered Responses to the Sublime in Visual and Verbal Texts"
Catherine Burroughs, Cornell College
"Envisioning the Celeberity Memoir: British Women Theatre Artists"
Susan Dihig,
"Gendered and Visual Projection in Wordsworth's 'Ruined Cottage'"

Respondent: Cheryl Giuliano, University of California (Los Angeles)


Elke Heckner, Johns Hopkins University
"Mimetic Resistance and the Sexual Politics of Race: Kleist's The Engagement in Santo Domingo"
Jan Mieszkowski, Johns Hopkins University
"Romantic Character and Romantic History in Prinz Friedrich von Homburg"
Anja Restenberger, Penn State University
"Power, Victimization and the Construction of Reality in Die Marquise von O. . . and in Die Verlobung in Santo Domingo"

The Erotic in Romanticism

Ellen Whitmann, Princeton University
"The Shelleys' Daimon"
Eugene Stelzig, State University of New York (Geneseo)
"Rousseau and the Romance of Reading"
Crystal Ockenfuss, University of Virginia
"Friedrich Schlegel's Lucinde and the Mechanics of the Erotic"
Elizabeth Delinger, New York University
"'Sweetness and fine expression': Woman's Voice and Desire in The Italian"

Sessions from 2:40 p.m. to 4:10 p.m.

Romanticism and Race

Amanda Berry, Duke University
"Blackness and the Romantic Sublime: Reading Edmund Burke and Mary Prince"
Robert Burkholder, Penn State University
"Emerson and the Question of Race"
Janine Dallall, Harvard University
"The European Other of American Romanticism: Genealogies of the American Self"
Lauren Henry, New York University
"What Phillis Wheatley Taught Blake's 'Little Black Boy'"

Romantic Orientalism

Claire Grogan, Queen's University
"Problems of Race, Gender, and Class in Elizabeth Hamilton's Translation of the Letters of a Hindoo Rajah"
Donna Ferrantello, Berry College
"Mediation and the Orient: The Universal Yello-Lotus in Moby Dick"
Dorothy Figuera, University of Illinois (Urbana)
"Race and Romantic Mythography"

German Romanticism

Uta Schaub, University of Toledo
"Romanticism and the Modernism Debate"
Jacquline LeBlanc, University of Massachusetts
"The Dialectic of From: The Frankfurt School's Romantic Aesthetic"
Hayes Horne, University of Alabama (Birmingham)
"'The Prospect of Boundlessly Growing Classicism': On Poetic Reflection in the 116th Athenaeum Fragment's Poesie Program"
Lori Wagner, University of Pennsylvania
"The Scientific Strucutre of Literary Theory in German Romanticism"

Sessions from 4:20 p.m. to 5:50 p.m.

Romantic Narcissism

Laura Quinney, Princeton University
"Wordsworth, Sensibility and the Self-Disenchanted Self "
William Flesch, Brandeis University
"Timely Utterance and Endless Imitation: Quotation and Object-Realtions in Wordsworth's Great Ode"
Gene Laskowski, University of Michigan
"Romanticism and Narcissism: Pearl and the Elements of Sacred Play in The Scarlet Letter "
Mary Anne Nunn, Central Conneticut State University
"'The Very Image of Life Expressed': Ovid's Romantic Narcissus"


Ellen Brinks, Princeton University
"Gothic Subjectivity and the Romantic Poet: Keats's Hyperion Fragments"
David Luke, University of Minnesota
"The Romantic Epic as Fragment: Keats's Hyperion Versions"
Gene Laskowski, University of Michigan
"Romanticism and Narcissism: Pearl and the Elements of Sacred Play in The Scarlet Letter "
Michael Sider, University of Pennsylvania
"Historicizing Keats: Isabella and the Dialogism of Romance"

Women's Critiques of Romanticism

Karen Daubert, Princeton University
"The Issue of Identity: Karoline Gunderrode Reading Schelling"
Jerry Loo, New York University
"Wordsworth in Dialogue: The Poetry of Dorothy Wordsowrth"
Melissa Sites, University of Maryland
"Joanna Baillie and Fugitive Verses: The Poetry and Theory of a Woman Romantic"
Maureen Dowd, Loyola University
"Joanna Baillie's 'Extensive Design' as Cultural Performance"

5:50 p.m. to 6:50 p.m.


6:40 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Executive Meeting of ACR

Saturday, October 15, 1994

Sessions from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.


Russell Prather, University of Washington
"Reading the Microcosm in Blake's The Four Zoas"
Laura Lovasz, Indiana University
"Blake's Contrary Job"
Elisa Beshero, Penn State University
"The Battle of Female Wills in Blake's Late Myth"
Kathleen Lundeen, Western Washington University
"Seeing Double: Blake's Transparent Art"

Romantic Classicism

David Ferris, Yale University
"Keats's Denial of Classicism"
Denise Vultee, University of North Carolina
"Felicia Hemans, the Elgin Marbles, and 'Properzia Rossi'"
Dan Albergotti, University of South Carolina
"Byron's Prometheus: 'Romanticizing a Classical Myth'"
Michael Vicario, Penn State University
"Virgil's Heroic Ecologues and the Problem of Pastoral in Adonais"

The Culture of Romanticism

John Crosetto, University of Washington
"Eckbert's Uncanny Undoing in Tieck's Der blonde Eckbert"
Margot Harrison, University of California (Berkeley)
"Rousseau's Pathos and Ethos of Lie"
Jonathan Strauss, Miami University (Ohio)
"Gerard de Nerval and Hegel: Mis-Steps in Dialectical Subjectivity"
Kimberly Ferrell, Utah State University
"Cognitive Growth: The Androgynous Minds of John Keats and Virginia Woolf"

Romanticism and the Representation of Women

Thomas Schmid, University of Texas
""And Last of All Joanna': Wordsworth, Joanna Hutchinson, and the Anxiety of Sisterly Resistance"
Fred Randel, University of California (San Diego)
"How a Male Romantic's Representation of Mountains Subvert Gender Stereotypes: In Defense of The Prelude"
Byron Brown, Valdosta State University (Ohio)
"Silence in Eden: Redeeming Dorothy in the Lyrical Ballads"
Diane Hoeveler, Marquette University
"Decapitating Romance: The Silent Woman in Keats's Isabella"

Sessions from 10:10 a.m. to 11:40 a.m.

Open Session

Brian Freeman, Harvard University
"Walter, Scott, Hegel, and the Buildungsroman: The Dialectical Interplay Between Private Development and Citizenship"
A.J. Caschetta, New York University
"Feminist Criticism and the English Epic"
Warren Stevenson, University of British Columbia
"Madeline Unhoodwink'd: The Eve of St. Agnes as Self-Reflexive Romance"

Mary Shelley

David Ketterer, Concordia University (Montreal)
"The Corrected Frankenstein: Five Preferred Readings in the Rough Draft"
Gregory O'Dea, University of Tennessee
"Framing the Frame: Embedded Narratives, Enabling Texts, and Frankenstein"
Robert Neveldine, University of Washington
"Frankenstein Meets Pygmalion: Childbearing, Sculpture, and Creativity"
Robert Corbett, University of Washington
"The Monstrous and the Domestic in St. Leon and Frankenstein"

Romanticism and the Fine Arts

Jean-Pierre Barricelli, University of California (Riverside)
"Between Classic and Romantic: Rossini's Otello"
Mary Collier, Westmont College
"Carmen: Femme fatale or Modern Myth? Merimee's and Bizet's Image of Rebellion"
Erlis Glass, Rosemont College
"E.T.A. Hoffmann's Undine: A Collaborative Investigation of the Demonic"
Matthew Schneider, Chapman University
"Keats, Gustav Holst, and the Integrity of the Literary Artifact"

Romanticism and History

Peter Naccarato, State University of New York (Stony Brook)
"History, Technology, and the Emergence of the Romantic Subject"
Arthur Mitzman, University of Amsterdam
"Michelet and Cousin, 1846: Social Religion vs. Liberal Eclecticism"
Frank Anselmo, Loyola University (New Orleans)
"Joan of Arc: A National Heroine of French Romantic Poetry"
Mark Ledden, Emory University
"The Politics of Metahistory: Helen Maria Williams' Letters From France"

11:40 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Sessions from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Women Writers and the Challenge of Romanticism

Michael Bachem, Miami University (Ohio)
"Johanna Schopenhauer's Gabriele: Im/Possibilities of Authenticity"
Birgit Maier-Katkin, Florida State University
"The Longing for Liberation in the Poetry of Rosalia de Castro and Annette von Droste-Hulshoff"
Nicolas Hernandez, Russell Sage College
"Gendering Two Cuban Abolitionist Novels: Avellaneda's Sab and Romero's Francisco"
Mary Yudin, Penn State University
"The Madwoman Reconsidered: Rebellion in Romantic Drama by Women"

Romanticism and Politics

Tom McCall, University of Houston
"The Power of Positive Thinking: Marx, Keats, Critical Politics"
Bruce Graver, Providence College
"Classical Scholarship and Radical Politics: Wakefield vx. Porson"
John Howard, St. Louis University
"Blake and the Politics of Los: Creating the Assemblage"
Neil Browne, Ohio University
"'Nothing of a Tendency to Danger': Maneuvering in Shelley's Prose Prefaces"

Open Session

Larry Peer, Brigham Young University
"Shinataishi and Romanticism: A Note on Byron's 'Good Night' and Ogai'a Translation"
Debbie Lee, University of Arizona
"Looking for Africa in Keat's 'Lamia'"
Paola Gemme, Penn State University
"Racializing Democracy: A Study of the American Response to the Italian Risorgimento"
Robert Davis, Wittenberg University
"The Empty Place of Democratic Power: Walt Whitman and Claude Lefort"


Janice Peritz, Queen's College (CUNY)
"From Burke's Sexual Politics to the Subject of 'Nutting': Questions of Ideology, Fantasy, and History"
Laura Dabundo, Kennesaw State College
"Wordsworth, Biblical Intertextuality and the End of History"
Kurt Fosso, The College of Wooster
"Problematic Mourning and the Promise of Community in Wordsworth's 'The Vale of Eshwaite'"
Kathry Mapes, University of Minnesota
"The Dialogic Nature of 'Tintern Abbey'"

Sessions from 2:40 p.m. to 4:10 p.m.

Romanticism and the Fine Arts

Kemille Moore, University of North Carolina (Wilmington)
"American Landscape Painting and the British Notion of the Sublime"
Roger Blood, Yale University
"The Time of History in Bonington's Corso Sant'Anastasio"
Britta Wittenberg, New York University
"Wackenroder's Reverent Monk and the Humility of the Virgin Mary"

German Romanticism

Howard Pollack, Indiana University
"Holderlin's Theory of Temporality: The Messianic Component"
Lili Porten, Harvard University
"Dead Women and Muses: Hoffmann's Parody of the Romantic Poet in Der Sandman"
Eberhard Lehnardt, Utah Valley State College
"Central European Romanticism up to the Schlegel Brothers: The Unfolding of Vision"
Barbara Elling, State University of New York (Stony Brook)
"Romanticism and the Empowerment of the Reader"

William Wordsworth

Robert Philmus, Concordia University (Montreal)
"Wordsworth and the Interpretation of Dreams"
Matthew Greenfield, Yale University
"Dangerous Sympathies: Wordsworth and the Trauma of Identification"
Paul Morsink, University of California (Irvine)
"Habeas Corpus? Missing Bodies, Mute Shrines in Book IX of The Prelude"
Thomas Pearson, University of Iowa
"'Twins in Pleasure': Wordsworth and the Familiarization of Passion"

Mary Shelley

Jeanne Moskal, University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill)
"Classism and Italian Nationalism in Mary Shelley's Rambles in Germany and Italy"
Nash Mayfield, Mercer University
"Astarte Speaks: Mary Shelley's Mathilda"
Marlene Miner, University of Cincinnati
"'A Philter to Cure Love': Mary Shelley and Eros"
Ashley Cross, Illinois Benedictine College
"'Indelible Impressions': Figuring Feminine Subjectivity in Mary Shelley's Frankestein "

Sessions from 4:20 p.m. to 5:50 p.m.

Women Writers and the Romantic Challenge

Frank Jordan, Miami University (Ohio)
"Charlotte Smith's Contribution to a Romantic Genre: The Letters of a Solitary Wanderer"
Stephan Bernstein, University of Michigan (Flint)
"The Difficulty of Generic Modeling: Charlotte Smith's 'The Emigrants'"
Sheilagh Riordan
"Enthousiasme, Romanticism and Exile: Madame de Stael On How It Feels to Travel"
Ingrid Martinez, Gettysburg College
"In Search of the Romantic Female Voice: Annette von Droste-Hulshoff"


Martin Wallen, Oklahoma State University
"Coleridge's Scrofulous Dejection"
David Hogsette, Ohio State University
"Eclipsed by the Pleasure Dome: Romantic Irony and Poetic Failure in 'Kubla Khan'"
Gretta Anderson, University of Iowa
"Rationalizing Self-Narration: The Logic of the Gift in 'The Picture'"

Open Session

George Moskos, Swarthmore College
"Confessing to Power: Politics, Identity, and Sexuality in Musset's Lorenzaccio and in Nerval's Aurelia"
Michael Call, Brigham Young University
"Crucifying the Old Man: The Function of the Romantic Heroine in Juliane von Krudener's Valerie"
Tracy Paton, University of California (Irvine)
"Mothering and Sisterhood: Modes of Feminine Sexuality and Subjectivity in the Poetry of Marceline Desbordes-Valmore"
Sydney Aboul-Hosn, Penn State University
"The Feminine Transcendence of Languages Through Silence in the Short Stories of Edgar Allan Poe and Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly"


Matthew Duckworth, University of California (Berkeley)
"Lord Byron's Siegecraft: Byronic Hero vs. Heroic Vision"
Elizabeth Manus, New York University
"Veiled Verse: Byron's 'Marino Faliero'"
Marjean Purinton, Westfield State College
"Regency Politics inscribed in Lord Byron's Dramas Manfred and Werner"

6:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Plenary Address

Anne Mellor, University of California
(Los Angeles)

"A Criticism of Their Own: British Romantic Women Literary Critics"

7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Sunday, October 16, 1994

Sessions from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.


Victoria Tischio, State University of New York (Albany)
"The Composite Image of Enitharmon in Blake's The Book of Urizen"
David Baulch, University of Washington
"'Upon the Limit of Translucence': Reading Blake's The Four ZoasManuscript"
Warren Cariou, University of Toronto
"Vision and Division in Blake's Mirrors"
Tilar Mazzeo, University of Washington
"The 'Sculptor of Eternity': The Image and Strategies of Implication in Jerusalem"

Romanticism and the Fine Arts

Bryan Bayles, University of Texas
"Dante Gabriel Rossetti's La Pia de Tolomei and the Romantic Aesthetic"
Robin Reisenfeld, Dickinson College
"Constructing a Tradition: German Identity and the Romantic Woodcut"
Randi Patterson, University of Waterloo
"'With Music Loud and Long': Conceptions of Music and the Ideology of Poetic Language"
Kay Picart, Penn State University
"Signatures and Counter-Signatures: Politics and Gender in Fuseli's Nightmare and Shelley's Androgynous Monster"

Women Writers and the Challnge of Romanticism

Mary Goldschmidt, Franklin Pierce College
"Home, Empire, and the Production of Value(s) in the Poetry of Felicia Hemans"
Margaret Linley, Queen's University
"Lyric Drama and Sappho's Converions in Last Songs by Felicia Hemans and Letitia London"
Dolores DeLuise, City University of New York
"'The Lost Bower': Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Revision of Romantic Pastoral"
Anna Barker, University of Iowa
"Charlotte Smith and the Mode of Poetic Precision"

Open Session

Keith Brower, Dickinson College
"Romanticism in Brazil"
Cecile West-Settle, Washington and Lee University
"Romantic Irony and Becquer's Rimas"
June Sturrock, Simon Fraser University
"Blake's Gendering of British History"
John Peters, Penn State University
"Denial of Entropy in 'Ode on a Grecian Urn' and 'Tintern Abbey'"

Sessions from 10:10 a.m. to 11:40 a.m.

Women Writers and the Challnge of Romanticism

Charles Donelan, State University of New York (Bronx)
"Bordering on the Tragic: Rehearsing Joanna Baillie's 'Count Basil'"
John Pipkin, Rice University
"Intertextuality and the Origins of Romanticism: Wordsworth's Aesthetic Ideology and the Poetics of Joanna Baillie"
Jill Angelino, Northwestern University
"To Speak of England: Jane Austen's Mansfield Park"
Caroline Pari, City University of New York
"The Distresses of Women: Female Sexuality and Class Conflict in Novels by Wollstonecraft and Burney"

Open Session

Susan Wolfson, Princeton University
"William's Sister"
Celestine Liu, New York University
"Anna Jameson: Forging a Gender-Inclusive Romanticism"
Randall Beebe, Eastern Illinois University
"Romanticism, Cultural Hisotry, and the Native American: The Case of Robert Southey's Madoc"
William Galperin, Rutgers University
"Audible Silence/Silent Audibility: Jane Austen and the Trial of Jane Leigh Perrot"

Percy Shelley

Gene McQuillan, City University of New York
"Shelley's 'Mont Blanc': Mountaineering, Tourism, and the Limits of Empiricism"
Michael Erkelenz, University of Toronto
"The Genre and Politics of Shelley's Swellfoot the Tyrant"
Scott Williams, University of Texas
"Proper and Improper Use of Power in Shelley's The Cenci"

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