American Conference on Romanticism
American Conference on Romanticism Fourth Annual Meeting
University of Georgia, January 22-25, 1998
Conference Organizer: Anne Williams
Registration, Holiday Inn Lobby: 2:30-5:30
First Session: 3:30-5:00
1. Gothic/Romantic I, Athena I :
Chair: Anne Williams, University of Georgia
b. "The Tigers in the Woods: Gothicism and Wordsworth's Lucy Poems"
c. "Gothic Ruins and Arches: Trauma Theory and the Liminal"
2. The French Revolution, Athena II:
Chair: Nelson Hilton, University of Georgia
a. "Coleridge, France, and the Morning Post Essays of 1802"
b. "The Bastille Revisited"
c. "Spectacular Specters of Renaissance and Revolution: Romantic Audiences and Actors' Alternatives"
3. Wordsworth, President's Room:
Chair: Elizabeth Rackley, Emory University
a. "Victorian or Romantic? Moral and Sexual Themes in Wordsworth's The Excursion"
b."'Still Glides the Stream': Form and Function in Wordsworth's The River Duddon"
c. "'Throwing Words Away': Hysterical Subversion and the Hysterical Masculine Voice in Wordsworth's 'We are Seven'"
4. Natural Sounds and Senses, Corporate Room:
Chair: Katherine Montweiler, University of Georgia
a. "The Power of Sound in The Prelude"
b. "Romanticizing Nature: Emerson and Frost"
c. "The Genius Loci and the Shade of Coleridge"
Reception: Taylor-Grady House, 634 Prince Avenue: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
(Buses leave Holiday Inn at 5:50 p.m.)
Registration, Holiday Inn Lobby: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Continental Breakfast: 7:30-10:00
First Session: 8:00-9:30
1. Gendered Spaces: Athena I:
Chair: Celestine Liu, New York University
a. "Gendered Space in the Works of William Wordsworth and Caspar David Friedrich"
b. "The Secret Casket and the Deathly Woman in Cooper's The Deerslayer"
c. "'Mother-Church': Potential Deconstruction of Masculine Authority/Feminine Submission in Jane West's Letters to a Young Man"
2. Land and Labor, Athena II:
Chair: Thomas Peterson, University of Georgia
a. "Thoreau's Beanfield and Utopian Socialism"
b. "Reconstructing Nature: 'Humanized Landscapes' in Jane Austen and Contemporaries"
c. "The Landed Revolution: Rural Economy and Nationalist Politics, 1776-1815"
3. "L'amour passion," Georgia East:
Chair: Charles Mahoney, University of Connecticut
a. " 'Between Avoidance and Acknowledgement': Love's Open Secret in Lafayette's La Princesse de Cleves"
b. "Julie, or the Apotheosis of the Veil"
c. "The Misfortunes of Virtue, The Virtue of Folly"
d. "The End of the Affair"
4. Women and the Nation: Georgia West:
a. "The Political Music of Bettina von Arnim and Johanna Kinkel"
b. "One Woman's Text as a Critique of Imperialism: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein"
c. "Stranger to Herself: Gender, Nation, and Exile in the Poems of Charlotte Smith"
d. "Re-discovering 'Corsica'"
Second Session: 9:45-11:15
1. Manzoni and the European Romantics, Athena I :
Chair: Larry Peer, Brigham Young University
a. "Letters from Exile: on the Post-Nationalism of Manzoni's French Writings"
b. "The Paradoxical Romanticism of Manzoni's Il Cinque Maggio"
c. "1815, What Gets Restored in Italy? From masses to Masses: Manzoni and Cuoco do Vico"
2. The Sublime, Athena II:
Chair: Ray Fleming, Florida State University
a. "Shelley, Turner, and the Romantic Sublime"
b. "The Burkean Sublime and Blake's Anti-Rhetorical Strategy in America: a Prophecy"
c. "Sublime Seductions: The Erotics of Violence in Byron's Werner"
3. Mary Robinson, Georgia East:
Chair: Anne Mellor, UCLA
a. "From Lyrical Ballads to Lyrical Tales: Mary Robinson's Strategies of Production"
b. "Public Women, Domesticity, and the Body in Mary Robinson's 'Monody to the Memory of Marie Antoinette, Queen of France'"
c. "Social Archetypes and Lyric Structures"
4. Gothic/Romantic II: Hauntings, Georgia West:
Chair: Michael Gamer, University of Pennsylvania
a. "The Greater Romantic Lyric and 'the Manner of Mrs. Radcliffe'"
b. "The Fake Gothic Ghost and Its Haunting of Romanticism"
c. "'If You Would But Open your Eyes': Seeing through Gothic Mystery in the Stories of Maria Edgeworth"
Third Session: 1:00-2:30
1. Romantic Architectures, Athena I:
Chair: Jennifer Bloomer, Iowa State University
a. "Spectral Details, Historical Ghosts, and Architectural Sightseeing in John Ruskin's The Stones of Venice"
b. "Moldering Dusts, Gloomy Shadows, and Faint Gleams: 'Mysterious Expectations' in the Basement"
c. "A Sea in the Center: Romantic Strains in Gottfried Semper's Villa Garbald"
d. "Merely Scratching the Surface: Sgraffito, Dressings, and Posing Subjectivities"
2. National Landscapes, Athena II:
Chair: John H. Jones, Jacksonville State University
a. "'Qu'il est beau d'avoir une patrie': Discourses of Nationalism in Rousseau's Julie, ou la nouvelle Héloise"
b. "Face (of) the Nation: Wordsworth's and Constable's Portraits of 'Englishness'"
c. "Topographies of Defiance in Selected Wordsworth Landscapes"
3. Margaret Fuller, Georgia East:
Chair: Katharine Rodier, Marshall University
a. "'Genius at home on earth': Transcendental and Democratic Impulses in Margaret Fuller's 'Lives of the Great Composers'"
a. "Transatlantic Connections: Bettina Brentano von Arnim, Margaret Fuller, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Emily Dickinson"
c. "Romanticism and Gender in Margaret Fuller's Pre-Dial Literary Reviews"
4. Subverting Domestic Ideologies, Georgia West:
Chair: Emily Hipchen, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater
a. "The Creations of Character in Wollstonecraft's Maria"
b. "'Noble Creature' or 'Wily Witch'?: Domestic Influence in Joanna Baillie's The Family Legend"
c. "'Ruin'd'! The Interplay of Ruin and Ruine in Achim von Arnim's Grafin Dolores, Isabella von Agypten and Die Majoratsherren"
Fourth Session: 2:45-4:15
1. Byron, Athena I:
Chair: Dan Albergotti, Auburn University
a. "Undefaced Rogues, Rakes, and Libertines: The Construction of Byron's Dark Heroes and their Restoration Counterparts"
b. "The English Patient: Prescription and Proscription in Byron's Contemporary Reception"
c."'The Time Is Out of Joint'--and So Am I': Don Juan's Play with Abysmal Time"
2. Migrations of Musical Romanticism Athena II:
Chair: David Haas
a. "Shostakovich's Distant Dialogues with Romanticism"
b. "The Far-Flung Legacy of Chopin's Nocturnes"
c. "This Dreadful Winnowing-Fan': Laurence Binyon, Edward Elgar, and a Romantic Rhetoric of War"
3. Frankenstein, Georgia East:
Chair: Paula Feldman, University of South Carolina
a. "Ethics, Physiognomics, Frankenstein"
b. "'Who Killed Justine Moritz?' and other 'Whodunits': Mary Shelley's Frankenstein as Detective Fiction"
c. "Mary Shelley's Cautionary Narrative: Frankenstein as Therapy"
4. The Poetry of Natural Science, Georgia West:
a. "The Deep Ecology of Coleridge's Ancient Mariner"
b. "The Code of the Mountains: Eighteenth-Century Geology and Ludwig Tieck's Runenberg"
c. "The 'Artless Nosegay': Polite Science, Feminine Poetics, and Beachy Head"
5. Poetic Labors, President's Room:
Chair: Alyson Bardsley, College of Staten Island / CUNY
a. "The Imagination in the Literary Marketplace"
b. "Origin and Originality: Imagining the Bard in Mid-Eighteenth-Century Britain"
c. "Fin de Siècle Frontiers and the Corresponding Sand-Musset Epistolary Scandal"
Plenary Session: University of Georgia Chapel, 4:30-6:00
"Romanticism and the Unconscious: Building a Mind"
Alan Richardson, Boston College
Banquet: Conservatory, State Botanical Garden of Georgia, 7:00-10:00 p.m.
Registration, Holiday Inn Lobby: 8:00-12:00
Continental Breakfast, 7:30-10:00
First Session: 8:00-9:30
1. Irony, Parody, Jokes, Athena I:
Chair: James Holt McGavran, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
a. "The Archi'text'ure of Romantic Irony: Diderot's Romantic Subversion of Scientific Observation and Literary Narration in Jacques le Fataliste"
b. "Epic Parody and the Romantic Criticism of Jane Austen"
c. "Finding the Jokes in Keats's Urn"
2. Romantic Significations, Athena II:
Chair: Leanne Maunu, Indiana University
a. "Revolutionary Politics in Madame de Stael's Delphine: A Linguistic Battlefield"
b. "'How Much You Have Changed From What You Once Were': Rousseau's Confessions as Philosophical Autobiography"
c. "Helen Maria Williams's Paul and Virginia and the Experience of Mediated Alterity"
d. "The Gesture in Narrative, Art, and Theory: Diderot, Jean Paul, and Sterne in the Context of an Ongoing Debate between Verbalist and Visualists"
3. Romantic Educations, Georgia East:
a. "The Emergence of Useful Knowledge from Mid-Eighteenth to Early Nineteenth-Century Britain"
b. "The Romantic-Idealist University"
c. "Wordsworth in the Victorian Schoolroom"
4. Romanticism and Imperialism, Georgia West:
Chair: David Callahan, Universidad de Aveiro, Portugal
a. "Byron, Italy, and the Poetics of Liberal Imperialism"
b. "The Caraguin: A Tale of Transatlantic Romanticism"
c. "Theatrical Structures of Imperialism"
Second Session: 9:45-11:15
1. Sister Arts, Athena I:
Chair: Beth Ann Neighbors, University of Georgia
a. "Intimations: Of Painting Death"
b. "The Sister Arts: Representation and Aesthetic Experience in Theophile Gautier's Mademoiselle de Maupin"
2. Imagining Female Subjectivity, Athena II:
Chair: Guiyou Huang, Kutztown University
a. Sentimental Ethics and Corporeal Contingencies in George Sand's Indiana"
b. "'Kingdom of Shadows': Intimations of Desire in Mary Shelley's Mathilda"
c. "Self and Nature and the Female Romantics: Rosalia de Castro and Annette von Droste-Hulshoff"
3. A New Europe? Staël Dismantles Napoleon, Georgia East
Chair: Karyna Szmurlo, Clemson University
a. "Writing the Nation: Germaine de Staël"
b. "The Very Smell of its Soil: Bonaparte's Construct of Nation vs. Staël's "
c. "The Napoleon Apocalypse: England, Russia, and Mme. de Staël"
4. Gothic/Romantic III: Critiques, Georgia West
Chair: Adriana Craciun, Loyola University, Chicago
a. "The Jew in the Gothic: Maria Edgeworth's Harrington"
b. "Blest be the gloom': Anne Bannerman's Gothic Critique of Truth"
c. "Gothic Bureaucracy"
5. Belated Romantics, Executive Room
Chair: Roxanne Eberle, University of Georgia
a. "Nelly Dean: Emily Brontë's Subversive Hero"
b. "Gaskell's Oriental Other and the Recolonization of Cranford"
c. "My Ma(s)ter, My (M)Other: Burning Down the House in Jane Eyre"
d. "Seamus Heaney's De-Romanticizing Vision of Poetry"
Luncheon Meeting for the Prism(s) board, President's Room
Third Session: 1:00-2:30 p.m.
1. Scotland, Athena I:
Chair: Suzanne Gilbert, University of Sterling, Scotland
a. "Mixed Heritage: Susan Ferrier's The Inheritance Revises Scott's Guy Mannering"
b. "Baillie's Metrical Legends: Monuments to Nationhood"
c. "Waverley and the Romantic Highland Warrior: The Male Exotic as National Ideal"
2. Money Matters: Collecting and Consumerism, Athena II:
a. "Objects of Middle-Class Desire: Literary Annuals in England and America
b. "Accounting for Fanny: Reading Inventory Texts in Mansfield Park and The Loiterer"
c. "English Political Economy in The Cenci"
d. "'And Thus Difficult ... is the Blameless Use of Riches!': Frances Burney's Cecilia as an Indulgent Consumer of Useless Commodities"
3. Romantics Read the Renaissance, Georgia East:
Chair: Lance Wilder, University of Georgia
a. "Repainting Shakespeare's The Tempest in Gertrudis Gomez de Avellaneda's Sab"
b. "Mary and Charles Lamb's Tales from Shakespeare: Female Love and Reasonable Marriage in A Midsummer Night's Dream, As You Like It, and The Merchant of Venice"
c. "'Petrarch's Castle': Women Romantic Writers, Petrarch and the Gothic"
4. Masculine Crises, Georgia West:
Chair: Chris Foss, Texas Christian University
a. "Masculinity Training: Molding the Male Subject in Austen's The Watsons"
b. "Melancholy Masculinities: Hawthorne's Narrator and a Few Good Americans?"
c. "Same-Sex Tensions and Self-Banishment in Several Wordsworth Texts"
Fourth Session: 2:45-4:15
1. Victorian Readings of the Romantics, Athena I:
Chair: Henry H.H. Remak, Indiana University
a. "'Living in Art': Shelley, Tennyson, and the Structure of Poetic Responsibility"
b. "LaMotte-Fouque, Manzoni, Byron, and the Victorian Domestic Novel: The Heir of Redclyffe Inherits Romanticism"
c. "Tennyson and the Spasmodics: A Vindication"
2. Coleridge, Athena II:
Chair: David Brauer, University of Georgia
a. "Coleridge, Consciousness, and Cognitive Psychology"
b. "Glowing Ardor and Cool Ferocity: Political Enthusiasm and Poetic Terror in 'Kubla Khan' and 'The Ancient Mariner'"
c. "Standing at Mont Blanc: Coleridge and Midrash"
3. Building the Canon, Georgia East:
Chair: Karen Manarin, University of Alberta
a. "Thomas Carlyle and the Question of Literary History"
b. "Authorizing Diversity for the American Literary Canon: Some Thoughts from Coleridge"
c. "The Critical Unconscious: Romantic Canonization and its Discontents"
4. Building National Culture and Other Wordsworthian Constructions, Georgia West:
Chair: Kenneth Johnston, Indiana University
a. "Wordsworth's 'Leveling' Muse in 1798"
b. "The Politics of Compassion: 'The Cumberland Beggar' and '[The Discharged Soldier]'"
c. "The New Morality of "Lyrical Ballads"
5. Romantic Whitman, President's Room:
Chair: Sonja Struber, University of California, Davis
a. "'A queer, queer race, of novel fashion': Whitman and the Urban, Working-Class Sublime"
b. "Self-Advertising as Poetic Strategy in Leaves of Grass"
c. "Balance, Moderation, Health: The Practice of Nature in Walt Whitman's "Specimen Days"
Plenary Panel Discussion, University of Georgia Chapel: 4:30-6:00
"Building Romanticism: 1953-1998"
Nelson Hilton, University of Georgia, moderator
Concert: University of Georgia Chapel, 8:00 ARCO String Quartet
First Session: 8:00-9:30
1. Blake, Athena I:
Chair: Nancy Moore Goslee, University of Tennessee
a. "Resonating Resins: Grounds for Sounding Blake's Book of Urizen"
b. "Addressivity and the Reader in the Building of Jerusalem"
2. Gothic/Romantic IV: Stages and Spaces, Athena II:
Chair: Thomas Crochunis
a. "Writing Gothic Theatrical Spaces"
b. "'The Common Crowd But See the Gloom': Reading the Growing Giaour"
c. "Donjons, Ducats, and Daughters: The Popular Adaptation of Ivanhoe"
3. The Ruins of Poetry, President's Room:
a. "Gustavo Adolfo Becquer and Poetic Architecture"
b. "(De) Constructing 'the Poet's dream': The Castle and the Triumph of History in William Wordsworth's 'Elegiac Stanzas'"
c. "Scott and the Ballad of 'Lamkin': Transgressing the Father's Castle Wa'"
4. Transatlantic Connections, Corporate Room:
Chair: Leslie Petty, University of Georgia
a. "Destructive Knowledge: Mary Shelley, Hawthorne, and the Gothic"
b. "Out of Space, Out of Time: The Inferno's Influences in Poe's 'Dream-Land'"
c. "Bringing the 'One Life' into the Twentieth Century: Robert Penn Warren and the Romantic Tradition"
Second Session: 9:45-11:15
1. Intimations of Mortality, Athena I:
a. "'Death is in the world': Byron and Mortality"
b. "Intimations of Mortality: William Wordsworth's Evolving Representations of Immortality, 1797-1807"
c. "Reconstructing the World: The Loss of Innocence and the Struggle with Mortality"
2. The Wordsworthian Child, Athena II:
a. "'The Most Unnatural Crime': Infanticide, Revolution and Narration in Wordsworth's Poetry"
b. "The Wordsworth-Child in The Prelude: Remembering 'Days Disowned by Memory'"
c. "Paternalism and the Death of the Patriarch in Wordsworth's and Constable's Landscapes"
3. Women and the Wilderness,President's Room:
Chair: Carol Manthey, Vanderbilt University
a. "Points of Departure: William Wordsworth and Charlotte Smith"
b. "The Parlour Bird's Flight into Wilderness: The Changing Role of Women in Society and American Wilderness"
c. "Cultural Revolution of the Familiar and the Female Vagrant: The Texture of Wordsworth's 'Nature'"
4. Anna Jameson and the End(s) of Romanticism, Corporate Room:
Chair: Christy Desmet, University of Georgia
a. "Not so Ennuye: Anna Jameson's Diary and the Limits of Romantic Feminine Melancholy"
b. "Rape and the Romanticization of Shakespeare's Miranda"
c. "Nation and Domicile: Pictures, Women, and Picturesque Tourism in Anna Jameson's 'House of Titian'"