2011 Undergraduate Literature Conference

Friday, April 8, 2011 

Session One (Panel 1) 9:15–10:00 AM 

1. “Other”worldly Trappings Room 501 

Steven Baleno: “Mysticism in Victorian Literature: A Comparison between the Child and the Orient” 

Kristin Vermilya: “The Desolation of Slumber: Sleeping Beauty's Imprisonment by Fate” 

Moderator: Katherine Kidd 

Session Two (Panels 2–3) 10:15–11:15 AM 

2. Promotion, Performance, and Power: Women’s Textual Identities Room 501 

Evan Chen: “Stein Teaching Stein: Beyond Self-Promotion in The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas” 

Joellyn Powers: “Elizabeth 1: The Duality of Gender” 

Jazz Sexton: “Who Loves the Big Bad Wolf: Female Submission in Faerie Tales” 

Moderator: Jennifer MacGregor 

3. Irish Drama, Politics, and Cultural Identity Room 512 

Kelly Lenhart: “From the Goddess Eiru to Cathleen Ni Houlihan: How the Personification of Ireland Affected the Irish People” 

Heather Sellew: “'There have been many songs made for me': Cathleen ni Houlihan, Dracula, and the Motif of Sacrifice in Irish Literature” 

Hayavadhan Thuppal: “An Isle Divided: Translations and the Irish Identity” 

Moderator: Kate Sedon 

Session Three (Panel 4) 11:30 AM–12:30 PM 

4. Courtship and Marriage: The Brontës’ Social Critique through Literature Room 501 

Katie Doyle: “Your Space or Mine? Navigating Desire in Agnes Grey” 

Rebecca DePoe: “'That They May Be One As We Are One': Catholicism, Protestantism and the Duality of Reason versus Imagination in Charlotte Brontë‟s Villette” 

Megan Roth: “Anne Brontë's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall: Feminist Critique of the Female Position and Marriage Laws in Nineteenth-Century England” 

Moderator: Jessica Isaac 

Lunch, Room 512 12:30–1:15 PM 

Session Four (Panels 5–6) 1:15–2:15 PM 

5. Missing Persons: Horrific Bodies in Nineteenth-Century Literature Room 501 

Casey Bieda: “Bodies, Dissection, and 'Materials'‟: The Influences of Radical Science and Body Snatching on the Conception of Frankenstein” 

Derek Henson: “A Reflection on Dracula's Reflection: How Its Absence Reveals a Repressed Side of Human Nature” 

Gabrielle Langmann: “Illness as Metaphor in Nineteenth-Century England: Quarantine, Cancer, and the Embodied Experience of Illness in Wuthering Heights” 

Moderator: Liam O'Loughlin 

6. Emersonian Echoes in his Contemporaries, Heirs, and Forebears Room 512 

Jon Markley: “Transcendental Travelers” 

Mary Pappalardo: “The Enigma of Identity in Whitman's Leaves of Grass” 

Jaclyn Bankert: “Rabbit Re-imagined: Subverting Historical Stereotypes in Updike‟s Rabbit Tetralogy” 

Jeannette Schroeder: “Is Phillis Wheatley an Anti-Slavery Activist, an Auntie Thomasina, or Just an Anticipation of Emerson?” 

Moderator: Kathleen Davies 

Session Five (Panels 7–8) 2:30–3:30 PM 

7. Who’s Got the Power? Narrators and Readers in Turn-of-the-Century Texts Room 501 

Corey Florindi: “Who Said That? The Role of Narration (and Lack Thereof) in Dubliners” 

Candice Hingley: “Childhood-as-Mystery in Turn of the Screw” 

Sean Michael Hurley: “Control Masked as Anarchic Play in Peter Pan” 

Moderator: Jonathan Gotsick 

8. War Zones: Literary Spaces of Conflict Room 512 

Anna Barry: “Questioning Meaning and Answering Nothing: Examining A Gate at the Stairs as a Post-9/11 American Social Novel” 

Ashlee Kiel: “Closeness Drew Apart: Solipsism and Communication in Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway” 

Liam Sweeney: Troilus and Cressida: The Commodified Woman and Her Relation to Brand Building” 

Moderator: Dan Kubis 

Session Six (Panel 9) 3:40–4:40 PM 

9. Gender, Race, and Empire: The Power and Influence of the Fantastic Other Room 501 

Theresa Zimmerman: “The Masculinization of Alice in Tim Burton‟s Alice in Wonderland” 

Danielle Grimm: “The Role of Foreign Involvement in Rescuing an Endangered England from Imperialist Threat in Bram Stoker's Dracula” 

Sarah Spaventa: “Supernatural versus Sociological: A Social Constructionist Analysis of Lord Voldemort's Rise to Power in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter Series” 

Moderator: Kate Schaich 

Session Seven (Panel 10) 4:45–5:45 PM 

10. Social/Media: Gender, Class, and Aesthetics in Popular Culture Room 501 

Christopher Comer: “Measuring Coffee Spoons: Temporality and the Aesthetics of Literary Modernism within Contemporary Film” 

Hilary Penigar: “Girl Power, The Style Rookie, and the Possibility of Radical Girlhood Identities in Contemporary Culture” 

MacKenzie See: “From Princess to Criminal: Social Class in The Breakfast Club” 

Moderator: Michael DuPuis 

Closing Remarks & Reception, Room 501 5:50 PM