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
c. "Gothic Ruins and Arches: Trauma Theory and the
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
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
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
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
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
b. "Julie, or the Apotheosis of the Veil"
c. "The Misfortunes of Virtue, The Virtue of
d. "The End of the Affair"
4. Women and the Nation: Georgia West:
a. "The Political Music of Bettina von Arnim and Johanna
b. "One Woman's Text as a Critique of Imperialism: Mary
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
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
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
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.
b. "The Fake Gothic Ghost and Its Haunting of
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
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
b. "Face (of) the Nation: Wordsworth's and Constable's
Portraits of 'Englishness'"
c. "Topographies of Defiance in Selected Wordsworth
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
a. "Transatlantic Connections: Bettina Brentano von
Arnim, Margaret Fuller, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Emily
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
b. "'Noble Creature' or 'Wily Witch'?: Domestic
Influence in Joanna Baillie's The Family
c. "'Ruin'd'! The Interplay of Ruin and
Ruine in Achim von Arnim's Grafin Dolores,
Isabella von Agypten and Die
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
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
b. "The Far-Flung Legacy of Chopin's
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
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
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
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
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
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
b. "The Caraguin: A Tale of Transatlantic
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
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
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.
4. Gothic/Romantic III: Critiques, Georgia West
Chair: Adriana Craciun, Loyola University, Chicago
a. "The Jew in the Gothic: Maria Edgeworth's
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
b. "Gaskell's Oriental Other and the Recolonization of
c. "My Ma(s)ter, My (M)Other: Burning Down the House in
d. "Seamus Heaney's De-Romanticizing Vision of
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
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
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
c. "Tennyson and the Spasmodics: A Vindication"
2. Coleridge, Athena II:
Chair: David Brauer, University of Georgia
a. "Coleridge, Consciousness, and Cognitive
b. "Glowing Ardor and Cool Ferocity: Political
Enthusiasm and Poetic Terror in 'Kubla Khan' and 'The
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
b. "Authorizing Diversity for the American Literary
Canon: Some Thoughts from Coleridge"
c. "The Critical Unconscious: Romantic Canonization and
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
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,
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
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
c. "Donjons, Ducats, and Daughters: The Popular
Adaptation of Ivanhoe"
3. The Ruins of Poetry, President's Room:
a. "Gustavo Adolfo Becquer and Poetic
b. "(De) Constructing 'the Poet's dream': The Castle and
the Triumph of History in William Wordsworth's 'Elegiac
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
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
b. "The Parlour Bird's Flight into Wilderness: The
Changing Role of Women in Society and American
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
c. "Nation and Domicile: Pictures, Women, and
Picturesque Tourism in Anna Jameson's 'House of