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Romantic Studies at the MLA, 1990-1998
Comparative Romanticism Division Sessions


1990 | 1991 | 1992 | 1993 | 1994 | 1995 | 1996 | 1997 | 1998

1990

Gender and Genre

Division on Comparative Studies in Romanticism and the Nineteenth Century. Presiding: Cynthia Chase, Cornell Univ.

1. "Mourning, Masochism, and Mothers: Felicia Hemans on the Origins of Poetry," Carol Barash, Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick
2. "'As I Am a Man': The Structures and Stakes of Masculinity in 'The Thorn,'" Philip Barrish, Cornell Univ.

Romanticism and Anti-Semitism: Texts, Contexts, Criticism

Division on Comparative Studies in Romanticism and the Nineteenth Century. Presiding: Andrew Parker, Amherst Coll.

1. "Romanticism and/or Anti-Semitism?" William H. Galperin, Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick
2. "Anti-Semitism in France: The Myth of the Jew as King of Capitalism," Susan Dunn, Williams Coll.
3. "Blake's 'Firm Persuasions': The Judaic and the Jew," Michael S. Galchinsky, Univ. of California, Berkeley

Travel Accounts as Value Choices in Nineteenth-Century European Writing

Division on Comparative Studies in Romanticism and the Nineteenth Century. Presiding: Virgil Nemoianu, Catholic Univ. of America

1. "Revolution in Germany, Resolution in Britain: Fanny Lewald's Travel Memoirs, 1848-50," Hanna B. Lewis, Sam Houston State Univ.
2. "The European Models: Citations of Sight in Hawthorne's Roman Vision," Raymond Prier, Durham, NC
3. "Nostalgia in the Voyage of the Beagle," Anne C. Colley, State Univ. of New York, Buffalo


1991

The Romantic Couple

Division on Comparative Studies in Romanticism and the Nineteenth Century. Presiding: Tobin Siebers, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor

1. "Romanticism and the Privileging of Marriage," Michael Fisher, Univ. of New Mexico
2. "Percy Shelley and George Eliot: The (De)Coupling of Literary Form," Clifford J. Marks, Univ. of Wyoming
3. "Love at Court: The Romance of the Politicized Couple in Stendhal," Juliet MacCannell, Univ. of California, Irvine

Argument as Play: The Conversational Essay as a Vehicle, 1800-1900

Division on Comparative Studies in Romanticism and the Nineteenth Century. Presiding: Virgil Nemoianu, Catholic Univ. of America

1. "By Curious Inversion: Literary Conversation in Schlegel and Wilde," Jeffrey Wallen, Hampshire Coll.
2. "The Logic of Leisure in Washington Irving's Sketch Book," Kristie Hamilton, Univ. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
3. "The Genres of Eureka: Humboldt to Poe," Frederick Garber, State Univ. of New York, Binghamton

"Contracts of the Heart": Sacrifice and Gift Exchange in Nineteenth-Century Literature

Division on Comparative Studies in Romanticism and the Nineteenth Century. Presiding: Raimonda Modiano, Univ. of Washington

1. "Gift Exchange and the Study of Literature," Ronald Sharp, Kenyon Coll.
2. "Substitution and Categorical Confusion in Sacrificial Rituals," Brian K. Smith, Univ. of California, Riverside
3. "Legal Sentiment: Sacrifice and Gift Giving in a Democracy," Nan Goodman, Harvard Univ.
4. "Unreturned Gift, Incomplete Sacrifice: The Divided Heart of Wordsworth's 'Michael,'" David Collings, Bowdoin Coll.


1992

Romanticism and the Ethics of Everyday

Division on Comparative Studies in Romanticism and the Nineteenth Century. Presiding: Tobin Siebers, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor

1. "Tinkering Dissenters: Extraordinary Hobbyists and the Reform of Knowledge in Late-Eighteenth-Century England," Marlon B. Ross, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2. "Figures in the Landscape: Wordsworth, Palmer, and a Romantic Ethic of Representation," James Hissom, West Virginia Inst. of Tech.
3. "Romantic (Re)Visions: Denise Levertov's Walks with William Wordsworth," Sharon L. Pedote, Univ. of Notre Dame

Romanticism and Anti-Semitism: Texts, Contexts, Criticism

Division on Comparative Studies in Romanticism and the Nineteenth Century. Presiding: Andrew Parker, Amherst Coll.

Speakers: David Kaufmann, George Mason Univ.; Marvin Lansverk, Montana State Univ.; Michael Scrivener, Wayne State Univ.; Karen Shabetain, Univ. of Washington

The Female Grotesque in the Nineteenth Century

Division on Comparative Studies in Romanticism and the Nineteenth Century. Presiding: Mary Russo, Hampshire Coll.

1. "Reading the Body Backward: The Grotesque as Semiotic Switchboard," Patricia S. Yaeger, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2. "From the Beautiful to the Grotesque: Frankenstein's Monster as a Response to Burke's Enquiry," Betsy Bolton, Swarthmore Coll.
3. "'Men Sell Not Such in Any Town': Gobbling the Grotesque in Christina Rossetti's Goblin Market," Margaret Linley, Queen's Univ.


1993

Contracts of the Heart: Gift Exchange and Sacrifice in Nineteenth-Century Literature

Division on Comparative Studies in Romanticism and the Nineteenth Century. Presiding: Raimonda Modiano, Univ. of Washington

1. "Blake and Holderlin: The Language of Presentation and Performance in Romantic Literature," Angela Esterhammer, Univ. of Western Ontario
2. "Wordsworthian Misappropriation, Gift Economy and the Sublime," Charles J. Rzepka, Boston Univ.
3. "The Sacrificial Structure of Negation in Hegel and Blake: Subjectivity and the Social Imperative in the Romantic Age," Mary-Kelly Persyn, Univ. of Washington

Comparative Literature: History and Prospects

Division on Comparative Studies in Romanticism and the Nineteenth Century. Presiding: Frances Ferguson, Johns Hopkins Univ.

1. "Rererereading Jena," Susan Bernstein, Brown Univ.
2. "The Dawn Circle: American Romanticism and Chinese New Poetry," Guiyou Huang, Texas A&M Univ., College Station
3. "Rehistoricizing Romantic Ideology," Laura Mandell, Cornell Univ.

After Hegel

Division on Comparative Studies in Romanticism and the Nineteenth Century. Presiding: Ian Balfour, York Univ., North York

1. "Irony after Hegel, Kierkegard, Derrida, and Irigaray," Kevin Newmark, Yale Univ.
2. "Melville, Hegel, and the Sublime," Henry Sussman, State Univ. of New York, Buffalo
3. "Memories of Greece," Rebecca Comay, Univ. of Toronto, Saint George Campus


1994

Benjamin in the Nineteenth Century

Division on Comparative Studies in Romanticism and the Nineteenth Century. Presiding: Margaret A. Cohen, New York Univ.

1. "Refiguring Buildung: Benjamin's Caricature of Eduard Fuchs," Robert Livingston, Ohio State Univ., Columbus
2. "Benjamin's Essay as Form: The Messianic as Useful Illusion," Christiane K. von Buelow, Smith Coll.
3. "Benjamin and Childhood at the Turn on the Century," Paul B. Holdengraber, Univ. of Miami

Hegel's Aesthetics

Division on Comparative Studies in Romanticism and the Nineteenth Century. Presiding: Ian G. Balfour, York Univ., North York

1. "Radical Phenomenology: Hegel, Aesthetics, and Difference," Tilottama Rajan, Univ. of Western Ontario
2. "Hegel's Orientalism," Theresa M. Kelley, Univ. of Texas, Austin
3. "The Authority of Beauty in Hegel and Pater," Leonard M. Findlay, Univ. of Saskatchewan


1995

The Place of the Literary in Cultural Studies

Division on Comparative Studies in Romanticism and the Nineteenth Century. Presiding: Margaret Cohen, New York Univ.

1. "No Place like Home," Margaret Waller, Pomona Coll.
2. "'Les deracines': Regional Chauvinism in French Studies," Emily Apter, Univ. of California, Los Angeles
3. "On the Return to Literature," Bruce Robbins, Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick


1996

The Idea and Actuality of the Nation

Division on Comparative Studies in Romanticism and the Nineteenth Century. Presiding: Ian Balfour, York Univ., North York

1. "Frail Spells: Shelley's Exile," Forest Pyle, Univ. of Oregon
2. "The Nation Coursing through the Veins," Daniel O'Quinn, Cornell Univ.
3. "Maurice Barres: Literature within Nationalism," Suzanne Guerlac, Emory Univ.

The Nineteenth-Century Invention of Mass Culture: High, Low, and Beyond

Division on Comparative Studies in Romanticism and the Nineteenth Century. Presiding: Margaret Cohen, New York Univ.

1. "Freezing the Feminine: Cultural Spectacle and the Tableaux Vivants," Peter McIssac, Harvard Univ.
2. "Marketing Mise-en-Scene: Foundations for a Society of Spectacle," Ehren Fordyce, Stanford Univ.
3. "Nineteenth-Century Literary Parody and the Boundaries of High Culture," Jennifer Wagner, Univ. of Memphis

The Long Arm of Kant

Division on Comparative Studies in Romanticism and the Nineteenth Century. Presiding: Cathy Caruth, Emory Univ.

1. "Objective Experience: The Legacy of Kant in Benjamin's Early Thought," Beatrice Hanssen, Harvard Univ.
2. "As If Political: Kant, Then and Now," Jan Plug, State Univ. of New York, Buffalo


1997

Why Was the Nineteenth Century the Century of Spiritism?

Division on Comparative Studies in Romanticism and the Nineteenth Century. Presiding: Lawrence S. Rainey, Yale Univ.

1. "Ghostly Politics," Jann Matlock, Harvard Univ.
2. "Elizabeth Oakes Smith and the Spirit of Sentiment," Virginia Walker Jackson, Boston Univ.
3. "From Specters to Spectators," Rae Beth Gordon, Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs

Suicide in the Nineteenth Century

Division on Comparative Studies in Romanticism and the Nineteenth Century. Presiding: Cathy Caruth, Emory Univ.

1. "The Aesthetics of Suicide," Jared L. Stark, Yale Univ.
2. "The Suicide of the Subaltern," Margaret R. Higonnet, Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs

Marx and/or Literature

Division on Comparative Studies in Romanticism and the Nineteenth Century. Presiding: Ian Grant Balfour, York Univ., North York

1. "Marx and/or Literature," Andrew Parker, Amherst Coll.
2. "Marx before Literature," Eduardo Lujan Cadava, Princeton Univ.
3. "Marx and the Fantastic," Michele A. Hannoosh, Univ. of London


1998

Narratives of History

Division on Comparative Studies in Romanticism and the Nineteenth Century. Presiding: Claudia Brodsky Lacour, Princeton Univ.

1. "Romanticism, Race, and American Law," Jon-Christian Suggs, John Jay Coll., City of New York
2. "History by Proxy or Proximate Histories? Touching Tales of Turks, Germans, and Jews," Leslie A. Adelson, Cornell Univ.
3. "Figura and Historical Subalternation," Hayden White, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz

The Aims of Lyric

Division on Comparative Studies in Romanticism and the Nineteenth Century. Presiding: Claudia Brodsky Lacour, Princeton Univ.

1. "Divine Ruins of the Voice: Historical and Political Speech in Holderlin," Jan Mieszkowski, Reed Coll.
2. "' . . . Ist Mein Achilles Mir Gestorben': Holderlin's Lyric Line," David S. Ferris, Queens Coll., City of New York
3. "Lyric Experiment," Robert George Kaufman, Stanford Univ.
4. "Rhyming History: Heine's Hebrew Melodies," Willi Goetschel, Columbia Univ.

Romanticism and/or Realism

Division on Comparative Studies in Romanticism and the Nineteenth Century. Presiding: Margaret Higonnet, Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs

1. "Realism in History," April Alliston, Princeton Univ.
2. "Romanticism and the Romance of Real Life," Michael Crews Gamer, Univ. of Pennsylvania
3. "The True and the Interesting," Marshall J. Brown, Univ. of Washington
4. "Realizing the Past: History and Spectacle in Balzac's Adieu," Maurice A. Samuels, Harvard Univ.

Respondent: Eleni Eva Coundouriotis, Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs


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