Archive of Romantic Division Sessions at Modern Language Association Annual Conventions (1990- )

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Romantic Studies at the MLA, 1990-1998
English Romantic Period Division Sessions


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

1990

Romantic Elegy: The Elegiac Mode in Romantic Verse I

Division on the English Romantic Period. Presiding: Stephen M. Parrish, Cornell Univ.

1. "Elegy into Aura," Carol L. Bernstein, Bryn Mawr Coll.
2. "Rewriting Pastoral Elegy: Wordsworth's The Brothers," Bruce Edward Graver, Providence Coll.
3. "'Where Once . . . We Stood Rejoicing': Wordsworth, Scott, and Musings near Aquapendente," Stephen Gill, Oxford Univ.

Romantic Elegy: The Elegiac Mode in Romantic Verse II

Division on the English Romantic Period. Presiding: Stephen M. Parrish, Cornell Univ.

1. "The Melancholy of Transience," Paul Magnuson, New York University.
2. "The Romantic Idea Elegy: The Politics of Nature, the Nature of Politics," Kenneth Richard Johnston, Indiana Univ., Bloomington

Respondent: Raimonda Modiano, Univ. of Washington

Romantic Elegy: The Elegiac Mode in Romantic Verse III

Division on the English Romantic Period. Presiding: Kenneth Richard Johnston, Indiana Univ., Bloomington

1. "Dying into Newtonian Time: Wordsworth and the Elegiac Task," Stuart Peterfreund, Northeastern Univ.
2. "Words, Things, and Death: The Elegiac Mode in Wordsworth," David P. Haney, Auburn Univ.

Respondent: Thomas McFarland, Princeton Univ.


1991

English Romanticism in the 1990's I: New Texts, New Approaches

Division on the English Romantic Period. Presiding: Susan J. Wolfson, Princeton Univ.

1. "Classifying Romanticism," Sonia Hofkosh, Tufts Univ.
2. "Genre and Romanticism: Wordsworth and the Uses of Georgic," Kurt Heinzelman, Univ. of Texas, Austin
3. "La Belle Dame Talks Back: Landon versus Keats," Anne K. Mellor, Univ. of California, Los Angeles

English Romanticism in the 1990's II: New Texts, New Approaches

Division on the English Romantic Period. Presiding: Susan J. Wolfson, Princeton Univ.

1. "Male Authors, Women's Voices," Susan J. Wolfson
2. "Women, Language, and Political Authority in Romantic Writing," William Keach, Brown Univ.
3. "Encoded 'Babel' on the London Road: Juan, Tom, and Linguistic Negation," Paul Elledge, Vanderbilt Univ.

English Romanticism in the 1990's III: New Texts, New Approaches

Division on the English Romantic Period.

1. "Will It Really 'Never Do'? Reading The Excursion in the Nineteenth Century," Peter Manning," Univ. of Southern California
2. "Keats's Posthumous Career," Karen Swann, Williams Coll.
3. "Elegiac Politics: The Death of Princess Charlotte," Esther Schor, Princeton Univ.


1992

Romanticism and Postmodernism I

Division on the English Romantic Period. Presiding: Alan Liu, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara

1. "Installing Romanticism in Postmodernism (Notes on the Spruce Goose)," Alan Liu
2. "The Logic of Confessional Economy," Margaret Russett, Univ. of Southern California
3. "Between Regret and Assay," Julie Ellison, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor
4. "Nomads and Cyborgs: The Blithe Spirit of Postmoderism," Jay Clayton, Vanderbilt Univ.

Romanticism and Postmodernism II

Division on the English Romantic Period.

1. "Error and Power: The Poetry of Charles Bernstein and Edward Kamau Brathwaite," Bob Perelman, Univ. of Pennsylvania
2. "Re-membering Monstrosities: Frankenstein on Postmodernism," Roxanne V. Lin, Univ. of Vermont
3. "Staging Exile: Mapplethorpe and the Byronic Postmodern," Elizabeth Fay, Univ. of Massachusetts, Harbor Campus, Boston
4. "Reading Modernity and Resisting Reflexivity: Keats, Jameson, and the Postmodern Urn," Orrin N.C. Wang, Univ. of Maryland, College Park

Green Romanticism: The Environment of Imagination

Division on the English Romantic Period. Presiding: Alan Liu, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara

1. "Romantic Ecology Revisited," Jonathan Bate, Univ. of Liverpool
2. "The Imagination's Happy Home (?): Wordsworthian Nature as Socially (En)Gendered Space," Stuart Peterfreund, Northeastern Univ.
3. "Nature, Not the Language of the Sense," Marjorie Levinson, Univ. of Pennsylvania

Respondent: Karl Kroeber, Columbia Univ.


1993

Romantic into Victorian I

Division on the English Romantic Period. Presiding: Peter J. Manning, Univ. of Southern California

1. "Class, Gender, and 'the Rise of Civil Society': Women's Writing from the Revolution to Romanticism," Gary Kelly, Univ. of Alberta
2. "Wordsworth from the Romantic Sublime to the Victorian Beautiful," Judith Page, Milsaps Coll.
3. "Wordsworth and the Mourning Victorians," Esther H. Schor, Princeton Univ.
4. "The End of Romanticism: The Poetry Market Crash of 1825-26 and Its Aesthetic Aftermath," Lee Erickson, Marshall Univ.

Romantic into Victorian II

Division on the English Romantic Period. Presiding: Peter J. Manning, Univ. of Southern California

1. "Robert Browning and Romantic Allegory," Theresa M. Kelly, Univ. of Texas, Austin
2. "Romantic Figuration and the Figure of the Victorian Sage," Sheila Emerson, Tufts Univ.
3. "The Shady Side of the Sword: Byron's Homosexuality in Early Victorian England," Andrew Elfenbein, Univ. of Minnesota, Twin Cities
4. "Setting Limits: A Reading of the 1830s," Lawrence Poston, Univ. of Illinois, Chicago

The Canonical and the Noncanonical

Division on the English Romantic Period.

1. "Poetry and Philosophy: Analytical Terminology and the Literary Text," Mark Edmunson, Univ. of Virginia
2. "Southey's 'The Lay of the Laureate,' Leigh Hunt's 'The Laureate Laid Double,' and Byron's Don Juan,"Paul Magnuson, New York Univ.
3. "Sexual Politics and Literary History: William Hazlitt's Keswick Escapade and Sarah Hazlitt's Journal," Sonia Hofkosh, Tufts Univ.
4. "Lyrics and Anthology," Peter T. Murphy, Williams Coll.


1994

Romanticism and Violence I

Division on the English Romantic Period. Presiding: Theresa Kelley, Univ. of Texas, Austin.

1. "Sites of Violence: Human Sacrifice and the Slave Trade in the Land of Dahomey," Raimonda Modiano, Univ. of Washington
2. "Flogging: The British Antislavery Movement Writes Pornography," Mary Favret, Indiana Univ., Bloomington
3. "Shelley in Chancery," Michael Kohler, Johns Hopkins Univ.

Romanticism and Violence II

Division on the English Romantic Period. Presiding: William Keach, Brown Univ.

1. "'Something Must Be Done': The Question of Feminine Resistance in Shelley and Hemans," Susan Wolfson, Princeton Univ.
2. "Tangled Gazes, Feminine Subjects: Percy Shelley and the Gendering of Revolution," Ashley Cross, Illinois Benedectine Coll.
3. "Sexual Violence and National Imaginings: Reading Sodomy in Shelley's The Cenci," Amanda Berry, Duke Univ.

Imperialism, Genre, and the Formation of Romanticism

Division on the English Romantic Period. Presiding: William Keach, Brown Univ.

1. "Epic Ambivalence: Imperial Politics and Romantic Deflection in Williams's Peru and Landor's Gebir," Alan Richardson, Boston Coll.
2. "Maturin's Melmoth the Wanderer and the Inheritance of Imperialism," Julia M. Wright, Univ. of Western Ontario
3. "The Great Forgetting: Romanticism, Gender, and the Formation of Literature," Clifford Siskin, State Univ. of New York, Stony Brook


1995

The Range of Performance in British Romanticism

Division on the English Romantic Period. Presiding: Julie Carlson, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara

1. "The Illegitimacy of Theatrical Culture," Jane Moody, Girton Coll.
2. "My Kitchen, My Opera, Our Empire," Daniel O'Quinn, Cornell Univ.
3. "Listening to Remorse," Reeve Parker, Cornell Univ.

Romantic Figures and Social Agency

Division on the English Romantic Period. Presiding: Steven Goldsmith, Univ. of California, Berkeley

1. "The Shakespeare Gallery and the Ruins of Empire," Suzanne Matheson, Univ. of Windsor
2. "'The Self-Pleasings of Self-Restraint': Shape and Agency in Visions and the Daughters of Albion," Fred Hoerner, Univ. of Texas, Austin
3. "Red Kant; or, The Persistence of the Third Critique in Adorno and Jameson," Robert Kaufman, McGill Univ.

On Discriminating Romantic Nationalisms

Division on the English Romantic Period. Presiding: Katie Trumpener, Univ. of Chicago

1. "Dangerous Correspondences: National Sympathies, Sexualities, and Temporalities in Scott's Redgauntlet," Eric Daffrom, State Univ. of New York, Buffalo
2. "'Types of a race who shall the invader scorn': Thomas Campbell and the Englishing of the Scottish Bards," Mark Canuel, Johns Hopkins Univ.
3. "Gothic Romanticism in the Anglo-Irish Devil's Bargain Thematic," Margot Gayle Bachus, Saint John Fisher Coll.
4. "Historical and Geographical Trajectories, North and South: Scott's Waverley Novels and Tales of My Landlord," Carolyn Buckley-LaRocque, Trinity Coll., Washington


1996

Romantic Psychologies

Division on the English Romantic Period. Presiding: Julie Ellison, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor

1. "Neural Romanticism," Alan Richardson, Boston Coll.
2. "Romanticism, Mesmerism, and the End(s) of Psychoanalysis," Joel Faflak, Univ. of Western Ontario
3. "Romanticism, Kant, and the Prehistory of Psychoanalysis," Karen A. Weisman, Univ. of Toronto, Erindale Coll.
4. "Fashion and Passion in Joanna Baillie's 'Introductory Discourse,'" Andrea Henderson, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Literary Deformities: The (Un)Aesthetic

Division on the English Romantic Period. Presiding: Tilottama Rajan, Univ. of Western Ontario

1. "'Thus I Relieve Thee, My Creator': Blindness, Deformity, and Sublime Risk in Frankenstein," Charles J. Rzepka, Boston Univ.
2. "Redeformations of Tragic Aesthetics: Reformations and Deformations of the Tragic Genre in Kleist and Shelley," Arkady Plotnitsky, Duke Univ.
3. "Unintelligible Lyric, Nonsensical Drama: The Reviewers on Prometheus Unbound," Kim Wheatley, Coll. of William and Mary
4. "The Material ideology and the Antiaestheticist Aesthetic," Robert Kaufman, Stanford Univ.

Other Histories: Romantic Reconstructions of the Past

Division on the English Romantic Period. Presiding: Gary Handwerk, Univ. of Washington

1. "Strange Dialogues: Conversational History in Blake, Wordsworth, and Others," Kevis Goodman, Yale Univ.
2. "From History to Archaeology: Keats's Hyperion Poems," Tilottama Rajan, Univ. of Western Ontario
3. "The Reformation of History in William Cobbett's A History of the Protestant Reformation," John Ulrich, Mansfield Univ.
4. "Race and Romantic Historiography: Bryan Edwards's History of the West Indies," James P. Carson, Kenyon Coll.


1997

Romantic Media I: Williams's "Long Revolution" Revisited

Division on the English Romantic Period. Presiding: James K. Chandler, Univ. of Chicago

1. "From Public Sphere to Virtual Marketplace: Romantic Satire and the Periodical Press," Kristen Leaver, Univ. of Toronto, Saint George Campus
2. "Media and Madness: Williams, Writing, and Romanticism," Clifford Haynes Siskin, State Univ. of New York, Stony Brook
3. "Mary Robinson and the Della Cruscans: Romantic Media Technologies and the Construction of the Female Author," Lisa M. Wilson, State Univ. of New York, Buffalo
4. "Keats and Review Culture," Andrew Franta, Johns Hopkins Univ.

Romantic Media II: The Media of Common Life

Division on the English Romantic Period. Presiding: Julie Ann Carlson, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara.

1. "The State of Taste: Hazlitt and the Gourmandizing of the Periodical Press," Charles Waite Mahoney, Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs
2. "The Counterrevolution of Common Life," Kevin Michael Gilmartin, California Inst. of Tech
3. "Ballads and Bards: British Romantic Orality," Maureen Noelle McLane, Univ. of Chicago
4. "The Cultural Mediations of William Hone," Jocelyn Lutz, Stanford Univ.

Romantic Media III: Composite Forms and Transmediations

Division on the English Romantic Period. Presiding: James K. Chandler, Univ. of Chicago

1. "Jane Austen in Cyberspace," Jay Clayton, Vanderbilt Univ.
2. "Scotch Drink and Irish Harps: The Marketing of the National Air," Celeste G. Langan, Univ. of California, Berkeley
3. "Thomas Rowlandson and the Literary Politics of Romantic Pornography," Bradford Keyes Mudge, Univ. of Colorado, Denver


1998

Romantic Relations I: Spatial Relations and Geographies

Division on the English Romantic Period. Presiding: Julie Ellison, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

1. "Romantic Rocks, Aesthetic Geology," Noah Herringman, Harvard Univ.
2. "Writing on Water: Coleridge's Notebooks and the Journey to Malta," Deborah Elise White, Columbia Univ.
3. "History and Spatiality in Scott's Old Mortality," George Alan Drake, Univ. of Washington
4. "Cross-Cultural Conventions: America Passes Judgment on Thomas De Quincey," Karen Karabiener, Columbia Univ.

Romantic Relations II: Social Relations and Intersubjectivity

Division on the English Romantic Period. Presiding: Margaret M. Dunn, Rollins Coll.

1. "Moving Pictures: Self-Display, Exchange, and Eighteenth-Century Miniatures," Christopher K. Rovee, Princeton Univ.
2. "Rape and Governance: Inchbald's Allegory of Lucrece," Daniel O'Quinn, Univ. of Guelph Univ.
3. "Romantic Performativeness and Intersubjectivity," Mark Conrad Jones, Queen's Univ.
4. "Romanticism Degree Zero: Stylelessness among the Rank and File," Nanora Louise Sweet, Univ. of Missouri, Saint Louis

Romantic Relations III: Textual Relations and Print Culture

Division on the English Romantic Period. Presiding: Julie Ellison, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

1. "William Hone and the (Re)Constitution of English Print Culture," L. Kyle Grimes, Univ. of Alabama, Birmingham
2. "The Vanishing Quarto: Downsizing Poetry during the Romantic Period," Lee Erickson, Marshall Univ.
3. "Plotting the Success of the Quarterly Review," Kim Elizabeth Wheatley, Coll. of William and Mary


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