Conference Panels

Lee Nevitt
Tufts University

On Thursday, April 20, 2017, the Red Bull Theater of New York City produced a dramatic reading of Lord Byron’s Manfred. This performance preceded a day-long international symposium on the play at New York University. The two-day event brought local theater-goers together with Byron scholars from around the world in celebration of the bicentenary of the play’s publication in 1817. As the organizer of both events, Omar F. Miranda (University of San Francisco), remarked: “In order to commemorate Manfred’s 200th anniversary, I was fortunate enough to bring together some of the very best theater experts and literary critics. We collaborated with one of the greatest classical theater companies of New York City for the play’s production. I also invited several distinguished Byron scholars from across the globe (including Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, and Australia) to offer new critical perspectives at our #Romantics200 symposium. Broadview Press...

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Christopher Stampone's uses Twine in discussion of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park

Panel: Jane Austen in the Dark

Panelists:

  • Catherine Engh (Graduate Center, CUNY), “Environmental Aesthetics and Infection in Sense and Sensibility
  • Daniela Garofalo (University of Oklahoma), “Abandoned by Providence: Loss in Jane Austen’s Persuasion
  • Christopher Stampone (Southern Methodist University), “‘Obliged to Yield’: The Language of Patriarchy and the System of Slavery in Mansfield Park

by Talia Vestri Croan (Boston University)

Friday’s #ICR2016[SB1]  kicked off with “Jane Austen in the Dark,” a wonderful early-morning panel acting as serendipitous prelude to the evening’s keynote address by Devoney Looser, which, as we would come to find out, took us to some Dark Austen indeed. Here’s a brief recap of these three stimulating papers:

Catherine Engh (...

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Panel: These Dark Satanic Mills

Moderator: Mark Lussier (Arizona State University)

Panelists and Paper Titles:

  • Thora Brylowe (University of Colorado, Boulder), “Ode on a Not-So-Grecian Urn: Blake’s Portland Vase and the Work of Engraving”
  • Jennifer Davis Michael (Sewanee, University of the South), “Voices of the Ground: Silence and Articulation in Gray, Wordsworth, and Blake”
  • Jacob Henry Leveton (Northwestern University), “Going Dark: Blake’s Abstract Color Fields and the Pitt Surveillance State”

“’The True Method of Knowledge Is Experiment’: Dark Blake Panel Plums the Depths of Blake’s Works”

by Christopher Stampone (Southern Methodist University)

Many interesting and—as the “These Dark Satanic Mills” panel showed—potentially subversive intricacies in William Blake’s work are so dense that they might elude even the most careful scholar. Each member of the panel shed much-needed light on areas of Blake’s work...

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Panel: Dark Mathematics

Panelists:

  • Joshua Wilner (City College and The Graduate Center, CUNY), “‘I Cannot Further Explain Myself on This Point’: Maimon’s Obscure Differentials”
  • Amy Kahrmann Huseby (University of Wisconsin-Madison), “The Calculus, the Infinitesimal, and the Non-Narratable in Wordsworth’s Prelude
  • Rachel Feder (University of Denver), "Dark Horizons"
  • Aaron Ottinger (University of Washington), "Between None and Don Juan"

by Catherine Engh (CUNY-The Graduate Center) and Jacob Henry Leveton (Northwestern U)

What does it mean to challenge oneself—and the others in one’s field—to be simultaneously out of our depth, but to nonetheless attempt to forge a new synthesis of knowledge? This is what the interdisciplinary turn in romantic studies calls for, a turn represented by those who took part in the “Dark Mathematics” panel at the 2016 International Conference in Romanticism, organized by ...

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Panel: Romantic Terror and Trauma

Moderator: Christopher Stampone

Panelists and Paper Titles:

  • Karalyne Lowery (United States Air Force Academy), “‘That Is Also My Victim!’: Victimization and Repression in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein of 1818”
  • Cassandra Falke (University of Tromsø, Norway), “Reading Terror through the Romantic Sublime”
  • Katherine Montwieler (University of North Carolina, Wilmington), “Neglect and Childhood Trauma in Frankenstein and Wuthering Heights: Writing the Domestic (Abuse) Novel”

“‘I Ought to Be Thy Adam, but I Am Rather the Fallen Angel’: Romantic Authors on Violence”

by Christopher Stampone (Southern Methodist University)

The specter of terrible violence hung around Romantic artists’ necks like an albatross, darkening their perspectives and shading their works. “Terror” and “horror” were not only competing aesthetics within the Gothic mode but also real feelings...

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Panel: Writing and Publishing for Graduate Students

Panelists:

  • Michael Gamer (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Kevin Hutchings (University of Northern British Columbia)

"'Be Tenacious': Michael Gamer and Kevin Hutchings Give Grads Publishing Advice at ICR 2016"

by Christopher Stampone (Southern Methodist University)

Training graduate students to write with an eye toward publication is a trending topic in academia. In an article recently published by the Chronicle of Higher Education, Devoney Looser (@devoneylooser) offers graduate students and early-career academics a window into the editorial processes that many journals follow, and shares useful and much-needed advice on how to prepare good materials that...

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