South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Meeting - 2009
Corpus Christi, Texas


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5th, 2009, 2:00 – 3:40 PM

Fathers, Mothers, Sons, Daughters, Successions: The Transfer of Power—or Worse—from Generation to Generation
Chair: Phyllis Thompson, East Tennessee State University

Bruce Mayer, Lynchburg College, “Monarchical Succession in the Télémaque”
David Paxman, Brigham Young University, “Bad Parents and Coming of Age in the Eighteenth-Century Novel”
Suzanne Cook, Duquesne University, “‘I am the very slave of circumstance: Byron’s Critique of Masculinity in Sardanapulus

Theater, Street, Colony: Intersections of Stage Convention and Unstructured Experience
Chair: Bärbel Czennia, McNeese State University

Heather Sullivan, Trinity University, “From the Fiery Earth Spirit to the Hybrid Effervescence of the Four Elements: Theories of Dirt and Goethe’s Ur-Faust versus Faust I & II
Amy J. Riordan, Texas Christian University, “The Ballad Collection in The Beggar’s Opera
Brett McInelly, Brigham Young University, “Ludere Cum Sacris: Methodism, Mimicry, and the Eighteenth-Century Theater”

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5th, 2009, 4:00 – 5:45 PM

Chair: Kit Kincade, Indiana State University

Kimberly Latta, University of Pittsburgh: “Defoe on Fashion, Femininity, and Fiction”
Michael R. Griffiths, Rice University: “‘My little Family’?: Defoe's Species of Property”
Joyce C. Palmer, Texas Woman's University, “Moll Flanders: A Primer for Deceit”

Serendipity and Miscellany: The Inspiration and Significance of an Unexpected Find
Chair: Martha Lawler, Louisiana State University in Shreveport

David Paxman, Brigham Young University, “Fuller than Full: Advice and Conduct Books”
Julie Grob, University of Houston, “Lust and Luxury in the Edwin A. Miles Dictionary Collection”
J. Karen Ray, Washburn University, “The Female Perspective on Domestic Architecture in Hester Thrale Piozzo's Observations and Reflections on her Travels through France, Italy, and Germany.”
Phyllis Thompson, East Tennessee State University, “Women and Medical Practices.”

Criminal Values and Traumatic Experience: Representations of Crime, Deviance, and Shock in Eighteenth-Century British Literature
Chair: Dwight Codr, Tulane University

David Mazella, University of Houston: “Redescriptions of Crime and Luxury in Mandeville and Smollett”
Eugenia Zuroski Jenkins, University of Arkansas: “Belinda's Deviance and the Perils of the Coffee Table in The Rape of the Lock
Sally Culpepper, University of Alabama at Birmingham, “Sound and Silence in Frances Burney’s 'A Mastectomy'”
Joanna O’Leary Rice University, “Feeling at Home in Empire: Hospitals, Hospitality, and National Health in Humphry Clinker

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5th, 2009, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Grand Presidential Reception Featuring Exquisite Hors d’ Oeuvres and an Open, Hosted Bar


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6th, 9:00 – 10:40 AM

The Popular Eighteenth Century
Chair: Linda V. Troost, Washington and Jefferson College

Fritz-Wilhelm Neumann, Universität Erfurt, “The London Entertainment Industry”
Sayre N. Greenfield, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, “Weasels, Whales, and Stricken Deer: Restoration Hamlet
Linda V. Troost, Washington and Jefferson College, “Manifestations of Robin Hood”

Gothic Ideologies
Chair: John Burke, University of Alabama

Eric Peterson, University of California, Irvine, “Congenial Horrors: How Pastoral Becomes Gothic in James Thomson’s Winter
Noelle Chao, Cornell University, “Ann Radcliffe's Buried Voices”
Martina Jauch, Purdue University, “Transformations and Translations of Freedom in the Gothic: Friedrich Schiller and Charles Brockden Brown”
Denise Millstein, University of Alabama, “Hallmarks of the Romantic Gothic: Politics, Sex, and Byron”

Offbeat Behavior and Philosophical Daring: Enlightenment Images of Unorthodox Efficacy
Chair: Kevin L. Cope, Louisiana State University

R. L. Smith, University of Texas at San Antonio, “Bewitched by a Courtesan: Aphra Behn’s Commercialization of Language in The Rover and The Feigned Courtesan
Melissa A. Wehler, Duquesne University, “‘A free and Christian land’: The Role of Christianity in Baillie’s Witchcraft
John Scanlan, Providence College, “Johnson and Boerhaave”

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6th, 2009, 10:55 AM – 12:35 PM

Woman’s Writing as Sublimation in the Long Eighteenth Century: A Psychoanalytic Approach
Chair: Ed Cameron, The University of Texas–Pan American

Ed Cameron, The University of Texas-Pan American, “Sublimating Gender Difference: The Terror/Horror Division in Eighteenth Century Gothic Literature”
Linda Belau, The University of Texas-Pan American, “Sublimation and Women’s Experience in Eighteenth-Century Captivity Narratives”
Catherine Peebles, University of New Hampshire, “Fanny Burney’s Transformative Art and the Female Malady”

Hume and the Usual Suspects I
Chairs: Eva Dadlez and James Mock, University of Central Oklahoma

Horace (Bud) Fairlamb, University of Houston–Victoria, “Hume and Vico on the Natural History of Religion”
J. Carl Ficarrotta, United States Air Force Academy, “Feelings and Norms: The Special Case of Moral Approbation in Hume”

Mentoring and Intertextuality in the Eighteenth Century I
Chair: Phyllis Thompson, East Tennessee State University

Dwight Codr, Tulane University, “‘Miss was in the Plot’: Sally Godfrey and the Rise of the Novel”
Nicholas Nace, University of California–Berkeley, “Resisting Richardson: The Unsuccessful Mentorship of Urania Hill Johnson”
John Kinkade, Centre College: “Mentoring Young Writers in ‘The Rambler’”

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6th, 2009, 2:00 – 3:40 PM

Eighteenth-Century Travel: Spilling Over the Borders of Self, Space, and Time
Chair: Dale-Katherine Ireland, California State University, East Bay

Michael Rotenberg-Schwartz, New Jersey City University: “Seeing the Holy Land; or, On the Distinction between Religious and Secular Travel”
Dale Katherine Ireland, California State University, East Bay: “Travels of the Dialogic ‘I’ in Samuel Johnson's Life of Milton
Bärbel Czennia, McNeese State University, “Farmer George and Farmer Cook: An Eighteenth-Century Cock-and-Bull Story and its Effect on Modern Pacific Art”
Beccie Puneet Randhawa, University of Texas At Brownsville, “Historicizing Crevecoeur’s New American Man in Letters of an American Farmer.”

Art, Action, and the Good in Eighteenth-Century Philosophy
Chair: Michael Matthis, Lamar University

Kevin Dodson, Lamar University, “The Primacy of the Practical: Progress, Inevitability, and the Highest Good”
Michael Matthis, Lamar University, “Subjectivity and Necessity: Kant and the Ideality of Purpose”
Matthew Landers, Louisiana State University, “Mapping the Enlightenment: Encyclopedias, Leibniz and the Universal Library.”

Confrontations with the Supernatural, Encounters with the Metaphysical, The Problem of Evil
Chair: Susan Spencer, University of Central Oklahoma

Elin Dowdican, Independent Scholar, “Hero or Villain? Heroine or Victim? Wollstonecraft's Confrontation with Cultural Conceptions of Good and Evil”
Martha Lawler, Louisiana State University in Shreveport, “Sweet Dreams and Bad Realities: The Adaptation of the Ethereal World Everyday Life”
Susan Spencer, University of Central Oklahoma, “Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio: P'u Songling's Effervescent Ghosts”

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6th, 2009, 3:55 – 5:35 PM

Desperate Housewives in the Long Eighteenth Century
Chair: Judith Broome, William Paterson University

Cassie Casiano, Rice University, “Safe Sex: The Dislocation of Nabob Satire onto Female Characters in Samuel Foote’s The Nabob and Elizabeth Griffith’s A Wife in the Right
Amy Smallwood, Wright State University, “Shore Wives: Perception and Projection”
Judith Broome, William Paterson University, “‘Too old to be agreeable, and too young to die’: Austen's Desperate Housewives”

Interdisciplinary Approaches
Chair: Kathryn Stasio, Saint Leo University

Connie Capers Thorson, University of New Mexico, “‘The Play's the Thing:’ A Dramatic and Interdisciplininary Approach to the Long Eighteenth Century”
Betty J. Proctor, Houston Community College, and Lorraine K. Stock, University of Houston, “Eighteenth-Century Medievalism: Echoes of Chaucer's Wife of Bath in Defoe's Moll Flanders
Joseph Rudman, Carnegie Mellon University, “Non-Traditional Authorship Attribution Studies in Eighteenth Century Literature: Stylistics, Statistics, and the Computer”

Religion and Literature
Chair: Anne Barbeau Gardiner, John Jay College, CUNY

David Venturo, College of New Jersey, "Milton's Baroque Riposte to the Augustans in Paradise Lost
Martine Watson Brownley, Emory University, “Religious Tropes in Behn’s Pindaric to Burnet”
Jeffrey Barnouw, University of Texas, “Hume's Designs on Design”
John T. Shawcross, University of Kentucky, “Sacred Poetry Based on Christian Man; Paradise Regain'd, Elegant, Instructive, Yet Much Depreciated”

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6th, 2009, 6:15 – 10:30 PM

An Edifying Undersea Soirée at the Texas State Aquarium

Featuring a Plenary Address by the Distinguished David Radcliffe

Celebrating the Legendary Italian Cuisine of Chef Marco Mattolini

Unveiling Cunning Optional Green-Screen Ocean-View Photography

Showcasing the Aqueous Gymnastics of Poseidon’s Nimble Colleagues


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7th, 2009, 8:50 – 10:25 AM

The Janusian Mask: Opening the Gates to Comedy and Tragedy I
Chair: Martha Lawler, Louisiana State University in Shreveport

Linda Reesman, CUNY, New York and Hofstra University, “Intoxicating Emotions of Ordinary Women”
Frieda Koeninger, Sam Houston State University, “Female Actors in Mexico City in the 1780s and '90s: The Human Face behind the Stage”
Greg Barnett, Rice University, “The Violoncello da Spalla and the Eccentricities of Historical Performance Practice”

Hume and the Usual Suspects II
Chairs: Eva Dadlez and James Mock, University of Central Oklahoma

Laura M. Bernhardt, Buena Vista University, “Sin and Performance”
James W. Mock, University of Central Oklahoma, “Hume and the Arts”
E. M. Dadlez, University of Central Oklahoma, “Ideal Presence: Fiction and Emotion in the Eighteenth Century”

Approaches to Overlooked Texts
Chair: Colby H. Kullman, University of Mississippi

Rebecca Jordan, Independent Scholar, “Marriage: A Poor Man’s Mansfield Park
Kenneth Ericksen, Linfield College, “The Changing Wit of Jane Austen”
Janet Wolf, SUNY–Cortland, “‘Cara Sposa’: Griselda, Alcestis, and Other Faithful Wives in Baroque Opera”
Gloria Eive, St. Mary’s College of California, “Ignazio Alberghi’s Diary ossia The Elector’s Virtuoso Off-Stage”

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7th, 2009, 10:40 AM – 12:15 PM

Frontiers of Bibliography: The Enriched Treasure-Trove of the Increasingly Accessible Eighteenth-Century Archive
Chair: Martha Lawler, Louisiana State University in Shreveport

James Schorr, San Diego State University, “Some Insight into Journalism in 1719: Papers, Publics, and Prices”
Rachel Schneider, University of Texas at Austin, “Edited Expressions in Emma Courtney”
Betty J. Proctor, Houston Community College, “An Electronic, Interactive Edition of Alexander Pope’s The Rape of the Lock

The Janusian Mask: Opening the Gates to Comedy and Tragedy II
Chair: Linda Reesman, CUNY, New York, and Hofstra University

Colby Kullman, University of Mississippi, “To Laugh or Not to Laugh? The Psychology of Humor”
Maia Adamina, University of Texas at San Antonio, “‘I know it is but a play’ Partridge and the Reader as Audience at Garrick’s Performance of Hamlet in Fielding’s Tom Jones
Suzanne Poor, Montclair State University, “Jonathan Swift: Passion or Prejudice, a Look at Bruce Arnold’s Libretto for A Passionate Man

Jonathan Swift
Chairs: James and Connie Thorson, University of New Mexico

James L. Thorson, University of New Mexico, “Conservative versus Liberal: Jonathan Swift and Kurt Vonnegut as Satirists above Simplistic Descriptors”
Louise K. Barnett, Rutgers University, “Olfactory Texts: Jonathan Swift and the Shaping Power of Smell”
Clement Hawes, Pennsylvania State University, “Radically Speaking: The Liminal Swift”

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7th, 2009, 1:30 – 3:05 PM

The High Heroic Strain: Epic Moments and Daring Exploits in the Sister Arts
Chair: Michael Rotenberg-Schwartz

John Burke, University of Alabama, “Dryden and Dedalus: In the Temple of Apollo at the Beginning of Book Six of Virgil’s Æneid
Marissa Huerta, University of Texas at San Antonio, “Sexuality and (English) National Character: A Re-Reading of Dryden’s ‘Indian’ Plays”
Laura Kennelly, Riemenschneider Bach Institute, Benjamin West’s Flight from War: From Charleston, New Hampshire to Charleston, South Carolina, 1777–1779”

The Janusian Mask: Opening the Gates to Comedy and Tragedy III
Chair: Gloria Eive, St. Mary’s University of California

Jim McGlathery, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, “Passion Past and Future in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride
Stacey Jocoy, Texas Tech University, “‘By the Croaking of the Toad’: The Role of Witches’ Music in Late-Restoration Tragedy”
Gloria Eive, Saint Mary’s College of California,, “Gozzi, Goldoni, and Galuppi: Satire, Wit, and Parody through a Venetian Lens”

Law, Revelation, Speculation, and Literature
Chair: John Scanlan, Providence College

Doreen Alvarez Saar, Drexel University, “‘To the right, lives a Catholic…his belief, his prayers offend nobody’: The Case of Michel-Guillaume-Jean de Crévecoueur, A Catholic in New York”
Steven Stryer, University of Dallas, “Pope, Jacobitism, and the Question of Historical Allegiance”
Anne Gardiner, John Jay College, CUNY, “Champions of Freedom of Conscience: L’Estrange and Dryden in 1687”

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7th, 2009, 3:20 – 4:55 PM

Religion in the Age of Enlightenment
Chair: Brett McInelly, Brigham Young University

Kathryn Stasio, St. Leo University, “Sensible Sensibility: Methodism in the Age of Reason”
Dwight Codr, Tulane University, “‘Expectation and amendment maketh me to become an usurer’: Usury, Providentialism, and the Age of Projects”
Michael Rotenberg-Schwartz, New Jersey City University, “Pilgrims' Progresses: Purpose and Duration in Holy Land Travel”

Visible and Invisible, Spectral and Tangible: The Spiritual and Aesthetic Reverberations of Material across Cultures
Chair: Eugenina Zuroski Jenkins, University of Arkansas

Joseph Conway, Washington University: “Necromancy and the New Economy: Cotton Mather's Life of Sir William Phips
Joseph Matthew Meyer, University of Arkansas: "Seeking Without End: The Supernatural as a Problematic Resolution in Brown's Wieland
Shannon Schreiner, University of Montana, Comparative Memory: Biological Materialism and Diderot’s Philosophy”
Arianne Margolin, University of Colorado–Boulder, The Universe as Beautiful and Sublime in Early Eighteenth-Century Scientific Popularizations”

Mentoring and Intertextuality in the Eighteenth Century II
Chair: Dale-Katherine Ireland, California State University, East Bay

Lucia Wolf, George Mason University, “Figures of Mentoring in Frances Burney’s The Wanderer
Samara Cahill, University of Notre Dame, “‘As a father pitieth his own children’: Authority and Affection in Sir Charles Grandison and Hester Mulso's Letters”

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7th, 2009, 5:15 – 9:30

SCSECS on the High Seas!

Adventure Tour of the Five-Deck USS Lexington, a Mighty World-War-II Aircraft Carrier

Gigantic Multi-Course Fiesta Smorgasbord Sizzled to Perfection by El-Rancho-Grande-Level Chef Wolfgang del Corpus Christi, Enjoyed Aboard the Lexington

Majestic and Erudite Plenary Address Delivered by Cedric Reverand from the Master Admirals’ Podium of the Lexington

History-Enhanced Dance Featuring the Jubilant Tropical Tunes of the Melodic Band “Triggerfish”


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