South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

Salt Lake City, Utah - February 25-27, 2010
"Solitude and Sociability"

Thursday, February 25th

Registration: Ballroom Atrium


Seminar 1: Lonely Travelers of the Long Eighteenth Century I
Chair: Baerbel Czennia, McNeese State University
Andrew Franta, University of Utah, “Map to Network: Travel in Humphry Clinker
Hillary Campos, Independent Scholar, “Walking Woman: The Meaning of Anne Elliot’s Walk in Persuasion
Douglas Thomas, Brigham Young University, “Points of Departure: Analyzing the Impact of George Ticknor’s 1818 Journey on his Views of Spain”

Seminar 2: Gothic Community
Fort Douglas
Chair: Franz J. Potter, National University
Franz Potter and Colin Marlaire, National University, “’The Gothic Community in London, 1764-1820”
Melanie Hinton, University of Utah, “’Happily Situated amidst Enchantments’: Shakespeare’s Ghosts and England’s Body Politic”
Murray L. Brown, Georgia State University, “The Gothic Clarissa: Dreamlife, Liminality, and Consumption”

Seminar 3: Atheism in the Age of Enlightenment
Chair: Philippe Seminet, Texas A&M—Commerce
Philippe Seminet, Texas A&M—Commerce, “From Materialism to Atheism in the Work of the Baron d’Holbach”
Mladen Kozul, University of Montana, “What are the implications of atheism? Diderot, Holbach and Voltaire in the 1760s and 70s”

Lunch on your own


Seminar 4: Interdisciplinary Approaches
Chair: Kathryn Stasio, Saint Leo University
Joseph Rudman, Carnegie Mellon University, “A Critical Survey of Non-Traditional Authorship Attribution Studies: Stylistics, Statistics, and the Computer”
Phyllis Thompson, East Tennessee State University, “Re-imagining the Boundaries: Women’s Medicinal Recipes and the Archive”
Lars Erickson, University of Rhode Island, “Making an Industrial Nation: Applied Sciences in Morveau’s Mémoire sur l’éducation Publique and La Chalotais’s Essai d’éducation Nationale
Erin Hendry, Independent Scholar, “Using the Auction Notices of Eighteenth-Century Newspapers to Trace Consumption Habits”

Seminar 5: Hume and the Usual Suspects I
Chairs: Eva Dadlez and J. W. Mock, University of Central Oklahoma
J. W. Mock, University of Central Oklahoma, “The Always Relevant Hume”
Laura M. Bernhardt, Buena Vista University, “Tantalizing Possibility of a Theodidactic Kant”

Seminar 6: Feasts, Festivals, and Celebrations—Public and Private Perspectives I
Fort Douglas
Chair: Kelly Malone, Sewanee: University of the South
Colby Kullman, University of Mississippi, “Boswell in the Courts, at the Prisons, and by the Gallows: A Private and Public Celebration of Crime”
Sean Ireland, California State University—East Bay, “Erasmus: The Praise of Folly in the Enlightenment’s Perspective”
Linda Reesman, Queensborough Community College—CUNY, “In Defense of Coleridge as a Prophet: Holy Matrimony or a Poet’s Sacred Word”

Seminar 7: Disability Studies and Eighteenth-Century British Literature and Culture
Chair: Dwight Codr, Tulane University
Essaka Joshua, University of Notre Dame, “Uncouth Shape: Disability as a Universal Condition in William Wordsworth’s ‘The Discharged Soldier’”
Jeffrey Wilson, UC Irvine, “Causal Rhetoric and the Death of Physiognomy: Reading Physical Deformity During the Philosophical Enlightenment”
Paul Kelleher, Emory University, “The Moral Starer”


Seminar 8: The Eighteenth-Century Novel in the History of Romance
Chair: Andrew Franta, University of Utah
Scott Black, University of Utah, “The Progress of Romance in Eighteenth-Century Britain”
Scarlet Bowen, University of Colorado, “Romance and Politics of Custom in Godwin’s Caleb Williams
Anne Jamison, University of Utah, “Austen with Sade”

Seminar 9: Up-and-Coming Scholars: Undergraduate Research in the Long Eighteenth Century I
Chair: Laura M. Stevens, University of Tulsa
Jeffrey Tucker, Brigham Young University, “Eighteenth-Century Physiology and the Creation of Asexual Femininity”
Lyndon Plothow, Brigham Young University, “’For a man to . . . have living and want law is as if a man should have bread to eat and want teeth to chew it’: The Commoning of the Common Law Language in the 17th and 18th Centuries”
Chase Arnold, “Brigham Young University, “The Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equiano: Another Voice in the Enlightenment Discourse on Slavery and Race”

Seminar 10: Feasts, Festivals, and Celebrations—Public and Private Perspectives II
Fort Douglas
Chair: Linda Reesman, Queensborough Community College—CUNY
Kelly Malone, Sewanee: University of the South, “Eating Humble Pie: A Short Literary and Cultural History of Britain’s National Pastry”
Lorraine Wood, Brigham Young University, “Silence and Solitude, Sound and Sociability: Radcliffe’s Musical Soundtrack in The Italian
Suzanne Poor, Montclair State University, “A Look Behind Jonathan Swift’s Public Façade for Glimpses of Humour—a Celebration”

Seminar 11: Female Identity and Public Performance
Chair: Nancy Tippetts, Independent Scholar
Anna Thompson, University of Utah, “As Merry as the Day is Long: Shakespeare’s Beatrice on the Restoration Stage”
Megan Weber, University of South Florida, “Show Me Your Wits: Female Humor in Elizabeth Inchbald’s A Simple Story and Wives as they Were, Maids as they Are
Katie Elizabeth Young, Brigham Young University, “Rethinking the Margins: Connections and Disparities between Hays and Chapone”

8:00-10:00 p.m.
Opening Reception Ballroom 1
Sponsored by AMS Press. Many thanks to Gabe Hornstein.

Friday, February 26th

Registration: Ballroom Atrium


Session 12: Literature and Science I
Chair: Kathryn Stasio, Saint Leo University
Michael Austin, Newman University, “Sex, Lies, and Phenotypes: William Congreve and the Biology of Deception”
Cecilia Bolich, University of South Florida, and Kathryn Stasio, St. Leo University, “Sexy and Seventeenth Century: The Evolutionary Appeal of the Cad in George Etherege’s The Man of Mode
Theodore Braun, University of Delaware, “Introducing Students to Science and Technology in the Literature Class”

Session 13: Family Matter in the Long Eighteenth Century
Chair: Scott Black, University of Utah
Mimi Gladstein, University of Texas at El Paso, “Unhappily Ever After: Behn’s Interpretation of Marriage”
Louis Haffey-Sherman, University of Utah, “Transitional Sexuality in Sterne’s A Sentimental Journey
Meridith Reed, Brigham Young University, “Brother-Sister Relations and the Rousseauvian Model in Eighteenth-Century Life and Literature”

Seminar 14: Feasts, Festivals, and Celebrations—Public and Private Perspectives III
Fort Douglas
Chair: Gloria Eive, Emerita, Saint Mary’s College of California
Dale Katherine Ireland, California State University—Eastbay, “Celebrating Agriculture while Assigning Usury: The Neo-Pastoral Narrative of British National Identity”
Francien Markx, George Mason University, “’Glory to God in the Highest’: Luise Reichardt and the Handel Renaissance in Hamburg”
Stacey Jocoy, Texas Tech University, “English St. Cecilia’s Day Celebrations: A Musical Allegory for the Dis-Harmonious State”

Seminar 15: Lonely Travelers of the Long Eighteenth Century II
Chair: Baerbel Czennia, McNeese State University
Frieda Koeninger, Sam Houston State University, “Seafaring Nuns: The Journey of Six Capuchin Sisters from Toledo to Mexico City, 1665”
Jessika Wichner, DLR Goettingen/German Research Center for Aeronautics and Space and Space, “Winter Travelers: Robert Jones’ Treatise on Skating”
Baerbel Czennia, McNeese State University, “Hen’s in the Crow’s Nest: Women Explorers and the Long Pacific View”


Seminar 16: Female Authorship and Community in the Long Eighteenth Century
Chair: Phyllis Thompson, East Tennessee State University
Elizabeth Tasker, Stephen F. Austin State University, “Learning or Lamenting?—Rationalist Re-education in Lennox and Sheridan
Fiona Murphy, University of Nevada—Reno, “English Coteries and French Salons”
Mark K. Fulk, Buffalo State College—SUNY, “Building Benevolence for Oneself and Others: the Radical Communitarian Thought of Phillis Wheatley”

Seminar 17: Epistolary (Inter)actions: The Sociable (?) Space of Letters
Chair: Terra Caputo, Allegheny College
Isabelle C. DeMarte, Lewis and Clark College, “Fictional (Inter)actions: Voltaire’s Lettre à un premier commis & Diderot’s Lettre sur le commerce de la librairie
Dermot Ryan, Loyola Marymount University, “From the Republic of Letters to the Empire of Regicide: Edmund Burke’s History of Electrick Communication”
Soledad Caballero, Allegheny College, “Landscape of Sorrow: Mary Wollstonecraft’s Letter of Mourning and Love”
Alexis Chema, Georgetown University, “Illness Confessional in the Coleridge Correspondence”

Seminar 18: Feasts, Festivals, and Celebrations—Public and Private Perspectives IV
Fort Douglas
Chair: Stacey Jocoy, Texas Tech University
Gloria Eive, Emerita, Emeritus, Saint Mary’s College of California, “Greased Poles and Violin Concertos: Faentine Celebrations for the Election of Cardinal Boschi”
Frieda Koeninger and Cindy Gratz, Sam Houston State University, “A Little Fandango Goes a Long Way”

Seminar 19: Jane Austen
Chair: Nicholas Mason, Brigham Young University
Jenny Pecora, Brigham Young University, “Communal Grief in Women’s Romantic Era War Literature”
Becca Lee Jensen Ogden, Brigham Young University, “Placing Jane: Authorship in the Long Eighteenth Century”
Natalie Quinn, Brigham Young University, “Jane Austen and the Domestic Economy of Women Writers in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries”


Luncheon and Plenary Ballroom 1

Felicity Nussbaum, UCLA, “Theatrical Sociability”

The luncheon and plenary are sponsored by the J. Willard Marriott Library and the Obert and Grace Tanner Humanities Center, University of Utah, and the Brigham Young University Department of English and College of Humanities.


Seminar 20: Solitude and Sociability in the Romantic Period
Chair: Susan Spencer, University of Central Oklahoma
Marianne Lind Baker, Brigham Young University, “Humphry Davy: Dismantling theories of Solitary Genius and Author Function in the Romantic Period”
Julie Gonnering Lein, University of Utah, “‘Melodic Landscape’: Mont Blanc and the Chamonix Valley as Territory and Refrain”
Marvin D. L. Lansverk, Montana State University, “Reading Alone and in Company: Blake’s Vision of Dante”

Seminar 21: Histories Real and Imagined: the Eighteenth Century and Uses of the Past
Chair: Steven Stryer, University of Dallas
Matthew Binney, Eastern Washington University, “Lafitau’s Customs of American Indians: ‘Nature’ and the Christian Historical Progression”
Chad Loewen-Schmidt, Shepherd University, “Making History in the Wake of Global Economy: Scottish Identity and the ‘Sentiment of Home’”
Angela Toscano, University of Utah, “Good Ton & Beau Monde: the Eighteenth Century as Place in the Popular Romance”

Seminar 22: Approaches to Over-Studied Texts: New Looks at Canonical Works
Fort Douglas
Chair: David Paxman, Brigham Young University
Geoffrey Clegg, Louisiana State University—Alexandria, “Defying the Self: Epistolary Confidence/Gendered Action in and around Samuel Richardson’s Pamela
Spencer K. Wall, University of Utah, “Consuming Discourse: Reading and Eating in Tom Jones
Kristi L. Krumnow, Utah State University, “The Marquis de Sade’s Early Fiction as an Adventure in the Real: Justine’s Encounter with the Real and the Imaginary”

Seminar 23: Aesthetics: Enlightened and Romantic
Chair: Michael Matthis, Lamar University
Ken Buckman, University of Texas—Pan American, “Was Nietzsche Romantic?”
Michael Matthis, Lamar University, “The Pastness of it All: The Tyranny of the Object from Kant through Post-Modernism”
Kevin Dodson, Lamar University, “’Unacknowledged Legislators’: Romanticism and the Politics of Rock Music”

Bus departs for Marriot Library Reception and Exhibition Hotel Lobby

Marriot Library Reception and Exhibition: “Dramatis Personae: Early Print Culture and European Performance Arts”Saturday,

Saturday, February 27th

Business Meeting - Ballroom Atrium

Seminar 24: Up-and-Coming Scholars: Undergraduate Research in the Long Eighteenth Century II
Chair: David Paxman, Brigham Young University
Timothy Wright, Brigham Young University, “Despotism Embodied: Carl Friedrich Bahrdt’s
Psychological Portraits of the Despotenknechte in Das Religions-Edikt and Herr Pastor Rindvigius
Jason Hammon, Brigham Young University, “Goethe’s Elective Affinities and Steiner’s Goethe’s Theory of Knowledge
Tanner Hardison, Brigham Young University, “The Cologne Cathedral as a ‘Babel Thought’ During the Gothic Revival”

Seminar 25: Lonely Travelers of the Long Eighteenth Century III
Chair: Baerbel Czennia, McNeese State University
Neal Carroll, University of Utah, “Bramblin’ Man: Matthew Bramble’s Flight from Modernity in Humphry Clinker
Melvin Peña, Northwestern University, “Melancholic Isolation and Cosmopolitan Friendship in James Boswell’s ‘Journal of a Tour to Corsica’”
Dale Katherine Ireland, California State University—East Bay, “Longing for a Self Otherwise Detained: The Culture of Loneliness in Travel Writing”

Seminar 26: America: Nationhood, Identity, and Empire
Fort Douglas
Chair: Scarlet Bowen, University of Colorado
Julia K. Callander, UCLA, “’Attended by a whole nation’: The Americas in The Female American
Laura M. Stevens, University of Tulsa, “’Spare his life to save his soul’: Enthralled Lovers and Heathen Converts in ‘The Four Indian Kings Garland’”
James Perkins, Brigham Young University, “Bancroft, America, and the Enlightenment Ethic”

Seminar 27: The Classical Influence
Chair: Susan Spencer, University of Central Oklahoma
John Burke, University of Alabama, “Dryden, the Shield of Aeneas, and the Politics of Restoration England”
Trisina Dickerson, University of South Florida, “Classical Influences and Katherine Philips: A Critique of Marriage Culture”
Zebulun Q. Weeks, BYU—Idaho, “John Adams and the Metaphor of the Balance.”


Seminar 28: Religion in the Age of Enlightenment
Chair: Brett C. McInelly, Brigham Young University
Samara Cahill, Nanyang Technological University, “Porn, Popery, and Mahometanism: Responses to the London Earthquakes of 1750”
Horace L. Fairlamb, University of Houston—Victoria, “Kantian Religion and the Prison House of Epistemology”
Patrick Mello, University of Notre Dame, “Re-imagining Monmouth: Flying Catholics and the Specter of Jacobitism in Robert Paltock’s The Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins

Seminar 29: Samuel Johnson Turns 301
Chair: David Paxman, Brigham Young University
Katherine Kickel, Miami University, “Affect and Reason/Virtue and Vice in the Lives of the Poets
John Schwiebert, Weber State University, “Samuel Johnson and Don Quixote
Ken Ericksen, Linfield College, “Samuel Johnson’s Padlock: Prurience Among Current Biographers”

Seminar 30: From Animal Rights to Poetic Rites: Natural and Social Hierarchies in Eighteenth-Century Poetry
Fort Douglas
Chair: Judith C. Mueller, Franklin & Marshall College
Katherine M. Quinsey, University of Windsor, “’Joint Tenant of the Shade’: Pope and Animal Rights”
Judith C. Mueller, Franklin & Marshall College, “Subversive Animal Minds in Blake”
Annelise Duerden, Brigham Young University, “Rethinking the Eighteenth-Century Tradition of the Laborer Poet: John Clare and the Ideologies of Authorship”

Seminar 31: Novels and Narration: Outsider Views of the Social and Solitary I
Chair: Kristen Hague, Mesa State College
Kristen Hague, Mesa State College, “Shifting Notions of Self: Masquerade and Desire in Haywood’s Fantomina
Randy Phillis, Mesa State College, “Victim or Rabble-Rouser?: Caleb Williams as Anarchist in William Godwin’s Novel”
Mary Ann Rooks, Kent State University—Stark, “Spectacular Vice, Yawning Virtue: Sarah Fielding’s Lives of Cleopatra and Octavia


Lunch Ballroom 1

Special Session for Undergraduate and Graduate Students: “Conference Etiquette and Presenting Strategies, a Discussion,” hosted by Gloria Eive and Phyllis Thompson


Seminar 32: Hume and the Usual Suspects II
Chair: E. M. Dadlez and J. W. Mock, University of Central Oklahoma
E. M. Dadlez, University of Central Oklahoma, “Eighteenth-Century Philosophers on Tragedy”
Svetlana Beggs, University of California—Riverside, “Moral Judgments and the Authority of Conscience in Joseph Butler’s Ethics”

Seminar 33: Novels and Narration: Outsider Views of the Social and Solitary II
Chair: Kristen Hague, Mesa State College
Katherine Elizabeth Curtis, University of Central Florida, “Overcoming Her Silence: The Agency of an Outsider Perspective in Austen’s Persuasion
Adele H. Bealer, University of Utah, “’A Monstrous Jumble of Heterogeneous Principles’: Personal Integrity and National Identity in Smollett’s Humphry Clinker
Alf Seegert, University of Utah, “Knotty Problems of Narrative Identity in Tristram Shandy

Seminar 34: The Art of Sociability in the Eighteenth Century
Fort Douglas
Chair: Daniel Lupton, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Daniel Lupton, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “Sociability and Aesthetic Sensitivity in Shaftesbury and Smith”
David Hagan, Wartburg College, “Diderot and the Paradox of Human Sociability”
Ashlee Whitaker, Springville Museum of Art, “Dairy Culture: the Fashionable Realm of the Ornamental Pleasure Dairy in Eighteenth-Century Landscape Parks”

Seminar 35: Literature and Science II
Chair: Kathryn Stasio, Saint Leo University
Jessie Leatham Wirkus, Brigham Young University, “Davy’s ‘Poetic Gas’: Pleasure and Utility in Late-Enlightenment Poetry and Science”
Barbara Duffey, University of Utah, “Toward a Unified Field Theory of Charlotte Smith’s Elegiac Sonnets”
William Chalmers, Idaho State University, “A Genre Study of Explorer Narratives of the late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries in the New World”


Seminar 36: Approaches to Overlooked Texts
Chair: Colby H. Kullman, University of Mississippi
Lisa Kroger, Mississippi State University, “The Ghost in the Gothic: The Female Struggle in Regina Maria Roche’s Clermont
Gloria Eive, Emerita, St. Mary’s College of California, “The Chronicles of Cavaliere Carlo Zanelli di Faenza: Romagnolo Pomp and Real Politick, 1742-45”
Janet Wolf, SUNY—Cortland, “The Captives: John Gay’s Serious Opera Libretto?”

Seminar 37: Courting Clio: History and the Long Eighteenth Century
Chair: Robert C. Steensma, University of Utah
Christopher Fritsch, Weatherford College, “From Quaker to Courtier: William Penn’s Writings and His Use of the Past”
Paul Kerry, Brigham Young University, “Scholarly Assessments of Benjamin Franklin in the Wake of his Tercentenary”
Robert C. Steensma, University of Utah, “’So Ancient and Noble a Nation’: Sir William Temple’s History of Early England”
Steven Stryer, University of Dallas, “Pope’s Essay on Man: Philosophy as Covert History”

Seminar 38: Teaching the Eighteenth Century—a Roundtable Discussion
Fort Douglas
Chair: Mary Ann Rooks, Kent State University—Stark
Kristin Hague, Mesa State University
Randy Phillis, Mesa State University
Laura Balladur, Bates College

Seminar 39: Sociability and Solitude in the Periodical Essay
Chair: Dale Katherine Ireland, California State University—East Bay and Las Positas College
Sally Demarest, Cuesta College, “Haywood’s Hermits: The Function of Solitude in The Female Spectator and Other Works by Eliza Haywood”
Sean Ireland, California State University—East Bay, “Establishing Ethos in the Eighteenth-Century Periodical Essay”
Zina Krivoruk, California State University—East Bay, “Johnson and Addison on Authorship”


Closing banquet and plenary - Ballroom 1

Kevin Cope, Louisiana State University, “Fanfares for Robots, Jokes for Geniuses: Rhythms, Recluses, Rarities, Results”

Kevin Cope’s plenary address will be followed by an evening of eighteenth-century music and dance, conducted by Music Master Gloria Eive and Dance Masters Frieda Koeninger and Cindy Gratz.

The closing banquet and plenary are sponsored by the Brigham Young University Department of English and College of Humanities, and the J. Willard Marriott Library and the Obert and Grace Tanner Humanities Center, University of Utah.