Dreaming and Becoming

The 36th Annual Conference of the South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

February 17, 18th, and 19th, 2011
King and Prince Hotel, Saint Simon's Island, Georgia

The eighteenth century was a period of great enthusiasm for experimentation. In government, in economics, in religion, in all the sciences as they came to be established, in publication, in all the arts, in short, all were keen on implementing what were largely theoretical (and quite often utopian) notions.

This year's theme is Dreaming and Becoming, and (among other things, of course) we will consider the slippage, sometimes fortunate and other times not, between what was thought to be coming and what came to be.

Conference Program (Open program in a new window)
Thursday | Friday | Saturday

Thursday, February 17

11 am-12 noon
Welcome Luncheon
Presenter: Robert Sattelmeyer, "Slavery with a Twist."

Thursday, 12 noon-1:45 pm

"Becoming New Again: How Literature Reinterprets the Past in the Long Eighteenth Century."
Chair: Mary Katherine Mason, Georgia State University. (Lanier I)
1. Mary Katherine Mason, Georgia State University "Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery: Rasselas as an Imitation of Ecclesiastes."
2. Lelania Ottoboni, Georgia State University, "The Beggar's Opera: John Gay's Subversion through Form."
3. Christopher Davis, Georgia State University, "Protofeminism and Lady Mary Wortley Montagu's Town Eclogues."

"Religion in the Age of Enlightenment (I)."
Chair: Brett McInelly, Brigham Young University. (Lanier II)
1. John Dussinger, University of Illinois, "Richardson and the Oxford Methodists."
2. Scott Pett, Georgia State University, "Religious Literacy and the Influences of Dr. Thomas Bray."
3. Brett C. McInelly, Brigham Young University, "Methodists on the Move in The Spiritual Quixote."

"Unbecoming Becomings: Radical Transformation in Eighteenth-century Fiction."
Chair: Elizabeth Tasker Davis, Stephen F. Austin University. (Lanier III)
1. Kristen Hague, Mesa State College, " '[S]upposing Romances were Real Pictures of Life': Educating The Female Quixote."
2. Jane Blanchard, Independent Scholar, "Consummating Virtue, or, Becoming Mrs. B."
3. David Paxman, Brigham Young University, "Bridget Blifil of Tom Jones Reconsidered."
4. Elizabeth Tasker Davis, Stephen F. Austin State University, "Localizing the Exotic: A Comparison of the Transatlantic Female Gaze in Behn's Oroonoko and Lennox's Euphemia."

Thursday, 2:00-3:45 pm

"Dreams and Endeavours: Resolutions in Arts and Letters in the Long Eighteenth Century (II)."
Chair: Stacey Jocoy, Texas Technical University (Lanier I)
1. Kelly Malone, Sewanee: The University of the South, "Gawking in Gulliver's Travels."
2. Martha Lawler, Noel Collection, Louisiana State University-Shreveport, "Is She or Isn't She": Perceptions of Women in Society and Literature."
3. Linda Reesman, City University of New York, "Coleridge's landscape romanticized: 'amid the jaggéd shadows.'"

"Re-envisioning Eighteenth-Century Rhetorical Practices in the Twenty-First Century Classroom."
Co-Chairs: Lynee Gaillet and Marta Hess, Georgia State University. (Lanier II)
1. Lara Smith-Sitton
2. Marta Hess
3. Lynee Gaillet

"Overlooked Texts (I)."
Chair: Colby Kullman, The University of Mississippi (Lanier III)
1. Jennifer Naimark, Aims Community College, "Neutralizing Tooth and Claw in Bartram's Spring."
2. Shef Rogers, University of Otago, New Zealand, "Deliver'd Gratis to Such as Have Already Purchased the Book."
3. Suzanne Poor, Montclair State University, "A Quirky Aspect of Swift's Life."

Thursday, 4:00-5:45 pm

"Novel Developments: The Aspirations of 18th-Century Fiction."
Chair: Murray Brown, Georgia State University. (Lanier III)
1.Hella Bloom, University of North Texas, "Dressing Down in the 18th-Century Colonial Novel"
2. Alicia K. Hatcher, North Carolina Central University, "His Own Devices"
3. Barbara Benedict, Trinity College, CT, "'Male' and 'Female' Novels? Gendered Fictions and Gendering them, 1770-1820."
4. Peter H. Pawlowicz, East Tennessee State University, "Reading and Revery: Novel Dangers."

Friday, February 18

8:00-9:45 am

"Dreaming and (Dis)enchantment in the Eighteenth-Century."
Chair: Carla Gerona, Georgia Institute of Technology. (Lanier I)
1. Dan Mills, Georgia State University, "A Pornotopia Turned Apocalyptic: Henry Neville's Isle of Pines and the Pessimism of Perfection."
2. Katherine Clark, University of Kansas, "Defoe, Dreams, and Re-enchantment of the Modern World."
3. Leslie Tuttle, University of Kansas, "Civilizing the Republic of Dreams in France's Long Eighteenth Century."

"The Famous and the Eternal: Papers on Skulls, the Animal After-Life, Realities of Medmenham Abbey, and Pope's Mots Justes."
Chair: Sayre Greenfield, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. (Lanier II)
1. Judith Mueller, Franklin & Marshall, "Imagining Nature and the Natural" or perhaps "Nature and Animals in the Afterlife."
2. Brijraj Singh, Hostos Community College of CUNY (Emeritus), "What Really Went on in Medmenhan Abbey?"
3. Sayre Greenfield, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, "The Impact of Laurence Sterne upon Yorick's Skull."
4. Don Nichol, Memorial University, St. John's, NL, Canada, "To Err is Popean: An Essay on Criticism @ 300."

"Traversing Jane Austen in the Long Eighteenth Century."
Chair: Mary Katherine Mason, Georgia State University. (Lanier III)
1. Kathryn Huie, Georgia State University, "Letters as Narrative in Jane Austen's Emma."
2. Jordan Hobson, Georgia State University, "Recovering Metafictional Analysis for the Long Eighteenth Century Canon: A Case Study in Jane Austen."
3. Irene I. Fizer, Hofstra University, "The Residues She Leaves: Narrating Waste in Sense and Sensibility."
4. Jane Blanchard, Independent Scholar, "The Passion of Persuasion at the White Hart Inn."

Friday, 10:00-11:45 am

"Dreams and Endeavours: Resolutions in Arts and Letters in the Long Eighteenth Century (III)."
Chair: Linda Reesman, City University of New York. (Lanier I)
1. Gloria Eive, Saint Mary's College of California, "Entertaining Uninvited Guests: Italian Opera in an Austrian War."
2. Stacey Jocoy, Texas Technical University, "Dreaming the British Nation Through Songs."

"Jonathan Swift's Realities."
Chair: Connie Capers Thorson, University of New Mexico. (Lanier II)
1. James L. Thorson, University of New Mexico, "Swift and the Afterlife: Three Poems."
2. Daniel Lupton, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, "A Misanthrope Among Men: Swift and His Clubs."
3. Louise K. Barnett, Rutgers University, "Swift's Political Career: Dreaming and Becoming."

"An Uncommon Nexus: Plantations, Pirates and Printers in Wars of Representation."
Chair: Jo Anne Harris, Georgia Institute of Technology. (Lanier III)
1. Paulette Richards, Georgia Institute of Technology, "Priestly Paternity in the Memoirs of Father Labat."
2. Virginia Stewart, Roanoke College, "Stedman and His Joanna: Representing a 'Surinam Marriage' to Eighteenth-Century Europe."
3. Jo Anne Harris, Georgia Institute of Technology, "Representing Contradictory Worlds: Planters and Missionaries in Guyana."
4. Emiel Martens, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, "Colonial History in/of the Pirate Adventure Film."

Graduate Student Luncheon

Friday, 1:15-3:00 pm

"Religion in the Age of Enlightenment (II)."
Chair: Brett McInelly, Brigham Young University. (Lanier I)
1. Morgan Strawn, University of Wisconsin-Madison, "'A Longer Arm and a Stronger Hand': William Cowper, George III, and Clerical Reform."
2. Patrick Osborne, Tallahassee Community College, "Breaking Contract/Keeping Covenant: Rediscovering God's Grace in George Lillo's The London Merchant."
3. Matt Slykhuis, University of Northern British Columbia, "Dwelling in Mysteries: The Difficult Union of Faith and Reason in Coleridge and Byron."

"The Future: Renderings of Time to Come in both Colloquial (What Will I be Doing Tomorrow?) and Wondrous (What Can be done to Perfect Life in Times and places to Come?) Idioms and Palettes."
Chair: Kevin L. Cope, Louisiana State University. (Lanier II)
1. Baerbel Czennia, McNeese State University, "Travels into the Unknown: Dreaming One's Way Toward New Destinations of the Long Eighteenth Century."
2. Kevin L. Cope, Louisiana State University, "The Timing of the Ever-Lengthening Eighteenth Century: Or, Why the Enlightenment is Always Ahead of its Clock, our Clock, or Any Clock."
3. Daren Hodson, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, "Satire, Sect and Philosophie: The Case of Pelleport's Les Bohémiens."
4. Dwight Codr, Tulane University, "'An arrangement for futurity': Primitive Society and Anticipatory Subjects."

"The Classical Influence."
Chair: Susan Spencer, University of Central Oklahoma. (Lanier III)
1. James M. McGinnis, James Madison University, "Sedley's Bellamira as Whig Comedy."
2. John Burke, University of Alabama, "Dryden and the Marcellus Moment in Vergil's Aeneid."
3. Catherine Fleming, University of Virginia, "In Aesop's Footsteps: Swift's Spider and Bee."
4. Susan Spencer, University of Central Oklahoma, "Puncturing the Pundits: Imitations of Lucian in Early 18th-Century Satire."

"Dreaming of Justice."
Chair: Kathryn Temple, Georgetown University. (Butler Room)
1. Margaret Greaves, Emory University, "Feudal Authority in the Colonial Gothic Novel."
2. Jessica James, California State University, Long Beach, "Virtunomics: Class, Virtue and Moral Authority in Charlotte Lennox's Henrietta."
3. Joseph Rudman, Carnegie Mellon University, "The 'Federalist' Papers as Collaboration."
4. April Stevens, Vanderbilt University, "Dreaming of Liberty: Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Colonialism in the Eighteenth Century."

Friday, 3:15-5:00 pm

"Overlooked Texts (II)."
Chair: Colby Kullman, The University of Mississippi. (Lanier I)
1. Alice Cushman, Tarleton State University, "What Not to Wear, Eighteenth Century Style: the Fashion Caricatures of James Gillray (1790-1810)."
2. Janet Wolf , Cortland State University, "The Mother-in-Law from Hell, the Faithful Wife, and the Amazon: the Women in Handel's Ottone."
3. Gloria Eive, Emerita, Saint Mary's College of California, "Bonnie Prince Charlie Goes to the Opera -- First Lessons in Royal Politicking."

"Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Long Eighteenth Century (I)."
Chair: Kathryn Stasio, Saint Leo University. (Lanier II)
1. Shannon Greer, Saint Leo University, "Painter of the Prominent: The Exceptional Portraits of Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun."
2. Karen Bryant, Saint Leo University, "From 'Raw Boys' to 'Complete Gentlemen': Identity Construction in the Age of the Grand Tour."
3. Joshua Davis, University of Mississippi, "Left to Her Weaving: Charlotte Lucas and the Myth of Arachne."

"Plays, Playhouses, Actors, Acting: Theater in the Long Eighteenth Century."
Chair: Linda Troost, Washington & Jefferson College. (Lanier III)
1. Candy B. K. Schille, Georgia Southern University, "'The King His Play': Charles II, Christina of Sweden, and Dryden's Secret Love."
2. Ian Small, University of York, "Building a Monarchy: Tate Wilkinson's Creation of his Yorkshire Theatre Circuit 1766-1803."
3. Sarah Morrow, Florida State University, "Acts of (Mis)Reading: Proximate Cause, Social Order, and the Development of Lewis Theobald's The Fatal Secret."

"Hume and the Usual Suspects (I)."
Chair: James W. Mock, University of Central Oklahoma. (Butler Room)
1. Gregory L. Reece, Independent Scholar, "David Hume and Fortean Phenomena."
2. Laura M. Bernhardt, Buena Vista University, "Humean Music."
3. James W. Mock, University of Central Oklahoma, "Influences by and upon David Hume and His Development 'Of the Standard of Taste.'"

5:15-6:00 pm
Business Meeting
Butler Room

7:00-9:00 pm
Plenary Banquet
Delegal Dining Room
Plenary speaker: James May, Pennsylvania State University - DuBois
"The Blundering Print Trade and Accidents that Befall Books: Mistakes that Need Watching."

9:15-11:00 pm
AMS Reception
Seek and Ye Shall Find

Saturday, February 19

8:00-9:45 am

"Dreams and Endeavours: Resolutions in Arts and Letters in the Long Eighteenth Century (I)."
Chair: Gloria Eive, St Mary's College of California. (Lanier I)
1. Jim McGlathery, Emeritus, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, "Passion in Gluck's Alceste."
2. Beth K. Aracena, Eastern Mennonite University, "Musical Imagination in Calderón's Autos sacramentales."
3. Frieda Koeninger, Sam Houston University, "Dreaming in Madrid: Santos Díez González; Theater Censor and Frustrated Playwright."

"Hume and the Usual Suspects (II)."
Chair: James W. Mock, University of Central Oklahoma. (Lanier II)
1. Stefan B. Forrester, University of Montevallo,"Of Tragedy and Of the Standard of Taste: The Question of Hume's Aesthetic Formalism."
2. Michael F. Patton, Jr., University of Montevallo, "Hume's Evolutionary Musings?: Hume's Account of Self-Organization and Complexity."
3. Tony Ficarrotta, Georgetown University, "Against a Kantian Self in Hume - How Not to Read the Appendix."

"Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Long Eighteenth Century (II)."
Chair: Kathryn Stasio, Saint Leo University. (Lanier III A)
1. Elizabeth Tasker Davis, Stephen F. Austin University, "Behind the Throne and Beside the Podium: An Interdisciplinary Reading of Female Influences in Eighteenth-Century Politics."
2. Rusell Gill, Elon University, "Authoritative Form in the Works of Dryden and Wren."
3. Cecilia Bolich, University of South Florida, and Kathryn Stasio, Saint Leo University, "Membership, Methodists, and the Mob: Reciprocity in The Expedition of Humphry Clinker."

"A Miscellany of Great Imagination."
Chair: Diane Kelley, University of Puget Sound. (Lanier III B)
1. Sarah Jordan, Albion College, "Let Me Be Manly": Boswell's Quest for British Manhood and The Life of Johnson."
2. Diane Kelley, University of Puget Sound, « Je suis mon ouvrage » : Forgery and La Princesse de Clèves."
3. Amy Hodges, University of Arkansas, "The Curious Countess: Literacy and Imagination in The Female Quixote."

"Generic Beginnings: Jonathan Swift as an Example of the Issues of Eighteenth-Century Satire."
Chair: Jaclyn Geller, Central Connecticut State University. (Butler Room)
1. Jaclyn Geller, Central Connecticut State University, "Swift's Domestic Satire."
2. Blanford Parker, Ave Maria University, "Swift's Early Modern Satire."
3. Drew Keane, Georgia State University, "Swift's Struldbruggs as a Commentary on the Human Condition."

Saturday, 10:00-11:45 pm

"Dreams and Endeavours: Resolutions in Arts and Letters in the Long Eighteenth Century (IV)."
Chair: Gloria Eive, St Mary's College of California. (Lanier I)
1. Francien Markx, George Mason University,"Waking up from the Dream of German Opera? E.T.A. Hoffmann and the 'Freischütz' Controversy in Early Nineteenth-Century Berlin."
2. Douglas Goodhart, Ethnomusicologist and Independent Scholar, "African Bell Patterns in North American Fiddling in the Long Eighteenth Century."

"Amazons, Bluestockings, Learned Ladies, and Other Deviant Women."
Chair: Temma Berg, Gettysburg College. (Lanier II)
1. Steve Gores, Northern Kentucky University, "The Very Practical Magic of the Ladies of Millenium Hall."
2. Samara Cahill, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, "'Counterfeiting Weakness': Mary Wollstonecraft and the Fictions of Femininity."
3. Frances Singh, Hostos Community College/CUNY, "Mix one virago, one dominie, two sexually-suspect schoolmistresses and an unwanted mixed-race adolescent, and stir: The Recipe that Caused an Edinburgh Boarding School to Collapse in 1810."
4. Temma Berg, Gettysburg College/East Carolina University, "Looking Smart: Towards an Iconography of the Learned Lady."

"The Gothic: Dreams, Schemes and Spectres..."
Chair: Franz Potter, National University. (Lanier III A)
1. Denise Tischler Millstein, Stephen F. Austin State University, "Northanger Abbey: Refusing to Become, Daring to Dream."
2. Colin Marlaire, National University, "The Frigate as British Icon: Dream of What Might[…]Ghost of What Was."
3. Franz J Potter, National University, "Schemes and Dreams of J. F. Hughes."
4. Jennifer Moen, Georgia State University, "The Great Grandchild of Sir Guy of Warwick and its Relationship to the Gothic Literary Genre of the Late Eighteenth Century."

"Enlargement of Mind: Religious, Aesthetic, and Political."
Chair: Michael Matthis, Lamar University. (Lanier III B)
1. Catherine Craft-Fairchild, University of St. Thomas (St. Paul), "Maria Edgeworth and America."
2. Brian Thomas, Campbell University, "The Concept of Humanism in the Philosophy of Immanuel Kant: The Anthropological Turn."
3. Michael Matthis, Lamar University, "Kant and the Problem of Enlargement."
4. Kevin Dodson, Lamar University, "Radical Evil, Gothic Horror, and the Grotesque."

"Hume and the Usual Suspects (III)."
Chair: James W. Mock, University of Central Oklahoma. (Butler Room)
1. Dabney Townsend, American Society for Aesthetics, "Hume’s Aesthetic Move: The Legitimization of Sentiment."
2. Peter S. Fosl, Transylvania University, "Habit, Custom, History and Hume's Critical Philosophy."
3. Horace (Bud) Fairlamb, University of Houston-Victoria, "Hume’s Sensibility and Psychoanalysis."

11:45 am -1:15 pm
Saturday Luncheon

Saturday, 1:15-3:00 pm

"Religion in the Age of Enlightenment (III)."
Chair: Brett McInelly, Brigham Young University. (Lanier I)
1. Jenna Kulasiewicz, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, "Enlightenment and Religious Deception in The Female American."
2. Mary Rooks, Kent State University-Stark, "Wherein Lies Virtue? Secular Matters and Godly Matters in the Works of Sarah Fielding."
3. Salim Rashid, University of Illinois, "Jonathan Swift and the Irish School of Development Economics."

"All Matters Corporeal in the Eighteenth Century."
Chair: Murray Brown, Georgia State University. (Lanier III)
1. Eric D. Larson, University of Arkansas, "'Hunger Knows no Friend': The Becoming and Un-becoming Consumer in Defoe's Robinson Crusoe and The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe."
2. Karen Dodson, Gainesville State College, "The Price of Virtue for the Eighteenth-Century Woman. "
3. Stanley Arnold, Northern Illinois University, "Reader Have You Ever Seen a Fight: Boxing and the Rise of Modern Sporting Culture in Regency London, 1780-1820."

1:15-5:00 pm
Outing to Fort Frederica

Trolleys will be running to the fort for approximately four hours. Weather permitting, there are demonstrations and other activities including re-enactors scheduled to be on site for most of Saturday. We have two trolleys running there and back, but we can't all go at the same time. We will begin making runs to the fort (approximately 30 minutes round trip) at about 1:15.