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Skirvin Hilton Lobby Program
 East Meets West in the Long Eighteenth Century

South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
41st Annual Meeting, February 25-27, 2016

    Here in the exact center of the United States, where the west meets the east at the "Crossroads of America," we will hold this year's conference in the the elegant and historic Skirvin Hilton in downtown Oklahoma City, whose lobby is pictured to the right. Centrally located amidst art deco style buildings with restaurants, shopping, and the city's major tourist attractions within walking distance (there is also an underground tunnel to parts of the city in case the February weather is exceptionally inclement, and a trolley system for those who prefer not to walk), the hotel is over 100 years old. It was built originally for oil and cattle barons, and the lush decor, beautifully restored in 2007, reflects its heritage. As an added bonus, it's haunted, too!

Conference Bonus!

The University of Central Oklahoma will host an Asian Studies Development Program workshop, to be held at the Skirvin Hilton all day on Thursday, February 25, and a follow-up series of panel discussions on various aspects of Asian and Middle Eastern culture, politics, and history on the following day. The sponsors have invited SCSECS members to attend any one of these talks on either day, so if you want to come a bit early or do some "corridor crossing" during our concurrent panels on Thursday or Friday, this might be a chance to increase your knowledge of Confucian philosophy, traditional music, or Chinese sitcoms.

Both the ASDP group and SCSECS will enjoy a plenary luncheon at the Oklahoma City Petroleum Club, located directly across the plaza from the Skirvin Hilton. The luncheon will feature a presentation by Elizabeth Wichmann-Walczak of the University of Hawai'i. Professor Wichmann-Walczak is a leading expert in the United States on Jingjù, which got its start in the reign of Emperor Qianlong (1711-1799), sixth emperor of the Qing Dynasty.

Dr. Wichmann-Walczak will be joined by five of her students, who will demonstrate performance techniques. Although it is sometimes referred to as "Beijing opera," Jingjù is a complex, uniquely Chinese form of traditional theater that combines song, speech, dance, acting, acrobatics, and staged combat.

The presentation will be preceded by a selection of arias by 18th-century western composers influenced by eastern themes and techniques. All in all, it is bound to be an unforgettable event. The Petroleum Club itself--a private club for Oklahoma City's oil and gas executives, located at the penthouse of the second-highest building in the city with sweeping views of the capital building and other local landmarks--would be well worth the trip in itself.

SCSECS Program, February 25-27 2016



"Religion in the Age of Enlightenment." Brett McInelly, Brigham Young University

Lynée Lewis Gaillet, Georgia State University, "Not Just the Methodist Madonna: Susanna Wesley as Early Bluestocking and Feminist Religious Leader"
Roger Lund, Le Moyne College, "Divine Epigram: Robert South and the Problem of Extempore Prayer"
Brett C. McInelly, Brigham Young University, "Anti-Methodism in the American Colonies"

"The Rape of the Lock as Microcosm of Eighteenth-Century England." John Scanlan, Providence College

Jiahong Wang, Pittsburg State University, "Like Poet, Like Persona: Mischievous Pope and Mysterious Clarissa"
Randee Baty, Pittsburg State University, "Ombre, Violence, and The Rape of the Lock"
Glenn Storey, Pittsburg State University, "Belinda, Clarissa, Thalestris… Queen Anne?: Failures of Female Agency in The Rape of the Lock"

2:45-3:45: One-hour Special Session:

"A Bold Stroke for a Wife: Social Spaces and Social Networking." Kit Kincade, Indiana State University

Megan Gibson, University of Tulsa, "Susanna Centlivre’s A Bold Stroke for a Wife: Disguise and Mobile Identity in the Social Spaces of London"
Jim Kilfoyle, Southwestern University (Georgetown TX), "Better than a Bayonet in the Throat: Networking in Centlivre’s A Bold Stroke for a Wife"


"The Performing Arts." Ashley Bender, Texas Women's University

Stacey Jocoy, Texas Tech University, "Tales from the Spice Islands: Exoticism and Musical Imagery in The Island Princess (1699)"
Ted Honea, University of Central Oklahoma, "Mozart and the Rhetoric of Classical Form"
Cheryl Homen, University of Central Oklahoma, "The Flamenco Fiesta Phenomenon"

"Teaching the Eighteenth Century: An Interdisciplinary Roundtable." Part One. Victoria Warren, Binghamton University

Laura Stevens, University of Tulsa, "Bridging Time by Teaching Place"
Preea Leelah, Oberlin College, "Teaching the French Enlightenment"
Victoria Warren, Binghamton University, "Teaching 18th-Century Britain in U.S. Academic-Writing Courses"
Amanda Hiner, Winthrop University, "Coxcombs, Coffeehouses, and Cognitive Dissonance: Integrating Cognitive Literary Theory into the 18th-Century British Literature Classroom"
James M. McGinnis, James Madison University, "Teaching the Interdisciplinary Course on the Enlightenment"

5:45: Performance: traditional Japanese Taiko drummers, courtesy of the University of Central Oklahoma's Japanese Student Association

6:00-8:00: Reception for both the SCSECS meeting and the Chinese Society and Culture workshop

6:30: Performance: Chinese popular music, sung by Monika (Yixuan Han), courtesy of the University of Central Oklahoma's School of Music



"Asia in the Eighteenth Century." Susan Spencer, University of Central Oklahoma

Richard Serrano, Rutgers University, "Clothing Korea in Western Garb: Shin Yubok (1758-?) in the 21st Century"
Raven Johnston, University of Texas at Tyler, "The Gothic 'Apprehension' of Akinari Ueda's Tales of Moonlight and Rain"
Susan Spencer and Nhu Nguyen, "Opposites Attract—and Repel: Talent versus Fate in Nguyễn Du's Tale of Kiều"

"Native America." Anastasia Wickham, University of Central Oklahoma

Brandon Downing, University of Central Oklahoma, "'We are now in a grievous distressed condition': Impact of Delaware Performative Violence during the Seven Years' War."
Dave Heaverin, University of Central Oklahoma, "The Vann Paradox: A Family at the Epicenter of the British-Cherokee Collision"
Keith Byerman, Indiana State University, "Franklin, Jefferson, and the Indians"

"Hume and the Usual Suspects." James W. Mock, University of Central Oklahoma

James W. Mock, University of Central Oklahoma, "David Hume, George Dickie, and Immanuel Kant; Hume's Better Way"
Michael F. Patton, University of Montevallo, "Hume vs. Democracy"
Stefan B. Forrester, University of Montevallo, "Hume on the Self: This is Not Buddhism"
Rick Chew, University of Central Oklahoma, "Talking social justice with postmodernist friends: A Defense of the 18th-Century Concept of Rights"

"Unexpected Encounters: Eighteenth-Century Settings When We Least Expect Them." Hans Rudolf Nollert, University of Central Oklahoma

Elizabeth Sharpe Overman, University of Central Oklahoma, "Reconsidering Jerusalem"
Hans Rudolf Nollert, University of Central Oklahoma, "Bubbles into the Wind: the 18th-Century Economy blows through Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood"
Paul McCallum, Pittsburg State University, "Satire and the Problem of Time: Evelyn Waugh and the Eighteenth Century"

10:45-11:00: Pamela Washington, Dean of University of Central Oklahoma's College of Fine Arts and Design: welcome and introductions at the Petroleum Club

10:50-11:45: Western opera presentation and arias. Host: Breck McGough

“Ella mi, vuol confondere” from Pimpinone by Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
Sung by Zachary deVault
“Crude furie degli orridi abissi” from Serse by Georg Friedrich Handel (1685-1759)
Sung by Amber Zuniga
“Lascia ch’io pianga” from Rinaldo by Georg Friedrich Handel
Sung by Shiting Liu
“Che faro senza Euridice?” from Orfeo and Euridice by Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-1787)
Sung by Pei Yi
“Pallid’ ombre” from Mitridate by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Sung by Teresa Swallow
“Nur mutig, mein Herze” from Zaide by Mozart
Sung by Zachary DeVault
“Non disperar” from Giulio Cesare by Georg Frideric Handel
Sung by Ying Feng

11:50-12:30: Lunch

12:45-1:45: Presentation by Elizabeth Wichmann-Walczak and her students: Jingjù


"Rome in the Eighteenth Century." Jessica Sheetz-Nguyen, University of Central Oklahoma

Jennifer Airey, University of Tulsa, "'What Crowds of Beautiful Temples are Fallen to the Dust': Religious Mutability in Shelley's Valerius: the Reanimated Roman."
Melody Nishinaga, "Arcangelo Corelli: How one man made Rome a Musical Axis of the Western World."
James Marion McGinnis, James Madison University, "Pornographer or Pioneer? Richard Payne Knight and the Worship of Priapus."

"Austen: Beyond Pride & Prejudice." Cami Agan, Oklahoma Christian University

Elizabeth H. Battles, Texas Wesleyan University, "'It is only a novel': Reality and Realism in Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey"
Kathryn Duncan, St. Leo University, "The New Jane Austen: Zombies, Evolution, and the Buddha"
Eva Dadlez, University of Central Oklahoma, "Luck and Character in Jane Austen"

"Swift, Pope, and Their World." Paul W. Child, Sam Houston State University

Dayne C. Riley, University of Tulsa, "Masculine Friendship and Satire in 'An Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot' and 'Some Verses on the Death of Dr. Swift D.S.P.D'"
Paul Child, Sam Houston State University, "Swift and the Doctors"
University of Central Oklahoma Conference Extra: Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

"The Films of Yasujirō Ozu." Chair: John Parris Springer

Wayne Stein, "The Samsara of Empathy: Forms of Filial Piety in Ozu"
Keegan Cremin, "Wind the clock, it's about to stop: On Ozu's An Autumn Afternoon"


"Approaches to Overlooked Texts." Colby Kullman, University of Mississippi

Gloria Eive, St. Mary's College, "Napoleon's Revolution and Italian Resistance in the Papal States"
Christopher Hepburn, Texas Tech University, "On the Silent Music in Ann Radcliffe's The Romance of the Forest"
Mimi Gladstein, University of Texas at El Paso, "Volumes of Villains: Aphra's Ample Arsenal"
Kristen L. Hague, Colorado Mesa University, "Unfinished Business: Sidney Bidulph's Problematic Legacy"

"France and the World." Richard Serrano, Rutgers University

Karen Manna, University of Central Oklahoma, "English Fops and French Petits-maîtres: trans-Channel sociability and gender politics in theatrical comedies"
Blanca Missé, University of California at Berkeley, "Volney's Voyage en Syrie et en Egypte (1785): A Materialist Critique of Orientalism?"

"Researching, Teaching, and Learning: Images of 18th-Century Contact." Alistair S. Maeer, Southeastern Oklahoma State University

Alistair S. Maeer, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, "Sailing East: Iconic Imagery of a Common Sailor, Edward Barlow 1659-1702"
Jessica J. Patton, Tarrant County College, "Teaching Comparative Empires: Documenting French and British Colonialism in North America"
Brooke Glory, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, "From West to East: Broadening the Scope of Shifting Perspectives in Native America"
University of Central Oklahoma Conference Extra: Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

"Palestine and Persia: Negotiating Boundaries in the Middle East" Chair: Andrew Magnusson

Husam Mohamad, “Current Changes in Israeli-Palestinian Relations”
Hanan Awad, “The Forced Displacement of the Bedouin Communities in the West Bank”
Andrew Magnusson, “Zoroastrians in Islamic Thought from the Qur’an to ISIS.”


East Meets West Concert: performed by Melody Nishinaga (composer), harpsichord; Natalie Syring, Baroque flute; Raven Cornman, Baroque violin; and Meryl Geib, Baroque cello

I. Autumn (Tree)
II. Winter (Plum Flowers)
III. Spring (Peonies)
IV. Summer (Lotus)

Melody Hung Nishinaga is a harpsichordist, teaching artist, and composer. She received a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School, and undergraduate degrees in English and music from the University of California, Berkeley. She has performed nationally and internationally as a soloist and continuo player. As a composer, Ms. Nishinaga is particularly interested in creating intersections between Chinese and Western music, and has been particularly influenced by the art and poetry created by her grandparents. Read more:



"Me, Us, and The Other: Creating a Sense of the Self in a Psychologically Ambivalent Environment." Keith Byerman, Indiana State University

David Macey, University of Central Oklahoma, "Observing the Horizon: Identity, Objectification, and the Limits of Candor in Locke and Behn"
Richard Frohock, Oklahoma State University, "Defoe’s Captain Singleton (1720) and National Identity"
Omar Moumni, International University of Rabat-Morocco, "Early American Encounters with Barbarians: Eliza Bradley as a Case Study."

"Women Traverse the Globe: trekkers and travelers." Phyllis Thompson, East Tennessee State University

Shirley Tung, Kansas State University, "East Meets West in Elysium: Liminal Landscapes in Montagu's Letters from Turkey and Italy"
David Paxman, Brigham Young University, "The Figure of the Traveler in Cavendish and Montagu"
Suzanne Sutton, University of Central Oklahoma, "Mariana Starke: Traveling Beyond the Woman's Sphere"

East Meets West: Old and New Customs and Ideas--Cultural Resistance and Change in the 18th Century, Session I. Gloria Eive, St. Mary’s College & ECCB Fine Arts Field Editor

Autumn Finley, Oklahoma State University, "Fashionable Consumerism: The Female Virtue"
Linda Reesman, Queensborough Community College "The Clouds and Blossoms of Coleridge's Philosophic Imagination: Cross-Cultural Impressions"
Phillip Harvey, University of Central Oklahoma, "Eye Against the Glass: Peering into the Letters of John Keats"
Lauren Riepl, University of Central Oklahoma, "The Care of the Poor and Sick at the turn of the Nineteenth Century"


"It Happens in the East and it Happens in the West: Sunrise, Sunset, Dawn, Dusk, Twilight." Kevin L. Cope, Louisiana State University

Samara Cahill, Nanyang Technological University, "Man in the Moonlight: Jacobite Myth and the 'Knowledge of Things.'"
Baerbel Czennia, McNeese State University, "Accommodating the Orient: English Country Seats, Landscape Gardens, and Sun Worship."
Murray Brown, Georgia State University, "Art as Artifice: Loutherbourg and Light."

"East Meets West: Old and New Customs and Ideas--Cultural Resistance and Change in the 18th Century," Session II. Gloria Eive, St. Mary’s College & ECCB Fine Arts Field Editor

Frieda Koeninger, Sam Houston State University, "When Theory Confronts Practice; A Censor's Play: The Forced Marriage (El casamiento por fuerza)"
Francien Markx, George Mason University, "Goethe's West-östlicher Divan: A Creative Dialogue Between East and West"
Jim McGlathery, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne (Emeritus), "Wagner's Operas and German Romantic Literature: Lohengrin and Rheingold"

"Building National Identity and Influence, at Home and Abroad." Pamela Washington, University of Central Oklahoma

Kate Huber, University of Central Oklahoma, "Royall Tyler and Linguistic Cosmopolitanism in the Early American Republic."
Sheila Hwang, Webster University, "'The Likeness of a living Face': Capturing and Creating England in A Tour thro' the Whole Island of Great Britain and Eighteenth-Century Maps."
Justin Jolly, University of Texas at Arlington, "War and Trade: The East India Company and the Campaign in Manila, 1762-1764"

12:00-2:00 - lunch break, graduate student lunch, and business meeting


"Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Long Eighteenth Century." Kathryn Duncan, Saint Leo University

Holly Kreidler, University of Central Oklahoma and Swansea University, "Swipe Left: From Medieval Arabic 'Melancholia' to the 'Depression' of Samuel Johnson."
Christopher Brooks, Wichita State University, "Affect Theory, Shaming, and Two Eighteenth-Century Comedies: Theory and Drama."
Matthew Landers, University of Puerto Rico - Recinto de Mayagüez, "Transhumanism and Enlightenment Optimism."

"Challenging Gender Assumptions and Patriarchy." Marilyn Button, Lincoln University

Norman Miller, Indiana State University, "Anne Finch's Response to Pope and Herrick: Questioning the Patriarchy in the Eighteenth Century."
Ashley Schoppe, University of Tulsa, “Always ambitious of having me appear to advantage”: Rejecting Fashion in Georgiana Cavendish’s Emma; or, The Unfortunate Attachment and The Sylph
Lily Coleman, University of Tulsa, "Female Sexual Desire and Unreliable Narratorship in Sophia Lee’s The Recess"
Ronald Weber, University of Texas at El Paso, "Elizabeth Foster and the Rediscovery of Rome"

"The East, Near and Far, in the Literary Gothic." Lindi Smith, University of Tulsa

John J. Burke, Jr., University of Alabama, "Occidental Orientalism in the Literary Gothic; or, How West Goes East."
Blake Connelly, University of Tulsa, "Moor, Zombie, or Satan? The Multifaceted Conflation of Stereotypes in Charlotte Dacre's Zofloya."
William January, University of Oklahoma, "The Promethean Sublime in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein."


"Teaching the Eighteenth Century: An Interdisciplinary Roundtable." Part Two. Victoria Warren, Binghamton University

Sarah Morrow Cerniglia, Florida State University, "You CAN Take It With You: Teaching for Transfer Using the Long 18th Century"
John Shanahan, DePaul University, "Teaching Early Modern Drama Across the Pacific: Report on an Experiment"
Kit Kincade, Indiana State University, "Teaching Popular Culture in the 18th Century"
J.T. Scanlan, Providence College, "'Nobody Can be Taught Faster than He Can Learn': The Significance of Students' Intellectual Lives"

The Food Panel. Need We Say More? Susan Spencer, University of Central Oklahoma, and Ashley Bender, Texas Woman's University

Phyllis Thompson, East Tennessee State University
Teresa Mirll, University of Central Oklahoma
Kerbie Addis, University of Central Oklahoma
Phyllis Thompson, East Tennessee State University

6:00-7:00 - farewell banquet

7:00-8:30 - cocktails and plenary presentation: Meet the Editors.

Kevin Cope, 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era
Eve Tavor Bannet, Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture
John Scanlan, The Age of Johnson
And more!
Publication Opportunity

Papers presented at this conference are eligible for submission to Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, an interdisciplinary journal published annually for the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) by the Johns Hopkins University Press. SECC publishes revised versions of papers read at national and regional conferences of ASECS and its affiliate societies. Now digitized as part of Project Muse, SECC is included in the membership fees of Sponsors and Patrons of ASECS.

For the 2016-17 volume (47) the editors encourage theoretically informed, academically rigorous essays that reflect new directions for research in the field of eighteenth-century culture, including literature, history, art history, theater and performance studies, music, ethnic studies, transnational studies, women's and gender studies, etc. Essays from previously under-represented disciplines are particularly welcome.

The deadline for submission is August 18, 2016.

In addition to individual papers, we invite panel chairs and/or participants to submit panels of 3-4 papers (in the case of double or triple sessions on the same topic, these can be selected from different sessions). The papers should be revised into 5000-word essays, and prefaced by a short introduction, situating the topic in the profession. Those interested are encouraged to send a proposal to Professor Eve Tavor Bannet at the University of Oklahoma: Include short abstracts of the suggested papers in advance of revised papers--but please ensure that participants are willing to revise them first.

Click here for further information and additional submission guidelines.

For further information about the conference, please contact the current SCSECS president and conference organizer:

Susan Spencer
Professor of English
University of Central Oklahoma

100 N. University Dr., Box 184
Edmond, OK 73034