2007 Program

“On the Margins and in the Middle: Centers and Peripheries”
Kansas City, Missouri – October 12 – 13, 2007
Midwestern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

Friday, October 12
9:00 – 10:30
Westport Room: The Eighteenth-Century Other
Chair: Lexi Stuckey, University of Central Oklahoma
Lora E. Geriguis, La Sierra University, “‘The Romantic, the Intrepid, the Indefatigable’: Authorial Marginalization and Editorial Centeredness in James Bruce’s Travels to Discover the Source of the Nile.”
Will Harris, United Arab Emirates University, “Phyllis Weatley’s ‘Niobe in Distress’ and the British Slave Trade.”
Catherine-Craft Fairchild, University of St. Thomas, “The Merchant of Venice as a Test Case for Eighteenth-Century Anti- and Philo-Semitic Sentiments.”

McCoy Room: Architecture in the Center and in the Margins
Chair: Paul J. Young, Georgetown University
Paul J. Young, Georgetown University “Ce lieu de délices: Art and Imitation in the Libertine Cabinet.”
Melissa A. Deininger, University of Pittsburgh, “Sade’s Boudoirs: Sites of Privileged Pleasure.”

10:45 – 12:15
Westport Room: What’s Novel About the Novel?
Chair: Susan Spencer, University of Central Oklahoma
Huang-hua Louis Chen, Michigan State University, “Pamela and the Epistolary Margins and Wastes.”
John C. Traver, California State University – Chico “‘Calculated only to efface’: Richardson’s Pamela II, Allographic Sequels, and the Occupation of Center Stage.”
Erik Peterson, “The Man of Seeing: Sensible Panopticism in The History of Sir George Ellison.”

McCoy Room: The Continental Eighteenth Century and Beyond
Chair: Crystal B. Lake, University of Missouri-Columbia
Anna Baker, University of Virginia, “The Ugly Debate in German Thought: Physiognomy and Judgment.”
Ronald Rarick, Ball State University “Staying away from Paris: Pierre-Adrien Pâris on the Periphery.”
Jeanne Hageman, North Dakota State University, “Writing from the Margins: Women Playwrights at the Comédie italienne.”
Emily Friedman, University of Missouri-Columbia, “Napoleon on the Margins: Creating an End to the Revolution.”

12:15 – 2:00 – lunch on your own

2:00 – 3:30
Westport Room: Rhetoric, Writing, and Words
Chair: Sheila Hwang, Webster University
Anthony Lee, Kentucky Wesleyan College “Johnson’s Intertextuality and the ‘Life of Addison.'”
Sheila Hwang, Webster University, “The Anxiety of Advertising: The Case of Gowland’s Lotion.”

McCoy Room: Theatre
Chair: J. Karen Ray, Washburn University
Alex Garganigo, Austin College, “Oaths in Nathanial Lee’s Princess of Cleves.”
Richard B. Wolf, Mississippi State University, “From Margin towards Comedic Middle: Restoration Fools on the Eighteenth-Century Stage.”
J. Karen Ray, “The Rhetoric of Submission or the Reaffirmation of the Patriarchy in Eighteenth-Century Comedies by Men.”
Druann Bauer, Ohio Northern University, “Restoration Masculinity Defined and Illuminated through the Character of Pinchwife in The Country Wife.”

3:45 – 5:15
Westport Room: Eighteenth-Century Women I
Chair: Emily Friedman. University of Missouri-Columbia
Joelle Ward, Eastern New Mexico University, “‘Strange’ Woman: Marginalization and Early Feminism in Elizabeth Ashbridge’s Autobiography.”
Lori H. Zerne, West Virginia University, “‘What Have I To Do with Matrimony?”: The Governess and Marriage Ideology in Frances Burney’sCamilla.”
Eric Leuschner, Fort Hays State University, “Reading Jenny Cameron in the Margins.”
Stephanie Yingling Tamanaha, La Sierra University, “Mary in the Mirror or Mary in the Margins: Diverse Perspectives on the Advantages (or Disadvantages) of Female Beauty from the Central and Peripheral Positions of 18th-Century Upper-Class and Working-Class Female Poets.”

McCoy Room: The Gothic
Chair: James D. Jenkins, Valancourt Books
Allen Grove, Alfred University, “Were the first Gothics ‘Gothic’? Genre and the Horrors of Definition.”
Lexi Stuckey, University of Central Oklahoma, “The Flawed Phoenix: Problematic Destruction by Spontaneous Combustion in Wieland.”
Barrett Kalter, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, “Reading Walpole in the Dark: the Gothic and the Public Sphere.”

5:30 – 6:30 – Cocktail Reception

6:30 – 8:30 – Plenary Banquet
Devoney Looser, “The Ghost of Mary Wollstonecraft.”

Saturday, October 13
9:00 – 10:00 – MWASECS Business Meeting


10:15 – 11:45
Westport Room: Eighteenth-Century Women II
Chair: Kit Kincade, Indiana State University
Stephanie Hunter, University of Missouri-Columbia, “Emma and Image: How Illustrators Reshape Jane Austen’s Heroine.”
Jennifer Frangos, University of Missouri-Kansas City, “Anne Lister’s Cunning Stunts.”

McCoy Room: Thinking About the Edges of Empires
Chair: Bejamin Pauley, Eastern Connecticut State University
Denise Galarza Sepúlveda, Lafayette College, “Marginal Nobility: Redefining Status in Eighteenth-Century Peru.”
Colum Leckey, Piedmont Virginia Community College, “The Russian Free Economic Society: Enlightenment without Philosophes.”
Benjamin Pauley, Eastern Connecticut State University, “The Whole World is in Motion: Defoe on the Edges of Empires.”

12:00 – 2:00 – Plenary Luncheon
Charles Haskell Hinnant, “The Erotics of the Gift: Gender and Exchange in the Eighteenth-Century Novel.”

2:15 – 3:45
Westport Room: Gender on the Margins
Chair: Zak Watson. University of Missouri-Columbia
Jennifer Albin, University of Missouri-Columbia,”The Obscured Accomplice: Mary Hays’ Indictment of Female Villains in The Victim of Prejudice.”
Juliette Paul, University of Missouri-Columbia,”Mary Wollstonecraft’s ‘Fables of Trees’ and Feminist Philosophy of Knowledge.”
Angela Rehbein, University of Missouri-Columbia,”Colonialism, Sexuality, and Gender in Jane West’s A Gossip’s Story.”
Crystal B. Lake, University of Missouri-Columbia, Response

McCoy Room: Money in the Middle: Gender & Finance in 17th & 18th-Century British Literature
Chair: Courtney B. Beggs, Texas A&M
Courtney B. Beggs, Texas A&M University, “‘Pen, Purse, and Interest’: Women’s Writing and the Discourse of Credit in Early Modern England.”
Michael Tratner, Bryn Mawr University, “From Treasure to Capital: Changing Conceptions of Wealth, Love and Gender in the 17th and 18th Centuries.”
Andrew Broughton, University of Chicago, “Roxana, or the Value of Formal Realism.”

4:00 – 5:30
Westport Room: At the End of the World and Beyond the Pale: Eighteenth-Century Margins
Chair: Devoney Looser, University of Missouri-Columbia
Corey E. Andrews, Youngstown State University, “Minor Poetics: the Forgotten Legacy of Eighteenth-Century Scotland.”
Kathryn McLaughlin, “Excremental Images in Gulliver’s Travels.”

5:30 – 6:30 – Cocktail Reception