2009 Program

“Expanding Borders”
Fargo, North Dakota – October 9 – 10, 2009
Midwestern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

Friday October 9, 2009
8:00 – 9:00
Registration

9:00 – 10:30
Sociability and Cosmopolitanism on the Borders of the Enlightenment
Scott Breuninger (University of South Dakota): “Society and the Self in the Irish Enlightenment.”
Andrew J. Hamilton (Viterbo University): “Liberal Political Economy and Theories of International Harmony in the Eighteenth Century.”
David I Burrow (The University of South Dakota): “Expanding sociable Russia in the late eighteenth century.”

10:30 – 10:45
Break

10:45 – 12:45
Session A: Expanding the Influences of the Eighteenth Century: Across Time and Genre
Joseph Nnadi (University of Winnipeg): “Bridging Two Centuries: Exoticism, metaphysics and capitalism in Voltaire’s Candide.”
Tom Turner (University of Minnesota – Morris): “Aftereffects of the Enlightenment in Spain: Order and Disorder in Selected Newspaper Articles of Mariano José de Larra.”
Lexi Stuckey (University of Tulsa): “Joanna Baillie’s Orra: Resistant, Fragmented, Apparitional.”
Peter Bush (Winnipeg – Independent Scholar): “The Hymns of Isaac Watts: Tools in the expanding worldview of English-speaking congregations.”

Session B: Expanding the Debate: Oppression, Slavery and Racism
Corey Andrews (Youngstown State University): “The ‘Afflicted Muse’: James Grainger’s Middle Ground in The Sugar Cane.”
Debra Maury (University of North Dakota): “Rogues of the Empire: Race, Class and Narrative Identity in El Lazarillo de ciegos caminantes.”
Susan Imbarrato (Minnesota State University Moorhead): “Challenging Boundaries: The Slave Revolts and the Cary Family Fortunes, Grenada, 1795-96.”

12:45 – 1:45
Lunch

2:00 – 3:30
Plenary Session – Dr. Craig Hanson, Calvin College
“Double the Pleasure: Rhinoceros Horns, the Royal Society, and Medical Erudition in Eighteenth-Century London.”

Craig Hanson is assistant professor of art history at Calvin College. His book The English Virtuoso: Art, Medicine, and Antiquarianism in the Age of Empiricism was published earlier this year by the University of Chicago Press. He edits the online newsletter Enfilade for the Historians of Eighteenth-Century Art & Architecture and recently received an NEH summer grant for his current research on the connections between England and the Netherlands in regards to the visual arts and early modern science.

3:30 – 3:45
Break

3:45 – 5:15
Alternative Expansion of Empires: Captivity, Ransom and Abduction of Women
Moderator: Susan Imbaratto, Minnesota State University Moorhead
Geremy Carnes (University of Michigan): “Roxana, the English Captivity Narrative, and the Myth of English Empire.”
Susan Spencer (University of Central Oklahoma): Abduction to the Seraglio: The Mystery of Aimée Dubuc de Rivery”
Karen Foster (Dickinson State University): “Rowson’s Narcissistic Fancy and the Ransomed Other.”

5:30 – 6:30
Cash Bar

6:30 – 8:00
Banquet Dinner

Saturday October 10, 2009
8:00 – 9:00
MWASECS Business Meeting

9:00 – 10:30
Session A: Expanding Authorship and Research in the Eighteenth-Century and Beyond
Judith Dorn (St. Cloud State University): “Mercurial Secrets in Early Eighteenth-Century English Print Culture.”
Alise Van Hekke-Jameson (Universiteit Ghent, Belgium): “‘Our Power to Perform’: Charlotte Lennox’s The Female Quixote and Aspects of Authorship.”
Agnes Haigh Widder (Michigan State University): “Online Resources for Eighteenth-Century Studies.”

Session B: Expanding Borders, Frontiers, Empires and Colonies
Gail Aw (University of Virginia): “Enlarging Terra Cognita: Empire, Empiricism, and Geospatial Metaphors for Mind in the Long Eighteenth Century.”
John Legrid (University of Massachusetts Amherst): “The Boundaries of our Borders: An Examination of the Theoretical and Practical Conception of Spatial Expansion in Early America.”
Morgan Vanek (University of Toronto): “‘Support them at as little expense of our own inhabitants as possible’: The influence of propinquity on national character in Frances Brooke’s ‘History of Emily Montague.'”

10:30 – 10:45
Break

10:45 – 12:45
Keynote Speaker – Dr. Raymond Stephanson, University of Saskatchewan
“Eighteenth-Century Boundaries: Pushing, Expanding, Crossing.”
The primary focus of this talk will be about how we–the 18th-C studies experts–approach the idea of “boundaries” in our work, and secondarily about how the subject was present / presented in the 18th century.

Raymond Stephanson, Professor of English at the University of Saskatchewan, studies 18th-century literature and culture, with a particular interest in the interdisciplinary aspects of literature and sexuality, science, and medicine. He is author of The Yard of Wit: Male Creativity and Sexuality, 1650-1750 (UPenn Press, 2004). His current work is a study of reproductive biology in the Enlightenment, as well as a collaborative project with members of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology to convert reproductive ultrasound data into music. Since 1996 he has served as Director of the Eighteenth-Century Studies Research Unit at the University of Saskatchewan.

12:45 – 1:45
Lunch

1:45 – 3:45
Session A: Expanding the Eighteenth-Century Mind
Kathryn Ready (University of Winnipeg): “John Aikin (1747-1822) as Literary Physician: Expanding the Boundaries of Late Eighteenth-Century Medicine.”
Eckhard Rölz (South Dakota State University): “A New Frontier in the Eighteenth Century: Karl Philipp Moritz and the Exploration of the Human Mind.”
David Hagan (Wartburg College): “Language as intellectual boundary: Condillac’s linguistic turn.”

Session B: Expanding the Definitions: Class, Gender and Sex
Diana Dabek (Florida International University): “Defying Gender Boundaries: A Coquette’s Quest for Autonomy.”
Lila Miranda Graves (University of Alabama at Birmingham): “Evelina, Bessie Allen, and English Marriage Law.”
Holly J. McBee (Dickinson State University): “Developing Discourses: The Sexual Language of the Emerging Middle Class.”
Lori Carriere (University of Connecticut): “Masochism and Polysexual Love Triangles in Thomas Otway’s The Orphan and Venice Preserved.”

3:45 – 4:00
Break

4:00 – 5:30
Expanding Mercantilism: Merchants, Money
Robert Wright (Augustana College): “The Circulation of Money in North America before the Revolution: (Economic) Boundaries and (State) Borders.”
Catherine Craft-Fairchild (University of St. Thomas): “Shylock During the Long Eighteenth Century: British Nationalism and the Jews.”
Michael Genovese (University of Virginia): “Expanding the Self: Sociable Paper in the Spectator.”