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Mod Bods: Modernism and the Body

2013 Graduate Student Symposium

Conference will begin Friday, February 22nd in the Business Building Rooms 8 and 9. All sessions and speakers in BU 8 & 9 unless otherwise noted.  Sessions and keynote addresses are free and open to the public.


Session 1: Friday 1:00PM-2:30PM
“Gendered Bodies: Courts, Language, and Travel”

Paula Collucci, Washington University: “Bending to Their Will: Gender in the Shakespearean Trojan Court”

Leighanne Allen, The University of Wyoming: “Exclamations, Tender Tones, Fond Tears: Women’s Sentimental Language of the Body”

Charles Fournier, The University of Wyoming: “The Severing Moral Geography of the Ocean: Geoffrey Crayon’s Transformation”

Eric Izznat, The University of Colorado-Boulder: "Cut-Up Drug Visions: The Yage-Induced Origins of William S. Burrough's Psychedelic Style"

Session 2: Friday 3:00PM-4:30PM
“The Liminal Body of Modernism: War, Time, and Myth”

Kait McNamee, The University of Colorado Denver: “Fear No More: Liminal Spaces and Bodies in Time in Mrs. Dalloway

Harry Whitlock III, The University of Wyoming: “The Legislators of the World: the Body of the Soldier and the Body of the Poet in Wilfred Owen’s ‘S.I.W.’”

Aaron Graham, The University of Wyoming: “Nam Sibyllam Quidem Cumis: The Mythic Body of the Cumaean Sibyl and how we Read Allusion in The Waste Land

Keynote Address: Friday 5:00PM-6:00PM

Dr. Ron Schuchard, Emory University: “The Man Who Suffers and the Mind Which Creates in The Waste Land.”

Reception: Friday 7:00PM-8:00PM Mathison Library, Hoyt Hall 212

Coffee Talk: Saturday 9:00AM-10:00AM Cooper Carriage House

Session 3: Saturday 10:00AM-11:30AM
“Non-Human, and Undead Bodies”

T. Nordin de Saillan, The University of Colorado Boulder: “Body of the Beast: Nonhuman Animals as Sites of Power in Joyce’s Ulysses”

Erica Tom, Rutgers University: “Bridling Bodies: The Fraught Functions of Riding in Art and Action”

Grace Heneks, The University of Colorado Denver: “‘Dollars Damn Me’: Placing Melville’s “Bartleby” within Contemporary Zombie Discourse”

Lunch: Saturday 11:30AM-1:00PM Cooper Carriage House

Keynote Address: Saturday 1:00PM-2:00PM

Dr. Michelle Jarman, University of Wyoming: "Underground Bodies -- Contingent Minds"

Session 4: Saturday 2:30PM-4:00PM
“The Affective Body: Power, Control, and Shame”

Courtney Carlisle, The University of Wyoming: “The Body is a Warehouse of Shame: Milton and the English People”

David Bray, The University of Wyoming: “The Villains’ Version: Capote’s Nonfiction Novel as a Rhetoric of Sympathy”

J.J. Clark, The University of Colorado Denver: “The Mind, the Body, and the City: Emptiness as Control in The Handmaid’s Tale

Bonnie Hanson, The University of Wyoming: “The Ties that Bind: Captivity in the Novels of Nella Larson”

Session 5: Saturday 4:15PM-5:45PM
“The Constructed Body: Gender, Diagnoses, and Rhetoric”

Anne Mook, The University of Wyoming: “The Body of Women: Italy's Showgirls”

Kenny Thompson, The University of Wyoming: “‘Bloody Progress’: Myth and Fredrick Jackson Turner’s Frontier Thesis in Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian

Matt Perkins, The University of Wyoming: “How the West was Written: the Rhetoric of Genre and Reception in the Literature of Cormac McCarthy”

Lindsey Grubbs, The University of Wyoming: “Lauren Slater and the Experts: The Disciplinary Control of Diagnosis”



Dr. Ron Schuchard

Ron Schuchard
Ronald Schuchard, Goodrich C. White Professor of English, came to Emory University in 1969 after completing his graduate work at the University of Texas, Austin. He teaches courses in 20th-century British, Irish and Anglophone literature and is the author of numerous studies of modern authors, particularly T.S. Eliot and W.B. Yeats. His new book, "The Last Minstrels: Yeats and the Revival of the Bardic Arts" was published by Oxford University Press in 2008.

Dr. Michelle Jarman

Dr. Michelle Jarman
Michelle Jarman holds a PhD in English and is Assistant Professor of Disability Studies at the University of Wyoming, where she directs the undergraduate Minor in Disability Studies. Broadly, her research explores productive connections between disability studies, race studies, and gender theory in a variety of disability representations in 20th and 21st century U.S. literature and culture. Jarman’s essays have appeared in journals such as "MELUS" (Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States), "Review of Disability Studies," "Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies," "Feminist Formations," and several literary and disability studies anthologies. She is currently working on a manuscript tentatively titled "Crip Entanglements: Rifts and Relations of Disability."

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