Friday, March 13, 2015

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Join us for these exciting two panels at the annual conference of the American Literature Association, held at the Westin Copley Hotel in Copley Square, Boston, May 21-24:

1. Conversations: Fuller, Alcott, and Others (co-sponsored with the Margaret Fuller Society)

 "'A Loving League of Sisters': The Legacy of Margaret Fuller's Boston Conversations in Louisa May Alcott's Work: A Story of Experience," Katie Kornacki, University of Connecticut

"The Ideals of Companionate Marriage: A Conversation Between Louisa May Alcott and Margaret Fuller," Marielena James, University of Pretoria, South Africa

"Caroline Healy Dall and the Mantle of Margaret Fuller," Helen Deese, Massachusetts Historical Society

2. Transatlantic Alcott

“Picturing Europe in Little Women,” Beverly Lyon Clark, Wheaton College

“‘The Italian Part of His Nature’: National Identity, Cultural Essentialism, and the Transatlantic Vision of Little Women,” Suzanne Roszak, Yale University

"Revising the Marriage Plot in Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women and George Eliot’s Daniel Deronda,” Ellen Campbell, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

“Alcott Rewrites George Sand: Moods and Jacques,” Charlene Avallone, Kailua Hawai’i


   

 

May 24, 2014, American Literature Association Conference Panels. Washington, DC


Session 1: Louisa May Alcott’s Woman in the Nineteenth Century: Moods at 150
Chair: Anne Phillips, Kansas State University
Left to right: Christine Doyle, Mary Shelden, Daniel Shealy, Anne Phillips
“‘Playing with edge tools’: Teaching Louisa May Alcott’s Moods,” Daniel Shealy, University of North Carolina-Charlotte
Moods: ‘The Oversoul’ and Oysters,” Christine Doyle, Central Connecticut State University
“'Shakespeare’s Tragedies Became Her Study’: Women’s Genius and the Marriage Question,” Mary Lamb Shelden, Virginia Commonwealth University


Session 2: “I Want Something To Do”: Alcott, Whitman, and Nursing in the Nation’s Capital

  Chairs: Ed Folsom, University of Iowa, and Sandra Harbert Petrulionis, Penn State Altoona


Left to right: Sandy Petrulionis, Emily Waples, J. D. Isip, Ed Folsom, Soeren Froehlich










“Nursing’s Domestic Grotesque: Alcott, Whitman, and the Civil War Wounded,” Emily Waples, University of Michigan
“The Pail Tells the Tale: Blood, Nursing, and the Remade Nation,” Sören Fröhlich, University of California San Diego
“‘This Heart’s Geography’s Map’: Alcott and Whitman Sketching an Affective Landscape,” J.D. Isip, Texas A & M University-Commerce
 
 

2013, American Literature Association Conference


"Celebrating the Sesquicentennial of Hospital Sketches: A Teaching Round Table"


(left to right: Society President Mary Shelden, Paul Medeiros, Marlowe Daly-Galeano, James Hewitson, Daniel Shealy)

  
"Re-visioning Alcott: Her Impact on the Work of Later Writers and Artists"
 

left to right:

Chair:  Beverly Lyon Clark
Society Secretary Anne Phillips ("'Certainly Reminiscent of Alcott’s Little Women': The Marches, the Penderwicks, and the Family Story as Genre'")
Lauren Rizzuto ("'Jo March Is Pregnant and Laurie's the Father': Fanfiction and Little Women")
Gregory Eiselein ("Louisa May Alcott, Patti Smith, and Punk Aesthetics")