Conferences



Scholarly Panels Sponsored by the Louisa May Alcott Society


May 2017: American Literature Association
Boston, MA

Session 1: "Louisa May Alcott in Concord"

“Louisa May Alcott and Transcendentalism’s Affective Legacy,” Mark Gallagher, University of California, Los Angeles
“‘To the Schoolmates of Ellsworth Devens . . . This Village Story is Affectionately Inscribed,’” Anne K. Phillips, Kansas State University
“Louisa May Alcott’s Re-‘Work’ing of Thoreau’s Walden,” Tracey A. Cummings, Lock Haven University

Session 2: Rebecca Harding Davis and Louisa May Alcott

“Reclaiming the Spiritual Self through Maternal Benevolent Feminism in Rebecca Harding Davis’s Margret Howth and Louisa May Alcott’s Work,” Jane E. Rose, Purdue University Northwest-Westville Campus
“Waiting: Temporality and the Race Question in Louisa May Alcott and Rebecca Harding Davis,” Katie Waddell, University of Kentucky
“Market Negotiations: Rebecca Harding Davis’s and Louisa May Alcott’s Representations of Women, Work, and Marriage,” Sarah Gray, Langston University

“‘Life and Labor’ in the 1870s: Davis and Alcott on Work,” Arielle Zibrak, University of Wyoming Casper

May 2016: American Literature Association
San Francisco, CA

Session 1: “Representations of Teaching and Learning in Alcott"
Little Women In and Out of School,” Anne Boyd Rioux, University of New Orleans
‘“Allurements of the Flesh’:  Louisa Alcott on Popular Culture and the Education of Youth,” Daniel Shealy, University of North Carolina-Charlotte
“Resisting a Transcendental Education: Louisa May Alcott’s Feminist Self-Culture,” Azelina Flint, University of East Anglia
“American Woman: Feminine Speech and the Reformation of National Identity in Louisa May Alcott’s An Old-Fashioned Girl,” Deanna Stover, Texas A&M University

Session 2: "Alcott for Grown-Ups"
Chris Doyle (Central Connecticut State University), “Sensational Realism: Alcott’s A Long Fatal Love Chase,"
Alicia Beeson (University of North Carolina-Greensboro), “Bridging the Adult/Child Divide: ‘Transcendental Wild Oats’”
Sarah Wadsworth (Marquette University) "Diana and Persis and Roderick and Roland: Alcott, James, and the Roman Künstlerroman” 


May 2015: American Literature Association
Boston, MA
Session 1: “Conversations: Fuller, Alcott, and Others”
(co-sponsored with the Margaret Fuller Society)

Katie Kornacki (University of Connecticut), “‘A Loving League of Sisters’: The Legacy of Margaret Fuller’s Boston Conversations in Louisa May Alcott's Work: A Story of Experience
Marielena James (University of Pretoria, South Africa), “The Ideals of Companionate Marriage: A Conversation Between Louisa May Alcott and Margaret Fuller”
Helen Deese (Massachusetts Historical Society), “Caroline Healy Dall and the Mantle of Margaret Fuller”

Session 2: Transatlantic Alcott


Beverly Lyon Clark (Wheaton College), “Picturing Europe in Little Women
Ellen Campbell (Southern Illinois University Carbondale), “Revising the Marriage Plot in Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women and George Eliot’s Daniel Deronda
Charlene Avallone (Kailua Hawai’i), “Alcott Rewrites George Sand: Moods and Jacques” 

May 2014: American Literature Association
Washington, DC

Session 1: "'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
Emily Waples (University of Michigan), “Nursing’s Domestic Grotesque: Alcott, Whitman, and the Civil War Wounded”
Sören Fröhlich (University of California San Diego), “The Pail Tells the Tale: Blood, Nursing, and the Remade Nation”
J.D. Isip, Texas (A & M University-Commerce), “‘This Heart’s Geography’s Map’: Alcott and Whitman Sketching an Affective Landscape” 

Session 2: "Louisa May Alcott’s Woman in the Nineteenth Century: Moods at 150"
Chair: Anne Phillips, Kansas State University
Daniel Shealy (University of North Carolina-Charlotte), "'Playing with edge tools': Teaching Louisa May Alcott’s Moods"
Christine Doyle (Central Connecticut State University), Moods: ‘The Oversoul’ and Oysters”
Mary Lamb Shelden (Virginia Commonwealth University), "'Shakespeare’s Tragedies Became Her Study': Women’s Genius and the Marriage Question"
 

May 2013: American Literature Association
Boston, MA

Session 1: "Celebrating the Sesquicentennial of Hospital Sketches: A Teaching Round Table"
Moderator: Daniel Shealy (University of North Carolina, Charlotte)
·       Mary Lamb Shelden (University College, Virginia Commonwealth University)
·       Shari Goldberg (University of Texas at Dallas)
·       James Hewitson (University of Tennessee)
·       Marlowe Daly-Galeano (Lewis-Clark State College)
·       Paul J. Medeiros (The Thoreau Society)

Session 2: "Re-visioning Alcott: Her Impact on the Work of Later Writers and Artists"
Chair:  Beverly Lyon Clark (Wheaton College [Mass.])
·       Gregory Eiselein (Kansas State University): “Louisa May Alcott, Patti Smith, and Punk Aesthetics”
·       Anne K. Phillips (Kansas State University): “‘Certainly Reminiscent of Alcott’s Little Women’: The Marches, the Penderwicks, and 'the Family Story as Genre”
·       Lauren Rizzuto (University of Florida): “‘Jo March Is Pregnant and Laurie’s the Father’: Fanfiction and Little Women

November 2012: Society for the Study of American Women Writers
Denver, CO

“Louisa May Alcott’s Engaged Citizenship”
Chair: Mary Lamb Shelden (VA Commonwealth University)
·       Emily Dolan (University of CT): “Louisa May Alcott’s Rehabilitation of the Fallen Woman in Behind a Mask
·       Emily Waples (University of Michigan): “The Child Citizen: Utopian Education and Louisa May Alcott’s Moods
·       Amy M. Thomas (Montana State University): “Alcott and the Democracy of Literature: Parallel Writings in The Woman’s Journal and The Youth’s Companion

May 2012: American Literature Association
San Francisco, CA

Session 1: “Teaching Alcott in Survey and Seminar”
Chair: Mary Lamb Shelden (VA Commonweath University)
·       Gary Williams (University of Idaho): “Alcott, Julia Ward Howe, and the Ways Logs Turn to Ashes”
·       Mischa Renfroe (Middle Tennessee State University): “Teaching Alcott in ‘Law and Literature’”
·       Gregory Eiselein (Kansas State University): “Gender, Comedy, and Teaching Eight Cousins in the Alcott/Twain Seminar”

Session 2: “Louisa May Alcott and Literary Theory”
Chair: Gregory Eiselein (Kansas State University)
·       Sean McAlister (University of British Columbia): “Moods and Masquerades: Alcott’s Emersonian Experiments”
·       Bruce Ronda (Colorado State University): “‘Little’: Souvenirs and Interiors in Eight Cousins
·       Ilana Vine (New York University): “‘She Will Make a Charming Little Mother’: Oedipal Ties and Family Fictions in An Old-Fashioned Girl

May 2011: American Literature Association
Boston, MA

Session 1: “Alcott and Other Authors”
Chair: Sandra Harbert Petrulionis (Penn State Altoona)
·       Yvonne Elizabeth Pelletier (University of Tennessee): “Alcott and the Byronic Figure”
·       Jennifer Gurley (LeMoyne College): “Resisting Emerson and Extending Ellen Sturgis Hooper”
·       Robert Arbour (Indiana University): “Nursing a Nation: The Wartime Sentimentality of Louisa May Alcott and Walt Whitman”

Session 2: “Alcott as Pop Culture Icon”
Chair: Mary Lamb Shelden (VA Commonweath University)
·       Daniel Shealy (University NC Charlotte): “‘The Autograph Fiend is Abroad’: Louisa May Alcott and Fame”
·       Beverly Lyon Clark (Wheaton College): “Little Women Spinoffs a Century Ago; or, Beth Becomes an Entrepreneur”
·       Marlowe Daly-Galeano (University AZ): “Writing in the Movies: Jo March as an Author in Little Women Films”

May 2010, American Literature Association
San Francisco, CA

“Women’s Communities of Work in Alcott’s Circle”
Chair: Laura Dassow Walls (USC)
·       Mary Lamb Shelden (VA Commonwealth University): “‘Our Best Thanks to the Sewing Circle’: Concord Endeavors on Behalf of the Holley School for Freedmen”
·       Miki Pfeffer (University New Orleans): “Tilting towards Community: Writing Women at the World’s Fair in New Orleans, 1884-1885”
·       John Matteson (John Jay College, CUNY): “‘In the Face of Cruelest Facts’: Margaret Fuller, Working Girls, and the Trouble with Chastity”

May 2009: American Literature Association
Boston, MA

Session 1: “Recent Alcott Scholarship”
Chair: Mary Lamb Shelden (VA Commonweath University)
·       Leslie Perrin Wilson (Concord Free Public Lib.): “Beyond Amy March: May Alcott as Artist”
·       Roberta Trites (Illinois State University): “Alcott and the Genesis of the Adolescent Reform Novel”
·       Daniel Shealy (University of NC Charlotte): “‘All America Seems To Be Abroad’: The Alcott Sisters’ European Tour”

Session 2: “Roundtable: Making the Documentary Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women”
Chair: Sandra Harbert Petrulionis (Penn State Altoona)
·       Nancy Porter (Producer/Director)
·       Harriet Reisen (Producer/Director/Screenwriter)
·       Joel Myerson (University SC)
·       John Matteson (John Jay College, CUNY)

May 2008: American Literature Association
San Francisco, CA

Session 1: “The Concord Reformers”
Chair: Sandra Harbert Petrulionis (Penn State Altoona)
·       Katherine Adams (University Tulsa): “Self Possession Rightly Understood: Property and Individuality in Two Alcott Utopias”
·       Jessica A. Isaac (University KS): “‘Little Almost Publics’: Louisa May Alcott’s Work and the Function(ing) of the American Family”
·       John Matteson (John Jay College, CUNY): “‘Hitherto Unexplored Crypts of Psychology’: The Alcotts and the Spiritual Healing Movement”

Session 2: “Roundtable: Teaching Little Women
Moderator: Mary Lamb Shelden (VA Commonweath University)
·       Anne Phillips (Kansas State University): “‘Borne out shrieking by the hero’ or ‘the villain’? Using Textual Variants from Little Women in the Classroom”
·       Anne Bruder (University NC Chapel Hill): “Texts and Contexts: Louisa May Alcott in the American Studies Classroom”
·       Gregory Eiselein (Kansas State University): “Contextualizing Little Women

May 2007: American Literature Association
Boston, MA

Session 1: “The Dramatic Alcotts”
Chair: Chair: Sandra Harbert Petrulionis (Penn State Altoona)
·       Jennie McDonald (University of Denver): “Gothic Elements and Movie Adaptations of ‘The Witch’s Curse’”
·       Laura King (University of Chicago): “Jo March as Playwright: Success or Sellout?”
·       Julie Wilhelm (University of CA Davis): “‘Don’t laugh, act as if it was all right!”: The Witch’s Curse and other Clumsy Gender Theatrics in Little Women

Session 2: “Orchard House, Historical and Imaginative”
Chair: Jan Turnquist (Orchard House)
·       Mary Lamb Shelden (Northern IL University): “Jo March: The Sanewoman in the Attic”
·       Caroline Hellman (CUNY): “Building Castles of Reform: Louisa May Alcott’s Material Feminism”
·       Callie Sadler Oppedisano (Tufts University): “What They Wore: ‘The Rival Prima Donnas’ to Roderigo”

November 2006: Society for the Study of American Women Writers
Philadelphia, PA

“Women’s Letters and the Culture of Reform”
Chair: Sandra Harbert Petrulionis (Penn State Altoona)
·       Helen Deese (Mass. Historical Soc.): “Reformers at Odds: Elizabeth Palmer Peabody and Caroline Healy Dall”
·       Mary De Jong (Penn State Altoona): Comment on Deese, re: Peabody and Dall in the correspondence of Anna Q. T. Parsons
·       Mary Lamb Shelden (No. ILL Univ): “‘In the Concord Barrel’: The Louisa May Alcott-Sallie Holley Correspondence”
·       Sandy Petrulionis (Penn State Altoona): Comment on Shelden, re: importance of letters for Concord women abolitionists

May 2006: American Literature Association
San Francisco, CA

“The Alcotts in Fiction”
Chair: Mary Lamb Shelden (Northern ILL University)
·       Janice Alberghene (Fitchburg State College): “Louisa and Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places”
·       Larry Carlson (College of Charleston): “Orpheus at War:  March as Fictional(ized) History”
·       Daniel Shealy (University NC Charlotte): “‘The Curious Role of Lady Detective’:  The Louisa May Alcott Mysteries”

May 2005: American Literature Association
Boston, MA

“Alcott in the New Century: Establishing a Louisa May Alcott Society”
Chair: Mary Lamb Shelden (VA Commonweath University)
·       Daniel Shealy (University NC Charlotte)
·       Joel Myerson (USC)
·       Sarah Elbert (SUNY Binghampton)