Schedule at a Glance 

 

Friday, February 10

(Friday sessions in Kethley Building, Reception in Kent Wyatt hall, Ford reading in Jobe Theater, Sat. sessions in Wright Art Building and the Holcombe Norwood Annex)

11:30 – 5:30  Registration and Hospitality                                                                             Ke 201

12:00 – 12:40   Board Meeting                                                                                             Ke 231

 

12:50 – 2:00    Session 1

      A.   Spirituality vs. Reality in 19th C. England, Colonialism, and O’Connor                   Ke229

      B.   Philology & Manifest Destiny: Philology’s Role in Justifying Colonialism Ke231

 

2:10 – 3:20      Session 2

      A.   Imagining Otherness in Literary and Cinematic Versions of Deliverance                 Ke 229

      B.   Women’s Voices: Jane Austen and Christine de Pizan                                           Ke 228

      C.  Literary Studies and Interdisciplinarity: Concept and Practice                                  Ke 231

 

3:30 – 4:40      Session 3

Signs of Desire, then/now,  in Teresa of Avila, Hawthorne and McCullers               Ke 228

Virtue/Politics in Music, Shakespeare, Utopian Lit and Richard Wright                   Ke 229

Interdisciplinarity: Philosophy, Literature and the MALS/GLS  Degree                   Ke 231

 

4:50 – 6:00      Session 4

Intertexting Crime with Poe, Christmas, Richard Ford and the Gothic                        Ke 229 

Shakespeare                                                                                                        Ke 231

Poetry Reading with a Richard Wright Intertext                                                       Ke 228

 

6:00 – 6:50      Wine/Refreshments                                                 Kent Wyatt Hall (Leroy Morganti Atrium)

7:00                 Richard Ford Reading                                                            Jobe Hall Theater

 

Saturday, February 11  (Sessions are in the Wright Art Building  Wr) and the Holcombe Norwood Annex (HNA) next to Wright)

8:00 – 12:00    Registration/Hospitality                                                              Wright Art Gallery

8:00 – 9:10      Session 5

Intertexts: Wilson, Morrison; Saxon/Faulkner; Anderson/Oz                                    HNA151                                

Modern Theater                                                                                                  Wr 110

Highway 61 ‘re revisited’ from New Orleans to Clarksdale, Mississippi”                   Wr 112

 

9:20 – 10:30    Session 6

Short Story reading                                                                                            Wright Art Gallery

Romantic, Modern and Postmodern Ghosts and Bad Guys                                      HNA 151

 

10:40 – 11:50    Session 7

“Living in the Bible Belt with the Good Book”                                                         HNA   151

Poetry Reading                                                                                                       Wright Art Galley

                                                                                         

12:00 – 1:10    Session 8

Mississippi Geography: Metaphors in Graveyards and Catfish Ponds                       HNA 151

Deconstructing Intertexts of Utopia & Music in Katherine Anne Porter, Dr. Seuss,
and Richard Powers                                                                                           Wr 110

 

Refreshments:  Friday Afternoon we will have a table with Coffee and Bottled Water. Friday night’s reception will consist of wine, coffee, cheese, fruits and warm brie. Saturday morning’s list includes pastries and coffee starting around 7:15-7:30.

 

SCHEDULE OF SESSIONS

 

Board Meeting    (12:00 – 12:40)

 

SESSION 1   12:50 – 2:00

 

Session 1A                                                                                                                  Ke 229           

            Spirituality vs. Reality in 19th C. England, Colonialism, and O’Connor

Moderator: Pamela Shearer, William Carey University   

 

"Uncovering Missing Texts in Oxford Movement Fiction."  (Sabine Baring-Gould’s Mehalah and the Oxford [Catholic Reform] Movement in England)

                                                Troy White, Mississippi College

“We Brought All the Wrong Things: Physical and Cultural Baggage in Barbara Kingslover’s The Poisonwood Bible

                                                Pamela Shearer, William Carey University

“Flannery O’Connor’s Yokes of Mammon”

                                                Claude Wilkinson, Mississippi Valley State University

 

 

Session 1B                                                                                                                  Ke 231

“Philology and Manifest Destiny: Philology’s Role in Justifying Colonialism”
Moderators:  Sally Paulson and James Tomek, Delta State University

 

“Historical Implications”                   

Daniel Glenn, Delta State University

“Cultural and Legal Implications”     

Sally Paulson, Delta State University

Political Implications and the Hebrew language       

Clint Tibbs, Delta State University

Philology and ‘Keeping the Peace’ before the Civil War”    

Tim Viner, Pastor, Park Christian Church, Memphis

 

SESSION 2    2:10 – 3:20

 

Session 2A                                                                                                                  Ke 229

Imagining Otherness in the Literary and Cinematic Versions of Deliverance

Moderator: Ted Atkinson, Mississippi State University

 

“Power Trip: Bodies Electric and the Energy of Otherness in Deliverance

                                                Ted Atkinson, Mississippi State University

“ ‘He’s like a goddamned monkey’: Dehumanizing Disempowerment and Animal Encounters in James Dickey’s and John Boorman’s Deliverance, Novel and Film”

                                                Kris Robinson, Mississippi State University

“The Surreal Juxtapositions of Deliverance: Christian Archetypes and the Other”

     Jonathan Smith, Mississippi State University

 

 

Session 2B                                                                                                                  Ke 228

Women’s Voices: Jane Austen and Christine de Pizan: The Ugly and the Beautiful with Gothic and Medieval Intertexts

            Moderator: Stephanie Eddleman, Harding College

 

 “Past the Bloom: Aging and Beauty in the Novels of Jane Austen”

                                                Stephanie Eddleman, Harding College

“Reading The Mysteries of Udolpho in Northanger Abbey.”

                                                Susan Allen Ford, Delta State University

“Christine de Pizan’s Feminist Rhetoric”

                                                Christine Mitchell, Southeastern Louisiana University

 

 

 

Session 2C                                                                                                                  Ke 231

Literary Studies and Interdisciplinarity: Concept and Practice

            Moderator: Preselfannie McDaniels, Jackson State University

 

“Interdisciplinarity and Other Disciplines”

Helen Chukwuma, Jackson State University

“Interdisciplinarity and Film”

Noel Didla, Jackson State University

            “Interdisciplinarity and Service Learning”

Preselfannie McDaniels, Jackson State University

 

 

SESSION 3    3:30 – 4:40

 

Session 3A                                                                                                                  Ke 228

Signs of Desire, then and now,  in Teresa of Avila, Hawthorne and McCullers

Moderator: Melvin Arrington, University of Mississippi

 

“The Sacred Hunter in the Mysticism of St. Teresa of Avila”

                                                Melvin Arrington, University of Mississippi

“Hawthorne’s Use of the Words “Hand” and “Heart” in The Birth-Mark

                                                Alan Brown, University of West Alabama

“Desire in Carson McCullers’ The Ballad of the Sad Café

                                                Mary Ruth Marotte, University of Central Arkansas

 

 

 

Session 3B                                                                                                                  Ke 229

Virtue/Politics in Music, Shakespeare, Utopian Literature and Richard Wright

Moderator: Candis Pizzetta, Jackson State University

 

“The Interpretation of Music and the Ideology of ‘Present-Mindedness’ in Four Shakespeare Comedies”

                                                Brian Kehler, Mississippi College

“Community, Virtue, and Equality: Reconsidering Republican Ideals in the Late Nineteenth-Century Utopian Fiction”

                                                Candis Pizzetta, Jackson State University

Coercive Community: An examination of Membership in Church and Politics [Communist Party] in Richard Wright’s Black Boy

                                                Natalie Nations, Mississippi State University

 

Session 3C                                                                                                                  Ke 231

Interdisciplinarity: Rhizomes and the Graduate Liberal Studies Degree

Moderators: Mark Bonta, James Tomek, Delta State University

 

            “The Family Rhizome and Babies as Simulcra in The Time of Our Singing

                                                Marianna Fountain, Mississippi College

“Deleuze and the  GLS or MALS Degree

                                                Mark Bonta, Delta State University

“Levinas and the  GLS or MALS Degree

                                                James Tomek, Delta State University

 

SESSION 4        4:50 – 6:00

 

Session  4A                                                                                                     Ke 229

Intertexting Crime  with Poe, Christmas, Richard Ford and the Gothic

Moderator:  Susan Allen Ford, Delta State University

 

“British Crime Fiction and the Critique of (Post) Modern Society: Naturalism in Barbara Vine’s A Fatal Inversion

                                                Debbie Davis, University of West Alabama

“ Rereading Past and Present Reviews of Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque (1840): Discovering Poe’s Creation of Humor”

                                                Benjamin F. Fisher, University of Mississippi

            “Reading Christmas: Orphans in Hijuelos, Dickens, and Richard Ford”

                                                     James Tomek, Delta State University

 

 

 

Session 4B                                                                                                      Ke 231

Shakespeare

            Moderator: Moderator: Greg Bentley, Mississippi State University

 

“Playing the Part: Adriana’s Subjectivity in Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors”  

Anna Beth Owens, Mississippi State University

            “Classy and Classless: The Making of a Master”

                                           Cade Holder, Mississippi State University

"Negotiating Memory: The Construction and Cultivation of Elizabeth's Memory in The Life and Death of King John."                                        

Joshua Parsons, Mississippi State University

 

 

Session 4C                                                                                                      Ke 228

            Poetry Reading with Metapoetic intertexts

            Moderator: Stephanie Eddleman, Harding University

           

            Stephanie Eddleman, Harding University

 

            John Zheng, Mississippi Valley State University

“The Last Days of Richard Wright through His Haiku”

 

 Dr. Luo Lianggong, University of Pennsylvannia
                        “Langston Hughes and Modernism: A Reading of ‘Dream Boogie’”

 

 

 

6:00 – 6:50  SPECIAL COLLOQUIAL SESSION   Wine/Snacks   (fresh fruits, cheese, warm brie)

              Kent Wyatt Hall, Leroy Morganti Atrium

                       (Kent Wyatt hall is across the street (HWY8, Sunflower Road) from Kethley and the first building to the right.)

 

 

7:00 pm      KEYNOTE SESSION    RICHARD FORD READING  

Jobe Hall Theater

           

Delta State University Welcome:  

 

Ann Lotven, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs                                                        

Acknowledgments of John Hilpert, President, Paul Hankins, Dean of Arts and Sciences

William Hays, Chairperson, Division of Languages and Literature

           

James Tomek, Facilitator of Conference and Professor of French

 

           

Introduction of Richard Ford:                        Terry Everett, Delta State University

 

 

Keynote Reading                                Richard Ford

 

 

CHANGE!!  Saturday  Feb. 11.   Sessions for Saturday will be in the Wright Art Building and the Holcombe Norwood Annex. This complex of  “art” buildings is immediately behind Kethley Building to the South  or right “behind” Jobe Auditorium to the West. The (Fielding)Wright Art Gallery and rooms are immediately on your left as you leave Kethley and walk South along the quadrangle. The Holcombe Norwood Annex is then immediately South of Wright.

 

Saturday Morning Feb. 11      

7:15 – 8:00  Registration and Refreshments  (coffee and pastries)

SESSION         8:00 – 9:10                                                        

 

Session 5A                                                                                                      Holcombe Norwood Annex 151

Intertexts: Wilson, Morrison; Saxon/Faulkner; Anderson/Oz

Moderator: Melanie Anderson, University of Mississippi

 

“ ‘Me and Sutter both liable to be back’: Spectral Traces of Beloved in August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson

                                                Melanie Anderson, University of Mississippi

“Lyle Saxon’s Achievement in Children of Strangers: Creole History and Influence on Faulkner”

                                                Chance Harvey, Southeastern Louisiana University

“Echoes of Sherwood Anderson: The Fiction of Amos Oz”

Virginia Earnest, Mississippi College

 

 

Session 5B                                                                                                      Wright 111

Modern Theater

            Moderator: Greg Bentley, Mississippi State University

 

“Death of the Family and the Individual: The Homo-Social Order in Al-Hakim’s

            Song of Death”

                        Jonathan Smith, Mississippi State University

“The Magnitude of Forgiveness: An Investigation of the Masculinity of Troy Maxson”

                                                  Neil Barrett, Mississippi State University

“Harold Pinter’s Old Times and the Sublime Object of Ideology”

                                  Greg Bentley, Mississippi State University

 

 

Session 5C                                                                                                      Wr 112

“Highway 61 ‘re revisited’ from New Orleans to Clarksdale, Mississippi”

Moderator: Michael C. Smith

 

A reading and presentation of a travelogue and lyric essay by poet and blues historian D. Allan Mitchell and poet Mike Smith, which traces Highway 61 from New Orleans to Clarksdale, Mississippi, 400 miles of road central not only to the Blues, but to writers such as Welty, Wright, Faulkner and Williams.

                                                D. Allan Mitchell, Delta State University

                                                Michael C. Smith, Delta State University

            “Sorry, I Interrupted Your Newsgathering”    from the novel  What the Tornado Did

                                                Jeff Smithpeters, Delta State University

 

SESSION 6        9:20 – 10:30

 

Session 6A                                                                                                      Wright Art Gallery

            Short Fiction Reading

Moderator:  William Hays, Delta State University

 

            Cookie 

William Hays, Delta State University

 

            An    

Rusty Rogers, University of Central Arkansas

                                                                                                           

 

Session 6B                                                                                                      Holcombe Norwood Annex 151

            Romantic, Modern and Postmodern Ghosts and Bad Guys

Moderator: J.B. Potts, Mississippi College

 

“ ‘Them sons of bitches’: Railroads, The Damage Suit Disease and ‘Mule in the Yard’”

                                                Seth Dawson, Mississippi State University

Coleridge’s’s Ironic Child”

                                    Kenneth L. Mitchell, Southeastern Louisiana University

“John Gardner, Salman Rushdie and Ghosts in Postmodern Fiction”

                                                James Potts, Mississippi College

 

 

SESSION 7        10:40 - 1150

 

Session 7A                                                                                                      Holcombe Norwood Annex 151

            “Living in the Bible Belt with the Good Book”

Moderator: Lorie Watkins Fulton, William Carey University

 

“Mark Twain and the King James Bible” 

Thomas J. Richardson, William Carey University

“Eudora Welty and the King James Bible”

Allison Chestnut, William Carey University

“Faulkner and the King James Bible”

Lorie Watkins Fulton, William Carey University

                                                                                               

 

Session 7B                                                                                                      Wright Art Gallery

Poetry Reading

Moderator: Yvonne Tomek

 

Joe Amoako, Delaware State University

 

Yvonne Tomek, Delta State University

 

James Fowler, University of Central Arkansas

 

Terry Everett, Delta State University

 

 

 

           

SESSION 8   12:00 -  1:10

 

 

Session 8A                                                                                                      Holcombe Norwood Annex 151

Mississippi Geography: Metaphors in Graveyards and Catfish Ponds
Moderator: Renelda Owen, Delta State University

 

“The Roots of Yoknaptawpha in Ripley, Mississippi”

                                                Renelda Owen, Delta State University

“The Southern Catfish Pond in Steve Yarbrough’s Oxygen Men

                                                Linda McDaniel, William Carey University

“Literary Mississippi Gravemarkers”

                                                John Soward Bayne, Atlanta, Ga.    

 

 

Session 8B                                                                                                        Wr 111

Deconstructing Intertexts of “Utopia” and Music in Katherine Anne Porter, Dr. Seuss and Richard Powers

Moderator: Peter Malik

 

Dr. Seuss Had No Children, (original short story)

Peter Malik, Alcorn State University

            “Deconstructing Katherine Anne Porter:  “Strange Fruit” in ‘The Fig Tree’”    

Patsy J. Daniels, Jackson State University

“The Triumph of Reality through the eyes of Richard Powers, Goethe, and Schubert”

                                    Virginia Scott, Mississippi College

 

 

             

 

Presenters

Richard Ford, University of Mississippi                                           Keynote Reading 7PM Friday

Joe Amoako, Delaware State University                                            7B

Ted Atkinson, Mississippi State University                            2A

Melanie Anderson, University of Mississippi                                   5A

Melvin Arrington, University of Mississippi                                    3A          

Neil Barrett, Mississippi State University                                            5B

John Soward Bayne, Atlanta, Ga.                                                        8A

Greg Bentley, Mississippi State University                                      4B, 5B

Mark Bonta, Delta State University                                                    3C

Alan Brown, West Alabama University                                          3A

Allison Chestnut, William Carey University                                   7A

Helen Chukwuma, Jackson State University                                 2C

Debbie Davis, University of West Alabama                                   4A

Patsy J. Daniels  , Jackson State University                                    8B

Seth Dawson, Mississippi State University                                     6B

Noel Didla, Jackson State University                                               2C

Virginia Earnest, Mississippi College                                                5A

Stephanie Eddleman, Harding College                                           2B, 4C

Terry Everett, Delta State University                                               6A, (+Intro./Richard Ford)

Benjamin F. Fisher, University of Mississippi                                4A

James Fowler, University of Central Arkansas                              6A

Susan Ford, Delta State University                                                  2B, 4A

Lorie Watkins Fulton, William Carey University                           7A

Marianna Fountain,  Mississippi College                                        3B

Daniel Glenn, Delta State University                                               1B

Chance Harvey, Southeastern Louisiana University                       5A

William Hays, Delta State University                                              7A

Cade Holder, Mississippi State University                                      4B

Brian Kehler, Mississippi College                                                     3B

Peter Malik, Alcorn State University                                                8B

Mary Ruth Marotte, University of Central Arkansas                     3A

Linda McDaniel, William Carey University                                   8A

Preselfannie McDaniels, Jackson State University                       2C

Christine Mitchell, Southeastern Louisiana University                  2B

D. Allan Mitchell, Delta State University                                        5C

Kenneth Mitchell, Southeastern Louisiana University                    6B

Natalie Nations, Mississippi State University                                 3B
Renelda Owen, Delta State University                                            8A

Anna Beth Owens, Mississippi State University                            4B
Joshua Parsons, Mississippi State University                                4B

Sally Paulson, Delta State University                                              1B

Candis P. Pizzetta, Jackson State University                                 3B

James B. Potts, Mississippi College                                               6B

Thomas J. Richardson, William Carey University                         7A

Kris Robinson, Mississippi State University                                   2A

Rusty Rogers, University of Central Arkansas                              7B

Virginia Scott, Mississippi College                                                 8B

 Pamela Shearer, William Carey University                                     1A

Jonathan Smith,  Mississippi State University                               2A, 5B

Michael C. Smith, Delta State University                                       5C

Jeff Smithpeters, Delta State University                                         5C

Clint Tibbs, Delta State University                                                   1B

James Tomek, Delta State University                                             1B, 3B

Yvonne Tomek, Delta State University                                          6A

Tim Viner, Park Christian Church, Memphis, TN                          1B

Troy White, Mississippi College                                                      1A

Claude Wilkinson, Mississippi Valley State University                1A       

John Zheng, Mississippi Valley State University                           4C