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ReplyReply To: MLA 13 Panels of Interest

Thanks for doing this, Matt; I share below the two Melville Society panels, Melville and Protest and Melville Occupies Wall Street. 82. Melville and Protest Thursday, 3 January, 3:30–4:45 p.m., Liberty A, Sheraton Program arranged by the Melville Society Presiding: Hester Blum, Penn State Univ., University Park 1. “Collective Action, Corporate Fiction, and The Confidence-Man,” Peter Jaros, Franklin and […]

TopicCFP: "Imagery and Influence: Hawthorne and Melville" (MLA 2014)

This collaborative panel (which may become a roundtable) explores the ways in which Hawthorne and Melville shared influences, influenced each other, and/or incorporated classical images into their work. What specific classical and other literary intertexts did the authors share? In what specific ways did they influence each other while in turn influencing later writers? What […]

MemberVictor Ochoa

…The Melville Society, Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study, Mensa, Rebelsfare Collective, The Democratic Party of the United States…
…Presentation: “Engaging Ambiguities in Melville’s Pierre; or, The Ambiguities”, 11th Residency Conference, Interdisciplinarity: Engaging Ambiguities, Cincinnati, OH, July 6, 2011…

Literatures of the 19th Century and the Early-20th Century , Psychoanalytic Cultural Critique, Victorian Literature, Melville Studies, Modernist Literature

TopicDisability and Interdependence, MLA 2016

Friday, 8 January 325. Disability and Interdependence 1:45–3:00 p.m. Program arranged by the Forum TC Disability Studies Presiding: Elizabeth Bearden, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison 1. “Disforming Cure,” Katherine Schaap Williams, New York Univ., Abu Dhabi 2. “‘The Servant . . . Formed Himself into a Sort of Crutch’: Disability, Dependency, and the Racialized Logic of Prosthesis […]

TopicCFP w/ extended deadline for Hawthorne ALA panels

*Extended Deadlines!* Calls for Papers: Nathaniel Hawthorne Society Sessions, American Literature Association Conference in San Francisco, May 26-29, 2016. “Hawthorne, Poe, and Childhood” Proposals for papers on the topic of “Hawthorne, Poe, and Childhood” are sought for a Nathaniel Hawthorne Society session at the American Literature Association Conference. Proposals may concern the childhood of Hawthorne and/or […]

DepositMen and “Scribbling Women”: Changing Places in Captivity

Sentimental fiction and domestic novels elevated the female voice, giving authority to the womanly experience as wives, mothers, and women. Novels such as Maria Susanna Cummins’s The Lamplighter and Sara Payson Willis’s Ruth Hall adopted the ideology of feminine behavior and womanliness while, implying tones of dissatisfaction with the role and image of women within society. Thus elevating the idea of woman’s independence and moral superiority over men. This literary and cultural shift changed the writing sphere as women writers outsold popular, contemporary writers Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville. Women writers dominated the sentimental and domestic genre that male equivalents could not produce. Melville’s Pierre; or the Ambiguities attempted to engage in the sentimental style and topics that women writers were undertaking, but based on book sales and contemporary criticism it is evident that Melville could not appeal to American society as successfully as women writers. Hawthorne’s literary earnings from The Blithedale Romance reveal the same unsuccessful attempts as Melville and his remarks upon women writers and sentimental fiction to his friend and publisher William D. Ticknor demonstrate the threat male writers felt from the progress of women writers. This paper’s comparison of male and female writers analyzes how women advancing as authors affects men as authors, men within novels, and males attempting to engage in sentimental writing. I argue that the sentimental and domestic genre allows women to advance in society leaving the captivity of domesticity, while the male counterparts are forced into captivity as they are removed from their dominant position within society.

MemberAndrew Bruce Crichton

I am presently writing about Melville’s influence on American art. I was trained in Shakespeare and medieval studies at the University of Chicago (Ph.D. 1970) and have taught at both the university and independent school level. I directed the first undergraduate foreign study program from the University of Florida, Florida Abroad at Utrecht, and set up the New Cultural Experiences Program for Carroll College. My interests in interdisciplinary and foreign study were formed as an undergraduate at Earlham College.

MemberRobert Tally

I teach American and world literature at Texas State University. My work, broadly speaking, looks at the relations among space, place, mapping, and narrative. I am the author of *Fredric Jameson: The Project of Dialectical Criticism*, *Poe and the Subversion of American Literature*, *Spatiality*, *Utopia in the Age of Globalization: Space, Representation, and the World System*, *Kurt Vonnegut and the American Novel*, and *Melville, Mapping, and Globalization*. My edited collections include *The Geocritical Legacies of Edward W. Said*, *Literary Cartographies*, *Geocritical Explorations*, and *Kurt Vonnegut: Critical Insights*. I am also the general editor of Palgrave Macmillan’s “Geocriticism and Spatial Literary Studies” book series.