Politics and Sensation: Texts and Subtexts

The University of St. Thomas English graduate program will hold an interdisciplinary conference on Friday, April 21, 2017.

Date & Time:

Friday, April 21, 2017
11:00 AM - 6:15 PM


Anderson Student Center (ASC), Woulfe Alumni Hall South
Graduate Student Presentations in ASC 202 and 341

The University of St. Thomas English Graduate Program will host an interdisciplinary conference on Friday, April 21, 2017. 

Conference Schedule

10:30 - 11:00 A.M.: Registration
Anderson Student Center, Woulfe Alumni Hall, Lobby
11:00 A.M. - 12:15 P.M.: Lunch, Welcome, Plenary Panel
Anderson Student Center, Woulfe Alumni Hall, South

Welcome: Dr. Alexis Easley, Director of Graduate Studies in English

Politics and Sensation: An Interdisciplinary Discussion
         Dr. Tammy Durant
, Metropolitan State University, Literature and Languages
         Dr. Dina Gavrilos, University of St. Thomas, Communication and Journalism
         Dr. Michael Klein, University of St. Thomas, Justice and Peace Studies

Poster Presenations: Anderson Student Center, Woulfe Alumni Hall, Lobby


12:30 - 1:45 P.M.

Session I: Anderson Student Center, 202
Beyond Frontiers, Borders, Fringes: Contemporary Literature

Maria Capecchi, University of St. Thomas
"Subverting and Re-Negotiating Genre: Claudia Rankine and Anne Carson’s Lyric Mask in Citizen and If Not, Winter"

Nicole Solakiewicz, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
"Dystopia and Architecture: Connecting Material Space and Society in J.G. Ballard’s High-Rise"

Brittany Stojsavljevic, University of St. Thomas
"'You are dancing a rebellion': Why The Grass Dancer Should Not Be Labelled Magical Realism"

Kaity Young, University of Minnesota-Duluth
"Eliminating Stigma with Strikethrough: Depictions of Mental Illness in Laurie Halse Anderson’s Wintergirls”Session II: Anderson Student Center, 341

Session II: Anderson Student Center, 341
Encountering the Material: Transatlantic 19th Century

Adam Burchard, University of St. Thomas
"Clay and Ceramics in Walden"

Betsy Howard, University of Minnesota
“Gathering together the facts”: Krakatoa and Nature’s Changing Scientific Discourse at the End of the Century

John VanOverbeke, University of St. Thomas
"Fellow Bartleby"


2:00 - 3:15 P.M.

Session III: Anderson Student Center, 202
Sensational Consumption: Victorian Literature

Rachel Busse, University of St. Thomas
"Tantalizing Portions: Victorian Celebrity Culture, the Girl of the Period, and Commodified, Imitable Scandal"

Mercedes Sheldon, University of St. Thomas
“Their Literature Must Be as Light as Possible”: L.T. Meade’s Modern Women in The Sorceress of the Strand"

Amy Valine, University of St. Thomas
"My Calling is Quite an Open One, and I Do Hold Secrets": Sorceress of the Strand's Critique of "Open" Beautification Advertisements in the Strand Magazine

Chelcy Walker, University of St. Thomas
"L. T. Meade and the Fin De Siècle's Evolving Femmes Fatales"

Session IV: Anderson Student Center, 341
Self-Fashioning, Networking, and Beyond: Film and Cultural Studies

Joshua Adams, DePaul University
“Moon Girl, Devil Dinosaur, and Untransformed Transformed”

Gabrielle McNally, Northern Michigan University
“Film as Verb: Documentary Imperfection in the Post-Truth Era”

Sarah Pavey, University of St. Thomas
“Sensational Images: The Iconography of Garbo and Karloff"

Joseph Serio, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
"Altered (United) States: Obama, Sanders, and Change"


3:30 - 4:45 P.M.

Session V: Anderson Student Center, 202
Context, Subtext, and Intertextuality: 19th Century Women

Kerry Kraemer, University of St. Thomas
“Gender and Classy Dynamics in Mary Shelley’s “The Parvenue”

Kaari Newman, University of St. Thomas
“Placing Catherine in Jane Austen’s Pantheon: The Female Hero in Northanger Abbey

Abigail Saffert, Minnesota State University: Mankato
"Swimming in the Maelstrom: Cultural Dynamics in The Awakening"

Meaghan Scott, University of St. Thomas
"Constance Wilde's Journalistic Career: Rational Dress for Women and Children"

Session VI: Anderson Student Center, 341
Identity and Archetypes: Conversations Across Time

Molly Behun, University of St. Thomas
"'Are we human or are we monster?': Exploring the Monsters and Heroes of Beowulf and The Hobbit"

Katelyn Brunner, University of St. Thomas
“Imagination and the Creative Process in Coleridge and Eliot”

Laura Melin, University of York, England
"The Visual Politics of Legitimacy: the Coronation Roll of Edward IV"

Arianne Peterson, University of St. Thomas
“(Re)Representing Rez Life: Autoethnography as Resistance”


5:00 - 6:15 P.M.

Session VII: Anderson Student Center, 202
Roundtable: Bright Young Things: Keywords for Twentieth-Century British Literature
Faculty Moderator: Dr. Emily James


  • Devan Bierbrauer
  • Adam Burchard
  • Rachel Busse
  • Christine DeCleene
  • Mary McCartney
  • Sarah Pavey
  • Claire Prescott
  • Hannah Sajban
  • Katie Wynn

All events are free, open to the public, and handicap accessible. For accessibilty requests contact: (651) 962-6315.

Building location and parking: stthomas.edu/campusmaps.


All programs offered by the University of St. Thomas shall be readily accessible to individuals with disabilities. For details, call (651) 962-6315.