Society of Southeastern Americanists


Friday, March 1, 2013


Friday, 8:00-8:45: Graduate Student Breakfast (Plimsoll)

"Embracing Collaboration: Incorporating Writing Groups into Graduate Research"

Jay Jay Stroup, Texas Christian University

L. Blake Vives, University of Central Florida

Lesley Kamphaus, University of Central Florida

Lindsay Anderson, University of Central Florida


Friday, 9:00-10:30

Session VI


On Early American Technologies (Ballroom A) A/V

Co-chairs: Matthew H. Fisk, University of California, Santa Barbara and Michele Speitz, Furman University

"Printscape and Propagation: Manufacturing Consent in Revolutionary America," Russ Castronovo, University of Wisconsin, Madison

"Consuming Smoke:  Charles Willson Peale’s Embodied Fireplace Designs," Laura Turner Igoe, Temple University

"Musical Instruments as Social Technology: Sound, Song, Slavery," Mary Caton Lingold, Duke University

"The Tropical Machine: Indigenous Materials in Grainger's The Sugar-Cane," Christopher F. Loar, University of California, Davis


Aesthetics of Colonial Chemistry (Ballroom F) A/V

Chair: David A. Boruchoff, McGill University

"The Alchemy of Conquest: Apocalyptic Materialism and the European Discovery of America," Ralph Bauer, University of Maryland

"los secretos naturales que he descubierto estando guisando': Cooking with Aristotle in Colonial Mexico," Allison Bigelow, Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture

""Melancholy, Blood, and the Four Humours in Edward Taylor's Preparatory Meditations," Dan Mills, Georgia State University

"Chemical Aesthetics in the Writings of John Wesley," Kelly L. Bezio, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Writing the Body: Native Textualities (Ballroom E/D) A/V

Chair: Phillip Round, University of Iowa

"War Clubs, Gunpowder Ink, and Syncretic History Writing on the Middle Ground," Mark Alan Mattes, University of Iowa/McNeil Center for Early American Studies

"Duaterra's Tattooing; or, New Zealand in New Hampshire," Melissa Gniadek, Rice University

“’The Ill Effects of It’: Ambiguous Afflictions of Early American Tattoos,” Mairin Odle, New York University

Respondent: Phillip Round, University of Iowa


Trouble in Paradise:  Milton in Post/Colonial American Literature (Verlest)

Chair: Paula Loscocco, Lehman College/City University of New York

“The Miltonic Wheatley,” Paula Loscocco, Lehman College/City University of New York

“Crèvecoeur’s Miltonic Epic:  An Epistolary Paradise Lost,” Zach Hutchins, Brigham Young University

“The Search for Paradise and Milton’s Abject Presence in Toni Morrison’s A Mercy," Reginald Wilburn, University of New Hampshire

Respondent: Leonard Tennenhouse, Duke University


Roundtable Discussion on New Directions in Scholarship about Hannah Mather Crocker (Percival)

Facilitator: Constance J. Post, Iowa State University

“New Wine into Old Wineskins: Hannah Mather Crocker, Rhetoric, and the War of 1812,” Constance J. Post, Iowa State University

“Hannah Mather Crocker and the Issue of Women's Political Agency,” Eileen Hunt Botting, University of Notre Dame

“Hannah Mather Crocker and Cotton Mather:  Two Voices for Women's Education,” Mary Copeland, Mt. St. Mary's College

“The Many Lives of Hannah Mather Crocker,” Alea Henle, University of Wisconsin, Madison

“The Rock from Whence they were Hewn: Hannah Mather Crocker and the Politics of Place,” Sarah L. Houser, University of St. Thomas

“The Masonic Nature of St Ann's Lodge, where Hannah Mather Crocker was ‘Mistress’,” Karen Kidd, Independent Scholar

“Hannah Mather Crocker’s Place in Early American Military Intelligence,” John Slifko, The Roosevelt Center for the Study of Civil Society and Freemasonry


The Public Life of Poems (Vernon)

Chair: Matthew Garrett, Wesleyan University

“Pandemonium in America: The Poetry of Conspiracy and the Paradox of Literary Publicity,” Colin Wells, St. Olaf College

“Everyday Odes: Forgettable Poetry and the Making of Public Memory,” Laura Soderberg, University of Pennsylvania

“Poetry and the Performance of Female Learning: Rowson’s A Present for Young Ladies,” Anne Baker, North Carolina State University



**Friday, 9:30-10:45

German-Language Migrations and the Early American South in an Atlantic World

Panel held at the Georgia Historical Society

Chair: Chair: Patrick M. Erben, University of West Georgia

“Desiring ‘Another Transport of ... German Protestants’: The Salzburgers and the Appeal for German Settlement in Georgia,” Karen Auman, New York University

“Georgia on My Mind: The German Ministers’ Diaries on Ebenezer,” Oliver Scheiding, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz

"Du sollst die Zahl der Frommen mehren: der Irrende soll wiederkehren’—German Thoughts on Religion and Culture in the American South,” Carola Doleschel, Independent Scholar

“An Early German Protestant Slave Mission in the Carolina Lowcountry,” Aaron Fogleman, Northern Illinois University


Friday 10:45-11:30

Georgia Historical Society Collection Overview



Friday 10:45-12:15

Session VII


Early American Disability: II (Ballroom F) A/V

Chair: Cristobal Silva, Columbia University

“Revolutionary War Invalid Pensions and the Codification of Disability in Early America,” Laurel Daen, College of William and Mary

“Impaired Automata: Hearing the human and sounding America,” Caitlin Marshall, University of California, Berkeley

“’I Hate You! I Hate the World!’: PTSD and Indian Hating,” Edward Watts, Michigan State University

“‘Ain’t One Limb Enough?’: Historicizing Disability in American Fiction,” Sari Altschuler, University of South Florida


The Intersecting Plantation Landscape (Ballroom A) A/V

Chair: David Brown, College of William and Mary

“Designed and Enslaved Landscapes: Lewis Burwell II's Fairfield Redefines the Virginia Plantation at the End of the Seventeenth Century,” David Brown, College of William and Mary and Thane Harpole, The Fairfield Foundation

“From Central to Peripheral and Back Again: Situating the Planter’s House in 18th-Century Virginia,” Camille Wells, College of William and Mary

“’The Small Rural Village:’ Mount Vernon’s Economy and the Plantation and Town,” Luke J. Pecoraro, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens

“’These Gullied and Worn Out Fields’: Contextualizing Ornamental Landscapes amidst Plantation Agriculture at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest,” Jack Gary, Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest and Eric Proebsting, Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest

"’Once the Metropolis of Maryland’: Connecting a City's Past to a Plantation's Present,” Terry Brock, Michigan State University


Early American Culture and the Digital Humanities (Ballroom E/D) A/V

Chair: Jim Egan, Professor, Brown University

“Building a Digital Archive,” Mark Kamrath, University of Central Florida and Patricia Carlton, University of Central Florida

“The Farber Gravestone Collection: Problems and Possibilities of Cultural Analytics,” Harry Brown, DePauw University

“The Placing of Criticism in Realms of Reading and Visualization,” Christopher N. Phillips, Lafayette College


Convention and Agency (Verlest)

Chair: Michele Lise Tarter, The College of New Jersey

“Speaking for Others: The Vicarious Experiences of Poetic Convention,” Meredith Neuman, Clark University

“Ursula in the World: Creole Politics, Spanish Conquest, and the Global Apostolate in the Diary of Afro-Peruvian Donada Ursula de Jesús (1604-1666),” Tamara Harvey, George Mason University

“’don't thee me’: Elizabeth Ashbridge and the Purposeful Pleasures of Convention,” Lisa Gordis, Barnard College


The 18th-Century Atlantic World of Print (Pervical)

Sponsored by the American Antiquarian Society

Chair: Paul Erickson, American Antiquarian Society

"“Alexander Pope’s Windsor Forest in America:  the Slave Trade and the Book Trade in the Making of Colonial Libraries,” Sean Moore, University of New Hampshire

 “Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places: 18th-c. Atlantic Travelogues and Their Readers,” Carolyn Eastman, Virginia Commonwealth University

“Mathew Carey, Eminent Physician: Philadelphia’s Malignant Fever in Dublin,” Molly O’Hagan Hardy, Southwestern University


French and American Approaches to Revolutionary-Era Transatlantic Republicanism (Vernon)

Chair: Seth Cotlar, Willamette University

“Benjamin Franklin Bache and the French Abolition of Slavery in 1794,” Marie-Jeanne Rossignol, University Paris-Diderot

“Thomas Paine’s republicanism and the French Revolution: representative paradigm or marginal thought?” Carine Lounissi, University of Rouen

“The Possibilities and Limitations of Transatlantic Republicanism in 1790s America: The South Carolina Democratic-Republican Societies as a Case Study,” Michelle Orihel, Southern Utah University

Respondent: Seth Cotlar, Willamette University



Friday 12:15-1:15 LUNCH BREAK



**Friday 12:30-3:00** Special event off-site

Wormsloe Plantation outing (meet in the hotel lobby for bus); includes a box lunch



Friday 1:30-3:00

Session IX


Global Desire: A Roundtable on New Approaches and Methods in Early American Visual Culture (Ballroom A) A/V

Chair: Patricia Johnston, College of the Holy Cross

 “The Art of Tea, Revolution, and an American East Indies Trade,” Caroline Frank, Brown University

 “Reconsidering Catlin:  Native American Global Desire in the Age of Removal,” Elizabeth Hutchinson, Barnard College, Columbia University

“Taking to the Stage:  Selling Chinese Goods in Antebellum America,” Nancy Davis, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

“The Clothes in the Case:  Conspicuous Consumption in the 1839 Jarvis Divorce Trial,” Elizabeth Kenney, Salem State University

“The Culture of Imperialism and the History of American Art” Alan Wallach, College of William and Mary


Democratic Narratives of Early American Culture (Ballroom F) A/V

Chair: Emily Todd, Westfield State University

"Reviewing America: The Early American Book Review and the Making of American Literature," Adam Gordon, Whitman College

"The Forms of History: Narrating the Haitian Revolution in Leonora Sansay's Secret History and Zelica, the Creole,"  Lindsay Van Tine, Columbia University

"Faith, Freedom, and Marriage: Catharine Sedgwick's Redwood and the Hancock Shakers," Lucinda Damon-Bach, Salem State University

"Indeliberate Democracy: The Politics of Religious Conversion in Royall Tyler's The Algerine Captive," Elizabeth Fenton, University of Vermont


New Worlds of Knowledge in the Early Modern Atlantic (Ballroom E/D) A/V

Co-chairs: Stephanie Kirk, Washington University and Sarah Rivett, Princeton University

“The Origins of Creole Antiquarianism,” Anna More, University of California, Los Angeles

"Natural Histories of American Antiquity in the Early Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World," Sarah Rivett, Princeton University

“The Poetics of Anatomy in Colonial Mexico,” Stephanie Kirk, Washington University

"Talia Qualia Naturalia: Francis Daniel Pastorius's Collections of Medical and Horticultural Knowledge," Patrick Erben, University of West Georgia


Reconsidering Early Women’s Diaries: Genre, Authorship, Circulation (Verlest)

Chair: Eve Tavor Bannet, University of Oklahoma

“Linking Diaries to Letters in Women’s Memoirs,” Theresa Strouth Gaul, TCU

“Against Foreign Invasion: Strategies for Enclosure and Concealment in Elizabeth Drinker’s Diary,” Desirée Henderson, University of Texas, Arlington

“From Mary to Mary: Female Lineages and Genealogical Reflections in Eighteenth-Century Women’s Diaries,” Karin Wulf, College of William and Mary


Fiction in the Wake of 1800: I (Percival)

Chair: Justine S. Murison, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

“Crumple Time: Narrative Temporality After the Revolution of 1800,” Duncan Faherty, Queens College & the CUNY Graduate Center

Salmagundi’s Style,” Matthew Garrett, Wesleyan University

“Isaac Mitchell’s The Asylum and the Debate over Transatlantic Commerce,” David Lawrimore, University of Florida

“Parabolic Social Mobility and the Circulation of Wealth in the Post-1800 American Novel,” Matthew Pethers, University of Nottingham


Friday 3:15-4:45

Session X


The Temporal Turn in Early American Perspective: a Roundtable (Ballroom F) A/V

Chair: Joseph Rezek, Boston University

“‘The Mulatto Version of History’: French Imperial Chronotopes of Racial Liberation,” Robert Fanuzzi, St. John’s University

“Eschatologies of the Citizen,” Carrie Hyde, University of California, Los Angeles

“Face Time: Charles Brockden Brown and the Temporalities of Physiognomics,” Peter Jaros, Franklin & Marshall College

“Metis Time: Chronology and National Identity in the Schoolcraft Circle,” John Kucich, Bridgewater State University

“Cotton Mather’s ‘Indian’ Time,” Christen Mucher, Smith College


Culinary Contact Zones (Ballroom E/D) A/V

Chair: Christopher Farrish, Claremont Graduate University

“Eating Animals: Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Keimer, and 'Taste Unconfin'd,” Lauren Klein, Georgia Institute of Technology

“Is the Dining Room a Middle Ground,” Michael LaCombe, Adelphi University

“Crown'd the Night,” Molly Perry, College of William & Mary

“Of Staples and Famines: American Corn from the Revolution to the Irish Potato Famine,” Stephen Rachman, Michigan State University


Material Hospitalities (Ballroom A) A/V

Chair: Susan Stabile, Texas A&M University

"Entertaining a New Republic: Music and the Women of Washington, DC, 1800-1825," Leah Giles, Concord Museum

"The Un-Houwelyk: Home and Hospitality in New Netherland and early New York," Alena M. Buis, Queen’s University

“’By a Southern Pen’: The Incivilities of Sociable Visiting,” Fredrika Teute, Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture

Commentary: Cathy Kelly, University of Oklahoma


Libraries and Print Culture in Early America (Verlest)

Chair: Jeremy Dibbell, LibraryThing

"What Is A Grievable Library? Burned Books, Catastrophe, and the War of 1812," Jonathan Senchyne, University of Wisconsin, Madison

"James Johnston and the Eighteenth Century Savannah Book Trade," Amanda Gable, Georgia State University

"Correspondence Networks as Shopping Networks: Sociability and the Circulation of Books, 1750-1825," Jennifer Steenshorne, The Papers of John Jay

"Books on the Block: The Sale of Loyalist Libraries in Massachusetts," Jeremy Dibbell, LibraryThing


Ethnographies of Early America (Percival)

Chair: Elise Bartosik-Velez, Dickinson College

“Experimental Ethnographies: New World Knowledge in Thomas Hariot and Jean de Léry,” Maura E. Collinge, University of Maryland

"American Chimeras: Bestiality, Cannibalism, and American Indian Representations in New England," Christine Yao, Cornell University

“Indians, Cannibals, and Barbarians,” David A. Boruchoff, McGill University

"A Key into Language: Colonial Missionaries, Translation, and Linguistic Theory," Natalie D. Spar, Washington University in Saint Louis


Early American Women Writers and the Cultural Meanings of Age (Vernon)

Sponsored by the journal Legacy

Chair: Desiree Henderson, University of Texas, Arlington

“Before the Bildungsroman: Age as Expiration Date in the Early American Novel,” Robert Battistini, Columbia University

“Perilous Reproduction: Reading Agelessness in a Time of Seduction,” Tracey-Lynn Clough, University of Texas, Arlington

“’[G]rown grey in chasing a shadow’: The Female Quixote Past Middle-Age,” Alison Tracy Hale, University of Puget Sound


Friday, 5:15-7  LOWCOUNTRY HERITAGE FOOD EVENT (Scarborough Ballroom)



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