Saturday, March 2, 2013


Saturday 8-8:45 Business Meeting (Ballroom A)


NOTE: The Material Culture Colloquy will be from 9:00am-10:30am at Davenport House, with a tour of the house available afterwards. Attendance is free and open to all conference participants.

Material Culture Colloquy, moderated by Zara Anishanslin

Session held at the Kennedy Pharmacy, Davenport House, followed by a guided tour of the Davenport House



Saturday 9-10:30

Session XI


Narrating New England Witchcraft and Spirit Possession (Ballroom F) A/V

Chair: Amelia Lewis, Auburn University

"'A Picture of Hell': Cotton Mather's Possession Narratives and the Emergence of Spectral Realism in New England,” William J. Ryan, Rutgers University

“Spirit Possession Tales in Early America and Resisting the Urge to Engage in 'Consciousness Raising',” Joy A. J. Howard, Saint Joseph's University

“Doing without the History of Salem Witchcraft,” Michael J. Everton, Simon Fraser University


Memory Speak: Unpacking the Politics of the Early American Archive (Ballroom A) A/V

Chair: Kathleen Donegan, University of California Berkeley

“Columbus: 1492, 1792, 2012,” Lauren Coats, Louisiana State University

“The Convergence of Sacred and Secular Forms of Book Worship,” Patricia Roylance, Syracuse University

“To Judge a Book by its Cover: The Material of Lady Armine’s Indian Bible,” Steffi Dippold, Stanford University

Respondent: Paul Erickson, American Antiquarian Society


A Roundtable Concerning Religious Affections (Ballroom E/D) A/V

Chair: Ivy Schweitzer, Dartmouth College

“Moravian Religion of the Heart,” Craig Atwood, Moravian Theological Seminary

“Religious Reading and Embodied Practice in the Early Antebellum African American Context,” Kathleen Howard, McNeil Center for Early American Studies

“Awakening Trouble in Savannah,” Noeleen McIlvenna, Wright State University

“Sympathy as Sign in the Salem Witch Trials,” Abram Van Engen, Washington University in St. Louis

“The Pious Politics of Friendship in Quaker Women’s Writing,” Caroline Wigginton, Rutgers University


Colonial Newspapers and Their Editors (Verlest)

Chair: Kacy Tillman, University of Tampa

"’Darkness that may be felt:’ Slavery and the First Great Awakening in the South-Carolina Gazette,” Andrew M. Pisano, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

"Time and Space and the Readers of Colonial American Newspapers," A. Franklin Parks, Frostburg State University

“’To Proceed with Spirit’:  Clementina Rind, the Virginia Gazette, and Local News,” Karen A. Weyler, University of North Carolina at Greensboro


The Archaeology and Ethnohistory of the Yamasee and Guale Indians: Effects of Colonization on Indigenous Populations in Coastal Georgia and South Carolina (Pervical)

Chair: Eric C. Poplin, Brockington and Associates, Inc.

“Migration and Spiritual Diplomacy: Euhaw-Yamasee Responses to British Colonial Expansion,” Denise I. Bossy, University of North Florida

“Perspectives on Yamasee Life: Excavations at Altamaha Town,” Alex Y. Sweeney, Brockington and Associates and Eric C. Poplin, Brockington and Associates, Inc.

“Guale-Francisan Interactions along the Georgia Bight,” David Hurst Thomas, American Museum of Natural History

Respondent: Chester DePratter, University of South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology


Before and After “The Text”:  Reading Front and Back Matter in Early American Writing: II (Vernon)

Chair: Christopher Looby, University of California, Los Angeles

“Smith’s Forge: Considering Commendatory Verse in Captain John Smith’s The Generall Historie,” Nicholas Mohlmann, Purdue University

“Captivity, Revolution, and Paratext in the 1780 Edition of Elizabeth Hanson’s God’s Mercy Surrounding Man’s Cruelty,” Clayton Zuba, University of Delaware

“Serializing History: Jeremy Belknap’s Liberties with Textual Authority,” Kristina Garvin, Ohio State University


Saturday 10:45-12:15

Session XII


Early American Graphic Narrative (Ballroom E/D) A/V

Chair: Elizabeth Hewitt, Ohio State University

“Literary Street Criers and the Labor of Childhood,” Courtney Weikle-Mills, University of Pittsburgh

“’Mistress of Her Own Affairs’: Anne Laura Clarke, Traveling Lecturer of the 1820s,” Granville Ganter, St. Johns University

“Early American Visual Culture and the Birth of Graphic Narrative,” Jared Gardner, Ohio State University


Missionary Literary Cultures: Comparative Approaches (Ballroom F) A/V

Chair: Kristina Bross, Purdue University

"'A Female Preacher to her kindred': Phillis Wheatley's Transatlantic Missionary Network," Vincent Carretta, University of Maryland

“‘Mouldering ruins of a former nominal Christianity’: American Missionaries in Colonial Ceylon” Brian Yothers, University of Texas, El Paso

“Catharine Maria Sedgwick’s Double Captivity Narrative; or, How a French Catholic Iroquois Became an American Unitarian,” David Weimer, Harvard University

“Whatsoever You Do, Do as Unto the Lord: The Diary of Moravian Missionary Theodor Schulz, 1785-1844,” Del-Louise Moyer, The Free Library of Philadelphia

Respondent: Laura Stevens, University of Tulsa


The Plantation Metropole (Ballroom A) A/V

Chair: Robert McLoone, University of Iowa

"Balcarres Plantation--Kingston--Port-au-Prince--London: The Case of Louis Lecesne and John Escoffery in Early 19th-Century Jamaica and the Atlantic World," Tim Watson, University of Miami

"Unexpected Plantation Metropole: Boston and the Haciendas of Cuba," Rita Williams, University of Delaware

“The Institutional Lash: Racial Intimidation and Control in Antebellum Charleston,” John Navin, Coastal Carolina University


Women and Early American Studies: A Roundtable (Verlest)

Sponsored by the journal Legacy

Chair:  Theresa Strouth Gaul, TCU

“Female Slave Ownership in Colonial Jamaica:  Rethinking Gender, Family & Race in the Early Modern Atlantic World,” Christine Walker, University of Michigan

“What Jonathan Edwards’s ‘Crazy’ Grandmother Can Teach Us About the Study of Ordinary Women’s Lives,” Ava Chamberlain, Wright State University

“‘Tell My Story!’: Reflections on the Archive and 18th Century Black Women,” Tara Bynum, Towson University

“Intersections of Voice and Identity in the Gendered Performances of Female Criminals,” Amelia C. Lewis, Auburn University 

“‘Memorials of Exemplary Women Are Peculiarly Interesting’: Female Biography in Early National America,” Lucia McMahon, William Paterson University


Chronologies, Calendars, Old-Style/New Style, and Methods of Time-Keeping in Early America (Percival)

Chair: Reiner Smolinski, Georgia State University

“Time and Eternity in the Mosaic Hexaemeron: Ethan Allen’s infamous Oracles of Reason (1784),” Benjamin Kolenda, Georgia State University

“The Public Life of Poems,” Keri Holt, Utah State University

“Jonathan Edwards and Cosmo-Theological Time,” Robert E. Brown, James Madison University


Victor Hugo’s Bug-Jargal in Early American Studies (Vernon)

Chair: Jonathan Senchyne, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Bug-Jargal, Translationally,” Susan Gillman, University of California, Santa Cruz

“Race and the Familial/Familiar Dog in Hugo’s Bug-Jargal,” Brigitte Fielder, University of Wisconsin, Madison

"The End of the Line: Genealogies of Erasure in Fictions of Haiti," Elizabeth Maddock Dillon, Northeastern University


Saturday 12:15-1:15 LUNCH BREAK



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

Gullah/Geechee outing (meet in the hotel lobby for bus); includes lunch



Saturday 1:30-3:00

Session XIII


Anne Bradstreet at 400 Roundtable (Ballroom A) A/V

Moderators: Elizabeth Ferszt, Arizona State University and Ivy Schweitzer, Dartmouth College

"'The noblest and most active element': Reading Fire in Bradstreet's 'The Four Elements'," Joshua Bartlett, University at Albany

“The Population Theory of AB,” Molly Farrell, The Ohio State University

“Queer Theory and the Puritan Bradstreet,” Anne G. Myles, University of Northern Iowa

“Anne Bradstreet and the Private/Public Divide,” Wendy Martin, Claremont Graduate



Modern Adaptations of Early American People, Places and Spaces (Ballroom F) A/V

Chair: Kirsten Iden, Auburn University

"Who's Afraid of Virginia Dare?: The 'Lost Colony' in Popular Culture from Eastward Hoe to Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” E. Thomson Shields, East Carolina University

"Re-visioning Jamestown, Recolonizing Pocahontas in The New World,” Cathy Rex, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire

“’Where a past did not haunt’: Native American erasure in Morrison’s A Mercy,” John Miles, University of Memphis

“Of PlayStation and Patriots: Assassin’s Creed Revolutionary Revision,” Stacey Dearing, Purdue University


Native American Landscapes and Public Memory (Ballroom E/D) A/V

Chair: Sabine Klein, University of Maine, Farmington

"Remapping King Philip's War: Violence, Memory, and Regeneration in the Native Northeast and Colonial New England," Christine DeLucia, Mount Holyoke College

"Wiping Away the Tears: The Battle of Tippecanoe in History and Memory," Dawn Marsh, Purdue University

"Reconsidering the Revolutionary Mythos: Conflicting Spatial Histories and Narrative Claims to Space in William Apess' Eulogy on King Philip," Jeffrey Cotrell, Northeastern University

"Tomorrow's Ancestors: Native Memories and Digital Media," Jeff Glover, Loyola University, Chicago


Language, the Colonial, and the Postcolonial (Verlest)

Chair: Kariann Yokota, University of Colorado, Denver

“Pure English: On Not Declaring Linguistic Independence,” Tim Cassedy, Southern Methodist University

“The Politics of Practical Grammar: Learning Spanish in the Early Republic,” Kirsten Silva Gruesz, University of California, Santa Cruz

“Trade, Missions, Treaties: Language Encounters and the Invention of Savagism,” Sean P. Harvey, Seton Hall University


Temporality and Natural History (Percival)

Chair: Timothy Sweet, West Virginia University

"Pondering 'Imponderables' in the Early Modern Interpretation of Witchcraft," Paul Wise, South Georgia State College

"A Deep Map of the South: Natural History, Cultural History, and William Bartram's Travels," Mark Sturges, Pennsylvania State University

"William Bartram's Travels as Palimpsestic History," Alexander Mazzaferro, Rutgers University

"Subjects of Natural History: Natural Law, Natural History, and the History of Thought," Matthew Crow, Hobart and William Smith Colleges


Saturday 3:15-4:45

Session XIV


Moving the Nation (Ballroom F) A/V

Chair: Nancy Armstrong, Duke University

“Unsympathetic Selves,” Len Tennenhouse, Duke University

“Affect & Appearance: Public Feeling in John Adams and Hannah Arendt,” Jennifer Greiman, SUNY-Albany

“History Painting and the American School of Empire,” Edward Larkin, University of Delaware


Samson Occom and Indigenous Cosmopolitanism (Ballroom A) A/V

Chair: Cassander Smith, University of Alabama

“Samson Occom’s Origins,” Katy L. Chiles, University of Tennessee

“Burnishing the Chain: Material and Metaphor in Samson Occom’s Missionary Networks,” Angela Calcaterra, University of West Florida

“’Such Confusion as I never Dreamt of’: Landscape and Reason, Indigeneity and Urbanity in Samson Occom’s London," Coll Thrush, University of British Columbia

“’That dreadful curse’: Syphilis, Cook’s Pacific Voyages, and Samson Occom’s Cosmopolitics of Disease: Kelly Wisecup, University of North Texas

Respondent: Lisa Brooks, Amherst College


Things Presidential:  Significant Objects in Early America (Ballroom E/D) A/V

Chair: Amy H. Henderson, Independent Scholar

“'1 neat landskip...for a chimy': Landscape Representation in George Washington's Mount Vernon,” Anna O. Marley, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

“’The principal ornament of the mouth’:  George Washington’s Dental Prostheses and the Republican Body,” Jennifer Van Horn, Towson University

“’The part it has borne in our history’: Thomas Jefferson’s Writing-Box,” Elizabeth Chew, Monticello


Early America, Poetically Speaking (Verlest)

Sponsored by Common-place

Chair: Wendy Raphael Roberts, Northwestern University

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, University of Oklahoma

Joseph Mills, University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Thomas Hallock, University of South Florida

Jomar “JD” Daniel Isip, Texas A&M University, Commerce

Respondent: Max Cavitch, University of Pennsylvania


The Southern Grotesque in Early America (Percival)

Chair: Susan Imbarrato, Minnesota State University, Moorhead

“Distorted Traditions: Early American Roots of the Southern Grotesque,” Astrid M. Fellner, Saarland University and Susanne Hamscha, University of Goettingen

“To Tell The Rime: Forensic Mimicry in Martin Faber: The Story of a Criminal,” Kathleen Crosby, University of North Carolina

“’the Craveings of their Appetites’: William Byrd’s Secret History and the Southern Grotesque,” Mary McAleer Balkun, Seton Hall University


Early American Individualism (Vernon)

Chair: Edward Watts, Michigan State University

“At Home in the World: Captivity and Identity in Olaudah Equiano’s Interesting Narrative,” Chiara Cillerai, St. John’s University, New York

"'As my outward Man decays': The Aging of Ebenezer Parkman," Ross W. Beales, Jr., College of the Holy Cross

"Commerce and Authorship: James Isham and the Hudson's Bay Company," Bruce Greenfield, Dalhousie University


Saturday 5:00-6:30

Session XV


Re-Encountering the Encounter (Ballroom E/D) A/V

Chair: Edward Simon, Lehigh University

“Montroville Wilson Dickeson’s Mississippi Panorama,” William Daniel Fenton, Fordham University

“The Delaware, the Dutch, and the Enchanted Historiography of 1609,” Michelle R. Sizemore, University of Kentucky

"Thomas Morton's Poetic Encounters in New English Canaan," Edward Simon, Lehigh University

“Encountering and Re-encountering Indigeniety: Mixed-Race Responses to Colonialism in The Female American," Rebecca M. Lush, California State University, San Marcos


The Science of Early American Spaces (Ballroom F) A/V

Chair: Matt Jennings, Middle Georgia State College

"At the Sight of Such a Morning, the Gladness of Their Hearts was Visibly Expressed: Observing the 1769 Transit of Venus in Providence, RI," Elyssa Tardif, Rhode Island Historical Society

 “William Byrd’s Dividing Line: Natural History and the Projected Transatlantic Reader.” Kevin Joel Berland, Penn State.

"The dialectic of historical monuments on The Plains of Abraham, Quebec," Gordon Sayre, University of Oregon

"Tracking the Pélican des Bois, or Translating Louisiana's Wet Lands in Chateaubriand's Atala," Matt Suazo, University of California, Santa Cruz


Charity and Capitalism: Commercial and Religious Networks in the Atlantic World (Ballroom A) A/V

Chair: Len von Morzé, University of Massachusetts, Boston

“The Silkworm and the Beehive: The Material Metaphors of Georgia’s Charity Literature,” Len von Morzé, University of Massachusetts, Boston

“‘Power Over the Hearts and Purses’: George Whitefield’s Campaign for Bethesda Orphanage,” Tracy Hoffman, Baylor University

 “Networks of Benevolence and Justice in Charles Brockden Brown’s  Arthur Mervyn,” Dietmar Schloss, University of Heidelberg

“Charity and Capitalism in the Atlantic System: The Hauntological Argument of Henry David Thoreau’s Cape Cod,” Katie Simon, Georgia College


Early American Studies After “History” (Verlest)

Chair: Marion Rust, University of Kentucky

"Convening," Jonathan Elmer, Indiana University

"Early American Studies and Self-Narrative," Marion Rust, University of Kentucky

"John Winthrop's Penis," Jonathan Beecher Field, Clemson University

Respondent: Shirley Samuels, Cornell University


Fiction in the Wake of 1800: II (Percival)

Chair: Duncan Faherty, Queens College & the CUNY Graduate Center

“A Moral Foundation for a Turbulent Era: Susanna Rowson Anticipates the Political Upheaval Following the Election of 1800,” Jessica Workman Holland, University of Kentucky

“The Nation before the Narrative: Samuel Woodworth’s Champions of Freedom,” Joseph J. Letter, University of Tampa

Jane Talbot’s Disappointment,” Christopher J. Lukasik, Purdue University

“Intercontinental Engagement and the Circulation of Ideas in Sally Wood’s Fiction,” Scott Slawinski, Western Michigan University


Eighteenth-Century Visions of American Independence (Vernon)

Chair: Todd Aldridge, Auburn University

"I Can't Get No Satisfaction: The Rise of Dueling in Late 18th Century America," Matthew A. Byron, Young Harris College

“Anti-Colonialism in Early America,” Jason Richards, Rhodes College

"Continental Visions and Free Black Colonization in Post-Revolutionary Virginia," Samantha Seeley, New York University

"Thomas Jefferson's Saxon Romance," Amanda Johnson, Vanderbilt University