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Southern Appalachian Student Conference on Literature

Department of Literature and Language


SASCOL 2018 Schedule of Events: April 14

Unless noted, all events take place on the 3rd Floor of D. P. Culp University Center

8:30-8:45 a.m.: Registration and Refreshments

8:45 a.m.: Conference Welcome

Concurrent Session 1                    9:00-10:20 a.m.

Panel A: Contemporary Social Constructs in Modern American Poetry Forum Room

Chair:  Dr. Jesse Graves

  • Amanda McNally (Grad, ETSU), “Walt Whitman's Use of Eroticism and the Catalytic Effect on American Women as Evidenced by a Critical Analysis of ‘I Sing the Body Electric’”
  • Kayla Ireson (Grad, ETSU), “The Metaphysical Uncertainties of Stephen Crane’s ‘Once There Was a Man’”
  • Elizabeth Chapman (Grad, ETSU), “Interpreting American Society’s Blurred Lines Through Poetic Line: Rape Culture Poems of Adrienne Rich and Sharon Olds”
  • Lacy Snapp (Grad, ETSU), “Joy Harjo’s Desire for Compassionate Thinking and the Preservation of Nature in ‘When the World as We Knew It Ended’”

Panel B:  Medieval and Renaissance Literature     Meeting Room 1 (303)

Chair: Dr. Josh Reid

  • Sidney Alexander Blevins (Undergrad, ETSU), “‘As I haf herde telle:’ The Extradiegetic Narrative in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
  • Brooke Johnson (Undergrad, ETSU), “Dealing With the Devil: A Critical Comparison of Milton’s Satan and Shakespeare’s Richard III”
  • Emily Williams (Undergrad, ETSU), “Tamora as Trickster in Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus
  • Morgan Baskett (Undergrad, ETSU), “Green World Metamorphoses”

Panel C:  Fairy Tales and Gender Archetypes        Meeting Room 2 (304)

Chair:  Dr. Phyllis Thompson

  • Cheston Axton (Undergrad, ETSU), “The Badassery of Hood and Liddell: The Evolution of the Expression of Femininity Between Perrault’s and Carroll’s Text and Modern Retellings.”
  • Amber Rookstool (Undergrad, ETSU), “Using Conceptual Metaphor Theory to Analyze the Objection of Seventeenth Century French Society in Marie-Catherine d'Aulnoy's The White Cat
  • Karissa Doughty (Grad, ETSU), “Snow White and Eve: The Redemption of Women”

Concurrent Session 2                    10:30 a.m.-11:50 a.m.

Panel D: Literary Criticism                          Meeting Room 1 (303)

Chair:  Dr. Robert Sawyer

  • Dean Pfeiffer (Undergrad, ETSU), “‘Master-Mistress of My Passion’: A Queer Critical Reading of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 20”
  • Harley Mercadal (Grad, ETSU), “‘For The Times They Are a-Changing’: A New Historicist Approach to the Context of 1960’s America”
  • Hannah Hoover (Undergrad, ETSU),  “‘Ye are many – they are few’:  A Marxist Critical Reading of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s ‘England in 1819’”
  • Timothy Payne (Undergrad, ETSU), “Two Roads Worn About the Same: A Post-Structuralist Critique of ‘The Road Not Taken’ by Robert Frost”

Panel E: American Poetry in the Borderlands: Landscapes, Spirituality, and Race           Meeting Room 2 (304)

Chair:  Dr. Dan Westover

  • Adam Timbs (Grad, ETSU), “Humanism as Taboo: Tracing the Inhuman Landscapes of Robinson Jeffers’ and James Dickey’s Poetry”
  • William Rieppe Moore (Undergrad, ETSU), “Visitation: The Embodiment of God in Bucolics
  • Logan Jackson Frazier (Undergrad, Appalachian State University), “White Bodies in Black Spaces: A Paradox of Presence and Absence”

Panel F: 18th- and 19th-Century British Literature         Forum (311)

Chair:  Dr. Judy Slagle

  • Claire Jones (Grad, ETSU), “Emma and Pride and Prejudice:  Same Plot, Different Stories”
  • Maureen Gibson (Undergrad, ETSU), “Unlikely Independence: Christina Rossetti’s ‘Goblin Market’ and the Victorian Prostitute”
  • Jillian Bailey (Grad, ETSU), “Rochester, More Than His Vulgarity”
  • Tucker Foster (Grad, ETSU), “Postmodern Tendencies in Eighteenth Century Literature: Examining The Beggar’s Opera, Tristram Shandy, and Their Adaptations”

Concurrent Session 3                    1:00-2:20 p.m.

Panel G:  American Literature: Classics Revisited   Forum (311)

Chair:  Dr. Michael Cody

  • Malikai Bass (Undergrad, ETSU), “Telling a True Story: An Exploration of Tom Hamilton as Presented in John Steinbeck’s Novel East of Eden
  • Kelly S. Parker (Undergrad, Appalachian State University), “The Good Wife: Marriage and Identity in Henry James’s The Portrait of a Lady
  • Jordan Christie (Undergrad, Emory & Henry College), “The Importance of Teaching Multicultural Literature”

Panel H:  Psychoanalysis and Literature                 Meeting Room 2 (304)

Chair:  Dr. Erin Kingsley

  • Kara M. Russell (Grad ETSU), “Trauma and Sexuality in Bertha Harris and Dorothy Allison”
  • Amanda Sawyers (Grad, ETSU), “The Space Between Childhood and Lost Innocence: A Psychoanalytic Examination of the Absent Mother in Ian McEwan’s Atonement” 
  • Hannah Absher (Grad, ETSU), “The Language of Mental Health: Linguistic Cues of Suicidal Ideation in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening

Concurrent Session 4                 2:30-3:50 p.m.

Panel I: Appalachian Literature         Forum (311)

Chair:  Dr. Thomas Alan Holmes

  • Jessica Dunker (Undergrad, ETSU), "Sexuality in Appalachia: An Insight into Jeff Mann's Heritage and Homosexuality."
  • Ian T. Hall (Grad, University of Tennessee-Knoxville), “Good Natured, But Good for Nothing: Rip Van Winkle, Sut Lovingood, and the Stereotypes of the Amiable Appalachian Shirker and the Stifled Hillbilly Shyster”
  • Nina Kerr (Undergrad, Emory & Henry College), “‘Humming Back Yesterday’ and Reclaiming It: The Power of Crystal Wilkinson’s Woman.”

Panel J: Literature and Popular Culture               Meeting Room 1 (303)

Chair:  Dr. Damian Carpenter

  • Russell Evans Minatel (Grad, ETSU), “‘Puny Humans’: Using Reader Response Theory, New Historicism, and The Incredible Hulk to Illuminate Humanity’s Unhealthy Love Affair with Violence and War”
  • Seth Lewis (Undergrad, ETSU), “Music as Profound Literature”
  • Kelci Barton (Grad, ETSU), “Television Adaptation of Birdsong: Is it Still Faulks’ Story?”

4:00-5:30 p.m.  Keynote, Awards, and Reception

Reece Museum

Keynote Address:  Dr. Erin Kingsley, King University, "A (Re)Consideration of Gestational Modernism"  Abstract and Bio Link

Student Achievement in Essay Awards Presentation

Book and Gift Card Drawings for Session Attendees

Exhibit:  Salvador Dali's Illustrations to Dante's Paradiso



Dining Close to the ETSU Campus (A Short List)

Barbaritos: A franchise specialty shop that offers TexMex burritos filled with fresh ingredients, Barbaritos offers tasty, filling food at a modest price.

El Charolais Mexican Taqueria: Authentic Mexican and a favorite with members of the ETSU Literature and Language Department. Try the Fish Taco or Chile Colorado; hearty vegetarian cuisine such as the Spinach Enchilada satisfies even the most dedicated carnivore in the group, too.

Poor Richard's On Campus: Poor Richard's is an institution in Johnson City and, some say, serves the best sweet tea in the Tri-Cities. It is a favorite bar/deli hangout just next door to the ETSU. Lots of college atmosphere.

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