112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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American Literature before 1865 III

Session Chair: 
Jill Walker Gonzalez, La Sierra University
Session 9: 9:00-10:30am
RCC Meeting Room 3


  1. Mikayo Sakuma, Gakushuin Women's College
    The position of the Transcendentalist Club, a major liberal community of American intellectuals, can be considered to be particularly significant in its connecting of people of talent, who would otherwise have been isolated in their artistry. Their principle is supposed to be isolation and collaboration. Interestingly that principle was like U.S. foreign policy. My paper is to reconsider the establishment and ultimately the demise of the Transcendentalist Club in terms of the period’s political background and burgeoning networks of journalism.
  2. Nicholas Rinehart, Harvard University
    My paper reads Herman Melville's 1853 short story "Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall-Street" in terms of its thematic treatment of slavery, servitude, freedom, and labor.  It argues that the story can be read allegorically to understand better the history of the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States. 
  3. Emma Stapely, "University of California, Riverside"
    My paper ponders the production of the U.S. American frontier as a temporal quantity—a “time line” that separates national history from its Other(s)—in the years immediately following the 1783 Treaty of Paris. I suggest that this development relied upon retrospective memorializations of the Revolution as a race war that challenged conventional understandings of the Revolution’s chronological, political, and territorial scope.
Session Cancelled: