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

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English Literature and Culture: Long 18th Century I: Memory and Memoriam

Session Chair: 
Raymond H. J. Rim, University of California, Riverside
Session 3: Friday 2:00-3:30pm
RCC Raincross A


  1. Carol Blessing, Point Loma Nazarene University
    Mary Bosanquet Fletcher and Mary Tooth's roles in Methodist ministry are obscured by the Rev. Henry Moore's early nineteenth-century "official" version of Fletcher's autobiography. Tooth unsuccessfully tried to persuade Moore to include Mary Fletcher's apologia for women’s preaching, the strongest since Margaret Fell Fox’s work. This paper focuses on the gendered politics of publication, as well as writing back into history the words of both Tooth and Fletcher, using archival letters and journals of the two women.
  2. Michael G. Simental, Independent Scholar
    Gray’s Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard is reconsidered as an elegy, not for the dead forefathers—or any other deceased subject—but for Gray himself.
  3. Amanda Weldy Boyd, Hope International University
    Theatrical biography provided a unique space for readers to “own” a particular actor, an ownership modeled by the proprietary attitude of many thespian biographies. “Extra-illustrations” made by individual readers developed alongside the increasing professionalism of theatrical biographers, creating tension between professional and amateur biographers where the genre acts as a static monument trying to encapsulate dynamic stage performance, and as a space of interactive play for illustrators. 
Session Cancelled: