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

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English Literature and Culture: Long 19th Century II

Session Chair: 
Ray Crosby, Moreno Valley College
Session 2: Friday 10:45am-12:15pm
RCC Meeting Room 9


  1. Kevin Swafford, Bradley University
    Fraught with guilt and obsessive fears in which the realities of social, cultural, and political history inscribe themselves in, and determine the grounds of, subjective and inter-subjective experience, Le Fanu’s stories in In a Glass Darkly may be read as so many symbolic actions that work through a political unconscious in which the social-historical traumas of the past return to haunt the present. 
  2. Daniel Wuebben, University of Nebraska at Omaha
    This illustrated presentation analyzes the divergent thinking and practical inventions of Captain Frederick Marryat and Charles Babbage, giving special focus to Marryat’s Code of Signals (1817), Babbage’s “Difference Engine” (1823), and “Analytical Engine” (1837). Marryat and Babbage—rebels, tinkerers, restless thinkers—were to the early Victorian period what the mythical programmer-in-the-garage has been to recent revolution in computer electronics.
  3. Cody Hoover, University of California, Riverside
    In Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Ubervilles (1891), Tess Durbeyfield is portrayed as an animal, and her body is sexualized and economized, simultaneously ideal and abject. I suggest that Hardy argues for the sanctity of less ideal women while also attempting to expose the problems with the pseudo-Darwinian notions of his day. I hope to achieve a reconciliation between the postmodern and bio-cultural theory, highlighting how the female body may be the blurring element between the biological and the cultural.
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