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

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Session Chair: 
Julian Ledford, Sewanee: The University of the South
Session 5: Saturday 8:45-10:15am
Marriott Orangecrest
Topic Area: 


  1. Katherine Brewer, Middle Tennessee State University
    Critics have neglected Coleridge’s engagement with Baruch Spinoza’s Ethics and Pantheismusstreit. I propose that Christabel and The Rime Ancient Mariner reveal an anxiety over the position of pantheism, i.e., the belief that God is all objects in nature and the acceptance of determinism, man’s finitude, and evil as privatio boni.
  2. Carla Cannalte, University of Colorado at Boulder
                Visible darkness is a synthesis that ultimately represents the philosophical trajectory of William Wordsworth’s poetry. Although Wordsworth initially understands human existence by dualisms such as light and darkness, he ultimately resolves his use of binary logic into holistic harmony. By synthesizing binary oppositions into visible darkness, Wordsworth undergoes poetic revelation, as he comes to understand that human existence is cyclical rather than defined by dialectics.
  3. Cloe Le Gall-Scoville, University of California, Davis
    In this paper, I argue that François-René de Chateaubriand’s Atala (1801) presents a utopian but ultimately doomed vision of benign colonialism that combines aspects of Native-American and European culture. The daughter of a Spanish father and Native-American mother, Atala, the eponymous heroine of the novella, embodies this tragic metissage. 
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