116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

British Literature and Culture: Long 19th Century I

Session Chair: 
Jane J. Lee, California State University, Dominguez Hills
Time: 
Session 1: Friday 1:30 pm – 3 pm
Location: 
Miller Hall 35

Presenters/Papers:

  1. Patricia O'Neill, Hamilton College - Emeritus Professor
    Between Denon’s illustrated volumes on his travels to Egypt with Napoleon in 1802 to Carter’s opening of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1923, no one did more to promote and define public interest in Egyptian archaeology than Amelia Edwards. For feminists and literary scholars Edwards writings demonstrate the importance of the humanities to the reception and dissemination of scientific knowledge.
  2. Grant Palmer, University of California, Riverside
    In Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula, Mina Harker constructs a biometric profile of Dracula in an attempt to destroy him through an archival body of knowledge. Although Dracula cannot be apprehended through Mina’s biometric profiling, due to his ability to change form, the vampire hunters  still prevail in destroying Dracula. I argue that this speaks to the effectiveness of biometric profiling as a constructed narrative and ethos, as opposed to the accuracy of the actual physical biometric data.
  3. Leila Easa, San Francisco State University
    My paper explores the construction of childhood in Hardy’s Jude the Obscurethrough its characterization of Jude as a boy and of Little Father Time. These two characters struggle to fit into and find meaning within their world, yet each approaches their struggle differently—Jude through retrospection and history and Little Father Time through prolepsis—a conflict that can only be resolved with the ultimate ending, death.
  4. Melvianne Andersen, California State University, Dominguez Hills
    Mary Shelley’s presentation of Frankenstein’s creature as a slave conveying his slave narrative in nineteenth-century England. Her treatment of the Creature in the text as the "other" mirrors the treatment of the most othered race in England, the African.
Session Cancelled: 
No