A National Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference

April 7, 8 and 9, 2005

Indiana University, Bloomington



A Note from the Conference Organizers:

We have sought to assemble panels which cross traditional academic boundaries of discipline or period. It is our hope that by placing these disparate elements in unexpectedly close proximity to each other, we can help to forge new connections, new intimacies within a vast array of exciting scholarly and creative work. 



Visit the conference “Base Camp” for Programs, Nametags, Information, and Refreshments


Thursday 5:30-7:30              Ballantine Hall 004

Friday 3:30-6:30                    Ballantine Hall 011

Saturday 9:00-5:00               Ballantine Hall 141



This conference is sponsored by:



Department of English


Conference Schedule


Thursday, April 7th

Base Camp: BH 004


 6:00-7:15 pm



Ballantine Hall 347

Š      Will Stockton, English, Indiana University:

“The Normalization of Bestiality: Kinsey’s Analysis of Human Sexual Contact with Animals”

Š      Madeleine Thompson, English, Indiana University:

“To ‘Suffer a Sea Change’: The Seaside Guides of P.H. Gosse, the Aquarium, and Ever-present Time”

“Girl Meets Jungle: Reexamining the Woman-Nature Link in Tim O’Brien’s ‘Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong’”



Friday, April 8th

Base Camp: BH 011


3:45-5:00 pm


Trans-national Intimacies and the Female Poet

Ballantine Hall 006

“Crossing Dress, Class, and Nation: Christina Rossetti’s Poetic Response to the 1863 Cotton Famine”

“Intimate Spaces: Elizabeth Bishop and the Idea of Home”

Š      Esther Lee, Creative Writing, Indiana University:

“Crossed, Cross, Crossing”


Media, Spectatorship, and Domestic Space

Ballantine Hall 109

“Facing the Soap Opera”

“She’s Come Undone: Chantal Ackerman’s Jeanne Dielman”

“Sensation/Separation: Constructing Intimate Spaces in Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream


5:15-6:30 pm


Erotics of Intimacy

Ballantine Hall 006

“Samuel Gridley Howe, Laura Bridgman, and Female Intimacy”

“‘Sibling Intimacy’ in Catherine Sedgwick’s ‘Wilton Harvey’”

“‘A Charge Transmitted and Gift Occult’: Democracy, Intimacy, and the Erotics of Spirituality in Leaves of Grass


Women, Intimacy, and the Pre-modern World

Ballantine Hall 109

Š      Michelle Sonia Kaiserlian, History of Art/Comparative Literature, Indiana University:

“Dissolving into Ecstasy by Fire, Water, and Wine: The Fluidity of Divine Union in the Writings of Marguerite Porete and Jelaluddin Rumi”

“Violent Femmes: Abjection and Identity in the Ferumbras Group”

“The Stranger Within: Maternal Genealogies in Chaucer’s Clerk’s Tale and Man of Law’s Tale


8:30 pm: Keynote Address

Peter Coveliello, “No Covenants but Proximities: Intimacy and History”

Wylie 005


Peter Coviello is Associate Professor of English at Bowdoin College. He studied at Northwestern University and went on to Cornell University where he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in English. He has been at Bowdoin since 1998, and has taught courses in nineteenth- and twentieth- century American literature, Africana Studies and Women's Studies. At Bowdoin, he is also the chair of the program in Gay and Lesbian Studies. He is the editor of a new edition of Walt Whitman's Civil War memoir, Memoranda During the War, and the author of Intimacy in America: Dreams of Affiliation in Antebellum Literature, forthcoming from University of Minnesota Press.


Please join us for a reception after the keynote address



Saturday, April 9th

Base Camp: BH 141


9:30-10:45 am


Poetry, Community, and Testimony

Ballantine Hall 109

“Amy Levy and the Poetics of Proximity”

“‘Psalm 37 at Auschwitz’: Jacqueline Osherow’s Imaginative Acts of Witnessing”

“Self-Portrait as Midwest”



Sentimental Romance in Crisis

Ballantine Hall 144

“Proposals of Intimacy in Clarissa

“Crisis and the Heroine in Sybil and Mary Barton

“‘Let Thy Chief Terror Be of Thine Own Soul’: Daniel Deronda’s Embrace of Transformative Fear”


11:00 am-12:15 pm


Writing, Writers, and the (Auto)biographical

Ballantine Hall 109

Š      Paul Westover, English, Indiana University:

“Literary Tourism: Ideal Presence and Imaginative Topography in Romantic-era Britain”

Š      Katie Macnamara, English, Indiana University:

“Woolf and the ‘Modern Essay’: From Armchair Intimacy to Lecture Hall Proximity”

Š      Thomas Miller, Creative Writing, University of Notre Dame:

“21 Stories About Gun Control—An Autobiography”


Shame and Fear of Intimacy

Ballantine Hall 144

Š      Melissa J. Jones, English, Indiana University:

“Touching Sights: Thomas Middleton’s Pornographic Discoveries”

Š      Bliss L. Kern, English, Rutgers University:

“Shame, Self-Esteem, and the Modern Subject in Paradise Lost

“Shouting Back to Keep from Moving Forward: Jimmy Porter of Look Back in Anger


Lunch Break


2:00-3:15 pm


Gender, Sexuality, and the Limits of Representation

Ballantine Hall 109

Š      Sarah Zurhellen, English, Appalachian State University:

“Clarifying Clarissa: Reconsidering Virginia Woolf’s Feminist Vision in Mrs. Dalloway

“Trans Subjectivity and Queer(ed) Love: The Narrator in Jeanette Winterson’s Written on the Body

“Danica Phelps and the Practice of Pleasure”


Intimacy, Pedagogy, and “The Profession”

Sassafras Room, Indiana Memorial Union

“Practices of Intimacy: Love, Criticism, and Concepts of Intellectual Rigor”

“‘This Hurts Me More Than It Hurts You: Intimacy and Equity in the Service-Learning Classroom”

Bodysongs Workshop”


3:30-4:45 pm


Proximity and Radical Aesthetics

Sassafras Room, Indiana Memorial Union


“Vibratory Understanding: Artaud on Language, Identity, and the Therapeutics of the Theater of Cruelty”

“Intimate Listening, Creative Cheating: Uses of Recording in Gould and Cage”

     Vanessa Reese, English, Indiana University:

“’Don’t Blacken Your Speech Around Me’: Race, Language, and Performativity in Senna’s Caucasia


America and Its Discontents

Ballantine Hall 109


“The Nationless Exile and the Southern Aristocrat in Joseph Conrad’s The Arrow of Gold and William Faulkner’s ‘Wash’”

“Racial Abjection in Trans-National America: Blackness as Boundary in Cather’s My Antonia

“Oral History in Prison Poetry and Convict Literature”