EGSO Symposium

English Graduate Student
Organization Symposium



Bound Books: Literature of the Long and the Wide
March 25, 2016



Bagel Hour/Registration: 8:00 am-9:00 am

Betty Combs Enrichment Center in Patterson Office Tower, 12th Floor


All Panels and the Keynote will be located in the Niles Gallery


Panel 1, Future Passing

9:15 am-10:45 am

Chair and Respondent: Katie Waddell 

Michelle Sizemore: "After" Historicism: Reading In and Out of Time

Sean Madden: How the Lonesome Engine Drivers Pine

Annalise Wolf: An Unexpected Arc: the Desirability of Unpredictability

Emily Kolf: Why Dansie and Josie Sleep: Imagining Death in African American Literature


Keynote: 11:00 am-12:00 pm

George Phillips, "Making Modernist Worlds"

Lunch: 12:00 pm-1:00 pm


Panel 2, Speaking to Alterity 

1:15 pm-2:45 pm

Chair and Respondent: Jillian Winter

Peter Kalliney: The Cold War and Colonial Intellectuals

Victoria Sullivan: Gender, Nature, and the Enclosure of Creole Women in Wide Sargasso Sea

Matt Bryant Cheney: The Ethics of "Unearned Emotion": Some Techniques Against Sentiment in Late Modernism

Emily Handy: Estates and Mental States: Intermental Polyphony in Castle Rackrent


Panel 3, Transgressing Boundaries: Rethinking Periodization in African American Literature

3:00 pm-4:30 pm

Chair and Respondent: Claire E. Lenviel

Nazera Wright: Relocating Harriet Jacobs in the Venning Autograph Albums

Cate Gooch: Men on the Mississippi: Black Bodies and the River in Richard Wright's "Down by the Riverside" and Jacob Lawrence's The Migration Series

Chinwe Morah: Anna Julia Cooper: Modern Woman and Modern Thinker

Brittany Sulzener: Kyle Baker's Nat Turner and Nate Parker's The Birth of a Nation: Writing the "Real History of Nat Turner"


Synthesis: 4:45-5:15


Happy Hour to follow.

Our keynote speaker this year is George Micajah Phillips, who received his PhD in English from the University of Kentucky in 2011, is Assistant Professor of English at Franklin College, where he teaches courses on transnational modernism, world literature, Victorian literature, and composition. His research focuses on modernism, colonialism, and visual studies, and has appeared in Novel: A Forum on FictionHypermedia Joyce Studies, and elsewhere. From 2012-15, he was Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Centre College. 

You can follow Dr. Phillips on ( and/or on Twitter (@gmpphd).


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