Friday, February 28 | 1:00-7:00 p.m.
St. Catherine University | Coeur de Catherine 3rd floor

Layers: Slicing into Subtext

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“Literature is often born out of baffling physical details, an overabundance that tells us that the world’s surface is readable only when we don’t quite know how to pose the right question to it. In not knowing how to look and not knowing what to say, we began to fixate on the constituent materials and find ourselves diving under the surface, down to the substratum of art.”
—Charles Baxter

Registration & Opening Reception: 1:30-1:30 p.m.

Coeur de Catherine (CdC) 3rd floor, McGough Lounge

British Literature Panel: 1:30-3 p.m.

CdC 361 | Moderator: Emily James, University of St. Thomas

  • Lesley Becker, Augsburg College: 
    “Gender and Language in The Winter’s Tale
  • Amanda Carpenter, St. Catherine University: 
    “Violent Love and Ardent Admiration: Awkward Proposals and Successful Betrothals in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Emma
  • Brady Gatzmeyer Hamline University:
    “Historical Associations between Woman and Insanity in Wide Sargasso Sea
  • Claire Laine, Macalester College:
    “Anne Elliot’s Authorial Progress in Jane Austen’s Persuasion
  • Annemarie Thompson, University of St. Thomas:
    “Unified Fragments: The Urban World as Art Object in Hope Mirrlees’ ‘Paris: A Poem’”

American Literature Panel: 1:30-3 p.m.

CdC 362 | Moderator: Robert Cowgill, Augsburg College

  • Emma Jost, St. Catherine University: 
    “If Only All Women Were Like Sheryl Sandberg”
  • Alexander Morrall, Macalester College: 
    “The Battle for Distinction”
  • Ruthie Nelson, Hamline University: 
    “Gender Roles and Cross Dressing in American Film”
  • Savannah Siegler, University of St. Thomas: 
    “Breaking With Tradition: Examining the Effects of White Supremacy in Charles W. Chesnutt’s The Marrow of Tradition
  • Mark Woodley, Augsburg College: 
    “Delillo’s Mao II and the Fate of the Writer in an Image-based Culture”

World/Multicultural Literature Panel: 3:15-4:45 p.m.

CdC 361 | Moderator: Casey Jarrin, Macalester College

  • Matthew Buck, Hamline University: 
    “The Framing of Misrecognition”
  • Kimberly Goodnight, Macalester College:
    “Earth-that-was: Reclaiming Paradise through Visions of Earth in the Song of Solomon and ‘Our Mrs. Reynolds'”
  • Maureen Harrington, University of St. Thomas: 
    “Subtle Didactics in Crime and Punishment
  • Zong Her, Augsburg College: 
    “The Narrative and Lifestory of a Nomadic People”
  • Samantha Lauth, St. Catherine University: 
    “Reading Beloved Within and Against its Cultural Context(s)”

Media/Theory Panel: 3:15-4:45 p.m.

CdC 362 | Moderator: Aaron McKain, Hamline University

  • Shannon Heitkamp, University of St. Thomas, 
    “Talking about Writing: Understanding Differences Using Conversation Analysis”
  • Laura Jacobs, St. Catherine University: 
    Pride and Prejudice and Vlogging”
  • Thomas Lawson, Hamline University: 
    “The Perfect Sound & the Radiator’s Hum: Toward an EAI Aesthetic”
  • Jesse Schoff, Augsburg College: 
    Looper: Navigating Space and Time Through Narrative Theory”

Dinner Reception & Creative Writing Panel: 5-7 p.m.

CdC President’s Dining Room | Moderator: Shannon Scott, St. Catherine University

  • Tiffany Castor, St. Catherine University: 
    “Chickwater Creek” (fiction)
  • Kevin Ehrman-Solberg, Augsburg College: 
    “Fractions” (creative non-fiction)
  • Scott Gannis, Macalester College: 
    Ceteris Paribus
  • Jordan Graf, University of St. Thomas: 
  • James Zimmerman, Hamline University: 
    “Bad Air” (fiction)

Recognition & Thanks

2014 ACTC English Majors Conference Coordinators:
Patricia Montalbano and Shannon Scott, St. Catherine University

The St. Kate’s English Department would like to thank Sally Sundberg, Administrative Assistant extraordinaire, for her help with the conference communication and details.

About the English Majors Conference

Every year the ACTC English Departments convene students from across the consortium to present their work, ranging from literary and cultural studies to creative writing and performance pieces. Learn more.