113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

American Literature before 1865 I

Session Chair: 
Kyle Kamaiopil, Tufts University
Session 1: Friday 8:50-10:20am
Senate Suite (PH-ET)


  1. William Hasenbein, University of Montevallo
    This paper explores the philosophical dilemma between the pursuit of material prosperity and civic virtue in antebellum American literature in two ways: by establishing a link between Alexis de Tocqueville’s notion of “honorable materialism” and Ralph Waldo Emerson’s notion of “self-reliance,” and by describing two character types arising from this dilemma.  
  2. Andrew Lyndon Knighton, California State University, Los Angeles
    Though Edgar Allan Poe's enigmatic late tale "X-ing a Paragrab" (1849) has largely been consigned to marginality by contemporary critics, this paper argues for its relevance to vital scholarly discourses concerned with antebellum print culture. Emphasizing how the materiality of print figures crucially in the narrative conceits of this and other Poe tales, this study aims to account for some of the ambivalence in Poe’s relationship to the editorial milieu.
  3. Daniel Renard, California Polytechnic University, Pomona
    For most Acadian descendants, attachment towards Henry W. Longfellow's Evangeline grew into a social memory.  Evangeline set a precedent for Cajuns’ understandings of their past.  Through memorialization of Longfellow’s work of fiction, Cajuns have successfully developed a well-established founding myth for generations to come, one of a victimized and unassuming people.  Despite being the anthem of a disrupted people, Evangeline stands in contrast in several key ways to the historical record.
Session Cancelled: