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

British Literature and Culture: To 1700 II

Session Chair: 
Sawyer K Kemp, University of California, Davis
Session 5: Friday 5:40-7:10pm
Salon I (ET)


  1. Bruce Golden, "California State University, San Bernardino"
    Marvell's "The Nymph Complaining for the Death of Her Fawn" relates the doubly tragic encounter of the Nymph's fawn's sudden and unmotivated violent death, which presages her own eventual passing, brought about largely by her memory of the narcissistic wound caused by her lover's betrayal.
  2. Dalicia K. Raymond, The University of New Mexico
    This presentation examines the physical portrayals and described appearances of elves, angels, and demons in Anglo-Saxon literature and art and argues that the ambiguity of identity between them created by texts and artwork is a representation of the Anglo-Saxon cultural and religious concerns about misinterpretation of vernacular translated religious texts.
  3. Alison Taufer, California State University at Los Angeles
    Although Geoffrey Fenton claims that he wrote Certaine Tragicall Discourses  (1567) to encourage the “frail youth” of his country to avoid sexual license, Fenton’s selection of tales and interpolations concerning the English lack of generosity point rather to an aristocratic and privileged audience, in whom Fenton wished to encourage liberality.
  4. Shane Wood, University of California, Irvine
    Shakespeare's masterpiece only spoke of mothers who had died and one daughter who would be the key to Prospero's returning to power. Dryden and Davenant add more female characters, but leave them with less agency. The  depictions of female characters and the language employed in this distinct adaptation of The Tempest change the relationships and responsibilities of the women portrayed and reveal underlying gender politics of the time the pieces were presented. 
Session Cancelled: