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

Classics and Early American Literature and Culture

Session Chair: 
Adam Goldwyn, North Dakota State University
Matthew Duques, University of North Alabama
Session 11: Sunday 10:20-11:50am
Executive Suite (PH-ET)


  1. Daniel Hutchins, Texas Tech University
    I want to explore representations of Cato during the first 30 years or so of the United States. His name was synonymous with republican virtue. I'm interested in the ways that virtue was performed and the role of Cato as an effigy of sorts. 
  2. Nicole Spigner, Columbia College Chicago
    Bringing together “To Mæcenas” and “Niobe in Distress,” “Phillis Wheatley’s Niobian Poetics,” charts moments in two of Wheatley’s neoclassical works where subject position and literary criticism collide. Through Wheatley's deliberate neoclassical interventions and the figure of the rebellious woman, I interrogate the complex racial and gender critiques of the cultural, social, and individual influences that inhibited Wheatley's creative production.
  3. Luke Parker, University of Chicago
    This paper argues that Thoreau's A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers offers Homer as a model of luminous poetry - "morning reading," as Thoreau calls the Iliad - that suggests the very possibility of poetry despite a persistent human failure to find harmony of place, nature, and history. 
Session Cancelled: