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


Session Chair: 
Nowell Marshall, Rider University
Session 1: Friday 8:50-10:20am
Cabinet Suite (PH-ET)
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  1. Mai-Lin Cheng, University of Oregon
     Louisa and Thomas Wildman purchased Lord Byron's Newstead Abbey in 1817, and their careful attention to his home and legacy contributed to his celebrity. This paper explores Louisa Wildman's manuscript commonplace book, replete with passages from Byron, asking how worlds are interpreted and constituted through acts of writing/reading and what kinds of selves are crafted in them.
  2. Joshua Swidzinski, University of Portland
    Burns, one of the most influential lyric poets of the Romantic period, was also an officer of the Excise, or a domestic tax inspector, whose profession compelled him to measure and evaluate social relations in abstract, economic terms. This paper explores how particular kinds of writing and forms of knowledge associated with the Excise (e.g. book-keeping, data-collecting, and standardization) inform Burns's poetic and editorial labors as well as the history of lyric theory more broadly.
  3. Natalie Wilson, San Diego State Univeristy
    Throughout several versions of The Prelude by William Wordsworth, the imposition of Wordsworth’s adult perspective on his adolescent experience creates narrative distance and autonomous dialogism resulting in a parody of childhood. Thus, Wordsworth’s poetry proves dialogic in a monologic genre.
  4. Krista Daniel, University of Washington
    This paper examines the gift economy within William Wordsworth’s Prelude and Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “To William Wordsworth.” In bequeathing the Prelude to Coleridge, Wordsworth transfers the burden entailed by the gift of poetic inspiration to his friend. Coleridge’s subversive response challenges this indebtedness and destabilizes his rival’s identity. 
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