Schedule announced for MUSE Conference

Sigma Tau Delta has announced their schedule for the Fifth Annual Muse Undergraduate Literary Conference, which will be held this Saturday, October 3, at the Center for Natural Science, Illinois Wesleyan University:

Registration, Atrium (8:30a.m.-1:00p.m.)

Session  I (9:30-10:45a.m.)

Room E103: Race and Ethnic Identity. Presenters: Korey Williams, “Claude McKay and Langson Hughes Discuss America: A Two-Part Study on Poetic Turns”; Diane Kevin, “Her Silence Shouts: A Comparison of Margaret and Alice in Octavia E. Butler’s Kindred”; Mike Whitfield, “Dysfunctional Dads: Native American Fathers in Life and Literature”

Room E104: The Big Picture: Applying Literary Theory. Presenters: Laura Spradlin, “The Use and Implications of Foreshadowing as a Deictic POP”; Linda Martin, “Re-Thinking Conceptual Metaphor”; Angela Lee “The Imperialistic Quest: Exploring Conrad’s Heart of Darkness through Archetypal and Post-Colonial Theories”

Session II (11:00a.m.-12:15p.m.)

Room E103: Sexuality and Identity Formation. Presenters: Amy Glaves, “‘A Figure with Full Breasts and Male Genitals’: Jack Gladney’s Bi-gendered Identity in Don DeLillo’s White Noise”; Anne Marquette, “Boys to Men: Nameless Narrators and the Men They Become”; Kerry Devitt, “Boy Meets Boy: Not Just Another Love Story”

Room E104: Revisiting Ancient and Medieval Texts. Presenters: Kate Norcross, “Crossing Over: Assimilating Opposites in Riddle 26”; Scott Schneider, “Poisoned Grails: Sipping the Wine of Civilized Greed”; Lydia Martin, “‘I, Who Am Dead, Must Guide Him Here Below’: Virgil as a Guide in Dante’s Inferno.”

Lunch, E103 (12:15-1:00p.m.)

KEYNOTE ADDRESS, C101 (1:00-2:15p.m.): Dr. Eric Rabkin (University of Michigan), “The Nature of Character: Science Fiction Speaks of the Soul”

Panel Presentations (2:30-3:30p.m.)

Room E108: Teaching and Education in English. Panelists: Casey Kelley, Tara Hohulin, Tyler McWhorter, Jared Johnson

Room E106: English Graduate School and Academia. Panelists: Prof. Chris Breu, Jenna Goldsmith, Jane Carman, Catherine Ratliff

Room E105: Technical Writing and Publishing. Panelists: Sarah Haberstich, Dr. Gerald Savage, Godwin Agboka

Session III (3:45-5:00pm)

Room E103: Literature Interacts With the World. Presenters: Natalie Lalagos, “Lending the World a Paintbrush”; Marie Huey, “The Meaningful Balance of Being”; Jonathan Gerard, “A Damnable Life”

Room E104: Writing the Self: Autobiography. Presenters: Travis Williams, “Building Bridges through Images in Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home”; Peter Vrousouris, “Dispatches and the Problem(s) with Autobiography”; Ashley Jaconetti, “Making a New Pact: Discrepancies and Limitations of Autobiography Exposed in A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

IWU students may attend free, but should RSVP to

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