Schedule & Programme

FINAL Conference Programme [as of 20th July]

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Fourth Biennial Meeting of the Defoe Society

Bath, 22-23 July, 2015

Conference Programme

WEDNESDAY JULY 22nd

9.00 – 10.00 Registration, refreshments, and welcome (registration desk will be open all day) DUNCAN

10.00 – 11.30

SESSION 1A ELWIN

Greed and acquisitiveness (CHAIR Ben Pauley)

  1. Ben Pauley (Eastern Connecticut University) – Recognizing “Enough”: Defoe and the Limits of Accumulation
  2. Keith Byerman (Indiana State University) – Defoe, Slavery, and Business Ethics
  3. Angela Gehling (Australian National University) – “A Spaniard of the better Sort”: the “Good Spaniard” in Defoe’s Fictions of Colonization

SESSION 1B LONSDALE

Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: Ethics and Environment (CHAIR Lora Geriguis)

  1. Erin Drew (University of Mississippi) – “‘Tis Prudence to prevent th’entire decay”:  Usufruct As Environmental Ethic, 1660-1735
  2. Christopher Loar (Western Washington University) – Animalcule Liberation: The Microscope and the Right to Happiness

11.30 – 11.45 Break DUNCAN

11.45 – 12.45

SESSION 2A ELWIN

President’s Panel. Editing Defoe: in Honour of P. N. Furbank  (CHAIR Kit Kincade)

  1. W. R. Owens (University of Bedfordshire) – Editing Defoe: Reflections on Theory and Practice
  2. Geoffrey Sill (Rutgers University) and Gabriel Cervantes (University of North Texas)- Editing Colonel Jack

SESSION 2B LONSDALE

Thinking and Doing (CHAIR Andreas Mueller)

  1. Penny Pritchard (University of Hertfordshire) – “I pray as I go along the streets”: The Poor Publican, Bible Reading, and The Family Instructor
  2. Sean Silver (University of Michigan) – Cognitive Crusoe: Reason in its Ecological Niche

12.45 – 2.00 Lunch

2.00 – 3.30

SESSION 3A ELWIN

Urban and Rural (CHAIR Holly Nelson)

  1. Emmanuelle Peraldo (Université Lyon 3) – Natural and Urban Milieux in Defoe: the Role of the Physical Environment in the Early Novel
  2. Jeffrey Hopes (Université d’Orléans) – “Such has been the Bounty of Nature to this otherwise frightful Country”: Defoe’s Tour thro’ the  Whole Island of Great Britain as Modern Pastoral
  3. Terry Gifford (Bath Spa University) – “This part of the country yields little or nothing”: the Voice of Eco-Georgic

SESSION 3B LONSDALE

Rights, Moral and Political (CHAIR Marc Mierowsky)

  1. Rachel Johnston (Texas Christian University) – Defoe’s “Political Woman”: Feminism in Moll Flanders and Conjugal Lewdness
  2. Nicholas Seager (Keele University)- Defoe and Dissent in the “Four Last Years”
  3. Andreas Mueller (University of Worcester) – “Daniel Defoe’s The True-Born Englishman in the 1770s: A Transatlantic Afterlife

3.30 – 3.45 Break DUNCAN

3.45 – 5.00 Plenary ELWIN

(CHAIR Andreas Mueller)

  1. Paul Hunter (University of Virginia), “Books and the Man”: Genre, Nature, Robinson Crusoe.

5.00 – 6.00 Film showing ELWIN

Defoe in the Pillory, dir., Christopher Flynn (St Edward’s University)

6.00 – 8.00 Reception DUNCAN

Introduced by Professor John Strachan, Head of School of Humanities and Cultural Industries, Bath Spa University. Sponsored by the Book, Text, Place 1500-1750 Research Center and the School of Humanities and Cultural Industries.

THURSDAY JULY 23rd

9.00 – 9.15 DUNCAN

Registration and refreshments

9.15 – 10.45

SESSION 4A ELWIN

Professionalization Roundtable (CHAIR Marc Mierowsky)

  1. John Richetti (University of Pennsylvania)
  2. Nicholas Seager (Keele University)
  3. Penny Pritchard (University of Hertfordshire)
  4. Andreas Mueller (University of Worcester)
  5. Rebecca Bullard (University of Reading)
  6. Benjamin Pauley (Eastern Connecticut University)

SESSION 4B LONSDALE

Britannia’s Body I (CHAIR Geoffrey Sill)

  1. Jennifer Batt (University of Bristol) – Daniel Defoe, Stephen Duck, and the Rivers of Surrey
  2. Roger D. Lund (Le Moyne College, NY) –  Defoe, Wales, and the Nature of “Britishness”
  3. Sharon Alker (Whitman College) and Holly Faith Nelson (Trinity Western University) – From “True Blue Protestant” to “True-Born Englishman”: The Poetics and Politics of Truth (Claims) in the Reign of William III

10.45 – 11.00 Break DUNCAN

11.00 – 12.30

SESSION 5A ELWIN

Re-reading and the Under-read (CHAIR Ben Pauley)

  1. Samara Cahill (Nanyang Technological University) – Been Around the World and Back: Defoe, the Atlas Maritimus, and the Fiction of Empire
  2. Kit Kincade (Indiana State University) – Sir Walter Raleigh’s History of the World and Defoe’s A System of Magick
  3. Geoffrey Sill (Rutgers University) – “The Action had something in it shocking to Nature”: Moll’s incestuous marriage reconsidered

SESSION 5B LONSDALE

Britannia’s Body II: Journal of the Plague Year (CHAIR Sharon Alker)

  1. Alex Solomon (Rutgers University) – Medicinal Experiments, Narrative Evidence: Public Health in Boyle and Defoe
  2. Yang-chieh Lin (National Taiwan Normal University) – “The Ungovernable” in Daniel Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year
  3. Denys Van Renen (University of Nebraska) – The Senses, Counterpublics, and the “Restoration” of London in Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year

12.30 – 1.45 Lunch

1.45 – 2.45

SESSION 6A ELWIN

Boundaries (CHAIR Ben Pauley)

  1. Margaret J-M. Sönmez (Middle East Technical University, Ankara) – Keeping the Outside Out and the Inside In: Bounded Spaces in the Defoe Novels
  2. Eugenia Zuroski Jenkins (McMaster University) – Still Life, Nautilus Cups, and the Unfathomable Thingness of Things

SESSION 6B LONSDALE

Political History and Political Theory (CHAIR Nicholas Seager)

  1. Joseph Hone (University of Oxford) – Defoe and “Marvellian” satire
  2. Rebecca Bullard (University of Reading) – Robinson Crusoe, Nature, Craft, and Politics

2.45 – 3.00 Break DUNCAN

3.00 – 4.30

SESSION 7A ELWIN

Crime and Law: Contextualizing Defoe’s Novels (CHAIR Nicholas Seager)

  1. Rachel Ramsey (Assumption College) – Breaking Windows and Redefining Crime in Defoe’s Moll Flanders
  2. Jeanne Clegg (University Ca’ Foscari of Venice) – “Every thing that was vile”: Robbery with Violence in Colonel Jack
  3. Gabriel Cervantes (University of North Texas) – The Piratesque Map of the World in Captain Singleton
  4. Maximillian Novak (UCLA) – The Problem of Justice in The Farther Adventures

SESSION 7B LONSDALE

Talk about the Weather (CHAIR Holly Nelson)

  1. Malinda Snow (Georgia State University) – Nature’s Agency in A Tour thro’ the Whole Island of Great Britain
  2. Lora Geriguis (La Sierra University) – Winds, Water, and Wreckage: Counting the Costs of The Storm in Defoe’s Travel Narratives
  3. Rachael Scarborough King (UC Santa Barbara) – The Weather in Print

4.30 – 5.00 ELWIN

Defoe Society announcements and end of conference

Conference Dinner (7.30 arrive; 8.00 dinner)

Gascoyne Place. 1, Sawcross Close. http://www.gascoyneplace.co.uk/

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