October 2nd: Thursday

5:00 pm Registration opened (Village Hall Foyer)

6:30 pm Opening Reception sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg (Village Hall)

7:30 pm Plenary Panel: The Lisbon Earthquake I: Overviews (Village Hall)

  • Chair: Theodore Braun (University of Delaware)
  • Charles James (Earthquake Engineering Research Center, University of California, Berkeley): “The Factual and Fanciful 1755 Lisbon Earthquake”
  • Russell Dynes (Disaster Research Center, University of Delaware): “Lisbon: The First Modern Disaster” (Village Hall 118: lecture room)

October 3rd: Friday

8:00 am Registration reopened until 5:30 pm. Village Hall Foyer (most events will be in the Village Hall)

8:45 am Visions and Versions of the Natural World

  • Chair: Kate Ferguson Marsters, Gannon University
  • Anne Zanucchi (SUNY-Brockport): “Avian Allegories: Birds and the British Humanitarian Imagination”
  • Todd H. Richardson (U of Texas of the Permian Basin): "Beyond the Fables of the Restoration: The Animal Poems of The Lady's Monthly Museum 1798-1802)"

8:45 am The Arts of Concealment and Control

  • Chair: Lisa Berglund (SUNY-Buffalo State College)
  • Mary Margaret Stewart (Gettysburg College): “The Art of Concealing and Treating Madness: The Case of Lady Frances Coningsby”
  • Elizabeth Lambert (Gettysburg College): “The Art of Concealing: Edmund Burke’s Outlaw Relative”

10:30 am Women’s Nature in French and Swiss Literature

  • Chair: Linda Troost (Washington and Jefferson College)
  • Éva Pósfay (Carleton College): “Growing up in a Swiss Novel: Montolieu’s Caroline de Lichtfield”
  • Cristina Berdichevsky (Gallaudet University): “Woman’s Nature or Human Nature: Gender and Genre in Olympe de Gouges’s and Mme Roland’s Memoirs and Mme de Stael’s Ten Years of Exile
  • Bonnie Robb (Univ. of Delaware): “Fashioning Love: the Rivalry of Nature and Culture in Genlis’s Mères Rivales

10:30 am The Arts of Understanding, Negotiating, and Adapting in America

  • Chair: Frank Cassell (U of Pitt at Greensburg)
  • Jack Fruchtman, Jr. (Towson University): “Oil on Water: Franklin, Chess, and the Art of Diplomacy”
  • James P. Myers (Gettysburg College): “The 'Face of the Country': Chorography and Cartography: Transformations of Landscape in Lewis Evans and Thomas Pownall"
  • David Nichols (University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg): "The Rights of Diplomacy; or The Importance of Not Being Churlish: Woodland Indian Treaty Ceremonies and American Political Culture in the late 18th Century"

12:30 pm Buffet Lunch (Smith Hall Lounge)

2:00 pm The Lisbon Earthquake II: The Aftermath

  • Chair: Theodore Braun (University of Delaware)
  • Theodore Braun (University of Delaware): “Voltaire and Le Franc de Pompignan: Poetic Reactions to the Lisbon Earthquake”
  • Matthias Georgi (University of Munich): “Reactions to the Lisbon Earthquake in Public: Science Discourse in England”

2:00 pm Human Health and Form

  • Chair: Miriam Meijer (Montgomery College)
  • Miriam Meijer (Montgomery College): “Petrus Camper on Shoe Morphology”
  • Suzanne Tartamella (Univ. of Maryland): “Coleridge and Berkeley: Physiognomy Disfigured in Christabel
  • Louis Kirk McAuley (SUNY, Univ. at Buffalo): “‘Living dead’: Tobias Smollett’s Pen as Pathogen”

4:00 pm Bibliographical, Textual, and Book History Studies

  • Chair: Eleanor Shevlin (West Chester U of PA)
  • Joseph Rudman (Carnegie Mellon University) “The Case of The Federalist Papers: A House Built on Sand?”
  • Nancy Mace (U.S. Naval Academy): “Perils of Printing Music in the Late Eighteenth Century: Why Longman and Broderip failed in 1795”
  • James May (Penn State at Dubois): "Offset Evidence as Bibigraphical Tool: The Case of Young's Centaur Not Fabulous (first edition)"

4:00 pm English Literature in France

  • Chair: Martha Koehler (University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg)
  • Walter Gershuny (Northeastern University): “Eden Revisited: Delille’s Paradis Perdu
  • Robert Frail (Centenary College): “Grandison Trimmed to Perfection”
  • Ellen Moody (George Mason University): “Continent Not Isolated: Jane Austen among French Women”

5:30 pm Main Reception sponsored by AMS Press (Smith Hall Lounge). Welcome by President Frank Cassell of UPG.

6:30 pm Banquet (Smith Hall Lounge)

8:00 pm Plenary address (Ferguson Theater in Smith Hall).

  • Robert Markley (U of Illinois): "Gulliver and Japan: The Limits of the Postcolonial Past"

9:00 pm EC/ASECS Executive Board meeting

October 4th: Saturday

8:00 am Registration reopened until 12:00 noon (Village Hall Foyer; most events will be in the Village Hall)

8:30 am The Lisbon Earthquake III: Continental Perspectives

  • Chair: John Radner (George Mason University)
  • Estela Vieira (Yale University), “The Lisbon Earthquake: Catastrophe as a Cultural and Literary Metaphor in Portuguese Society”
  • Luanne Frank (University of Texas at Arlington), “No Way Out: Kleist, Lisbon, and 'Des Erdleben in Chile'”

8:30 am The Art of the Novel

  • Chair: Doreen Alvarez Saar (Drexel University)
  • Bruce Stollings, Duquesne University): “Artifice and Artlessness: Giles Arbe as Unwitting Shakespearean Fool in Frances Burney’s The Wanderer
  • Michael Austin (Shepherd College): “New Testaments: Bunyan, Defoe, and the Figural Logic of the Sequel”
  • Melissa Jones (Duquesne University): “Identity, Agency, and the Colonialist Project in Defoe’s Moll Flanders

10:30 am Land as Art I

  • Chair: Susan Howard, Duquesne University
  • John P. Heins (George Washington University): “The Picturesque in the Writings of Gennser and Son”
  • Marilyn Roberts (Waynesburg College): “Les aventures de Télémaque: From Novel to Landscape Garden”
  • Kevin Cope (Louisiana State University): “Recess on a Molten Schoolyard, or, the Ludic, the Didactic, the Sizzling, the Silent, and above all, the Pitted”

10:30 am Teaching the Eighteenth Century

  • Chair: Linda Troost (Washington and Jefferson College)
  • Joan K. Stemmler (Independent Scholar, Roseland, VA): "Reading the Eighteenth Century with Fifth Grade Virginia Kids"
  • Linda Troost will lead a discussion on the teaching of research methods in undergraduate eighteenth-century courses.

12:00 pm Business Lunch (Smith Hall Lounge)

  • EC/ASECS Presidential address: Marie McAllister (Mary Washington College) : What My 'Eighteenth-Century' House Taught Me about Teaching"

2:00 pm Land as Art II

  • Chair: Kevin Berland (Penn State University, Shenango)
  • Peter Perreten (Ursinus College): “Arthur Young and the Art of Agriculture”
  • Sylvia Bowerbank (McMaster University): “Woman Walking: Elizabeth Carter and the Production of a Local Place”
  • Kevin Berland (Penn State University, Shenango): “Byrd’s Indians”

2:00 pm Current Research; or Adventures in the Archives

  • Chair: Jim May, Pennsylvania State University at Dubois
  • Patricia Barnett (University College, Dublin-National University of Ireland): "Lord Chesterfield and Dublin's Phoenix Park: Evidence from the Clements Papers"
  • Temma Berg (Gettysburg College): "Visiting England's Archives: Researching Stories"
  • Eleanor Shevlin (West Chester University of Pennsylvania): "The Paternoster Numbers Network: Topography and Bibliography"

2:00 pm The Drama of Politics and Human Rights: Across Time, Across Seas

  • Chair: Lucinda Cole (University of Southern Maine)
  • Brijraj Singh (Hostos Community College): “John Wilkes, John Horne, and the Society of the Supporters of the Bill of Rights”
  • Jason Schaffer, U.S. Naval Academy): “‘Over the Hills and Far Away’: George Farquhar’s The Recruiting Officer and the Politics of the Colonial Theatre”
  • Lucinda Cole (U of Southern Maine): "Theobald's Happy Ending and the History of Torture"

4:00 pm The Lisbon Earthquake IV: The Dust Settles (a roundtable discussion among all the speakers)

  • Chair: John Radner (George Mason University)

4:00 pm New Light on Eighteenth-Century Poetry

  • Chair: Rich Blevins (University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg)
  • Peter Briggs (Bryn Mawr College): “Lighting Effects, Natural and Unnatural, in Pope’s Dunciad
  • Erlis Wickersham (Rosemont College): “A Close Consideration of Selected Poems to Laura in Schiller’s Anthology (1782)”
  • Yvonne Noble (Independent Scholar, Canterbury, Kent): "Anne Finch's Pindaric Ode on the Great Storm of 1702"

Dinner: on one’s own

8:00 pm Oral/Aural Experience (Millstein Library, 2nd Floor)

  • Coordinator: Peter Staffel (West Liberty State College)
  • The Beggar's Opera: An Abbreviated Version

October 5th: Sunday

Optional Excursion to Fallingwater ($15.00 per person); arrive in time for the 10:00 am tour.