PAC’s 39th Annual Conference

6-7 March 2015

Blockade Runner Beach Resort, Wilmington, NC

Dear colleagues, a draft of the program is below; a final copy will be available for downloading soon. As you will note,  the Conference runs from 2 p.m. on Friday, 6 March, to 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, 7 March, with the keynote address and buffet at noon on Saturday.

If you have not done so, please contact the Blockade Runner Resort at 1-800-541-1161 to reserve your room, and remember to state that you are with PAC.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me, David Smith, at 252.328.5524 or I look forward to seeing you next month in Wilmington. Sincerely, and with thanks, David.

Friday, 6 March 2015

PAC Board Members’ Meeting

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.


12:00 – 1:45 p.m.

Session I

2:00-3:15 p.m.

Room 1: Preparing Millennials for a Globalized Society

“Preparing Culturally Competent Students for the Global World: The Culture Goal in the Beginning Language Sequence”

Laura Levi-Altstaedter, East Carolina University

“Google, Rhetorical Situation, and Paradigm Shift”

David McCracken, Coker College

“Reflections of Flipping a (German College) Class”

Birgit Jensen, East Carolina University

Room 2: Racial and Postcolonial Issues in Literature

“Playing at the End of the World: Haiti, Poverty, and The Walking Dead

Christopher Benedict Cartright, Armstrong University

“The Imperialist Stance toward the Orient in Confessions of an English Opium-Eater

Harish Chander, Shaw University

“Omakayas Talks to Laura Ingalls: A Little Dialogue on the Prairie”

Ellen Arnold, Coastal Carolina University


3:15-3:30 p.m.

Session II

3:30-4:45 p.m.

Room 1: “the best country I could go to”: Early American Naturalist Travel Writers of the American Southeast

“From Billy to William, from Colony to Nation: The Rhetoric of Independence in William Bartram’s Travels

Laurence Machet, University of Bordeaux-Montaigne, Bordeaux, France

“Violence in a Prelapsarian World”

Dan Noland, University of North Carolina Wilmington

“Without that “fine superficial flourish”: The Rhetoric of John Bartram’s Plain Style”

Lee Schweninger, University of North Carolina Wilmington

Room 2: Undergraduate Research: Mentoring and the Final Product

“Mentoring Undergraduate Research: The Magellan Model”

Tom Mack, USC-Aiken

“Gamel Woolsey: A Southern Poet?”

Caitlin Butler, USC-Aiken

Room 3: Economics, Family and Society

“Early Modern Economics and Historiography: A 16th-Century Merchant Family from Mexico”

Juan Daneri, East Carolina University

“Baldomero Lillo: The Family Tied and Untied in the World of the Working Poor”

Joann McFarren Mount, UNC-Wilmington


5:00-6:00 p.m.


Saturday, 7 March 2015


7:00-8:45 a.m.

Session III

9:00-10:15 a.m.

Room 1: Auteur, Fan, Genre: Approaches in Film Studies

“The Cost of Whimsy in The Grand Budapest Hotel and Mood Indigo

Mica Hilson, Francis Marion University

Breaching Wilmywood’s Sacred Spaces: Fan Pilgrimages and the Formation of “Canon”

Amy Lea Clemons, Francis Marion University

“On Inadequacy: Montaigne’s Role in Ross McElwee’s Sherman’s March

Joseph Shepherd, University of North Carolina Asheville

Room 2: Framing the Past: The Holocaust in German-language Literature

“Alienation and Obfuscation in the Works of Bernhard Schlink”

Christine Anton, Berry College

“Framing the Past in Austrian Literature about the Holocaust”

Katya Skow, The Citadel

Room 3: Freudian Revisions in Literary Criticism

“Anima, History, and H. Rider Haggard’s She

Matthew Fike, Winthrop University

“‘Wolves may lurk in every guise’: Neil Jordan’s Freudian Revision of Angela Carter’s ‘The Company of Wolves’”

Ed Eleazar, Francis Marion University


10:15 – 10:30 a.m.

Session IV

10:30-11:45 a.m.

Room 1: Film, Performance and the (Re)writing of Historical and Cultural Narratives

“Persecuted and Persecutors: Filmic Representations of Nationalist Terrorism in Spain”

Maria Hellin-Garcia, The Citadel

“Lotte’s Revenge: How a Romantic Biopic Rewrites Goethe’s Masterpiece”

Raymond Burt, University of North Carolina Wilmington

“Russia with Love: The 2014 Sochi Olympic Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies”

David Graber, University of North Carolina Wilmington

Room 2: How to Make ‘Em Laugh: Humor, Comedy, and Literature

“Anacondas, Chickens, and Species-Down-sizing: Mark Twain and George Carlin on ‘Man’s Place in the Animal World’”

Michael Wentworth, University of North Carolina Wilmington

“‘A Buck Well-Spent,’ Elliot White Springs knocks Southwestern Humor off the Tracks”

Christopher Bundrick, University of South Carolina Lancaster

“Beyond The Freshness Date: Stale References in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew

Mary Hjelm, University of South Carolina Extended University

Room 3: Visual and Material Culture, and the Assignment of Identity

“Buñuel’s Improbable Cast of Female Characters in The Milky Way

Alison T. Smith, The Citadel

“Proust and the Cyclops: Monocles and Material Culture in A la recherché du temps perdu”

Thomas Cooksey and Carol M. Andrews, Armstrong State University

Keynote Address and Banquet

12:00 – 1:45 p.m.

“From Corpse to Core: Death and Detection Across the Language Curriculum”

Dr. Nancy Nenno, College of Charleston

Session V

2:00-3:15 p.m.

Room 1: The Literary Marketplace During the Victorian Era

“Victorian Novelists and Magazine Serialization”

Merritt Moseley, University of North Carolina Asheville

“Madness, Confession and the Marketplace: How Two Victorian Tales Seized Their Cultural Moments”

Eileen Heyes, North Carolina State University

Room 2: Writing to Challenge Institutional Assumptions

“John Andrew Rice and the Illiberal Arts”

Suzanne Penuel, University of South Carolina Lancaster

“Composition Campus Wide: A QEP Inspired Faculty”

Mary-Lynn Chambers, Elizabeth City State University

“Essentially Marginal: Resistance in Writing Advice from William Gaddis and Don DeLillo”

Mac Jones, University of South Carolina, Extended University

Room 3: Invocations and Erasure of Biblical Texts and Figures: Three Examples

“Another Look at the ‘Ludwigslied’: Was the Book of Jeremiah an Inspiration for the Work?”

George Harding III, Francis Marion University

Christel, The Broken Eye of Christ: Queer Temporality and the Mourning of Christian Renatus von Zinzendorf in the Moravian Church

Derrick Miller, University of North Carolina Wilmington

“The Figure of Mary in Peter Henisch’s Die schwangere Madonna”

David Smith, East Carolina University


3:15 – 3:30 p.m.

Session VI

3:30-4:45 p.m.

Room 1: Narrative Techniques and the Negotiation of Identity

“The Trope of Rememoration in Slave Narratives and its Role in the Struggle for Identity and Agency”

David Cross, Charleston Southern U

“Adventure Tourism and Women’s Writing in Ada María Elflein’s Paisajes cordilleranos”

Jennifer Valko, East Carolina University

“The Narratee, The Reader, and the Problem of Judgment in Juan Rulfo’s ‘¡Diles que no me maten!’”

Karen Spira, Guilford College

Room 2: Media, Technology, and Genre Studies

“Technology, Communication, and Isolation in Megan Abbott’s Dare Me and The Fever

Marsha Taylor, Francis Marion University

“Religion and the Production of Science: A Comparison Between Two Cosmoses

Lance Cummings, University of North Carolina Wilmington

“Cosmos-politanism: Cosmos and the Contemporary Politics of Outer Space”

Kirk Boyle, University of North Carolina Asheville

Presenters are encouraged to submit their work to Postscript,PAC’s peer-reviewed journal, for consideration

39th Annual PAC Conference 6-7 March 2015