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“To another Sea”: Dickinson, Environment, and the West


Emily Dickinson International Society
Thursday, August 8, 2019 - Sunday, August 11, 2019
Conference Schedule

“To another Sea”: Dickinson, Environment, and the West


Thursday, August 8


4:00 PM – 10:00 PM Registration - Individual Check-in (Front Desk)

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Dinner (Crocker)

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM Conference Welcome, Barbara Mossberg & Elizabeth Petrino


Friday, August 9


7:30 AM – 9:00 AM Breakfast (Crocker)

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM Welcome – President’s Address and Conference Highlights

Keynote Address – Sandra Gilbert

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM Break

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM Session A

Panel: ECOPOETISM
Chair: Marianne Noble, American University

  1. Gina Claywell, Murray State University, “‘An awful tempest masked the air’: Dark ecology and Emily Dickinson”
  2. Paul Crumbley, Utah State University, “Dickinson’s Sea and the Poet’s place in the world”
  3. Daniel Manheim, Centre College, “Nature as the Medium of Mind: Dickinson and Humboldt”

Panel: DICKINSON AND THE SEA (SEE)
Chair: Li-hsin Hsu, National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan

  1. Jeffrey Simons, Universidad de Huelva, Spain, “Dickinson Hearing the Wind”
  2. Zoë Pollak, Columbia University, “Dickinson’s Sea Changes”
  3. Yumiko Koizumi, “The American Scenery Through Dickinson’s Window”

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch (Crocker)

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM Plenary Session: Keynote Address – Wendy Martin

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM Session B

Panel: DICKINSON AND OTHER WRITERS
Chair: Regina Yoong, Ohio University

  1. Vivian Pollak, Washington University, “‘Well, you can tell yourself that’: Gwendolyn Brooks's Heaven, and Emily Dickinson’s”
  2. Carol Dietrich, DeVry University, “Inland Souls, Thoughtful Shoals, and Partial Wholes: A Comparative Analysis of Several ‘Sea’ Poems by Emily Dickinson and Robin Jeffers”
  3. Elizabeth Petrino, Fairfield University, “‘Was the sea cordial?’: Dickinson’s Echoes of Thoreau’s Inner Wild”

Panel: THE WESTERN LANDSCAPE
Chair: Dan Manheim, Centre College

  1. Asahina Midori, Keio University, Japan, “Reconsidering the Epistolary Exchanges between Emily Dickinson and Helen Hunt Jackson as Nature Essayist in the West”
  2. Ryan Heryford, California State University, East Bay, San Diego, “‘the strength to perish is sometimes withheld:’ Dickinson's 'Western' Poetics of Decomposition”
  3. Li-hsin Hsu, National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan, “‘To Pastures of Oblivion’: Dickinson and Western Wilderness”

4:00 PM – 5:15 PM Session C

Plenary Lecture Performance:
Kit Young, “What Miss Dickinson Heard – And Didn’t – An Opera for Rhapsodist, Vocal Quartet and Duo-Pianist”

“What Miss Dickinson Heard – And Didn’t” is a devised chamber opera for two pianists, a quartet of singers and a “rhapsodist” - a reciter/chanter of poetry. Listening to the large arc of Emily Dickinson’s life as if it were one day, the opera explores ED’s depth of auditory artistry in evoking music and environmental sound – expressed in her poetry and letters, some commentary by others – through piano and vocal improvisation, audio natural sounds, insect and birdsong, performed excerpts of 19th c parlor music, hymns and occasional moments of audience participation.
Performance needs: acoustic piano (upright or grand) (Asilomar has a piano on their stage) projector/screen, audio system.

Performers: Rhapsodist – Thomas Buckner, Baritone, Vocal Quartet: Sequina Dubose, Lori Sen, William Kenlon, Nick Levy, Duo-Pianists: Eve Kodiak, Kit Young

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Dinner (Crocker)

8:00 PM – 9:00 PM Bonfire (Barbecue Area)


Saturday, August 10


7:30 AM – 9:00 AM Breakfast

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM White Dress/Suit Parade – Join conference goers and others from the community to walk to the sea, with or without your dog. “I started early – took my dog.”

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Break

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM Session D

Panel: SELF AND OTHER IN TIMES OF CRISIS: DICKINSON AND LITERARY HISTORY
Chair: Páraic Finnerty, University of Portsmouth

  1. Maria O’Malley, University of Nebraska, Kearney, “Emily Dickinson and Visions of Belonging”
  2. Eliza Richards, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, “Dickinson’s Somatic Inquiries”
  3. Daniel Fineman, Occidental College, “After Words: Dickinson and the Post-Poetic”

Panel: DICKINSON AFTER DARWIN: NEW ENVIRONMENTAL READINGS
Chair: Paul Crumbley, Utah State University

  1. Anne Goldman, Sonoma State University, “Dickinson Among the Heliotropes”
  2. Katrina Dzyak, Columbia University, “Birds and Water: Extinction and Regeneration”
  3. Amy Nestor, State University of New York at Buffalo, “‘Disclosed by Danger’2—Hauntings: Dickinson, Darwin, Anthropocene”

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM – 2:15 PM Session E

Panel: DICKINSON, TRAVEL, AND MEMORIALS
Chair: Vivian Pollak, Washington University

  1. Páraic Finnerty, University of Portsmouth, “Gathered from many wanderings”: The Brontës, Dickinson and Travel Motif
  2. Efrosyni Manda, National and Capodistrian University of Athens (Greece), “To shut our Eyes is Travel” (L 354) in Dickinson’s Fairyland
  3. Melba Jensen, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, “Laying Laurel”

Panel: POSITIVE AS SOUND: REBELLION AND DISSENT
Chair: Renée Bergland, Simmons College

  1. Helen Koukoutsis, Western Sydney University, “I love to buffet the sea”: The Role of the Sabbath School Visitor in Shaping Emily Dickinson’s Religious Dissent
  2. Patrick Jackson, Columbus State University, “The Belles of Paradise”: The Image of Eve in Dickinson’s Later Poetry
  3. Cynthia Hallen, Brigham Young University, Emily Dickinson and the Western Saints

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM Session F

Roundtable: BIOGRAPHY AND BIO-PIC: WHAT DO THEY HAVE TO DO WITH READING DICKINSON’S POETRY
Chair: Martha Nell Smith, University of Maryland
Participants: Director Madeleine Olnek, Wild Nights with Emily, and actors (TBA)


Panel: APPROACHES TO DICKINSON’S SOUND AND MUSIC
Chair: George Boziwick, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (retired)

  1. Emma Duncan, SUNY Brockport, Monroe Community College, “Defamiliarizing Faith: Emily Dickinson’s use of Hymn Meter, Scripture, and Metaphor”
  2. Samantha Landau, Project Associate Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo, “‘Invisible, as music-‘: Sheet Music and Communication in the Dickinson Family”
  3. Wendy Tronrud, Doctoral Candidate, CUNY Graduate Center, “‘Strange plants’: Abolitionism, Black Song and Emily Dickinson”

4:00 PM – 5:15 PM Session G

Roundtable: CROSSING BOUNDARIES – EMILY DICKINSON AND THE PERFORMING ARTS: REMEDIATION, INTERMEDIALITY
Chair: Adeline Chevrier-Bousseau, Université Clermont-Auvergne

Participants: Martha Nell Smith, University of Maryland, College Park
Barbara Dana, Independent Scholar
George Boziwick, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (retired)


Panel: ONTOLOGIES OF SYMPATHY AND INTIMACY, TIME AND DISTANCE
Chair: Eliza Richards, UNC—Chapel Hill

  1. Jordan Greenwald, UC, Berkeley, “Alone with the winds and you”: Dickinson's intimacy of distance
  2. Renée Bergland, Simmons College, “Dickinson’s Death Kiss”
  3. Marianne Noble, American University, “Dickinson Rethinking Sympathy and Human Contact”

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Keynote Speaker: Alicia Ostriker, poet and scholar

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM Dinner Buffet (Barbeque Area)



Sunday, August 11


7:30 AM – 9:00 AM Breakfast

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Research Circle Led by Ellen Hart

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Business Meeting

11:00 AM – Noon Final Discussion and Wrap-Up