ELL Sessions 2012

8 a.m. – 9 a.m. Registration/Coffee, Turk Theater

9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Session 1: Culture and Society – Room N-218
Chair: Olivia Gerk, University of St. Francis

“The Causes of Scapegoating” Lindsay Slager, Trinity Christian College

“Plural Modernisms: The Seven Arts and the Art of America” Jeremy M. Carnes, Ball State University

“Socio-Economic Class and Cultural Hybridity: From a Female Perspective”
Robert G. Gilbert, University of St. Francis

“William Cronon’s ‘The Trouble With Wilderness’ and Hart Crane’s
‘The Bridge’: The Creation and Destruction of a Natural Wilderness”
Rachel Natale, Loyola University

Session 2: Ancient and Medieval – Room N-219
Chair: Jessica Conte, University of St. Francis

“Uncovering the Truth: Cruel Intentions Behind a Compassionate Appearance”
Leah Wallace, Southern Illinois University

“Fictional Marriage: The Relationship Between Marriage in Medieval Literature and Theology”
Lydia Hayes, Flagler College

“Extensive Self-Sacrifice”
Anna Gesch, Trinity Christian College

Session 3: Modern Literature I – Room N-221
Chair: Ashleigh Nussbaum, University of St. Francis

“Fighting in Zero Hour: The Relationship between Society and Environment in the Fiction of Margaret Atwood”
Melisa Jackson, St. Ambrose University

“Mystical Misogyny: Mythical Contradictions and Novel Form in D.H. Lawrence’s The Rainbow”
Bridget Donnelly, Lawrence University

“Looking Great on Paper: The Construction of the ‘Self’ In This Boy’s Life and The Liars’ Club”
Sarah Haley, University of St. Francis


Session 4: Without a Voice – Room N-225

Chair: Katie Arnold, University of St. Francis

“Empowerment or Ridicule? Irish Vernacular In Maria Edgeworth’s Castle Rackrent”
Mary Harmon, St. Ambrose University

“This Old Maid: Jane Austen and Her S(p)i(n)sters”
Breanna Neubauer, St Ambrose University

““Maggie’s Masochism: Failed Fantasies of Female Power in The Mill on the Floss”
Elizabeth Drake, Knox College

10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Discussion and Coffee, N 217

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Session 5: The Author, The Reader, and The Text – Room N-218
Chair: Olivia Gerk, University of St. Francis

“What Death of the Author? That Author’s Not Dead! A Critical Analysis of Margaret Drabble’s The Seven Sisters”
Tonya Franz, Eureka College

“Assessing Reality and the Simulacrum: What to Believe about Pale Fire and The Fourth Kind”
Lisa Lindenfelser, Eureka College

“A Schema-Theoretic Approach to Literary Interpretation, or Why We Should Agree to Disagree”
Amy Fairgrieve, Illinois Wesleyan University

Session 6: English in the Classroom – Room N-219
Moderator: Linda Bowers, Joliet Central High School

Panel Members:
Lauren von Holst, Joliet West High School
Amanda Dickinson, Joliet West High School
Stacy Griffin, Lincoln-Way Central High School
Michelle Wolksi, Lincoln-Way West High School


Session 7: Relationships – Room N-221

Chair: Akeem Burl, Southeastern Louisiana University

“Emotion Over Reason: Passion as Destructive Force in Romantic Literature”
Vanessa Noonan, Trinity Christian College

“Unspoken Demise: Child Abuse and Alcoholism in The Shining”
Gina Wilkerson, St. Ambrose University

“One, Touching One, Reaching Out: A Study of Relationships in Hamlet”
Holli Moote, Trinity Christian College

Session 8: Shakespeare – Room N-225
Chair: Katie Arnold, University of St. Francis

“Seneca’s Influence on Shakespeare: He’s not all about the Drama”
Jenna Reidenga, Trinity Christian College

“Teaching Inferiority: Colonial Propaganda and the Language of the Empire”
Caleb Murray, Wittenberg University

“Duke Vincentio: Omniscient Christ or Bumbling Meddler”
Jennifer Hill, Trinity Christian College

“English Renaissance Courtship and Marriage: The Edification of a Matrimonial Christ”
Craig Osterbrock, Wittenberg University

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. ELL Luncheon – Presidents & Moes Rooms

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Sexton Auditorium Performance Workshop by Robbie Q. Telfer

2:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Discussion and Coffee, N 217

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Session 9: Creative Writing – Room N-218
Chair: Sara Janovsky, University of St. Francis

“Bed Number Five”
Pramodini Parayitam, Louisiana State University

“Me, Myself & Cancer”
Gina Wilkerson, St. Ambrose University

“Wheels”
Adrienne Stout, Wittenberg University


Session 10: Modern Literature II – Room N-219

Chair: Sarah Haley, University of St. Francis

“A Self-Eclipsing Sundial: Encountering the Narrator in Joyce’s An Encounter”
Travis Bates, Illinois Wesleyan University

“Flaws of Miller’s Father Figures”
Rebeccah Reed, Trinity Christian College

“Waking up from the Dream”
Kyle VanEerden, Trinity Christian College

Session 11: The Author and His Text – Room N-221
Chair: Robert Gilbert, University of St. Francis

“Orthodox Feminists and Sacred Souls: Agency and Collectives Among Lubavitch Hasidic Women”
Rebekah Sims, Indiana University-Bloomington

“Local Tales and the Literary Realm: A New Look at Orality and Literacy Through Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”
Amy Sauder, Eureka College

“Hybridity and the History of Story: Fairy Tales and Orality in Bill Willingham’s Fables”
Jessica Doble, Eureka College

5 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Sexton Auditorium – Plenary Address by Richard Hoffman

Reception and book signing in the Turk Theater following the reading.

6 p.m. – 7 p.m. ELL Reception – Turk Theater