: A Journal of Transatlantic Literary and Cultural Relations

The 11th Biennial Conference:  Transatlantic Returns & Revisions

Daemen College/University at Buffalo
Amherst, New York, USA
Thursday, July 6th to Sunday, July 9th, 2017

Carrie Bramen and Robert Morace, Co-chairs

Thursday Evening, 6 July 2017

6.30-7.00: Registration, Research Information Commons, RIC120, Daemen College

7.00-8.00: Opening Address, RIC120

Chair: Robert Morace

Frances R. Kowsky, State University of New York Distinguished Professor of Fine Arts, Buffalo State College, “Looking for Architectural History 101 in Buffalo.”

8.00-9.30: Wine Reception, Rosary Hall, hosted by Gary Olsen, President of Daemen College

Friday, 7 July 2017

(All panels and keynote addresses will take place at Daemen College in the Business Building, B103)

9.00-9.30: coffee/tea (B103)

9.30-10.45 Panel 1: Transatlantic Genre/Gender

Chair: Samantha Harvey,

Yvonne Elizabeth Pelletier, U of Tennessee, “Contagious women and European cosmopolitanism in Wharton’s fiction,”

Carrie Bramen, U at Buffalo, “American Niceness versus English Nastiness: The Gendered Politics of Transatlantic Comparison,”

Hannah Fogarty, U at Buffalo, “Edgar Allan Poe, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Forensic Imagination,”

10.45-11.00 Coffee/tea break

11.15-12.30 Panel 2: Transatlantic Alchemy

Chair: Aliki Varvogli,

Leslie Eckel, Suffolk U, “From Dystopia to Utopia: Pantisocracy’s Atlantic Alchemy,”

Kaylee Henderson, Texas Christian U, “Crossing Boundaries: How Sorosis and Fanny Fern Fueled the Rise of London Ladies’ Clubs,”

Neil Macfarlane, Psychiatrist and Independent Scholar, “He that lives upon Hope will die fasting’: Allusions to Benjamin Franklin’s Self-improving Texts in Bleak House,”

12.30-1.25 Lunch, Cabaret at Musicalfare Theater

1.30-2.45 Panel 3: Transnational Cooperation

Chair: Mathew Scott,

James Hewitson, U of Tennessee Knoxville, “Harriet Beecher Stowe, Julie Garner Tyler, the Duchess of Sutherland and the Limitations of Transnational Cooperation,”

Ming-Fang Cheng, National Chengchi U, Taiwan, “Emerson’s Perception of England and America in English Traits,”

David Strittmatter, U at Buffalo, “Revisionism of a Medieval Document: The Curious Place of the United States in Magna Carta Commemorations,”

2.45-3.00 Coffee/tea break 

3.00-4.15 Panel 4: Transatlantic Nature

Chair: Joel Pace,

Kathryn Gray, Plymouth U, “Discourses of Nature in the Eighteenth Century Novel: Edward Bancroft’s History of Charles Wentworth (1770),”

Samantha C. Harvey, Boise State U, and Rochelle L. Johnson, College of Idaho, “A Transatlantic Dialogue: Nature and Spirit in Coleridge and Thoreau,”

4.30-5.45 Keynote Address

Chair: Carrie Bramen

Eve Tavor Bannet, George Lynn Cross Professor of English, U of Oklahoma, “Returning Home during the First British Empire: Britain, Transatlantic Studies and the Problem of Modernity.”

6.00-6.30 Symbiosis 2019 in Dundee, Scotland

Aliki Varvoli, U of Dundee,

7.00-9.00 Banquet, Rosary Hall

Saturday, 8 July 2017

8.30-9.00 Coffee/tea

9.00-10.15 Panel 5: Contemporary Transatlantic Literature

Chair: Leslie Eckel,

Heidi Macpherson, State U of New York at Brockport, “Soil is Memory Made Flesh”: Maggie O’Farrell’s Transatlantic Families in This Must be the Place,”

Abigail Fransen, Texas Christian U, “An American Heiress in London: Reading the Contemporary Historical Romance Genre Transatlantically,”

Robert Morace, Daemen College, “21st Century Scottish Diaspora Fiction,”

10.15-10.30: Coffee/tea break

10.30-11.45 Panel 6: Passages to India and Italy

Chair: Chris Gair,

Walter Hakala, U at Buffalo, “Setting the World on Fire: Syphilis and Chilies in Old World Vocabularies,”

Matthew Scott, U of Reading, “Transatlantic Tiepolo,”

12.00-1.00 Lunch, Rosary Hall

1.00-2.15: Panel 7: The Black Atlantic

Chair: James Hewitson,

Carine Mardorossian, U at Buffalo, “The Zong and Modernity in Caribbean Literature,”

Joel F. Pace, Joel F. U of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, “Ragtime Romanticisms: Countee Cullen, John Keats, and the Black Atlantic,”

Aliki Varvogli, U of Dundee, “Contesting Afropolitanism: Teju Cole’s Open City,”

2.15-2.30: coffee/tea

2.30-3.45 Panel 8: Twentieth-Century Transformations 

Chair: Carrie Bramen,

Christopher Gair, U of Glasgow, “Richard Brautigan’s ‘Trout Fishing in America‘ (and England),”

Shannon McBriar, U of Amsterdam, “Affordances in Virginia Woolf’s The Mark on the Wall and Carole Maso’s Ava,”

Richard Brantley, U of Florida, “Transatlantic Method,”

4.00-5.15: Keynote Address

Chair: Robert Morace

Jahan Ramazani, University Professor and Edgar J. Shannon Professor of English, U of Virginia, “Poetry’s Crossings: Transnational, Transatlantic, Translingual, Translational”

7.00 shuttle to downtown Buffalo (Pearl Street Brewery)

Sunday, 9 July 2017

9.30-2.30 Optional trip to Niagara Falls State Park

Transportation and admission to Niagara Falls State Park will be free; there is a charge for The Maid of the Mist boat ride and the Cave of the Winds.


We wish to thank the following for their financial and administrative support:

Dr. Charles Gliozzo, Michigan State University

Dr. Gary Olson, President of Daemen College

Daemen College English Department

Daemen College Global Programs

Daemen College Admissions Office

Patricia Smith, Daemen College Institutional Advancement

Kara Kane, Daemen College Conference Services

University at Buffalo English Department

University at Buffalo Humanities Institute

Professor Steve McCaffrey, The Gray Chair in Poetry and Letters, University at Buffalo

Professor Myung Mi Kim, James H. McNulty Chair of English, University at Buffalo