2014 Colloquium

Fifth Annual Literatures and Linguistics Undergraduate Colloquium

March 29, 2014 | Ken Olsen Science Center (KOSC), Gordon College

Conference Program

8:00-8:45 Registration and Continental Breakfast | KOSC 124

8:45-9:00 Welcome – Moisés Park, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Gordon College | KOSC 124

9:00-10:30 SESSION I

Gender, Language, and (D)Evolution (Moderator: Kristen Gandek, Gordon College)| KOSC 125
Maria Constantine (Gordon College): “A Gendered Language: Do Men and Women Construct and Use Language Differently?”
Alissa Frederico (Gordon College): “The Corruption of the English Language”
Rachel Grant (Gordon College): “Heteronormativity and English Pronouns; or, When Pronouns Get Personal”

Literature and the Crisis of Meaning in Dostoevsky, Turgenev, Hardy, and Camus (Moderator: Lindsey Van Doren, Gordon College) | KOSC 126
Pete Heath (Gordon College): “Attitudes Towards Nihilism: Dostoevsky and Turgenev”
Branden Stanton (Gordon College): “Interpreting Hardy’s Poetry: Pessimism vs. Meliorism”
Caroline Eckstrom (Dordt College): “The Stranger and His Creator: Existentialist or Not?”

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break | KOSC 124

11:00-12:30 SESSION II

Theory Matters: New Criticism, Ecocriticism, and Postcolonialism (Moderator: Christine Allison, Gordon College) | KOSC 124
Oyedolapo Anyanwu (Gordon College): “Making Sense of a Text: The New Critical Way”
David Hicks (Gordon College): “The Critical Expansion of Space: The Rise of Ecocriticism and Its Place in Literary Studies”
Dandi Meng (University of Washington): “It’s a Dog Eat Dog World: Eating and ‘Decolonizing Writing’ in Jessica Hagedorn’s Dogeaters”

The Birth and Death of Language (Moderator: Rachel Grant, Gordon College) | KOSC 125
Anna Dudt (Gordon College): “Tolkien and the English Language: A Historical Exchange”
Franklin Brown (Gordon College): “Documentation, Death, and Doing It Right”
Ethan Holmes (Trinity Christian College): “The Unbearable Weightiness of Words”

Belonging and the In-Between in the Works of Henry James and E.M. Forster (Moderator: Chelsea Kapes, Gordon College) | KOSC 126
Jaclyn Feddes (Trinity Christian College): “The Ghosts in the Governess”
Joseph Lee (Gordon College): “The Marrying Work of Margaret Schlegel in E.M. Forster’s Howard’s End: ‘Connecting’ the Impossible”

12:30-1:30 Lunch Break | Lane Student Center

1:30-3:00 SESSION III

Body and Spirit in Medieval and Early Modern Literature (Moderator: Katherine Allison, Gordon College) | KOSC 124
Christine Allison (Gordon College): “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and the Concept of Ideal Knighthood”
Elizabeth Kennedy (Gordon College): “Wrestling with the Body: How the Trinity Differentiates Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe”
Dave Clemmer (Gordon College): “Working Out Salvation Sanctification with Fear and Trembling in the Poetry of John Donne and George Herbert”
Love U 5ever: The Manipulation of Language and Popular Culture (Moderator: Lydia Good, Gordon College) | KOSC 125
Maria Cupery (Calvin College): “In Music the Passions Enjoy Themselves: The Top Ten Pop Songs in Turkey and the USA”
Sara Schindler (Miami University of Ohio): “Tumblr Linguistics 5ever: An Analysis of the Written Language on the Social Media Site Tumblr”
Hannah Kappler (Gordon College): “Manipulation in Modern English: Words, Sounds, and Meanings”

Powerful Mediation: Literature, the Reader, and Social Change in the Nineteenth Century (Moderator: Claudia Elbourn, Gordon College) | KOSC 126
Erin Ipsen (Messiah College): “The Role of Literature in the British Abolition Campaign”
Chelsea Kapes (Gordon College): “Charles Dickens’s Critique of the Legal System in Bleak House”
Sara Henreckson (Trinity Christian College): “Powerful Mediation: How the Narrator Affects the Experience of the Reader in Jane Eyre and The Turn of the Screw”

3:00-3:15 Coffee Break | KOSC 124

3:15-4:15 Keynote Address: “The Vampire in Literature: A Very Strange Love Affair”
Sue Weaver Schopf (Harvard University) | KOSC 124

4:15-4:30 Closing Remarks – Chad Stutz, Assistant Professor of English, Gordon College | KOSC 124