2015 Colloquium

6th Annual Literatures and Linguistics Undergraduate Colloquium

March 28, 2015, Ken Olsen Science Center (KOSC), Gordon College


Conference Program:

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

8:45-9:00 Welcome – Andrea Frankwitz, Associate Professor of English, Gordon College | KOSC 12

9:00-10:30 SESSION I

The Politics of Gendered Identities (Moderator: Christopher Jones, Gordon College) | KOSC 125

Haley Drolet (Gordon College): “What might a comparison of Athena and Aphrodite reveal about

conceptions of female sexuality in the Homeric epics?”

Abby Swanson (Gordon College): “How do Hardy, Gaskell and Dickens depict and characterize the fallen

woman/ how is their characterization affected by society?”

Rachel Dale (Gordon College): “Gender Equality in Virginia Woolf’s ‘A Haunted House’”

A Triptych of Poetical Polemicals (Moderator: Audra Sears, Gordon College) | KOSC 126

Jeremy Beaman (University of Mobile): “Yahweh and the Pantheon”

Katie Gilbert (Gordon College): “The Poetic Pilgrimage of Dante and Virgil: How Even the Greatest of

Human Reason is Limited by Faith”

Hannah Pentico (Gordon College): “A Bard Abroad: Early Modern Geography in Othello”

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break | KOSC 124 (Hallway)

11:00-12:30 SESSION II

How Language Means (Moderator:  Lindsey Van Doren) | KOSC 124

Christina Schrader (Gordon College): “‘And the Word Was God’: The Purpose of the Metaphor”

Megan Brovan (Clemson University): “Small Acts of Translation: Bridging Vacancy with Metaphor and

Translation in Shelley’s ‘Mont Blanc’”

Audra Sears (Gordon College): “Evolution and the Origin of Language: Syntax”

The Shock and Offerings of Hope, Grace, and Mercy in Ionesco, O’Connor, and Endo                           

(Moderator: Hannah Pentico, Gordon College) | KOSC 125

Haylie Petre (Gordon College): “Longing for Hope: Why Christians Need Ionesco’s Absurdist Theatre”

Dave Clemmer  (Gordon College): “Manly Pointer, Satan, and O’Connor’s Violent Grace”

Tinsley Griffin (University of Mobile): “The Question Concerning Kichijiro: The Apostate, The Judas,

The Forgiven”

Unraveling the Riddle of H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine  (Moderator: Madeline Linnell, Gordon

College) | KOSC 126

Edison Thayer (Gordon College): “The White Sphinx in H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine: A Symbol of

the Cyclical Nature of Time Vis-à-vis an Ancient Egyptian Interpretation”

Grace Carhart (Gordon College): “H.G. Wells and the Maladaptation of Religion: The Retrogressive

Evolution Into God by the Eloi and the Morlocks in The Time Machine”

Benjamin Bowden  (Gordon College): “The Second Riddle of the Sphinx in H.G. Wells’ The Time


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

1:30-3:00 SESSION III

The Question(ing) of Barriers in the Works of Zora Neale Hurston and Richard Wright                        (Moderator: Liz Currie, Gordon College) | KOSC 125

Janette Krulick (Gordon College): “Harnessing Vulnerability in Their Eyes Were Watching God”

Nathaniel Youndt (Gordon College): “Bigger Boundaries: Limits and Freedom in Richard Wright’s

Native Son”

Matthew Sigourney (Gordon College): “Searching for Manhood: The Overlooked Element of The Individual Within Racial Conflict in Richard Wright's Native Son”

Seeing Through the Eyes of An/other (Moderator: Madison Webb, Gordon College) | KOSC 126

Lindsey Van Doren (Gordon College): “Drama and the Human Body: Webster Through the Lens of Walker”

Missa Sangimino (Boston College): “The Role of Context and Alienation: Kobena Mercer and Kelly Oliver’s Analysis of Vision”

Christopher Jones (Gordon College): “Who Are the Watchmen Watching? – The Dangers of Hero Worship in Alan Moore’s and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen”

3:00-3:15 Coffee Break | KOSC 124 (Hallway)

3:15-4:15 Keynote Address: “Hell is Murky”

                        Dr. Tom Howard (Independent Scholar) | KOSC 124

4:15-4:30 Closing Remarks – Andrea Frankwitz, Associate Professor of English, Gordon College | KOSC 124