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Chicago 2008

Date: October 2008
Place: Chicago, Illinois
Venue: The Newberry Library and the Westin Michigan Avenue

Burney and the City

Chicago, IL

Oct. 2 and 3, 2008



Conference Program




8:30 - 9:30:              Registration and Continental Breakfast


9:30 - 11:00:  Session I:  Urban Identity

                            Chair: Elaine Bander

Jonathan Singer, Seneca College, “Progressive Essentialism and the Ideological Underpinnings of Urban Critique in Evelina.”


Lisa Freeman, University of Illinois at Chicago, “Evelina in the City:  An Allegorical Progress Toward Modern Identity.”


Cheryl D. Clark, University of Southern Mississippi, “Sex and the City:  Shopping and the Shaping of Femininity.”


11:00-11:15:              Break


11:15-12:00:              Special Guest

Moderator:  Catherine Parisian, University of North Carolina, Pembroke

Jill Gage, The Newberry Library, “The Eighteenth-Century English Collections at the Newberry.”


12:00 - 1:30:              Lunch


1:30 – 3:00:              Session II:  Entertainment, Identity, and Class and in the City

Chair:  Geoffrey Sill, Rutgers University

Laura Engel, Duquesne University, “A Wild Half-Crazy Woman:  Frances Burney, Mary Wells, and the Shakespeare Gallery.”


Lori Zerne, West Virginia University, “ ‘What Wonder What Strange Revolution’: Gender, Class and Pleasure Gardens in Evelina.”


Elles Smallegoor, University of Aberdeen, “Fashioning England’s Urban Lower Middle Class: Satire and Sound in Frances Burney’s Evelina.”






3:00 – 3:15:    Break



3:15-3:30              Hemlow Prize Presentation—Paula Stepankowsky

This prize for the best graduate student essay in Burney studies is given in memory of Dr. Joyce Hemlow, the founding editor of the Burney Project, which is housed in the Burney Centre at McGill University in Montreal.



3:30-5:00:              Session III:  Mind Your Manners: Standards of Urban Behavior


Chair:  Marilyn Francus, West Virginia University

Charity Ketz, University of California, Berkeley, “Shame and the City.”


Susan McNeill-Bindon, University of Alberta, “Shame and the Single Girl: Exploring Evelina’s Blushing Epistemological Journey to Subjectivity in the City.”


Alex Pitofsky, Appalachian State University, "A Catalogue of their own Follies": Burney, Mary Astell, and the Faults of Men.”



6:30 – 8:30              Dinner and Annual General Meeting (see separate agenda)



8:30                            Dramatic reading






9:00-10:00:               Session IV: Urban Places and Spaces in Burney’s Life 

                            Chair:  Peter Sabor, McGill University

Margaret Anne Doody, University of Notre Dame, "Frances Burney and              ‘Mournful Ever-Weeping Paddington.'”


Geoffrey Sill, Rutgers University, “The Sentimental Heroine Visits Plymouth Dock:  August 21, 1789.”



10:00-10:15:  Break



10:15-11:15:  Session V Urban Spaces and Places in Burney’s Fiction

                            Chair:  Alex Pitofsky, Appalachian State University

Mary Chan, University of Alberta, “The House at Portman Square:  Interior and Urban Movement in Cecilia.”


Theresa Braunschneider, Washington and Lee University, “Burney after Dark.”



11:15-11:30              Break



11:30-12:30:  Plenary Session

Helen Thompson, Northwestern University

"Distinction and the City:  Free Indirect Speech and Burney's Political




12:30:                Conclusion


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