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Portland 2010

Date: October 28-29, 2010
Place: Hilton Hotel, Portland, Oregon

"Burney and the Gothic"

The Burney Society of North America
Biennial Conference
Portland, Oregon on October 28-29, 2010


Thursday, October 28

8:00am - 8:30am Registration
8:30am - 10:00am Session I: Burney's Problematic Gothic
Chair: Elaine Bander, Dawson College

Colleen Cusick, CUNY Graduate Center
"'Broken Arches and Broken Promises': The Problem with Pledges in Burney's Reworking of the Gothic Novel in the 1790s"

Andrew Dicus, CUNY Graduate Center
"Frances Burney, Gothic Space, and a Problem of Imagined Community"

Jessica Richard, Wake Forest University
"Frances Burney's Economic Gothic"
10:00am - 10:15am Break
10:15am - 11:45am Session II: Plots and Counterplots: the Gothic in Evelina and Cecilia
Chair: Ken Ericksen, Linfield College

Ellie Cook, Boise State University
"Sweet Heaven! Is This Thy Angel?: the 'Horrid' Case of Mr. Macartney and His Dueling Pistols"

Ann Campbell, Boise State University
"Deflating Gothic Clandestine Marriage in Cecilia"

Alicia Kerfoot, McMaster University
"The Dissolution of a Useful Nun: Cecilia's Secret Vows and Female Monastic Spaces"
11:45am - 12:45pm Lunch
12:45pm - 2:15pm Session III: "Theatre, Fashion, and The Gothic"
Chair: Marilyn Francus, West Virginia University

Anne Chandler, Southern Illinois University
"'A world of injury': Comparing Burney's and Leapor's Versions of Edwy and Elgiva"

Steve Gores, Northern Kentucky University
"Edwy and Elgiva and Gothic Sexuality"

Cheryl Clark, Louisiana College
"Terrifying Women of the Beau Monde: Frances Burney's The Wanderer and the Gothic"
2:15pm - 2:30pm Break
2:30pm - 4:00pm Session IV: Gothic Paradigms in Camilla
Chair: J. Paul Hunter, University of Virginia

Kate Gustafson, University of Pennsylvania
"It is Time to Conquer this Impetuous Sensibility: Camilla and Burney's Critique of the Gothic"

Susan Wood, Midland Lutheran College
"Prison of Propriety: Society and Terror in Burney's Camilla"

Jolene Zigarovich, Cornell University
"Death Embraced: Camilla's Dream as Vampiric Fantasy"

4:30pm - 6:00pm Library Reception
6:30pm - 8:30pm Dinner

Friday, October 29

9:00am - 10:30am Session V: Real Terror: Burney's Grotesque Gothic
Chair: Ellen Moody, George Mason University

Scott Dicken, West Virginia University
"Gothic Grotesqueries, Pernicious Patriarchies: Camilla and The Monk"

Marie Thompson, Southern Illinois University
"Grotesque Realities: Representations of the Political and Social terror in the Novels of Frances Burney and Charlotte Smith"

William Galperin, Rutgers University
"Evelina and Northanger Abbey: Allegories of the Real (Gothic)"
10:30am - 10:45am Break
10:45am - 11:45am Plenary
Chair: Jocelyn Harris, University of Otago

Cynthia Wall, University of Virginia
"The Impress of the Invisible"
12:00pm Conclusion

About the Conference

Burney and the Gothic

Frances Burney and the Gothic elements of her works was the theme of the 17th annual general meeting of The Burney Society in North America on Thursday, Oct. 28, and Friday, Oct. 29, 2010, at the Hilton Portland and Executive Tower in downtown Portland, Oregon.

Cynthia Wall, Professor of English at the University of Virginia, will be the plenary speaker. Professor Wall is the author of The Prose of Things: Transformation of Description in the Eighteenth Century (University of Chicago Press, 2006) and The Literary and Cultural Spaces of Restoration London (Cambridge University Press, 1998), and the editor of Blackwell's Concise Companion to the Restoration and the Eighteenth Century (Blackwell, 2004).

Fifteen speakers presented papers on Burney and the Gothic, including such topics as "Deflating Gothic Clandestine Marriage in Cecilia," "Evelina and Northanger Abbey: Allegories of the Real (Gothic)," "Death Embraced: Camilla's Dream as Vampiric Fantasy," "Frances Burney's Economic Gothic," and ""Edwy and Elgiva and Gothic Sexuality."

The Burney Society was sponsoring a reception on Thursday evening with the Jane Austen Society of North America at the Collins Gallery in Portland's Multnomah County Library. The library will exhibit first editions of works by Burney, Jane Austen, Elizabeth Inchbald, Ann Radcliffe, Hannah More, Charlotte Smith, Amelia Opie, and Maria Edgeworth, as well as Burney letters and Gothic cartoons by Gillray and Rowlandson. The exhibit is based upon the collections of Burney Society President Paula Stepankowsky, and Marian LaBeck and James Petts.


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