2017 Symposium Program



REGISTRATION 4-5:30 PM Red Lion Inn Lobby

Jill Anderson, VP Membership and Finance, will have the registration materials at the Red Lion Inn from 4:00-5:30 on Wednesday, and she will carry them with her to the Stockbridge Library. Please see Jill anytime throughout the Symposium to pick up name badges and other information.

KEYNOTE   6 PM Stockbridge Library

RECEPTION immediately following in the library



SESSION 1: 8-9:30 AM

Sedgwick’s Geographic Imagination

Chair: Lisa West

  1. Ashley Reed, “‘All Love and Friendship and No Politics’: Romance and the Republic in ‘A Reminiscence of Federalism.'”
  2. Janet Zehr, “The Evolution of Sedgwick’s American Settings through an Evolutionary Lens.”
  3. Cynthia Smith, “Hope Leslie at Sea.”
  4. Farnan, Chris. “Teaching Catharine Maria Sedgwick’s Hope Leslie Through Maps.”


SESSION 2: 9:45-11:15 AM

Traveling People, Traveling Texts

Chair: Jill Anderson

  1. Emma Newcombe, “‘Oh, What a Scene!’: Class and Conflict at Niagara in Sedgwick’s The Travellers.”  
  2. Susan Roberson, “The Great Excursion: Expansion, Travel, and Tourism.”
  3. Jenifer Elmore, “Two Views of Time in Space: Synchrony and Diachrony in Sedgwick’s ‘A Day in a Railroad Car’”
  4. Johanna McElwee, “Sedgwick in the Homes Abroad: Tracing the Works of Sedgwick in Sweden.”


LUNCH 11:30-12:30


SESSION 3: 12:45-2:15 PM

Evolving Views of the Spinster, the Bluestocking and Related Figures

Chair: Lucinda Damon-Bach?

  1. Deborah Gussman, “Sister Spinster: Placing Sedgwick in Contemporary Conversations About Singlehood, Marriage, and Feminism.”
  2. Kate Culkin, “A Tale of Two Students: The Sedgwick School, Harriet Hosmer, and Ellen Tucker Emerson.”
  3. Robin Cadwallader. “Sedgwick and the Bluestocking Tradition.”


SESSION 4: 2:30-4 PM

Where and When Men Disrupt Homes and/or the Social Order

Chair: Ashley Reed

  1. Maria Carla Sanchez, “Catharine Sedgwick’s Men.”
  2. Beth Avila, “‘Heroism in Such a Shape’: Pirates Invade Domestic Spaces.”
  3. David Ober, “Blurred Boundaries of Domesticity in Catharine Maria Sedgwick’s Hope Leslie.”


OUTING: 4-6 p.m.

Private tour of the historic Sedgwick Home, with wine-and-cheese reception following on the site.



SESSION 5: 8-9:15 AM

Pedagogy Roundtable

Facilitator: Jenifer Elmore


SESSION 6: 9:30-10:20 AM

Business Meeting


SESSION 7: 10:30-noon

Keeping the Past Visible

Chair: Melissa Homestead?

  1. Robert Daly, “Revolution in New York, Boston, and Beyond: Diachronic Thinking and the Hermeneutics of Situation in The Linwoods.”
  2. Elizabeth Kenney, “Anachronisms, Current Events and Jeannette McCurdy Hart’s Nahant.”
  3. Charlene Avallone, “National Space, Social Place, The French Language, and Catharine Sedgwick.”


LUNCH 12:00-1:00 PM


SESSION 8: 1:15-2:45 PM

Editing Sedgwick over Time: Roundtable on Recovery

Chair: Judith Fetterley

  1. Melissa Homestead
  2. Emily VanDette
  3. Deborah Gussman
  4. Victoria Clements
  5. Maria Karafilis?

Respondent: Lucinda Damon-Bach


OUTINGS: 4-6 p.m.

Details to be added here and publicized in the coming week.


Friday evening, June 9


7 p.m. Hitchcock Room, Red Lion Inn




SESSION 9: 8-9:30 AM

New Places in Archival/Bibliographical Studies

Chair: Lisa West

  1. Pat Kalayjian – “Sedgwick’s Early Letters.”
  2. Lucinda Damon-Bach, “Factual Foundations and Fictitious Narrative.”
  3. Melissa Lingle-Martin, “Catharine Maria Sedgwick’s Critique of Spectacle in Hope Leslie.”
  4. Meghan E. Smith, “Mapping Sedgwick’s Works Across Time and Place: Bibliographical Discoveries Reveal New Publications and Wider Geographic Reach.”


SESSION 10: 9:45 – 11:30 AM

Archive Session/Workshop

Stockbridge Library?


LUNCH 11:45-12:45


SESSION 11: 1:00-2:30 PM

Times, Spaces and Places of Reform  

Chair: Jill Anderson? Deborah Gussman?

  1. Michelle Wood, “A Village Near A Hill: or, Sedgwick’s Revision of John Winthrop’s “A Model of Christian Charity.”
  2. Susanna Compton, “A Secular Sedgwick.”
  3. Heather Santiago, “Worlds Away, One Voice: Catharine Maria Sedgwick as Magawisca in Hope Leslie.”
  4. Emily VanDette, “Conceptualizing Kindness Beyond Humanity: S’s Animal Advocacy Stories.”


SESSION 12: 2:45-4:00 PM

Where and When do Borders Break Down?

Chair: Jenifer Elmore?

  1. Lisa West, “Geologic Time, Narrative Time: Stones, Monuments and Memorials in Hawthorne and Sedgwick.”
  2. Gretchen Murphy, “Unitarians, Shakers and Infidels: The Problem of ‘Rational Christianity’ in Sedgwick’s Redwood.”
  3. Maureen Tuthill, “‘The Demon that Haunts the American Mind’: Work and the Concept of Time in Sedgwick’s Married or Single?”