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PRIVACY: Conference Program



Thurs., Mar. 9 | Fri., Mar. 10 | Sat., Mar. 11


Thursday, March 9


Registration table will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Thurs., 10:00 – 11:15 a.m.

Sex, Scandal, and Epistemology

Union 207. Moderator: Robert Clark, Kansas State University.

  1. “Secret and Rumor: Sexual and Political Epistemologies in Northern Ireland,” Katie Conrad, University of Kansas.
  2. “Scandal:  Sexual and Political Epistemologies in Northern Ireland,” Margot Backus, University of Houston.
  3. “Fine Upstanding Men: The Secret of Sexual Harassment,” Donna Potts, Kansas State University.


Thurs., 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Birth, Childhood, and Death

Union 207. Moderator: Roger Adams, Kansas State University.

  1. [title forthcoming], Kimberly Miller, Fort Hays State University.
  2. "A Room of One's Own: Children's Rooms as Reflected in Children's Books," Jennifer Marchant, Middle Tennessee State University.
  3. “To Die, To Speak, and More: Private-Public Intertwinings in Burial Discourse,” Sorina Chiper and Paul Bick, University of Illinois, Chicago.


Thurs., 12:45 – 2:15 p.m.



Thurs., 2:15 – 3:30 p.m.

The Closet and Beyond

Union 207. Moderator: Phillip Marzluf, Kansas State University.

  1. “Without a Net: Dorian Gray’s Open Secret,” Jacquelyn Hedden, University of Houston.
  2. "Michael Miksche's Sailors Kissing and the Secrets of the Closet," Elizabeth Lee, Wabash University.
  3. "Closeted Identities: The Role of the Closet in Ruthann Robson's a/k/a," Erin Erhart, Kansas State University.


Thurs., 3:45 – 5:00 p.m.

Emotion and the Postconfessional

Union 207. Moderator: Elizabeth Dodd, Kansas State University.

  1. “A ‘Sickness of the Soul’: The Lyrical Expression of Shame in Susan Hahn’s Poetry,” Jill Clingan, Kansas State University.
  2. “The Smuggling of Emotions:  The Role of Shame and Self-Pity in the Poetry of Susan Hahn,” Matthew Lexow, Kansas State University.


Thurs., 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Conference Dinner, Alumni Center Ballroom.


Thurs., 8:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Patricia Traxler Poetry Reading, Tatman Board Room, Alumni Center.


Thurs., 9:30 – 10:00 p.m.

book signing


Friday, March 10


Fri., 8:45 – 10:30 a.m.

A)    Surveillance

Union 206. Moderator: Lyman Baker, Kansas State University.

  1. "The Transparent World and Its Dangers," Eunice Myers, Wichita State University.
  2. "Beneficial Surveillance: Panopticism in the Composition Class and the Struggle for a Solution," Jason Saphara, Colorado State University, Pueblo.
  3. "'Total Information Awareness' as a Slogan for the Left: Towards an Open Source World," Andrew Schroeder, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh.


B)    The Cultural Dimensions of the Classic Confessional Poets

Union 207. Moderator: Bonnie Nelson, Kansas State University.

  1. “Confessionalism Externalized: The Tethering of Private and Public Voices in the Poetry of Robert Lowell," Steve Gehrke, Missouri Review.
  2. “These Are Not Her Confessions: Anne Sexton's use of the Dramatic Monologue in ‘The Farmer's Wife’ and ‘The Abortion,’” Lisa Ripley, Murray State University.
  3. “Metaphors of Nature and Culture in Sylvia Plath's Bee Poems,” Lisa Narbeshuber, Acadia University.


Fri., 10:45 – 11: 45 a.m.

A)    Secret Lives of Conservatives

Union 206. Moderator: Karin Westman, Kansas State University.

  1. "The Passion and the Profit: Evangelical Christianity and Media Space in Amish Country," Jennifer Fleeger, University of Iowa.
  2. "Calls for Papers and Right Wing Surveillance of Academe, or ' The Secret Lives of Conservatives,'" Don Hedrick, Kansas State University.


B)    Poetry of Dispossession

Union 207. Moderator: Robin Mosher, Kansas State University.

  1. “John Berryman:  Confessions of Culture,” Shanna Perkins, Yale University.
  2. "A Separate, Private Person: Joseph Brodsky, Human Autonomy, Resistance to Confession and the American Audience," Stephanie Fischetti, University of South Florida, Tampa.


Fri., 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.



Fri., 1:00 – 2:15 p.m.

A)    Pedagogy

Union 206. Moderator: Julie Brogno, Kansas State University.

  1. "RateMyProfessor.Com? A Brief Cultural History of Teacher Evaluations," Phillip Marzluf, Kansas State University.
  2. "Coming out in the Center: Theorizing disclosure and surveillance when the public meets the private in teaching one-to-one," Harry Denny, SUNY Stonybrook, and Michele Eudice, University of Kansas.
  3. “'Camping' Confession: Authenticity and Fiction in Written Personal Disclosure,” Suzanne Diamond, Youngstown State University.


B) Rethinking Warren and Brandeis's "The Right to Privacy."

Union 207. Moderator: Don Hedrick, Kansas State University.

  1. "The Right to Privacy: Henry James and the 'Strange Logic' of Celebrity," Stacy Margolis, University of Utah.
  2. "Imperiled Privacy: Whiteness, Publicity, and the 'Right to Be Let Alone,'" Katherine Adams, University of Tulsa.
  3. "The Right to Privacy and the Logic of Secrecy," Matthew Potolsky, University of Utah.


Fri., 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.

A)    Egocasting

Union 206. Moderator: Mike Wesch, Kansas State University.

  1. “Merchandising Privacy,” Isabel Metello, New University of Lisbon.
  2. “Commodity Fetishism and the iPod: Egocasting Consumers as Producers,” John Figura, George Washington University.


B)    Sex, Servants, and Masculinity: Private Acts in 19th Century Literature

Union 207. Moderator: Jim Machor, Kansas State University.

  1. “Maintaining Privacy in a Household with Servants,” Dorice Elliott, University of Kansas.
  2. “Herman Melvilee's Pierre and the Trope of the Moral and Social Castaway,” Shawn Thomson, University of Kansas.
  3. "'Imbued with the Science of Venus': The Sexually Savvy Female in Victorian Pornography," Emily Wicktor, University of Kansas.


Fri., 4:00 – 5:15 p.m.

A)    Trauma

Union 206. Moderator: Larry Rodgers, Kansas State University.

  1. “'Private' Trauma and 'Public' Coping in Danticat’s Breath, Eyes, Memory,” Mickayla Fink, Kansas State University.
  2. "Lift Me Up to the Window”: Trauma & Self-Recovery in Theresa Hak Kyung’s DICTEE,” Jennifer Cho, George Washington University.
  3. "Hers and His(trees):  Rape Cover-Ups and Spectacle Lynching in Toni Morrison's Beloved,” Sandy Alexandre, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


B)    Literature and Loss

Union 207. Moderator: Philip Nel, Kansas State University.

  1. "Searching for Sasha: Claude McKay and Black Modernism," Gary Holcomb, Emporia State University.
  2. “Private Lives and Public Documents: Anne Lister’s Diaries and Charlotte Bronte’s Shirley in the Age of Post-Secrecy,” Anne Longmuir, Kansas State University.
  3. “The Will to Confess and the Duality of Witnessing in La Fayette’s La Princesse de Clèves," Taylor Hammer, Emporia State University.


Fri., 5:15 – 8:00 p.m.

dinner break


Fri., 8:00 p.m.

George Chauncey Keynote Lecture, "Why Come Out of the Closet?"

Kedzie 106


Fri., 10:00 p.m.

Conference Reception at the home of Lisa Tatonetti.


Saturday, March 11


Sat., 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

Paraconfessional poetry

Union 207. Moderator: Donna Potts, Kansas State University.

  1. "Beyond the Confessional: Jonathan Holden…Honest Poetry, Honest Discovery," Greg German, Kansas State University.
  2. “The Post-Confessional Fable: Prose Poetry at Work in the Poetics of James Tate,” Monique van den Berg, St. Norbert College.
  3. “Private and Public:  Adrienne Rich’s Paraconfessional Poetry,” Sally Sevcik, Rutgers University.


Sat., 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

A)    Public/Private Blurrings

Union 206. Moderator: Anne Longmuir, Kansas State University.

  1. “Privacy in the Age of Psychoanalysis,” Prabha Manuratne, Kansas State University.
  2. “Masking, Confinement and Privacy in Southworth’s The Hidden Hand,” Bradley Johnson, Doane College.


B)    Privacy and Women’s Issues

Union 207. Moderator: Lisa Tatonetti, Kansas State University.

  1. "The Second Mystique: Foundational Feminist Texts and the Liberal Consensus in Post-war America," Sandra Cox, Kansas State University.
  2. "Members Only: The Quest for Privacy in London’s Alternative Club Scene," Lorrie Carano, University of Missouri, Kansas City.
  3. "The Politics of Interiority in The Pilot's Wife," Timothy Aubry, Baruch College.


Sat., 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.



Sat., 1:00 – 2:15 p.m.

Invasions of Privacy

Union 207. Moderator: Jennifer Adams, Kansas State University.

  1. “'Black Hats vs. White Hats': Reversing Hacker Tropes in Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon,” Barrett Bowlin, Kansas State Unviersity.
  2. "Inside Out: The Private Mind as Public Property in JK Rowling's Harry Potter," Karin Westman, Kansas State University.
  3. "Reactions to Invasions of Privacy (Perceived and Real): Punk versus Hip Hop," Matthew Raese, Kansas State University.


Sat., 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.

Private Lives; Public Writing

Union 207. Moderator: Irene Ward, Kansas State University.

  1. “Flat Denial: Samuel Johnson and Anonymous Authorship,” Gillian Prowse, Harvard University.
  2. “Twenty-one What Poems?  Privacy, Biography, and the Anthologized Lesbian Author,” Jamie Mellen, Ball State University.
  3. "The Purple Crayon and the Red Scare: Harold, Crockett Johnson, and the FBI," Philip Nel, Kansas State University.



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