Biltmore Hotel,
Providence, Rhode Island, November 4-6, 2004




Thursday, November 4


9:00-11:45: On-site Registration


12:00-1:30: Luncheon and Welcome Addresses


1:45-3:15: Session I

A. Issues in Colonial American Literary Studies

1. Nelson H. Vieira (Brown U), Chair

2. Tom Shields (East Carolina U), Exploration Literature as Genre: Beyond Formal Concerns

3. Christian Fernández (Louisiana SU), A Shift in Canon Formation in the Colonial Texts of the Americas

4. Patricio Edgardo Boyer (Yale U), How Texts Survive

5. Electa Arenal (CUNY Graduate Center) and Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel (U Pennsylvania), Inter-American Encounters: Revisiting the Local and the Global in Contemporary Colonial Studies


B. Beyond Print Cultures

1. Fernando Gómez (Stanford U and The John Carter Brown Library), Chair

2. Patrick Erben (Omohundro Institute of early American History and Culture and U of West Georgia), “The Most Accomplish'd Maid in Philadelphia”: Manuscript Exchange, Difference, and the Education of Quaker Women

3. Wil Verhoeven (U Groningen), “A Colony of Aliens”: Germans and the German Language Press in Colonial and Revolutionary Pennsylvania

4. Kittiya Lee (Johns Hopkins U), Prosodia, Prose, and Proselytization: Talking in Colonial Amazonia

5. José Jouve Martín (McGill U), Memory, Music, and Colonialism in Wolfgang Rihm’s The Conquest of Mexico


C. Gender and its Others

1. Ivy Schweitzer (Dartmouth C), Chair

2. Tamara Harvey (George Mason U), Feminist Formalism: Using Women’s New World Discursive Tactics to Develop Models for Comparative Work on the Colonial Americas

3. Michael Householder (Southern Methodist U), Performing Terror: Captivity, Torture, and Women

4. Sabine Klein (Purdue U), Daughters and Mothers in the Transatlantic World: A Comparative Analysis of Anne Bradstreet’s A Dialogue between Old England and New; concerning their present Troubles, Anno, 1642 and Jacob Steendam’s Klagt van Nieuw-Amsterdam

5. Constance Post (Iowa SU), Sex, Dis/Honor, and Discourse in Anne Hutchinson and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz


3:15-3:30: Coffee Break


3:30-5:00: Session II

A. Beyond the Text

1. Christopher Iannini (McNeil Center for Early American Studies), Chair

2. Susan Danforth (The John Carter Brown Library), Building an Image: Bernhard Gottfrid Goetz’s Representation of America

3. Robert DuPlessis (Swarthmore C), Material Selves in the Post-Settlement British and French Americas

4. Viviana Díaz Balsera (U Miami), Falling Before the Fall: A Nahua Reading of Judeo-Christian Original Sin

5. Mariselle Meléndez (U Illinois, Urbana), An Eighteenth-Century Visual Representation of Trujillo del Peru: History as a Museum


B. Beyond the Facts

1. Dana Nelson (Vanderbilt U), Chair

2. Sara Castro-Klarén (Johns Hopkins U), Ruins and the Logic of Script

3. Jeremy Paden (Georgia SU), Governance Beyond Conversion: Sor Juana’s Sacramental Loas and Roger Williams’s A Key to the Language of America

4. Carla Zecher (The Newberry Library), Marc Lescarbot and the Manuscript with the Blue Satin Cover

5. Thomas Hallock (U South Florida, St. Petersburg), Think Globally, Dig Locally: The Case of La Florida


C. Beyond the Imperial Frontier
1. Ralph Bauer (U Maryland), Chair

2. Tom Krise (US Air Force Academy), Glimpses of English Caribbean Literary History.

3. Amy Turner Bushnell (The John Carter Brown Library), The Word of a Traveler: Jonathan Dickinson’s Journal and the Testimony of Spanish Sources

4. Douglas L. Winiarski (U Richmond), Native American Popular Religion in New England’s Old Colony, 1670–1770


5:30: Bus to Keynote Address and Reception at the John Carter Brown Library


6:00-7:15: Keynote Address

David Shields (U South Carolina), A Disaster Beyond Calculation: Commercial Fantasy and the Scottish Empire in Central America, 1697-1703


7:15: Reception



Friday, November 5


9:00-10:30: Session III (Workshops)

1. The Challenge of Comparativism: Practical Strategies for Reading Early American Women’s Literature. Panelists: Lisa Logan (U Central Florida) (Chair); Electa Arenal (CUNY Graduate Center); Tamara Harvey (George Mason U); Jodi Schorb (Hamilton C); Karen Weyler (U North Carolina, Greensboro)

2. Women and Conquest: Colonial and Postcolonial Perspectives. Panelists: Sandra Cypess (U Maryland) (Chair); Zabelle Stodola (U Arkansas) (Chair)

3. Beyond the Survey: Teaching Comparative Colonial American Studies. Panelists: Anne Myles (U Northern Iowa) (Chair); Michael Householder (Southern Methodist U); James Levernier (U Arkansas, Little Rock)

4. The Rhetoric of Slavery in the Early Americas. Panelists: Dan Williams (Texas Christian U) (Chair); Philip Gould (Brown U); Kathryn McKnight (U New Mexico)


10:30-10:45 Coffee Break


10:45-12:15: Session IV (Workshops)

1. Food in the Colonial Americas. Panelists: Nina Scott (U Massachusetts, Amherst) (Chair); David Shields (U South Carolina); Silvia Navia (Webster U); Sandra Oliver (editor and publisher Food History News)

2. American Enlightenments. Panelists: Karen Stolley (Emory U) (Chair); Dennis Moore (Florida State U); Frank Shuffleton (U Rochester); Mariselle Meléndez (U Illinois, Urbana); Shannon Lee Dawdy (U Chicago); Jerry Williams (Westchester U)

3. Beyond 'Female Friendship': New Approaches in Sexuality Studies. Panelists: Jodi Schorb (Hamilton C) (Chair); Amanda Powell (U Oregon) (Chair); Lisa Logan (U Central Florida); Anne Myles (U Northern Iowa); Kris Comment (U Massachusetts, Lowell)

4. Epistemologies and Environments in the Colonial Americas. Panelists: Susan Scott Parrish (U Michigan) (Chair); Gustavo Verdesio (U Michigan) (Chair); Christopher Iannini (McNeil Center for Early American Studies), Martin Brueckner (U Delaware).


12:30-1:45 Luncheon


1:45-3:15: Session V (Workshops)

1. The Legacy of Bartolomé de Las Casas in the Early-Modern World. Panelists: Eyda Merediz (U Maryland) (Chair); Thomas Scanlan (Ohio U); Santa Arias (Florida SU); Jonathan Hart (U Alberta); Veronica Salles-Reese (Georgetown U)

2. Colonial American Studies in the National Context. Panelists: Christopher Conway (U Texas, Arlington) (Chair); Matt Cohen (Duke U); Richard Gordon (Southern Methodist U); Domingo Ledezma (Wheaton C); Elise Bartosik-Vélez, (Dickinson C), Juan Luis Suárez (U Western Ontario)

3. Translation and Comparative Colonial Studies. Panelists: Kathleen Ross (NYU) (Chair); Daniel Reff (Ohio State U); Cynthia Stone (C of the Holy Cross)

4. Editing and Reading Native “Texts.” Panelists: Kristina Bross (Purdue U) (Chair); Hilary Wyss (Auburn U) (Chair); Joanna Brooks (U Texas); David Tavárez (Vassar C)


3:15-3:30 Coffee Break


3:30- 5:00: Session VI

A. Beyond Captivity

1. Zabelle Stodola (U Arkansas), Chair

2. Denise Ileana Bossy (Yale U), A White Eagle Wing and A Yamasee Boy: Indian Slavery in the Colonial Southeast

3. Robert Hilliker (Brown U), All My (International) Relations: Kinship and the State of Nature in the Captivity Narratives of Mary Rowlandson and Pierre-Esprit Radisson

4. Andrew Newman (U Southern California ), Captive Literacies in the Eastern Woodlands: Jogues and Williams

5. Heidi Oberholtzer Lee (Notre Dame U), Captive Appetites: Mary Rowlandson and Francisco Núñez de Pineda Bascuñán


B. Eighteenth Century Cosmopolitianisms

1. Jennifer Eich (Loyola Marymount U), Chair

2. Fernanda Macchi (McGill U), The Traveling Inca: Rewritings of the Inca Garcilaso de la Vega’s Royal Commentaries During the Enlightenment

3. Karen Stolley (Emory U), “A Fierce People Never Tamed”: History and Identity in Eighteenth-Century Spanish America

4. Chiara Cillerai (Rutgers U), Cosmopolitan Discourse and the Rhetoric of Self-representation: the Cases of Benjamin Franklin and Philip Mazzei

5. David Slade (Emory U), Scottish-Hispanic Dialogues on the Eighteenth-Century History of the Americas


C. Atlantic Crossings

1. Luiz Valente (Brown U), Chair

2. Elvira Vilches (North Carolina SU), Atlantic Crossings and Contingencies of Value

3.Susan Castillo (U Glasgow), Performing the Noble Savage: Louis-François de La Drevetière Delisle’s Arlequin Sauvage

4. Lucia Costigan (Ohio SU), Beyond Race and Religion: New Christians and Jews in the Writings of Spanish Baroque Writers and in the Messianic Ideas of the Jesuit Antônio Vieira and the Rabbi Menasseh ben Israel

5. Jonathan Hart (U Alberta), Making Identities: England and France and the New World


5:15: Bus to Reception Chez Nancy Armstrong and Leonard Tennenhouse (102 Benefit Street)



Saturday, November 6


9:15-10:45: Session VII (Plenary)

Beyond Sectarianism

1. James Muldoon (The John Carter Brown Library), Chair

2. David A. Boruchoff (McGill U), New Spain, New England and the New Jerusalem: the “Translation” of Empire, Faith, and Learning (translatio imperii, fidei ac studii) in Colonial Missionary History

3. Kristen Block (Beloit C), 'Merchantmen of the Precious Truth': Quakers in 17th century Barbados.

4. Daniel Reff (Ohio State U), Beyond Syncretism and Beyond Religion

5. Silvia Castro Shannon (Saint Anselm C), “Through a Religious Prism:” the History of the French in Colonial Brazil


10:45-11:00: Coffee Break


11:00-12:15: Keynote Address

Rolena Adorno (Yale U), The Spanish New World in the Narrative Imagination of North America


12:30-1:45: Luncheon


1:45-3:15: Session VIII (Plenary)


1. Fredrika Teute (Omohundro Institute of early American History and Culture), Chair

2. Elizabeth Maddock Dillon (Yale U), New World Drama

3. Eric Slauter (U Chicago), The Invention of Americana

4. Rosa Perelmuter (U North Carolina, Chapel Hill), Addressing the “American Phoenix”: Sor Juana and Her Readers

5. Sandra Gustafson (U Notre Dame), Greece and the Rise of Democratic Thought in the Americas


3:15-3:30 Coffee Break


3:30-5:00: Session IX (Plenary)

From Colonial Ideology to Postcolonial Belief

1. James Egan (Brown U), Chair

2. Edward Watts (Michigan SU), Habitants and Americans: French Colonials and Postcolonial Americans

3. Lawrence Buell (Harvard U), British-American Postcoloniality and the Double Denial Problem

4. José Antonio Mazzotti (Harvard U), Epic, Creoles, and Nation in Spanish America

5. Leonard Tennenhouse (Brown U), What is the Language of the Oppressor?


5:15 Departure