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2016 SCSU Graduate Student Colloquium


9 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.

Graduate and Undergraduate Colloquium
SCSU English Department
April 30, 2016


Panel 1
Variants on A Midsummer Night's Dream

Moderator: Dr. Mike Shea


Robert L. Harmon
“1+1=2: Coupling and the Echo of Numbers in A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Alexander F. Speiser
“Imagination and its Discontents: Theseus, Puck, and the Suspension of Disbelief”

Danielle R. Dymond 
“Reading Relationships Universally in Midsummer's Woods”

Panel 2
The Defining Influence of the Doctrine of Weaned Affections on Puritan Female Identity

Moderator: Dr. Scott Ellis


Charlotte Chamberlain
“Narrative Captivity and Agency: The (Un)weaned Mother of Puritan Theology”

Kaylin Tomaselli
“The Regenerative Impact of Weaned Affections on Domestic Identity in Anne Bradstreet’s ‘Verses upon the Burning of our House, July 10th, 1666’”

Kaitlyn Honore

“Bradstreet’s Discussion of Puritan Ideals in ‘Verses on the Burning of our House’”


Panel 1
Aspects of Identity and Desire in Three British Novels

Moderator: Dr. Nicole Fluhr


Danielle R. Dymond

“Geography and Heredity in North and South and Kim

Kristen M. Dearborn

“A Discussion of Kim and The Return of the Soldier as Fairy Tales”

Ashley M. Miller
North and South and The Return of the Soldier: Two Stories, Two Very Different Women”

Panel 2
Investigating the Texts: 
The Hebrew Bible, Fight Club, Gender-Variant Social Media

Moderator:  Dr. Andrew Smyth


Bruce R. Michaud

“Scapegoat: The Hebrew Bible as a Source of Hate”

Nicole A. Burwell

“I am Jack’s Pre-Bought Manliness: A Working Analysis of Postmodern Consumer Culture and its Effects on the Narrator of Fight Club”

Anthony D. Mitrano

“Althusser, Welcome to Facebook, OkCupid, and Social Media: An Explorative Glance at how Ideology, Interpolation, and Gender Variance are Enhanced with Major Social Media Giants”


Words into Power: 
The Poetry of Maternity, Hip-Hop Pedagogy, Teaching through Conferencing

Moderator: Dr. Vara Neverow


Katherine A. Sullivan,

“The Alienation of Motherhood: Adrienne Rich’s Call for Maternal Poetry”

Laura Obringer,

“Hip Hop Pedagogy: Theoretical and Practical Applications in the Secondary English Classroom”

Esposito, Christina

“Exploring Best Practices in College Writing Conferencing: Face-to-Face vs. Online”

Lunch and a Celebration with Pizza in the Common Room!


Previous colloquium

Saturday, 18 April 2015

9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Engleman Hall


Please join us for a day of research, inquiry, development, and celebration of professional English studies. The Graduate English Colloquium will feature traditional panel sessions with 20-minute paper presentations, as well as a new feature: Research Roundtables. 

The Research Roundtables will allow graduate students to submit current works-in-progress to be shared with five other participants and a moderator in advance of the colloquium itself. Then, on the day of the colloquium, you will have the chance to provide a brief (7-minute) overview of your work, knowing that the other participants at the table have already read your submission. The overview will let you highlight key issues in your paper, raise questions, ask for assistance, and start a conversation about the collective research interests of the roundtable members. In short, it will be a productive sharing session of research and writing.

HindsThe keynote speaker for the colloquium will be Gareth Hinds, a graphic writer whose work includes versions of The Odyssey, Beowulf, and several Shakespeare plays, most recently Macbeth. There will also be a general session on publishing your writing, led by editors of Text in Context, the online graduate student journal, and Noctua, a journal for creative writing. 




Paper Submissions (Roundtables and Panels):

Those who want to participate in a Research Roundtable session must meet the following deadlines:

• April 2: Submit title and 150-word statement of paper topic and tentative thesis.

• April 13: Submit 4-5 pages of work in progress, including documentation. These will be circulated to other members of the roundtable, who should read them and prepare remarks on them in advance.

• April 18: Roundtable Sessions at the colloquium.

Panels for formal paper presentations have already been set, but additional entries are welcome. Please send a complete abstract by April 2 if you would like to present a polished paper (20 minutes allotted).

All submissions should be sent to Prof. Andrew Smyth at


Registration will be $10 and will be collected on the day of the colloquium. A light lunch and refreshments during the event will be provided.