ENG 690 NWMLA Conference

Monday, December 9th,  9 am - 3:30 pm in the EMU Diamond Lake Room

The English Department will hold a conference for first-year graduate students to present papers based on their work in seminars this term.

Please come show your support and learn about the wonderful work these graduate students have been doing.


9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Panel #1—Ugly Feelings and Disgusting Things: Apocalyptic Fictions

Mason Shumate, "The Tyranny of the Owl: Affects of Oblivion in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?"

Kevin Cody, “’You Must Never Listen To This’: Suspense as a Rhetorical Strategy in Werner Herzog’s Grizzly Man

Adrienne Bosworth, “’Putrid Abomination’: The Persistent Toxicity of the Franklin Expedition”

Rachael Lee, “Dwelling in the Wasteland: Toward a Non-Redemptive Environmental Politics”


11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Panel #2—Digital Humanities, Archives,  Fashion

Teri Cheong, Digital Humanities Project on Aiiieeeee!

Katie Souza, Digital Humanities Project on Aiiieeeee!

Min Young Park, “Women, Fashion, and Feeling in Quicksand and Pachinko


12:30-1:00 p.m.—Break for Refreshments

1:00 – 2:15 p.m.

Panel #3—Gift Theory and Rhetorical Theory

Vanessa Farfan, “Rhetorical Virtues and Vulnerability”

Daniel Bresnahan, "Rhetorical Possibilities in Children's Picture Books"

Megan Butler, “Animal Gifts and Human Identity in ‘The Tale of Audun from the West Fjords”

Rachel Combs, “’Fire is a Thief’: Gift Theory’s Illumination of Anglo-Saxon Legal and Social Concepts of Theft”


2:30-3:30 p.m.

Panel #4—Disability Studies and the Face of the Other

Madhu Nadarajah, “Language Politics of the Address in Between the World and Me

Raye Hendrix, "Deaf Spectacle: Confrontations of Precarity and (De)facement in Ily Kaminsky’s Deaf Republic"

Chris Ivy, “The ‘Mad Invalid’: Disability and the Gaze in Melville’s ‘Benito Cereno'"