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Cristina Stanciu | “Can’t He Talk English?”: Americanization Narratives in Print and Visual Culture at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

In the 1910s, Americanization became the new buzz word in the U.S. legal, political, and cultural lexicon—from debates surrounding imminent immigration restriction legislation, to advice to boyscouts on the improper use of ethnic and racial slurs about immigrants, appeals to kindergarden teachers to instill patriotism in the young immigrant, to Americanization pageants, National Conferences, publications…

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Tom De Haven | The Red Demon and the Radium Girls

For the last year and a half I’ve been working on a manuscript called Patsy Touey. It’s a novel set primarily in the early 1920s, in the city of Bayonne, New Jersey, where I was born and lived till I was twenty-two and where my mother lived till her death in 2009. The major characters are…

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Catherine Ingrassia | “By a Woman Writt”: Women, Poetry, and Print Culture in the Long Eighteenth Century

Female poets had to operate within the commercial literary marketplace, a site governed by the economic realities of the publishing industry and they did so with great success: Between 1660 and 1800, 243 women published books of poetry, 28.8 percent of all books of poetry published in the period. Yet these women also actively traded…

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Marcel Cornis-Pope |New Literary Hybrids in the Age of Multimedia Expression: Outline of a Publication Project

The latter half of the twentieth century witnessed an explosion of new media forms—notably the internet, television, advertising, video, and digitized sound—as well as a shift towards the visual, the mass-produced, and the virtual text. This shift has opened up new domains of human achievement in art and culture; it has also generated new, integrated…

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Ece Aykol | Still Life, Still Alive: The Poetics of Ekphrasis and Sam Taylor-Wood’s Short Films

In my presentation I will discuss the contemporary British artist, Sam Taylor-Wood’s short films as meditations on the multifarious definitions of the word “still.” The films I will focus on utilize both analog and digital technology and combine the “old” culture of images with “new attitudes to time and history.” In my reading of her…

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