Weekly Assignment #4

By midnight of the day before your class, please post full citations for two of any of the following types of resources related to your topic:

Please annotate each resource with a paragraph that summarizes/describes the source and also evaluates how useful the source might be for your research.



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9 responses to “Weekly Assignment #4

  1. Matt Davis

    Unfortunately, I didn’t have any luck with festschriften on my topic- even after searching through the names of the authors of my sources. I didn’t have much luck with upcoming conferences on the role of literature in the teaching of composition either. However, among my sources I did find a reference to a conference and the electronic workshop proceedings for another.
    Gordon, Edward J., and Edward S. Noyes. Essays on the Teaching of English : Reports of the Yale Conferences on the Teaching of English. New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1960.
    “Literature and Composition.” College Composition and Communication 16.3, Further toward a New Rhetoric (1965): 195, 207-8.
    The first was, I am assuming, one in a series of conferences on the teaching of English held at Yale in 1960. The second was a workshop summary from the Further Toward a New Rhetoric Conference held in 1965 published in the CCC journal, which was at least the second in the series (one other source from ’64) although I didn’t find anything on my topic more recent than that.

  2. Liz Jenkins

    I actually had a lot of success in the DH Hill library, finding 15 major conference proceedings from Joyce conferences around the world, dating from the mid-1960?s through 1996. The two I selected represent the range of works available. The first is from a conference held in Japan in 1990 and the second is from the first annual Joyce conference in Dublin from 1967.
    Furomoto, Toshi, ed. International aspects of Irish literature. Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire : Colin Smythe, 1996.
    Harmon, Maurice. The Celtic master; contributions to the first James Joyce Symposium held in Dublin, 1967. [Dublin] Dolmen Press; [distributed by Dufour Editions, Chester Springs, Pa., 1969].

  3. Jill Taylor

    Cairns, Christopher, ed. The Renaissance Theatre: Text, Performance, and Design. Papers presented for a Society for Renaissance Studies conference, September 12-14, 1997, Globe Theatre and University of Westminster, London, England. Brookfield, Vermont: Ashgate, 1999.
    This congress is published in two volumes; one deals with English and Italian theatre of the Renaissance and the second is concerned with design, image, and acting. I suspect that the second volume would be most useful for gleaning information about Shakespeare in performance, though the first volume may provide some context. The table of contents did not provide information about specific papers within the text, but having the Globe Theatre as a conference site in its first year of full operation suggests that there might be specific information that applies to the first performances there, which includes Henry V. If anything, the papers would provide insight into prevalent theories about how Renaissance texts can be presented on stage.
    Esche, Edward J., ed. Shakespeare and His Contemporaries in Performance.
    Selected papers from an international conference held at St. John?s College, Cambridge, August 1997. Burlington, Vermont: Ashgate, 2000.
    First, the title of this publication suggests that it should provide relevant information about Shakespeare and performance theory. Also, the text includes an essay on the character of Isabel in Henry V. Another paper is entitled ?The Recent Films? and may include discussion of Branagh?s 1989 film version of Henry V. Several of the essays focus on non-English language productions, a tactic that provides an interesting look into the scope of Shakespeare production.
    One difficulty I encountered with searching for congresses was that I could not immediately tell if the information would be useful, but it would be more immediately accessible than a conference presentation since I am exploring this topic for another course this semester.

  4. Kimberly Bowers

    The Seventeenth Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf
    June 7-10, 2007
    The Marcum Conference Center of Miami University of Ohio Oxford, Ohio, USA
    This conference is sponsored by the International Virginia Woolf Society. The conference title is a little broad, but I’m sure it would provide me with a lot of information on Woolf. What interests me about conferences is that it allows people to hear new theories and discoveries – information that is not yet in a book in the library. Also, this would be a valuable resource for contacts in my area of study.
    International Virginia Woolf Society Panel at the University of Louisville Thirty-fifth Annual Twentieth Century Literature & Culture Conference, February 22-24, 2007.
    This conference is interesting because it would allow me to discuss Virginia Woolf and her contemporaries at the same place. Since my interest is not solely on Woolf, this would be very helpful.

  5. Aaron Turney

    Our library carries essay collections from congresses on both Melville and Hawthorne. As my topic narrows, these symposiums probably have very useful collections. One of the books carried here is great because it is for a joint Melville/Hawthorne conference entitled Melville & Hawthorne in the Berkshires; a symposium. I have been doing a lot of cross-reference dealing with the way both writers employ mystical/supernatural forces, superstition, religion, etc. It will be interesting to see what kind of essays are there. It is from 1968 which makes me curious to see what a collection of scholars may have had to say at a snapshot in time.
    I also found a collection from a convention called Melville “Among the nations” : proceedings of an international conference, Volos, Greece, July 2-6, 1997. I also like the fact that this was a more recent congress (there’s an abundance of more dated collections too). Another door opened is that it is becoming clear that these authors have worldwide acclaim. Neither of these was held in the US. It should be interesting to read what scholars who don’t have American pre-conceived notions have to say.

  6. Scott Dill

    The 22nd John Donne Society Conference will take place in February of next year at LSU-Baton Rouge. No topic is specified for the conference papers.
    The book form of a conference on intellectual communites in the Renaissance is in our library:
    “Literary circles and cultural communities in Renaissance England.” It was edited by Claude J. Summers and Ted-Larry Pebworth and published by University of Missouri Press, c2000. It is from a 1998 conference at the University of Michigan.

  7. Nancy McVittie

    Gibbs, John and Pye, Douglas, eds. Style and Meaning: Studies in the Detailed Analysis of Film. Proc. of conference held in the Department of Film and Drama, University of Reading. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2005.
    This one is pretty general, but it seems like it could potentially cover some interesting information and critical techniques that would be useful to exploring my topic. I would like to take a look at this at the library when I get a chance to get a better idea of what is covered.
    Madden, David and Folks, Jeffrey J., eds. Remembering James Agee. Proc. of the James Agee Week Conference, October 1972, St. Andrew?s Episcopal School, Sewanee, Tenn. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1997.
    This one I included simply because I thought it was interesting. During his time as a film critic in the 40’s and 50’s, James Agee was responsible for reviving a lot of interest in silent films and silent comedies in particular. Since this listing came up on a film search, I think it might be interesting to look at some of the conference papers, though I can’t determine at this point how helpful it will ultimately turn out to be for my particular project.

  8. susanna branyon

    I’m bummed that I haven’t had any luck with festschrift…I know I’ve read a book (in the UNC-CH Library) put together by “friends and peers” of O’Connor, but I can’t remembe the name. That’s something I’m going to keep searching for.
    The conference arena was a bit more fruitful, however. There’s a conference coming up in October entitled “Flannery O’Connor in the Age of Terrorism: An Academic Conference on Violence and Grace.” I admit that at first I was a bit weary of a conference that has to specify in its title that it’s “academic.” A little digging, though, revealed that the big names in O’Connor scholarship will be there. Ralph Wood, who wrote “Flannery O’Connor and the Christ-haunted South” is presenting, as is Farrell O’Gorman, the author of “Peculiar Crossroads: Flannery O’Connor, Walker Percy, and the Catholic Vision in Postwar Southern Fiction.” Man, I’m temped to go to this conference! Alas, it’s in Grand Rapids, MI…an odd place for a conference about a Southern author.
    The other somewhat less interesting conference I found is entitled simply “Southern Literature and Culture.” It came on the radar because people are presenting papers about Percy and O’Connor, though not about the two together. This conference, too, is in an Un-Southern city: Boston, MA. It’s in April of 2007 and I thought it was interesting how early they call for papers.
    This post made me want to attend a conference soon. On a logistical note, does anyone know how to get funds to do such a thing? I know there’s a one-time $250 conference stipend for all NCSU grad students and that they’re pretty flexible with how you use it. But is there department stockpile for that?

  9. Domenica Vilhotti

    Once again, my topic is Frankenstein and (most probably) gender studies.
    Finding 1: Mary Shelley in Her Times Conference
    22 – 24 May 1997
    Co-Directors: Betty T. Bennett and Stuart Curran
    This conference, held at City University in Manhattan, seems to have been in celebration of the book edited by the conference’s two hosts, Bennet and Curran. I see more clearly now how conferences can also be advertising and career opportunities. This conference was helpful to me if only to see the titles of the papers presented.
    This conference site led me to the Romantic Circles Conference Archive where I was connected to selected papers presented at the ’96 and ’97 conventions. These, unfortunately, were only mildly helpful.
    I do see, however, how searching for conference proceedings and conference agendas can help me identify what’s currently “hot” in criticism on a given topic. Also, it was pleasing to note that many of these conferences were free and open to the (clued-in) public.
    I must also mention the British Women Writers Conference held this April at the University of Kentucky. My British Romanticism professor urged our class to submit abstracts and eventually our finished term papers to this conference. The deadline for abstracts is October 1st… we’ll see.
    On the Festschriften front, I may not be applying the best research strategy. I found some mildly related results:
    Romanticism and beyond :
    a festschrift for John F. Fetzer
    Britain and Italy from romanticism to modernism :
    a festschrift for Peter Brand