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The English Department
at the
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

The English Graduate Organization, EGO

The Graduate School

The College of Humanities
and Fine Arts

The Graduate Student Senate



Registration, Coffee, Breakfast
(provided with conference admission)
Bartlett Lobby



Panel 1: The Performance of Pain: Representing Trauma in Fiction and Film

Chair: Professor Donald Maddox, Dept of French
Bartlett 127

  • Don’t Mean Nothing: Women’s Traumatic Experience in the Vietnam War” Ruth Lahti (English, UMass-Amherst)
  • “Writing Holocaust Post-memory to Screen: Jurek Becker’s Scriptwriting in Divided and Reunited Germany” Delene Case White (German, UMass-Amherst)
  • “Drowned in Performance: Witnessing Trauma in Derek Jarman’s Blue” Daniel Nevarez (Comparative Literature, UMass-Amherst)
  • Unlocking the Endings of Némirovsky’s “Tempête en juin” / “Storm in June” and Les chiens et les Loups / Dogs and Wolves” Lara Curtis (Comparative Literature, UMass-Amherst)

Panel 2:   Political Exigencies: Democracy in the Classroom and Protest in Performance

Chair: Amy Brady
Bartlett 131

  • “How Many Voices?” performed by Alan L. Bounville, Katie Czajka, Jamie M. Mayer (New York University)
  • “Performing Loss in Ralph Lemon’s ‘Come Home Charley Patton’” Kajsa K. Henry (English, UMass-Amherst)
  • “Deliberately Democratic: Performing Citizenship in a Public Speaking Class” Hari Stephen Kumar (Communication, UMass-Amherst)


Panel 1: Will on the Stage: Performing/Performative Shakespeare, Melville, MacMillan and Preljocaj

Chair: Arthur Kinney
Bartlett 125

  • “A Stage in Three Acts: Rewriting Performativity Through Melville and Shakespeare”
    • The Psychological Stage: performed by Kacie Fodness (English, UMass-Boston)
    • The Physical Stage: performed by Jesse Priest (English, UMass-Boston)
    • The Social Stage: performed by Shanna O’Berry (English, UMass-Boston)
  • “Overhearing While Doing: Hamlet’s Performative Acts” Fredrik deBoer (Writing and Rhetoric, University of Rhode Island)
  • “Playing Dead: Dancing Necrophilia in MacMillian’s and Preljocaj’s Romeo and Juliet” Brandon Shaw (Comparative Literature, UMass-Amherst)

Panel 2: Cultural, Social, and Literary Materializations of Law and Legal Performances

Chair: Greg Sargent
Bartlett 127

  • “Textual Performance in Kafka’s The Trial” Jason Ciaccio (Comparative Literature, CUNY Graduate Center)
  • “The Performativity of Pop Law on Judge TV: Learning from Judge Judy” Sarah Kozinn (Performance Studies, New York University)
  • “Performing American Divorce: A Consideration of Performance and Divorce in 19th Century Society and Literature” Sarah Elaine Magin (English, UMass-Amherst)

Panel 3: Body Trouble: Performing Gender, Race, and Subjecthood

Chair: Kate Walker
Bartlett 131

  • “Gender Performativity and Roles: Thomas Jefferson’s Double Standards for Women” Naomi Fosher (University of Rhode Island)
  • “Corporeal Horrors: What Frame Narratives Can Tell Us about Victorian Anxiety” Ashley Nadeau (English, UMass-Amherst)
  • “Wilde and His Puppets: (dis)Embodying Queer Subjecthood” Elise Swinford (English, UMass-Amherst)
  • “Formation of an Ultimate Self in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre” Megan Webb (University of Colorado-Denver)


A roundtable discussion with faculty from the five colleges
Bartlett 316

Jenny Spencer (English, UMass), Ellen Kaplan (Theatre, Smith College), Claudio Moreira (Communication, UMass), Stephen Olbrys Gencarella (Communication, UMass)


12:30-1:30 LUNCH
(provided with conference admission)
Bartlett Lobby


Panel 1: Musicals, Marriage, and Medieval Drama: Performance and Performativity in the Theater

Chair: Harley Erdman
Bartlett 127

  • “‘Everyone’s a Hero in Their Own Way’: Problems and Possibilities Performing the Superhero Body in Musicals” Donatella Galella (Theater, CUNY Graduate Center)
  • “Performing Medieval Drama: An Act of Translation or of Transformation?” Valerie Gramling (English, UMass-Amherst)
  • “A New Normal: Next to Normal and the American Musical ‘Marriage Trope’” Jason Lites (Theater, UMass-Amherst)
  • “Performing Marriage in Fabliaux” Patricia Sokolski (CUNY Graduate Center)

Panel 2: Movement and Gesture in Dance and Literature

Chair: Neelofer Qadir
Bartlett 65

  • “The Everyday Rasa” performed by Berit E. Nowicki (New York University)
  •  “Affects of Blending and Perspective on the Performance of Gesture in Narrative Fiction” Neal Utterback (Theater and Drama, Indiana University)
  • “Performative Language and Movement: Dancing Another Culture/Speaking another Language” Selma Trevino (Performance Studies, New York University)
  • “Awake in the Mourning” performed by Brandon Shaw (Comparative Literature, UMass-Amherst) and Ariel Cohen (Dance, Smith College)


Panel 3: Maternal Performance and the Performativity of Motherhood

Chair: Kate Kohler Amory, Assistant Professor of Movement, Salem State University
Bartlett 125

  • “The Disidentified Mother” performed by Kate Kohler Amory
  • “For Art’s Sake: Fashioning a Mother: From Obsession to Abandonment in Lois Gould’s Mommy Dressing and Jean Nathan’s The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll” Heather Brown (CUNY Graduate Center)
  • “« Je suis grosse de quatorze mois ! »: Arlequin’s Pregnant Drag, from La Comédie Italienne to Nacho Mama” Kristin Adele Graves (French and African American Studies, Yale University)
  • “Reading the Heterogeneity of Big Bertha: Monstrosity, Maternal Body, Machine” Kirsten Kaschock (Dance, Temple University)


Panel 1: Literary and Cultural Performances in the Twentieth Century

Chair: Daniel Biegelson
Bartlett 125

  •  “The Experience of Performativity in the Confessional Narrative of White Noise” Ryan Everitt (CUNY Graduate Center)
  • “Andrew Ramsay Disfigured” Jeffrey Covington (English, Brown University)
  •  “Melle Mel in the Megaplex: Postmodern Performance and Public Space in Krush Groove and Beat Street” Casey Hayman (English, UMass-Amherst)
  • “Postcolonial Performativity: Pursuing the Dominant and Performing Hegemonic Ticks” Angie A. Lalla (St. John’s University)


Panel 2:  Forming Publics, Finding Audiences

Chair: Linh Dich
Bartlett 127

  • “Mark Twain and Hank Morgan: Performance in A Connecticut Yankee” Lisa McGunigal (University of Virginia)
  • “The Posture of Contour: A Public Primer” James Belflower (SUNY Albany)
  • “Critiquing the ‘Daxumentary’: Documentary Modes of Self-Representation in Online Video” Robert LeBlanc (University of Rhode Island)
  • “Low Self-Esteem and the Power of Negative Thinking” Joseph Berenguel (English, UMass-Amherst)

4:30: Meet in Bartlett Lobby to walk to reception

RECEPTION at University Club
(provided with conference admission)

Please join us for informal dinner and post reception festivities
at Amherst Brewing Company's upstairs bar.
(Located in the middle of town,
and a 15 minute walk from the University Club.)