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Schedule of Events — “Bad Books: Mass Genres, Material Cultures, and Aesthetic Valuation,” May 1-2

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“Bad Books”:Mass Genres, Material Cultures, and Aesthetic Valuation

The British Modernites Group 10th Annual Graduate Student Conference


2:00 – 4:00 PM: Seminar with Kevin J. H. Dettmar

(Pomona College)

Breaching the Firewall: Joyce’s Letters and the Reception of Dubliners

Location: Center for Advanced Studies


5:00 – 6:30 PM: “Jane Addiction: Lost in Austen, Austen Fandom, and the Profane”

Faculty Lecture

Robert A. Rushing (Comparative & World Literature)

Location: English Building 160



Events at the Independent Media Center

(202 S. Broadway Urbana)

9:00 – 9:15: Welcome

9:15 – 9:30: Opening Remarks (Ted Underwood)

9:30 – 11:00 Panel I: Approaching the Bad

Respondent: Ted Underwood

Noa Saunders (University of Maryland, College Park)

“Textuality and Reception of Nabokov’s The Original of Laura”

Kelly Budruweit (University of Iowa)

“The Failure of Magically Real Solutions: Joanne Harris’ Critique of the Veil in France”

Benjamin O’Dell (English)

“Bad Boz?: Charles Dickens and the 1830s”


11:00 -11:15 Coffee Break

11:15 -12:45 Panel II: Bad Women

Respondent: Vicki Mahaffey

Wendy Truran (English)

“Being Bad by Feeling Happy: Improper Feelings in the in May Sinclair’s The Three Sisters and The            Life and Death of HarrietFrean

Valerie O’Brien (English)

“Bad Romance: the Sadeian Fairy Tales of Angela Carter and Kathy            Acker”

Esther Dettmar (English)

The Better to Eat You With

12:45-1:45 Lunch Break & Poster Session

“Distant Reading and the Logic of Literary Value”

Ted Underwood and Jordan Sellers

2:00 – 3: 15 Kevin J.H. Dettmar, Keynote Lecture

“Two Modes of ‘Sincerity’: DFW and American Psycho

(W.M. Keck Professor of English, Pomona College)

3:15-3:30 Coffee Break

3:30 -5:00 Panel III: The Bad 19th Century

Respondent: Eleanor Courtemanche

Heather McLeer (English)

“Resisting Irish Middlebrow in Edward Martyn’s Irish Theater”

Kyle Killebrew (Northern Illinois University)

“‘Bad’ Imperialism as Imperial Burlesque in the Work of William McGonagall, the ‘World’s Worst Poet’”

Jonathan Brown (Eastern Illinois University)

The Curse upon Mitre Square: Pulp, Reality, and the Ripper”


In solidarity with Steven Salaita, Kevin J.H. Dettmar is donating his honorarium to the Steven Salaita Fund.

This event is co-sponsored by English, the Unit for Theory and Criticism, Communication, History, Comparative and World Literature, the Center for Advanced Studies, and Art and Design.


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May 1, 2015 at 9:07 am

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