Monthly Archives: March 2015

W. D. Howells Sessions at ALA 2015

Session 6-H A Radical Howells (Essex North West 3rd Floor)
Organized by the William Dean Howells Society

Chair: Dan Mrozowski, Trinity College

1. ‘Dynamite Talk’: William Dean Howells, The Haymarket Affair, and a Legal Theory of Literary Complicity,” Jesse W. Schwartz, LaGuardia Community College

2. “‘Our Western Friend’: William Dean Howells, John Hay, and The Bread-Winners Affair Revisited,” Andrew Ball, Lindenwood University

3. “A Woman’s “Brand” of Success in William Dean Howells’s The Rise of Silas Lapham,” Carrie Johnston, Quincy University

4. “Liberal Guilt and Social Justice: William Dean Howells and the Limits of Genteel Sympathy,” Samantha Bernstein, York University

Session 12-D Returning to the Scene of the “Crime”: Mark Twain’s “Whittier Birthday Speech” Re-enacted and Reconsidered (St. George D 3rd Floor)
Organized by the Mark Twain Circle of America
Chair: Bruce Michelson, University of Illinois-Urbana
Rather than a session of papers, this session will involve a re-enactment of Twain’s notorious Whittier Birthday Speech, delivered at Boston’s Hotel Brunswick in 1877, with a reading of the speech, readings of newspaper accounts, readings from letters between William Dean Howells and Twain, and readings of reminiscences by both Howells and Twain. A discussion will follow. The Mark Twain Players: John Bird, Winthrop University David Carkeet, Independent Scholar Kerry Driscoll, University of Saint Joseph Kathryn Dolan, Missouri University of Science and Technology

Session 14-L Business Meeting: William Dean Howells Society (Essex North East 3rd Floor)

Session 17-G New Approaches to William Dean Howells’s A Hazard of New Fortunes (Essex North West 3rd Floor)

Organized by the William Dean Howells Society
Chair: Dan Mrozowski, Trinity College
1. “The Voice of the Veteran in W.D. Howells’s A Hazard of New Fortunes,” Liam Corley, United States Naval Academy
2. “‘Dere iss no Ameriga any more’: Unintelligible Subjects in Howells’s A Hazard of New Fortunes,” Jeremy MacFarlane, Queen’s University
3. “‘Feeling like Populace’: Public Transportation and the Doctrine of Complicity in Howellsian Realism,” John Sampson, Johns Hopkins University