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English Studies at Large Conference

Saturday, February 11th 2017
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Event Description

Illinois State University’s English Honor Society Sigma Tau Delta and the Department of English are co-sponsoring the seventh-annual English Studies at Large Conference (ESAL) on Saturday, February 11th, 2017.

Please attend the English Studies at Large conference, coming up Saturday, Feb. 11. Sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta, with the support of the English Department, this is a regional conference in which undergraduates from our program and several other colleges and universities will share their research.  The past several conferences have offered exciting exchanges of ideas, and I’m confident this one will too.  The schedule is below.



Registration & Breakfast

9:00-9:30 in Stevenson 133


Welcoming Remarks

9:30-9:50 in Stevenson 133


Session I 10:00-11:00

Panel I: Relationships to Language

Moderator: Su Yin Khor

Room: Stevenson 126

Madison Kartcheske, Illinois State University, “‘Everything That is Said is Said Underneath’: Reader-Response Criticism in Jenny Boully’s The Body: an Essay”

Sarah Greenberg, Illinois State University, “Daydreams: Mental Armor for Troublesome Reality”

Monica Soulsby, Illinois State University, “Teaching English Language Learners in the General Education Classroom”


Panel II: The Visual

Moderator: Agathe Lancrenon

Room: Stevenson 131

Laura Rocco, Illinois State University, “Space as Haunting Memory: Gothic Tropes Within the Graphic Novel ‘Locke & Key’”

Emma Tod, Illinois State University, “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Book? The Use and Effects of Post-Modernism”


Session 2 11:15-12:15

Panel I: Relationships in Literature

Moderator: Shannon Harman

Room: Stevenson 126

Rachel McKinley, Illinois State University, “The Psychology of Restraints: A Psychoanalysis of Relationships in Brief Interviews with Hideous Men”

Anesce Dremen, Carthage College, “Escapee Veiled in a Secluded Suicide: Achieving Autonomy in Lin Yutang’s Moment in Peking”

Danielle Collins, Carthage College, “‘Near to the Wild Heart of Life’: The Problem with the Body in James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man”


Panel II: Female Relationships

Moderator: Jenn Coletta

Room: Stevenson 131

Ashley Viscioni, Illinois State University, “Marriage as a Social Tomb: Independence in The Coquette”

Shay King, Carthage College, “Gendered Self-Knowledge and Disempowering Laughter: A Feminist Examination of Humor Dynamics in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice”

Mary Weir, Carthage College, “Institution Over Convention in Jane Austen’s Persuasion: How the Novel’s Language Persuades Through Anne Elliot”



12:15-1:00 in Stevenson 133


Session 3 1:00-2:00

Panel I: Children’s Literature

Moderator: Katy Lewis

Room: Stevenson 126

Suzanna Strunk, Illinois State University, “An Explanation of Cyborgs Through the Analysis of Colin in The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett”

Alexis Adams, Illinois State University, “Be Your Own Hero: Unearthing the Problematic Nature Behind the ‘Manic Pixie Dream Girl’ Stock Character Trope”


Panel II: Critical Issues

Moderator: Karlie Rodriguez

Room: Stevenson 131

Taylor Ajamian, Carthage College, “Defying the Bounds of the Normative: Exploring the Muted Voices in The Sound and the Fury”

Erin O’Callaghan, Illinois State University, “‘Coming Out’ of Heteronormativity”

Julia Andersen, Illinois State University, “Master Narratives: Considering Race and Historiography in Colson Whitehead’s John Henry Days”



2:15-3:15 in Stevenson 131

Ricardo Cortez Cruz and Evan Nave, “Intersectional Hip-Hopping: Making Room for Freestyle and the Elements of Creative Writing”


Cookie Reception

3:15-4:00 in Stevenson 133


You and your students may also visit the conference website at http://englishstudiesatlarge.wordpress.com/ for more information.


Shelby Ragan

ESAL 2017 Co-Organizer


Britni Williams

ESAL 2017 Co-Organizer






If you will need special accommodations, please contact the event organizer.


Stevenson Hall
300 S. School Street
Normal, IL


Department of English
(309) 438-3652