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Faulkner and Chopin Conference Program
Center for Faulkner Studies
Southeast Missouri State University
October 2-4, 2008

The Center for Faulkner Studies is sponsoring this program in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council and with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Thursday, October 2

Registration                                                                                                    4:30-6:00 p.m.
University Center

Opening Banquet                                                                                                     6:00 p.m.
University Center Ballroom        

Welcome                                                                                                                   7:00 p.m.
Provost Jane Stephens                                                                                               

Keynote Address:

Storm Stories: Chopin and Faulkner in New Orleans”
Dr. Barbara C. Ewell
Dorothy Harrell Brown Professor of English at Loyola University New Orleans. Professor Ewell is the author of a critical study of Chopin and numerous articles on Chopin, Faulkner, and other Southern writers.
Supported by the Missouri Humanities Council

Reception for Professor Ewell                                                                                   9:00 p.m.
At the home of Dr. Robert and Kaye Hamblin, 313 Themis
All conference participants are invited to attend.                                                  


Friday, October 3

Registration                                                                                                                  8:00 a.m.
University Center

Panels and Presentations
(Missouriana & Indian Rooms)

Session 1
Faulkner and Latin America
8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m., Friday, Missouriana Room
Organizer and Moderator: Emron Esplin, Kennesaw State University

“Black, Mexican, and Black Mexican: Collapsing Mexican and Black Identities”
—Emron Esplin, Kennesaw State University

“Faulkner and Mexican Moderism”
—Charles L. Etheridge, Jr., Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

“Diasporas At Home: The Synecdoche as a Narrative of the Nation in William Faulkner”
—David M. Montieth, University of Western Ontario

“Faulkner, Capitalism, and Liberation Theology”
—Carolina Miles, University of Texas-Pan American


Faulkner, Chopin, and Race
8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m., Friday, Indian Room
Moderator: Matt Turner, Southeast Missouri State University

“Blank Canvases: Chopin’s Narrative Art in ‘Desiree’s Baby’”
Samantha Tieu, California State University, East Bay

“The Oppression of Caddy and Ikkemotubbe in Faulkner’s ‘Appendix’ to The Sound and the Fury
Sarah Adams, University of North Texas

“Miscegenation and the Mystique of New Orleans: Identity and Race Consciousness in Chopin and Faulkner”
Ryan Crider, University of Louisiana at Lafayette


Session 2
Faulkner, Chopin, and Gender
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Friday, Missouriana Room
Moderator: Alisa M. Smith- Riel, Northern Illinois University

“In Search of Agency: Edna and Charlotte Find Independence, and Death, in The Awakening and Wild Palms
—Alisa M. Smith-Riel, Northern Illinois University

“How Merry Are the Widows in Kate Chopin’s At Fault and William Faulkner’s ‘There Was a Queen’?”
—Julie Kares, Southern Illinois University - Carbondale

“You’ll Never Find a Woman Who Is Worthy of You”
—Victoria Bryan, University of Tennessee - Chattanooga


Faulkner and Chopin: Plantation Tradition
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Friday, Indian Room
Moderator: Gretchen Martin, The University of Virginia’s College at Wise

“The White Woman’s Burden: Chopin, Faulkner, and the Inheritance of the Old Plantation”
—Jeremy Wells, Southern Illinois University - Carbondale

“The Green Breast of the Southern Plantation: Equating Women and Property in Faulkner’s Go Down, Moses and Chopin’s ‘A No-Account Creole’”
—Christopher Rieger, Southeast Missouri State University

“Empowering the Pedestal: Unvanquishable Grannies in Faulkner and Chopin”
Gretchen Martin, The University of Virginia’s College at Wise


Session 3
Faulkner Suite
1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m., Friday, Missouriana Room
Moderator: Dale Haskell, Southeast Missouri State University

“How I Read Faulkner”
—Sue Walker, Poet Laureate of Alabama, University of South Alabama

“Making Faulkner Suite into a Book”
—Mary Ann Sampson, The One-Eye Opera Company Press


Faulkner and Chopin: Reacting Against Gender Roles
1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m., Friday, Indian Room
Moderator: Leslie Loyd, Southeast Missouri State University            

“Failing to Know Their Roles: Examining Parallels between Addie Bundren and Edna Pontellier”
—Jessica Copous, Bethel College           

“The Impediments of Intimacy: The Problem of Love and Marriage”
—Jonathan Sedberry, University of South Carolina

“Moving Beyond Acceptable Boundaries: Another Critical Awakening”
—Donna J. Essner, Southeast Missouri State University


Session 4
Faulkner, Chopin, and History
3:30 p.m-5:00 p.m., Friday, Missouriana Room
Moderator: Kathleen Butterly Nigro, University of Missouri-St. Louis

“Some Medical History Embedded in Faulkner’s Characters”
Geri Harmon, Atlanta Metropolitan College

“Faulkner and the Great Depression’s Ideological Crisis”
Benjamin T. Foster, Southern Illinois University - Carbondale

“Kate Chopin, Free Love, and Spiritualism”
Kathleen Butterly Nigro, University of Missouri - St. Louis


Faulkner and Chopin: Class and Property
3:30 p.m-5:00 p.m., Friday, Indian Room
Moderator: William L. Frank, Longwood University

“Is Edna Really a ‘Courageous Soul That Dares and Defies’?”
Marlene Hendricks, Indiana University of Pennsylvania                                                         

“Disowning the Environment:  The Problem of Relinquishing Ownership in Faulkner’s Go Down, Moses
Scott Cameron, Brigham Young University - Idaho

Economy of Race:  Exploring the Links between J. Christ and J. Christmas in Faulkner’s Light in August”—Constance Beitzel, Southern Illinois University - Carbondale



Reception & Viewing of Rare Book Room                                                              5:30-6:30 p.m.
Kent Library, Main Floor, West Wing
Hosts: Louis Daniel Brodsky, Curator of the Brodsky Collection; Lisa Speer, Southeast’s Archivist/Head of Kent Library’s Special Collection; Dr. Kathleen Nigro, Assistant Director of the Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies at University of Missouri - St. Louis



Readers’ Theater Presentation                                                                                         7:00 p.m.
University Center Ballroom

“A Salon with Kate Chopin and William Faulkner”
Based on the writings of Chopin and Faulkner
Scripted and Directed by Dr. Roseanna Whitlow
Instructor of Communications Studies, Southeast Missouri State University
Supported by the Missouri Humanities Council



Saturday, October 4
Coffee Service                                                                                                                   8:00 a.m.
University Center

Panels and Presentations
(Missouriana and Indian Rooms)


Session 5
Faulkner and Chopin in the Classroom
8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m., Saturday, Missouriana Room
Moderator: Branimir Rieger, Lander University

“Perspectives of Experience:  Chopin’s ‘The Story of an Hour’ and the Non-Traditional Student”
Tiechera Samuell, Three Rivers Community College (Missouri)

“New Southern Studies in the Classroom:  Understanding the South as Borderlands through Faulkner, Chopin, and Velazquez”
Jee Eun Kim, University of Southern Mississippi

“The Agony and the Ecstasy: Two Film Versions of Kate Chopin’s The Awakening
—Branimir Rieger, Lander University


Faulkner and Chopin: Characters and Themes
8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m., Saturday, Indian Room
Shiela Pardee, Southeast Missouri State University

William Faulkner’s Genealogies:  A Case Study of the Snopes Trilogy
Biljana Oklopcic, University of Osijek, Croatia

“Deconstructing Immortality and Decay in A Fable by William Faulkner”
—Shiela Pardee, Southeast Missouri State University

“The Split Self: An Examination of the Characterizations of Quentin Compson and Thomas Sutpen”
—Hong Zhen Lei, Chang’an University, People’s Republic of China


Session 6
Faulkner: Structure and Narrative Technique
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Saturday, Missouriana Room
Moderator: to be announced

Writing the Heterogeneous South:  Incredible Narrations in the Works of Kate Chopin and William Faulkner
Yuji Kato, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

“Taking a Walk on the Wild Side: An Analysis of Joe Christmas’ Sexuality in Light in August
Brenna Kiser, Southeast Missouri State University

 Reading the Gangster Narrative in William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!
Phillip Davis, University of Tulsa


Chopin: Structure and Narrative Technique
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Saturday, Indian Room
Moderator: Barbara Cass, University of Illinois-Springfield

Chopin’s Composition of The Awakening:  The Role of Music in Edna Pontellier’s Journey to Selfhood
Brian Howton, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

“Strength in Struggle”
—Joseph Barnes, Black Hills State University

“Engulfed in Melody: Music in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening
Barbara Cass, University of Illinois - Springfield

 The Awakening as Anti-Novel"
Jake Burnett, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill



Historical Tour                                                                                                       1:30-3:30 p.m.
Led by Dr. Frank Nickell, Director, Center for Regional History
Departs—in front of University Center

For those not participating in the historical tour, the conference will end at noon on Saturday, October 4.



Kent Library 406
Center for Faulkner Studies
One University Plaza, MS 4600
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701