Northern Plains Conference on Early British Literature

University of Mary, Bismarck, ND

April 23-24, 2010


Friday April 23      Benedictine Meeting Room, Benedictine Center


Session 1     8:45-10:00


Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century


            Robert J. De Smith      Dordt College       

“Comfort in the Holy Sonnets

Ann L. D’Orazio         University of Colorado, Boulder

            Looking for Bede in All the Wrong Places:  Mapping the Monk in John Smith’s 1722 Historiae

Rachel De Smith          Creighton University   

            Souls in Community: John Donne, His Preaching, and the New World”


Session 2     10:30-11:45


Gender: Theme and Variations


             Michelle M. Sauer       University of North Dakota

                        “Masculinity & Virginity: Regendering & Revisioning Gerald of Aurillac”

            Amanda K. Rector       Wartburg College

                        “Gender Spaces and Social Anxieties in The Castle of Otranto

            Christopher Lozensky  Independent Scholar

                        “Nature, Nation, and Gender in the Romance of Havelock


Lunch Break 12:00 – 1:45


Session 3     2:00-3:15

Shakespeare and Marlowe


Eric Furuseth               Minot State University            

            “’This rough magic I here abjure’: Contemplations on Prospero’s God-like Power in The Tempest

Bruce Brandt               South Dakota State University                                    

            Christopher Marlowe as a Character in Recent Fiction”

            John Kerr                    Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

                        Shakespearean Thyestes


Session 4     3:30-4:45

Comedy, Comics, and Satire


Dominique Hoche       Northern State University

            “Exploring Medieval Visual Theory Through Modern Graphic Narrative”

Gretchen Cohenhour   Wartburg College

            “Refashioning of Women Through Satire”

 Lysbeth Em Benkert   Northern State University

            “Using the Bugs Bunny Theory of Comedy to Make Sense of Katherine and Petrucchio” 



Dinner: 5:30-7:00, Harold Schafer Great Room



Keynote Address: 7:15




Political pragmatism or political revenge:

The function of Royalist translation in

post-regicide England


Christopher Orchard

Associate Professor of English

Indiana University of Pennsylvania



Saturday April 24  Benedictine Meeting Room   


Session 5     9:00-10:15


The Future of the Organization I: Undergraduate Panel


            Vanessa Perkins           Minnesota State University Moorhead

                        Women and Revenge in Titus Andronicus

            Rachael Johnson          Minnesota State University Moorhead

                        Milton’s Tree of Knowledge as Highest Providence”

            Adam Heidebrink        Minnesota State University Moorhead

                        Gulliver and the Quest for Freedom


Session 6     10:30-12:00


The Future of the Organization II: Graduate Panel


            Sarah Rude                  North Dakota State University

                        “‘I See a Cherub Who Sees Them’: Olivier’s Treatment of Hamlet  PP file

            Rebecca Oster              North Dakota State University

                        “Ophelia’s Madness in Olivier’s and Kozintsev’s Hamlet: Speaking Through Nature”

            Erin Pearson                North Dakota State University

                        Shakespeare for the Masses 

            Gretchen Junglas         North Dakota State University

                        “Dark versus Light: Ophelia’s Costuming in Film and on Stage”



1:10-2:20 Business Lunch