American Literature Association 2019


Poe and Childhood
Organized by the Poe Studies Association
Chair: Cristina Perez, Universidad Complutense de Madrid / Harvard University

  1. “Notes on Poe and Lolita,” Paul Charles Grimstad, New York University-Gallatin
  2. “A Neglected Book from Poe’s Childhood,” Richard Kopley, Pennsylvania State University-DuBois
  3. “A Child Adrift: Finding Family in Poe’s The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym,” Michelle Pacht, LaGuardia Community College

Growing Up and Growing Old: Age, Race and Gender in American Literature
Organized by the American Literature Society
Chair: Anna Mae Duane, University of Connecticut

  1. “Bearing Love to the Old: The Role of Aunt March in Little Women and its Masterpiece Adaptation.” Susan Williams, The Ohio State University
  2. “Children Are Animals: Growing Sideways through Species Boundaries.” Stephen D. Kelly, Temple University
  3. “School, Race, and the Child of Color as Counter-Surveiller in Jesse Jackson’s Call Me Charley and Mildred Taylor’s Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.” Amanda Greenwell, University of Connecticut
  4. “Daddy’s Girl: The Politics of Violence and Fashion in Ana Castillo’s My Father Was a Toltec.” Frank Garcia, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


“Leave Us Good News”: Cross-Age Authorship in Mama’s Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation, Amy Fish, Harvard University

“‘This is the thing that is!’: Emma Lazarus’s European Dream,” Allison Giffen, Western Washington University

“Learning to Look: C19 Children’s Editions of Franklin’s Autobiography,” Christopher J. Lukasik, Purdue University

“‘A Young and Unprotected Woman in Her First Entrance into Life’: Age and Sexual Consent in Charlotte Temple,” Lucia Hodgson, Texas A&M University

“Papa’s Superheroes: The ‘Baseball Action Pictures’ of Hemingway’s Youth,” Sharon Hamilton, Independent Scholar