Howells Society Sessions at ALA

Howells Sessions at ALA 2006

Friday, May 26, 2006 9:30am – 10:50am

Session 9-D Howells and Women (Pacific Concourse D)

Organized by the William Dean Howells Society
Chair: Claudia Stokes, Trinity University

1. “Guilt by Dissociation; or, the Merciless Quality of The Quality of Mercy,” Michael Anesko, Penn State University

2. “The Gifted Women: Realism, the Canon, and Howell’s Heroines of Fiction,” Robert Davidson, California State University, Chico

3. “Tears (Not So) Idle Tears: Empathy and Imagination in The Rise of Silas Lapham,” Darrin Doyle, University of Cincinnati

Friday, May 26, 2006 12:30pm – 1:50pm

Session 11-A Business Meeting: William Dean Howells Society (Pacific Concourse A)

Saturday, May 27, 2006 8:00am – 9:20am

Session 16-E The Unexpected Howells (Pacific Concourse E)

Organized by the William Dean Howells Society
Chair: Sanford E. Marovitz, Kent State University

1. “‘What gountry has a poor man got’: Inequality and Individualism in The Hazard of New Fortunes,” Jason Potts, Johns Hopkins University

2. “Contractual Obligation and Necessity in William Dean Howells’s A Modern Instance,” Mischa Renfroe, Middle Tennessee State University

3. “‘His Apparation’ and the Spectre of Communism,” Lance Rubin, Arapahoe Community College

Howells Sessions at ALA 2005 in Boston

Howells and Others
Chair, Susan Goodman, University of Delaware.

1.     "Twain's Whittier Birthday Speech and Howells," Jerome Loving, Texas A & M University.
2.     "Charming Comrades: Jane Addams and William Dean Howells," Katherine Joslin, Western Michigan University.
3.     "The Portuguese Among Other Ethnic Minorities in Some of Howells' Fiction," Renaldo Silva, Universidade de Aveiro.
4.     "Is there a Place for Genius in Literary History? Howells and the Editing of an American Anthology," Claudia Stokes, Trinity University.

Representations of Masculinity in Howells' Writings
Chair Donald Vanouse, State University of New York at Oswego.

1.     "Who's You Daddy? Paternity, Paternalism and Patriotism in William Dean Howells' An Imperative Duty ," Lynn Jennings, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
2.     "The Literary Heroine and the Epistlary Hero in Howells' Indian Summer,"Robert Klevay, University of Delaware.
3.     "Howells and Heterosexuality," Axel Nissen, University of Oslo.
4.      Paul Petrie, Southern Connecticut State University. respondent

Reception at ALA 2004

John Crichton of the Brick Row Book Shop will host a reception for the Howells Society at ALA 2004.

Time: 5-7 p.m., Friday, May 28th, 5-7 p.m.

Place: Book Club of California, Suite 510, 312 Sutter St., San Francisco, CA 94108.

More information on all of these events is available at the American Literature Association site.


Saturday, May 29 9:30-10:50 a.m.

Business meeting

Saturday, May 29 2:00-3:20
Session 20-D
Howells and the "Great American Novel"

Organized by the Howells Society
Chair: Elsa Nettels, College of William and Mary

1. "Implied Readers / Inferred Judgments: Constructing Class in The Rise of Silas Lapham, " 

Michael Anesko, Pennsylvania State University

2. "What Kind of Novelist Was He?" Carl Dawson, University of Delaware

3. "Images of the Prodigal: The Moral Didactics and Philosophy of William Dean Howells in The Rise of Silas Lapham ," Christopher E. Garrett, Texas A&M University

Saturday, May 29 3:30-4:50 p.m.
II. Howells's Autobiographical Writings
Organized by the Howells Society
Chair: Susan Goodman, University of Delaware

1. Polly H. Howells, "A Great-Grandfather's Legacy: Reading my Life Through His Works"

2. Clare Colquitt, "The Art of Remembering: James, Wharton, and Howells"

3. Thomas Wortham, "The Radical Howells"