The Elizabeth Bishop Conference & Poetry Festival

Program Description


3-7 p.m. Welcome and Registration Desk at Crowne Plaza Conference packets available
8:00 p.m. Poetry Reading by Derek Walcott, Atwood Hall
Transportation from Crowne Plaza to Clark University
9:00 p.m. Reception
10:00 p.m. Return to Crowne Plaza


8-9 a.m. Registration and coffee....George C. Gordon Library, WPI

SESSION I: 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

I. A. A Geography of the Self
Presiding: Amy Beaudry, Sarah Lawrence College
"Those 'constant readjustments': Race, Gender, and Difference in Bishop's 'In the Waiting Room, '" Kirstin Hotelling, University of Rochester
"'That Conflux of Two Great Rivers' ": Gender and Postmodernism in Bishop's Dialectics of History, " Jeanne Donado, Independent Scholar
"Poetic Identity/Identity Politics: A Geography of the Self, " Eden Osucha, Stone Center, Wellesley College
I. B. The Examined Life
Presiding: William Wenthe, Texas Tech University
"'The Smallest Woman in the World': Refractions of Identity in Elizabeth Bishop's Translations of Three Stories by Clarice Lispector, " Sheila McAvey, Becker College
"Bishop's Use of Memoir: Storing and Restoring the Past," Harriet Y. Cooper, New York University
"Luminous Lota: Her Influence on Elizabeth Bishop's Life and Work, " Carmen L. Oliveira, Writer, Brazil
I. C. Elizabeth Bishop and Other Writers
Presiding: Suzanna Nyberg, NYU
"Two Arts: The Poetry of Elizabeth Bishop and Robin
Becker," Sandra L. Yannone, University of Nebraska Lincoln
"'Littered with Old Correspondences': Elizabeth Bishop, Wallace Stevens, and the 1930s," John Lowney, St. John's University
"Bishop's Embracing Gaze: Her Influences on Phyllis Levin, Sandra McPherson, and Jorie Graham," James McCorkle, Independent Scholar
I. D. Insights and Aesthetics
Presiding: Joseph Reynolds, Wachusett Regional High School and Worcester County Poetry Association
"Revise, Revise: Elizabeth Bishop Writing 'The End of March,"' Joelle Biele, University of Maryland
"'At the Fishhouses': Reverie in Elizabeth Bishop's Creative Aesthetic--'A self-forgetful, perfectly useless concentration,' " Jill Phillips, University of California Davis
"'Shuddering Insights': Surprise in the Poetry of Elizabeth Bishop," Barbara Comins, La Guardia Community College
10:30-10:45 Coffee Break

SESSION II: 10:45-12:15

II. A. Bishop and American Poetry (title?)
Presiding: Lori Beste, University of Connecticut
"Compassionate Figure at a Distance: Memory and Desire in the Work of Elizabeth Bishop, " Ashlie J. Kauffman, New York University
"The Doll as Artifact: Elizabeth Bishop's Ethnography of Sexuality," Patricia M. Dwyer, Shepherd College
"Elizabeth Bishop and the Pragmatic Line in American Poetry, " Helen McNeil, University of East Anglia
II. B. Landscape and Travel
Presiding: Trevor Code, Deakin University and Worcester County Poetry Association
"Strangers in the Strangest of Theaters: Questions of Travel and or as Imperialism," Carol E. Miller, Benedictine University
"Elizabeth Bishop and the Landscape of Desire," Priscilla Paton, Luther College
" ' Invisible Threads and Individual Rubatos': Migration in Elizabeth Bishop's Life and Work, " Sandra Barry, Independent Scholar, Nova Scotia
II. C. Bishop and Translation
Presiding: Klaus Martens, Universitaet des Saarlandes
"The Art of Naming: The Poetry of Elizabeth Bishop and the Problem of Translation, " Michiru Oguchi, Editor, Iwanami Shoten Publishers, Tokyo
"Language's Doors: Bishop's Translations of Poems by Paz," Lee Fontanella, WPI
"Lost and Found in Translation, " Margaret Mitsutani, Kyoritsu Women's University, Tokyo
II. D. Childhood and Pastoral
Presiding: Jacqueline Finn, Jacob Hiatt School, Clark University
"Elizabeth Bishop and the Green World," Don Adams, Florida Atlantic University
"Elizabeth Bishop: Child of the Past, Child of the Present in 'The Country Mouse, '" Gail H. Dayton, Middle Tennessere State University
"The Colonizing Imagination: Wordsworth and Bishop Reconsidered," Gary Fountain, Ithaca College
LUNCH 12:15-1:30 Higgins House

SESSION III: 1:45 - 4:00

Presiding: Laura Jehn Menides, WPI and Worcester County Poetry Association
Thomas Travisano, Hartwick College, Founder of the Elizabeth Bishop Society and Editor of its Bulletin "Elizabeth Bishop and the Origins of Childhood Studies"
2:45-3:00 p.m. Coffee Break
IV. "One Art: Painting and Poetry" 3:00-4:15 p.m. Alden Hall
Presiding: Terri Priest, Fletcher/Priest Gallery
William Benton, Editor, Exchanging Hats: Paintings Alice Quinn, Poetry Editor of The New Yorker
5:30 p.m. Bus to College of the Holy Cross will pick up passengers in front of Gordon Library and at Crowne Plaza.
6:00 p.m. Dinner at College of the Holy Cross
8:00 p.m. Poetry Reading by MARK STRAND
Presiding: Christopher Merrill, College of the Holy Cross
9:00 p.m. Reception
10:00 p.m. Bus leaves for Crowne Plaza


SESSION V: 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

V. A. Geographies of History in Elizabeth Bishop
Presiding: Barbara McCarthy, WPI
"A Poet Between Two Worlds: A Cross-Genre Study of Exile in the Life and Works of Elizabeth Bishop, " Audrey E. Hooker, Wake Forest University
"Elizabeth Bishop and Canadian Poet P. K. Page," Anne Shifrer, Utah State University
"The Geographies of History in Elizabeth Bishop," Ross Leckie, University of Northern British Columbia
V. B. Childhood Studies and Elizabeth Bishop Presiding: Thomas Travisano, Hartwick College
"Bishop as a Poet of Childhood Recollected: A Hypertext from the Bishop Archive," Barbara Page, Vassar College
"Hammered by Fate: Elizabeth Bishop and Some Neurodevelopmental Aspects of the Writer's Life," James Colbert, University of New Mexico
"' Driving to the Interior': Elizabeth Bishop and the 'Tranquilized 50s,"' Richard Flynn, Georgia Southern University
V. C. Bishop, Home, and Racial Identity
Presiding: Renee R. Curry, California State University
"Elizabeth Bishop: At Home with Whiteness," Renee R. Curry, California State University
"Was Bishop a Racist?" Stephen Gould Axelrod, University of California-Riverside
"Fairy Places and Inscrutable Houses: Subjectivity
Balancing Dangerously in Elizabeth Bishop's House Poems," Catherine Cucinella, University of California- Riverside
V. D. Bishop's Use of Brazilian Materials
Presiding: Robert Steele, president, Worcester County Poetry Association
"'Pockets of Resistance' in Elizabeth Bishop's Brazil," D. A. Boxwell, U.S. Air Force Academy
"On Bishop's Use of Brazilian Materials," Neil Besner, University of Winnipeg
"Elizabeth Bishop's Brazilian Investments,. George Monteiro, Brown University
10:30-10:45 Coffee Break

SESSION VI: 10:45-12:15

VI. A. "Elizabeth, the 'photo-trip goes on'"
Presiding: Lloyd Schwartz, University of Massachuetts - Boston
"Converging Frontiers: Bishop's North and South," Maria C. B. Paro, Universidade Estadual Paulista
Elizabeth Bishop and Carlos Drummond de Andrade: 'Opening of Tin Trunks and Violent Memories,'. Maria L.
M. Martins, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina
"Elizabeth Bishop's Brazil," Neusa da Silva Matte, Universidade de Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
VI. B. Elizabeth Bishop and Other Writers
Presiding: Rodger Martin, editor, The Worcester Review
"Two Poets: The Correspondence Between Elizabeth Bishop and May Swenson, " Kathleen C. Johnson, Independent Scholar/Poet
"Chrysalis Unbound: Elizabeth Bishop's and James Merrill's Poems of Origin, " Peter Nickowitz, New York University
"Cold War 1950: Elizabeth Bishop and Sylvia Plath," Camille Roman, Washington State University
VI. C. Images in Bishop's Poetry and Painting
Presiding: Everett Goodwin, WPI
"Elizabeth Bishop's Aural Imagery: The Male Personae," Joan L. Fields, University of Southwestern Louisiana
"'That World Inverted': Images of Inversion in the Poetry of Elizabeth Bishop," Crystal Bacon, Gloucester County College
"Elizabeth Bishop's Paintings and Drawings," Lorrie Goldensohn, Vassar
VI. D. The Worcester Association of English Professors' Panel on Elizabeth Bishop
Presiding: Kenneth Gibbs, Worcester State College
"No Waiting Room Will Ever Be the Same," Jeffrey Harrison, poet, Phillips Andover Academy
"The Girl Whose Voice Was Her Aunt's: Heredity and Identity in Elizabeth Bishop's 'In the Waiting Room,"' David Thoreen, Assumption College
"Elizabeth Bishop and the Geography of Worcester," Linda Gordon, Worcester State College
"Elizabeth Bishop and George Herbert: 'Self-distaste and Self-understanding, '" Robert Cording, College of the Holy Cross
"The 'Country House': Con-text, Para-text, Contra- text," Stanley Sultan, Clark University
12:15-1:45 Lunch, Higgins House
1:45-4:00 p.m. Literary Tour of Worcester, focusing on Elizabeth Bishop sites, but including sites relating to Stanley Kunitz and Charles Olson. The tour will stop at the Fletcher/Priest Gallery to view an exhibit of Bishop's art; at the Worcester Historical Museum, which has an exhibit on the Bishop family's construction business; and at the Bishop family burial plot in Hope Cemetery. Bus leaves from Higgins House.
5:30 p.m. Bus leaves from Crowne Plaza for Assumption College
6:00 p.m. Dinner in the Hagan Center at Assumption College
8:00 p.m. Poetry Reading by Frank Bidart and Lloyd Schwartz
Presiding: Angela G. Dorenkamp, Assumption College emerita
9:30 p.m. Bus leaves Assumption for Crowne Plaza


SESSION VII: 9 a.m.-12 a.m.

9:00 a.m. Bus leaves Crowne Plaza for Quinsigamond Community College
9:30 a.m. Brazilian Brunch, Lower Level of Suprenant Building
10:30 a.m. Reading from Elizabeth Bishop's translation of The Diary of Helena Morley
Introduction: Lloyd Schwartz, University of Massachusetts/Boston, Ann Marie Shea, Professor of Theatre, Worcester State College
Presiding: Carle Johnson

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