Speakers

Aaron Toscano

The University of North Carolina Charlotte

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Technical Communication, George Orwell, and Our Contemporary Surveillance State

Amy Lea Clemons

Francis Marion University
Associate Professor

Bio

Amy Lea Clemons teaches film, composition, and professional writing at Francis Marion University. As a Kenneth Burke scholar and KB fangirl, she follows his commandment to “use all there is” to study pretty much anything. While her dissertation work on the rhetorical strategies of dystopian texts still features strongly in her scholarship, her current work includes the following, wildly disparate areas, held together only by Burke’s equally wide-ranging socio-rhetorical theories: science fiction/speculative fiction, the work of Terry Pratchett, disability studies, fandom/fanfiction studies, online interaction and computer mediated communication theories, serial narratology and “television” studies, writing pedagogies, and digital literacies. If it Burkes, it works.

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Platform as Generic Rhetoric: The Case of the SCP Foundation

Anabel Buchenau

The University of North Carolina Charlotte

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Translating in a Pandemic: One year of translating via Zoom

Ashelynn Perry

Francis Marion University

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The Issues of Torture: Comparing the Use of Torture During the Spanish Inquisition and Post 9/11 America Pertaining to the Immorality of Torture

Brent Kinser

WCU
Professor, DH

Bio

Brent E. Kinser is Professor of English and Department Head at Western Carolina University. He is the author of The American Civil War and the Shaping of British Democracy (Ashgate, 2011), and the coordinating editor of The Carlyle Letters Online (Duke UP, 2007– ; https://carlyleletters.dukeupress.edu/home), the electronic edition of The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle (Duke UP, 1970– ), for which he serves as an editor. He is the author of numerous articles on the Carlyles and co-editor of several Carlyle volumes, including of a variorum edition of Carlyle’s History of the French Revolution in Three Volumes (Oxford UP, 2020, with David R. Sorensen, Mark Cumming, and Mark Engel), the Strouse Edition of Carlyle’s Essays on Literature (U of California P, 2020, with Fleming McClelland and Chris R. Vanden Bossche)), an Oxford World’s Classics Edition of The French Revolution (2019, with Sorensen), “Rethinking the Western Tradition” edition of On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History (Yale UP, 2013, with Sorensen) and co-author (with Sorensen) of the entries on Carlyle in Oxford Bibliographies Online (Oxford UP, 2012) and on the Carlyles in The Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature (Blackwells, 2015). He is co-editor of the international scholarly journal Carlyle Studies Annual and a founding director of the Victorian Lives and Letters Consortium (2011– ). His other work includes co-edited editions (with Rodger L. Tarr) of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’s Cross Creek Sampler (UP of Florida, 2011), and The Uncollected Writings of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (UP of Florida, 2007). At present he is working with colleagues to complete editions of Carlyle’s Past and Present for Oxford UP and Marge and Julia: The Correspondence of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Julia Scribner Bigham for UP of Florida.

Panel Chair

Dickens and the Problem of Being Human

Claire Allen

Gardner-Webb University
Undergraduate

Bio

Claire Allen is a senior English Literature major at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. She is the president of Gardner-Webb’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta and works in a variety of writing-centered spaces on campus. Her current interests include contemporary topics such as comics, gender studies, and the study of adaptations, as well as historical topics like classic literature. She enjoys reading and writing in as many genres as possible, but is particularly inclined towards fantasy, science fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.

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I Work Alone: Batman and Fatherhood in Modern Adaptations

Claudia Madrid Hernández

WCU

David McCracken

Coker University

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William James’s Metaphysical Revelation in Sherwood Anderson’s ‘Tandy’

David Rollick

Western Carolina University

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Nineteenth-Century Systems of Corruption in Charles Dickens’s Bleak House

Diana New

Western Carolina University

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Life’s a Soundtrack, Let it Resonate: Creating Rhetorical Situations through Sound and the Role of Sonic Agency

Elvis Pérez Galarza

Western Carolina University

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A Visual Interpretation of the Black/White Binary

Emily Goebelt

The University of North Carolina Charlotte

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Reverse Roles of el amor cortes in Miguel Cervantes’ Don Quijote

Eric Hyman

Fayetteville State University

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Polonius the Human

Ethan Franz

The University of North Carolina Charlotte

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The Manchurian Candidate: Palatalization of Alveolar initials in Beijing Mandarin due to Manchu Influence

Gabrielle Haley

The University of North Carolina Charlotte

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Dogen’s Tenzo Kyokun in Translation and Application

Grant McMillan

University of North Dakota
Second year PhD Student

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Grant is a second year PhD student at the University of North Dakota. He graduated with an MA in English Literature from Western Carolina University in Spring of 2020. His primary interest is the interwoven nature of peoples and the landscapes that contain them. As a photographer, poet, and academic, Grant uses both creative and scholarly projects to engage with our understandings of place.

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Lexia turns Optika: Textual Analysis of Looking at Appalachia

Harish Chander

Shaw University

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The Literary Hero in Carlyle and Emerson

Haylee Wilkie

Western Carolina University

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Identity and Duality in Charles Dickens’s Bleak House

Jasmin Wagner

The University of North Carolina Charlotte

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Critique of Modernity: Nietzsche’s Early Educational Thinking in Relation to New Humanism – An Aspect-Oriented Analysis

Jason Huber

Western Carolina University

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What’s My Line Again? Examining Scripted Reality

Javier Pabon

Methodist University

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Latin American Gothic: Horror, violence, and precarity in the 21st century in María Fernanda Ampuero’s Human Sacrifices

John Sullivan

Independent Scholar

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Mom, what did you just give me?’: The journey of a Post-War Journal from Camp Hodolein, Czechi

Jules Geaney-Moore

The University of North Carolina Charlotte

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Shadows of Hope and Despair: Stories from Camp Hodolein

Julie Hobbs

Gardner-Webb University

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Burying the Young: The Tropes of Coping in a Nineteenth-Century Cemetary

Julie Sperling

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June Hobbs

Gardner-Webb University
Professor of English

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June Hadden Hobbs is Professor of English and Director of Undergraduate Research at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. She has published books and articles on popular culture topics such as American hymnody and tombstones as well as on more traditional literary topics such as Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead. She is the co-author with Joe DePriest of Tales and Tombstones of Sunset Cemetery: Tracing Lives and Memorial Customs in a Southern Graveyard, published in 2021 by McFarland Press.

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Burying the Young: The Tropes of Coping in a Nineteenth-Century Cemetery

Kallie De La Cruz

The University of North Carolina Charlotte

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¡Buen Camino! A Culturally Contextualized Curriculum for Beginning Spanish

Karola Rico García

The University of North Carolina Charlotte

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Macroestructura de historias personales en lengua originaria en hablantes bilingües de otomí-español

Katelynn Lowdermilk

Western Carolina University

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Leslie Espinoza’s ‘Multi-Identity’

Kevin Jenson

Western Carolina University

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The Rhetoric of Sexuality in the New Testament

Kirsten Krick-Aigner

Wofford College

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The Reinvention of Exiled Austrian Artist Lisel Salzer

Kristin Kiely

Francis Marion University

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Franco’s Forgotten Dictatorship: Using Comics to Explore and Explain Fascism

Laura Hack

Western Carolina University

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Nations Ford Road and the Great Trading Path

Liz Hudson

Western Carolina University

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Judaculla Rock and Me: An Exploration of Cultural Interpretation versus Appropriation

Mark Pizzato

The University of North Carolina Charlotte

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European Churches and Chinese Temples Reflecting HAP/LAP Emotions in the Brain’s Inner Theatre

McKenzie Twine

Western Carolina University

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Assigned Divinity in Dickens’s David Copperfield

Melissa D. Birkhofer

WCU
Instructor

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Melissa Birkhofer is an instructor in the Department of English Studies and Director of the U.S. Latinx Studies program at WCU.

Panel Chair

Multi-Identity and Latinx Studies

Paul Worley

Western Carolina University

Rachel Poore

The University of North Carolina Charlotte

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French and Mandarin Linguistic Variation Panel

Sam Owens

Texas State University
Doctoral Students

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Sam Owens holds an MA in applied philosophy and ethics. Sam is currently a doctoral student in the developmental education program at Texas State. Sam aspires to create more trans-inclusive educational environments. Sam is a co-author of the recently published NOSS white paper Clarifying Terms and Reestablishing Ourselves within Justice: A Response to Critiques of Developmental Education as Anti-Equity. Sam is interested in justice and access in higher education.

Jonathan Lollar is a doctoral student in the DE Graduate Program (learning support concentration) at TXST. He is a research assistant and assistant editor of J-CASP. Jonathan has a master’s in applied philosophy and ethics from TXST. He has taught undergraduate courses in philosophy and educational psychology. He also has interests in correctional education (incarcerated learners), education policy, motivation, and DE instructor identity.

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Queering metacognition: Conceptualizing a more equitable approach for student engagement

Sarah Rhu

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
Part-Time Instructor

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Sarah Rhu is an adjunct instructor of English at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. She earned her BA in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of South Carolina in 2019 and her MA in English with a concentration in literature from Western Carolina University in 2021. Her academic interests include creative nonfiction writing, vegan studies, and professional editing.

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This Basket Holds Water: “Coiling” in Shapes of Native Nonfiction

Stephen Pierce

Western Carolina University

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Returning Cherokee Voices to Cullowhee

Susannah Murphine

Western Carolina University

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A Tale of Two Genres: The Narrators of Dickens’s Bleak House and the Intertwining of Gothic Bildungsroman

Tesla Rush

Gardner-Webb University
Graduate Student

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I am a graduate student at Gardner-Webb University where I am studying English with a concentration in writing. I have been studying remediation and ownership in fan created artifacts such as fan videos. I also work at the Union County Library where I am a full-time Circulation Library Specialist. I help run the library’s teen podcast and one of our book clubs.

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Fan Videos: An Original Art Form That Builds Community

Tess Purdue

Western Carolina University

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Coquetting with Truth: Earnestness and its Consequences in Dickens’s Bleak House