Publications: Papers and Conferences

Papers:

“Zadie Smith’s NW: ‘’Minor Literature’ from a Major Author? 23rd Annual British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference.  Savannah, Ga. Feb. 14-15,  2014.

“From Dresses to Insects: Virginia Woolf’s ‘The New Dress’ and Doris Lessing’s Alfred and Emily.” 23rd Annual International Virginia Woolf Conference: Virginia Woolf and (Common)wealth Writers.” Simon Fraser University. Vancouver, B.C. Canada. June 6-9, 2013.

“England’s ‘greenandpleasantlibertarianlandofthefree’: Zadie Smith’s and Doris Lessing’s Portrayal of Black British Attitudes Toward Rural England.” 22nd Annual British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference. Savannah, Ga. Feb. 15-16,  2013.

“Doris Lessing’s Use of Food as Postcolonial Critique in In Pursuit of the English, The Summer Before the Dark, and Alfred and Emily.” 21st Annual British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference. Savannah, Ga. Feb. 17-18, 2012.

“’Being here’: Doris Lessing’s Alfred and Emily, a Postmodern Memoir of Loss And Place.” 20th Annual British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference. Savannah, Ga. Feb. 25-26, 2011.

“House and Garden in Mrs. Dalloway: Patriarchal and Heterotopic Spaces.” 20th Annual International Virginia Woolf Conference: Virginia Woolf and the Natural World. Georgetown College, Georgetown, Ky. June 3-6, 2010.

“Heterotopic Gardens: Anita Desai’s Clear Light of Day and Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway. “ 19th Annual British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference. Savannah, Ga.
Feb. 26-27, 2010.

“Cosmopolitanism from Below in Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway and “Street Haunting.” 19th Annual International Virginia Woolf Conference: Woolf and the City. Fordham University, New York, N.Y. June 4-7. 2009.

“Postcolonial Flâners and Calypsonians: Sam Salvon’s London Men and Their Attitudes Towards Women.” 18th Annual British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference. Savannah, Ga. Feb. 27-28, 2009.

“Repressed Racism in Doris Lessing’s ‘Victoria and the Staveney’s.’” 17th Annual British Commonwealth and Postclonial Studies Conference. Savannah, Ga. Feb. 15-16, 2008.

“In Pursuit of the English: Hybridity and the Local in Lessing’s First Urban Text.” Second International Doris Lessing Conference. Leeds Metropolitan University. Leeds, England. July 6-8, 2007.

“The Return to ‘Hijab’ in Nadine Gordimer’s The Pick-Up and Leila Aboulela’s  Minaret.”16th Annual British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference. Savannah, Ga. Feb.16-17, 2007.

“Zadie Smith’s White Teeth: a Postcolonial City Novel.” 15th Annual British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference. Savannah, Ga. Feb. 24-25, 2006.

“Madness in Joan Riley’s A Kindness to the Children.” 13th Annual British Commonwealth  and Postcolonial Studies Conference. Savannah, Ga. Feb. 27-28, 2004.

“The Search for Place in Barbara Burford’s ‘The Pinstripe Summer’: Lesbianism as Allegory, Eclogue or Speculative Fiction.” 12th Annual British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference. Savannah, Ga. Feb. 27-28, 2003.

“Patterns of Aging in the Ninth Stage of Life: Doris Lessing’s The Diary of a Good Neighbour.” Modern Language Association Convention. NewYork, NY  Dec. 27-30, 2002.

“Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway: a Foreshadowing of the Critique of Architectural Modernism.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association Convention. Baltimore, Md. Nov. 15-17, 2002.

“A ‘Postcolonial’ Erikson and Paule Marshall’s Praisesong for the Widow.” Eleventh Annual British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference. Savannah, Ga. Feb. 22-23, 2002.

“England no be my Country’: What is the Role of Pidgin in Ken Saro-Wiwa’s Sozaboy and Buchi Emecheta’s Kehinde.” Modern Language Association Convention. New Orleans, La.
Dec. 27-30, 2001.

“Voyaging through ‘Contested Cultural Territories’ in Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway and Anita Desai’s Clear Light of Day.” Voyages Out, Voyages Home: Eleventh Annual International Virginia Woolf Conference. Bangor, Wales. June 13-16, 2001.

“The Contested Territories of ‘Womanliness’ and Nation in Anita Desai’s Clear Light of  Day.”10th Annual British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference. Savannah, Ga. Feb. 22-24, 2001.

“Race, Class and Gender Issues in Narratives by Two Jamaican-British Writers: Barbara Burford and Joan Riley.” Narrative: an International Conference. Atlanta, Ga. Apr. 6-9, 2000.

“‘There’s Always Someone Nobody Remembers’”: Faded Photos and Curling Posters in Nadine Gordimer’s None to Accompany Me.” Ninth Annual British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference. Savannah, Ga. Feb. 24-26, 2000.

“The Search for Identity in Two ‘Black British’ Women Writers: Barbara Burford’s The Threshing
Floor and Joan Riley’s Waiting in the Twilight.”Eighth Annual Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference. Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Ga. March 26-27, 1999.

“At the Labyrinth’s Center in Murdoch’s The Green Knight: Peter Mir as Wandering Jew, Minotaur or Green Knight.” Twentieth Century Literature Conference. University of Louisville, February 25-27, 1999.

“Postcolonial Journeys in Buchi Emecheta’s Kehinde and Jessica Anderson’s Tirra Lirra By the River.” Seventh Annual Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference, Georgia  Southern University, Stateboro, Ga.  May 8-9, 1998.

“Traditional and Colonized Mothers in Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions and Anita Desai’s  Clear Light of Day.” Mothers and Daughters: Moving into the Next Millennium. York Univ. Toronto, Canada, Sept. 26-28, 1997.

“Virginia Woolf and African Sculpture.” Virginia Woolf and the Fine Arts, the Sixth Annual Virginia Woolf Conference. Clemson University, South Carolina, June 13-16,

1996.

“Postcolonial Journeys of Discovery and Life Review in Paule Marshall’s Praisesong for The Widow and Jessica Anderson’s Tirra Lirra by the River.” Literary Perspectives on Aging. Northeast  Modern Language Assoc. (NEMLA). Montreal, Canada. Apr. 19-20, 1996.

“Kerewin Holmes’ Voyage of Initiation in The Bone People.” Vixens, Virgins and Voyagers: Gendered Representation of Women’s Initiation,  Women’s Caucus Workshop I Seminar A. South Atlantic Modern Language Assoc. (SAMLA) Atlanta, Ga. Nov. 3-5, 1995.

“Virginia Woolf and Racism.” Virginia Woolf: Texts and Contexts, the Fifth Annual Virginia Woolf Conference. Otterbein College, Westerville, Ohio. June 15-18, 1995.

“Buchi Emecheta’s Kehinde: the Conflict  Between Cultures.” Cultural Encounters Across the Mediterranean: Palestine and Europe, the Fourth Annual Bir Zeit Conference. Bir Zeit University.  Ramallah, Palestine. Mar. 9-11, 1995.

“From the Isolation of Childbirth to the Search for Community: Nativity and                        Multiculturalism in the  Novels of Margaret Drabble and Buchi Emecheta.” Nativity and    Narrativity: Multicultural Frameworks of Literature, the Fifth Annual Conference on          Narrativity. Vancouver B.C. Canada. Apr. 28-May 1, 1994.

“‘Not Enough Washing Up ‘ or ‘Luminous:’ Margaret  Drabble’s Ambivalence about Virginia   Woolf.” Virginia Woolf: Emerging Perspectives, the Third Annual Virginia Woolf  Conference. Lincoln University. Lincoln, Mo. June 10-13 1993.

“Maps of Misreading, Voyages of Discovery: Caliban in the Afrocentric Curriculum.” Seminar on “Race, Ethnicity and Power in Shakespeare and his Contemporaries.” Shakespeare Association of America. Atlanta, Ga. April 1-3, 1993.

“Architectural References and Time in Penelope  Lively’s City of the Mind.” Northeastern   Modern Language Association Convention. Philadelphia, Pa., Mar. 26-28, 1993.

“‘The ‘Outsider Within’: Virginia Woolf and Doris Lessing as Urban Novelists in Mrs. Dalloway and The Four-Gated City.” Modern Language Assoc.  Convention. New York,  Dec. 27-30, 1992.

“A Portrait of Virginia Woolf in Maureen Duffy’s ‘A Nightingale in Bloomsbury Square.'”  Virginia  Woolf: Themes and Variations, the Second Annual Virginia Woolf Conference.  Univ. of Southern Conn. New Haven, June 11-13, 1992.

“Sexism and Feminism in the Emigrant Novels of Sam Selvon and Buchi Emecheta” Twentieth Century Literature Conference. Univ. of Louisville. Louisville, Ky. Feb. 27-29, 1992.

“Neanderthals, Human Gorillas and Urban Guerrillas: Crossing Scientific Boundaries in  Doris Lessing’s The Fifth Child and Maureen Duffy’s Gor Saga.” Contemporary Literature   Conference: Literature of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Sponsored by  Kennesaw College, Atlanta,  Apr. 26-27, 1991.

“‘Denizens of Cosmopolis’: Samuel Selvon’s and  Buchi Emecheta’s Caribbean and Nigerian   Perspectives on London” Northeast Modern Language Assoc. Hartford, Conn. Apr.5-7, 1991.

“A Place for Woman: Boston in Marge Piercy’s Fly Away Home” Twentieth Century Literature Conference. Univ. of Louisville. Louisville, Ky. Feb. 22-24,1990.

“London in Margaret Drabble’s The Radiant Way” Contemporary Literature Conference: Literature of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Kennesaw College, Atlanta, Apr. 14-15, 1989.

“Phallic Towers and Intersubjective Space: Marge Piercy’s Going Down Fast.” Conference  on Literature and Psychology. Institute for the Psychological Study of the Arts. Univ. of  Florida, Gainesville, Fla. March 9-12, 1989.

“The Masculine Technology of Marge Piercy’s Going Down Fast.” Twentieth Century Literature Conference. Louisville, Ky. Feb. 25-27, 1988.

Panelist on a Session entitled “Making Connections between School and College Writing Programs” Conference entitled Georgia, Write Now: Making Connections, sponsored by Georgia State University. Jan. 30-31,1987.

“Taming of the Shrew: a Lesson in Autonomy,”English Section II (1500-1600), South Atlantic Modern Language Assoc. (SAMLA) Atlanta, Ga. Nov. 13-15, 1986.

“Women’s Psyche: Nancy Chodorow, Carol Gilligan and Margaret Drabble.” Women’s Caucus Workshop I, SAMLA, Atlanta, Ga. Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 1985.

“Reading the City as Palimpsest: Doris Lessing’s  The Four-Gated City.” English Section V, Modern British, SAMLA, Atlanta, Ga. Nov.  11-13, 1982.

“Humanism and the Education of Women in the 16th and 17th Centuries.” Symposium III of “History Invites Women to Dinner,” a Conference  sponsored by The Sculptural Arts Museum and Georgia State on the occasion of the exhibition of Judy Chicago’s The Dinner  Party, Atlanta, Ga. Sept. 28, 1982.

“Taming of the Shrew and Women’s Studies.” Conference on Shakespeare in the Classroom: Text,  Performance, Media. Univ. of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha, Wisc. April 23-24, 1982.

“The Role of Women in Shakespeare’s Time and Plays.” Guest lecture at the High Museum, Atlanta, Ga.  Part of the lecture series connected with the traveling Folger Shakespeare  Library Exhibit funded by NEH. Mar. 15, 1981.

Discussant Leader, “Under What Circumstances Are Women’s Self-Expressions Perceived as Art?”  Societal Roles Session IB of “A Fabric of Our Own Making: Southern Scholars   on Women,” Atlanta, Ga. Mar. 5, 1981.

“Ridgeway’s Militant Weekly and the Serial Version of Conrad’s The Secret Agent.” English  Section IV, Victorian & Modern, SAMLA, Atlanta, Ga. Nov. 9-11, 1978.

“Cognitive Dissonance and the Anxiety Response to Kafka’s The Castle.” Southern Comparative Literature Association Conference, The University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn. Feb. 16-18, 1978.

“Winnie Verloc and the Paradoxical Images of Rationality and Irrationality” as part of a seminar I organized on Joseph Conrad’s Secret Agent and Alfred Hitchcock’s Sabotage for “Rational/Irrational: The Apollonian and Dionysian in Literature and Film,” The Florida State University Comparative Literature Conf. Tallahassee, Fla. Jan. 26-28, 1978.

“James Joyce’s Ulysses: a Celebration of the City.” Urban Literature Seminar, Modern Language Assoc. New York, N.Y. Dec. 28-30, 1976.

“Pioneering in Applied Humanities: Ways of Instituting Interdisciplinary Studies” Women’s Caucus I, SAMLA, Atlanta, Ga. Nov. 4-6, 1976.

“Early Seventeenth-Century Advice Books: The Female Viewpoint,” Southeastern Renaissance Conference at VMI in Virginia, April 25-26, 1975.

Professional Societies and Offices Held:

Member of  MLA and Women’s Caucus of MLA; SAMLA and Women’s Caucus of SAMLA; Southeastern Renaissance Society; International Virginia Woolf Assoc.; Doris Lessing Assoc.; Iris Murdoch Assoc.

2003 Chair of British V Section on “Urban Modernity and Postmodernity.” SAMLA, Atlanta, Nov.  14-16, 2003.

1993 Chair of  Section on “The British Novel: The Influence of Virginia Woolf on the British Novel.”  NEMLA, Philadelphia, Pa. March 26-28, 1993.

1987-89 Treasurer, SAMLA Women’s Caucus Chair, Room Arrangements Committee for Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC),  Atlanta, March 19-21, 1987.

1979-80 One of 4 SAMLA members on an advisory committee to choose sites for SAMLA.

1980 Chair of SAMLA Women’s Caucus Workshop (I) “Women’s Issues in the Traditional Class,” Atlanta, Ga. Nov. 6, 1980.

 

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