English Students to Present at 2020 Literature Conference
"To talk in public, to think in solitude, to read and to hear, to inquire, and to answer inquiries, is the business of a scholar." — Samuel Johnson, The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia
Majors in the Department of English have been selected to present original research at the 2020 Northwest Undergraduate Conference in Literature (NUCL). The annual conference, begun in 2004 at the University of Portland, invites students to share their literary research and creative writing with a community of their peers. The largest gathering of its kind in the region, it was begun in response to a question from a faculty member's daughter: "why are there so many science fairs but no literature fairs?"
This year, the conference will take place on Saturday, March 14, where members of the Pacific English faculty will also chair sessions. Pacific has a long and robust history of attendance at the conference, which features in addition to dozens of student panels on a range of topics, prizes in excellence, a keynote speaker from the field, and a celebratory luncheon.
Accepted to the conference this year all happen to be essays of literary scholarship based on work originally developed in English department courses. In addition, Cal McCarthy's work has been nominated for one of the awards to be presented at the conference luncheon. Presenters include:
- Gillian Gauer, "Shadow Blocks, Subjugated Rocks: Staging Women and the West in Quilters (1982)"
- Cal McCarthy, "Political Stakes in Wooden Places: Power and Forests in Macbeth (1606), The Cherry Orchard (1904), and Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (2009)”
- Margaret McFarlane, "'this pile of rot': Decomposition, Birds, and Disease in Anne Carson’s Antigonick (2012)"
- Em Nelson, "'Philosophy suits our Sex, just as Jack Boots would do': Philosophy, Gender, and Susanna Centlivre's The Basset Table (1705)"
- Zoe Stanek, "Happily Ever After?"
- Riley Stewart, "'The Air is Delicate': Law, Wind, and The Wei֟rd Sisters in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth (1606)"
- Phoebe Whittington, "Bye-bye Birdie: Ecodidacticism and Augury in Macbeth (1606)"
Eight Pacific students majoring in English Literature and Creative Writing after presenting their work at the 2019 Northwest Conference in the Humanities at North Idaho College.