Weekly Assignment #4

By midnight of the day before your class, please post citations in correct MLA or APA citation style for two of any of the following types of resources related to your topic:

Please annotate each resource with a paragraph that summarizes/describes the source and also evaluates how useful the source might be for your research.



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13 responses to “Weekly Assignment #4

  1. Jason Jefferies

    For the author I am focusing on, William T. Vollmann, I found this conference:
    Saturday 7th July 2007
    ?Millennial Fictions? will investigate narratives of Fin de Siecle in the long 20th and 21st Century. This interdisciplinary conference will aim to develop a discussion of what is a period of rapidly changing social and cultural visions, through a range of media such at literature and film. Furthermore, this conference hopes to examine tropes of apocalypse and uncertainty, as well as fictions considered to be an index of the contemporary moment.
    I also found the Fifth Biennial Conference for the International Society of Travel Writers, which is in Denver from September 28-October 1st. The conference features the following topic:
    16. ?Struggles and Revolutions? Plaza 238
    ? Michele L. Hardesty (Columbia University): ?Looking for the ?Good Fight?: William T. Vollmann in Afghanistan?
    Though there are no conferences specifically dedicated to Mr. Vollmann, I found several more featuring papers dedicated to his work. A lot more than I expected.

  2. Mary Kohn

    Rickford, J. R. (1980). A variable rule for a creole continuum. New Ways of Analyzing Variation, Motreal. 8th.
    This is a specific article that I’m going to read to get a little more background on fieldwork done in language contact environments. NWAV is a conference devoted to Variation and Sociolinguistics. We actually hosted this conference at NC State a year or so ago. NWAV will probably continue to be the most applicable conference to my field of study as variation is the focus of our studies in sociolinguistics here at NC State.
    Bergen, J. J. (1990). Spanish in the united states : Sociolinguistic issues. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press.
    This source is from the Congress on Spanish in the United States. This congress appears to be a great find for me as linguistical studies of Spanish in the US are necessary for a comparison to English dialects. This source should give me data to understand more about population migration, retention of Spanish, US dialects of Spanish, and phonological features of these dialects.

  3. April Swarey

    Although I did not locate conferences specifically concerning my topic of Anti-Pamela or Eliza Haywood, I did find a couple of lectures delivered that did help me to better understand the construction of characters and historical references in the novel.
    King, John N. “Thomas Bentley’s Monument of
    Matrons: The Earliest Anthology of English
    Women’s Texts.” Interdisciplinary Conf.
    University of Pennsylvania. March 2000.
    *This lecture concerned the earliest collection of women writers in English. It provided historical detail concerning the expectations and constraints placed on female writers in England in the centuries before Eliza Haywood and helped me to understand a literary world before novels, such as Anti-Pamela, and how novels altered that world.
    Rosenthal, Regine. “Inventing the Other:
    Ambivalent Constructions of the Wandering
    Jew/ess.” Eighth Annual Symposium of the
    Philip M. and Ethel Klutznich Chair in
    Jewish Civ. Creighton University, Omaha,
    Nebraska. 17 Sept. 1995.
    *This lecture concerned the construction of the figure of the Jew in English lit. since Shakespeare. It helped me to better understand the frequent appearance of negative Jewish figures in eighteenth century novels, such as money-lenders and dishonest jewelers. This may prove to be valuable to me if I continue to pursue images of the bad subject/Other in my research.

  4. Elizabeth Livingston

    I used both Worldcat and the NCSU library list of congresses to research Existentialism in American literature and Existentialism within Hemingway. I was unable to find anything specific to Hemingway and existentialism, so I settled for just Ernest Hemingway. I used the ncsu library first and found two sources, one of which is particularly relevant and useful. However, while I did not find any new useful results on Worldcat, I was able to get a much more thorough description of the conferences. These descriptions helped me discern what was useful and what wasn’t. My first source is
    Chatterji, Ruby, ed. EXISTENTIALISM IN AMERICAN LITERATURE. “A collection of papers read or subsequently contributed by participants in a seminar ‘Existentialism in American Literature’ held at Hindu College, in October 1980”. New Delhi: Arnold-Heineman, 1983.
    This source should be really helpful. It has essays on MOBY DICK, Walker Percy, Richard Wright, Thoreau, and Sylvia Plath. So, if I can not find enough info. on just Hemingway and existentialism, I can use this source as I broaden my topic to existentialism in American literature.
    My next source is
    Oldsey, Bernard, ed. ERNEST HEMINGWAY, THE PAPERS OF A WRITER. “Proc. of a conference held in July 1980 on Thompson’s Island, Boston Harbor.” New York: Garland, 1981.
    This source will probably not be terribly helpful. It has articles focusing on Hemingway’s treatment of women, his biography, and his correspondence with Ezra Pound.

  5. Robyn Leigh Youngs

    Both of these conferences are obviously helpful (that’s why they are sharing an annotation)because of the same reasons (they are the seventh and eighth Citadel conferences on Medieval an Renaissance Literature. They are particularly helpful because they include Medieval Literature as well as Renaissance Literature, and poets such as Landland and Chaucer had a large impact upon Renaissance love sonneteers, and in particular, Sidney, Wyatt, and Petrarch. There are many different subjects covered, such as Ovid, Chaucer, and Shakespeare. I cannot think of conferences that would give me a better range of literature, especially where so much of it is related to my topic. Also, of course, it’s quite close by, and who doesn’t want to spend the weekend in Charleston for the purposes of academia?
    Allen, David G. and Robert White, eds. Subjects on the World?s Stage: Essays on British
    Literature of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Proc. of the Seventh Citadel Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Literature Conf., 1991, Charleston. London: Associated University Presses, c1995.
    Yvonne, Bruce, ed. Images of Matter: Essays on British Literature of the Middle Ages
    and the Renaissance. Proc. of the Eighth Citadel Conference on Medieval and
    Renaissance Literature Conf., 2001, Charleston. Newark: University of Deleware
    Press, c2005.

  6. Rob Phillips

    Holloway, David, ed. Proceedings of the First European Conference on Cormac McCarthy. Berlin: Cormac McCarthy Soc., 1998.
    These proceedings cover a wide range of topics & McCarthy works and reflect solid McCarthy scholarship (Arnold, Luce, & Wallach) with some new (at the time) voices chiming in some ideas of note. The proceedings of this conference are especially interesting to me because of the focus they place on McCarthy?s Applachain/Southern novels. Though I did not attend this conference, my rationale for purchasing these conference proceedings was simple ? actual images/photos from Dianne Luce?s wonderful PowerPoint presentation on the actual locales/environs of Knoxville, TN, which are detailed in the novel Suttree, are included in the publication. Incidentally, this presentation was repeated at another McCarthy conference that I was also unable to attend, where an actual walking tour with stops at bars of note (a conference crawl?) added an amazing element of audience participation to the already enlightening photos & text in Luce?s PowerPoint. Fortunately, gaining access to this PowerPoint would not be too difficult given my former instructor?s close relationship with the creator.
    The Cormac McCarthy Society Annual Conference; October 19-21, 2006; San Angelo, Texas
    This annual fall conference first established itself not long after McCarthy?s publication of the award-winning All the Pretty Horses and met informally in October 1993 at Bellarmine College in Louisville, Kentucky. Wade Hall, teacher and critic, and Rick Wallach, who at that point was at NYU, both pulled that first conference together. Since that time the conference has continued to meet biannually and traditionally in Texas (hardly a shock for McCarthy fans), and this year is no exception. The conference is dedicated in part to McCarthy?s new novel (about to hit the shelves), The Road. Submissions for papers related to this novel were allowed up until a few days ago, well beyond the August 15 deadline for other proposals. Beyond that stipulation, the options are wide & varied, as long as what presenters have to say enlarges, builds upon, and/or appropriately acknowledges the growing body of McCarthy scholarship. Also, the McCarthy society has panel discussions in the spring at the annual ALA conference, alternately in California or a major city on the east coast, and sporadically at Appalachian State in Boone, NC, where the focus is typically McCarthy?s Appalachian/Southern novels. Until the proceedings of the conf. are made public, it will be difficult to gauge the extent to which the discourse will be valuable to my research.

  7. Ashley Merrill

    I’ve found an upcoming conference which deals with my topic:
    “Anniversaries, Histories, and Colonialisms”
    Children’s Literature Association 34th Annual Conference
    Newport News, Virginia
    June 14 – 16, 2007
    The conference is being held during the 400th anniversary of Jamestown, which is why the conference looks back at colonialism, among several other topics. However, my topic could fit into the call for papers, specifically “Adult attempts to colonize childhood” or “Post-colonial views of children’s literature.” Can’t say for sure, of course, but this seems like a good bet.
    I also found a congress:
    Rader, Barbara A. and Howard G. Zettler, ed. The Sleuth and the scholar: origins, evolution, and current trends in detective fiction. Papers from a symposium, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn., 10/18/86, sponsored by The Southern Connecticut Library Council. New York: Greenwood Press, 1988.
    This published congress is available in the library, but I haven’t had time to look at it yet. The date makes it a bit out of the realm for my thesis, but I might find some useful information in it.

  8. josh Gane

    The Prehistory of the Posthuman Conference at Princton Univeresity June 6-8 2002
    Though this conference specifically addresses my topic, postmodern composition and writing, this sight as a whole was not helpful. I found no information that would lead me to believe that it is an annual conference, or anything about the first conference itself. I only included this because it does show that there are efforts being made to address this issue through conferences. It is unnfortunate that I could not find a more established conference dealing with my issue this specifically. However, it is a relativly new subject.
    Conference on College Composition and Communication
    Though this conference is more broad and involves many other issues besides my specific research, it is an extremly valuable resource. It has a message board to communicate with others, a link to currenet news, publications, meetings, and articles, which is most helpful for me. These articles and news publications both offered information relavent to my topic.

  9. josh Gane

    I forgot to provide the biblio. information for my second conference:

  10. Kimberly Wine

    Conference on College Composition and Communication
    Annual Convention 2006
    Chicago, Illinois
    March 22nd-25th
    Conference on College Composition and Communication
    Annual Convention 2007
    “Representing Identities”
    March 21-24, 2007
    New York, New York
    The MLA’s 122nd annual convention
    Philadelphia, PA
    27-30 December 2006
    The MLA’s 122nd annual convention will be held in Philadelphia. Most English sessions and the child care center are in the Philadelphia Marriott. Most foreign language and comparative literature sessions are in the Loews Philadelphia. Some foreign language sessions, some comparative literature sessions, some English sessions, the Job Information Center, and the exhibits are in the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
    I plan to attend both of these conferences at some point either this year or next. Obviously the CCCC convention is more pertinent to my current research but both are highly applicable and useful to me in my field.

  11. James Sellers

    New Ways of Analyzing Variation 35. (2006) Interdisciplinary Approaches to Language Variation.
    NWAV is a conference that focuses on the study of language variation. The conference schedule for this year includes renowned linguists like Bill Kretzchmar, Dennis Preston, John Rickford, John Baugh, William Labov, Walt Wolfram and others. This is a very useful conference for anyone who studies language variation. The conference schedule also includes a workshop titled “Towards Best Practices in Socio-phonetics” which I plan on attending. There isn’t really an organization behind NWAV, it’s just this conference that is hosted every year by different schools. It is a relatively young conference, having only started in the 1970s.
    Annual Meeting of the American Dialect Society. (2006)
    ADS was founded in 1889. It is an organization devoted to the English Language in North America and other languages that might be influening it or being influenced by it. They publish a quarterly Journal called American Speech which several of my mentors at NC State have had papers appear in multiple times. It is a very useful jounrnal/conference for anyone studying variation of North American dialects of English.

  12. Baker Pratt

    Scragg, D.G. and Paul E. Szarmach, eds. The Editing of Old English: Papers From the 1990 Manchester Conference. Proc. of the Manchester Conf., 1990, Manchester. Rochester, NY: Boydell & Brewer Ltd., c1994.
    Wood, Diane, ed. Women and Religion in Medieval England. Proc. of Conf. of Oxford University Dept. of Continuing Education, Feb. 16-18, 2001. Oxford: Oxbow Books, c 2003.
    The above are my two conferences. I used Google search and the NCSU library. Google was not helpful in finding a conference, but did turn up a number of article titles that might prove useful in the future. NCSU was slightly more useful, but did not provide a conference that had an article presented on gender in Beowulf. Since I was unable to find anything specifically I chose the first conference due to the fact that it had a number off essays on Beowulf (focusing on language, which might prove useful). The second conference proceeding has some articles on women during the same time period in which I’m interested, so I thought it might provide a useful reference.

  13. Leah White

    Bergvall, Victoria L., Janet M. Bing, and Alice F. Freed, eds. Rethinking language and gender research: theory and practice. Real Language series. New York: Longman, 1996.
    This is a book that consists of essays from a 1993 Linguistic Institute conference (July 16-19, 1993). According to the NCSU library, “the conference was sponsored by the Committee on the Status of Women in Linguistics of the Linguistic Society of America.” This is a good source for me not only for data and information on my subject itself [for example, through the 5th essay, “Women, men and prestige speech forms: a critical review” (James)], but also for more ideas about the logistics behind studying it [“Dealing with gender identity as a sociolinguistic variable” {Meyerhoff} or “Language and gender research in an experimental setting” (Freed)]. Since I have not done an in-depth linguistics paper of this sort yet, it would definitely be wise to consult proceedings like this.
    I was looking for like 10 minutes, but I cannot figure out how to do an MLA citation for a conference that’s not electronic or in print (proceedings), so I’ll just guess.
    New Ways of Analyzing Variation 35: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Language Variation. 9-11 Nov. 2006. Columbus, OH.
    Like my other source, this is both about getting data about my subject as well as determining how to put together a good linguistics study. There will be papers presented at this conference by famous linguists and about my subject, as well as ones that bring up a new facet to my original concept. ‘Sex’ is biological, male and female, but ‘gender’ can include sexual orientation. One of the sessions at this NWAV conference deals entirely with “Perspectives on Language Variation & Sexual Identity.”