Literati 2018 Schedule and Information

Date and Location

Literati will take place on March 10th, 2018 from 9:00am to 4:00pm at the University of Wisconsin—Madison in Union South. If you are unfamiliar with the campus, please note that there are two unions; Literati will be held at the one on West Dayton Street. The exact address and location can be found by following the link above.

Dress Code

The conference has no enforced dress requirements. However, we recommend participants wear business attire.


Conference Check-in (8:30am – 9:00am and throughout the day)
Varsity Hall Doors (2nd floor)

Conference Introduction and Welcome (9:00am – 9:25am)
Industry (3rd floor)

Keynote Reading by Quan Barry (9:30am – 10:30am)
Industry (3rd floor)

Presentation Session I (10:40am – 11:40am)
Panel 1, Shifting from Trauma
Traditions (2nd floor)
“The Girl You Didn’t Know You Wanted To Be:” Representations of Girlhood in Swing Time and Lady Bird
Diamond Patrick, University of St. Thomas
If It Ever Was a Real Thing
Kaitlyn Spratt, University of St. Thomas
Panel 2, Gendered Metamorphoses in Myth
Agriculture B (3rd floor)
Genderbending in Nordic Mythology
Lauren Quirk, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Vulnerability in Rape Victims of Ovid's Metamorphoses
Cali Mellin, University of St. Thomas
Panel 3, Revolutionary Myth and Vision
Sift & Winnow (2nd floor)
Liminal Distortions in Shelley's “The Triumph of Life”
Sydney To, Bowdoin College
Reality and Ritual: an Analysis of Femi Osofisan’s Morountodun; Closing the Gulf: Myth, History, and the Fallacy of Dichotomies
Sarah Cowan, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Presentation Session II (11:50am – 12:50pm)
Panel 4, Transformations in Collective Memory
Agriculture B (3rd floor)
Modes of Erasure of Black Women’s Collective Memory of Slavery: Investigating Gender in Authorship in Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad and Octavia Butler’s Kindred
Samantha Adams, University of Wisconsin-Madison
How to Butcher Poultry
Haley McNiff, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Panel 5, Perverse Change
Traditions (2nd floor)
The Tree
Tyler Odeneal, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Afraid of Your Own Shadow: Finding Rebirth through the Perversion of Self in Neil Gaiman’s American Gods
Brady Simenson, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Panel 6, Shifts Sudden and Slow
Sift & Winnow (2nd floor)
Sarah Eckhaus, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Penitentiary Fire Kills Local Man, Guard Suspected
Madeline Peterson, University of Wisconsin-Eau Clair

Lunch (1:00pm – 1:50pm)
Varsity Hall (2nd Floor)

Presentation Session III (11:50am – 12:50pm)
Panel 7, Local Transformations
Agriculture B (3rd floor)
Alexandra Pleasant, University of Wisconsin-Madison
How To Create A More Beautiful Earth
Stuart Deets, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Panel 8, Religious Revision
Traditions (2nd floor)
Rewriting Kabir: Robert Bly's The Kabir Book and the Possibilities of Translation
Henry Robinson, Yale University
“indue me with a knowledge of thee”: The Reification of Learned Protestant Identity in a 1575 Edition of Pseudo-Augustine’s Meditations
Jenna Lieungh, Marquette University
Panel 9, From Silence to Voice
Sift & Winnow (2nd floor)
Shawna Rivedal, University of Wisconsin-Madison
A Fictional and Feminist Movement: Comparing the Voices of Margaret Atwood and Virginia Woolf
Tove Conway, University of St. Thomas

Networking Hour (3:10pm – 4:00pm)
Wisconsin Idea (2nd floor)


Literati 2018: Transformations is funded in part by the Wisconsin Experience Grant.

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