The ‟True Story” Of Literature: A Conference in Honor of Margaret Doody


Location: Decio Faculty Hall, English Department Commons Area (View on map )

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The career of now Professor Emerita Margaret Doody, formerly the John and Barbara Glynn Family Professor of Literature and the first Director of the Ph.D. in Literature Program, will be celebrated at the conference The "True Story" Of Literature on Friday, May 6 from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm in the English Department Commons area of Decio Faculty Hall. 

Sponsored by the Department of English with support from the Departments of Theology, Philosophy, Romance Languages and Literatures, the Seminar in Eighteenth and Nineteenth-century Studies, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies.


8:45 am Registration and Coffee
9:00 am Welcome by Greg Kucich

9:15 am Session I

9:15-9:45 am Misty G Anderson, Harlequin in Hell
9:45-10:15 am Samara Cahill, The Recipe of Romance: An Apologia
10:15-10:45 am Paul Cartledge (Zoom), Margaret Doody: Aristotelian detective?

10:45 am Coffee break

11:15 am Session II

11:15-11:45 Kurt Milberger, Returning to the Well: Excerpts from a Treatise of Nostalgia
11:45-12:15 Wendy Belcher, Ladder of Heaven: The Miracles of the Virgin Mary in Medieval African Literature and Art

12:15 pm Lunch

1:30 pm Session III

1:30-2:00 Steven Shankman, (Zoom) Between Poetry, Translation, and Scholarship

2:00-2:30 Anila Shree, Love, Disruption, and a New World Order in Madeleine de Scudéry’s ‘Clélie’

2:30-3:00 Stephanie Thornton-Harris, Mansfield Park and Family Law

3:00 pm Coffee break

3:20 pm Session IV

3:20-3:50 Jayne Lewis, (Zoom) Helen Keller in the Eighteenth Century
3:50-4:20 Douglas Murray, Scholarship and Creativity: Setting Jane Austen to Music
4:30 pm Address by Margaret Doody, Accident, History and Story

5:30 pm Reception

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