2021 EGSA Graduate Symposium


12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

PANEL 1: Telling Tales: Magic & Ritual in Global Literatures
Chair, Sara Judy

Kyriana Lynch
The Fairy Tale Guide to Resurrection: Alchemy in “The Juniper Tree” and “Fitcher’s Bird”

Sally Hansen
Telling Moments and Speaking Silences: Queerness and Ritual in Lydia Cabrera’s Cuentos Negros de Cuba

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

PANEL 2: On the Lyrical and Erotic: Divine and Linguistic Couplings in Medieval Literature
Chair, Jake McGinnis

Daniel Hellstrom
The Medieval English(?) Lyric and Multilingualism

Emily McLemore
Creating Margery Kempe: Spectral Trauma and the Erotics of Care

3:15 pm – 4:45 pm

PANEL 3: Mediating Modernisms: The Self and Echoes of the Other in Irish, Scottish, and English Literature
Chair, Josh Wright

Marie Shelton
Performances of Remaining: Remnants of Hamlet in Beckett’s Endgame

William McCarthy
The Proximity of Another through Mediation in Sir Walter Scott’s The Heart of Midlothian

Mitchell Kooh
Rhythm and Rupture: Eliot’s Four Quartets and the Analogy of Being



10:30 am – 11:30 am

PANEL 4: Live, Laugh, Travel: Breaking Boundaries in Medieval Manuscripts
Chair, Oliver Ortega

Logan Quigley
Travels in Deleuzean Time: Making Sense of Temporal Paradox in the Newberry and Bicester Stacions of Rome

Anne Elise Crafton
A Topsy-Turvey Court; Homosocial Humor in the Old Norse “Sneglu-Halli Þattr

1:30 pm – 3:00pm 

Angel Daniel Matos

Sideways Moments, or, What Queerness Taught Me About Literature, Futurity, and Failure

Angel Daniel Matos is an assistant professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Bowdoin College who specializes in YA literature and media, queer studies, and screen cultures. The recipient of a Kinesis-Fernández Fellowship, he obtained his PhD in English and a Gender Studies Graduate minor from the University of Notre Dame in 2016. His work has been published in journals such as Children’s LiteratureResearch on Diversity in Youth LiteratureThe ALAN Review, and QED: A Journal of GLBTQ Worldmaking, in addition to a handful of edited volumes. Along with Pamela Robertson Wojcik and Paula Massood, he is one of the co-editors of Media Crossroads: Intersections of Space and Identity in Screen Cultures, which will be published in March 2021 by Duke University Press. His monograph, tentatively titled The Reparative Possibilities of Queer Young Adult Literature and Culture, is expected to be published by Routledge in fall 2021.

3:45 pm – 4:45 pm

PANEL 6: Fragments & Fabrics from the Medieval to the Modern
Chair, Kyriana Lynch

Nathan Phelps
In Vestigiis Iesu Domini: Putting Jerusalem on One Leg at a Time in The Book of Margery Kempe”

Isiah Dale
Draping the Black Body: A Study of Black Textiles in 18th and 19th Century America

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm VIRTUAL HAPPY HOUR