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Guide to Humanities-Computing Talks at the 1997 MLA Convention

The Association for Computers and the Humanities has compiled this list of sessions with computing-related talks at the 1997 Modern Language Association Convention (in Toronto, Ontario, from December 27 through 30). Some of these sessions contain only one or two computing-related talks, but this list includes the entire program for each session.

In most cases you must pay the convention-registration fee in order to attend any of these talks. But a few sessions are free and open to the public: Revolution or Evolution? Electronic Resources in the Humanities; Electronic Texts in the Humanities; The Refereed Electronic Journal; and Literary Theory and Children’s Literature: Reflections on the Past and Predictions for the Future.

Although the 1997 convention is now in the past, this information will remain available, as a record of what went on. Similar information for many other years is available via the main page on ACH MLA sessions.

Corrections and additions are welcome; please send them to John.Lavagnino@kcl.ac.uk.


58: Electronic Culture I: CyberStyle

Sunday, 28 December 1997, 8:30 to 9:45 a.m., Confederation Rooms 4, 5, and 6, Royal York Hotel

Program arranged by the Division on Literature and Other Arts. Presiding: Timothy C. Murray, Cornell University

  • “Virtualities,” Margaret Morse, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • “Cybernetic and Machinic Arrangements,” David Norman Rodowick, University of Rochester
  • “Precipice: The Sensuous and Monstrous Dimensions of Cyberspace in Contemporary Visual Art Practices,” Louise Dompierre, Power Plant
  • “Wired Style,” Verena Andermatt Conley, Harvard University

60: Ethnic Science Fiction

Sunday, 28 December 1997, 8:30 to 9:45 a.m., Kenosha Room, Sheraton Centre Toronto

Program arranged by the Division on Ethnic Studies in Language and Literature. Presiding: Isabel D. Alvarez-Borland, College of the Holy Cross

  • “Cyber-Aztecs and Cholo-Punks: Guillermo Gomez-Pena’s Virtual Reality Machine,” Thomas Foster, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Stars in My Pocket like Grains of Sand: Samuel Delany and the Dialectics of Difference,” Carl Freedman, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  • “Breeding Commonalities: Octavia Butler’s New Orders of Difference,” Marilyn M. Mehaffy, Eastern New Mexico University; Ana Louise Keating, Eastern New Mexico University

94: The Muse Collaborates: Writing Communities for Learning Literature and Composition

Sunday, 28 December 1997, 8:30 to 9:45 a.m., Tudor Rooms 8 and 9, Royal York Hotel

Program arranged by the Conference on College Composition and Communication. Presiding: Donna Reiss, Tidewater Community College, Virginia Beach Campus, Virginia

  • “The Poem, the Princess, and the Pea: Teaching Literary Sensitivity in the Interpretive Community of the Classroom,” Dona J. Hickey, University of Richmond
  • “First-Year Writers Reflect on the First Amendment: Electronic Collaboration to Cool the Conversation on a Hot Topic,” Donna Reiss
  • “Entertaining the Conversation: Creative Writers in Working Communities,” Wendy Bishop, Florida State University

Respondent: Arthur P. Young, Clemson University

Copies of program materials are available on the World Wide Web. (Please note that the URL for these materials that’s printed in the convention program is incorrect.)


97: Revolution or Evolution? Electronic Resources in the Humanities

Sunday, 28 December 1997, 10:15 a.m. to noon, Confederation Rooms 4, 5, and 6, Royal York Hotel. Free and open to the public.

A forum. Presiding: Gail Elizabeth Hawisher, University of Illinois, Urbana

  • “Othermindedness: Networked Learning and Post-Hypertextuality,” Michael Joyce, Vassar College
  • “Holistic Integration of Technology into Language, Culture, and Literature Curricula,” Joel David Goldfield, Fairfield University
  • “Social Constraints on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning,” Carl Cuneo, McMaster University; Delsworth Harnish, McMaster University

Abstracts are available on the World Wide Web.

For coordinated workshops, see meetings 308 and 343.

119: Multimedia Literature: Hypertext and Beyond

Sunday, 28 December 1997, 10:15 to 11:30 a.m., British Columbia Room, Royal York Hotel

A special session; session leader: Midori Y. McKeon, San Francisco State University

  • “Multimedia Effects: American Poetry Layered since Black Mountain,” Christopher T. Funkhouser, New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • “Mouse in the Maus (Whole)? High Technology and the Holocaust in Art Spiegelman’s The Complete Maus,” John Logie, Penn State University, University Park
  • “Postmodern Fiction in the Information Age,” Joseph M. Conte, State University of New York, Buffalo
  • “Beyond Hypertext: Civilization and Its Discontents,” Ted Friedman, Duke University

Respondent: Michael Joyce, Vassar College

127: Historical Annotation: A Necessary Evil?

Sunday, 28 December 1997, 10:15 to 11:30 a.m., Tudor Rooms 8 and 9, Royal York Hotel

Program arranged by the MLA Committee on Scholarly Editions. Presiding: Heather Jackson, University of Toronto, Saint George Campus

  • ” `Evil Be Thou My Good’: The Temptations of a Commentator,” Robert DeMaria, Jr., Vassar College
  • “Reinterpreting the Variorum (with Interest),” Dayton W. Haskin, Boston College
  • “This Is Not a Hypertext: Scholarly Annotation and the Electronic Medium,” Bruce Graver, Providence College

129: Exploring the Relation between Instructional Design and Technical Communication

Sunday, 28 December 1997, 10:15 to 11:30 a.m., New Brunswick Room, Royal York Hotel

Program arranged by the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing. Presiding: Bill Karis, Clarkson University

  • “Laptop Computers, Instructional Design, and Technical Communication: Pedagogy and Engineering Education Meet the Future,” Julia McElhattan Williams, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

174: Talking the Digital Talk

Sunday, 28 December 1997, noon to 1:15 p.m., Confederation Room 3, Royal York Hotel

Program arranged by the American Dialect Society. Presiding Dennis Baron, University of Illinois, Urbana

175: What’s New with William Morris

Sunday, 28 December 1997, noon to 1:15 p.m., New Brunswick Room, Royal York Hotel

Program arranged by the William Morris Society. Presiding: Mark Samuels Lasner, William Morris Society

  • “How We Write and How We Might Write,” David Latham, York University, North York
  • “What’s New with William Morris: How Differing Concepts of Originality Came between William Morris and Aubrey Beardsley,” Michael North, New York Academy of Medicine
  • “From the Ideal Book to the Virtual Book: William Morris in the Age of Digital Media,” Edward Steven Shear, University of Rhode Island
  • “Descriptions of Women and William Morris’s Colonial Ideal in The Volsungs and Niblungs and in Sigurd the Volsung,” Robin Jack Waugh, University of British Columbia

Further information is available on the World Wide Web.


207: Computers and Theory

Sunday, 28 December 1997, 1:45 to 3:00 p.m., Toronto Room, Royal York Hotel

Program arranged by the Association for Computers and the Humanities. Presiding: John Lavagnino, Brown University

  • “Hypertext Theory Post-Poststructuralism,” Matthew G. Kirschenbaum, University of Virginia
  • “Storytime: Temporal As Well As Spatial Metaphors for Hypertext,” Michael Groden, University of Western Ontario
  • “Out of Praxis: Textual Ontology, from Below,” Allen Renear, Brown University

Further information is available on the World Wide Web.


288: Beyond “Community”: New Perspectives on the Making of Knowledge

Sunday, 28 December 1997, 7:15 to 8:30 p.m., Manitoba Room, Royal York Hotel

Program arranged by the Division on the Teaching of Writing. Presiding: David J. Bartholomae, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh

  • “The Community Excludes: Narratives of Belonging,” Bernadette Longo, Clemson University
  • “Freedom in Technobureaucracy?” Richard E. Miller, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
  • “Walt Disney Meets Mary Daly: Magic Kingdoms and the Dislocation of Community,” William A. Covino, University of Illinois, Chicago

308: Electronic Texts in the Humanities

Sunday, 28 December 1997, 7:15 to 8:30 p.m., Ontario Room, Royal York Hotel. Free and open to the public.

A workshop arranged in conjunction with the forum Revolution or Evolution? Electronic Resources in the Humanities (97). Presiding: H. Lewis Ulman, Ohio State University, Columbus

  • The Orlando Project: Computing and the Collaborative Production of Literary History,” Susan I. Brown, University of Guelph; Patricia D. Clements, University of Alberta
  • “The Digital Future of the Scholarly Edition,” David L. Gants, University of Georgia
  • “Text as a Social Object,” Mark V. Olsen, University of Chicago

Abstracts are available on the World Wide Web.


334: Queerly Canadian

Monday, 29 December 1997, 8:30 to 9:45 a.m., Tudor Rooms 8 and 9, Royal York Hotel

Program arranged by the Discussion Group on Canadian Literature in English. Presiding: Heather Zwicker, University of Alberta

  • “Border Traffic,” Maureen M. Engel, University of Alberta
  • “Hypertextual Spaces and the Elusive Canadian Queer,” Caitlin Fisher, York University, North York
  • “Railroading History: Bachelors, Coolies, and Sodomites in Richard Fung’s Dirty Laundry,” Rick H. Lee, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
  • “Interrogating an Aesthetics of Lack in Canadian Lesbian Performance Art,” B. J. Wray, University of Calgary

343: The Refereed Electronic Journal

Monday, 29 December 1997, 8:30 to 9:45 a.m., British Columbia Room, Royal York Hotel. Free and open to the public.

A workshop arranged in conjunction with the forum Revolution or Evolution? Electronic Resources in the Humanities (97). Presiding: Paul Fortier, University of Manitoba

  • “Pioneering the Networked Environment: Project Muse and Peer-Reviewed Humanities Journals On-line,” Michael Jensen, Johns Hopkins University Press
  • “An Electronic Journal? Press a Key,” Joseph A. Feustle, Jr., University of Toledo
  • “Do Electronic Journals Need Publishers?” John Merritt Unsworth, University of Virginia

Abstracts are available on the World Wide Web.

347: New Compositions, New Configurations

Monday, 29 December 1997, 8:30 to 9:45 a.m., Toronto Room, Royal York Hotel

Program arranged by the Council of Writing Program Administrators. Presiding: Barbara L. Cambridge, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis

  • “Writing with Honor: Restructuring a Basic Writing Curriculum,” Larry W. Beason, Eastern Washington University
  • “Field Notes in the Community Service Link: Writing to Learn, Learning to Write,” Ruth E. Fischer, George Mason University
  • “Information Literacy and Teacher Preparation: Is There a Role for the Web?” Irene L. Clark, University of Southern California

352: Technology in the Classroom

Monday, 29 December 1997, 8:30 to 9:45 a.m., Huron Room, Sheraton Centre Toronto

Program arranged by the American Association of Teachers of German. Presiding: Catherine C. Fraser, Indiana University, Bloomington

  • “Words for All the Individuals: Technology-Enhanced Vocabulary Acquisition,” Laurie Melissa Vogelsang, Connecticut College
  • “Computer-Enhanced Language Instruction: An Evolution Rather Than a Revolution,” Catherine C. Fraser

James Joyce’s Ulysses in Hypermedia

Monday, 29 December 1997, 9 to 10 a.m., Ontario Room, Royal York Hotel

Michael Groden, University of Western Ontario, will demonstrate the prototype of his “James Joyce’s Ulysses in Hypermedia” project.


355: Electronic Culture II: A Theory Performance

Monday, 29 December 1997, 10:15 to 11:30 a.m., Confederation Rooms 4, 5, and 6, Royal York Hotel

Program arranged by the Division on Literature and Other Arts. Presiding: Sharon A. Willis, University of Rochester

  • “Slow Suicide: Theory in the Datastorm,” Arthur Kroker, Concordia University; Marilouise Kroker, CTHEORY

362: Drama as Public Fantasy II: Barely Touching

Monday, 29 December 1997, 10:15 to 11:30 a.m., British Columbia Room, Royal York Hotel

Program arranged by the Division on Drama. Presiding: David Román, University of Southern California

  • “Virtual Communities, Fleshly Acts: Appearing Live in Cyberspace,” Sue-Ellen Case, University of California, Davis
  • “The Place(ing) of Desire in Ariane Mnouchkine and the Théâtre du Soleil’s Tartuffe,” Lisa Jo Epstein, Tulane University
  • “Tripping the Light Fantastic: Ballroom Dance in Contemporary Popular Culture,” J. Ellen Gainor, Cornell University

393: Pedagogy in the Ruins of the University

Monday, 29 December 1997, noon to 1:15 p.m., Conference Room D and E, Sheraton Centre Toronto

Program arranged by the Division on Philosophical Approaches to Literature. Presiding: Geoffrey Waite, Cornell University

  • “What Is the Word? Reading and Writing at the End of the Twentieth Century,” Mary Lydon, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • “Archival Politics; or, The Passions of the Afterlife,” Thomas Dana Cohen, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • “Truth into Technology: The Postcolonial Research University in the United States,” J. Hillis Miller, University of California, Irvine

428: Problems in the Romance Epic I

Monday, 29 December 1997, noon to 1:15 p.m., York Room, Sheraton Centre Toronto

Program arranged by Société Rencesvals, American-Canadian Branch. In Memoriam: Colin Smith and Ruth House Webber. Presiding: Robert Francis Cook, University of Virginia

  • “Lost Castilian Epics in the Romancero,” Samuel G. Armistead, University of California, Davis
  • “Women of Prophecy in the Initial Branches of the Old French Crusade Cycle,” Emanuel John Mickel, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • “Mapping Echoes with TACT in the Kernel William Cycle,” Edward A. Heinemann, University of Toronto, Saint George Campus

A short business meeting will follow the session.


456: Wrestling the Word: Teaching Poetry in the Contemporary Classroom

Monday, 29 December 1997, 1:45 to 3:00 p.m., Ontario Room, Royal York Hotel

A special session; session leader: Jan VanStavern, University of California, Davis

  • “Talking Turkey: What Can Be Learned from Teaching American Poetry in Ankara,” Peter Grieco, Bilkent University, Turkey
  • “Teaching the Introductory Poetry Course,” John L. Mahoney, Boston College
  • “From Bathroom Graffiti to Rock Books: Strategies,” Jan VanStavern
  • “Wrestling the Wor(l)d: Multicultural Poetry and the Web,” Lucindy Willis, North Carolina State University

485A: The Role of Statistics in Computer Studies in Language and Literature

Monday, 29 December 1997, 3:30 to 4:45 p.m., Manitoba Room, Royal York Hotel

Program arranged by the Discussion Group on Computer Studies in Language and Literature. Presiding: Joseph Rudman, Carnegie-Mellon University

This session will be a workshop conducted by Joseph Rudman, who will give:

a) A working definition of statistics;

b) An overview of how statistics have been used in computer studies in language and literature (with a start-up bibliography);

c) A discussion of the value and danger of statistics in the field; and

d) An open-ended list of discussion points.

Paul Fortier of the University of Manitoba will act as respondent, expert gadfly, and expert advocate.


Cash Bar Arranged by the Brown University Women Writers Project

Monday, 29 December 1997, 5:15 to 6:30 p.m., New Brunswick Room, Royal York Hotel


534: Electronic Culture III: Cyborgs, Performance, and the Political

Monday, 29 December 1997, 7:15 to 8:30 p.m., Room 205A, Toronto Convention Centre

Program arranged by the Division on Literature and Other Arts. Presiding: Mary Russo, Hampshire College

  • “Screw Intimacy,” Stephanie A. Smith, University of Florida
  • “Virtual Prognosis: The Production of the Hypertext Conscious,” Alexander Reid, State University of New York, Albany
  • “Orlan, Stelarc, and Bodies of or as Evidence,” Ann-Marie Braithwaite, University of Rochester

600: Technologies of Inscription and Reproduction

Tuesday, 30 December 1997, 8:30 to 9:45 a.m., Tudor Rooms 8 and 9, Royal York Hotel

Program arranged by the Division on the History and Theory of Rhetoric and Composition. Presiding: S. Michael Halloran, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

  • “Electronic Communities: Feminist Zines on the World Wide Web,” Lene A. Whitley-Putz, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • “Web Authoring as an Argument for Visual and Verbal Rhetorics,” Marguerite Helen Helmers, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh

604: Romantic Media III: Composite Forms and Transmediations

Tuesday, 30 December 1997, 8:30 to 9:45 a.m., Room 206C, Toronto Convention Centre

Program arranged by the Division on the English Romantic Period. Presiding: James K. Chandler, University of Chicago

  • “Jane Austen in Cyberspace,” Jay Clayton, Vanderbilt University
  • “Scotch Drink and Irish Harps: The Marketing of the National Air,” Celeste G. Langan, University of California, Berkeley
  • “Thomas Rowlandson and the Literary Politics of Romantic Pornography,” Bradford Keyes Mudge, University of Colorado, Denver

614: Cyborg for Hire: Postindustrial Work in Contemporary American Culture

Tuesday, 30 December 1997, 8:30 to 9:45 a.m., Tudor Room 7, Royal York Hotel

A special session; session leader: Heather J. Hicks, Villanova University

  • “A Literary Genealogy of the Amanuentic Clerk,” Erick Heroux, University of Oregon
  • ” `The Record of My Life Is the Record of Work’: Automation and the Paradox of Feminist Work in Joanna Russ’s The Female Man,” Heather J. Hicks
  • ” `Holding Incompatible Things Together’: Donna Haraway’s Ironic Faith and Her `Cyborg Theorists’ in a Postindustrial World,” Tanya Wood, University of Toronto, Saint George Campus

624: Literary Theory and Children’s Literature: Reflections on the Past and Predictions for the Future

Tuesday, 30 December 1997, 8:30 to 9:45 a.m., Confederation Rooms 4, 5, and 6, Royal York Hotel. Free and open to the public.

A workshop arranged in conjunction with the forum The State of Children’s Books in This Millennium and the Next (54A). Presiding: Jan Susina, Illinois State University

  • “Man Books, Kiddie Lit, and Critical Distemper,” Beverly Lyon Clark, Wheaton College
  • ” `And the Celt Knew the Indian’: Knowingness, Postcolonialism, Children’s Literature,” Roderick F. McGillis, University of Calgary
  • “Cultural History and the Meanings of Children’s Literature,” Ruth B. Bottigheimer, State University of New York, Stony Brook
  • “Hypertext and Hypermedia: A New Genre for a New Cultural Memory?” Ronald Soetaert, University of Ghent; Guy Van Belle, University of Ghent

640: Computer Conferencing in Literature and Language Classes

Tuesday, 30 December 1997, 10:15 to 11:30 a.m., Territories Room, Royal York Hotel

A special session; session leader: Grover C. Furr, Montclair State University

  • “MOO-topia, American Studies, and Cyber Teaching, Writing, and Learning,” Peter V. Sands, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • “Synchronous and Asynchronous Communication and Second Language Acquisition,” Susana M. Sotillo, Montclair State University
  • “Synchronous Aural-Visual-Textual Internet Tutoring,” Jamie Thurber, University of Alaska, Fairbanks

655: Spatial and Geometric Metaphors for Text

Tuesday, 30 December 1997, 10:15 to 11:30 a.m., Room 203B, Toronto Convention Centre

Program arranged by the Association for Computers and the Humanities. Presiding: C. M. Sperberg-McQueen, University of Illinois at Chicago

  • “Texts as Animaps: Genre Transformation in the Early Nineteenth Century”, David C. Lipscomb, Columbia University
  • “Applied Virtual Reality: Mapping Texts in Three Dimensions with VRML”, Matthew G. Kirschenbaum, University of Virginia

Further information is available on the World Wide Web.

656: Unfastening the Fascicles: A Roundtable Discussion

Tuesday, 30 December 1997, 10:15 to 11:30 a.m., Toronto Room, Royal York Hotel

Program arranged by the Emily Dickinson International Society. Presiding: Martha Nell Smith, University of Maryland, College Park

  • “Teaching Is Believing: A Community of Readers for Dickinson’s Fascicle 18,” Robert Bray, Illinois Wesleyan University
  • “Fascicle 1: The Gambler’s Recollection,” Paul James Crumbley, Utah State University
  • “Dickinson’s Aesthetics and Fascicle 21,” Eleanor Elson Heginbotham, Concordia College, Saint Paul
  • “Reading the Web, Reading through the Web: Dickinson’s Strategies of Radial Writing in Fascicle 24,” Marget Sands, University of Maryland, College Park
  • “The `Nameless Pod’ and Other Miscarriages of Language in Dickinson’s Fascicle 28,” Daneen Leigh Wardrop, Western Michigan University

706: Annual Awards Ceremony Arranged by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals

Tuesday, 30 December 1997, noon to 1:15 p.m., Tudor Room 7, Royal York Hotel

Presiding: Holly A. Laird, University of Tulsa

  • Project Muse,” Michael Jon Jensen, Johns Hopkins University Press

743: Spanish Poetry, 2000: Fin de Siglo and Beyond

Tuesday, 30 December 1997, 1:45 to 3:00 p.m., Wentworth Room, Sheraton Centre Toronto

Program arranged by the Twentieth-Century Spanish Association of America. Presiding: Sharon Keefe Ugalde, Southwest Texas State University

  • “The Shifting Critical Stance: Text, Genre, Context,” Andrew P. Debicki, University of Kansas
  • “De la voz, de la experiencia y/a otros fantasmas poéticos,” Raquel Medina, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • “Postpostmodern Boom or Bust? Can Poetry Survive in an Age of Electronic Reproduction?” William Michael Mudrovic, Washington University

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