2018 Conference Schedule



Registration (Queens University, Rogers Science Hall, Lobby)

11:45 am – 12:45 pm

Session I: Ethics and Poetics (Rogers Science Hall, Duke Energy Auditorium)

1:00 – 2:45 pm


Presiding: Helen Hull, Queens University


Melissa Rack, University of South Carolina, Salkehatchie.

“‘Thou thyself likewise art lyttle made’: Spenser, Catullus, and the Aesthetics of ‘smale poemes’”


Savannah Caldwell, University of Georgia.

The Faerie Queene as a Source for Much Ado About Nothing


Jessica Junquiera, University of South Carolina.

“Delayed, Surprised, Amazed: Milton’s Spenser in Paradise Regained


Andrew Shifflett, University of South Carolina.

“Equality, Violence, and Forgiveness in Paradise Lost



2:45 – 3:00 pm


Session II: Fault-lines of Race and Gender

3:00 – 4:45 pm


Presiding: Allison Kellar, Wingate University


Geophrey Darrow, Wake Forest University.

“The Spirit of Sodomy: Symbolic Ruptures and Spectral Justice in The Merchant of Venice


Robert Kilgore, University of South Carolina Beaufort.

“‘Set Me Free’: Race, Slavery, and The Tempest


Rachel Roberts, North Greenville University.

“A Critique of Poor Reading: Antissia’s Madness in The Countess of Montgomery’s Urania


Elizabeth Rivlin, Clemson University.

“Shakespeare’s Women Readers in the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle”



7:00 pm

Queens University, Claudia Belk Dining Room, Trexler Student Center

Shuttle available to and from the banquet





(all events at University of North Carolina-Charlotte Center City, Lecture Hall)


Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9:00 am


Session III: Renaissance Materials and Networks

9:00 – 10:45 am


Presiding: Jennifer Munroe, University of North Carolina, Charlotte


Brantly Hancock Moore, University of North Carolina.

“‘Künden ist mehr dan wissen’: Kunst and the Primacy of Handwork in the Dresden Kunstkammer


 Deneen Senasi, Mercer University.

“‘One Little Room, An Everywhere’: Staging Silence in London’s Blackfriars and Shakespeare’s Henry VIII


Jonathan Shelley, Georgia Tech.

“Between the ‘triple pillar’ and ‘mutual pair’: Love, Friendship, and Travel in Antony and Cleopatra


Lisandra Estevez, Winston-Salem State University.

“Imagining the Other in an Andean Defense of the Eucharist


Break and Business Meeting

10:45 – 11:30 am


Session IV: Sacred and Domestic Space

11:30 am – 1:15 pm


Presiding: Kirk Melnikoff, University of North Carolina, Charlotte


Jasmin Cyril, Benedict College.

“Ambrogio Lorenzetti’s ‘Allegory of Good Government in the City, 1338-9’. Sala dei Nove, Palazzo Pubblico, Siena – Paradigm of Late Medieval Urban Cohesion”


Erich Freiberger, Jacksonville University.

“‘Naked’ and ‘Alone’: Hamlet, Plato’s Statesman and James VI’s Basilikon Doron


John Wall, North Carolina State University.

“‘What they are yet I know not’: Speech, Silence, and Meaning in King Lear


Robert Lanier Reid, Emory & Henry College.

“Shakespearean Epiphany”