The Kate Chopin International Society offered two sponsored panels at the 2017 American Literature Association conference in Boston, MA.


“Historical Perspectives on Kate Chopin: Foreign and Domestic”

Chair: David Z. Wehner, Mount St. Mary’s University

“Sentiment and Rebellion: Kate Chopin, Ruth Stuart, and the New York Literary Marketplace,” Kathryn O’Donoghue, Suffolk County Community College

“Healing Through Music in Kate Chopin’s ‘Wiser than a God,’” Xuemei Wan, Jiangsu University

“Fancy Pigeons and Squab: Historical Perspectives of the ‘Pigeon House’ and Edna’s Dilemma in The Awakening,” Julia P. McLeod, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

“Addressing Sensitive and Uncomfortable Topics in the Literature Classroom”

Chair: Lisa Elwood, Herkimer College

“A Crack in the Door: Navigating Controversy in the Classroom,” Kathleen Butterly Nigro, University of Missouri-St. Louis

“Teaching the Subtle Triggers of Tennessee Williams,” Amanda J. Campbell, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

“Teaching Literature of the Antebellum South at an HBCU,” Kelli Purcell O’Brien, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

“When Men Swim Out to Sea: Teaching Jane Fonda’s Vietnam War Film Coming Home (1978) with Kate Chopin’s The Awakening,” Isadora Wagner, University of Mississippi

Presentation at the 2017 Midwest Modern Language Association Convention

“Domesticity and Sexual Desire in Kate Chopin’s ‘At the ’Cadian Ball’ and ‘The Storm,’ ” Michele Willman, Bemidji State University

Presentation at the 2017 Northeast Modern Language Association Convention

“Kate Chopin’s Mademoiselle Reisz: Secondary Character, Primary Role,” Theresa Desmond, Stony Brook University

Presentation at the 2017 South Atlantic Modern Language Association Convention

“Evolving Mores of Female Sexuality: Chopin’s Awakening Through Broad City,” Rachel Klika, Oglethorpe University