BrANCA 3rd Biennial Symposium: “The Not Yet of the Nineteenth-Century U.S.”
November 17-18, 2017
Reed Hall, Streatham Campus, University of Exeter

Registration is now open for the 3rd Biennial BrANCA Symposium. The programme, which features papers on a diverse range of nineteenth-century American literature, is below.

Registration is £40.00 (£30.00 for postgraduates), and there is an option to sign up to three course dinner with wine for £20.00. The registration page provides a list of accommodation options nearby, but alternative accommodation can also be sought in local bed and breakfasts.

Registration will close on October 27th. If you have any questions about the conference, please email the organiser, Dr Peter Riley:


Friday: 13:00-13:30:

Coffee on Arrival and Introduction: 1:30-3:00:

Panel 1
New Periodizations of the Nineteenth-Century: 

“When Was the First American Novel?: Belatedness, Anachronism, and the Long Publication of William Williams’ Mr. Penrose (1776/1815/1969)” – Matthew Pethers (University of Nottingham)

“Marx, Emerson, and Literary Labor” – Benjamin Pickford (University of Lausanne)

“What are the Comfortable Historicisms for American Women Writers?” – Stephanie Palmer (Nottingham Trent University)

Panel 2:
Reading and Material Circulation: 

“‘The Sick Who Were Deemed Incurable’: Seriality, Diasporic Knowledge, Insurrection, & ‘The Story of Makandal’” – Duncan Faherty (Queen’s College & The Graduate Center, CUNY)

“Dissenting Reading in the Unquiet Library” – Bridget Bennett (University of Leeds)

“The Roots of Freedom: The Role of Private Readership in the Development of the Discourse of American and Russian Exceptionalism” – Olga Akroyd (University of Kent)

3:00-3:30Coffee Break

3:30-5:00Roundtable: Pedagogy

5:00-5:30Coffee Break

5:30-7:00Plenary 1: Lloyd Pratt 

7:00-7:30Sparkling Drinks Reception



9:00-9:30Coffee on Arrival

9:30-11:00Plenary 2: Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet 

11:00-11:30Coffee Break

11: 30 – 1:00Panel 3:

Digital Humanities Roundtable (tbc)

Panel 4: Unrealised Race: 

“The False Singer in African American Slave Narratives” – Edward Sugden (King’s College London)

“Utopian Hopes and Scientific Inquiry in Pauline Hopkins’ Of One Blood” – Natalia Cecire (University of Sussex)

“The Counterfactual Impulse in Martin R. Delany’s Blake” – Rob Turner (King’s College London)


2:00-3:30 Panel 5:

Temporalities of Race and Freedom: 

“From Thing to Person: Frederick Douglass Dilates Freedom’s Timeline” – Valeria Tysgankova (Columbia University)

“Passing Through Reconstruction, Missing Revolution: Time and Value in the Fin De Siècle Passing Novel” – Tomos Hughes (University of Nottingham)

“Quitting Time: The Afterlife of Slavery and the Temporality of Indenture” – Hilary Emmett (University of East Anglia)

Panel 6
Utopian Visions Reconsidered:

“Reading Utopia in 2017: Equality – A Political Romance” – Hannah Lauren Murray (King’s College London)

“‘Wo Unto Sodom’: Dystopian Nightmares and Utopian Dreams in The Quaker City” – Lisanne Wiele (University of Siegen)

“Looking for Lady Justice: Iconoclasm and Visionary Justice in Women’s Writing of the Civil War Era” –  Melissa Lingle-Martin (American University in Bulgaria)

3:30-4:00Coffee Break

4:00 – 5:30 Panel 7:

Emersonian Temporalities: 

“Emerson’s Temporalities: The Eternal Present vs. the Not Yet Present” – Danielle Follett (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle )

“Emerson and the Spirit of the Time” – Thomas  Constantinesco (Université de Paris-Diderot)

“‘The Earth Burns’: Hegel’s Influence on Emerson’s Later Philosophy of Nature” – Michael Jonik (University of Sussex)

Panel 8:
Freedom’s Radical Futures: Rethinking Democracy, Race, and Sex in the C19 Imaginary

“The Not Yet Democratic State: Cooper’s The Last of the Mohicans and the Truncated  Possibilities of History” – Cécile Roudeau (Université de Paris-Diderot)

“David Walker’s Living Dead: African Atlantic Ontologies of the Human” – Erin E. Forbes (University of Wyoming)

“The Not Yet of Sex:  The Specter of  Anarchic  Love in Kate Chopin” – J. Michelle Coghlan (University of Manchester)