15th Annual

Western Reserve Studies Symposium





Case Western Reserve University

Clark Hall and Kelvin Smith Library

Cleveland, Ohio


October 13-14, 2000


Welcome: Gladys Haddad, Case Western Reserve University

Opening Remarks: Thomas G. Bishop, Case Western Reserve University, "Stories of Place"

"I am an American of the interior of New Hampshire (my birthplace), an American of the Western Reserve of Ohio...
- Constance Fenimore Woolson to Henry James

Chair: Cheryl Torsney, West Virginia University,
"Constance Fenimore Woolson and Regional Humor"

Sharon Dean, Rivier College, "Back to the Future: Woolson's The Old Stone House"

Kathleen Fernandez, The Ohio Historical Society,
"`The Happy Valley': Constance F. Woolson's View of Zoar"

The Play's the Thing...
Staged readings from the plays will be performed.

Chair: Marianne Evett, Former Plain Dealer Theater Critic

Peter Ullian, Playwright, Eliot Ness in Cleveland (a musical based on the play In the Shadow of the Terminal Tower)

Sarah Morton, Playwright, Safety (a dark comedy about suburban life, inspired by a true Cleveland story)





Lyndall Gordon
St. Hilda's College, Oxford University

A Private Life of Henry James:
Two Women and His Art

"Constance Fenimore Woolson:
Biographical Problems and Possibilities"


Saturday, October 14
Clark Hall
Western Reserve Historical Society Tour / Constance Fenimore Woolson Society

Registration / Hospitality


Clark Hall
The Nature or Writing: From Landscape to Poetry

Chair: David Anderson, Hiram College

David Brendan Hopes, University of North Carolina, A Childhood in the Milky Way: Becoming a Poet in Ohio (memoir), A Sense of the Morning (essays), Glacier's Daughter (poetry)

Joyce Dyer, Hiram College, "The Awakening": A Novel of Beginnings (criticism), In a Tangled Wood: An Alzheimer's Journey (memoir), Bloodroot: Reflections on Place by Appalachian Women Writers (ed.) (essays)

David Young, Oberlin College, Night Thoughts on Henry Vaughan (poetry), Seasoning: A Poet's Year (poetry, cookery)

Kelvin Smith Library
Constance Fenimore Woolson
The Regions of Her Life and Work
Landscapes, Theoretical and Material

Patricia Reid Strong, Virginia Commonwealth University, "Claiming a Feminine Vision in Constance Fenimore Woolson's "St. Clair Flats'"

Kristin M. Comment, University of Maryland,
"`The Windings and Turnings of Fictitious Pathology': Reading Juniper Lights as a Proto-Lesbian Novel"

Kathleen Diffley, University of Iowa "Cleveland's Crooked Prosperity"

Caroline Gebhard, Tuskegee University
"The Work of Mourning in Constance Fenimore Woolson's Fiction: A Kleinian Approach"

Clark Hall
The Rise of Professional Authorship
Or Don't Give Up Your Day Job

Chair: Michael Davey, Cleveland State University, John Carroll University

Sandra Parker, Hiram College, Home Material: Ohio's Nineteenth Century Regional Women's fiction and After the Western Reserve: The Ohio Fiction of Jessie Brown Pounds

Nathan Oliver, The Marrow of the Tradition Bookstore and Fine Art Gallery, Akron Ohio,
"Opposition vs. Opportunity: The African American Literary Experience in America"

Charlise Lyles, Catalyst for Cleveland Schools, "The Virtue of Keeping Your Day Job" Dare I Disturb the Universe? From the Projects to Prep School

Michael Grant Jaffe, Author, Dance Real Slow, Skateaway

Kelvin Smith Library
Constance Fenimore Woolson

Anamaria Formichella Elsden, Buena Vista University, "Domesticated Disciples in Constance Fenimore Woolson's `Miss Grief' and `The Street of the Hyacinth'"

Edoarda Grego, University of Trieste,
"The Intrusive Landscape Designer: Recreating `The Front Yard' in Assisi"

12:30 Lunch

Clark Hall 1:30
Kelvin Smith Library
Saturday Afternoon at the Movies
Made in Cleveland

The Filmmakers
Alison Kennedy Maier, Nightowls Productions,
"The Night Owls of Coventry"

Robert C. Banks, Jr., Independent Media Artist/Cleveland Institute of Art, "Cinema X"

Austin Allen, Independent Documentary Filmmaker/Cleveland State University,
"Olmsted in the Site of the Unseen"

The Critics
Leigh Davis, Independent Film Scholar, "Location As a Character: Cleveland's Role in Several Hollywood Films"

Louis Giannetti, Case Western Reserve University,
"Reviewing for Cleveland Magazine and Northern Ohio Live"

Joanna Connors, Plain Dealer Film Critic,
"The Cleveland Connection"

Kelvin Smith Library
Constance Fenimore Woolson

Matt Carter, West Virginia University, "East Angels: Constance Fenimore Woolson's Heart of Darkness"

Georgia Kreiger, West Virginia University,
"East Angels: Woolson's Revision of James's The Portrait of a Lady"

Kathleen Reich, Rollins College, "Reconstruction Through Poetry: Post-Civil War Poems of Constance Fenimore Woolson and John Hay"

Kelvin Smith Library
The Lake Country

Joan Weimer, Drew University,
"Constance Fenimore Woolson as Precursor: Jewett and Wilkins Freeman Talk Back to 'Ballast Island'"

Patti Capel Swartz, Kent State University - East Liverpool, "The Ideal Tarnished: From `The Happy Valley' to Sulphurous Mines and Shipwrecked Souls"

Barbara Youel, Case Western Reserve University,
"From Text to Technology: Hypertext and `Wilhemina'"

Carolyn VanBergen, Rollins College,
"Reconstruction Through Poetry: Post-Civil War Poems of Constance Fenimore Woolson and John Hay"

Kelvin Smith Library
Constance Fenimore Woolson Society Business Meeting

"Flora Stone Mather: A Legacy of Stewardship"
Gladys Haddad, Case Western Reserve Univeristy

Sunday, October 14
Trip to Zoar / Constance Fenimore Woolson Society

There will be a tour at 10:00 AM. Symposium attendees are welcome.
Directions will be available at registration.

For more information call Professor Gladys Haddad, Symposium Director, at Case Western Reserve University (216) 368-4117, or email Professor Haddad