Papers Presented

American Literature Association Annual Conference, May 2017

“Katherine Anne Porter and Kay Boyle: In the World and on the Page,” Christine Hait, Chair

  • Alice Cheylan, Université de Toulon, “Katherine Anne Porter’s French Experience.”
  • Krista Quesenberry, Pennsylvania State University, “Being Authors Together: Kay Boyle as Memoirist, Activist, Modernist.”
  • Christine Grogan, Pennsylvania State University, “In transition: Katherine Anne Porter and Kay Boyle.”
  • Anne Reynes-Delobel, Aix-Marseille Université, “Places, Faces, and Words: Kay Boyle in/and the South of France.”

American Literature Association Annual Conference, May 2016

“Katherine Anne Porter–Texas, Southern, Cosmopolitian,” Jerry Findley, Chair

  • Linda Kornasky, Angelou State University, “‘All this Dust and Welter’ of Texas: Dorothy Scarborough’s The Wind and Katherine Anne Porter’s Noon Wine.”
  • Elizabeth DePriest, University of Maryland, “The Patriarchal Family in Katherine Anne Porter’s Reproductive Modernism.”
  • Joseph Kuhn, Adam Mickiewicz University, “A ‘Slowly Darkening Decade’: The 1930s in the Political Imagination of Katherine Anne Porter.”

American Literature Association Annual Conference, May 2016

“Katherine Anne Porter and the Influence of Internationalism and Universalism,” Jerry Findley, Chair

  • Beth Alvarez, University of Maryland, “Mexican Artist Adolfo Best-Maugard’s Influence on the Art and the Aesthetics of Katherine Anne Porter.”
  • Darlene Unrue, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, “Hegelian Discourse in Katherine Anne Porter’s World War Fiction.”
  • Jeffrey Lawrence, Rutgers University, “Why She Wrote about Mexico: Katherine Anne Porter and the Literature of Experience.”

American Literature Association Annual Conference, May 2015

“Katherine Anne Porter in Her Time,” Darlene Unrue, Chair

  • Laurel Bollinger, University of Alabama in Huntsville, “Plague and Revelation in Katherine Anne Porter’s ‘Pale Horse, Pale Rider.'”
  • Melanie Benson Taylor, Dartmouth College, “A Beautiful Nothing: The Splendud Failures in Porter’s ‘Theft.'”
  • Ted Wojtasik, St. Andrews University, “Text and Subtext of Dream Imagery in Katherine Anne Porter’s Fiction.”

American Literature Association Annual Conference, May 2014

“Katherine Anne Porter Open Topic,” Beth Alvarez, Chair

  • Elizabeth DePriest, University of Maryland, “Maternal and Creative Anxieties in Katherine Anne Porter’s ‘Rope.'”
  • Linda Kornasky, Angelo State University, “‘Noon Wine’ and American Literary Naturalism by Women Writers.”
  • Christine Hait, Columbia College, SC, “Competitive Mythmaking: Katherine Anne Porter and Ernest Hemingway in a Paris Bookshop.”

American Literature Association Annual Conference, May 2014

“Katherine Anne Porter Open Topic,” Beth Alvarez, Chair

  • Karuna Bandi, Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur, India, “The Speculative World of Mrs. Whipple: A Re-reading of ‘He’ in the Light of Conceptual Metaphor Theory.”
  • Kerry Hasler-Brooks, University of Delaware, “‘She did not know what it was’: Katherine Anne Porter, Mexico, and Century Magazine.”
  • Tabitha A. Morgan, Community College of Philadelphia, “‘Inherited Images’: Decolonizing a Transcultural Aesthetic in Katherine Anne Porter’s Outline of Mexican Popular Arts and Crafts and Anita Brenner’s Idols Behind Altars.”

American Literature Association Annual Conference, May 2013

“Reading and Teaching Katherine Anne Porter,” Christine Grogan, Chair

  • Heather Fox, Virginia Commonwealth University, “Rereading Katherine Anne Porter’s ‘The Old Order’ as a Reconstructive Process of Memory.”
  • Raelene Bradley, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, “‘The Spivvelton Mystery’: From Vengeance to Art.”
  • Pat Bradley, Middle Tennessee State University, “‘Old Mortality,’ ‘Noon Wine,’ and Robert Penn Warren’s ‘Pyre of Youth.'”

American Literature Association Annual Conference, May 2012

Ship of Fools 50th Anniversary: A Panel Discussion,” Jerry Findley, moderator

  • Thomas Austenfeld, University of Fribourg
  • Beth Alvarez, University of Maryland
  • Alexandra Subramanian, President of the Katherine Anne Porter Society
  • Darlene Unrue, University of Nevada at Las Vegas

Narrenschiff/Ship of Fools: A Transatlantic Encounter, University of Fribourg, Switzerland, May 2012

  • Guido Vergauwen, Rector, University of Fribourg, Opening Remarks.
  • Thomas Austenfeld, University of Fribourg, “Transatlantic Literary Journeys.”
  • Dimiter Daphinoff, University of Fribourg, “‘After all, what is life itself?’ On death and immortality in Erasmus’ The Praise of Folly and Thomas More’s Utopia.”
  • Jewell Spears Brooker, Eckerd College, “Fools and Folly in Erasmus and Porter.”
  • Joachim Knape, University of Tuebingen, “Was heisst Narrenschiff? Brandt und im Vergleich.”
  • Hans Ruef, University of Fribourg, “Das Widerspruechliche im Narren bei Brandt und Porter.”
  • Alexandra Subramanian, Independent Scholar, “Ship of Fools: A Severe Blow to Faith.”
  • Christine Hait, Columbia College, “Ship of Fools the Film: In Context.”
  • Robert Brinkmeyer, University of South Carolina, “Lofty Ideals, Troubled Lives: Porter’s Ship of Fools and Faulkner’s ‘Go Down, Moses.'”
  • Beth Alvarez, University of Maryland, “‘before the voyage ended’: An Examination of the Serial Publication of Ship of Fools, 1944-1959.”
  • Darlene Unrue, University of Nevada at Las Vegas, “Katherine Anne Porter’s Ship of Fools: Failed Novel, Classic Satire, or Private Joke?”

American Literature Association Annual Conference, May 2011

Round Table Discussion on “Katherine Anne Porter and Kay Boyle: Connections,” Christine Hait, Moderator

  • Christine Hait, Columbia College, “Introduction.”
  • Beth Alvarez, University of Maryland, “‘A Desert Cactus’: The Literary Friendship of Katherine Anne Porter and Kay Boyle.”
  • Thomas Austenfeld, University of Fribourg, “Recollection and Revolution: Katherine Anne Porter and Kay Boyle as Poets.”

American Literature Association Annual Conference, May 2010

Round Table Discussion on “‘The Downward Path’: Depictions of Childhood in Katherine Anne Porter’s Fiction,” Alexandra Subramanian, Moderator

  • Darlene Harbour Unrue, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, “The Evolution of Katherine Anne Porter’s Child Characters.”
  • Christine L. Grogan, University of South Florida,”How Brother Killed the Pregnant Rabbit.”
  • Beth Alvarez, University of Maryland, “Adolescents in the Fiction and Nonfiction of Katherine Anne Porter.”
  • Alexandra Subramanian, Independent Scholar, “The Children of the Vera.”

American Literature Association Annual Conference, May 2009

“Katherine Anne Porter: The Transformation of Autobiography into Art,” Darlene Unrue, Chair

  • Christine L. Grogan, University of South Florida, “‘. . . but she was too free’: Aunt Amy’s Mysterious Hemorrhage in ‘Old Mortality.'”
  • Wayne McDonald, University of Akron, “Out of Place, Out of Time: The Lusk Committee in ‘Pale Horse, Pale Rider.'”
  • Laura Furman, University of Texas at Austin, and Lynn Miller, Director, WriteSpace International, “Katherine Anne Porter as ‘Passenger on the Ship of Fools’: A Play.”

American Literature Association Annual Conference, May 2008

“Innocence and Experience in the Stories of Katherine Anne Porter,” Jerry Findley, Chair

  • Beth Alvarez, University of Maryland, “‘fools of life, . . . fugitives from death’ in Katherine Anne Porter’s ‘Holiday.'”
  • Kellie Warren, Tulane University, “The Ethnographic Participant-Observer as Narrator: Ethics and Memory in Katherine Anne Porter.”
  • Alexandra Subramanian, Independent Scholar, “‘Magic’: Porter Breaks the Spell of Her Publishing Commitments.”

American Literature Association Annual Conference, May 2007

“Porter, War, and Politics,” Beth Alvarez, Chair

  • Jerry Findley, Indiana University, “Millennial Change: Historicizing the Political Movements of the Twentieth Century.”
  • Richard Pickering, University of Connecticut, “Jeffersonian-Democrat Hackles: Katherine Anne Porter and the Hollywood Witchhunt.”
  • Christine L. Grogan, University of South Florida, “A Reading of ‘That Tree’: Katherine Anne Porter as Expatriate.”
  • Janis Stout, Texas A & M University, “Porter in a World That Kept On Falling.”

American Literature Association Annual Conference, May 2006

“Katherine Anne Porter and the Artist,” Christine Hait, Chair

  • Beth Alvarez, University of Maryland, “Diego Rivera’s Creation and the Mexican Art Scene in Katherine Anne Porter’s ‘The Martyr.'”
  • Thomas Austenfeld, North Georgia College and State University, “The Spinet and The Coffin: Katherine Anne Porter and the Art of Music.”
  • David Madden, Louisiana State University, “The Charged Image in ‘Flowering Judas.'”

American Literature Association Annual Conference, May 2005

“Determining the Tragic in Katherine Anne Porter’s Life and Work,” Thomas Austenfeld, Chair

  • Richard Pickering, University of Connecticut, “Confronting the Sacco-Vanzetti tragedy in The Never-Ending Wrong.”
  • Christine Hait, Columbia College, “Falling Down: Motion Imagery, Suffering, and the Downward Path to Wisdom in Katherine Anne Porter’s Fiction.”
  • Lisa Roney, University of Central Florida, “Physical Difference in Ship of Fools: An Interrogation of Eugenics.”
  • Darlene Unrue, University of Nevada at Las Vegas, “Katherine Anne Porter and the Ordeal of Maternity.”

American Literature Association Annual Conference, May 2004

“International Influences on Katherine Anne Porter’s Life and Writing,” Alexandra Subramanian, Chair

  • Beth Alvarez, “‘A Perfectly Proper Picture’: Mexico and Art in Katherine Anne Porter’s ‘Virgin Violeta.'”
  • Jerry Findley, “Culture, Politics, and International Conflict in ‘The Leaning Tower.'”
  • Mary Titus, “Katherine Anne Porter and the Feminist Oriental Tale.”

Jan Bloemendaal, Leiden University, served as the respondent to the papers.

American Literature Association Annual Conference, May 2003

“Katherine Anne Porter and Other Writers: Parallels and Influence,” Darlene Harbour Unrue, Chair

  • Thomas Austenfeld, North Georgia College and State University, “‘Our Cleopatra’: Peter Taylor, Katherine Anne Porter, and Southern Identity.”
  • Charlotte Goodman, Skidmore College, “Matrilineage: From Virginia Woolf to Katherine Anne Porter, from Katherine Anne Porter to Jean Stafford.”
  • Shannon Baley, University of Texas at Austin, “Performing Nothing: Grotesque Vaudeville and Landed Tragedy in Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard and Katherine Anne Porter’s ‘Hacienda.'”

American Literature Association Annual Conference, May 2002

“Katherine Anne Porter’s Non-Fiction,” Beth Alvarez, Chair

  • Jeanette McVicker, State University of New York-Fredonia, “Katherine Anne Porter’s Cotton Mather: A Failure of Convergences.”
  • Jerry Lee Findley, Austin Peay State University, “The Never-Ending Wrong: A Historic Moment of ‘millennial change.'”
  • Alexandra Subramanian, “‘The Other Half of a Double Life’: Katherine Anne Porter’s Non-fiction Writing and Publishing Obligations.”

Carl Griffin of Georgia Perimeter College/Dunwoody Campus served as the respondent to the papers.

American Literature Association Annual Conference, May 2001

Christine Hait, Chair

  • Elisabeth Lamothe, Université de Bordeaux, France, “Katherine Anne Porter and the Poetics of the Crazy Quilt.”
  • Gary Ciuba, Kent State University, Trumbull, “‘Given Only Me for Model’: Disciples of Desire in Porter’s ‘The Old Order.'”
  • Patricia L. Bradley, Northern Kentucky University, “Katherine Anne Porter and the Southern Circus Intertext.”
  • Thomas Austenfeld, North Georgia College and State University, “Ethical Criticism and Porter’s Voice.”

American Literature Association Annual Conference, May 2000

Thomas Austenfeld, North Georgia College and State University, Chair

  • Andrea Tinnemeyer, Rice University, “Women on the Verge: Writing About the Mexican Revolution.”
  • Karen Weathermon, Washington State University, “At Home in Books: Utopias and Heterotopias in Katherine Anne Porter’s Domestic Space.”
  • Alexandra Subramanian, College of William and Mary, “Katherine Anne Porter, Seymour Lawrence and that whole extraordinary episode of Ship of Fools.”

Darlene Unrue, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, summarized and responded to the three papers.

American Literature Association Annual Conference, May 1999

“New Views on Katherine Anne Porter,” Janis Stout, Chair, Stout’s overview of the current state of Porter scholarship followed by three papers.

  • Melinda Williams, Texas Woman’s University, “The Rhetorical Use of Memory and Knowing in Porter’s ‘The Grave.'”
  • Susana M. Jiménez Placer, University of Santiago De Compostela, Galicia, Spain, “Grandmother, Aunt Nannie, and the Rolling Pin of Life.”
  • Lisa C. Roney, Pennsylvania State University, “Tuberculosis and Changing Views of Illness in Katherine Anne Porter’s Fiction.”

American Literature Association Annual Conference, May 1998

Will Brantley, Chair

  • Beth Alvarez, University of Maryland, “The Subtle Politics of ‘He.'”
  • Trent Masiki, Texas A & M University, “Issues of Black Self-Determination in ‘The Circus’ and ‘The Old Order.'”
  • Robin Cohen, Southwest Texas State University, “Xochitl, the Virgin of Guadalupe, and Katherine Anne Porter Among the Indians.”

American Literature Association Annual Conference, May 1997

Darlene Unrue, Chair

  • Andrew R. Burke, University of Georgia, “‘A Spiritual Sense of Gravity’: Exile and Self-Identity in Katherine Anne Porter’s Miranda Cycle.”
  • Mary Titus, St. Olaf College, “‘Fresh Make-Up’: Gender Roles, Social Control, and Costume in Porter’s ‘Pale Horse, Pale Rider.'”
  • Christine Hait, Columbia College, “The Concept of Wonder in Katherine Anne Porter’s Fiction.”
  • Joseph Csicsila, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Eastern Michigan University, “Katherine Anne Porter Anthologized.”

American Literature Association Annual Conference, May 1996

George Hendrick, Chair

  • Gary M. Ciuba, Kent State University, Trumbull, “‘If I am to be the heroine of this novel’: Desire, Deceit, and ‘Old Mortality.'”
  • Beth Alvarez, University of Maryland, “‘Royalty in Exile’: Pre-Hispanic Art and Ritual in ‘María Concepción.'”
  • Panel discussion, “Katherine Anne Porter Research in Progress/Research Needed,” moderated by George Hendrick. Panelists included Gary Ciuba, Beth Alvarez, Darlene Unrue (University of Nevada, Las Vegas), Jewel Spears Brooker (Eckerd College), and Janis Stout (Texas A & M University).

American Literature Association Annual Conference, May 1995

“Katherine Anne Porter in Context,” Beth Alvarez, Chair

  • Charlotte Beck, Maryville College, “‘Grasshopper and Ant’: The Complementary Careers of Katherine Anne Porter and Caroline Gordon.”
  • Thomas Austenfeld, Drury College, “Porter’s Totalitarianism Revisited.”
  • Jeanette McVicker, SUNY, Fredonia, “Katherine Anne Porter, the New Criticism, and the ‘New’ Modernism.”

American Literature Association Annual Conference, June 1994

“Katherine Anne Porter: The Southern Connection,” Janis Stout, Chair

  • George Hendrick, University of Illinois, “Slaves, Slavery, and the Porters: Myth and Reality in the Fiction of Katherine Anne Porter.”
  • Merrill Skaggs, Drew University, “Cather’s Influence on Katherine Anne Porter’s ‘He.'”
  • Margaret Bauer, Texas A & M University,”Understanding Ellen Gilchrist’s ‘Rich’ via Four Porter Intertexts.”

American Literature Association Symposium on Women Writers, October 1993

Virginia Spencer Carr, Chair

  • Rae Carlton Colley, Emory University, “‘Sick on the Subject of Sex’: Porter’s Marginalia on D. H. Lawrence.”
  • Janis P. Stout, Texas A & M University, “Katherine Anne Porter’s ‘Reflections on Willa Cather.'”
  • Darlene Harbour Unrue, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, “Doctor Freud and Miss Katherine Anne Porter.”

American Literature Association Annual Conference, May 1993

“Katherine Anne Porter in the Modern Age,” Darlene Unrue, Chair

  • Janis Stout, Texas A & M University, “Porter and the Twentieth-Century Intellectual Scene.”
  • Ruth M. (Beth) Alvarez, University of Maryland, “‘Hacienda’ and Eisenstein’s Que Viva Mexico!”
  • Will Brantley, Middle Tennessee State University, “Katherine Anne Porter and the Liberal Impulse.”