Modernization and Intellectual Authority in US Literary Culture, 1750-1900

Symposium, July 2 to 5, 2009

Anglistisches Seminar in Cooperation with the Heidelberg Center for American Studies

Conference Location:
Internationales Wissenschaftsforum
Hauptstr. 242
69117 Heidelberg

Thursday, July 2

18:00 Keynote: Jonathan Arac (University of Pittsburgh)
“Literary Authority and the Novel, 1850-1900 and Beyond”


Location: Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut, Sophienstraße 12, 69115 Heidelberg

Friday, July 3

Section I: Intellectuals in the Early Republic
Chair: Dieter Schulz (Universität Heidelberg)

9:30 Catherine O’Donnell Kaplan (Arizona State University)
“Avoiding the ‘Banquet of Despair’: Early National Literati and Clergy and the Creation of Relevance”
10:30 Dietmar Schloss (Universität Heidelberg)
“Shifting Positions: The Literary Intellectual in Charles Brockden Brown’s ‘Walstein’s School of History’ and Arthur Mervyn
11:30-12:00 Coffee

Section II: Romantic Intellectuals
Chair: Dietmar Schloss (Universität Heidelberg)

12:00 Lawrence Buell (Harvard University)
“Inventing the Public Intellectual: Conflicting Models”
(As Prof. Buell cannot attend the conference, the talk will be read by Prof. Leypoldt)
13:00-15:00 Lunch
15:00 Clemens Spahr (Universität Mainz)
“The Intellectual and the Masses: Orestes Brownson’s Radical Transcendentalism”
16:00 Herwig Friedl (Universität Düsseldorf)<
“Outside the Field: Emerson's Transcendentalist Vision of the Thinker”
18:00 Keynote: John Guillory (New York University)
“The Internal Exile of Literature: The Location of Literary Culture in the Anglo-American University of the Nineteenth Century”

Location: Heidelberg Center for American Studies, Curt und Heidemarie Engelhorn Palais, Hauptstr. 120, 69117 Heidelberg
20:00 Dinner at Haus Buhl

Saturday, July 4

Section III: Professionalizing Literature
Chair: Günter Leypoldt (Universität Heidelberg)

9:30 Martin Klepper (Humboldt-Universität, Berlin)
“The Development of Literature as Art and the Authority of Fiction”
10:30 John Evelev (University of Missouri-Columbia)
“The Literary Celebrity and the Public Intellectual: Willis, Fuller and Antebellum Literary Professionalism”
11:30-12:00 Coffee
12:00 Michael Anesko (Penn State University)
“Keeping up Appearances: Collected Editions and the Consolidation of Cultural Authority”
13:00-15:00 Lunch

Section IV: Intellectual Marginality – Intellectual Resistance
Chair: Mischa Honeck (Universität Heidelberg)

15:00 Christa Buschendorf (Universität Frankfurt)
“Against the Odds: Frederick Douglass’ Struggle for Symbolic Capital”
16:00 Isabell Klaiber (Universität Tübingen)
“Women Intellectuals in Mid-Nineteenth Century Domestic Fiction”
17:00-17:30 Coffee
17:30 Jan Stievermann (Universität Tübingen)
“A Blackguard’s Faulty Vision: Ambrose Bierce’s Negative Claim for Intellectual Authority”
20:00 Downtown Dinner

Sunday, July 5

Section V: Problematic Alignments
Chair: Peter Schneck (Universität Osnabrück)
9:30 Günter Leypoldt (Universität Mainz)
“Professionalism and the Specter of Feminization”
10:30 Key Note: Winfried Fluck (Freie Universität, Berlin)
“Superiority and Inferiority as Sources of Symbolic Capital”
12:00 Concluding Discussion
12:30 Lunch


Prof. Dr. Günter Leypoldt
Anglistisches Seminar
Universität Heidelberg
Kettengasse 12
D 69117 Heidelberg
Phone: … 49 (6221) 542816

Prof. Dr. Dietmar Schloss
Anglistisches Seminar
Universität Heidelberg
Kettengasse 12
D 69117 Heidelberg
Phone: ... 49-(0)6221-166307 or -542834

in cooperation with
Internationales Wissenschaftsforum der Universität Heidelberg
Hauptstr. 242
D 69117 Heidelberg
Phone: ... 49-(0)6221-543690 or -543691

Funded by
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
Embassy of the United States of America, Berlin