Early America and the Public: Presidential Address for the Tenth Biennial Society of Early Americanists (SEA) Conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma, 2017

Early America and the Public: Presidential Address for the Tenth Biennial Society of Early... laura m. stevens Early America and the Public Presidential Address for the Tenth Biennial Society of Early Americanists (SEA) Conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma, 2017 I have a fond memory from college of hearing one of my favorite English professors toward the end of the year mention that in a few weeks he would be heading off to a conference. His gaze drifted off to a distant horizon and a slight smile crept onto his face as he said to the class, “I’ll get to talk to the five other people in the world who work on what I work on, who care about what I care about.” This was the first time I had heard of such a thing as a conference for professors. His description of this event, this ritual, prompted a crisscross of images in my mind: on the one hand, a group of bearded, tweed-­ lad men smoking pipes around a table in a firelit, wood-­ paneled tavern, but second, of the harried woman in the 1970s “Calgon, take me away” commercials, escaping from the pressures of her life through a luxurious bubble bath. Conferences, I gathered, were where professors went to get away from http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Early American Literature University of North Carolina Press

Early America and the Public: Presidential Address for the Tenth Biennial Society of Early Americanists (SEA) Conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma, 2017

Early American Literature, Volume 52 (3) – Oct 31, 2017

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laura m. stevens Early America and the Public Presidential Address for the Tenth Biennial Society of Early Americanists (SEA) Conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma, 2017 I have a fond memory from college of hearing one of my favorite English professors toward the end of the year mention that in a few weeks he would be heading off to a conference. His gaze drifted off to a distant horizon and a slight smile crept onto his face as he said to the class, “I’ll get to talk to the five other people in the world who work on what I work on, who care about what I care about.” This was the first time I had heard of such a thing as a conference for professors. His description of this event, this ritual, prompted a crisscross of images in my mind: on the one hand, a group of bearded, tweed-­ lad men smoking pipes around a table in a firelit, wood-­ paneled tavern, but second, of the harried woman in the 1970s “Calgon, take me away” commercials, escaping from the pressures of her life through a luxurious bubble bath. Conferences, I gathered, were where professors went to get away from

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