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, âIâll 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.â 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-Â lad men smoking pipes around a table in a firelit, wood-Â paneled tavern, but second, of the harried woman in the 1970s âCalgon, take me awayâ commercials, escaping from the pressures of her life through a luxurious bubble bath. Conferences, I gathered, were where professors went to get away from
Early American Literature – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Oct 31, 2017
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