2016 Symposium Schedule

The Jack London Society

13th Biennial Symposium

September 15-18, 2016

Napa Valley College

Napa Valley College (Napa Campus)

2277 Napa Vallejo Hwy

Napa Valley, 94558

Symposium Director:

Kenneth K. Brandt, Savannah College of Art and Design

kbrandt@scad.edu

Site Coordinator:

Iris Dunkle, Napa Valley College

IDunkle@napavalley.edu

Symposium Notes:

 

  • The Symposium Registration Table will be located in the McCarthy Library Lobby (building 1700).
  • Most panels will be in the Community Room (room 1731), which is located off the Lobby area in McCarthy Library Building (1700). Other sessions will be in the Little Theater (building 1200) and the Performing Arts Center (PAC)  (building 100).
  • A campus map can be accessed here: http://www.napavalley.edu/AboutNVC/CampusInfo/Pages/CampusMap.aspx
  • Wi-fi is free and available across campus—here is a link for more information: http://napavalley.edu/it/Pages/wifiexpansion.aspx
  • Parking Passes will be available at the Registration Table.

Thursday, September 15

 

9:00-9:55 a.m. Community Room: The Sea

Moderator: Kenneth K. Brandt, Savannah College of Art and Design

  1. Jack London: Square-Rig Sailor, Mary K. Bercaw Edwards, University of Connecticut
  2. Diving for Pearls, Myth, and Metaphor in Jack London’s “The House of Mapuhi,” Anita Duneer, Rhode Island College

 

10:10-11:05 a.m. Community Room: Influences and Critics: Ina Coolbrith and Fred Lewis Pattee

Moderator: Anita Duneer, Rhode Island College

  1. Ina Coolbrith: A “Noble” Mentor and the Landscape of her Encouragement, Aleta George, Independent scholar
  2. Fred Lewis Pattee, the Yankee Who Ushered Jack London into Academe, Cecelia Tichi, Vanderbuilt University

 

11:20-12:15 a.m. Community Room: Charmian Kittredge’s Biography

Moderator: Gina M. Rossetti, Saint Xavier University

  1. A Room of One’s Own – Young Charmian Kittredge’s “secret life” as a Survival Strategy, Iris Dunkle, Napa Valley College
  2. The Family Background of Charmian Kittredge, Susan Nuernberg, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

 

Lunch on Your Own

 

1:30-2:45 p.m. Community Room: London, Twain, Wharton, Kerouac, and McCarthy

Moderator: Susan Nuernberg, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

  1. Nature’s Humanism: The 1903 London and Twain Dog Tales, Calvin Hoovestol University of Texas at San Antonio
  2. The Story of an Arm: Jack London’s The Iron Heel and Edith Wharton’s The Fruit of the Tree, Donna Campbell, Washington State University
  3. Fleeing the City for Authorial Self-Construction in Jack London’s The Road (1907), Jack Kerouac’s On the Road (1957), and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road (2006), Jeanne Reesman, University of Texas at San Antonio

3:00-3:55 p.m. Community Room: London’s Shifting Ideologies 

Moderator: Calvin Hoovestol, University of Texas at San Antonio

  1. A Reappraisal of the Socialism of Jack London, Dan Wichlan, Independent Scholar
  2. Jack London and the Dangers of Intellectual Closure, Joe Johnson, Independent Scholar

 

4:00-5:30 p.m. Wine and Cheese Reception in the Library Lobby

5:45-7:30 p.m. Community Room: Film Screening:  Ben Goldstein’s Jack London: American Original

 

Friday, September 16

 

8:00-8:55 a.m. Community Room: Martin Eden: Questions of Genre, Class, and Gender 

Moderator: Jay Williams, Critical Inquiry

  1. “Mix According to Formula”: Martin Eden and the Question of Genre, Christopher Gair, University of Glasgow
  2. Class, Gender, and Ambition in Martin Eden, Wayne Catan, Brophy Prep

 

9:10-10:10 a.m. Community Room: Jack London’s Death

Moderator: Christopher Gair, University of Glasgow

  1. Death, Dying and Jack London, Jonah Raskin, Sonoma State University
  2. The Death of Jack London: Fact and Fiction, Lou Leal, Jack London State Historic Park

 

10:25-11:45 a.m. Community Room: Jack London’s Last Year

Moderator: Lou Leal, Jack London State Historic Park

Presenters:

Kenneth K. Brandt, Savannah College of Art and Design

Jeanne Campbell Reesman, University of Texas, San Antonio

Donna Campbell, Washington State University

Sarah “Sue” Hodson, Huntington Library

Dan Wichlan, Independent Scholar

Chris Million, A Million Images

Susan Nuernberg, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Lunch on Your Own [Advisory Board Meeting, Library Café (Building 1700)]

 

1:15-2:10 p.m. Community Room: Beauty Ranch and the Valley of the Moon

Moderator: Donna Campbell, Washington State University

  1. “This Joy Spot in the Valley of the Moon,” Elisa Stancil Levine, Jack London Park Partners
  2. Beauty Ranch: A Pilgrimage Saga, Mary K. Brantl, St. Edward’s University

 

2:25-3:30 p.m. Little Theater: The Hensley C. Woodbridge Lecture. Introductions: Ron Kraft, President and Superintendent of Napa Valley College and Susan Nuernberg, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

                 

Human Document: Writing Poetry about the Lives of Jack and Charmian London, Iris Dunkle, Napa Valley College

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Performance of Cecelia Tichi’s play The House that Jack Built , Location: 6th Street Playhouse, 52 W 6th St, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

 

Friday, September 16—The Evening Includes:

  6pm – Wine and Cheese Reception for Symposium guests at the 6th Street Playhouse

  7pm – Playwright, Cecelia Tichi, to say a few words about the play and her work

 8pm – Curtain for the production of The House that Jack Built

 10pm – Champagne celebration and post-show talkback with Cecelia Tichi, the cast, and director.

 

Saturday, September 17

8:30-9:25 a.m. Community Room: Sexuality and Irony

Moderator: Gina M. Rossetti, Saint Xavier University

  1. Beyond Anima/Animus: A Psychosexual Approach to Fe/Male Relationships in Jack London’s Short Story “The Night-Born,” Madison Durapau, Tarrant County College
  2. Jack London’s Distinctive Irony, John Hay, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

 

9:40-10:40 a.m. Little Theater: The George R. Adams Memorial Lecture.Introduction: Christopher Gair, University of Glasgow

 

Jack London’s Permanent Place in American Literature,

Jay Williams, Critical Inquiry

 

10:55-11:50 a.m. Community Room: London’s Photography and the Nature Man

Moderator: Joe McAleer, Independent Scholar

  1. Cataloging Jack London Photographs: Taming the Wild Life of Jack London with Metadata, Lisa Janssen, Huntington Library
  2. The Lost Paradise of Ernest Darling, the Nature Man, Keith Newlin, University of North Carolina Wilmington

 

Lunch on Your Own

 

1:00-1:55 p.m. Community Room: Jack London, Korea, and Japan

Moderator: Keith Newlin, University of North Carolina Wilmington

  1. Early-Modern Korea through the Eyes and Pen of Jack London, Hye Ok Park, Independent Scholar
  2. Jack London’s Views Concerning the Japanese Military and the Japanese Soldier during the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905, Daniel A. Metraux, Mary Baldwin College

2:10-3:05 p.m. Community Room: Connections and Rereadings 

Moderator: Sarah “Sue” Hodson, Huntington Library

  1. Text into Intertextuality: Revisiting my First Reading of Jack London’s “The Red One” (1985), Per Serritslev Petersen, University of Aarhus
  2. Jack and Elinor Glyn: A Love Story?, Joe McAleer, Independent Scholar

3:20-4:15 p.m. Community Room: Translation and the Ongoing Legacy of Jack London

Moderator: Joe Johnson, Independent Scholar

  1. Translations of Jack London’s Writings in Tamil and Their Significance Today, Jagannathan Govindan, Independent Scholar
  2. The Man Who Traveled Through Time: Why Jack London Still Matters 100 Years After his Death, Tarnel Abbott, Independent Scholar

4:20-5:15 p.m. Community Room: Jack London and the Rhetoric of Physical Culture

Moderator: Calvin Hoovestol, Univ. of Texas at San Antonio

  1. Jack London, Boxing, & The Racial Rhetoric of Physical Fitness, Cara Erdheim Kilgallen, Sacred Heart University
  2. Corporeal Conundrums of a Famous Author: Jack London and Physical Culture, Paul Baggett, South Dakota State University

5:30-8:00 p.m. Wine and Cheese Reception in the Performing Arts Center Lobby (PAC)  (bld. 100)

8:00 p.m. Film Screening in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) (bld. 100): Chris and Holly Million’s Jack London: 20th Century Man

Sunday, September 18

 

Jack London State Historic Park Tours

  • Arrive at Jack London State Historic Park (2400 London Ranch Rd, Glen Ellen, CA 95442) at around 11:30 a.m.
  • Picnic Lunch at the Terrace Picnic Site
  • Tours: The docents will meet us at the Terrace picnic site at 1 pm.
  • John Lynch will conduct a 90-minute nature hike
  • Jeff Falconer will conduct a Wolf House tour
  • Or enjoy a Beauty ranch/cottage tour
  • Depart: 4:00 p.m.