Home, School, Play, Work:
The Visual and Textual Worlds of
November 14-15, 2008
February 13-14, 2009
This conference is sponsored by the Center for Historic American Visual Culture (CHAViC) and the Program in the History of the Book in American Culture (PHBAC) at the American Antiquarian Society, in conjunction with Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the Cotsen Children's Library, Princeton University.
Papers will address aspects of eighteenth and nineteenth-century textual, visual, or material culture that relate to the experience or representation of childhood.
~ Schedule and Program ~
Friday, November 14:
Sessions will be held in Antiquarian Hall, American Antiquarian Society, 185 Salisbury Street, Worcester
1 p.m - Opening remarks
Session 1: The Children's Literature Canon
- Katherine Pandora, University of Oklahoma, "'There was a Child Went Forth Everyday': The Natural World as a Republican Nursery in the Antebellum Literature of Samuel Griswold Goodrich and Jacob Abbott"
- Natasha Hurley, University of Alberta, "The Form that Audience Takes: Melville's Typee as Children's Literature"
- Helen Sheumaker, Miami University and the William Holmes McGuffey Museum, "'The New Book': Textbook Imagery, Ideological Purpose, and Learning to Read"
Session 2: Circulation of Children's Literature
- Ellen Gruber Garvey, New Jersey City University, "The Pedagogy of the Periodical, the Textbook, and the Scrapbook"
- Sara Berrey Lindey, St. Vincent College, "Contributors and Correspondents: How Boys and Girls Read and Write Nineteenth-Century Story Papers"
- Paul Ringel, High Point University, "Thrills for Children: Didacticism and Sensationalism in the Cautionary Tales of The Youth's Companion, 1857-1880"
6 p.m. - Session 3: Patricia Crain, associate professor of English, New York University
- Twenty-Sixth Annual James Russell Wiggins Lecture in the Program in the History of the Book in American Culture: "Babes in the Wood: Print, Orality, and Children's Literature in the Nineteenth-Century United States"
Reception at the Goddard Daniels House, 190 Salisbury Street
Saturday, November 15:
Sessions at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Salisbury Laboratories
(WPI Campus Map)
9:00 a.m. - Session 4: Portraits, Photographs, and Exhibitions: Looking at Children
- C. Dallett Hemphill, Ursinus College, "Representations of Siblings in Children's Stories and Family Portraits, 1780-1820"
- Lauren B. Hewes, American Antiquarian Society, "Photography of Children before the Civil War: The Relationship between the Painted Portrait Tradition and the New Medium of Photography, 1840-1865"
- Jennifer A. Greenhill, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, "'Too Noisy for an Art Exhibition': Childish Jocularity and the Emerging Culture of Art in the 1870s"
Session 5: Collectors Round Table
- Marcus A. McCorison, Worcester, Massachusetts, The Children's Book Collection at the American Antiquarian Society
- James S. Brust, M.D., San Pedro, California, "Collecting Currier & Ives Lithographs"
- Linda Lapides, Baltimore, Maryland, "'Remember Me When This you See': Images of Childhood Preserved in Endpapeer Inscriptions, Reward Citations and the Effects of Harriett True"
- Peter Walther, Oriskany, New York, "Oprical Allusions: or, How I Look at My Collection"
12 noon - Lunch
Session 6a: Girlhood in Print and Portraiture
- Carol Soltis, Philadelphia Museum of Art, "Thomas Sully's Girls at Risk: Didacticism and Drama in Nineteenth-Century American Painting and Print Culture"
- Rebecca R. Noel, Plymouth State University, "The Child's Textualized Body in Antebellum Hygiene Schoolbooks"
- Gretchen Sinnett, Wheaton College, "'The Date of My Martyrdom': Visual and Textual Representations of Nineteenth-Century Girls' Transition to Womanly Wardrobes"
Session 6b: Material Culture of the School
- Anne D. Williams, Bates College, "Silent Teachers: Map Puzzles in Nineteenth-Century America"
- Sarah Anne Carter, Harvard University, "Object Lessons in the Nineteenth-Century Classroom"
- Daniel Rosenberg, University of Oregon, "Chronological Charts of History"
Session 7: Pictures, Picture Books, and Paper Toys: Learning about Race
- Sarah Z. Gould, University of Michigan, "Playing American: Learning Race from Early American Paper Toys and Games"
- Robin Bernstein, Harvard University, "Touching Eva, Touching Tom/Touching Eva Touching Tom"
- Laura Napolitano, independent curator, "'Equally Clever and Humorous': Lilly Martin Spencer's Reassuring Lithographs of Children"
February 13-14, 2009
Cotsen Children's Library
Princeton, New Jersey
The complete program with paper abstracts and registration information can be viewed at the Cotsen Children's Library website.
Conference CommitteePatricia Crain, New York University, Chair
Georgia B. Barnhill, American Antiquarian Society
Joshua Brown, Graduate Center, CUNY
Martin Brückner, University of Delaware
Paul Erickson, American Antiquarian Society
Andrea Immel, Princeton University
Paula Petrik, George Mason University
Karen Sánchez-Eppler, Amherst College
Caroline F. Sloat, American Antiquarian Society
Laura Wasowicz, American Antiquarian Society
To register for part 2 to be held at the Cotsen Children's Library, Princeton University, February 13-14, 2009, visit the Cotsen Children's Library website
~ about CHAViC
~ about PHBAC
~ about the collection of children's literature at AAS
Upcoming CHAViC conferences
The call for papers for the 2009 Conference Destined for Men: Visual Materials for Male Audiences, 1750 - 1880 has been announced. The conference will be held at AAS October 16-17, 2009.
Previous CHAViC conferences
~ Fields of Vision: The Material and Visual
Culture of New England,
co-sponsored with the Colonial Society of Massachusetts
~ Visualizing the Past: A One-Day Conference
co-sponsored with the New England History Teachers Association