Interdisciplinary Seminar in Atlantic Studies

Fall 2006 Schedule

All sessions are held at 5:00 p.m. in the Stephanie Grauman Wolf Room, McNeil Center for Early American Studies,
3355 Woodland Walk (34th and Sansom Streets), University of Pennsylvania.
A free buffet supper follows at 6:30 p.m.

19 September: Helen McMurran
“Lessons From the First Native American Literary Translation”

Helen McMurran is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Western Ontario.  She received her Ph.D. in comparative literature from NYU in 1999, held a Harper-Schmidt postdoctoral fellowship in the humanities at the University of Chicago from 1999-2003 and an NEH fellowship at the Huntington Library (2001-2002). Her research focuses on translation in a European and transatlantic context in the eighteenth century, and its value in creating new, historicized paradigms for transnationalism.  She is the author of the following publications: The Spread of Novels: Translation and Prose Fiction in the Eighteenth Century (under review, Princeton University Press); Co-author, The Bilingual Text: History and Theory of Self-Translation (under review, St. Jerome Press); “Aphra Behn From Both Sides: Translation in the Atlantic World” Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture 34 (March 2005): 1-32; “Traducteur sans frontières: abbé Desfontaines and Vernacular Transnationalism” in Transnational Reading eds. Philip Stewart and Byron Wells (forthcoming); “National or Transnational?  The Eighteenth-Century Novel,” in The Literary Channel:  The Inter-National Invention of the Novel, eds., Margaret Cohen and Carolyn Dever, Princeton University Press, 2001, 50-72.


17 October: Alejandro de la Fuente
“Slaves and the Creation of Legal Rights in Cuba: Coartación and Papel”

Alejandro de la Fuente is Associate Professor of Latin American and Caribbean history at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of A Nation for All: Race, Inequality, and Politics in Twentieth-Century Cuba (University of North Carolina Press, 2001) published in Spanish as Una nación para todos: raza, desigualdad y política en Cuba, 1900-2000 (Madrid: Editorial Colibrí, 2001), and editor of Su único derecho: los esclavos y la ley [Their Only Right: Slaves and the Law], Debate y Perspectivas, 4 (Madrid: Fundación Mapfre-Tavera, 2004).


21 November: April Alliston
“How James Fenimore Cooper Became an American Icon:
Europe, Women Writers, and the Long Eighteenth Century”
Cosponsored by the Department of English, University of Pennsylvania

April Alliston is Professor of Comparative Literature at Princeton University and author of Virtue's Faults:  Correspondences in Eighteenth-Century British and French Women's Fiction, as well as related articles, an edition and an anthology.  A Cultural Biography of James Fenimore Cooper (co-authored with Pamela J. Schirmeister) is forthcoming from Addison Wesley Longman.  She is also working on a book tentatively entitled "Character and Plausibility:  Gender and the Genres of Historical Narrative in English and French, 1650-1850," with the support of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the ACLS.