President: Gwen Curry, Department of English, Georgetown College, Georgetown KY 40324 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Vice-President and 1998 Program Chair: Anne-Leslie Owens, Middle Tennessee State University
Forderhase, Department of History, Eastern Kentucky University,
Richmond KY 40475 (email@example.com).
Proposals reflecting a multidisciplinary perspective on architecture,
history, literature, material culture, and music of the Upper
South are strongly encouraged. Those interested in participating
may submit a one-page proposal and a brief vita to:
Historic Red Boiling Springs, located along the Kentucky-Tennessee border in eastern Macon County, is one of Tennessee's popular mineral spring resort towns. In the mid-1800s, Kentucky settlers traveling to the area discovered the mineral waters and spread the news of their healing powers. By the turn of the century, eight hotels and a dozen boarding houses catered to the thousands of visitors to Red Boiling Springs each summer. Three of the historic hotels--the Armour's Hotel, the Donoho House, and the Thomas House--continue the tradition of resort hospitality.
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Fifty members attended the April 4-5 session at Pine
Mountain State Park in Pineville KY. The program theme was "The
Spectrum of American Studies." Those in attendance heard
twelve papers and presentations by scholars representing nine
institutions in the region.
Arthur Wrobel (University
of Kentucky), "Phrenology Fights the Civil War." In
1861 the publishers of the American Phrenological Journal
and Life Illustrated produced a series of phrenological
profiles of the Union's general staff. Laudatory representations
of such figures as McClellan, Banks, Burnside, and Meade indicated
that the Union was in good hands and the conflict would be resolved
in a matter of months.
Nancy Forderhase (Eastern
Kentucky University), "Perception of a Hinterland: Women's
Travel Journals, 1908-1916." An analysis of the ambivalent
reaction of middle-class Progressive Era women to the land and
people of Appalachia.
Ernest R. Pinson (Union
University), "The Poetry and Art of Walter Anderson."
Painter, illustrator, writer of fiction and poetry, Anderson illustrated
literary classics, created extensive block prints on wallpaper,
wrote plays and critical essays. His painting and writing often
merged through a complex theory of nature. (Illustrated with slides.)
Jennings R. Mace (Morehead
University), "Kay Boyle's Novel, Death of a Man: Literature,
History, and Nazism." Boyle's heroine is an updated version
of the American girl abroad in the tradition of James and Fitzgerald.
Her brashness, flamboyance, and directness are played off against
the magnetism and charm of the Austrian Dr. Prochaska and the
illness of her effete English husband. The novel is a look at
political times foreshadowing the Anshluss, but primarily an analysis
of American characteristics, as embodied by Pendennis, in conflict
with European traditions.
Theresa Scott Swanson
(University of Tennessee), "'Making Do': The Experience of
the World War II Housewife in Knoxville, Tennessee." Five
middle-class, white Knoxville women who were housewives during
WW II provide oral histories which add to the overall understanding
of women's experiences in the war. They share remembrances of
their decisions to stay at home, the ways they felt involved in
the war, the prevalence of family and community cooperation in
times of need, and the challenges caused by absent husbands and
fathers of their children. Their stories are strikingly similar;
they help explore the subject introduced in D'Ann Campbell's Women
at War with America, the important unknown story of how housewives
met the challenge of maintaining family life in the war years.
Katherine Sharp Landdeck
(University of Tennessee), "The Great Experiment: Women Pilots
in the Air Transport Command, September 1942 to December 1944."
The Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) was a civilian organization
of women pilots who carried out numerous types of duties in service
with the Army Air Force during WW II, including target towing,
test flying, ferrying personnel, and conducting flight crew training.
Originally, women pilots were intended solely for the Air Transport
Command, in the service of which they carried out over 12,650
ferry movements and flew over 9,224,000 miles. Study of the utilization
of women pilots is essential to creating a complete picture of
the significance of the WASP in the successes of the AAR in WW
Jeff Suchanek (University
of Kentucky), "Star-Spangled Women: Kentucky's Women Veterans
of World War Two Speak." Life history interviews in Kentucky
with over thirty women veterans from all branches of the military
service provide materials for a collective biography of Kentucky
womens' military experiences during WW II in their own words.
Interview topics covered childhood memories, family backgrounds,
reasons for enlisting, military training, jobs performed during
the war, wartime experiences, and post-war expectations.
Pam Warford (Georgetown
College), "Margaret Chase Smith and the Politics of Conscience."
Senator Smith called upon fundamental American rights (to criticize,
to hold unpopular beliefs, to protest, to think independently)
and values (reason and civility) to condemn the radical right
(McCarthyism) in 1950 and the radical left (anti-Vietnam War protestors)
Eliza R. L. McGraw (Vanderbilt
University), "The Supreme Sacrifice of Lifetime Association:
Uriah Levy, Jefferson Levy, and the Ownership of Monticello."
Monticello was Jefferson's plantation, but it was also owned from
1838 to 1923 by two Jewish men, who were as determined to hold
onto it as other Americans were to take it away from them. Thus
the story of the Levys' ownership of Jefferson's plantation constitutes
an account of Jewishness in America and a portrait of the double
consciousness Jewish Americans have historically maintained and
been assigned by their non-Jewish countrymen.
Todd Coke (Georgetown
College), "Robert Penn Warren's Night Rider in Context."
Warren's Guthrie, Kentucky birthplace remains a benighted backwater,
its inhabitants lacking both a sense of the past and hope for
Scott D. Vander Ploeg
(Madisonville Community College), "Mason's Characters Get
Some College." In Mason's short stories, the will to attain
an education is treated as divisive, more a problem than a restorative
force, alienating rather than self-actualizing. This focus on
the negative impact of educational difference ignores the potential
of education to improve shared lives.
Please send news of personal/professional doings: where you are (especially if you've moved recently); what you are teaching; what you have published; what work is in progress; what honors you've received or onerous tasks and offices you've assumed; what milestones (a new job? a promotion? retirement?) you've achieved; conferences and calls for papers; projects; upcoming events of interest (festivals, performances, readings, etc.).
Longtime KTASA member Ralph Curry died September
23 of cancer at age 73. He was Professor Emeritus of English at
Georgetown College. Georgetown KY. Memorial contributions can
be made to Georgetown College, Hospice of the Bluegrass, or Georgetown
Lindsay Apple and Harold
Tallant of Georgetown College are in the initial stages of
setting up a Border States website
that would make all issues of the journal electronically accessible.
More news of this project forthcoming at the spring ë98 meeting.
Sally Howell (History,
MTSU) was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award at the spring
1997 meeting for distinguished service over the years to the discipline
and the KTASA.
John Cawelti (English,
UK) is working on a third revised and expanded edition of The
Six-Gun Mystique, scheduled for1998 publication, the 28th
anniversary of its original appearance.
Mary Hoffschwelle (History,
MTSU) and Carroll Van West (Center for Historic Preservation,
MTSU), adopted a baby girl--Sarah --in August.
Allison Ensor (English,
UT Knoxville) will lecture in the spring 1998 series sponsored
by the Mark Twain Center at Elmira College, Elmira NY. In the
summer, he will be visiting professor at Pepperdine University.
James Holberg (Curator of Manuscripts, Filson Club), James Kirkwood, and Mary Jean Kinsman have compiled a Guide to Selected Manuscript And Photograph Collections of the Filson Club Historical Society of Louisville KY.
The Regional Chapters of the ASA Homepage is now
up and running at http://www.georgetown.edu/crossroads/chapters.
KTASA is represented.
ASA has suggested that regional chapters establish
archives. KTASA members wishing to suggest their institutions
as potential repositories of the chapter's records should contact
regional chapter representative Tom Blues.
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