At the conference, I presented within the session "Unsung Heroines and Fantasy Goddesses" with fellow presenters Kristina Popiel from the University of Minnesota who presented on the labor poetry of Diana García, and Janelle Thornton from the University of South Dakota who presented on the utilization of the modern goddess myth within The Hunger Games and CW's "The Arrow." Dr. Prentiss Clark, Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of South Dakota, moderated the panel.
My presentation, "The Intersection of L. T. Meade's Professional and Domestic Victorian Celebrity," discusses the author's public success as a prolific writer and editor, her private roles as a wife and mother, and the way in which interviewers reframed this dynamic in solely domestic terms. Though she authored over 250 novels in the course of her lifetime and served as editor of Atalanta magazine, interviews often dismissed the value, impact, and prolific nature of her work and instead focused on aspects of her home, its decor, and her duties as wife and mother.
At the conclusion of the conference, I received a student paper award for my presentation. I would like to express my sincere thanks to all of the conference participants, in particular the conference coordinator, Dr. Miglena Sternadori.
Other conference highlights included the "Working Identity" art exhibit at the Washington Street Arts Center curated by Susan Heggestad, a Silent Witness Exhibit to support an end to domestic violence, and screenings of "Honor Diaries," "Miss Representation," and "The Cherokee Word for Water" (see the trailer posted below).