BLASA 6th Graduate Students Conference


On April 25, 2014, BLASA, the Belgian Luxembourg American Studies Association, held its 6th Graduate Students Conference at the U.S. Embassy to Belgium. Students presented their findings in the areas of History & Art and Literature. BLASA’s mission is to further the pursuit of American Studies in Belgium and Luxembourg through the organization of lectures, study days, cultural events,…




History and Art
Chair: Prof Dr William L. Chew III, Vesalius College, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Angel O’Donnell: ‘A Lover of Liberty and a Mechanic’s Friend’: Texts, Assemblies, and the Dissolution of the Townshend Non-Importation Agreement in Philadelphia, 1770
Andrea Livesey: A Language Hidden in Plain Sight: Louisa Picquet, ‘Seamstresses’, and the Southern Culture of Sexual Abuse
Wendy Asquith: Haiti Visualised for Chicago’s World Picture: Diaspora, Pan-Americanism, and Francophilia

Literature I
Chair: Prof Dr Bruce F. Michelson, U Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Fulbright Fellow Belgium
Antoine Dechêne: Meta-Cognitive Mystery Tales
Frederik De Vadder: Re-presenting America: Historiographic Metafiction in ‘The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay’
Laura Michiels: Multiplying Metatheatre: Reproduction in Tennessee Williams’s ‘Sweet Bird of Youth’

Literature II
Chair: Prof Dr Theo D’Haen, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Lesley Janssen: Beyond Anxieties of Influence: Triangulating the Poetics of Wallace Stevens, John Ashbery, and Frank O’Hara
Megan Milota: Tracing Grace: Negotiating Belief in Marilynne Robinson’s ‘Gilead and Home’
Wisam Chaleila: When a House is Not a Home

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