2012: The Worlds of Carol Shields

The Worlds of Carol Shields
April 27-29, 2012.

The Worlds of Carol Shields was held from April 27-29, 2012. The conference program included keynote addresses by Eleanor Wachtel, Anne Giardini, Joseph Giardini, Coral Ann Howells, and Aritha Van Herk. There was a plenary panel featuring Wayson Choy, Joan Clark, Martin Levin, and Jane Urquhart. A book of essays related to the conference is forthcoming in the Reappraisals Series from University of Ottawa Press.

 

Full poster available here.

Full program available here and below.

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The Worlds of Carol Shields
April 27-29 2012

Program

Friday, April 27th 2012
7:00 pm Keynote Presentations (I)
Chair: David Staines, University of Ottawa
Carol Shields in Conversation and Correspondence – Eleanor Wachtel, Toronto 

Carol Shields: The Measure and Experience of Time – Anne Giardini, Vancouver & Joseph Giardini, Montreal

Reception to Follow


Saturday, April 28th 2012
9:00 – 10:15 am A1 Short Fiction Panel 1

Chair: Robert Stacey, University of Ottawa
“Others” and Some Others: Canadian Writers Double-Voice the Short Story – Laurie Kruk (Nipissing University)

Carol Shields and Joyce Carol Oates: The Gift of a Scarf in an “Economy of Femininity” – Elizabeth Reimer (Thompson Rivers University)

A2 Short Fiction Panel 2

Chair: Jennifer Blair, University of Ottawa
“Cool Empathy”:  the Management of Compassion in Carol Shields’ Short Fiction – Marilyn Rose (Brock University)

Carol Shields and the Short Story Form – Neil Besner (University of Winnipeg)

10:15 – 10:30 am Coffee Break
10:30 – 11:45 am B1 Panel 1

Chair: Robert Stacey, University of Ottawa
On Small Ceremonies– Elizabeth Waterston (Guelph University)

Revisiting the Sequel: Carol Shields’s Companion Novels – Wendy Roy (University of Saskatchewan)

B2 Panel 2

Chair: Jennifer Blair, University of Ottawa
“Departures, Arrivals”: Reassessing Canadian/American Migrations in the Fiction of Carol Shields – Alex Ramon (Kingston University, London)

Archives as Evidence of Life Process and Engagement: the late years of the Carol Shields fondsCatherine Hobbs (Library and Archives Canada)

11:45 am – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 – 2:30 pm Keynote Presentations (II)

Chair: David Staines, University of Ottawa
All that ‘below-the-surface stuff’: Carol Shields’s Conversational Modes – Coral Ann Howells (University of Reading)

Prepositional Domesticity – Aritha Van Herk (University of Calgary)

2:30 – 2:45 pm Coffee Break
2:45 – 4:00 pm C1 Swann

Chair: Janice Fiamengo, University of Ottawa
Sarah Binks, Pat Lowther, and the Satirical Gothic Turn in Mary Swann: A Mystery – Cynthia Sugars (University of Ottawa)

Absence, Authorship, and The Epitaph of Victim in Swann–Brenda Beckman-Long (McMaster University)

C2 The Stone Diaries Panel

Chair: Gerald Lynch, University of Ottawa
Assembling Identity: Late-life Agency in The Stone Angel and The Stone DiariesPatricia Life (University of Ottawa)

The Practice of Everyday Life in Carol Shields: Creating a Lexicon of Things -Bethany Guenther (University of Ottawa)

Agential Absence: The Political Possibilities of Absence in The Stone Diaries – Martin Winquist (University of Saskatchewan)

4:00 – 4:15 pm Coffee Break
4:15 – 5:30 pm D1

Chair: Janice Fiamengo, University of Ottawa
On “Thirteen Hands and Other Plays” – Nora Foster Stovel (University of Alberta)

Male-Pattern Bewilderment in Larry’s PartyJohn Van Rys
(Redeemer University College)

D2 Republic of Love

Chair: Cynthia Sugars, University of Ottawa
The Asymmetries of Deep Water Transcendence: Uncanny Relationships in The Republic of Love – Jessi MacEachern (Concordia University)

Siren Asylum: Queering the Single in The Republic of Love – Brianne Colon (Queen’s University)


Sunday April 29th, 2012
9:30 – 10:45 am A1 Unless (Panel 1)

Chair: David Staines, University of Ottawa
Narrative Pragmatism: Goodness in Carol Shields’s Unless – Tim Heath (Ambrose University College)

“To Be Faithful to the Idea of Being Good”: The Expansion to Goodness in Carol Shields’s Unless –Margaret Steffler (Trent University)

A2 Unless (Panel 2)

Chair: Zachary Abram, University of Ottawa
Shields’ Guerrilla Gardeners: Planting Seeds of Gendered Defiance in a Middle-Class World – Shelley Boyd (Kwantlen Polytechnic University)

“Light fiction, being closer to real life, knows better”: Class and the conventions of “chick lit” in Carol Shields’ Unless – Jennifer Baker (University of Ottawa)

10:45– 11:00 am Coffee Break
11:00 am– 1:00 pm The Achievements of Carol Shields
Chair: Eleanor Wachtel 

  • Wayson Choy (Author and Teacher)
  • Joan Clark (Author)
  • Martin Levin (Critic)
  • Jane Urquhart (Author)

Closing Remarks