Brigham Young University 2022 English Symposium


Session A

Thursday, February 24 at 8:00 – 9:15 am

Panel A1: Complexities of the Bicultural Experience

Room: JFSB B150

Chair: Keith Lawrence

  • Andrea Amado-Fajardo, The Immigrant Daughter Experience
  • Haley Roper, ‘Displacement’: How the ‘American’ Identity Displaces Individual Identity
  • Celisa Young, Scribbling Women: The Bicultural Writings of Sui Sin Far
  • Ashley Zollinger, Shylock the Jew-Christian and His Forgotten Citizenship

Panel A2: Family and Relationships in Marie de France’s Lais

Room: JFSB B135

Chair: Jason Kerr

  • Kricia Tauiliili, Cultural Relativism in Lanval
  • Jaidyn Eardley, Living Relics and Rising Heroes: Children in the Lais of Marie de France
  • Lane Welch, The Kids Are Alright: Intergenerational Redemption in the Lais of Marie de France
  • Rebekah Olsen, Across the Sea: The Narrative Function of Medieval Bridal Sea Voyages in Marie de France’s ‘Guigemar’ and ‘Eliduc’

Panel A3: Building Communities of Faith

Room: JFSB B152

Chair: Makayla Steiner

  • Emma Fox, Cities, Hills, and Veils: The Communities of John Winthrop and Nathaniel Hawthorne”
  • Sara Garrett, Ruin or Refine? The Effects of Tragedy on Faith in ‘Waiting for Godot’
  • Eden Nielson, Making Memories: Missionary Material Lore and Books of Remembrance
  • Moriah Weaver, Hawthorne and Deism: An Analysis of ‘The Artist of the Beautiful’


Session B
Thursday, February 24 at 9:30 – 10:45 am

Panel B1: The Role of Citizenship in Building a Beloved Community

Room: JFSB B103

Chair: Jon Ostensen

  • Rebekah Jakeman, Scrooge, Self-Efficacy, and Building a Beloved Community
  • Isaac Maltby, Howards End: E. M. Forster’s Epigraph & Redefining the Beloved Community
  • Derrick Peterson, Veiled Irishness and the Unconventional Postcolonialism of Samuel Beckett
  • Céline Taylor, Transforming Harming into Helping in Claudia Rankine’s Citizen—An American Lyric

Panel B2: Family Matters

Room: JFSB B101

Chair: Keith Lawrence

  • Alyssa Anderson, Living on a Spectrum: The Young Asian American Adult Life Represented in Literature
  • Thomas De Groff, Plucked Eyes and Recognition in King Lear
  • Mauri Pollard Johnson, Using Black Creative Nonfiction to Document the Catch-22 of the Black Family in White America and to Redefine Familial Success
  • Autumn Walton, Wrestling with Silence: A Mercy and Native Guard

Panel B3: Books Create Communities Create Books

Room: JFSB 4186/4188

Chair: Jamie Horrocks

  • Kate Eliason
  • Ariel Hochstrasser
  • Elyse Kunzler
  • Rebekah Olsen
  • Addi Schenk

Panel B4: Performativity in Literature and Film

Room: JFSB 4116

Chair: Jason Kerr

  • Amanda Charles, Harry Potter and the Performative”
  • Jared Swensen, Imposing Dream on Reality: The Circular Ruins and a Performative Fiction
  • Aubrey Dickens, ‘You Are in the House’: Institutional and Individual Performative Power in Elisabeth Thomas’ Catherine House
  • Tricia Cope, The Performative Reinvention of Time and Space in Mrs. Dalloway

Keynote Address: We Read to Know that We Are Not Alone

Thursday, February 24 at 11:00 am – 12:05 pm

Room: JFSB B190

Dr. Jennifer Reeder is the nineteenth-century women’s history specialist at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Church History Department. Dr. Reeder holds a BA in English Teaching from Brigham Young University, an MA in history, archival management, and documentary editing from New York University, and a PhD in American History from George Mason University. She is the author of the biography First: The Life and Faith of Emma Smith, and co-editor of two compilations of women’s writings: At the Pulpit: 185 Years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint Women and Witness of Women: Testimonies and Experiences of the Restoration. Dr. Reeder currently leads a project collecting the discourses of Eliza R. Snow for the Church Historian’s Press website and a print volume of select discourses.

English Fair

Thursday, February 24 at 12:15 – 1:00 pm

Room: JFSB B135

Come learn more about the communities and opportunities that exist for students within the English Department. There will be snacks, games, and free English Department swag! If you have a golden ticket from attending a symposium event this morning, please bring it in exchange for a free English Department t-shirt! The following clubs and programs will be represented at this year’s English Fair:

  • Academic Advisement
  • BYU Honors Program
  • College of Humanities Diversity & Inclusion Committee
  • CS Lewis Society
  • English Society
  • English+
  • Global Women’s Studies
  • Inscape
  • Professional Writing Minor
  • Research and Writing Center

Plenary: English + Session

Thursday, February 24 at 1:15 – 2:15 pm

Room: Education in Zion Auditorium

Chairs: Jamin Rowan and Trina Harding

We invite you to hear from your peers about the English+ experiences they’ve had as part of the English program at BYU.

  • Abby Thatcher
  • Sydney Zundel
  • Austin Hayes
  • Emi Yamazaki
  • Lucy Leishman
  • Lila Rice
  • Fleur Van Woerkom


Session C

Thursday, February 24 at 2:30 – 3:45 pm

Panel C1: Poetry and Inquiries of Belonging

Room: JFSB 4116

Chair: Paul Westover

  • Louisa Eastley, The Female Moon in Charlotte Smith’s Poetry
  • Kate Eliason, ‘The breaking waves dashed high’: A Material History of America’s Favorite (Forgotten) Poem
  • Paul Guajardo, Rebuilding Equatorial Guinea’s Community: A Poet’s Task

 Panel C2: #WeNeedDiverseBooks: Fostering the Beloved Community Within the ELA Classroom

Room: JFSB 4188

Chair: Amber Jensen

  • Lucy Leishman
  • Madison Jones
  • Annemerie Jensen
  • Grace Houston
  • Justyn Luedke

Panel C3: Poe’s Haunted Communities

Room: JFSB 4186

Chair: Emron Esplin

  • Sara Chang, ‘For What Disease is Like Alcohol!’: Alcohol-Created Monsters in Poe’s ‘The Black Cat’ and King’s ‘Gray Matter””
  • Ellen Lloyd, Political Economics in Poe’s ‘Oval Portrait’
  • Emily Stephens Kasper, Sentient Houses and their Land: Personification and Ecophobia in the American Haunted House Tradition
  • Drois Vi, The Monomania in Art that Kills reflected in ‘The Oval Portrait’ and ‘Hell Screen’

Panel C4: Why English Majors Should Care About Professional Writing and Communication

Room: JFSB B101

Chair: Dave Stock

  • Mattea Chipman
  • Austin Stephens
  • Sarah Calvert
  • Amaia Kennedy
  • Angela Ricks
  • Hannah Christiansen
  • Emma Swenson 

Humanities 3MT Competition

Thursday, February 24 at 4:00 pm

Room: Education in Zion Auditorium


 Session D

Friday, February 25 at 9:00 – 9:50 am

 Panel D1: Writing 150 Contest Winners

Room: Education in Zion Auditorium

Chair: Shelli Spotts

  • Caleb Potter, “New Strings, New Hope”
  • Kate Fowler, “The Science of Music: Support for the STEAM Education System”
  • Sarah Hall, “Great Expectations: Stop Pressuring Freshman into Majors”
  • Esther Eberting, “Letting in Light”
  • Fritz-Carl Morlant, “Your Next Humanitarian Trip: Service in Developing Countries”
  • James Hoopes, “When the Rhetoric Sings”

Panel D2: Poetry Contest Winners

Room: JFSB B094

Chair: John Talbot

  • Rachel Leishman, Winner of the Hart-Larson Poetry Contest
  • Rebecca Billings, Winner of the Academy of American Poets’ Prize
  • Other readers TBD

Panel D3: Strength and Silence in Masculine Culture

Room: JFSB B030

Chair: Keith Lawrence

  • Rebekah Olsen, ‘I—I can’t talk about things’: The Tragedy of Post-WWII Civilian Masculinity in Agatha Christie’s Taken at the Flood
  • Angela Ricks, Masculinity Confined: Conformity and Nonconformity of Male Characters in David Louie Wong’s Pangs of Lovea

Panel D4: Myth, Legend, Fairytale: Creating Cultures of Belonging

Room: JFSB B032

Chair: Christopher Blythe

  • Madilyn Abbe, The Tarrying of Tarry Town
  • Sara Chang, The Power of Mo’olelo: Perpetuating Hawaiian Culture Through Storytelling
  • Ariel Hochstrasser, Strength Through Trauma – A Jungian Analysis on How Hansel and Gretel Grow Up to Help Others Through the Lens of Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

 Panel D5: The Imaginative Power of Film in Building a Beloved Community

Room: JFSB B060

Chair: Brian Jackson

  • Amanda Lund, Taika Waititi’s JoJo Rabbit: Imaginative Hyperbole as a Mode of Audience Intimacy
  • Emily Thomas, Intersectionality Matters: Indigenous Women in Film

Session E

Friday, February 25 at 10:00 – 10:50 am

 Panel E1: Writing 150 Contest Winners

Room: Education in Zion Auditorium

Chair: Shelli Spotts

  • Kate Moore, “It Takes a community: Combatting America’s Ignorance Towards Veterans”
  • Brynlee Hendricks, “The Power of Hello: Why You Should Talk to Strangers”
  • Israel Poulson, “The Lion Isn’t Sleeping Tonight”
  • James Hoopes, “Setting the American Table”

Panel E2: Elsie C. Carroll Essay Contest Winners

Room: JFSB B094

Chair: Joey Franklin

  • First Place: McKenna Jackson
  • Second Place: Celisa Fullmer
  • Third Place: Taylor Dalton

Panel E3: Lift Every Voice: Strengthening Black Communities through Storytelling

Room: JFSB B030

Chair: Makayla Steiner

  • Heather Bergeson, The Creation of Power in African American Storytelling
  • Kim Hansen, Challenging Binaries: Good and Evil in A Mercy
  • Abby Thatcher, The Star-Shaped Mouche: Rebinding Blackness in the Early Modern English Cosmology

Panel E4: “Scribbling Women”: Female Experience at the Margins of Culture

Room: JFSB B032

Chair: Paul Westover

  • Mary Dailey, Peering into the Pit: Poe and Postpartum Depression
  • Alyssa Anderson, A Savior to Her People: Woman’s Prophetic Potential in Margaret Fuller’s “The Great Lawsuit” and Other Feminist Writings
  • Scout Comfort, The Double-Edged Wife of Bath

Panel E5: The Culture of Christian Communities

Room: JFSB B060

Chair: Meridith Reed

  • Hailey Bawden, Christ’s Influence in Building Communities Through Transcending Time and Death
  • Cassidy Crosby, Our Own Complicity: The Unnamed Woman in Judges 19 and MMIWG
  • Emma Swenson, ‘An Infant Crying for the Light’: Evolution and Spirituality in Tennyson’s In Memoriam A.H.H.

Brandie R. Siegfried Women in Academia Panel

Friday, February 25 at 11:00 – 11:50 am

Room: Education in Zion Auditorium

Chair: Jill Rudy

The Women in Academia panel has been named to honor BYU English professor Brandie R. Siegfried, who passed away in February of 2021. The college remembers her as an advocate for women’s education. The panel began seven years ago as a means of informing students about the variety of work available in academia. The panel is a question-and-answer event where female and male students can ask female faculty within the English department about their experiences as women in academia. We welcome this year’s panelists:

  • Debbie Dean
  • Trina Harding
  • Jamie Horrocks
  • Meridith Reed


English Reading Series

Friday, February 25 at 12:00 – 12:50 pm

Room: HBLL Auditorium

K.A. Hays’ most recent book is Anthropocene Lullaby (February 2022, Carnegie Mellon). She is the author of three prior books of poetry: Windthrow (2017), Early Creatures, Native Gods (2012) and Dear Apocalypse (2009). Her poems appear widely in journals and have been selected for two editions of Best American Poetry. Born in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, she earned an MFA from Brown University. She teaches Creative Writing at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA, and directs the Bucknell Seminar for Undergraduate Poets, a 3-week all-expenses paid summer writing retreat and conference for undergraduate poets from any university in the United States.

Session F

Friday, February 25 at 1:00 – 2:15 pm

Panel F1: Ann Doty Fiction Contest

Room: JFSB B094

Chair: Spencer Hyde

  • First Place: Kenna Fry
  • Second Place: Tanner Burke
  • Third Place: Amelia Scott

Panel F2: Reading Difference, Finding Acceptance

Room: JFSB B101

Chair: Kristin Matthews

  • Cassidy Crosby, Persephone and the Female Gaze in Fanfiction: Departing from Male Cisheteronormativity
  • Emily Pearson, Too Black, Too Queer, Too Trans: Building Self-Acceptance and Empathy for Black, Gender-Nonconforming Individuals in Young Adult Literature
  • Maddison Tenney, Paradoxical Legitimacy: Understanding LGBTQ+ Christianity through the Poetry of Jay Hulme

Panel F3: Life at Court and Courtly Love in Marie de France’s Works

Room: JFSB B103

Chair: Miranda Wilcox

  • Hannah Christiansen, Is This Love? Good and Bad Examples of Courtly Love by Marie de France
  • Austin Hayes, Justice and Retribution in the Lais of Marie de France

Panel F4: Trigger Warnings in Dust Jackets: Booker Books, Book Bans, and BYU

Room: JFSB B062

Chair: Jamie Horrocks

  • Sophia Gerald                       
  • Rachel Madsen                      
  • Sarah Petersen
  • Gretchen Picklesimer

Session G

Friday, February 25 at 2:30 – 3:45 pm

Panel G1: Graduate Multigenre Award Winners

Room: JFSB B112

Chair: Steve Tuttle

  • Fiction Winner: Alixa Brobbey
  • Poetry Winner: Alex Malouf
  • Essay Winner: Alison Linell

 Panel G2: YA Literature: Building Beloved Communities for Future Generations

Room: JFSB B103

Chair: Keith Lawrence

  • Brianna Gee, Contemporary Appalachian YA Authors: Where Are You?
  • Brittney Hatchet, What Japanese Young Adult Literature Can Teach Us About Youth in Both Japan and America
  • Kate Payne, The Ethicality of The Hate U Give and the Importance of “Uncomfortable” Texts

Panel G3: Cultivating Community through Classroom Culture

Room: JFSB B094

Chair: Dawan Coombs

  • Mercedes Allen, Setting Expectations in the Classroom through Self-Regulated Learning & Reflection
  • Emily Hopwood Durney, First-Generation Identification and Inclusion in the Composition Classroom
  • Kathryn Mulligan, Creating Relevance in Poetry Taught in the Secondary Education Classroom
  • Abby Thatcher, Creating Pedagogical Tools to Address Contemporary Issues of Race and Power in Undergraduate English Courses

Panel G4: Finding a Place in This World

Room: JFSB B101

Chair: Jon Balzotti

  • Caroline Coop, Waiting for Godot through the landscape of World War II
  • Holden d’Evegnée, “A Place that’s Nice and Peaceful”: A Labyrinthine Reading of  J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye
  • Melissa Fales, A Pentadic Analysis of John Adams’s Defense of British Soldiers from the Boston Massacre and What it Means for BYU Campus