Annual Conference

66th Annual Conference
Saturday, September 23, 2023
Mother Rosalie Hill Hall,
University of San Diego

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Free parking is available under Mother Rosalie Hill Hall

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Hilton Loggia


Marlin E. Blaine, RCSC President

Warren Auditorium

9:00–10:30  – SESSION ONE 

Early Modern Contact Zones – Classroom 131

Chair: Stacie Vos (University of San Diego)

Mark Radomski (University of Wisconsin, Madison), “Cosmopolitan Motifs in Miguel de Cervantes’s La española inglesa/The English Spanishwoman

Elizabeth Hines (University of Chicago), “Anglo-Dutch Imperialism, 1642-8”

Early Modern Visual Cultures – Classroom 133

Chair: Amy Buono (Chapman University)

Stefano Farinelli (Independent Scholar), “Michelangelo and the School of Castello: Hypotheses for a Different Attribution on a Group of Drawings”

Mark A. Meadow (University of California, Santa Barbara), “Cornelis van Dalem’s Landscape with the Dawn of Civilization and the Technological Imagination of the Past”

Hannah Kagan-Moore (University of California, Santa Barbara), “Inside, Looking Out: Civic Identity and the ‘Advantaged Viewer’ in the Augsburger Monatsbilder

10:30–10:45  – BREAK

 Refreshments available in the Hilton Loggia

10:45–12:00  – SESSION TWO 

Early Modern Crises – Classroom 131

Chair: Marlin E. Blaine (California State University, Fullerton)

Julia Lupton (University of California, Irvine), “Refuge in As You Like It: A Dearth of Crisis?”

James Kearney (University of California, Santa Barbara), “Experiencing Crisis: Poor Tom & Dispossession”

Andrew Griffin (University of California, Santa Barbara), “Julius Caesar and the Poetics of Historical Crisis”

David J. Baker (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) and

Patricia Palmer (Maynooth University), respondents

Early Modern Cultural Practices in Perspective – Classroom 133

Chair: Molly McClain (University of San Diego)

Robert Iafolla (University of California, Berkeley), “A Mirror Across the Frontier: Granada and its Leaders in Fifteenth Century Castilian Chronicles”

Kristin Noreen (Loyola Marymount University), “The Sack of Rome and the Nuns of San Sisto: Crisis, Loss, and Miraculous Intervention”

Amanda Coate (Stanford University), “‘Boiled with Nettles they accompted that good fare’: Hunger and Starvation in the 1641 Depositions”

12:00–12:45 – LUNCH

West Terrace


Warren Auditorium

2:00-2:15 – BREAK

Refreshments available in the Hilton Loggia


2:15-3:45 – SESSION THREE 

Intertextuality and Sexual Difference – Classroom 131

Chair: Janet Smarr (University of California, San Diego)

Maura Giles-Watson (University of San Diego), “Teaching Misogyny: Humanism, Henricianism, and Wynkyn de Worde’s Flores of Ovide de arte amandi (1513)”

Shelby Richardson (University of New Orleans), “‘Stop Her Mouth…’: Re-membering Elizabeth Sawyer in The Witch of Edmonton

Sawyer Anne Kelly (Chapman University), “Unrequited: Trans-historical Intertextuality and Semiotic Destabilization in Petrarchan Love Poetry and James Weldon Johnson’s ‘The White Witch’”

Shakespeare & Performativity – Classroom 133

Chair: Sara Hasselbach (University of San Diego)

Sam Kolodezh (University of California, San Diego) & Bryan Reynolds (University of California, Irvine), “Aberrant Shakespeare: Ron Athey’s Excesses, Bataille’s ‘Solar Anus’, Becomings-Macbeth”

Carol Blessing (Point Loma Nazarene University), “That Damned Bear: Exorcism and Conjuration in The Winter’s Tale

Kay Stanton (California State University, Fullerton), “The ‘cunning whore[s] of Venice’: Myth and the Realities of Prostitution in Othello and The Merchant of Venice

3:45-4:00 – BREAK

Refreshments available in the Hilton Loggia

4:00-5:15 – SESSION FOUR 

Shakespearean (Dis)embodiment – Classroom 131

Chair: James Kearney (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Olivia Henderson (University of California, Santa Barbara), “‘This spirit dumb to us will speak to him’: Neurodiversity and ‘Dumbshows’ in Hamlet

Olivia Bievenue (University of California, Santa Barbara), “‘Melted into air’ and ‘Sunk within the earth’: (Dis)Embodied Elements and Embodied Knowledge in The Tempest

Shaun Nowicki (University of California, Santa Barbara), “Hysterical Humus: Mud, Madness, and Man in King Lear

Language & Humanism – Classroom 133

Chair: Brittany Asaro (University of San Diego)

Salvatore Pettrone (Sapienza University of Rome), “The Importance of Humanistic Latin Translations: the Case of Plato, Phaedo 106a3”

Peter Thomas (University of California, Los Angeles), “Alamanno Rinuccini’s Language of Liberty”

Jacob Zellmer (University of California, San Diego), “La Peyrère’s Polygenism and Human Species Hierarchy”



Brittany Asaro, Incoming RCSC President

Warren Auditorium

Promoting study of the period c. 1300–1800