May 5, 2003
Senior English Students Represent Whitworth at National Literary Conference
Six senior English majors represented Whitworth at the National Undergraduate Literary Conference held in April at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Students Ian Arbuckle, Brooke Freed, Kyle Jensen, Tim Kenagy, Angela Little-Gott and Cristina Moore presented papers or read their creative writing at the conference.
"This annual conference is a valuable experience for our students, since it allows them to compare their skills and their education with those of other students from other institutions," says English Professor Doug Sugano. "On the whole, all of our students who have presented have come back excited about the opportunity to meet students and scholars from around the country, and all have reported their deep appreciation for the education they've received at Whitworth."
Other participating universities included the University of Arkansas, Ohio University, Texas A&M, the University of Wisconsin, the University of California Berkeley, and the University of Minnesota. The conference also featured nationally known novelist Linda Hogan, novelist David James Duncan and poet James Trimble, who took part in a discussion on the important role writing plays in life.
During the conference, Whitworth student Ian Arbuckle, of Omak, Wash., read a piece of short fiction, "Good Bye, Grand Mother," about a family falling apart while the Earth literally disintegrates. Brooke Freed, of Ahwahnee, Calif., presented her paper, "What Truth Is: A Critical Study of Philip Levine," in which she explores the progression of Levine's writing career, his stylistic moves, his politics expressed through poetry, and his capturing of the "sacred ordinary."
Kyle Jensen, of Federal Way, Wash., presented a paper that addresses the portrayal of women in the early 20th century and focuses on the problem of the Gibson Girl image. Tim Kenagy, of Salem, Ore., presented "Tennyson's Retreat into Personal Experience in 'In Memoriam A.H.H.'"
Angela Little-Gott, of Emmett, Idaho, presented "'Isn't Marriage Your Vocation?' Women's Role in Marriage in the 19th Century American Novel," in which she analyzes a series of articles from the 1901 Atlantic Monthly, Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps' Doctor Zay, and Theodore Dreiser's Sister Carrie. Cristina Moore, of Lake Oswego, Ore., presented "Sylvia Plath: The Life and Death of a Poppy" and "Spiritual Reflection in the Poetry of Jane Kenyon."
The students were invited to apply to the conference by their respective professors, based on excellent creative work or formal research papers they had written for class. The work was then submitted with an application to the conference organizers for review. Several students who attended the conference will begin graduate school in fall 2003 or 2004.
"Many graduate students in English present their work at regional or national conferences," Sugano says. "This undergraduate conference helps students overcome fears they may have of giving formal presentations, which is something they will inevitably do either in graduate school or in a job."
Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Doug Sugano, professor of English, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4212 or email@example.com.