International and Interdisciplinary Conference: Cultures of Solitude

July 30-31, 2015 - University of Würzburg, Germany

Jochen Achilles, Professor of American Studies, University of Würzburg, Germany: "Changing Cultures of Solitude: Reclusiveness in the Short Fiction of Sandra Cisneros" (abstract)

Ina Bergmann, Associate Professor of American Studies, University of Würzburg, Germany: "'[A]way to solitude, to freedom, to desolation!': Hermits and Recluses in Julia Ward Howe's The Hermaphrodite" (abstract)

Coby Dowdell, Assistant Professor, Modern Languages, King's University College at Western University, London, ON, Canada: "Rethinking Ascetic Deferral in an Age of Deliberative Democracy" (abstract)

Clare Hayes-Brady, Lecturer, School of English, Drama & Film, University College Dublin, Ireland: "'It's what we have in common, this alone-ness': Solitude, Communality and the Self in the Writing of David Foster Wallace" (abstract)

Rüdiger Heinze, Professor of American Literary and Cultural Studies, University of Braunschweig, Germany: "Alone in the Crowd: Urban Hermits in American Film" (abstract)

Angela Krewani, Professor of Media Studies and Digital Media, Philipps-University Marburg, Germany: "Drugs and Open Spaces: Traces of Solitude in Breaking Bad" (abstract)

Margit Peterfy, Associate Professor of American Studies, University of Heidelberg, Germany: "Public and Poetic Use of 'Solitude' in the Works of J. G. Whittier" (abstract)

Hélène Quanquin, Associate Professor of American History, University of Paris 3 – Sorbonne Nouvelle, France: "A Marriage of Recluses: Wendell and Ann Greene Phillips and the Joint Politics of Isolation and Reform" (abstract)

Scott Slovic, Professor and Department Chair, English Studies, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID, USA: "Going Away to the Wilderness for Solitude … and Community: Ecoambiguity and the Semester in the Wild Experience" (abstract)