The 12th annual Literature Symposium for Undergraduate Students in West Virginia colleges and universities will be held Saturday, Feb. 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the West Virginia University Mountainlair.

Sponsored by the Department of English and the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, the event attracts students from across the state and will feature 15 papers from six different campus representatives across the state, plus a keynote poetry reading at the symposium’s luncheon by Mary Ann Samyn.

Samyn, a member of the creative writing faculty at WVU , is the author of three collections of poetry:Rooms by the Sea,winner of the 1994 Kent State UP/Wick Chapbook Prize;Captivity Narrative,winner of the 1999 Ohio State UP/The Journal Prize; and, most recently,Inside the Yellow Dress,a 2001 New Issues Press/Green Rose Selection. Her poems have also been printed in numerous other publications.

Samyn teaches each summer at The Controlled Burn Seminar for Young Writers (ages 15 20), and is the founder and director of Oakland University’s Far Field Retreat for Writers.

“The symposium is a wonderful opportunity for literature enthusiasts across West Virginia. If students are thinking of going on to graduate school, it gives them a realistic taste of the academic life; and no matter what their plans for the future, they can look forward to sharing their intellectual discoveries in a warm, professional and stimulating environment,said event organizer Adam Komisaruk, assistant professor of English.With topics ranging from gender in Hamlet to the Native American playwright Tomson Highway, the papers represent a diverse sample of the past year’s best in undergraduate scholarship.

What’s especially inspiring to me as the organizer is that the 2004 Symposiuminvolving students, faculty and staff from six different institutionss truly a collaborative effort both behind and in front of the lectern,he added.

The schedule for the day follows (all events in Mountainlair):

  • 9:3010 a.m.
  • Registration , outside the Rhododendron Room
  • 1010:45 a.m.
  • Session One Silent Women, Speaking Women, Laurel Room
  • Emma Archer, Bethany College:The Struggle of Feminine Discourse in Hamlet
  • Joanna Damron, Fairmont State College:The Pen and the Paper: Repression of Creativity in �€~The Yellow Wallpaper
  • Jacqueline Kermode, Wheeling Jesuit University:Gender and Ethnicity in Two Plays by Tomson Highway
  • 1111:45 a.m.
  • Session Two A Mythic Visions, Monongahela Room
  • Mary Beth Bryant, WVU :Creation and Consciousness in Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion
  • Adam Rothrock, WVU :Philomel Providing Polyglossia
  • Philip Provance, Bethany College:Steal this Imagery
  • Session Two B Building Character, Laurel Room
  • Megan Sall, Wheeling Jesuit University:Jane Austens Character Foils in �€~Pride and Prejudiceand �€~Sense and Sensibility:Sisters Who Live, Love and Learn
  • Stephen Hill, Concord College:Im Ellen Chesser: The Quest for Contentment
  • Kelly Strautmann, Wheeling Jesuit University:The Search for Identity in Toni Morrisons �€~Song of Solomonand �€~Beloved
  • Noon1:15 p.m.
  • Luncheon , Rhododendron Room
  • 1:302:15 p.m.
  • Session Three , In a Plain Brown Wrapper, Laurel Room
  • Brian Gilchrist, WVU :The Reflection of Gender Roles through the Use of Space in Jane Eyre
  • Caitlin Franklin, Bethany College:The Genesis Motif of Hemingways �€~The Garden of Eden
  • Nicole Rose, Wheeling Jesuit University:Character Discernment of Sexuality and Intimacy
  • 2:152:30 p.m.
  • Refreshments , outside the Laurel Room
  • 2:303:15 p.m.
  • Session Four , The Sense of an Ending?, Laurel Room
  • Jennifer Persinger, Concord College:The Symbol of Perfection and Unity: The Circle Is Never Donne
  • Amanda Breccia, WVU :WordsworthsOde: Intimations of Immorality from Recollections of Early Childhood
  • Stasha West, Glenville State College:The Lonely Ones
  • 3:30 p.m.
  • Awards Ceremony , Rhododendron Room First ($100), second ($75), and third ($50) prizes for the best conference papers will be awarded.