Material Cultures of the Atlantic World, 1500-1800

Material Cultures of the Atlantic World, 1500-1800

Stephen Shapiro

Stephen Shapiro is Lecturer in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick. He is the author of The Culture and Commerce of the Early Amerian Novel: Reading the Atlantic World-System (forthcoming: Pennsylvania State UP, 2008). He is the co-editor of a new edition of Charles Brockden Brown’s Edgar Huntly: Or, Memoirs of a Sleep-Walker (Hackett 2006) and co-editor of Revising Charles Brockden Brown: Culture, Politics, and Sexuality in the Early Republic (U of Tennessee P, 2004). Professor Shapiro also has published numerous articles on the writing and culture of early America, historical formations of gender and sexuality, Marxism, world-systems analysis, urban and spatial studies, cultural studies, and literary theory. Some of his articles include “Marx to the Rescue!: Queer Theory and the Crisis of Prestige” (2004), “Thinking of England: Slavery and Sexuality" (2004), "Sexuality: An Early American Mystery" (2003), and “Reconfiguring American Studies?: The Paradoxes of Postnationalism” (2001).

Ralph Bauer

Ralph Bauer is Associate Professor of English at University of Maryland and visiting Associate Professor in the Department of English and Department of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University. He is the author of The Cultural Geography of Colonial American Literatures: Empire, Travel, Modernity (Cambridge UP, 2003), which was a finalist for the 2003 MLA Prize for a First Book. He is the translator of An Inca Account of the Conquest of Peru by Titu Cusi Yupanqui (UP of Colorado, 2005), which won the 2005 Colorado Endowment for the Humanities Publication Prize. Professor Bauer also has organized two conferences bringing together scholars of Ibero-American and Anglo-American studies: “The First Early Ibero/Anglo Americanist Summit” (May 2002) and “Beyond Colonial Studies: Second Early Americas Summit” (November 2004).

Daniel Richter

Daniel Richter is Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania and Richard S. Dunn Director of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies. Most recently, he is the author of Facing East from Indian Country: A Native History of Early America (Harvard UP, 2001), which won the 2001-02 Louis Gottschalk Prize in Eighteenth-Century History from the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in History. His first book, The Ordeal of the Longhouse: The Peoples of the Iroquois League in the Era of European Colonization (U of North Carolina P, 1992), won the Frederick Jackson Turner Award and the Ray Allen Billington Prize from the Organization of American Historians. Professor Richter is also the co-editor of Friends and Enemies in Penn’s Woods: Indians, Colonists, and the Racial Construction of Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania State UP, 2004) and Beyond the Covenant Chain: The Iroquois and Their Neighbors in Indian North America, 1600-1800 (Pennsylvania State UP, 2003).

Material Cultures of the Atlantic World, 1500-1800

Sixth Annual
American Studies Symposium

Friday, February 9th
Dauer Hall, Room 219


10:00 a.m.
The Monstrous Commodity and Its Secret: Atlanticism, Slavery, Ethnogenesis
by Stephen Shapiro

2:00 p.m.
Alchemy and the Discovery of America in the Sixteenth-Century Atlantic World
by Ralph Bauer

4:00 p.m.
Native Americans and the Atlantic World of Goods
by Daniel Richter

Sponsored by the Department of English