An Exhibition and Symposium

based on the Joseph M. Bruccoli Great War Collection  
Symposium: Tuesday, November 11th, 1997


In November and December 1997, Thomas Cooper Library will host a major loan-exhibition from the Joseph M. Bruccoli Great War Collection. The collection was established at the University of Virginia by Matthew J. Bruccoli in honor of his father, a WWI veteran. It includes not only novels and poetry from the Great War but memoirs, posters, military newspapers, cartoons, music, and materials relating to WWI movies. The collection now totals many thousand items. 1997 is the 80th anniversary of the United States' entry into the war.

The opening symposium, to be held on Armistice Day, November 11, 1997, will feature a variety of short research presentations by scholars from around the country, as well as lectures in the afternoon aimed at a broader audience. Speakers will include both well-known writers on the Great War and younger scholars. We expect interest in both parts of the program from colleges around the state and region, and additional campus and community interest in the afternoon lectures.

Alongside the major exhibition and symposium will be a commemoration of the University's own role in the Great War, with an exhibit about alumni participants based on the Univesity archives.

Conference hotel and travel arrangements: 
A limited number of rooms have been provisionally reserved for the conference at the Clarion Town House, 1614 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201. To ensure a room and the special coference room rate ($65 per night, plus tax), phone the hotel direct as soon as possible (too-free at 1-800-277-8711), asking for a room for the "USC Great War Conference."

Columbia Metropolitan Airport is served by several major airlines, notably Delta (usually through Atlanta) and USAir (usually through Charlotte). It is also on three interstates: I-77, I-20, and I-26. The hotel provides limo service from the airport.

Symposium sponsors: 
Sponsors of the Symposium include Thomas Cooper Library, the College of Liberal Arts, the Departments of English and History, the Thomas Cooper Society, and Dr. and Mrs. Matthew J. Bruccoli. Because of the sponsorship, there is no fee for conference participation, and the conference lunch should not exceed $15.

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Draft Program for Symposium

Monday, November 10, 1997

Informal evening welcome for speakers/participants (approx. 7:00-8:00)

Tuesday, November 11, 1997

Coffee available from 8:30
Session I (9:00-10:30): How contemporaries saw the Great War
Chair: Patrick Scott Thomas Cooper Library, University of South Carolina
Patrick Quinn Nene University/St. John's College, Oxford  
author of The Great War and the Missing Muse, co-editor of the Robert Graves papers
Opening keynote: "Fictions from the German Invasion"
Brief break
Mark Dollar Department of English, Purdue University
"The Grotesque and the Great War in O'Casey's The Silver Tassle"
James P. Haughey Department of English, Southern Wesleyan University
"'Our dead enigma': Francis Ledwidge, Ireland's Soldier-Poet"
Session 2 (10:45-12:15): Recent perspectives on the Great War
George L. Geckle 

Department of English, University of South Carolina

Andrew J. Kunka Department of English, Purdue University
"'The duty to run mad': Shell-shock Narratives in WWI Britain"
Jimmy Dean Smith Department of English, Newberry College
"You Make Us Shells: Siegfried Sassoon's Assault on Motherhood"
Sarah Cole Department of English, Ohio University
"Modernism, Male Intimacy, and the Great War"
Cheryl Mares Department of English, Sweetbriar College
"Beauty and the Beast: Assessing Pat Barker's Great War Trilogy"
Session 3 (1.45-3.00): 
Chair: TBA
Mark W. Van Wienen Department of English, Augustana College, SD
"The Black Soldier and the Great War: The Crisis in African American Representation"
Charles E. Bailey  Department of History, Adirondack Community College, NY
"The Entente Cordiale's Horror of the Hun: Europe's Protestant Theologians During the Kulturkrieg, 1914-1918"
David C. Dougherty Department of English, Loyola University of Maryland
"A Triple Dose of Disillusionment and Incentive to Radical Writing: John Dos Passos and the War to End All Wars"
Session 4 (3:15-4:50): The Great War and Modern Misunderstanding
S. Paul Mackenzie

Department of History, University of South Carolina

Peter Liddle Liddle Collection, Brotherton Library, University of Leeds  
First World War Historian
"Myths and Misunderstandings About British Personal Experience in the Great War"
Brief break
Hugh Cecil Department of History, University of Leeds  
author of The Flower of Battle, coeditor of Facing Armageddon
"On the Track of Forgotten Great War Writers"
Exhibition Opening and Concluding Reception (5:00-6:00)
Matthew J. Bruccoli Department of English, University of South Carolina
"The Joseph M. Bruccoli Great War Collection"
Reception sponsored by the Thomas Cooper Society
Columbia Departments Campus Libraries
Columbia Libraries and Collections