So glad to hear how well the conference was . . . and so disappointed I couldn't make it. I was supposed to present my paper on Hannibal's influence on MT's new paradigm for the American folkloric hero, but I broke my pelvis 7 weeks ago. Am just now healing. Is there going to be any sort of published compilation of the papers presented? I would love to get something like that.
On another note, I am presenting a similar paper to the one I was supposed to present in Hannibal at SCMLA in Nashville in October/November. Hope to see some of my fellow Twainiacs there!
Carolyn Leutzinger Richey
Tarleton State University
Department of English and Languages
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Subject: Hannibal Conference 2015
I'm a bit surprised (and disappointed a bit) that nobody has started a
thread to share response to the conference. So I am taking the initiative.
Hannibal was great, I really enjoyed it, the conference doubled in size
since the last one. Kudos to Henry and his staff for a great series of
events. For my talk on the forthcoming Twain-Twichell letters, (which is
now going to be comprehensive and is being supported by Bob Hirst and his
wonderful staff at MTP), there were almost 40 in the room and overall
strong affirmation for the project.
Unfortunately I had other obligations and missed many of the talks. Bruce
Michelson dazzled us on changing media and representations of MT; but as
much as I like Bruce and always feel rewarded by his insights, I must say
it was the riverboat cruise that proved most memorable. Sorry Bruce!
One other point: an amazing turnout by international scholars, in
particular the 5 or 6 folks who flew in from Japan, and Hamada from
Dubai/Syria. I also met a few brilliant young graduate students and even
some undergraduates attended!! On a personal note, my wife Hiroko also
attended and she was very complimentary of the Twain folks who all were
friendly and reached out to make her feel the Twain love!
I'd be interested in hearing any other reports, best wishes, --hb
Prof. Harold K. Bush
Professor of English
Saint Louis University
St. Louis, MO 63108
314-977-3616 (w); 314-771-6795 (h)