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20-21 July 2014  |  Kingston University, London, England

Following on the successful symposiums of the Early Caribbean Society (ECS) held in Barbados in 2011 and Puerto Rico in 2012, the ECS hosted its third symposium in London, England to promote the study of early Caribbean literary history. The symposium took place immediately following the Society of Early Americanists conference on “London and the Americas, 1492-1812,” which was held in London on July 17-19, 2014. 


The Symposium followed an alternative format. All presenters submitted full papers (10 pp. maximum) electronically prior to the conference, so they could all be pre-read by participants.

Papers were organized into the standard 90-minute sessions. Each presenter had 5-7 minutes to summarize/recap their arguments, which left approximately 45-60 minutes for group conversation and discussion.



July 2014 ECS Symposium Conference Organizer:

Thomas Krise, President,

Pacific Lutheran University

July 2014 ECS Symposium Presenters:

Philip Abraham,

King's College, London,

"Religious policy and colonial government in the English Caribbean after the Restoration"

Regulus Allen,

English, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo,

"Doomed Maternity in the Inkle and Yarico Legend"

Noel Chevalier,

English, Luther College, University of Regina,

“Guy’s Cliff Meets St. Kitts: Early Caribbean Verse and the Della Cruscans,”

Melissa K. Downes,

English, Clarion University of Pennsylvania,

"Repeating Islands: The Caribbean of the Inkle and Yarico Texts"

Valerie Forman,

New York University,

“Governing Productivity: The Politics, Economics, and Aesthetics of Plantation Development in Early Modern England and the English Caribbean”​

​​Richard Frohock,

English, Oklahoma State University, 

"Gay's Polly, Mandeville's Bees, and Civil Society in a West Indian Setting" 

Nemesio Gil,

English, University of Puerto Rico,

"The Black Subject as Aesthetic Object in Two Travel Narratives of the West Indies"

Carol Guarnieri,

University of Virginia,

“'The Dunghill of the Universe': New World Deformity and the British Slave Trade"

Carl Haarnack,

University of Amsterdam,

"German early literature and Enlightenment in the Caribbean"

Paul Hollanders,

University of Amersterdam,

“'Animus Revertendi' versus 'Animus Manendi': The Will to Return versus The Will to Stay examined in two texts written in Late Eighteenth Century Surinam"

Craig Koslofsky, 

University of Illinois,

“Ship's Surgeon Johann Peter Oettinger: A Hinterlander in the Caribbean, 1688-1693” 

Christina Kullberg,

Department of Modern Languages, Uppsala University, Sweden,

"The Experimenting Body: Sickness, Subjectivity and Science in Labat's Voyage aux isles de l'Amérique"

Laura Leibman,


Reed College,

"Love Affairs: Marriage, Romance, and Race among Early Caribbean Jews"

Madhu Mitra,

English, College of St. Benedict, 

"Soldiering for the Empire: An Examination of Maria Nugent’s Journals"

Mary Nyquist,

University of Toronto,

"Equiano, Satanism, and Insurgency"

​​Désha Osborne,

University of Cambridge,

“Why Hiroona Matters: An Introduction to St Vincent’s Overlooked National Poem”

Gregory Pierrot,

English, University of Connecticut at Stamford,

"Gothic Slave Ships in Olaudah Equiano and Edward Rushton"

Karen Salt,

English, University of Aberdeen,

"The Queen of the Antilles Goes to Modernity"

Cassander Smith,

University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, 

"Points of Origin: Imagining West Africa in the Caribbean”

Steven Thomas,

English, Wagner College,

"Pirate Assemblages/Creole Texts"

Candace Ward,

English, Florida State University,

"Montgomery, or the West Indian Adventurer: The Planter Picturesque Disrupted"

M​​argaret Williamson,

Dartmouth College,

"Roman Heroism on the Plantation"

Kelly Wisecup,

English, University of North Texas,

"Medical Caribbeana: Natural Histories, Novels, and African Medical Knowledge in Atlantic Networks"

Rochelle Zuck,

English, University of Minnesota Duluth,

"For Love Nor Money: Social, Economic, and Political Relations and the Creole Marriage Plot" 

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