113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Schedule - Complete with Abstracts

Not assigned to session

  1. The Refrains of Kashmir: Agha Shahid Ali's Canzones and the Poetics of Form as Exile. Caleb Agnew, University of Virginia.

    This paper reads the crucial lyrics from Agha Shahid Ali's penultimate collection, The Country Without a Post Office, in order to assess Ali's poetics in the refractions of exile through precise formal poetry by reading "After the August Wedding in Lahore, Pakistan," marking 'Kashmir' as a refrain of absence. 

  2. Love, Eroticism, Grief, and Time in Marilyn Chin’s Hard Love Province. Catherine Cucinella, "California State University, San Marcos".

    In Hard Love Province, Marilyn Chin explores love and grief. I focus on the elegies in order to illustrate her poetic eroticism of grief which reconfigures our notions of time. Chin conflates absence and presence, allows sexual longing to cross limits of space and time, and collapses generational and historical timeframes.

  3. Oil and Water? Merging Aesthetic Formalism and Ideology Critique. Celia Carlson, Mt. Hood Community College.

    Merging formalism with ideological critique allows us to examine how poetry makes general claims about the world. Assuming a radical slippage between “presentation” and “representation” places theory and aesthetic experience, both “objects,” in mimetic relation. Treating interpretations as transitional objects that mediate between them vivifies our understanding of cultural ideals.

-Friday Conference Registration
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 7:30am to 4:00pm (Hilton Lobby Broadway (PH-ET))
Chair: Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver

  1. Friday Registration. Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

    Come to the Hilton Lobby, Broadway entrance, in the Portland Hilton and Executive Tower, to register for the conference and receive your nametag and conference program.

1-01 - American Literature before 1865 I
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 8:50am to 10:20am (Senate Suite (PH-ET))
Chair: Kyle Kamaiopil, Tufts University

  1. "Honorable Materialism": Navigating Prosperity and Virtue in Antebellum American Literature. William Hasenbein, University of Montevallo.

    This paper explores the philosophical dilemma between the pursuit of material prosperity and civic virtue in antebellum American literature in two ways: by establishing a link between Alexis de Tocqueville’s notion of “honorable materialism” and Ralph Waldo Emerson’s notion of “self-reliance,” and by describing two character types arising from this dilemma.  

  2. Apostrophe and X-tremity in Poe’s “Paragrab”. Andrew Lyndon Knighton, California State University, Los Angeles.

    Though Edgar Allan Poe's enigmatic late tale "X-ing a Paragrab" (1849) has largely been consigned to marginality by contemporary critics, this paper argues for its relevance to vital scholarly discourses concerned with antebellum print culture. Emphasizing how the materiality of print figures crucially in the narrative conceits of this and other Poe tales, this study aims to account for some of the ambivalence in Poe’s relationship to the editorial milieu.

  3. Cajun Social Memory:  Discourse and Contingencies of Henry W. Longfellow’s Evangeline. Daniel Renard, California Polytechnic University, Pomona.

    For most Acadian descendants, attachment towards Henry W. Longfellow's Evangeline grew into a social memory.  Evangeline set a precedent for Cajuns’ understandings of their past.  Through memorialization of Longfellow’s work of fiction, Cajuns have successfully developed a well-established founding myth for generations to come, one of a victimized and unassuming people.  Despite being the anthem of a disrupted people, Evangeline stands in contrast in several key ways to the historical record.

1-02 - Cognitive Approaches to Early Modern Spanish Literature
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 8:50am to 10:20am (Directors Suite (PH-ET))
Chair: Julien Simon, Indiana University East

  1. A Genre of Wonder in an Age of Empire: A Cognitive Study of Wonder in Pedro Mexía's Silva de varia lección. Robert Fritz, Indiana University Blooomington.

    In this study of Pedro Mexía's Silva de varia lección (1540), I claim that the cognitive experience of wonder evoked by the compilation's content advanced Hapsburg imperial ideologies by facilitating changes in Spanish readers' conceptions of the world, its history, and humankind's place in both. 

  2. Cervantes's El trato de Argel: Empathy, Altruism, and Early Modern Activism. Cory Reed, The University of Texas at Austin.

    A cognitive analysis of Cervantes’s early drama El trato de Argel, which may have participated in a public awareness campaign to benefit enslaved Spaniards in Algiers, demonstrates how the affective and intellectual dimensions of empathy evolve during live theatrical performance to inspire altruistic, pro-social audience responses that might be considered an early modern form of proto-activism.

  3. Embodying the Characters in Tirso de Molina’s El amor médico and Ana Caro’s Valor, agravio, y mujer. Elizabeth Cruz Petersen, Florida Atlantic University.

    Through analysis of Tirso de Molina’s El amor médico and Ana Caro’s Valor, agravio, y mujer, this paper hopes to demonstrate how early modern Spanish actors prepared for a role, developing new habits and fresh ways of embodying their characters. 

  4. Emotion and Human Development in Cervantes’ Don Quixote: The Case of Sancho Panza. Isabel Jaen Portillo, Portland State University.

    Renaissance moral philosophy places particular emphasis on the connection between emotion and the cognitive faculty of judgment. When contained by reason, passions help us reach truth and virtue (Vives) and, thus, allow us to trascend our animal nature, becoming a catalyzer of human development. Cervantes elaborates on this theme through Sancho Panza's developmental journey to humanness, truth, and virtue.

1-03 - Creative Writing: Playing for Time
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 8:50am to 10:20am (Executive Suite (PH-ET))
Chair: Nancy Scott Hanway, Gustavus Adolphus College

  1. How to Avoid Huge Ships. Colin Thacher, Portland State University.

    “How to Avoid Huge Ships,” a hybrid of prose and stanzaic poetry, explores the fluid and associative nature of memory as it relates both to the movement of time and to the movement of its narrator/speaker through time. The piece enacts its principal concerns through its syntax, its single sentence unfolding over the course of more than 1300 words, struggling--ultimately in vain--to resolve itself.

  2. I Ink in the Vanishing Point: "Trudeth," a Short Story. Carol Samson, University of Denver.

    A reading of  “Trudeth," my short story told in the present tense. Yet the narrator, Trudeth Clark, in a direct and simple-sentence style, makes a project of Time Past. She considers objects she must look at and memorize: art books, her mother’s face, instamatic cameras, horses, dogs and water. All become images & tools of Trudeth’s understanding of Mortal Time, all measure her longing, all evidence her constancy. She speaks what she sees. She traces. She records. She buries. She resurrects. She attends to, and tends, Time Passing.

  3. Puncturing the Past: Reconstructions of Loss in Some Poems. Renee Ruderman, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

    I will read from two of my published collections as well as my new manuscript, discussing how my memories of a disturbing and largely lost Jewish family history are reconstructed in some of my poems, with homage to poets like Pastan, Ostriker, and Kunitz.

  4. Wara Wara. Diana George, Brandeis.

    I’ll read from my story "Wara Wara" (Conjunctions, Spring 2015). The decaptitated head of a guerillera enjoins its stump-body to take dictation. The post-mortem narrative instance leads to further play with time: what will have been written about the guerrilleras, after the corpse’s second death, by fire?

1-04 - Critical Theory I
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 8:50am to 10:20am (Salon I (ET))
Chair: Alexis Briley, Colgate University

  1. Art and Objecthood (in Virginia Woolf). Aaron Hodges, Pennsylvania State University.

    On the occasion of Woolf's publication of To the Lighthouse, she sent her friend Vita Sackville-West a publisher's dummy edition -- a blank book -- bearing an inscription that it was "the best novel I have ever written." This paper locates Woolf's joke at the heart of the complex relations, in Woolf's aesthetic and literary doctrine, between modernism, materialism, and the ontology of the artwork. 

  2. Reading a Knot in Parmenides: On Being, Thought, and the Same. Benjamin Bishop, Western Oregon University.

    This paper examines Alain Badiou's seminar on Parmenides where he maps Eleatic ontology onto a topological object, the Borromean lock. The paper wants to advance Badiou's approach by closely reading Fr. 3, where being and thought become knotted and are rendered equivalent by the introduction of another component, which Parmenides calls "the same."

  3. The Ontology of the Artwork in Unperformable Performance Scores, With Reference to Jackson Mac Low. John Hicks, Getty Research Institute.

    This paper examines the mode of existence  (ontology) of performance works for which the score--the set of instructions that performers must follow in order to perform the work--is impossible to realize. 

  4. Thing and Image in a George Oppen Poem. Christopher Carlton, Independent Scholar.

    In the late 1960s, Theodor Adorno formulated a paradox of thingliness in modern art: art must become thing – illusion of self-identical form – to separate from empiria; and yet, in separating from reality, the artwork more and more resembles mere thing, especially the process-for-itself – meaningless – of social reproduction. This paradox of thingliness in art will be discussed not through Adorno's formulation of it but through George Oppen's poem “Image of the Engine” from The Materials (1962).

1-05 - English as a Second Language Studies I
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 8:50am to 10:20am (Salon III (ET))
Chair: Elena Polyudova, Defense Language Institute

  1. Where Words Have No Childhood: Writing in a Second Language. Monika Fischer, University of Missouri.

    The paper examines a course that applies creative writing principles for ESL learners who read and analyze a text of a minority writer in conjunction with writing their own story.

  2. Education to Comic Discourse: Linguistic and Cultural Subversion in the ESL Classroom. Rita C Cavigioli, University of Missouri-Columbia.

    Comic texts can be helpful in the development of language awareness because of their deconstructive use of both the literal and figurative levels of language. They add a further level of figuration and reverse logically founded and commonly shared conclusions. These linguistically and culturally subversive texts can be a useful component of language education. 

  3. Teacher-led Collaborative Modelling in Academic L2 Writing Courses. Sonia Sharmin, University of Dhaka.

    Teacher-led collaborative modellingin is a type of scaffholded instruction in which the teachers and learners compose and edit an academictext in a process that involves negotiation shared responsibility. This study examined  episodes of collaborating modelling of summaries,paraphrases and other text types in  university writing courses.  Teacher-led collaborative modelling appears to be a usefu linstructional strategy that supports learning processes by focusing simultaneously on process and pruduct components of academic writing.

1-06 - Film and Literature I
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 8:50am to 10:20am (Columbia (PMCC))
Chair: James R. Aubrey, Metropolitan State University of Denver

  1. Tracing the Gendered Gaze: Violent Disruptions and Simulated Identities. Bonnie Opliger, San Diego State Univeristy.

    Gothic tropes and psychoanalytic imagery offer a critical lens to approach a disconcerting and illusive postmodern reality. Billy Wilder mocks the superficial nature of Hollywood’s star system with Sunset Blvd., Ira Levin parodies the menacing male gaze in The Stepford Wives, and Chuck Palahnuik retaliates against the postmodern fragmented identity with disconcerting violence in Invisible Monsters.

  2. Designer Companionship in "Epipsychidion" and Her. Kathleen Lundeen, Western Washington University.

    In Spike Jonze’s Her, a man forms a relationship with a computer operating system, constructed to match his tastes and temperament. Jonze’s exploration of designer companionship has a precedent in Percy Shelley’s “Epipsychidion,” and in the film Shelley’s romantic ideal is given a test drive.

  3. Adapting with the Senses: Wuthering Heights as a Perceptual Experience. Luis Rocha Antunes, University of Kent, UK.

    This paper looks into Andrea Arnold's adaptation of Emily Brontë’s novel Wuthering Heights (1847) as a case of film adaptation paradigmatic of experiential aeshtetics where the engagement of spectators with the characters and themes of the film is made through the sense modalities of human perceptual experience.

  4. Women in Power in Argentina: Eva Peron. Teresa Rinaldi, National University.

    From a humble household to President Perón’s side, as his wife, María Eva Duarte de Perón (1919-1952) was the center in a series of events that not only changed her destiny but also influenced Argentina’s history forever. Aiming to contribute to the vast amount of literary, film, and musical productions about the life of Eva, this analysis illuminates the life of Eva Perón as a platform for women’s relationship with power, the use of the female body (as political discourse), and the creation of the myth and the myth within a myth.

1-07 - Narrative and Time I: Rate and Pace
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 8:50am to 10:20am (Rogue (PMCC))
Chair: Eric Morel, University of Washington

  1. Cosmic Time and the Rhythm of Narrative. Marco Caracciolo, University of Freiburg (Germany).

    Exploring a corpus of 20th century literary narratives and films from Virginia Woolf to Terrence Malick, this paper investigates how the narrative representation of “cosmic” time may leverage embodied image schemas—and particularly a felt sense of rhythm emerging in narrative progression.

  2. The Effect of the Musical Score of Amadeus on Narrative Time, Pace and Rhythm. Tracee Auville-Parks, Options For Youth Public Charter School.

    Upon examination of the musical score of Amadeus, this author has determined that while the filmic adaptation is thematically inconsistent with its literary antecedent, in both texts, the musical score establishes the rhythm through sequential ordering, which ultimately enhances the pacing of often comedic dialogue and repartee between actors, thereby positively influencing the audience reception experience.

  3. The "slow stream of human life": Rebecca Harding Davis's Temporal Realism. Emily K Bald, University of Washington - Seattle.

    Rebecca Harding Davis’s use of narrative pacing in Life in the Iron Mills disorients readers from clock-time, which is becoming an increasingly reified source of political and social control—particularly for mill owners—in nineteenth-century America. By examining Davis’s representation of time(s), I will highlight under-examined connections among affective experience, embodiment and temporality. 

  4. The Time We Keep Together: An Exploration of 'Felt' Time in Contemporary Multicultural Women's Literature. Rachel Kaufman, Binghamton University.

    My paper aims to articulate and explore the role that affect plays in literary expressions of the temporal, within a sampling of novels by Louise Erdrich, Toni Morrison, and Jeanette Winterson. In other words, I aim to explore the time that we -- a novel and its readers -- learn to keep together.

1-09 - Problems and Politics in The Hunger Games
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 8:50am to 10:20am (Willamette (PMCC))
Chair: Lauren Kelley Bond, San Bernardino Valley College

  1. One Woman Show: Katniss Everdeen and Individual Heroism in The Hunger Games . Jency Wilson, University of North Alabama.

    Katniss Everdeen joins the ranks of numerous heroines in popular culture with uniquely individual effects on society, politics, and those around them. This presentation seeks to explore the unique aspects of Katniss' influence and her particular brand of individualized heroism within the dystopian society of Collins' Hunger Games universe.       

  2. Masters, Minions, and Mutts: A How-to for Creating Monsters in Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games Series. Marjorie Ellenwood, La Sierra University.

    Katniss Everdeen and the other tributes in the Hunger Games are, in and of themselves, creations of the Capitol--weapons, sharpened and weathered in their districts and then experimented on in the Capitol before and during the games. They are the results of nature, social class, and science—and perhaps prophetic of our own society’s end.  

  3. Building "The Girl On Fire": Comparing Constructions of Katniss in The Hunger Games. Megan Kwong, San Francisco State University.

    Katniss' story and person are commodified by the Capitol's media. The book subverts this by giving readers Katniss' voice, retaining her agency. However, the movie--unable to retain the first-person narration--instead focuses on the production of Katniss as an aesthetic object, ultimately becoming complicit in the practices it critiques.

  4. If We Burn, You Burn with Us: Reading, Seeing, Teaching and Re-Learning Mockingjay in the Era of #BlackLivesMatter. Cait Weiss Orcutt, University of Houston.

    Bridging issues of theoretical educational citizenship with Mockingjay’s adoption by online activism and the #BlackLivesMatter movement, this paper investigates the politics and possibilities of using Mockingjay as an educational and/or activist text inside and outside of the classroom. This paper examines the dialectic of the Hunger Games trilogy -- used in schools to address current events, in social media to motivate political action, and on the street, specifically in Ferguson, to supply a dystopian narrative framework for real-life revolt.

1-10 - Queerness and Animality I
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 8:50am to 10:20am (Winery (PMCC))
Chair: Mackenzie Gregg, "University of California, Riverside"

  1. Bear Studies: Carlee Fernandez’s Autoportraits in Skin and Fur. Rudi Kraeher, University of California, Riverside.

    This paper is an examination of L.A. artist Carlee Fernandez, addressing her 2004 sculptural/photographic series “Bear Studies,” and the ways that this work fuses seemingly incongruous affects, aesthetic traditions, and degrees of what Mel Chen refers to as “animacy”—a linguistic terms referring to a quality of agency, awareness, mobility, sentience, or liveness. Fernandez’s work troubles the distinction between human and animal, the living and the dead, and the morbid, erotic, and humorous. 

  2. Animal Friendships and the Undoing of Human-Centric Notions of Being and Becoming in Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows . Shun Kiang, Northeastern University.

    This essay examines representations of animal friendship in Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows to show the novel's rejection of the idea that humanity is the only legible mode of knowledge, or form of lived experience, that warrants care and protection. If the word “queer” embodies affects, sentiments, and movements that operate outside the bounds of what is established and politically commonsensical, Grahame’s recuperation of life as a more-than-human concept is a queer take on animal life or animality

  3. Zora's Animals . Brian Alston, University of California - Riverside.

    A literary analysis of Zora Neale Hurston’s critique of the categorical divide between human and non-human life, this essay charts her characters slippage back and forth through the ontological membrane that would partition animals, folks, and Man, arguing that she has provided us with a radical reconception of personhood.

1-11 - Religion in American Literature I
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 8:50am to 10:20am (Skyline IV (PH-ET))
Chair: Haein Park, Biola University

  1. Mary Rowlandson, Restorative Reading, and the Meaning of Suffering  . Rachel Arteaga, University of Washington.

    This paper will discuss the interpretation of suffering as a definitive difference between religious and secular perspectives. It will read A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson (1682) through this lens, accounting for reading practices as a response to suffering.

  2. Materiality, Finitude, and Elegiac Infidelity in Anne Bradstreet’s Late Elegies: “Three flowers, two scarcely blown”. Kyle Kinaschuk, University of Toronto.

    This paper turns to Anne Bradstreet’s late elegies to investigate the relationships between materiality, finitude, and elegiac infidelity. Ultimately, Bradstreet’s late elegies demonstrate a strange and difficult attachment to the finite, temporal, and material, which is displaced by Bradstreet’s commitment to the Puritan community and religion.

  3. Damaged Vessels: The Function of Suffering in Melville’s Moby-Dick and Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter . Emily Butler-Probst, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

    The paper explores Hawthorne and Melville’s differing responses to providence as mediation amid suffering and the way that this divergence reflects the difference between Hawthorne’s Christian and Melville’s more skeptical worldview. While Hawthorne suggests that purpose within suffering allows the individual to withstand hardship, Melville expresses his concern with providence and proposes that the individual embrace suffering as an accidental incident rather than a purposeful experience.   

  4. Not Going to Church with Emily Dickinson. Marc Malandra, Biola University.

    Emily Dickinson's attachment to the sermonizing of her epoch, the "message" she received from the book of nature, and the priest-like devotion to the English language, as represented by her Bible and Noah Webster's Dictionary of the English Language, provided the foundation for non-traditional ecclesiastical visions that could not be confined to the brick and mortar structures of the material world.

1-12 - Romanticism
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 8:50am to 10:20am (Cabinet Suite (PH-ET))
Chair: Nowell Marshall, Rider University

  1. Romantic Commonplaces. Mai-Lin Cheng, University of Oregon.

     Louisa and Thomas Wildman purchased Lord Byron's Newstead Abbey in 1817, and their careful attention to his home and legacy contributed to his celebrity. This paper explores Louisa Wildman's manuscript commonplace book, replete with passages from Byron, asking how worlds are interpreted and constituted through acts of writing/reading and what kinds of selves are crafted in them.

  2. Standardizing the Romantic Lyric: Robert Burns as Editor and Exciseman. Joshua Swidzinski, University of Portland.

    Burns, one of the most influential lyric poets of the Romantic period, was also an officer of the Excise, or a domestic tax inspector, whose profession compelled him to measure and evaluate social relations in abstract, economic terms. This paper explores how particular kinds of writing and forms of knowledge associated with the Excise (e.g. book-keeping, data-collecting, and standardization) inform Burns's poetic and editorial labors as well as the history of lyric theory more broadly.

  3. Mirrors in Time: Wordsworth’s Parodic Dialogism in The Prelude. Natalie Wilson, San Diego State Univeristy.

    Throughout several versions of The Prelude by William Wordsworth, the imposition of Wordsworth’s adult perspective on his adolescent experience creates narrative distance and autonomous dialogism resulting in a parody of childhood. Thus, Wordsworth’s poetry proves dialogic in a monologic genre.

  4. The Burden of the Gift: The Rivalry of William Wordsworth and Samuel Coleridge in the Prelude. Krista Daniel, University of Washington.

    This paper examines the gift economy within William Wordsworth’s Prelude and Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “To William Wordsworth.” In bequeathing the Prelude to Coleridge, Wordsworth transfers the burden entailed by the gift of poetic inspiration to his friend. Coleridge’s subversive response challenges this indebtedness and destabilizes his rival’s identity. 

1-13 - Teaching Languages and Culture Through Film
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 8:50am to 10:20am (McKenzie (PMCC))
Chair: Patrizia Comello Perry, Borough of Manhattan Community College

  1. Keys to the City: Imaging and Imagining Rome. Roberta K Waldbaum, University of Denver.

    In my quest to redesign curricula and lesson plans to better serve the 21st century learning community and reshape cultural awareness and critical thinking in a more global perspective, I have designed and taught an innovative undergraduate general education course, “Roman Images in Literature and Film,” that looks beyond the tourist façade of the Eternal City towards a city that it is imagined and filtered through the lens of a number of important writers and filmmakers of the 20th and 21st centuries.

  2. Teaching (and Critiquing) French Language and Culture through Intouchables. Lorenzo Giachetti, University of Washington.

    Intouchables has the best of intentions, but ultimately reinforces many cultural and social stereotypes it presents. However, its look into disability also reveals a language and culture long immortalized (and immobilized) by textbooks, and can open to students the true multiplicities and complexities within those actual, living bodies.

  3. Teaching Argumentative Rhetorical Style Using a Documentary Film: Devil's Playground. Deniz Gokcora, Borough of Manhattan Community College.

    Both English as a Second Language (ESL) and native speakers learn different rhetorical styles in remedial writing or ENG 101 classes. Teaching the argumentative rhetorical style using a documentary on Amish teenagers' Rumspringa is an excellent way not only to teach the mode of writing but cultural expectations and layers of culture as well.

  4. The Fellini and New Wave Projects: Teaching Culture through Film Study, Practice, and Experiential Learning. Kevin Bongiorni, Louisiana State University.

    This paper will discuss the role of short-term study abroad in teaching language and culture as it was used in The Fellini Projects I and II (Spring 2009 and 2010) and the New Wave Projects I and II (Spring 2013 and 2015). Through these projects, students are able to not simply to study and practice what they learn, through their study abroad, they are able to actually participate in the cultures through their activities on site.

1-14 - Utopias Imagined and Attempted
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 8:50am to 10:20am (Salon II (ET))
Chair: Jennifer Atkinson, University of Washington, Bothell

  1. Electronic Cockaigne; or, The Trouble with TED. Elizabeth Kubek, Gustavus Adolphus College.

    While the TED web site is a powerful and pleasurable resource, analysis of the overall rhetoric of TED talks reveals conflict between utopian and dystopian images of technology's potential for plentitude and fulfillment.  The overall impression is that of both almost infinite possibility and an alarming loss of human agency.

  2. Robotic Visions of Humanity. Christopher Sheehan, San Francisco State University.

    This paper examines the way that the 2014 remake of Robocop constructs a utopian vision for American society while revealing the posthuman concerns of its namesake.Karel Čapeck's R.U.R. likewise presents a utopian vision; one that corresponds to the advancements enacted in mass-produced robots. I argue that the conflict between the robots' nature and the ideology guiding their intended use reflects the inherent fault in the foundation of a humanistic utopia on posthumanity.

  3. Transformative Systems in the Novel. Russell Coldicutt, University of Sydney.

    This paper considers the way in which the formal elements of a novel – specifically, Murakami Haruki’s The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle – can be used to transform the cultural milieus from which it emerges. The form of Murakami’s novel, I will suggest, mobilizes a utopian impulse to discover more accommodating organizations of time.

  4. The Utopia/Dystopia of the Alcatraz Occupation. Danica Miller, University of Washington, Tacoma.

    Focusing on the Proclamation, but with support from the Declaration of the Return of Indian Land, my paper will analyze why Alcatraz, with its innumerable systematic faults, became the utopian vision of the early stages of the Indian rights movement of the late sixties.  

1-15 - Women in French I: Les femmes et le voyage en littérature et cinéma
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 8:50am to 10:20am (Deschutes (PMCC))
Chair: Catherine Montfort, Santa Clara University

  1. Le voyage de retour en France de Mme de La Tour du Pin . Catherine Montfort, Santa Clara University.

    Dans cette présentation, nous analyserons la façon dont Mme de La Tour du Pin se présente à ses lecteurs dans Le Journal d’une femme de 50 ans!. Nous nous pencherons en particulier sur son voyage de retour en France après son séjour de deux ans en Amérique

  2. Lulu, Femme Nue, Stepping-Out On The Road. Kevin Elstob, California State University, Sacramento.

    Women directors have made fewer road movies than comedies, romances, or historical dramas, but the female travel narrative is resonant. In Lulu femme nue (2013) by Sólveig Anspach, Lulu turns her back on husband and family by taking a journey where she meets people who, like her, seem to be living at the edge of the world.  She slowly discovers that she has not been herself for years.

  3. Amélie Nothomb et la mystique des transports aériens. Frédérique Chevillot, University of Denver.

    A quelques rares exceptions, tous les textes de Nothomb – il y en aujourd’hui 26 – font intervenir les transports aériens, qu’il s’agisse d’Attentat, du Voyage d’hiver ou d’Une forme de vie … Il m’intéresserait d’en analyser les manifestations et d’en tirer les conséquences diégétiques et esthétiques. 

2-01 - Adaptation Studies
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 10:40am to 12:10pm (Willamette (PMCC))
Chair: Yolanda Doub, California State University, Fresno

  1. Flimsy Phantasmagoria or Visual Zeitgeist?: Reception, Adaptation, and Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. Kalene VanHuss, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.

    Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 adaptation of The Great Gatsby received divided reviews despite being a box office success. Examining critical reviews of the film reveals viewers’ expectations for film adaptation as a genre and for the cinematic experience of Luhrmann’s particular style and his use of 3D technology. 

  2. Penny Dreadful: The 21st Century Victorian Gothic Serial. Sam Sturdivant, San Francisco State University.

    Focusing on Frankenstein's story line in Showtime's Penny Dreadful, I examine how the show adapts the novels it draws influence from, and uses an antiquated lens to recapitulate concerns that were as important to the Victorians as they are to contemporary audiences, primarily the fascination with moral dualism.

  3. Configuring Sequences: Documentary as Adaptation. Aili Zheng, Willamette University.

    In my paper I will explore how sequences are configured—and "realities" thus established—in representative films by Robert Joseph Flaherty, Walter Ruttmann, Michelangelo Antonioni, Jia Zhangke and Nikolaus Geyrhalter.

  4. “No Time for Jokeless History!”: Humor, History, and the Neo-Victorian (Re)Telling and (Re)Presentation of  Jane Eyre in Kate Beaton’s Hark! A Vagrant. Courtney Floyd, University of Oregon.

    In this paper, I examine Kate Beaton's adaptations of Jane Eyre in her 2011 collection of historical comics titled Hark! A Vagrant. I consider these adaptations from the perspectives of neo-Victorian studies, adaptation theory, and affect theory with an eye to post-colonial themes. 

2-02 - American Families
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 10:40am to 12:10pm (McKenzie (PMCC))
Chair: Martin W Kevorkian, University of Texas, Austin

  1. "What an Affectionate Father": Masculinity and Political Rhetoric in Pixar and Disney. Russell McDermott, University of Southern California.

    Representations of dads in the films of Disney and Pixar have certainly changed over time. Gone are the days, for the most part, of dead dads, forgotten dads, lost dads, and non-existent dads. Contemporary Pixar/Disney fathers are dynamic, different, and, this paper will contend, designed for didactic purposes. This paper will argue that contemporary constructions of masculinity in Disney and Pixar may be viewed as a response to looming and lingering anxieties about "the fatherhood crisis" of the 80s and 90s.

  2. Auditioning Father: Paternal Models in The Wide, Wide World and The Scarlet Letter. Robin Riehl, University of Texas at Austin.

    This paper explores how fatherhood becomes an organizing principle for two landmark novels of the nineteenth century: Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter and Susan Warner’s The Wide, Wide World, both of which are literally structured around a quest for finding and understanding fatherhood.

  3. Glory to the Family and the Self: Kinship, Influence, and Female Authorship. Sandra Maresh Doe, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

    Combining memoir, personal reflection, and scholarly analysis, this paper will look at the author's relationship to her great uncle, the artist Ray Boynton, using her personal quest to discover Boynton as a jumping off point for thinking about the artist's or writer's complex relationship to family.

  4. Mourning in Exchange: Blame, Entanglement and Fear in “Home Burial” and Rabbit Hole. Tikva Hecht, University of California - Riverside.

    Robert Frost’s “Home Burial” and David Lindsay-Abaire’s Rabbit Hole both portray couples struggling to communicate with each other while grieving the premature loss of a child. Through comparative readings, I argue that, for both couples, it is their entanglement and interconnectivity that is driving them apart as they balance the weight of mourning between them. 

2-03 - American Literature before 1865 II
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 10:40am to 12:10pm (Senate Suite (PH-ET))
Chair: Amanda Kong, University of California, Davis

  1. Melville Forward-Back: From Maui to Nantucket and Back Again. Kyle Kamaiopil, Tufts University.

    This essay investigates Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick in relationship to temporary labor spaces and residential sites from Nantucket to Maui. Using C.L.R. James’ anticolonial reading, I interpret the text as a decentering of U.S. national/genocidal space towards a more just spatiality for global Indigenous and Black laborers.

  2. Thinking Right, Acting Well: Sexuality, Race, and Reform in Nineteenth-Century Maritime Literature. Amy Parsons, California Maritime Academy.

    Through readings of Cooper’s The Red Rover and periodical literature about the many vices of sailors, this paper examines the relationship between maritime labor, queer sexualities, and the biopolitics of reform movements in the early nineteenth century that sought to contain the unruly energies of sailors on and off shore in the service of a racially pure nation.

  3. “Infiltrated Tissues”: Precarity and “Fellow-feeling” in Melville’s Moby Dick. Nicole Arslan, "California State University, Los Angeles".

    The nineteenth-century whaling industry may not, on the surface, seem the most appropriate context for the representation of “fellow-feeling” between men, and more interestingly, between speciesBut there are special circumstances in Moby Dick which allow for such representation.  This paper will examine such conditions, as well as Melvillean “fellow-feeling” as a political force.

2-04 - Beowulf and Related Topics
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 10:40am to 12:10pm (Studio Suite (PH-ET))
Chair: Stephanie Clark, University of Oregon

  1. The Poetics of Listing in the Old English Catalogue Poems. Derek Updegraff, Azusa Pacific University.

    This paper examines the various poetic elements of the Old English sapiential poems that rely on listing as a primary structure. The paper combines genre study with metrical analysis to show how Anglo-Saxon poets created artfully within the confinements of the verse catalogue.


  2. Their Holy Bodies: Eugenia, Æthelthryth, and Faith-Embodied Behavior in Old English Hagiography. Abigail Robertson, The University of New Mexico.

    The bodies of saints in medieval hagiography function as a metaphysical connection between the physical and spiritual for Anglo-Saxon readers by inherently connecting bodily trauma as a means of understanding religious devotion. This paper will explore the vitae of Eugenia and Æthelthryth and the way their bodies help to construct narratives which support each of their santifications in the Anglo-Saxon world. 

  3. Loving the Monster, Hating the Self: Identity, Desire, and Heterotemporality in Neil Gaiman’s “Bay Wolf”. Kristin Noone, Irvine Valley College.

    Given Neil Gaiman’s pop-culture appeal and critical acclaim, the repeated return to Beowulf in his work—the ways in which Gaiman is haunted by the poem—is worth investigating; “Bay Wolf,” the first of Gaiman’s Beowulfs, performs a complex and ultimately destabilizing exploration of genre, monstrosity, identity, and temporality.

2-05 - British Literature and Culture: Long 18th Century: (De)formed Femininity
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 10:40am to 12:10pm (Executive Suite (PH-ET))
Chair: Victoria Barnett-Woods, George Washington University

  1. “Cracks in the Varnish”: The Aging Coquette in William Congreve’s The Way of the World. Virginia Rawl, Baylor University.

    William Congreve’s drama The Way of the World offers a complex examination of the figure of the coquette. The coquette may be a transgressive figure who embodies female sexual agency, but Congreve suggests her power is temporary; she is eventually subject to the same social, sexual, and economic anxieties as her more conventional female counterparts. 

  2. The Antick Spectre of the Spleen: An Analysis of Representation of the Female Gender in Anne Finch and Alexander Pope . Andrew Pine, Western Washington University.

    Although Medical discourses in the eighteenth century were used to create reductionist, misogynistic representations of women, female writers such as Anne Finch co-constructed representations of femininity by engaging with, and ultimately critiquing these very same medical discourses. 

  3. Contested Maternity in Belinda. Seohyon Jung, Tufts University.

    This paper examines the consequences and failures of female education in Maria Edgeworth’s Belinda, with particular emphasis on the role of Lady Delacour as a matriarchic yet not quite maternal figure. In the larger context, this project aims to highlight the significance of understanding the socio-cultural specificities of maternity in the making of the narratives of British Empire. 

2-06 - English as a Second Language Studies II
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 10:40am to 12:10pm (Salon III (ET))
Chair: Rita C Cavigioli, University of Missouri-Columbia

  1. Developing the Ability to Succeed: Blissful Happenings with Educators and Local South Americans. David Clark, Independent Scholar.

    This is a personal essay depicting the wonderful people of Colombia and the Australian, Canadian, and American educators who work as ESL educators. I connect my experiences with linguistic theory, offering practical approaches for students who speak Spanish as their first language and experience the pressure that comes with an increasing demand to speak, read, and write in English.

  2. Pronunciation in Second Language Teaching and Learning. Taoues Hadour, University of Missouri.

    In this presentation, I am going to investigate  how to improve English as a second language pronunciation. When learners speak a second language, pronunciation is really important. Indeed, pronunciation has a positive effect on learning a second language and learners can gain the skills they need for effective communication in the target language.

  3. Activating Creativity in Elementary EFL Writing. Benjamin Taylor, Humboldt State University.

    As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Micronesia, I developed activities to encourage student creativity and enhance student writing.  Activities presented here are the product of collaborative efforts with 4th-through 8th grade Micronesian teachers over a two-year period.  Activities could be modified for a range of ELL contexts and environments.

2-07 - Film and Literature II
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 10:40am to 12:10pm (Columbia (PMCC))
Chair: Lorna Hutchison, Metropolitan State University of Denver, First Year Success

  1. The Family of the Gang: Representations of Community in Donald Bakeer’s CRIPS and Its Cinematic Adaptation. David Rose, Humboldt University (Germany).

    In the novel CRIPS (1987) and its film version South Central (1992), street gangs and family are presented as competing forms of community. The paper will examine the different ways in which these modes of belonging are negotiated in the medium of film as opposed to literature.

  2. Revising the Queer Child Vampire in Adaptations of Let the Right One In. James R. Aubrey, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

    Adaptations of Let the Right One In have variously changed the sexualities of characters to increase commercial appeal.  The Swedish film retains an element of the novel’s transsexuality, but the American film, graphic novel, and play titled Let Me In are, aside from the vampirism, stories of heteronormative young love.

  3. Literary and Documentary Metacommentary in the Work of Patrice Nganang and Jean-Marie Téno. Adelaide Kuehn, University of California - Los Angeles.

    This paper considers the questions Patrice Nganang and Jean-Marie Téno raise about the future of literature and film and, ultimately, argues that Nganang and Téno put forth opposing responses: while Nganang proposes forward-looking resolutions to the challenges facing African literature, Téno’s work advises a “return to Africa” in order to solve the problems of film distribution and reception. 

  4. Disability in Mohesen Makhmalbaf’s Kandahar. Sukshma Vedere, George Washington University.

      I argue that Kandahar represents the postcolonial state as a disabled space both literally and metaphorically. The film displaces notions of privacy, humanity, and able-bodied-ness to introduce queer gendering and coupling along the passage to Kandahar.

2-08 - Gertrude Stein Studies
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 10:40am to 12:10pm (Salon I (ET))
Chair: Janet Boyd, Fairleigh Dickinson University

  1. Modernism Made Round the Ring: Gertrude Stein and the Capitalist Cross-Cultural Circus. Laurel Recker, University of California Davis.

    This paper examines how Gertrude Stein was influenced by the Parisian circus movement that equally immersed her friends, Pablo Picasso and George Braques. Through pastiche, anaphora, and repetition, Stein’s writings limn the works and lives of an expatriate counter-circus in Interwar Paris, one that borrows heavily from local circus form. While criticizing an American circus and appropriating elements of a French one, her works render what I call “circus-time,” a temporality that refuses national telos to embrace the “now” of a celebratory present.

  2. “Forget grammar and think about potatoes”—Teaching Stein in Japan. Meghan Kuckelman Beverage, Meio University (Japan).

    This presentation will examine the current scholarship on the teaching of Gertrude Stein in light of experiences teaching Stein's works to EFL students. It will consider the value of a pedagogy focused on the freedom from understanding, which is shared by the teacher and the students.

  3. The Rhetoric of Queer Identity in Gertrude Stein’s Geographical History of America. Jill Darling, University of Michigan-Dearborn.

    Gertrude Stein’s Geographical History is a cultural commentary focused on dismantling (or queering) regulations of language and sexuality. The formal practices of the text become strategies for enacting the content of cultural critique and offering alternatives—for language, narrative, and queer identity—to dominant modes of discourse and socialization.

2-09 - Indigenous Literatures and Cultures I
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 10:40am to 12:10pm (Cabinet Suite (PH-ET))
Chair: Michelle Raheja, University California, Riverside

  1. "Because I am Indian": Indigenous Voice, Language, and Authority in Inca Garcilaso de la Vega's Royal Commentaries of the Incas. Manuel del Alto, University of California Irvine.

    In this paper I take a new approach to the study of a canonical Spanish-language text, written in 1609, to argue that it should be considered for how it uses the indigenous language of the Andes, Quechua, to embed an alternative mode of conveying cultural history, dependent on sound, oral history, and audience, thereby breaking from strictly Western conceptions of history making. 

  2. Return of the Living/Dead: Reading Indigenous Subjectivity in the Figure of the Zombie. Kali Simmons, University of Oregon.

    The zombie has recently recaptured the attention of US culture. This paper will examine how anxieties surrounding the event of the zombie siege parallel settler-colonial anxieties regarding space and subjectivity. Through this lens, the figure of the zombie can be mobilized for indigenous critiques of US colonization and sovereignty.

  3.  Similar Places: Emerging Approaches to Multiethnic Literature in Contemporary Literary Memoirs by Black and Indigenous Women. Theresa Warburton, Western Washington University.

    This paper uses Leanne Betasamosake Simpson’s methodology of “similar place” to explore how we might reimagine the teaching and study of multiethnic literature in a way that reckons with the interrelatedness of settler colonialism and anti-black racism in the contemporary US. By looking at memoirs by Black and Native women, I explore how authors rearticulate the relationship between spatial and personal histories in order to confront intersecting structures of colonial violence.

  4. Queer Indigenous Poetics: The Formulation of a Two-Spirit Cyborg Trickster. Joshua Whitehead, The University of Winnipeg.

    I argue that queer Indigenous poetics are especially needed now in the rise of movements like Idle No More #MMIWG2S where media representations not only make invisible and indisputable the lives/deaths of Indigenous peoples but also simultaneously erase the lived experiences of two-spirit individuals through the act of remembrance.  

2-10 - Literature and Global Crisis I
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 10:40am to 12:10pm (Directors Suite (PH-ET))
Chair: Heidi Schlipphacke, University of Illinois, Chicago

  1. Literature and Global Crisis in Roberto Bolaño’s The Savage Detectives. Richard Sperber, Carthage College.

    Bolaño’s novel from 1998 echoes Ulrich Beck’s concept of global crisis which stresses the dissolution of cultural traditions and a growing emphasis on the individual’s self-construction and performance. The novel’s portrait of three experimental writers and its own narrative self-reflexivity show how literature contributes to the accumulation of risks in contemporary society.

  2. Sympathizing Detachment in W.H. Auden's poetry. Boram Kim, Sogang University (South Korea).

    W. H. Auden in “September 1, 1939,” though he reveals his own detachment and propaganda to WW2, hints at an alternative way of dealing with catastrophe from afar. Though it may be impossible to reconcile contradictive reality, he chooses to take on the mental responsibility about the unchanging world.

  3. Structural Preoccupations and Inassimilable Wounds: An Experiment in Reading The Descent of Alette. Clara Tschudi-Campbell, University of California at Davis.

    This paper takes up Moretti’s challenge to “read distantly” in the face of global crisis. It presents an experiment in reading Alice Notely’s Descent of Alette by graphically mapping the poems, and thus demonstrates how poetry can register the conditions of our society in crisis and reveal both the structural contradictions and the potentials of such a society.

  4. Flair du Temps: Crisis and Committed Disengagement in Houellebecq’s Soumission. Andrea Gogrof, Western Washington University.

    This paper argues that Houellebecq’s controversial novel Soumission is less a political fiction than a reformulation of the big questions of meaning and purpose of life as they were articulated by Soren Kierkegaard and Friedrich Nietzsche in philosophy and Charles Baudelaire and Joris-Karl Huysmans in literature. The Schopenhauerian “ambiance of resignation” (Houellebecq) that pervades the novel, I will show, is counteracted by a distinct commitment to life that expresses itself in ironic fashion through a uplifting and even tender realism.  

2-11 - Narrative and Time II: Non-linear Novels and Specific Time Culture
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 10:40am to 12:10pm (Rogue (PMCC))
Chair: Pauline Beard, Pacific University

  1. Myth and Duel Temporality in David Jones’ In Parenthesis. Samantha Solomon, Washington State University.

    This paper argues that David Jones’ In Parenthesis uses the double temporality of myth and reality in order to represent what it was like for First World War soldiers to renegotiate their expectations of war as glorious with its realities. Through his use of fragmented non-linear time in which myth is layered over the violence and chaos of trench life, Jones creates a narrative that seeks to represent a meaningful layer of soldier experience beyond the literal. 

  2. Reversing Filth: Temporal Play and Violence in Time’s Arrow. AJ Burgin, University of Washington, Seattle.

    This paper positions Martin Amis' Time's Arrow within ongoing literary negotiations with linear time. The novel’s temporal reversal serves as a critique of the underlying logics that made violence and oppression possible in 1990s England.

  3. Strategic Timelessness and Placelessness: Non-linear Narratives by Romani "Gypsy" Writers. Lorely French, Pacific University.

    Stereotypes of Roma often romanticize their "timeless" and "placeless" culture and history. Many European Romani writers use non-linear narrative structures strategically in order to develop alternative ways to express their relation to time and place and to confront stereotypes. They thereby keep vital connections between past, present, and future alive.

2-12 - Queerness and Animality II
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 10:40am to 12:10pm (Winery (PMCC))
Chair: Rudi Kraeher, University of California, Riverside

  1. Human See, Human Do: Idioglossia and the Unraveling of Human Exceptionalism. Shane Ochoa, California State University, Los Angeles.

    If human exceptionalism is to be challenged, language must be a definitive site of contention. Karen Joy Fowler, in We Are All Completely Besides Ourselves, challenges the notion that human language is the highest form of communication. Fowler introduces “idioglossia” and through human/chimp communication, attempts to unseat human exceptionalism.


  2. Marian Engel’s Bear and Timothy Treadwell: Queering Ecocritical Spaces . Chelsea Grimmer, University of Washington - Seattle.

    Marian Engel’s novel, Bear, is about a woman librarian who temporarily moves to northern Canada and collects and documents archival and historical artifacts and books. This results in her sexual relationship with a bear, and recalls real-life Timothy Treadwell's proximal relations to bears. These relationships manifest a re-consideration of the species divide, or the hierarchical binaries associated with such a divide, and can be articulated through an ecopoetics that seeks out nonreproductive, non-companion species intimacies.

  3. Can the Animal Speak?: From Mr. Ed to Dating Horses. Anastassiya Andrianova, North Dakota State University.

    This paper examines the representation of animal desire in several texts about horses and human-horse relationships, including Tolstoy’s “Strider,” Peter Shaffer’s Equus, and the recent interview with a zoophile who dates mares.  The goal is to interrogate and challenge anthropocentric resistance to acknowledging and validating animals’ subjective experience and sexuality. 

2-13 - Religion in American Literature II
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 10:40am to 12:10pm (Skyline IV (PH-ET))
Chair: Marc Malandra, Biola University

  1. Discovering "The God Within”: The Experience and Manifestation of Emerson’s Evolving Philosophy of Intuition. Anne Turner, Utah Valley University.

    Emerson’s voyage to Europe, following his first wife’s death and his resignation from Unitarianism, offered spiritual cleansing from restraining edicts that conflicted with his own theological theories. Personal encounters with Romanticism during his voyage reinforced his conviction in individual subjectivity as the ultimate authority of religious understanding.

  2. Helene Johnson’s Poetry of Christian Conflict. Eleanor Wakefield, University of Oregon.

    Helene Johnson, poet of the Harlem Renaissance, interrogated received ideas about Christian faith and African American history in various verse forms; this paper uses the sonnet “A Missionary Brings a Young Native to America” and the free-verse “Magula” to explore in two ways whether and how to accept faith.

  3. Reflections on the Yin-Centered Spirituality of Ursula K. Le Guin. Liesl King, York St John University.

    Ursula Le Guin’s writing explores a ‘yin-centered’ spirituality, one which draws on Taoism as it pauses to evaluate and shift sideways that which she identifies as America’s ‘yang’ centered approach to cultural advancement.

  4. Eucatastrophic Consolation in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. Haein Park, Biola University.

    Toward the very end of the novel The Road, Cormac McCarthy’s tone and style suddenly shift with an allusion to a verdant landscape.  I argue in my paper that the discrepancy between the unremitting darkness surrounding McCarthy’s descriptions of a shattered world and the image of wholeness glimpsed at the end of the novel can be understood through the concept of eucatastrophe, first introduced by J.R.R. Tolkien in his essay on fairy tales, and elaborated by the British theologian, Trevor Hart. 

2-14 - Spanish and Portuguese (Peninsular) I
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 10:40am to 12:10pm (Salon II (ET))
Chair: Daniel H. Brown, Western Illinois University

  1. The Greatest Perils: María de Zayas as Secret Secessionist?. Julia Farmer, University of West Georgia.

    Critics have long tended to view Maria de Zayas as a conservative figure in favor of upper-class and Habsburg hegemony. A closer reading of her Desengaños amorosos, however, reveals that Zayas’s call for female independence is often intrinsically linked to the secessionist tendencies of rebellious Habsburg realms during the 1640’s, and that the Desengaños may be read in a more revolutionary vein than it may appear at first glance.

  2. The Quixote and the Medieval Spanish Theory of History. DeLys Ostlund, Portland State University.

    This paper will explore the relationship between the Quixote and the theory of history found in the prologues of medieval works ranging from novels of chivalry to official court chronicles.

  3. Demencia calculada o inteligencia a la deriva: Locura y autocensura en los personajes de Maximiliano Rubín de Fortunata y Jacinta y don Quijote de El Ingenioso Hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha de Miguel. Ramona Ojeda, Texas Tech University.

    El artículo examina el fenómeno psiquiátrico de la locura como recurso literario. Desarrolla una lectura comparativa entre los personajes de Maximiliano Rubín de Fortunata y Jacinta de Benito Pérez Galdós y don Quijote de El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha de Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra.

  4. José María Blanco White y el legado de la mágica al-Ándalus. Juan Jesús Payán, University of California - Los Angeles.

    En esta presentación me propongo documentar la función que desempeñó el legado fantástico morisco y andalusí en la obra del exiliado liberal José María Blanco White durante la primera recepción del hoffmanianismo en Inglaterra y el impacto de sus ideas en autores posteriores.

2-15 - Women in French II: Femmes françaises et francophones en religion
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 10:40am to 12:10pm (Deschutes (PMCC))
Chair: Frédérique Chevillot, University of Denver

  1. Experience de Dieu dans l'Extase et construction narrato-identitaire dans Sauvage de Nina Bouraoui. Maria Luisa Ruiz, Medgar Evers College of The City University of New York.

    Dans Sauvage, Nina Bouraoui nous fait de nouveau plonger dans les profondeurs et les complexités du psychisme de ses personnages adolescents et nous invite à suivre l’élucidation d’un mystère qui prend les allures d’une expérience de l’extase.
    Troublée par la mort de son meilleur ami, Aliya, narratrice du récit, développe une énorme acuité perceptive et explore son individualité en recréant Dieu dans une poétique mystique et sauvage.

  2. Le monde judaïque et la divine féminine dans Un Été à Jérusalem de Chochana Boukhobza. Natalie Brenner, University of Oregon.

    Dans Un Été à Jérusalem, Chochana Boukhobza présente un récit de la ville lors de la guerre de 1982, narré par une jeune femme tunisienne juive qui vient passer l’été chez ses parents exilés. Boukhobza y met en question le rôle de la femme dans la culture, société, et religion juives afin d'y réclamer une présence et un pouvoir féminins.

  3. La dialectique de la violence et du sacré sur le voile islamique dans Ma vie à contre coran de Djemila Benhabib. Paulette Chandler, University of Southern California.

    Cette présentation traite de la dialectique scripturale de la violence et du sacré comme arme d’expression personnelle de Djemila Benhabib pour avancer sa lutte contre le port du voile islamique et la violence infligée gratuitement aux femmes musulmanes au nom de l’Islamiste politique et des crimes d’honneur afin de prôner leur émancipation.

  4. Pourquoi des Françaises choisissent-elles le voile intégral?. Alain Gabon, Virginia Wesleyan College.

    Quoique désormais interdits en France, certaines musulmanes salafistes continuent à porter niqabs et burqas.  En nous basant sur les études de terrain conduites par les anthropologues des religions et sur mon propre travail,  j’expliquerai les motivations qui ont conduit quelques 2,000 musulmanes à adopter le voile islamique intégral, ainsi que les logiques qui régissent cette praxis et qui sont à l’opposé des arguments utilisés pour en justifier l’interdiction.

-Presidential Address and Luncheon
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 12:20pm to 1:50pm (Skyline I (PH-ET))
Chair: Cheryl Edelson, Chaminade University of Honolulu

  1. The Future of Melancholia: Freud, Fassbinder, and Anxiety After War. Heidi Schlipphacke, University of Illinois, Chicago.

    This talk interprets Freud’s essay on melancholia, the mood seen as defining post-WWII Germany, as a work that points anti-intuitively to the future. R.W. Fassbinder’s films embody melancholy as the emotional state that structures Fassbinder's anxious queer futures. Heidi Schlipphacke is Associate Professor of Germanic Studies at the University of Illinois, Chicago and a scholar of the German Enlightenment, kinship, gender, and the aesthetics and emotions inhabiting post-WWII German and Austrian literature and film.

3-01 - Architecture, Space, and Literature I
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm (Willamette (PMCC))
Chair: John M. Ganim, UC Riverside

  1. Ekphrasis and Cognitive Maps in Guillermo Fadanelli’s Hotel DF. Craig Epplin, Portland State University.

    Guillermo Fadanelli’s 2010 novel Hotel DF functions as a cognitive map of Mexico City. It suggests a new model for understanding the relationship between space and text. Rather than collapsing the two terms together, as is common today, he maintains distance between them through ekphrastic narration.

  2. Yi-Fu Tuan’s Coming Home to China (2007): Interrogating the Story of Ourselves Through Traveling Bodies, Spaces, Homes, and Mixed Geographies. . Jean Amato, Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York.

    In his 2007 memoir Coming Home to China, the geographer Yi-Fu Tuan illustrates how the representation of the ancestral home is a fluid, two-way process of affiliation that is simultaneously local and global, private and public, symbolic and material, individual and communal, and in dialogue with past and present.

  3. Odes on Oysters, Poems on Pillars: Literary Experiences of Chang’an’s Daxingshan Monastery in 8th and 9th century China. Alexei Ditter, Reed College.

    This paper examines literary writings produced on or within the environs of the Daxingshan Monastery of 8th and 9th century Chang’an, examining how the literary traces of earlier visitors shaped the experiences of later ones as well as ways in which communication of experiences of place were mediated by genre.

  4. The Facts and Fictions of 9/11: Memories, Museums, and Memorials. Kristine Miller, Utah State University.

    This paper connects the rhetoric of commemorative storytelling with iconography of physical structures by analyzing memorialization in post-9/11 New York.  The paper compares sound recordings (from Columbia's 9/11 Oral History Project) with fiction and journalism (Amy Waldman’s The Submission and “Portraits of Grief”) and physical spaces (9/11 Memorial and Museum). 

3-02 - Chaucer and Related Topics
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm (Executive Suite (PH-ET))
Chair: Tara Williams, Oregon State University

  1. The Anatomy of a Swoon in Chaucer's Book of the Duchess. Lynn Shutters, Colorado State University.

    This essay examines Alcyone's swoon in the Book of the Duchess as an intersection of affective, somatic, and cognitive responses through which Chaucer explores the limits of emotional performance. By establishing that Alcyone’s swoon is alternately linked to her status as classical pagan and virtuous wife, the essay shows how constructions of gender and religion impinge upon her embodied emotional performance and heighten its ethical ambiguity. 

  2. On the Road: Canterbury Tales Minus the Tales. Rhonda Sharrah, San Francisco State University.

    Examining the often-neglected link passages of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, not as merely supplementary to the General Prologue portraits and the pilgrims' embedded Tales, but as the defining factor of the frame which exemplifies the Chaucer's artistic/social project. 

  3. Keep Your Hands to Yourself: Manicule Use in Thomas Speght's 1602 Workes of Chaucer. Daniel Zimmerman, James Madison University.

    Thomas Speght's editorial use of manicules to pre-mark sententiae in his 1602 edition of Chaucer's Workes for commonplacing backfired, diluting the profundity of the maxims and undercutting the complexity, nuance, and humor the lines contribute in their local context.

3-03 - Comics and Graphic Narratives
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm (Skyline IV (PH-ET))
Chair: Sam Johnson, Wenatchee Valley College

  1. Rhetoric and Lost Marbles: Applying Aristotle to Grasp Graphic Narrative. Emily Wierszewski, Seton Hill University.

    In this session, the presenter will share a rhetorical analysis of Ellen Forney's graphic memoir Marbles, demonstrating how rhetorical concepts frequently used to analyze print-based texts, such as hyperbole and ethos, can inform and enrich our experience of visual texts.

  2. Nation and Individual: The Effects of Capitalism on Identity in Jimmy Corrigan. Shanna Killeen, Oregon State University.

    In Chris Ware’s Jimmy Corrigan, national and individual identity are tied together through a system of appropriation that structures identity. This system—based in cultural appropriation and reproduction, and repression of the appropriative source—is practiced by the nation and capitalism at large and is enforced into the personal identity of citizens through hegemony. This system forces identity to be performative, leaving Jimmy and other individuals to deal with the conflict of losing their unique value in a capitalist driven nation.

  3. Duration and the Unendurable: Queer Time in Julie Maroh's Le bleu est une couleur chaude. Sarah Jensen, York University (Canada).

    The tension between chronological diary entries and unbounded recollections in Julie Maroh's Le bleu est une couleur chaude (Blue Is the Warmest Colour) highlights the struggle between "chrononormativity" and queer temporality. This conflict is drawn out through specific visual choices and in the relationships among the graphic novel's main characters.

  4. Comics, Adolescents, and the Language of Mental Illness. Sarah Thaller, Washington State University.

    Focusing specifically on David Heatley's "Overpeck," and Nate Powell's Swallow Me Whole, I will demonstrate that comics provide an ideal venue for the complex language of mental illness. More than any other medium, comics have the potential to combat the misinformation and damaging portrayals so commonly presented in young adult literature.

3-04 - Contemporary European Cinema
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm (Winery (PMCC))
Chair: Andrea Gogrof, Western Washington University

  1. Is Cinema Mortal?: The Lumière Short Films of Costa-Gavras, Haneke, and Wenders. Riley Jessett, Western Washington University.

    An examination of the anthropocentric metaphors of the 'life' of cinema in the 1995 anthology film Lumière et compagnie from the 'childhood' of early cinema and its audiences to the 'death' or 'old age' in contemporary European cinema, particularly through analyisis of the short films provided by Michael Haneke, Costa-Gavras, and Wim Wenders.

  2. Contemporary Cinematic Representations of WWI Heterotopias. Christopher McCauley, Portland State University.

    During times of war, humans experience a disruption of connection to normal time and space. Drawing on Foucault’s concept of heterotopia and Barthes’ concept of idiorrhythmie, this paper focuses on contemporary French cinematic depictions of WWI, noting that wartime spaces such as trenches and specialized hospitals are pockets of time in which humans experience an altered sense of reality.

  3. Dwellings in Time: The Struggle for Appropriate Form in Pedro Costa's Letters from Fontainhas Trilogy. Andrew Bingham, Queen's University, Kingston.

    I address three aspects of the struggle for appropriate form in Letters from Fontainhas: individuals dwelling in ruinous time; the decaying buildings in which they dwell; and the artistic form through which they are depicted—as and for themselves, in the extended portrait of flinching human dignity Costa offers to his audience.

3-05 - Critical Theory II
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm (Salon I (ET))
Chair: Aaron Hodges, Pennsylvania State University

  1. The Generic Reader: The Good, The Bad, and The Chaotic. David Miller, "Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles".

    This paper examines how reader-response theory has suffered between its theoretical base and its practical use.  One link between the two is genre theory.  I propose that there are genres of reading and that genre itself is better understood using the tropes of chaos theory.

  2. Reading Between the Lines: Jean-Francois Lyotard's The Differend and Truman Capote's In Cold Blood. Juliana Rausch, Temple University.

    My paper discusses the relationship between Jean-Francois Lyotard's philosophy and the aesthetics of the New Journalism. I intend to demonstrate how Lyotard's work in the field of both aesthetics and ethics illuminates   the moral value of the narrative mode of the New Journalists. 

  3. "I Wasn’t There, But I Still Remember”: Testimony After 9/11. Sarah Senk, California State University - Maritime.

    This paper examines how the National 9/11 Memorial Museum produces an ostensibly all-inclusive notion of witness. If the traditional archive represents the past in isolation, the museum gestures to a fundamental re-articulation of what we think of as the there and then, constituting a new form of personal memory that is no longer based on proximal witnessing, but nevertheless comes to constitute historical knowledge.

3-06 - East-West Literary Relations
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm (Cabinet Suite (PH-ET))
Chair: Mike Sugimoto, Pepperdine University

  1. Tagore and the Modernists: Notes towards Extending the Modernist Canon. Mousumi Roy Chowdhury, Independent Scholar.

    This paper reads Tagore alongside the modernists in their common critique of modernity. The dense body of symbols and allegories in Tagore's The Red Oleander and The Post Office among other plays are explored as idioms of resistance that engage with questions of power, institutions, freedom.The reading of Tagore alongside the modernists works on extending the modernist cannon.  

  2. Two Erotic Novels of Metamorphosis. Sonia Sabnis, Reed College.

    I compare two erotic novels that culminate in religious transformation: Apuleius’ Golden Ass and the Carnal Prayer Mat attributed to Li Yu. Despite contextual differences, a comparison helps to refine major questions in narratological and reception-based approaches to Apuleius and lays groundwork for the reception of the Latin novel in the 20th century.

  3. Yours, Mine, and Ours: Anglo-Indian Food and the Construction of Dual Identities in Nineteenth-Century British Literature. Ariel Weygandt, Texas Christian University.

    The consumption of food creates personal, familial, and national ties.  Within nineteenth century British literature, the inclusion of Anglo-Indian food on the English table demonstrated the Empire’s mastery over its Indian colony and also constructed a hybrid culture between Britain and Indian through the nationalization of indigenous dishes into English culture.

3-07 - Faulkner and Time I
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm (Senate Suite (PH-ET))
Chair: Michael Zeitlin, The University of British Columbia

  1. "Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow": Anthropogenic Time in Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury. John McIntyre, University of Prince Edward Island.

    This paper analyses William Faulkner's 1929 novel, The Sound and the Fury for its representation of ecological time.  Taking into account recent efforts to read modern literature alongside the contemporary rise of the anthropocene, I explore how Faulkner measures the passage of time in geologic and climatic terms, the sheer scale of which miniaturizes the circumscribed lives and times of the characters who inhabit the novel.  

  2. “Ravel Out Into Time”: Phenomenology and Temporality in As I Lay Dying. Zachary Tavlin, University of Washington - Seattle.

    I will argue in this essay that William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying conceives of a time whose function is one of confrontation with and contamination of the phenomenological structure of time-consciousness and its presupposed relation to space.

  3. Chronotopic Colonialisms and Transmitted Traumas in Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!. Jenna Sciuto, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

    Faulkner portrays the crimes of the colonial past, such as racism and violence, as inescapable in each period depicted in Absalom, Absalom!.  Through this cyclical repetition, Faulkner posits a different relationship between the South’s colonial past and the present, which takes the form of traumatic repetition.  

  4. Refusal to Suppress Death: Reading Faulkner and Benjamin against Bergson. Jacob Meeks, Rutgers University.

    In my presentation I intent to explore the similarities between William Faulkner and Walter Benjamin's conceptions of time by triangulating them against frequent comparisons to Henri Bergson. 

3-08 - Foreign Languages in General Education: Trends and Practices
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm (McKenzie (PMCC))
Chair: Aili Zheng, Willamette University

  1. Foreign Languages as Gen Ed: In Search of Allies. Hans Rindisbacher, Pomona College.

    My contribution takes the form of an Erfahrungsbericht of integrating German into various institutional and educational collaborations in the liberal arts context over the past two decades. Bearing in mind current national trends in foreign-language enrollments, I will suggest that finding suitable interdisciplinary partners may be a key step toward the continued relevance of foreign languages in undergraduate general education.

  2. Foreign Languages in a Pressure Cooker. Damian Bacich, San Jose State University.

    As Chair of a World Languages Department at a large urban public university, I have witnessed the struggles surrounding General Education resulting from budgetary and policy pressures. In my presentation I will speak to some of the ways we are working to address the challenges of the present.

  3. Spanish Language Classes, GE, and the California Conundrum. Yolanda Doub, California State University, Fresno.

    California’s large percentage of heritage Spanish speakers present a unique challenge for GE: how to offer meaningful language instruction to students across the spectrum without alienating any students along the proficiency continuum. This paper explores issues teaching GE Spanish in a setting with a significant percentage of heritage Spanish speakers who may lack formal grammar instruction.

3-09 - French I
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm (Deschutes (PMCC))
Chair: CJ Gomolka, DePauw University

  1.  Camus, 50 ans après. Laura Klein, University of California, Irvine.

    Dans cet exposé je me propose d’interroger de quel type de post-colonialisme il s’agit il dans Meursault contre-enquête,  roman écrit par Kamel Daoud 50 ans après la libération algérienne.

  2. Bande de filles de Céline Sciamma : une esthétique orientaliste ? . Cheira Belguellaoui, DePauw University.

    L’objectif de cette communication est d’explorer/relever ce qui dans la mise-en-scène (formes et représentations) de Sciamma signale ou non une esthétisation orientalisante de la figure de l'adolescente noire et si cette même esthétisation va à l’encontre de la « dynamique politique » du film.  


  3. Colette’s Music Hall World on Film: On Tour by Mathieu Alméric or Variety Lights by Fellini?. Dorothee Polanz, James Madison University.

    This paper analyses three works depicting the world of music hall: Colette's literary account Musical Sidelights, Mathieu Almaric's 2010 movie On Tour based on the 1900 novel, and Fellini's first film Variety Lights. Although Almaric movie claimed to be based on Colette's work, it missed the point. However, Variety Lights, movie which bears no relation to the French writer's depiction, would be a much more fatithful adaptation of it as the film centers on the same paradox.

  4. Stand Still: Alienation, Madness and Forbidden Love in Blue Bay Palace by Natacha Appanah Mouriquand. Vanessa Borilot, Elizabethtown College.

    Je propose de démontrer la dichotomie qui existe entre l’héritage de l’Inde et la nécessaire créolisation de l’ile, héritière, elle, de l’esclavage et de l’engagisme

3-10 - Interruptions of Sovereignty
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm (Columbia (PMCC))
Chair: Marguerite Waller, University of California, Riverside

  1. Unframing Sovereignty in Rossellini’s Florence. Marguerite Waller, University of California, Riverside.

    Waller reads the Florentine episode of Roberto Rossellini’s iconic Italian neorealist film, Paisan (1946), as it temporarily empties the visual frames of Florence’s historic apotheosis of the logic and aesthetics of sovereignty in politics, philosophy, art, and architecture. Spectators are reminded of the violence in which Florentine humanism was rooted, while their own tendency to polarize figures into victims and perpetrators is harshly disrupted.

  2. Translation and Sovereignty: Racialized Spectacles of Sexual Violence in the Okinawan Reversion Movement. Annmaria Shimabuku, University of California, Riverside.

    Reportage has highlighted the spectacle of interracial sexual violence of the U.S. military against Okinawan women in order to legitimize Okinawa’s reintegration into the Japanese state as its periphery. Okinawa’s repatriation to the law in 1972, however, did not afford it justice; it merely suspended it once again into in a perpetual state of exception.

  3. The Language of Dissent: Irony as Interruption in Gezi Park Protests. Gulin Cetin, University of California, Riverside.

    Irony as “permanent parabasis,” an interruption that never ceases to disrupt the coherence of a system, is crucial to understanding the Gezi Park Protests which took place in Turkey on a massive scale in June 2013. This paper will analyze the effect of irony used by protestors in the Gezi Park protests, calling attention to irony's power to interrupt and disrupt the discourse of authority both linguistically and performatively.

  4. Respondent. Tanya Rawal, California State University at Los Angeles.

    Tanya Rawal’s dissertation, “Debt Sentences: The Poetics and Politics of Credit Culture in India, Italy, and the Inland Empire, 1930-Present” (2015), raises key questions about the moral and monetary values that shape creditor-debtor relationships. Rawal has lectured at the University of Delhi and University of California, Riverside.

3-11 - Jewish Literature and Culture I
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm (Studio Suite (PH-ET))
Chair: Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver

  1. Opening the Dybbuk Box. Cheryl Edelson, Chaminade University of Honolulu.

    Originating in 2001 Portland, Oregon, the dybbuk box mythos includes adaptations in print culture, reality television, and Hollywood film. I situate various iterations of this transmedia “bobe-mayse” within the context of the ambivalent reception of Jews and Judaism throughout the literary and cinematic Gothic.  

  2. Allen Ginsberg's Domesticity. Steven Gould Axelrod, University of California, Riverside.

    In counterpoint to the mobility of “boxcars boxcars boxcars” in “Howl,” this presentation explores the tropes of settled domesticity and “Senior Citizen Jewish” identity permeating Ginsberg’s later poems such as “Fourth Floor, Dawn, Up All Night Writing Letters” and “In My Kitchen in New York.”

3-12 - Literature and Global Crisis II
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm (Directors Suite (PH-ET))
Chair: Sangita Gopal, University of Oregon

  1. Virtual Public Spheres and the Crisis of Literature. Karin Bauer, McGill University.

    Questioning alarmist talk about the global crisis of reading and the demise of literature and the book, my paper examines digital spaces promoting debates about literature. Drawing on several virtual sites, such as suhrkamp’s logbuch, Riesenmaschine, and blogs, I analyze how these sites promote participatory, collaborative, and contemplative intellectual exchange.

  2. The Globalized World: A Critical View from the Southern Hemisphere. Norma Kaminsky, University of Washington.

    Ishtiyaq Shukri's The Silent Minaret lifts the South African experience to illustrate the global persistence of apartheid enclaves, while questioning the discourse of diversity overlaying an alienating environment that worships instant exchange but which wallows in fear of difference and dissent.

  3. How Post-Memory Dramas The Lives of Others and I Am My Own Wife Embody Aspects of German Culture for a New Generation . Emily Heebner, Chapman University.

    Two post-memory narratives, the Tony/Pulitzer Prize winning play, I Am My Own Wife, and Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Film, The Lives of Others, demonstrate the ambiguous roles truth and memory play within the art of historical dramas. As playwright Doug Wright discovers, ambiguities and confusion complicate post-memory narratives even as the stories evoke empathic responses from audiences.

  4. Respondent. Sangita Gopal, University of Oregon.

    Sangita Gopal is an Associate Professor of English specializing in film, media and postcolonial theory. She is author of Conjugations: Marriage and Film Form in New Bollywood Cinema (Chicago, 2012) and co-editor of Global Bollywood (Minnesota, 2008) and "The Fourth Screen: Intermedia in South Asia." She is currently working on a book on women filmmakers in India.

3-13 - Narrative and Time III: Timely and Untimely Interventions in Contemporary U.S. Fiction
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm (Rogue (PMCC))
Chair: Jeffrey Severs, University of British Columbia

  1. Fragmentary Communication and Neocolonial Intervention in William Gaddis’s J R. Jae Sharpe, The University of British Columbia (Canada).

    Portraying characters as disembodied and decontextualized voices, William Gaddis’s novel J R draws analogs between the behaviour of individuals who comprise corporations and the practices of these corporations within the larger context of American multinational involvement in international politics in the 1960s-70s, both of which are characterized by their fragmented, partial presence acting as a strategy for the unrestricted accumulation of resources and financial assets.

  2. Timely Interventions: George Saunders’ Post-Postmodern America . Theodore Miller, Independent Scholar.

    This presentation provides a reading of a selection of George Saunders' fiction, arguing that Saunders' work has consistently provided a post-postmodern intervention that has sought to combat the anxieties of the era with empathetic understanding.

  3. The Rejection of Contract in Contemporary U.S. Fiction. Jeffrey Severs, University of British Columbia.

    This paper explores ideas and images of contracts – from book deals to the social contract – in contemporary writers including William Gaddis, David Foster Wallace, and Jonathan Franzen. The paper argues that, counterintuitively, these writers (especially Gaddis and Wallace) are largely wary of contracts, particularly as a metaphor for understanding the reader/writer relationship and forms of democratic agency. The essay touches as well on the political and economic contexts, especially neoliberalism, in which these writers fashion their contractual metaphors.

3-14 - Queer Poetics
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm (Salon III (ET))
Chair: Ryan D. Sullivan, University California, Riverside

  1. Queering Confession in Walt Whitman's Manuscript Live Oak, with Moss. Samuel Bakkila, Portland State University.

    This paper explores Live Oak, With Moss, a collection of handwritten manuscripts by Walt Whitman that reveal an autobiographical, confessional, and homoerotic speaker. This paper traces this set of poems as they were incorporated into Leaves of Grass in ways that both 'confess' and obscure the investment in homoeroticism of both the poet and his work, thereby demanding a retheorization of the queer poetics and politics of confession.

  2. Queering the Lyric “I”: Arthur Rimbaud, Paul Verlaine, and Renée Vivien. Louise Brown, University of California - Los Angeles.

    My paper will examine the ways in which Paul Verlaine, who writes with a feminine “je”, Arthur Rimbaud, who proposes conceiving of “je” as an other, and Renée Vivien, whose “je” simultaneously embodies two sexes, problematize the notions of poetic identity and subjectivity in relation to queerness.

  3. Meditations in the Construction Self: Don Draper and Frank O’Hara. Brennan Bestwick, Kansas State University.

    The second season of AMC’s period drama, Mad Men, begins and ends with numerous references to poet Frank O’Hara.  An examination of the poet’s work and photographs taken of the author, reveals a careful construction of his self image, efforts we find similarly exhibited by Mad Men’s star, Don Draper. 

  4. (Re)Imagining Queer Connections Between the Erotic and the Shadow-Beast in the Poetry of Queer Women. Jamie Maccarthy, Humboldt State University.

    Poems are sites of (re)imagining; sites where we as queer women are able to (re)imagine who we are and (re)imagine those vital things that were lost when our Shadow-Beasts were banished and our erotics were removed from us like infected limbs. It is our poetry that gives name to those things that were nameless and formless until we put our pens to paper.

3-15 - Spanish and Portuguese (Peninsular) II
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm (Salon II (ET))
Chair: DeLys Ostlund, Portland State University

  1. Perspectivas ibéricas del humor (1920-1936): apuntes para una nueva visión de la historia literaria. Laura Lesta Garcia, Middlebury College.

    El propósito de esta presentación es analizar textos humorísticos escritos en el periodo 1920-1936 en castellano, gallego y catalán en la Península Ibérica desde la perspectiva de los estudios ibéricos. El análisis de estas obras supondrá un nuevo punto de vista en relación al estudio comparado de estas tres lenguas que brindará una nueva interpretación histórico-literaria al periodo anterior a la Guerra Civil.


  2. Lorca y el dinero. Daniel Herrera Cepero, California State University, Long Beach.

    Esta ponencia examina el modo en que la obra de Lorca, tanto en su contenido temático como en lo que respecta a su proyección pública, se vio afectada por la dependencia económica del poeta respecto a su familia. 


  3. Post-memoria a través del silencio en la narrativa de Josefina Aldecoa. Yenisei Montes de Oca, James Madison University.

    La trilogía de Josefina Aldecoa nos muestra la transmisión de una postmemoria heredada a la generación posterior a través de los silencios que presenta el texto; revelando así la experiencia traumática de la guerra civil al mismo tiempo que nos rescata la memoria como instrumento infalible para una restauración nacional que evita repetir los errores del pasado.

4-01 - Architecture, Space, and Literature II
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 3:50pm to 5:20pm (Willamette (PMCC))
Chair: Stephanie Kay, "University of California, Riverside"

  1. Making Space: Thoreau’s Juxtaposition of Chaucer in A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers. Meg Roland, Marylhurst University.

    In A Week On the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, Thoreau writes recursively on Chaucer’s poetry amid a hazy demarcation of textual time and alluvial space. “Our boat was like that which Chaucer describes in his Dream,” Thoreau writes, suggesting an aesthetic and atemporal influence of medieval poetry in Thoreau’s fluid creation of the "architetural" space of  his American river.

  2. The Dissolving Proscenium: William Faulkner’s Incendiary Architecture. John D. Schwetman, University of Minnesota, Duluth.

    Architecture provides environmental constancy to a literary work, but such constancy is not available to the characters of William Faulkner’s post-Civil War South. Faulkner’s literary architecture thus function as an emblem of historical disruption at key moments when buildings burn to the ground in Faulkner’s “Barn Burning” and other fictional works.

  3. The Architecture of the Serial: Dickens's Shifting Representation of the Industrial City from Bleak House to Hard Times. Malcolm Bare, The University of Virginia.

    This paper compares the difference in the representation of Industrial architecture in Dickens's early 1850s novels. By taking a historicist approach, I argue that Dickens's trip to Preston in 1854 and time with Carlyle produce a far starker depiction of utilitarian ideals, factory owners, and the industrial city in Hard Times.

4-02 - British Literature and Culture: To 1700 I
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 3:50pm to 5:20pm (Salon I (ET))
Chair: Victoria White, University of California, Davis

  1. Food, Materiality, and Power in A Chaste Maid in Cheapside and Bartholomew Fair. Keri Behre, Marylhurst University.

    Thomas Middleton’s A Chaste Maid in Cheapside (1613) and Ben Jonson’s Bartholomew Fair (1614) are rich and preoccupied with the ownership, control, and consumption of food. In the context of expanding and distrusted food markets, the Wench in Chaste Maid plots to unload her baby and the city dwellers from Bartholomew Fair venture into the unfamiliar atmosphere of Ursula’s booth. In these plays, women garner power from food by participating in increasingly common extra-domestic food transactions.

  2. In Common: Jealousy and the Elizabethan Printed Commonplace Book . Rebecca Olson, Oregon State University.

    This paper locates in the English printed commonplace books of the late 1590s an emphasis on shared experience with textual objects (i.e., books) that anticipates Jacobean figures of jealousy. These books mediate between two Tudor extremes: interest in the Commonweal on one hand, and jealousy, or fear of shared possession, on the other. 

  3. “My Womb Shall be Thy Tomb”: An Early Modern Account of Maternal Cannibalism during the Siege of Jerusalem. Vanita Neelakanta, Rider University.

    My paper examines Peter Morwen's popular history of the siege of Jerusalem with special focus on his treatment of a widowed mother's cannibalism of her son, and its connection to early modern funeral culture. 

4-03 - Creative Writing: Brief Prose Forms
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 3:50pm to 5:20pm (Salon II (ET))
Chair: Megan Spiegel, Western Washington University

  1. Thanksgiving for Aurelia. Raul Moreno, University of South Dakota.

    In “Thanksgiving for Aurelia,” the writer confronts a question: What is the value of telling family stories? On a stormy night in November, after breaking open Dungeness crab hauled up from the depths, a farmer’s son reads his mother an essay in fragments that changes their relationship in ways they struggle to understand. Is it anger that drives these bottled-up sketches of the land they call "infinite variety"? Or something else entirely?

  2. Compression, Cataloguing, and Collage in Flash Nonfiction. Kaitlyn Teer, Western Washington University.

    I will read a work of flash nonfiction and several prose poems which test the boundaries of form, the balance between narrative explicitness and poetic compression. "Falling" develops a scene while also suggesting cosmological implications through poetic compression. Prose poems from a series, "Taxonomies," enact the rhythm of cataloguing kinds of phenomena. "Ways of Breathing Underwater" makes meaning in the gaps between brief segments collaged together through associative leaps.

  3. Meditation: Sutra, "Thread". Jacqueline Lyons, California Lutheran University.

    This short essay follows the etymologies of several Latinate words--desire, error, alone, and abide--to explore associations of the words themselves, and states of being associated with the dissolution of a relationship.

4-04 - Faulkner and Time II
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 3:50pm to 5:20pm (Directors Suite (PH-ET))
Chair: Kristin Fujie, Lewis & Clark College

  1. Faulkner's War Wound. Michael Zeitlin, The University of British Columbia.

    In December 1918, on his return from RAF service in Toronto, Faulkner leaned on a cane, walked with a limp, and spoke of plane crashes and a silver plate in his skull.  What does this scene have to do with his earliest prose writing?

  2. Sailing In and Out of Time: Temporality and Colonial Epistemology in Poe and Faulkner. Ethan King, Boston University.

    This paper compares colonial discourses of temporality in Edgar Allan Poe's The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym and William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom! in order to explore how the novels' constructions of race are borne out by the binarization of progressive and stagnant time.

  3. Faulkner’s Gramophone: The Disembodied Sounds of As I Lay Dying. Peter Miller, University of Virginia.

    My paper examines the figure of the gramophone in William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying. This device—by transferring “live” sounds into a “dead” physical medium—challenged contemporary artists’ understandings of voice, textuality, and selfhood. I argue that the gramophone emerges in Faulkner’s 1930 novel as a literal manifestation of the author’s narrative technique. That is, as a technology of inscription which effects the disembodiment and un-voicing of the characters it describes.

4-05 - French II
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 3:50pm to 5:20pm (Deschutes (PMCC))
Chair: Dorothee Polanz, James Madison University

  1. Sexual Politics and Subversion in the Revolutionary Plays of Isabelle de Charriere. Susanne Rossbach, Saint Anselm College.

    In her comedies of the early revolutionary years, Isabelle de Charrière dared to question the sexual politics of the great thinkers of her time: their theories on society, women, and education. Despite increasing hostility and adversity, she denounced their politically motivated notions of artifice, sincerity, and femininity, albeit in subtle and often quite subversive ways.

  2. Degeneration and the roman de filles. Françoise Belot, University of Washington - Seattle.

    In this paper, I examine the representation of prostitutes in the fiction of the first decades of the Third Republic, in order to illuminate the relationship between the discourse on degeneration that pervaded the fin de siècle and the fictional women who embodied, albeit phantasmatically, specific threats to the moral, social and physical health of the nation. 

  3. The Undecidability of Kinship: Slavery, Power, and Ambiguous Family Relations on a Nineteenth-Century Martinican Plantation. Lauren Brown, Occidental College.

    This paper explores the journal of 19th century Martinican planter Pierre Dessalles and the close relationships he shared with two of his preferred slaves, Nicaise and Saturnin, who may or may not have been his biological sons. Occupying a liminal space between family/not family, Nicaise and Saturnin were able to question the balance of power in plantation society, renegotiating roles and boundaries.

  4. Unbearable Lightness of Beings in Jacques Rivettes’s  36 vues du Pic Saint Loup. Peter Schulman, Old Dominion University.

    This paper will examine Jacques Rivette’s  film, 36 vues du Pic Saint Loup, through the prism of the circus, which Rivette uses as his “adieu” to cinema. Rivette uses the circus as a metaphor not only for art and writing, but as a cathartic arena for his main character, Kate, who undergoes an inner transformation within the circus space.

4-06 - Hispanic Monstrosities I
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 3:50pm to 5:20pm (Columbia (PMCC))
Chair: Adriana Gordillo, Minnesota State University, Mankato

  1. African Ghosts: Africanidad in La muerte de Artemio Cruz. Ariel Zatarain Tumbaga, Antelope Valley College.

    Monstrous depictions abound in Carlos Fuentes’s La muerte de Artemio Cruz.  Though the powerful Cruz is obsessed with “looking forward,” on his deathbed he is haunted by the “monstrosity” of his Afromestizo origins, a mestizaje/mulatismo manifested in his phenotype and history.  J.J. Cohen proposes that “The monstrous body is pure culture.” This presentation explores the ways Artemio Cruz’s africanidad “literally incorporates [the] fear, desire, anxiety, and fantasy” of race in post-Revolution Mexico. 

  2. Chilling Childplay: Monstrous Dolls in Silvina Ocampo's Short Stories. Anne Connor, Southern Oregon University.

    Through an analysis of the depiction of the monstrous doll in five of Silvina Ocampo's short stories, the figure, far from a sweet toy, stands out as a complex, negative image associated with a girl's coming of age.  This disturbing transition between girlhood and womanhood reveals Ocampo’s sharp critique of gender roles and expectations in twentieth century Latin America.

  3. Balada triste de trompeta: deconstrucción de un pasado monstruoso que no murió. Alvaro Ares, University of Oregon.

    Este ensayo estudia tres “momentos alegóricos” en Balada triste de trompeta que, mediante deformaciones violentas y transformaciones tortuosas, tratan de sintetizar la horrible y esperpéntica historia de España en el s. XX. La monstruosidad se revela como la clave estética para la deconstrucción histórica de eventos e identidades en conflicto.   

  4. Masculinidad y canibalismo en "Somos lo que hay" y "We are what we are". Giannina Reyes Giardiello, University of Portland.

    This presentation analyzes the function of the ghost and its language as testimonies of historical and personal traumas in three contemporary Hispanic films: The Orphanage, The Devil's Backbone and Mama.

4-07 - Jewish Literature and Culture II
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 3:50pm to 5:20pm (Studio Suite (PH-ET))
Chair: Rise B. Axelrod, University of California, Riverside

  1. Jews of the Argentine "Dirty War": Transitional Justice and the Construction of Collective Memories. Steven Rita-Procter, York University (Canada).

    This paper examines the various ways in which Jewish collective memories of the Argentine “Dirty War” have evolved and coalesced in the wake of Spanish judge Baltazar Garzán’s 196-page report on the suffering of Argentina’s 300,000 Jews during the dictatorship that lasted from 1976 to 1983.

  2. “The Woman ... Who Talks,” or Rather Refuses to be Silenced. Renee Grodsky, California State University, Los Angeles.

    Rosa Sonneschein's The American Jewess encapsulates the changing dynamics of women within domesticity in the late 19th century.  One particular column, "The Woman...Who Talks," gave a voice to issues of social advocacy, Zionism, female education, and the Reform movement, all under the guise of the domestic arena.  The column represents a shift in conduct manuals of the time, as these women gave voice to equality over ideals of propriety.

  3. The Contemporary Jewish Archive: Re-Membering Through Narrative. Clarissa Castaneda, University of California, Riverside.

    This paper focuses on how institutionally held survivor testimonies function as model archives that translate the past into the present and the singular into the collective. Like many pieces of contemporary Jewish American literature, these archives are hybrid, private-public spaces that mitigate the impact of cultural erasure by inviting re-membering in a contemporary context.

4-08 - Latina/o Literature and Culture
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 3:50pm to 5:20pm (Senate Suite (PH-ET))
Chair: Margarita Barcelo, Metropolitan State University of Denver

  1. Carrying the Border with You: Recalibrating Chicano/a Spaces from a Legacy of Dislocation. Michael Moreno, Green River College.

    This paper explores how the film Quinceañera and Helena María Viramontes’ novel Their Dogs Came With Them reconstruct Chicano/a identities within the ideological rubble of gender and sexuality marginalization. Characters resist spatial exile by creating their own sites of location and defy sexual marginalization through calibrating and redesigning the home, the barrio, the church, the street, the cemetery, and the freeway.

  2. The Topology of Sovereignty and Disposable Women in Salvador Plascencia's The People of Paper . Alma Granado, Williams College.

    Salvador Plascencia's The People of Paper poses a fundamental rethinking of the underlying legal structures that enable systemic exploitation. Through a metafictional emphasis on the machinations of narrative, the novel centers women’s bodies within the topology of sovereignty and highlights the sovereign’s power to render bodies and peoples disposable. 

  3. García Madero and the Idle Path of the Lüftmensch in Roberto Bolaño´s Los detectives salvajes. Eli Ronick, Portland State University.

    This presentation will function as a comparative literature in focusing on a character from Roberto Bolano´s novel Los detectives salvajes by viewing the evolution of the character via three distinct lenses: Vivian Abenshushan´s definition of the Biblical figures Cain and Abel, Anthony Cussen´s dandy, and lüftmensch, as seen in various works in the 19th and 20th Centuries.

4-09 - Narrating Racial Time in the Nineteenth-Century U.S.
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 3:50pm to 5:20pm (Executive Suite (PH-ET))
Chair: Molly Ball, Eureka College

  1. How Frederick Douglass Retold the Anglo-Saxonist Myth. Ann Abrams, NYU.

    This paper looks at Frederick Douglass’s use of  the phrase “Anglo-Saxon” in his writings from the 1840s and argues that Douglass thought about learning to read, write, and publish as means to combat the racist temporality inherent to the pervasive, folkloric metanarrative of Anglo-Saxonism. 

  2. The End(s) of Continental Expansion: Naturalism and Temporality in Jack London and Frank Norris’ Fiction of the North American West. Ryan Wander, University of California at Davis.

    This paper argues that London and Norris’ naturalist fiction portrays the geography and cultures of the North American West’s rural and urban spaces as producers of non-progressive temporalities that tend toward repetition, decline, and death—temporalities that, crucially, hinder the consolidation of “American” racial and national identity.

  3. “Virtuous Freedom”: Elizabeth Keckley’s “Hardworking Temporality” and Black Working Women as Exemplars of American National Character. Erica Onugha, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Elizabeth Keckley displays her “hardworking temporality” by narrating scenes in which she volunteers her working time in her autobiography Behind the Scenes, or, Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House (1868). These scenes bolster her implicit claim that former slaves, especially black working women, are heirs to two fundamental American characteristics, self-reliance and hard work, and consequently are essential to rebuilding the postwar nation. 

  4. Temporal Reconstruction: Fugitivity, Deferral, and Gold Rush Capitalism in James Williams’s Life and Adventures. Janet Neary, "Hunter College, CUNY".

    This paper examines the economic and legal fortunes of African Americans in the West during the Gold Rush as they are represented in James Williams’s postbellum narrative, Life and Adventures of James Williams (1873), arguing that the narrative’s disjunctive form and shifting temporality addresses itself to what Edlie Wong calls the “belated temporality of racial equality.” 

4-10 - Nordic Literature and Culture
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 3:50pm to 5:20pm (Salon III (ET))
Chair: Erla Maria Marteinsdottir, University of California, Riverside

  1. Shifting Timelines in Sofi Oksanen’s When the Doves Disappeared. Marlene Broemer, Finlandia University.

    Sofi Oksanen’s When the Doves Disappeared (Kun Kyyhkyset Katosivat) will be examined to discover the ways in which time is investigated in terms of shifting family and national loyalties. The novel is discussed in translation, with some references to the original Finnish, and background history of Finland, Estonia and Russia during World War II is also presented as the backdrop to family history and political affiliations. A brief comparison with Oksanen’s earlier novel, Purge, (Puhdistus) is included.

  2. Hag Road: Coming-of-Age and The Balance of Sexual Power, Murder and Scapegoats, Kveldriða, Fetches, and Witches in “Old Hag” Mythology. Luis Martinez, California State University at Los Angeles.

    This paper compares the Norse version of the "Old Hag" myth in the Icelandic eddas to the testimony of accused "witches" during the infamous Salem Witch Trials and contemporary sleep disorders, and it interprets the common imagery from psychological, social, and metaphysical angles. 

  3. People, Past, and Paradise. Erla Maria Marteinsdottir, University of California, Riverside.

    Halldór Laxness visits Mormon preacher Eiríkur Jónsson´s writings in Paradise Reclaimed (1960). The novel´s naïve and comical protagonist fails to claim a paradise for his colonized kin, but the worldly modern writer seems equally doomed in the shadow of the pre-colonial Golden Age of the Sagas.

4-11 - Time Travel and Speculative History
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 3:50pm to 5:20pm (Winery (PMCC))
Chair: Allison E. Paynter Francis, Chaminade University of Honolulu

  1. Sherman Alexie’s Time Travel: An Invitation To Alterity in Flight. Benjamin Foster, Portland Community College.

    Alexie’s use of time travel in Flight enables the main character to gain a closer perspective on the historical creation of difference by inhabiting the body of both the oppressor and oppressed.

  2. Time Travel and Historical Mediation as a Conduit for Recovery in Native American Fiction: LeAnne Howe’s Time-Traveling Choctaws. Tonia Turner, University of North Alabama.

    Time travel can affect material consequences by way of metaphorical intervention, decolonizing the present through the narrative reclamation of history.  My presentation examines narrative reclamation through time travel in LeAnne Howe’s novel, Miko Kings. Howe’s time travelling Choctaws transcend time to right what has gone wrong and reclaim history. 

  3. "What's Expected of Us": Discovering Despair in Time Travel. Dan Reade, Norco College.

    As a genre, time travel narratives often contain echoes of hope and optimism generated by opportunities to explore unexamined eras or to address past wrongs. Ted Chiang's "What's Expected of Us" challenges this norm, reconceptualizing time travel as a source of existential despair. This paper reconsiders time travel stories as a genre of despair, one frequently marked by the loss of agency and unitary time lines unalterable by character actions or desires.

  4. Swimming To and Through Ontology On Such A Full Sea: Time Travel and Chang-Rae Lee. Brooke A. Carlson, Chaminade University of Honolulu.

    Not that long ago, science fiction was the twenty-first century.  What, then, is science fiction in the twenty-first century?  Chang-rae Lee’s On Such a Full Sea re-visits a fallen America in the not so distant future, at a time when the question of history, along with the notion of the individual, has been relegated to the select few.  Exploring the ways by which Lee revises and reconstructs history, race, and society, I argue that freedom is the uncomfortable present. 

4-12 - Virginia Woolf and Time I
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 3:50pm to 5:20pm (Rogue (PMCC))
Chair: Perrin Kerns, Marylhurst University

  1. "For there she was": Character, Reality, and the Present Moment in Mrs. Dalloway . Alexandra Pollak, Yale University.

    In Mrs. Dalloway, Woolf subordinates the narrative present to characters’ interior time, creating a permeable boundary between narrative and interior time that foregrounds characters’ pasts as more immanent than the present moment. When interior time overtakes narrative time, it upsets characters’ shared reality and destabilizes the epistemological system by which the reader can understand reality in the novel, effecting Auerbach’s break with the “hegemony” of exterior reality.

  2. Embodied Time in To the Lighthouse. Anthony Dotterman, Adelphi University.

    This essay analyzes Woolf’s subjective portrayal of time and experience in To the Lighthouse through the prism of neurological difference.   I contend that there is a proto-autistic dynamic at work in the novel as the formal aspects of Woolf’s narrative stress the subjective and varied nature of sensory experience and its connection to an individual’s sense of time.   Embodied forms of cognition in Woolf’s novel dramatize the body’s relationship with modernity and its more standardized conceptions of time. 

  3. In the Mouth of the Woolf: Intersubjective Consciousness in The Waves. Christina Barber, Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (IDSVA).

    Virginia Woolf’s novel The Waves develops a Postmodernist aesthetic through its use of lyric time, the polyphonic voice and multisensory experience. The novel engages both narrative time and the lyric present to advance an intersubjective ‘consciousness,’ which anticipates the deconstruction of the human condition by Posthumanism.

  4. “Certain Airs”: The Role of Passive Time in Orlando and Between the Acts. Gregory Dekter, New York University.

    In To the Lighthouse Virginia Woolf establishes a philosophy of time distinct from both mind time and clock time. Passive time, which reflects the shapeless culmination of an event rather than its action, is used as a core narrative feature of both Orlando and Between the Acts.

4-13 - Women and Work
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 3:50pm to 5:20pm (McKenzie (PMCC))
Chair: Susanne Weil, Centralia College, Washington, Chair: Christine Mower, Seattle University

  1. “The Fantastic Feminists Were Right After All!”: The Dangers of Performing Gendered Work in Dorothy Canfield’s The Homemaker. Ann V Bliss, Texas A&M University-San Antonio.

    Dorothy Canfield’s 1924 novel The Homemaker represents the risk to the family when gendered work roles are adamantly adhered to, recognizing widespread cultural contempt for women’s domestic work.  This paper discusses how the novel challenges what Lauren Berlant calls “dominant life narratives” by disrupting apparently natural heteronormative roles.

  2. “Some Job!”: The Private Diary of World War II Military Nurse Beulah Johns. Tanya Heflin, Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

    This essay examines the previously untold story of Beulah Johns, whose manuscript diary recounts the first two years of her seven-year career in the US Army Nurse Corps. Johns’s diary and scrapbooks from this period provide new insight into the working lives of a new class of working women that was created through the experience of World War II.

  3. Governesses, Music Teachers, and Opera Singers: The Other Detectives in Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes Stories. Benedick Turner, St. Joseph's College, New York.

    Although Conan Doyle’s stories obscure the work Sherlock Holmes’s female clients do as governesses and teachers, they also show how some of those women work as detectives.  Several work with Holmes under his direction, but Irene Adler works against him, solving a case in which Holmes is a villain, by employing one of his favorite strategies—disguise—to pose as a man.  However, given the detection done by other women in the canon, it would be inaccurate to say that she is doing men’s work.  

  4. Disguise and Deletion:  Mrs. Henry Wood’s Work of Female Respectability. Mary Powell, Claremont Graduate University.

    As a professional Victorian writer for almost thirty years, one of the most important aspects of Ellen Wood’s authorial work was the creation of a respectable image.  My paper will explore the ways in which Wood strategically worked to maintain her respectability despite her very public and scandalous work as a sensation novelist by employing a strategy of self-erasure so effective that she remains relatively unknown even today.

5-01 - A Conversation with Paul Collins, The Literary Detective: Brevity, Clarity, and Narrative Nonfiction
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 5:40pm to 7:10pm (Pavilion West (PH-ET))
Chair: Jeremiah Axelrod, Institute for the Study of Los Angeles, Occidental College

  1. These Remarks Have Been Edited for Brevity and Clarity: What We Lose When We Write Narrative Nonfiction. Paul Collins, Portland State University.

    Historian and memoirist Paul Collins explores through his own work and that of others how "story"—particularly fiction's narrative expectations of pacing, plot, and resolution—subtly shapes which nonfiction materials are seen as publishable. What's left out, and where can these nonfiction counter- and extra-narratives reside? Collins appears regularly on NPR's Weekend Edition as their “literary detective” on odd and forgotten books, edits the Collins Library imprint of McSweeney's Books, and is the recipient of an Oregon Book Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

5-02 - America’s Obsession with Superheroes
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 5:40pm to 7:10pm (McKenzie (PMCC))
Chair: Michelle Stonis, California State University, Long Beach and Glendale Community College

  1. Mulan in the Heart of California's Central Valley. Jan Goggans, University of California Merced.

    When Maxine Hong Kingston rewrote the Mulan superhero of ancient lore for her novel/autobiography The Woman Warrier: A Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts, she turned the myth upside down in many ways.  She articulated a strongly feminist stance and moved Mulan's  into working class California's Central Valley, a place still considered the "armpit of California.  How did Hong Kingston translate her heroine from a warrior to a working class heroine?

  2. Scott Pilgrim vs. Himself: A Burkean Analysis of Superheroes and Broken Hearts. Kristin M. Tamayo , California Polytechnic University, Pomona.

    The static image of the superhero becomes challenged and redefined with the introduction of Scott Pilgrim, Bryan Lee O’ Malley’s (2005) graphic novel series' protagonist who confronts familiar forces of darkness—love and loss. Pilgrim thus transforms into a modern and original superhero, fighting to save himself from himself.

  3. Pop! Pow! Bang! The Best-Worst Superhero on Television. Cameron Green, University of Wyoming.

     In 1966, William Dozier brought Batman and Robin to life in the serial television series Batman. The serial starred Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin. The show also hosted an A-list villain guest stars like Frank Gorshin, Cesar Romero, and Vincent Prince. Pop! Pow! Bang! The Best-Worst Superhero on Television, analyzes the popular culture created by Batman, Batmania and its relationship to the Cold War.

  4. 9/11 and the Changing Nature of American Identity in the X-Men Franchise. Samantha Banks, University of Alabama.

    This paper evaluates Mystique of the X-Men franchise, and how this character echoes notions of moral ambiguity in America. This character’s arc in the X-Men films argues that the transition present is a cycle repeated during unpopular wars. I argue Mystique is used in the films to represent American disenfranchisement.

  5. Respondent. Susan Kirtley, Portland State University.

    Susan Kirtley, author of Lynda Barry: Girlhood through the Looking Glass (University Press of Mississippi, 2012), will serve as respondent for the session.

5-03 - Being in Time, Being Out of Time in German and Austrian Literature and Film
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 5:40pm to 7:10pm (Willamette (PMCC))
Chair: Lorely French, Pacific University

  1. Anachronism and the History of the Novel in Kafka's Das Schloß . James Straub, University of California, Davis.

    This paper elaborates a concept of anachronism as points where two distinct modes of production overlap, and shows how Kafka’s The Castle uses the tension between feudal and capitalist modes of production to draw attention to the limitations of bourgeois consciousness and the bourgeois novel.  

  2. Sebald and the Dialectic of Destruction. Yasaman Naraghi, The University of Washington.

    In his 1998 work, The Rings of Saturn, W. G. Sebald negates and affirms Germany’s immediate past through recollections and historical accounts that focus on the decay and destruction of empires, states, and national identities. This paper examines Sebald's dialectic, which is achieved through a weaving in and out of present and past time, as well as personal and universal experience.

  3. Concepts of Time and Ecocritical Orientation in Contemporary German Literature. Alexander Pichugin, Rutgers University.

    The talk presents an analysis of time conceptualizations offered by modern and contemporary German authors. The analysis is situated within a broader context of ecological orientation of German literature. The main argument is that reconceptualization of relationship of human and environment is carried out by means of a creative use of time both as a concept and a literary device.

  4. “Die Vergangenheit ist die Gegenwart eines Gedankens”: Time and Morality in Michael Köhlmeier’s Die Abenteuer des Joel Spazierer. Raymond Burt, University of North Carolina Wilmington.

    The author’s “Schelmenroman” can be seen as the evil doppelgänger of his much praised novel, Abendland. While Abendland traces a family in the flow of historical and cultural events in the 20th century, Spazierer, as reflecting the protagonist’s  name, wanders back and forth in time, and the experience of time forms a worldview.

5-04 - British Literature and Culture: To 1700 II
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 5:40pm to 7:10pm (Salon I (ET))
Chair: Sawyer K Kemp, University of California, Davis

  1. Betrayal and Memory in Andrew Marvell's "The Nymph Complaining for the Death of Her Fawn". Bruce Golden, "California State University, San Bernardino".

    Marvell's "The Nymph Complaining for the Death of Her Fawn" relates the doubly tragic encounter of the Nymph's fawn's sudden and unmotivated violent death, which presages her own eventual passing, brought about largely by her memory of the narcissistic wound caused by her lover's betrayal.

  2. Englas, Ylfe, and Feondas:  Ambiguity of Identity in Anglo-Saxon Literature and Art. Dalicia K. Raymond, The University of New Mexico.

    This presentation examines the physical portrayals and described appearances of elves, angels, and demons in Anglo-Saxon literature and art and argues that the ambiguity of identity between them created by texts and artwork is a representation of the Anglo-Saxon cultural and religious concerns about misinterpretation of vernacular translated religious texts.

  3. Patronage and the Decline of Hospitality in Geoffrey Fenton's Certaine Tragicall Discourses (1567). Alison Taufer, California State University at Los Angeles.

    Although Geoffrey Fenton claims that he wrote Certaine Tragicall Discourses  (1567) to encourage the “frail youth” of his country to avoid sexual license, Fenton’s selection of tales and interpolations concerning the English lack of generosity point rather to an aristocratic and privileged audience, in whom Fenton wished to encourage liberality.

  4. Women on the Enchanted Island: An Analysis of the Shifting Roles and Responsibilities of the Women Depicted in The Tempest By Shakeseare and its Adaptation by Dryden and Davenant. Shane Wood, University of California, Irvine.

    Shakespeare's masterpiece only spoke of mothers who had died and one daughter who would be the key to Prospero's returning to power. Dryden and Davenant add more female characters, but leave them with less agency. The  depictions of female characters and the language employed in this distinct adaptation of The Tempest change the relationships and responsibilities of the women portrayed and reveal underlying gender politics of the time the pieces were presented. 

5-05 - Creative Writing: Between the Lines: Fiction or Nonfiction
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 5:40pm to 7:10pm (Salon II (ET))
Chair: Renee Ruderman, Metropolitan State University of Denver

  1. The Voice that Interrupts the Tale: “el aparte al lector” as Intrusive (Non)fiction in La Viuda del Panamá. Maria C. Herrera Astua, University of California, Santa Cruz.

    This project focuses on how the “address to the reader” and some footnotes blur nonfiction and creative writing in a historical novel by humorously grounding the narrative into reality. Still, these narrative interruptions are fictional because they blend events that could exist outside the text with those presented in it.

  2. The School of Hard Knocks. Theresa Crater, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

    This three-generational Southern Gothic started as memoir, but morphed into fiction. Mamie, Olivia, and Elizabeth struggle with being mixed-race and/or female in the South. Theresa Crater has published four novels, several short stories, and one lone poem, and teaches at MSU Denver. 

  3. Based On, Inspired By: The Line Between Fact and Fiction in the Historical Novel. Michael Kula, University of Washington, Tacoma.

    We've seen those two words on a novel's dust jacket: Based On...; Inspired By...  But what do they really mean?  Where is the line between them?  Drawing from experience writing a fact-based historical novel, this paper will reflect on artistic dilemmas novelists face in balancing creative invention with historical factuality.

  4. Memory Ephemeris: A Constellation. Megan Spiegel, Western Washington University.

    The author’s lyric essay “Memory Ephemeris: A Constellation,” began as nonfiction but stylistically blurs the lines between essay and poetry. Reliance on research and creative license to fill in gaps of memory and knowledge calls into question the delineation between nonfiction and fiction.

5-06 - French Culture in the Shadow of Charlie Hebdo
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 5:40pm to 7:10pm (Deschutes (PMCC))
Chair: Gilles Viennot, University of Arkansas

  1. Liberté, égalité, diversité: mondialisation dans l’époque de Charlie Hebdo. Owen Staley, California Baptist University.

    In this paper, I explore shifting French notions of egalité to suggest that some accommodation of Islamic religious sensibility is probably inevitable in France, as elsewhere, but that France is unique in preserving the unblinking self-scrutiny that equally protects Charlie Hebdo, Azouz Begag’s 2007 Un mouton dans la baignoire, Valérie Trierweiler’s 2014 Merci pour ce moment, and Michel Houellebecq’s distopian Soumission, published January 7, 2015, the day of the Charlie Hebdo attacks.

  2. Memory Transformations in Postwar France: The devoir de mémoire in a ‘postmemory’ society. Leticia Villasenor, University of Southern California.

    I argue that the French national obsession with exposing the dark side of its Vichy past, which Henry Rousso’s characterizes as “Vichy Syndrome” (1987), is partly a means to deflect from the fact that France has yet to deliver an official apology for its more recent controversial actions, including the use of torture during the Algerian War of Independence.

5-07 - Gothic I
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 5:40pm to 7:10pm (Studio Suite (PH-ET))
Chair: Cheryl Edelson, Chaminade University of Honolulu

  1. Villainous Missionaries and Unearthly Men: Religious Anxieties in the Caribbean Gothic. Victoria Barnett-Woods, George Washington University.

    This paper will discuss the Caribbean Gothic as a genre that incited both political and especially religious anxieties in the West Indian colonies. 

  2. Double Entries: Edgar Allan Poe’s Haunted Thought. Lori Martindale, Whatcom Community College.

    In Edgar Allan Poe’s “Morella,” the narrator describes Morella as possessing arcane philosophical and literary knowledge; she studies theories of identity, ancient Poetry, Plato, and the German philosophies of Johann Gottlieb Fichte and Friedrich W. J. Schelling. Like Poe’s “Ligeia,” Morella dies and the doppelgänger returns. Morella, like Ligeia, Rowena, and Lenore, embodies the past and “play[s] the Teian with >time” (87) through a subsequent haunting of the narrator, illuminating the power of Poe’s dead characters.

  3. Colonial Syphiliphobia: Sexual Deviance and Disease in Richard Marsh’s The Beetle. Kristen J. Davis, West Virginia University.

    This analysis considers Richard Marsh’s 1897 gothic novel The Beetle in relation to fin de siècle anxieties, particularly sexual deviancy, empire, and venereal disease. At a time of “colonial syphiliphobia,” to extend Showalter’s term, The Beetle suggests the necessity of regulating venereal disease abroad to protect the vitality and superiority of the Mother country as it conservatively warns against the potential consequences of dabbling with the sexually “primitive” and “dangerous” Orient.

5-08 - Hispanic Monstrosities II
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 5:40pm to 7:10pm (Columbia (PMCC))
Chair: Ariel Zatarain Tumbaga, Antelope Valley College

  1. Hopeful Monsters: Hybridity and Transcendence in Jorge Luis Borges’ “The House of Asterion”. Denise Stripes, Washington State University.

    Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges contends with monstrosity and transcendence in his short story, “The House of Asterion.” In this paper, I will discuss the parallels between the hybridity of time and the hybridity/monstrosity of Borges’ Minotaur, and how monstrosity becomes the catalyst for the Minotaur’s own transcendence of the physical.

  2. Hordas republicanas y nacionales, la Guerra Civil española desde la metáfora del zombi haitiano en 1936Z de Javier Cosnava. Vanessa Rodriguez de la Vega, Missouri State University.

    Se trata de analizar la aplicación del zombi haitiano, la magia negra y el vudú en la novela de Javier Cosnava, 1936Z, para ofrecer una nueva perspectiva de la Guerra Civil espanola.

  3. Monstrosity, Spectrality and Scientific Collapse in Guillermo Del Toro’s "El espinazo del Diablo": A Gothic Encapsulation and Deciphering  of the Spanish Civil War . Alannah Hernandez, Independent Scholar.

    In “El espinazo del Diablo,” Del Toro revisits the Spanish Civil War in a quasi-gothic scenario, where orphaned boys are endangered by monstrosities: an undetonated bomb, a handsome psychopath and the specter of a murdered classmate. This paper explores two specific entities: the human monster and the vengeful spirit, vis a vis the man of science. 

  4. La perpetuación del mito de la monstruosidad del sujeto femenino en La piel que habito de Pedro Almodóvar. Jennifer Pretak, Christopher Newport University.

    El film La piel que habito, expone la monstruosidad de las prácticas médicas que legitiman la cirugía electiva y regulan la biología del cuerpo humano. Sin embargo después de su castración y penetración, la víctima operada en el film se otorga un nuevo significado. En vez de presentar la barbaridad de la regulación médica del cuerpo humano, la película termina por realizar el complejo de castración cuando representa la monstruosidad del sujeto femenino cuyo cuerpo castrado y penetrado se pone un peligro para la autoridad fálica de la historia. 

5-09 - Rhetorical Approaches to Literature I
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 5:40pm to 7:10pm (Salon III (ET))
Chair: Monica Limon, Caifornia State University, Fresno

  1. Ahead of His Time: Tobias Smollet’s Environmental Rhetoric in Humphry Clinker. Cayce Wicks, Florida International University.

    This paper critically analyzes the environmental rhetoric used by Matthew Bramble, a character in Tobias Smollet’s novel Humphry Clinker, and suggests that this rhetoric gestures towards the environmental rhetoric of the future. In drawing connections between the rhetoric of the past and the present, this work illustrates the cyclical nature of discourse and ideas.

  2. “Your Story is My Story”:  Footnotes as Rhetorical Strategy in Sandra Cisneros’s Caramelo and Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Kristin Brunnemer, Pierce College.

    This paper explores how Sandra Cisneros’s and Junot Diaz’s recent novels utilize footnotes as an oppositional space for their narrators to question official history, popular memory, and societal mores.  The end result is a hyperlinked, cross-referencing narrative technique that mimics and models postmodern storytelling itself.


5-10 - Virginia Woolf and Time II
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 5:40pm to 7:10pm (Rogue (PMCC))
Chair: Taylor Donnelly, Clackamas Community College

  1. Transtextuality and the Queer Gothic in Virginia Woolf’s Orlando. Nowell Marshall, Rider University.

    As a narrative strategy, transtextuality allows authors to transition characters to “safely” evoke same-sex desire while evading disciplinary mechanisms. This paper focuses on Orlando’s relationships with Sasha and Arch Duke Harry—both semiotically coded as one sex only to be revealed as the opposite sex—to theorize Woolf’s use of transtextuality to create a queer worldview while diffusing social anxieties surrounding same-sex desire.

  2. Gendered Notions of Time and "Life" in Woolf's War Novels. T.J. Boynton, Wichita State University.

    This paper argues that Woolf's novels of the twenties document the transformative impact of War on traditional, gendered British notions of time and "life" (her term) and constitute an attempt to fashion an aesthetic strategy for healing these traumatized entities.  

  3. The Past Haunting the Present, Spooking the Future: Mrs. Dalloway and Time. Raymond Stockstad, Texas State University.

    This paper will examine the ways Woolf employs cubist-like techniques to portray multiple perspectives and moments within the same physical space, which creates a present London full of its past that haunts Mrs. Dalloway’s characters, complicating their perceptions of their futures and driving their actions.

-PAMLA Reception
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 7:10pm to 9:00pm (Plaza Foyer (PH-ET))

  1. PAMLA Reception. Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

    Please join us for our annual PAMLA Conference Reception. This is a terrific opportunity to see old friends and make new ones, while enjoying light hors d'oeuvres. Cash bar available.

-Saturday Conference Registration
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 7:00am to 4:00pm (Hilton Lobby Broadway (PH-ET))
Chair: Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver

  1. Saturday Conference Registration. Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

    Come to the Hilton Lobby, Broadway entrance, in the Portland Hilton and Executive Tower, to register for the conference and receive your nametag and conference program.

6-01 - 21st Century Literature I
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 8:30am to 10:00am (Salon III (ET))
Chair: John D. Schwetman, University of Minnesota, Duluth

  1. "We are what we eat, we are what we wish": The Mechanics of Consumption in Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood. Brittany Cotton, Mills College.

    This paper focuses on the plight of vulnerable communities, namely women, children, and the elderly, in the consumer-based world of Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy. By drawing attention to these group’s susceptibility and consumeability in the marketplace, Atwood simultaneously illustrates their power and symbolic importance in our contemporary world. 

  2. Branding Black “Social Death”: The New Economy and Afro-Pessimism in Colson Whitehead’s Apex Hides the Hurt. Alden Wood, University of California, Irvine.

    This paper will attempt elucidate the ways in which Colson Whitehead’s 2004 novel, Apex Hides the Hurt, depicts the intersection and contradiction between the supposed immateriality of labor within the shift towards service-based New Economy models of capitalist accumulation and the literal and psychic displacement of African-Americans within this schema.

  3. Troubling Genre: Luis Alberto Urrea’s The Devil’s Highway: A True Story and the (Anti-) Wilderness Adventure Narrative. Ryleigh Nucilli, University of Oregon.

    This paper poses the concept of the anti-wilderness adventure narrative to account for Luis Alberto Urrea’s troubling of the tropes of the wilderness adventure narrative in his reconstruction of a failed US/Mexico border crossing in The Devil’s Highway. This troubling, in turn, forces the reader to confront the overdetermining forces that enable some to scale Everest while others die of hyperthermia in pursuit of the capital to purchase their children school uniforms.

6-02 - Aesthetics of Democracy
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 8:30am to 10:00am (Parlor C (PH-ET))
Chair: Amy Greenstadt, Portland State University

  1. "Everyone that is born ... may be fed by the earth his mother": Gender and Equality in Early Modern Thought. Amy Greenstadt, Portland State University.

    Shylock’s “Hath not a Jew eyes?” speech appears a timeless argument for human equality. Yet he ends by justifying revenge on Christians. Why does a speech about our common humanity end with a call for ethnic violence? Shylock’s apparent empathy dissolves when he stops emphasizing humans’ equal subjection to nature. If foundational ideas of equality were predicated on a shared relationship to this feminine entity, could this help us to articulate the possibilities, and limits, of socioeconomic equality today?

  2. Rights of Asses. Alastair Hunt, Portland State University.

    Coleridge neither makes an ass of himself nor asses (or horses) around, as critics have argued, in his 1794 lyric “To a Young Ass.” Rather, he expresses the difficult and disturbing inaugural appearance of a nonhuman being as a bearer of what Hannah Arendt calls “the right to have rights.”

  3. From Democratic Party to Liberal Totalitarianism: New Frontiers for the "Kennedy Style" in Norman Mailer's Presidential Papers. Ian Afflerbach, University of California Davis.

    In his Presidential Papers (1964)—often written as direct addresses to JFK—Norman Mailer exposed the iconic “Kennedy style” as equally suitable for radically democratic or totalitarian government. Moving between Mailer’s text and the Democratic Party’s history, this paper explores the tensions within midcentury American liberalism’s emerging politics of style. 

  4. The Practice of Equality and the Practice of Freedom: Rancière and Spivak on Democratic Education. Bishupal Limbu, Portland State University.

    This paper discusses aesthetics, democracy, and education in the work of Jacques Rancière and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak.

6-03 - Ancient-Modern Relations
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 8:30am to 10:00am (Winery (PMCC))
Chair: Krissy A. Ionta, Independent Scholar

  1. Acts of Translation and Transformation in Michael Field’s Long Ago. Berit Elvejord, Western Washington University.

    This paper investigates the methods of translation in queer Victorian literature. Collaborating under the penname Michael Field, Katherine Bradley and Emma Cooper translate fragments of Sappho in their collection of poems Long Ago. Using Greek fragments as titles, Field’s poems translate Sappho into English and highlight shared experiences of same-sex desire. The co-author arrangement between Bradley, Cooper and Sappho, allows Field to cooperatively reinterpret Sappho as an object of history and provide her modern subjectivity.

  2. Contemporary Configurations of Hercules in Film and Television. Jon Solomon, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

    Because Hercules cannot be copyrighted, his character and labors can proliferate in film (four different Hercules DVDs in 2014) more easily than modern heroic creations (Gladiator’s Maximus). Other ancient cinematic heroes (Achilles, Spartacus, Leonidas) are confined to a specific narratives, while Hercules also addresses the younger demographics (Percy Jackson).

  3. Dangerous Realities: Shared Motifs in Catullus' Poem 63 and Paul Bowles' "A Distant Episode". Susan Shapiro, Utah State University.

    A "civilized" man journeys to a frightening natural environment where he is driven insane.  This plot describes poem 63 by the Roman poet, Catullus (84-54 BCE), and the short story, "A Distant Episode," by the American expatriate, Paul Bowles (1910-1999).  The uncanny correspondences between these two works illuminate both of them.

  4. No-Time in Non-Places: Aristotle and Postmodern Fiction. Leonard Koff, University of California, Los Angeles.


    The idea of no-time, where there need not be perceived changes in existents for time to exist, an idea of time that Aristotle implicitly points to, is examined in Georges Perec’s postmodern masterpiece, Life:  A User’s Manual, where time is not so much a what (as in the question “what is time?”) as a how, an answer to the question about how to organize historical experience and model events. Perec’s narrative describes all-time and all-place as markers of no-time in non-places.

6-04 - Children's Literature I
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 8:30am to 10:00am (Salon I (ET))
Chair: Maryna Matlock, The Ohio State University

  1. Timeless Childhood, Changing Times:  The Economy as Changing Backdrop in Beverly Cleary’s Ramona Series. Angela Ridinger-Dotterman, Queensborough Community College.

    Beverly Cleary’s Ramona books have long occupied a secure place in children’s fiction.  While Cleary’s Ramona only ages about six years from her first appearance in the series to the final Ramona book, the Portland around Ramona transitions from the robust economy of the 1950s through the economically depressed 1970s and 1980s into the comparative stability of the 1990s.  This essay examines the ways in which the novels connect the Quimby family’s changing economic status to Ramona’s “timeless” childhood experiences.

  2. Remembering the Past and Reconstructing the Present: The Function of Time and Memory in the Works of L. M. Montgomery. William Thompson, MacEwan University.


    Memory has a particular function for the life writing and fiction of L. M. Montgomery. While often sentimental and nostalgic, memory in the journals and the Anne series breaks down temporal boundaries, enabling both the author and her characters to explore present pain in the light of past suffering.

  3. Death and all His Friends: Characterisation of Death in Pratchett and Gaiman. Laura Barnard, University of Cape Town (South Africa).

    In the work of Pratchett and Gaiman, Death is figured as an anthropomorphized character. Through clever intertextuality and witty prose, Death is brought closer to human interaction, particularly with children, and adults of all ages.

6-05 - Cognitive Approaches to Hispanic Film
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 8:30am to 10:00am (Columbia (PMCC))
Chair: Isabel Jaen Portillo, Portland State University

  1. Archaeologies of Identity: The Empathic Visions of Argentina’s Post-dictatorship Generation. Silvia Tandeciarz, College of William and Mary.

    This presentation explores the cognitive potential in recent Argentine documentaries by children of disappeared militants that mobilize affect to approximate a deeper, more complex understanding of the legacies of state terrorism.

  2. Omnibus 174, an Augmented Reality of Sorts. Gloria Trujillo, Portland State University.

    Omnibus 174 relates the bus hijacking that took place in 2000 in Rio de Janeiro, which Brazil witnessed live on TV. I rely on the Theory of Narrative Empathy developed by Suzanne Keen and on Daniel Baston’s definition of Empathic Concern (the feelings we have for others when we perceive they are in need) to underscore the emotional aspects involved in the crafting of this documentary’s narrative.

  3. Teatralización y performance en la recepción cinematográfica de Amanece, que no es poco . Patricia López Díaz, Portland State University.

    La película Amanece, que no es poco, dirigida José Luis Cuerda, resulta de especial interés debido a un fenómeno social que  busca llevar la experiencia cinematográfica más allá de las pantallas. Este trabajo analiza este fenómeno, basado en la teatralización de escenas de la película, desde una perspectiva sociológica y cognitiva. Se puede concluir que dichas manifestaciones surgen de la necesidad de reproducir el placer físico sentido al ver la película y transformarlo en una experiencia colectiva.

  4. The Intersection of Cognition and Aesthetics in Theresa, the Body of Christ and the Pan-European Literary Biopic. Julien Simon, Indiana University East.

    Looking at the literary biopic genre as a pan-European phenomenon, we can discern two main clusters of films, which appeared around the 2000s: One whose focus is on the life that inspired the literary work and another one that investigates the intersection of cognition and aesthetics. This paper will 1) provide an overview of these two trends and 2) discuss how Theresa, the Body of Christ (Loriga, 2007), the biopic on Teresa of Ávila, is a good illustration of the second trend.


6-06 - Comparative Literature I
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 8:30am to 10:00am (Executive Suite (PH-ET))
Chair: Marlene Broemer, Finlandia University

  1. Fables of a Virus: The Picaro in La Familia de Pascual Duarte and The White Tiger. Adan Falcon, San Francisco State University.

    The focus of this paper on how the picaresque reflects an “invasion” in literary forms from an attempt to redeem the self towards a critique in the making of the self, from an existential humanist model in La Familia de Pascual Duarte to a post-humanist transformation in The White Tiger

  2. Time and the Fantastic in Comparative Literature. Sharon Sieber, Idaho State University.

    This paper discusses the relationship between time and the fantastic in the works of Kafka’s Metamorphosis, Kurt Vonnegut’s Breakfast of Champions, Louise Erdrich’s Tracks, and Juan Rulfo’s Pedro Páramo, as they play an important role in defining the fantastic in relationship to cultural elements and the protagonist’s perception of time.

  3. Thérèse and Nina: Mixed-Race Heroines in Late Nineteenth-century French and English Novels. Cloe Le Gall-Scoville, University of California, Davis.

    This paper compares the figure of the mixed-race heroine in two nineteenth-century naturalist and realist texts, Zola's Thérèse Raquin and Conrad's Almayer's Folly from a post-colonial feminist perspective.

  4. Motherhood Deferred: Time and Motherhood in Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland. Sagnika Chanda, University of Pittsburgh.

    The Lowland positions the tale of brothers Subhash and Udayan.  Their lives are metaphoric of the past and present. Gauri, Udayan’s widow and Subhash’s wife links them. Her mothering of Udayan’s daughter evokes the unproductivity of “maternal time”, marking an attrition of “real” time. She counteractswith Braidotti’s nomadic violence.

6-07 - Comparative Media I
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 8:30am to 10:00am (Willamette (PMCC))
Chair: Russell McDermott, University of Southern California

  1. Pride and Prejudice Joins Twitter: Transmedia Adaptation on a Narrative Continuum. Samara Surface, Oregon State University.

    Facing similar “low culture” accusations as they emerged, can we consider transmedia adaptations and their source texts as parts of narrative’s historical continuum? Just as Austen’s novel was not only arguing for proto-feminism but for the very form of the novel, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries makes claims not only about female friendships but for the validity of interactive web series.

  2. Truth is, You Wanted to Feel Like Something You're Not—a Hero. Derek Price, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

    Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness provides the ideological underpinnings for Yager Development team to release one of the most critically engaging First Person Shooter games ever released. Spec Ops: The Line deliberately uses the common tropes and themes of other popular FPS shooters to detourn the ideological framework of the "genre", and to subvert the player experience to claim that players themselves  perpetuate the cyclical hegemony of oppression. 

  3. The Narrative of Body Markings: Branding, Identity, and Belonging in Literature and Film. Melissa Martinez, University of California, San Diego.

    This paper examines contemporary Mexican Literature texts, and the film Mad Max: Fury Road. Through the use of tattooed and branded bodies in the texts and film, I consider how tattoos and scars are narratives within narratives that allow us to navigate the complex forces that shape identity in and beyond the texts.

6-09 - Ecocriticism I (Co-sponsored by Association for the Study of Literature & Environment)
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 8:30am to 10:00am (Skyline II (PH-ET))
Chair: Ted Geier, University of California, Davis

  1. Forest Exiles, Violence and the Other in Indian Epics. Steve Adisasmito-Smith, California State University, Fresno.

    Applying ecocriticism to the Sanskrit epics, the Ramayana and Mahabharata, a strange dynamic emerges: when the forest is familiar, other peoples are demonized or bestialized. When human violence is recognized, the forest must be cleared.

  2. Ecotopia Revisited: The Imagined and Enacted Peril and Promise of Portland. Hill Taylor, Oregon Health and Science University.

    This presentation examines the prescience, and absurdity, of the ecological utopia portrayed in the novel Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach.  Ecotopia, and similar narratives of ecological possibility, can be read (and realized) through an ecopsychological lens.  The presentation profiles how student critique vis-à-vis ecotopian literature enables a situated environmental reflective practice and approach.

  3. Language and Limits in Mary Hunter Austin's The Land of Little Rain . Sharon Kunde, "University of California, Irvine".

    This paper proposes to use Mary Austin's The Land of Little Rain (1903) to explore new modes of thought about the connections between language and identity that have implications for our understanding of and response to the global but regionally and socioeconomically uneven effects of climate change.

  4. Weird Anima: D. H. Lawrence and the Ecological Uncanny. Taylor Eggan, Princeton University.

    This paper situates ecology at the limits of representability. As an obscure, uncanny force, ecology can only come into appearance indirectly as a ghostly presence that haunts landscape from within. I investigate this notion of an ecological uncanny by exploring the “weird anima” of D. H. Lawrence’s New Mexican landscapes.

6-11 - Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Literature
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 8:30am to 10:00am (Directors Suite (PH-ET))
Chair: Sally McWilliams, Portland State University

  1. Body, Food and the Erotic in Audre Lorde's Zami and Jeanette Winterson's Written on the Body . Alissa Magorian, University of California at Davis.

    The overlapping themes of body, food, the erotic and language in Audre Lorde’s self-proclaimed “biomythography” Zami: A New Spelling of My Name and Jeanette Winterson’s Written on the Body offer a fertile ground from which to explore the relationship between sexuality and gendered identity.

  2. Cruising at the Intersection: The Queer Collaborative Authorship of The Young and Evil. Jesse Ataide, San Francisco State University.

    “What kind of discoveries are made possible when two gay men confront each other” Christopher Hennessy asks, “with the acknowledgment of a shared sexual desire lurking there?” This paper considers how encoded queer content in Charles Henri Ford and Parker Tyler’s 1933 novel The Young and Evil reflects a strategy of “cooperative discourse” that compels a reconsideration of not only the concept of authorship, but also how friendship, intimacy, and creative cooperation can function between queer men.

  3. Transfiguring the Asian Trans Femme: Revisiting Racial Castration and David Henry Hwang’s M. Butterfly. Danielle Seid, University of Oregon.

    This paper offers a critique of previous interpretations of David Henry Hwang’s Tony award-winning play M. Butterfly. By centering the play’s Asian trans femme, Song Liling, I expound on an Asian/American trans reading practice that combines historical and deconstructive modes to emphasize trans erotic agency and resistance to U.S. empire.

6-12 - Germanics I
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 8:30am to 10:00am (McKenzie (PMCC))
Chair: Carrie Collenberg-Gonzalez, Portland State University

  1. What Big Eyes You Have: Undercutting Visuality as Consumption in Hannah Höch's Da-Dandy. S. Kye Terrasi, University of Washington.

    This paper will explore issues of the female gaze and the construction of feminine identity within the context of the New Woman as presented in Hannah Höch's photomontages.

  2. "The Redemption of the Tragic"?: Hans Ehrenberg on Goethe's Faust . Josiah Simon, California State University Long Beach.

    This presentation critically analyzes the leading role Hans Ehrenberg (1883-1958) assigns to Goethe, and in particular Goethe's Faust, in his two-volume collection of lectures Tragödie und Kreuz (1920). Special emphasis will be paid to the connections between religion, philosophy and literary form.

  3. “The Ballad of … Sweeney Todd": "Gestic" Music, In-Text Alienation, and On-Stage Dis-Illusionment from Brecht to Sondheim. Matthew Straus, California State University Long Beach.

    The paper will explore Brecht’s development of Verfremdungseffekte, their technical and textual manifestations in Die Dreigroschenoper, and the presence of Epic Theatre influences in Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd

  4. Eine Perspektive aus dem Osten: Die Berliner Mauer im DDR—Film. Andre Schuetze, Tulane University.

    Während im westlichen Film die Mauer zu einem der wichtigsten Symbole in der Darstellung Berlins wurde, gehört die Mauer aus östlicher Perspektive eher zu den Besonderheiten nur weniger Filme. Zwei Beispiele, “Und deine Liebe auch” sowie “Alchimisten” sollen deshalb in den Mittelpunkt dieser Analyse gebracht werden.

6-13 - Indigenous Literatures and Cultures II
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 8:30am to 10:00am (Skyline III (PH-ET))
Chair: Theresa Warburton, Western Washington University

  1. “Get Rid of the William Blake Shit”: Mainstream Representation, (Vanishing)Discarded Indians, and the Embrace of Native Narrative in War Dances and Smoke Signals. Nicole Bennett, California State University, Long Beach.

    This paper identifies the instances of appropriation and disposal that occur when Native narratives and the mainstream intersect and analyzes how the results can affect Native characters. It also shows how Alexie engages with the problem of mainstream representation in order to create alternative perspectives that extend beyond the Native stereotypes propagated by Hollywood, instead offering his audience characters who value their own narratives and the narratives of others.

  2. A Different (Hi)Story: The Native American Novel as a Decolonial Archive. Laura De Vos, University of Washington - Seattle.

    This paper explores possible pathways for a decolonial approach to the study of history and knowledge offered in and by the Native American novel. Rooted in an epistemology based in reciprocity, relationality, and responsibility, the Native American novel in English is a contemporary cultural object that translates indigenous storytelling traditions and ways of knowing into a Western framework. It generates a decolonial entry in historical studies and imagines decolonial options for the future.

  3. The Digital Reinvention of Culture: How the Iñupiat People Resist Erasure. Margarida Duque de Castela , Independent Scholar.

    This paper explores the ways in which native cultures that has been experiencing extremes forms of domination are resisting dsappearance through the digital technologies. How does the digital revolution help us rethink issues of identity, representation and dominance? In what ways do the ludological aspects of "Never Alone" and storytelling devices reflect the will of survival of Native American Cultures?

  4. Indigeneities in Debate: Audiovisual Self-representation in Peru. Claudia Arteaga, Scripps College.

     This paper studies two documentaries as recent developments of indigenous cinema in Peru. It argues that these projects reflect on issues of ethnic identification currently in contentious debate as a consequence of the enactment of ILO's Convention 169 in that country. 

6-14 - Italian I
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 8:30am to 10:00am (Salon II (ET))
Chair: Enrico Vettore, California State University, Long Beach

  1. Ginevra Sforza: An Unoriginal Biography Turned On its Nose. Sienna Hopkins, CSU Long Beach.

    Sabadino degli Arienti’s 1483 biography of Ginevra Sforza is an unoriginal work rife with encomiastic tendencies, but the scathing introduction to her life in the first printed edition of this biography has a strange effect: it simultaneously weakens the narrative while giving it an air of mystery.   This paper will explore both the Sforza family’s political intrigues in Bologna, as well as discuss the inevitable thematic reversals of a genre based upon the Renaissance model of praise. 

  2. Historical Revisionism on the Modern Italian Stage: Anna Banti’s Corte Savella (1960). Monica Streifer, Bucknell University.

    In Corte Savella, Anna Banti’s only theatrical work, she continues to explore the theme of her eponymous novel, Artemisia, published 13 years prior. This paper analyzes the relationship between theatrical discourse, modernist narrative, and forging a female-centric historiography.

  3. Moral Symmetry and Social Decorum in Moravia's Narrative. Chiara Ferrari, CUNY/College of Staten Island.

    This paper examines the aesthetization of a "feminine void" in Alberto Moravia's novel Gli indifferenti (1929).  It argues that the deployment of "empty frames," thresholds that mark the separation between inner and outer reality, point to a terrifying void that threatens the finality of meaning hence discursively linking sexual difference to ideological indifference

  4. Redirecting Desire Towards the Other: The Ethics of Paternity in Contemporary Italian Literature . Loredana Di Martino, University of San Diego.

    In my presentation I will argue that fatherhood has become both a popular trope and also a mode of political intervention in contemporary Italian literature. By reinventing the Father into a non-teleological “father-witness” who performs his ethical desire, contemporary authors are developing empowering reconfigurations of tradition where the past, freed from nostalgia, is transformed into a source of inspiration and a future-oriented force.

6-15 - Literature and the Other Arts
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 8:30am to 10:00am (Studio Suite (PH-ET))
Chair: Amanda Bloom, University of Southern California

  1. Reading the Body, Embodying the Reader: Dancing through Barbara Browning's I'm Trying to Reach You. Alissa Bourbonnais, University of Washington.

    Bourbonnais argues that the text of Barbara Browning’s I’m Trying to Reach You, as mediated through the actual dance videos linked throughout the novel, choreographs the way readers can empathetically engage with the experience of simultaneously feeling a forceful encounter with narrative disorientation, while also building communion with fictional characters.

  2. Reconsiderations of Modernist Primitivism: Douglas, Larsen, and Basquiat. Charles Barkley, Oregon State University.

    Nella Larsen’s Passing (1929), Aaron Douglas’s Aspects of Negro Life (1934), and Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Irony of Negro Policeman (1981) reveal the interconnections between Modernism and Primitivism. In analyzing this text and two painted works, I argue, a la Anne Cheng, that these movements are actually mutually constitutive.

  3. “Four Wilde Songs”:  Charles T. Griffes’ Musical Settings of Oscar Wilde’s Poetry in Four Impressions. Zan Cammack, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

    The presentation’s  twofold objective—to examine Oscar Wilde’s impressionist poetry through Charles T. Griffes’s musical settings and to determine Griffes’s intertextual reasons for arranging the works as they appear in Four Impressions—teases out a narrative line about female sexuality that lies dormant in Wilde’s poems until animated by Griffes’s music.

6-16 - Medieval Literature I
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 8:30am to 10:00am (Senate Suite (PH-ET))
Chair: Maria Cecilia Ruiz, University of San Diego

  1. Identity Adjustment at the Terne Wathelyne. Rachel Kapelle, Willamette University.

    The romance The Awntyrs off Arthure features contrasting speeches made by a ghost to Guinevere and Gawain and therefore allows us to compare mid-career identity adjustment opportunities for male and female characters in late medieval English literature. The Awntyrs indicates that, contrary to what we might expect, in some situations a female character may have more freedom to transform herself into an exemplary individual than a knight has, a knight trapped on an unalterable path.

  2. Passive-Aggressive Female Empowerment in the 12th-century French Partonopeu de Blois. Melanie McBride, American Public University.

    Analysis of the female protagonists in the 12th-century French Partonopeu de Blois suggests that women were empowered to achieve their own goals, but they attained this empowerment through hiding and lying, cajoling and flattering, and manipulating others. Even given the strictures of a patriarchal society, they achieve their goals while being loved and honored.

  3. The Non-Human Knight in Chrétien de Troyes’ Yvain, Le Chevalier au Lion. Victoria White, University of California, Davis.

    This paper discusses Chrétien de Troyes’ Yvain, Le Chevalier au Lion, reading the lion as a participant in the chivalric culture of courtly adventure and vassalage, and arguing that the romance prompts us to wonder whether noble knights can be found even beyond the human species. 

6-17 - Narrative and Time IV: Suspension and Time Disruption
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 8:30am to 10:00am (Cabinet Suite (PH-ET))
Chair: Bud Morris, California State University San Marcos

  1. "However, I See I Am Drifting": Narrative Linearity After War in the Novels of Ishiguro. Rebecca Chenoweth, University of California Santa Barbara.

    Ishiguoro’s WWII novels feature protagonists on the periphery of war, deeply affected by an event they did not quite witness.  Although organized as journals, they feature temporal irregularities common to traumatized narratives—a label that these protagonists and their acquaintances would refuse.  This project considers theories of memory and temporal perception in psychoanalysis and neuroscience, finding that narrative dissonance not only illustrates trauma’s reach across space, but also might link disparate groups after war.

  2. Distortions in Time: Working Against Narrative Closure in Thomas Mann’s Illness Narratives. Marion Geiger, California State University, San Marcos.

    This paper analyzes how different concepts of time are played out in Thomas Mann’s late texts in order to suspend narrative closure. 

  3. Suspending and Disrupting Time for Self-Defense: Breaking with Kairos in The Golden Bowl. Janina Levin, University of the Sciences.

    Heroes traditionally reflect an “order of doing,” represented by kairos or seizing opportunities at the right time. Modernists favored slow, retrospective experiences and thus broke with kairos. I use Henry’s James’s The Golden Bowl to demonstrate this break—a story in which a kairotic heroine loses to one out of step with time.

  4. Time Disruption and Experience of the Sublime in Diderot's Understanding of Aesthetic Appreciation. Luc Monnin, Reed College.

    Starting with a reflection on Diderot’s “poetics of ruins,” this paper will examine how a number of literary 19th-century texts try to convey to their readers the feeling of a disproportion between two different experiences of time to create a poetics of the sublime.

6-18 - Postcolonial Literature I
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 8:30am to 10:00am (Parlor B (PH-ET))
Chair: Ron Milland, Independent Scholar

  1. Allegory of the Water Tank: Statelessness, Minoritization, and Mythical Homeland. Satoko Kakihara, California State University, Fullerton.

    This paper argues that, the weaving of multiple narratives and points of view, embodied in the form of the four men involved in the plot of the novella Men in the Sun (1962) by Ghassan Kanafani, presents an allegory that represents a subordinated history of statelessness and minoritization of the Palestinian people.

  2. Hunting in Colonial Writing: Land and Animal Use as Imperial Lens. Shefali Rajamannar, University of Southern California.

    Drawing on a range of literary and other textual tools of empire -- hunting narratives, short stories, photographs, journals, paintings, and cartoons – this paper examines the imperial mechanisms of the British Raj through a posthumanist critique; using postcolonial deconstruction in conjunction with animal studies and an eco-critical perspective, I argue that race, class, gender, age, and species do not exist in isolation, but emerge in intimate relation to one another, as part of an intricate pattern of power dictating the way the world is formulated.

  3. Knowledge and Mapping in Gurnah's By the Sea. Patrick Herald, University of Kentucky.

    An examination of authenticity in expertise in Abdulrazak Gurnah's By the Sea, this presentation will argue that the novel depicts an ambivalence about professional experts; creators of maps who are imagined alternatingly as summarizing colonizers and as authentic keepers of cultural knowledge.

6-19 - Science and American Literature
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 8:30am to 10:00am (Skyline IV (PH-ET))
Chair: April Anderson, Claremont Graduate University

  1. Quantum Cosmology in Ruth Ozeki's A Tale for the Time Being. Rachel Tie Morrison, Claremont Graduate University.

    This paper discusses how Ozeki’s use of time and narrative structure promote a quantum cosmology. Examining the narratology of the novel and the spatio-temporal configuration of the text, I argue for what I call a "quantum chronotope." I then show that this chronotope allows for the existence of the quantum-mechanic theory of multiple worlds. Finally, I tie this into the role of text as such, and how it can function as both a vehicle for time-travel and a way to embody the theoretical—and perhaps fantastical—elements of quantum mechanics.

  2. The Anxiety of Time and Age in the Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Einstein's New Physics. Juan Manuel Mendoza, California State University at Los Angeles.

    Taking into account the scientific and technological context, I argue that Tender is the Night, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” and “The Bridal Party,”—in matters of character point of view, character development, and narrative—may be more the result of Einstein’s physics than the literary styles and conventions of Fitzgerald’s time.

  3. Loving Dryness: Geography, Development, and Desire in John Steinbeck's To a God Unknown. Daniel Lanza Rivers, Claremont Graduate University.

    “Loving Dryness” unpacks To a God Unknown's enduring relevance to discussions of drought, regional development, and of living relationally within an ecosystem.

6-20 - Teaching with Media and Technology
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 8:30am to 10:00am (Rogue (PMCC))
Chair: Jason Spangler, Riverside City College

  1. In Defense of the Digital Age: Best Practices for Digital Research and Writing. Nathan Bollig, Northern Arizona University.

    The goal of this paper is to propose practical technology-centered solutions that impact the day-to-day production of academic research and writing across the disciplines for both teachers and our students.

  2. "Gamification-lite" of a Film History and Analysis Class: Lessons Learned. Jennifer Hardacker, Pacific University.

    One instructor tries “gamification-lite” strategies to encourage student engagement, higher levels of analysis, and to take ownership of their progress as they earn experience points and badges for completing assignments and activities, and “level up” to get to the grade they want in a Film History and Analysis class.  

  3. Multimodal Pedagogy for First-Year Composition: Writing Practices. Laura Razo, "California Polytechnic University, Pomona".

    Research looks at the impacts of multimodal pedagogy in First-year composition courses (FYC). Paper evaluates the effectiveness of the pedagogy in meeting WPA Outcomes Statement and explores how  “multimodal assignments in the basic writing classroom promote both digital and print literacies while fostering awareness of students' own writing processes” (Lauren and Rice).

6-21 - Women in French III: La vie intellectuelle dans la fiction et dans l’autobiographie féminine
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 8:30am to 10:00am (Deschutes (PMCC))
Chair: Alain Gabon, Virginia Wesleyan College

  1. Eloquence, espionnage et subversion au féminin dans Les Désordres de l’amour de Marie-Catherine de Villedieu. Francis Mathieu, Southwestern University.

    En s’appuyant sur une historiographie subversive, Marie-Catherine de Villedieu révèle l’influence qu’exercent les femmes sur les guerres de religion. La présente étude propose de démontrer qu’une des héroïnes de la romancière emploie ses facultés intellectuelles, et notamment son éloquence d’épistolière, pour servir la Ligue en qualité d’agent secret dont la mission consiste à faire chuter un brillant chef militaire du parti protestant.

  2. Dialogue sémantique et claustration  dans L’âge blessé de Nina Bouraoui. Monique Manopoulos, "California State University, East Bay".

    Ceci est une étude des éléments sémantiques du dialogue claustral entre une femme à la fin et au début de sa vie.  Il ne s’agit pas ici d’un retour sur les événements d’une vie mais d’un dialogue intellectuel tout en violence et  répulsion émotionnelle d’une femme qui effectue constamment des allers-retours non linéaires entre sa vieillesse et sa jeunesse.

  3. Danser pour elle: l’intertextualité comme mode interactionnel chez Anne-Marie Alonzo. Chloé Savoie-Bernard, Université de Montréal.

    Cette présentation s’intéressera au recueil de poésie La danse des marches (1993), d’Anne-Marie Alonzo, où la voix poétique confronte la douleur de l’immobilisme à la fluidité du mouvement de la chorégraphe et danseuse Margie Gillis. Alors que le corps de l’autre apparaît comme truchement au geste intertextuel, il compense pour la faillibilité de celui de la voix poétique, dont les déplacements sont restreints.


  4. Inspiration autobiographique et reconnaissance de soi dans Je suis un Homme de Marie Nimier. Jeanne-Sarah de Larquier, Pacific University.

    Dans Je suis un homme, le personnage narrateur fictif fait du thème d'absence de père et de la quête de reconnaissance des corps et imaginaires qui s'y associe l’histoire de sa narration. Doté d'un « Je » locuteur et interlocuteur, il écrit la version Marie Nimier au masculin de la quête intellectuelle de reconnaissance de soi et l’écriture s’en trouve souveraine.

7-01 - 21st Century Literature II
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 10:20am to 11:50am (Salon III (ET))
Chair: Ryleigh Nucilli, University of Oregon

  1. “Atomic Openings”: Crisis and Empathy in Dionne Brand’s Inventory (2006). Anna Veprinska, York University (Canada).

    Borrowing a phrase from Dionne Brand’s 2006 long poem Inventory, this paper proposes that twenty-first-century literature emerges as an “atomic opening”  ̶  a space of both empathy and crisis, and also of empathy in crisis. Concentrating on Inventory, I examine the ways in which this text variously invites and deters empathy, a gesture that question the place and possibility of empathy in the face of the catalogued chaos that this work confronts.

  2. Amusement Park Ontology: The Short Story Multiverse of George Saunders. Russell Backman, UC Davis.

    This paper reads the short stories of George Saunders through his predominant early figure of the amusement park. Read through this structuring metaphor, all of Saunders's stories reveal an investment in coming to terms with alternate worldviews. Saunders develops an ethics of encountering the other, which enables a true encounter with experiential variety. 

  3. Towards a Digimodernist Literature?: Digital Humanities as Lens for Post-postmodern Literature. Aislinn McDougall, Queen's University, Kingston.

    This paper suggests how Digital Humanities discourse offers a valuable, critical lens for investigating the status of literature in the post-postmodern, twenty-first century, as the computer both studies and creates literature. Challenging Alan Kirby's claim that a post-postmodern, "digimodernist" literature is yet to exist, this paper engages with print, digital and hybrid literature to propose a digitally-influenced, post-postmodern literature.

  4. Beyond Speech: Silence and the Unspeakable across Cultures. Kathryn M Schlosser, Miami University.

    Assia Djebar’s La femme sans sepulture (2002)and Natacha Appanah-Mouriquand’s Le dernier frère (2007)are two texts that shed light on the categorization of 21st century literature through the conscious deployment and integration of silences into the narratives, which exemplifies the innovative contribution to francophone literary production hailing from Algeria and Mauritius.  

7-02 - British Literature and Culture: Long 19th Century I
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 10:20am to 11:50am (Studio Suite (PH-ET))
Chair: Laura Chilcoat, University of Florida

  1. Time and Late Nineteenth-Century British Literary Periodicals: Technologies of the Press in Tit-Bits and the Yellow Book. Gretchen Bartels, California Baptist University.

    While Tit-Bits and The Yellow Book appear and, in many ways, are diametrically opposed, both are a response to the shifting literary landscape and technological innovation of the late nineteenth century: the one an embrace of the breakneck speed of late nineteenth-century technology and the other a retreat into the restful pace of high art.

  2. Ripping and Snapping: The Camera Fiend, the Serial Killer, and the Illustrated Press. Darby Jean Walters, University of Southern California.

    The rhetoric of the photographer as criminal and the relationship between photography and the undead informed the discourse surrounding the camera fiend at the turn of the century. The juxtaposition of the invention of the portable camera with the serial killings of Jack the Ripper during the same year created new perspectives on these narratives, providing novel ways for the media and the public to express their anxiety about the crumbling boundaries between the public and the private sphere.

  3. The Other Empire: Victoria Figures Vienna. Meredith Walker Castile, Stanford University.

    Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine serves as an important indexical corpus for ideologies surrounding British imperial rule across the nineteenth-century. In this paper, I examine Blackwood's representations of another empire (the Austrian Empire, in its shifting nineteenth-century forms), another monarchy (the Hapsburgs), and another imperial capital (Vienna). Citing evidence from a variety of Blackwood’s articles and stories, I argue that this other empire served as a repository of projected fantasies about Britain itself.

7-03 - Children's Literature II
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 10:20am to 11:50am (Salon I (ET))
Chair: Cait Weiss Orcutt, University of Houston

  1. How to Build an Online Archive of Illustrated Editions of Mother Goose Rhymes. Kent Hooper, University of Puget Sound.

    I am in the process of building a fully searchable online archive of illustrated editions of Mother Goose rhymes that will then allow scholars to employ data-mining strategies to answer questions and test hypotheses that relate to such a large number of texts and related illustrations.

  2. Drawing the Line: Shel Silverstein, Adult Content, and Revision. Maude Hines, Portland State University.

    This paper reads Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree against his writing for Playboy, exploring the line we've drawn between children's and adult literature as a site of nostalgic fantasy. Popular and critical reactions to The Giving Tree reflect a paradoxical nostalgia for the future: fans see an innocence regained through an example of selfless giving, while those who decry it as sexist or ecologically immoral also rely on an idea of the child as innocent, impressionable, and a repository of hope for the future. 

  3. Piecing Fragmentation: Childhood in Monique Wittig’s The Opoponax. Jessica L. Krzeminski, University of California at Davis.

    Psychoanalysis privileges the adult’s retrospective formulation of childhood. Engaging with current critics of Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalytic practice and theory, I argue that Monique Wittig’s novel The Opoponax effectively distills childhood as its own space in which language can produce wholeness rather than traumatic fragmentation.  

  4. Two Bilingual (Spanish/English) Poets for Children: Juan Felipe Herrera and Francisco Alarcón. Maria Cecilia Ruiz, University of San Diego.

    I discuss Juan Felipe Herrera’s and Francisco Alarcón’s different approaches to writing bilingual poetry for children.  Herrera wants to “pierce space and time, bring about kindness and have a lot of crazy fun.” Alarcón wants to invite readers to reemember, resist and recreate for empowerment.

7-04 - Comparative Literature II
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 10:20am to 11:50am (Cabinet Suite (PH-ET))
Chair: Cloe Le Gall-Scoville, University of California, Davis

  1. Mirrors and Masks: Identity and Artificiality. Alessia Mingrone, San Francisco State University.

    In Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray and Luigi Pirandello’s One, No One and One Hundred Thousand, mirror images and masks are presented as social constructs that become inextricably attached to the protagonists’ “real” identities. The recurrence of these tropes ultimately demonstrates the impossibility of living without acting.

  2. The Correlation between Health and Agency in Female Protagonists of The Immoralist and A Passage to India. JiHyea Hwang, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

    In The Immoralist by Andre Gide and A Passage to India by E. M. Forster, the female characters’ health is contingent to their agency, or the lack thereof. This parallel illustrates the female characters’ struggles to overcome the authoritative male voice, and gain control of their life.

  3. Still We Rise: Luz Argentina Chiriboga’s En la noche del viernes: Ancestor Worship and Transgenerational Cultural Preservation. Emmanuel Harris II, University of North Carolina Wilmington.

    Using various theorist and writers, my investigation explores how Luz Chiriboga employs African cultural elements like black oral traditions, Yoruba gods and ancestor worship as a means of trans-generational cultural preservation.

7-05 - Comparative Media II
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 10:20am to 11:50am (Willamette (PMCC))
Chair: Derek Price, Metropolitan State University of Denver

  1. Pen, Paintbrush, Paste: Divergent and Converging Theories of Value in Preserving the Memory of John Philip Kemble, c. 1824 . Amanda Weldy Boyd, Hope International University.

    This paper investigates the efficacy of theatrical biography and theatrical portraiture in preserving a favorite thespian’s memory, using works by the long eighteenth-century biographer James Boaden and his son James, a painter: each man asserts his medium’s supremacy. The culture war between biography and painting continues today based on rare book librarians’ current preservation practices of works that include both genres. 

  2. Tangled Up: The Influence of Media and Anti-Semitism on Bob Dylan’s Identity Construction. Erin C Callahan, Drew University.

    This paper explores mass media's influence on contemporary subjectivity and identity construction through the figure of Bob Dylan.  It argues that Dyaln's folk identity was socially constructed and was influenced by Dylan's sense of marginalization and "otherness" as a result of having been raised Jewish in post-war anti-Semitic America.

  3. Aestheticizing Ambiguity: Commuting Cthulhu from Text to Canvass. Daniel Rottenberg, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

    Many fans of HP Lovecraft create psuedo or even parodic Necronomicons. This participatory culture reveals a desire to transmute the fantastic monsters, gothic-sci-fi atmospheres, and bizarre geographical locations into personal art. However, in adapting Lovecraft's work, aca-fans risk destroying the ontological aspects of Lovecraft's ambiguity, lessening the originally intentioned horror of philosophy to a cheap, easier scare.

  4. Gorenography: Blood, Sex, and Humor. Derek Pedersen, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

    I will apply the theoretical work of Henry Jenkins, Walter Benjamin, and Marshall McLuhan, and my own perspective, to an analysis of websites such as Bestgore, Kaotic, and Syriatube, online sites that present violent and graphic imagery while also providing space for participatory culture.  The growing popularity of these taboo sites invites an investigation into their aesthetic and psychological appeal, as well as their place in contemporary culture.

7-07 - Ecocriticism II (Co-sponsored by Association for the Study of Literature & Environment)
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 10:20am to 11:50am (Skyline II (PH-ET))
Chair: Taylor Eggan, Princeton University

  1. "Ask men what they think of stone": Geologic Heteroglossia in Blood Meridian. Austin Schauer, Oregon State University.

    I aim to blend the ecocritical theories of Bruno Latour with Bakhtin’s theories of heteroglossia in Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian. I argue that its representations of geography conflate time and stratify it through geologic layers of rock and registers of language to shatter divisions between man and nature.

  2. Trashing Hawai'i: Ecocriticsm, Bluewashing and the Pacific Trash Vortex. Eleanor Byrne, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

    This paper will consider the challenge of conceptualizing the ceaseless, ubiquitous and disastrous production of waste as it impacts on Hawai'ian land and seascapes, and how this relates to broader Native Hawai’ian, philosophical and critical concerns with 'Eco-catastrophe' in current decontructive ecocriticism, as a challenge to post-global thinking. 

  3. Naming and Gendering Disaster in George Stewart's Storm: Feminized Tropical Storms in a Militarized Pacific Rim. Danielle Crawford, University of California, Santa Cruz.

    This paper examines the gender politics of storm naming in George Stewart’s Storm (1941), a novel which contributed to the past practice of giving tropical storms solely female names.Through a reading of Storm, this paper explores the larger implications of feminized storms in an increasingly militarized Pacific Rim. I argue that this 1941 novel highlights the key roles of gender, militarism, and naming during a time in which the U.S. military first became involved in the Pacific theater of WWII. 

  4. “Curse or Blessing”: Animal’s People and Transcorporeal Magical Realism. Katja Jylkka, University of California at Davis.

    I argue that, in his novel Animal's People, Indra Sinha’s posthuman subversions of the magical realist literary mode reveal its inadequacy to represent and resolve the slow violence and damage of postcolonial and neocolonial actions on the environment.

7-08 - Gender and Commodification
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 10:20am to 11:50am (Columbia (PMCC))
Chair: Bethany Qualls, "University of California, Davis"

  1. Racialized Masculinity and American Mythos: John Henry and John Henry Days. Ben Wirth, University of Washington.

    This paper will examine Colson Whitehead’s John Henry Days and Roark Bradford’s John Henry to argue for a reimagining of the kinds of masculinity produced by capitalism, making use of Roderick Ferguson’s work to find intersections with queer of color critique and the racialized body as labor capital.

  2. Who Defined the ‘Girl’ in the Girl Power Movement?: Consumerist Postfeminism and The Spice Girls. Katherine Vogt, San Francisco State University.

    What do I want, what I really really want? Social equality. What did the Girl Power movement of The Spice Girls actually give us? Young girls thinking they could have it all, while simultaneously being told what was appropriate to want as a woman, and what were appropriate methods to achieve it, namely consumerism. 

  3. Layered Economies of Homosociality in Sister Carrie. Andy Harper, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

    Examining relationships between women in Sister Carrie through the lens of Sedgwick's theory of homosocial desire reveals a latent economy of female homosociality based on cooperation and the negotiation of domestic spaces. The novel voices an argument for socialism as necessary to the advancement and equality of all people.

  4. Petting Kitty Fisher: Art as Commodity in the Creation of Celebrity in 18th-Century England. Lois Leveen, Independent Scholar.

    As commodity capitalism transformed British society, the scandalous Kitty Fisher used visual and print media to shape her public persona. Fisher's symbiotic relationship with male artists, whose own celebrity depended on the success of their representations of her, complicates assumptions about the relationship between gender and commodification.

7-09 - Germanics II
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 10:20am to 11:50am (McKenzie (PMCC))
Chair: Josiah Simon, California State University Long Beach

  1. Reisen in Java Mitte des 19 Jahrhunderts: Therese von Bacheracht, Ida Pfeiffer und Karl Bernhard von Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach erleben das "Absonderliche". Petra Liedke Konow, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.

    Three mid-19th century travelers experience Java under very different circumstances. Von Bacheracht moved there with her Dutch army husband. Pfeiffer traveled there with the support of the Dutch colonial powers. Von Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach worked there as commander-in-chief for the Dutch. It will be explored how those different circumstances affect the fabric of their writing.


  2. What to Do about Memory: Calling on Ghosts, Vampires, and Zombies in post-WWI Weimar and Hollywood Cinema. Kirsten Harjes, University of California at Davis.

    This paper draws on the popular fascination with undead spirits or metaphysical forces in the interwar period movie industry in Weimar, Germany and in Hollywood to explore how certain cinematic representations came to reflect and define specific social anxieties in the post-WWI years.

  3. (Denn) Es gibt keine andere Welt? Diskursstrategien, symbolische Ordnung und Geschlecht: Funktionen von Kinderfiguren bei Irmtraud Morgner und Ingeborg Bachmann. Martina Caspari, "Hochschule Esslingen, Germany".

    Literarische Kinderfiguren scheinen ein besonderes Verhältnis zu Zeit und Sprache zu haben, im Spannungsfeld von Entwicklungsstufen und ihren Übergängen und vom Eintritt in die symbolische Ordnung geprägt, der – hier von den Protagonisten nicht gewollt – sich dennoch mit schicksalhafter Gewalt vollzieht.

  4. A Photographic Memory: Photographs of the Red Army Faction in German Film. Carrie Collenberg-Gonzalez, Portland State University.

    This paper focuses on German films about the Red Army Faction to demonstrate the significance of the photograph in the construction of memory in films. It argues that this significance is not only a RAF phenomenon but that it is part of a larger cinematic process.

7-10 - Interdisciplinary Approaches to Science Fiction with the Alternative Reality Group at PSU (A Roundtable with the Portland Center for the Public Humanities)
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 10:20am to 11:50am (Directors Suite (PH-ET))
Chair: Annabelle Dolidon, Portland State University

  1. Roundtable Participant. Carl Abbott, Portland State University.

    Carl Abbott is a Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University, and author of How Cities Won the West: Four Centuries of Urban Change in Western North America (University of New Mexico Press), among other works. He and his fellow Roundtable participants will be discussing "Vaster Than Empires and More Slow" by Ursula K. Le Guin and "The Grinnell Method" by Molly Gloss.

  2. Roundtable Participant. Grace Dillon, Portland State University.

    Grace Dillon is Professor of Indigenous Nations Studies at Portland State University, and editor of Walking the Clouds: An Anthology of Indigenous Science Fiction (University of Arizona Press) and Hive of Dreams: Contemporary Science Fiction from the Pacific Northwest (Oregon State University Press).

  3. Roundtable Participant. Jon Holt, Portland State University.

    Jon Holt is an Assistant Professor of Japanese at Portland State University whose research interests include modern Japanese poetry and children’s literature.

  4. Roundtable Participant. Tony Wolk, Portland State University.

    Tony Wolk is Professor of English at Portland State University, where he has taught since 1965. Wolk has published science fiction works including The Parable of You (Propeller Books, 2013), Lincoln's Daughter (Ooligan Press, 2009) and Good Friday (Ooligan Press, 2007).

7-11 - Irony and Hipster Culture in Literature
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 10:20am to 11:50am (Rogue (PMCC))
Chair: Matthew James Bond, University of California, Riverside

  1. 19th-century Hipster Culture in Murger’s Scènes de la vie de bohème  . Karen Turman, Winona State University.

    By examining the ironic focus on capitalistic values, public performance, and the self-conscious appropriation of a marginalized lifestyle, I will demonstrate how the bohemian artists of nineteenth-century Paris constituted a precursor for hipster culture today.

  2. Lana Del Rey and Queer Hipster Poetics. Ryan D. Sullivan, University California, Riverside.

    In this paper, I argue that Lana Del Rey has become a point of identification for a subset of contemporary queer poets because her ironic self-fashioning, critical appropriation of consumer expectations, and “failed” performance allow models for reprieve and identification for queer poets faced with an abstracting and alienating history of lyric reading. 


  3. Original Hipster: The Troublesome Temporality of Jack Dapper. Sawyer K Kemp, University of California, Davis.

    By examining the persona of Jack Dapper from Middleton & Dekker’s The Roaring Girl, alongside contemporary discourses of digital fashion, selfies, and the #GPOY, I will explore how roaring boys toe the line between noble leisure and roguish idleness, putting both the upper-class and themselves at risk for social slippage. 

  4. Fear and Trembling in St. Paul: Irony and Hipster Culture in the Religious Turn. Cooper Harriss, Indiana University Blooomington.

    This paper examines elements of hipster culture in Russell Rathbun’s Post-Rapture Radio (2005), an ironic narrative that trains Kierkegaardan critique on the “Contemporary Christian Culture Complex” in order to problematize expectations of sincerity and authenticity in institutions whose own capacity for self-criticism are frequently compromised, yet upheld as virtuous.

7-12 - Italian II
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 10:20am to 11:50am (Salon II (ET))
Chair: Loredana Di Martino, University of San Diego

  1. Testimonies and Stories of Resistance from a Disappearing World. Ilaria Tabusso Marcyan, Miami University, Ohio.

    This presentation looks at Revelli’s and Cervi’s testimonies to consider the role of peasants within the Italian postwar history and territory. These testimonies are read, in Gramscian terms, as voices that express social and cultural awareness within the economic and political changes of Italy during the seventies.

  2. Italophilia vs. Italophobia: Five Centuries of Cultural Exchange Viewed through the Prism of Language. Edward Tuttle, University of California - Los Angeles.

    In our epoch of intensifying cultural contact and transfer, a backward glance at the loves and hates that have attended Anglo-Italian and Franco-Italian language relations across the past five centuries may be seasonable.  The dynamics of “language ideology” would seem a recurrent model to judge by the historical record.

  3. The Watts Towers Common Ground Initiative: Art, Migrations, Development. Luisa Del Giudice, Independent Scholar.

    This paper explores the multiple resonances of the National Historic Landmark built by visionary Italian immigrant laborer, Sabato Rodia, within local and global migrations, contested social and urban spaces, the relationship between art and economic development, and its forthcoming UNESCO candidacy as World Heritage.

7-13 - Mid-Twentieth Century Poetry (co-sponsored by the Robert Lowell Society)
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 10:20am to 11:50am (Skyline III (PH-ET))
Chair: Steven Gould Axelrod, University of California, Riverside

  1. Mourning, Psychic Trauma and Robert Lowell’s Autobiographical Conversation. Olga Aksakalova, LaGuardia Community College CUNY.

    My paper examines the textual evolution of Life Studies to trace Lowell’s effort to engage his readers and his deceased parents as active interlocutors in dialogue. I argue that the mode of conversation illuminates the deeply traumatic genesis and reparative potentialities of Lowell’s autobiographical engagement.

  2. "The Creases" and "Decrees" on Robert Lowell's Onion Typing Paper: Getting Cues from the Materiality of the Poet's Archives. Grzegorz Kosc, University of Warsaw (Poland).

    This paper will raise question about the importance of experiencing some of Lowell's poems in their materiality as archival objects.  With the poem "Onion Skin" (later published Notebooks 1967-68) as an example, I will demonstrate that the material qualities of paper Lowell was using, his sensory experience of the typed text as well as of multiple versions of poems stacked and showing through, not only became a subject of his poetic inquiry, but also--more crucially--drove the poetic process and his revisions.

  3. Brevity Effects in the Poetry of Robert Creeley. Bronwen Tate, Stanford University.

    At a time when the serious (read ambitious) poet was expected to write a major (read lengthy) work, Robert Creeley chose instead the intensity of focus that a short poem offers. In this paper, I propose that Creeley uses poetic brevity, and especially the semantic estrangement brought about by his short lines, to create a heightened sense of language that refracts readers back to an awareness of their own presence and embodiment in the repeatedly insisted “here” of the poem.

7-14 - Shakespeare and Related Topics
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 10:20am to 11:50am (Senate Suite (PH-ET))
Chair: Deborah Willis, University of California - Riverside

  1. The Meantime of Shakespeare’s King Lear. Michael McShane, Carthage College.

    Unwittingly announcing the play’s largest temporal frame, King Lear’s first public word is “meantime.” The drama is set, precisely, in a meantime: an interregnum not only between temporal rulers of England but also between the death and birth of gods.   Like our own time, Lear’s is a fraught moment, pregnant with an unknown future.

  2. Translation/Translatio: Thomas Wyatt’s Humanist Poetry in Historical Context and in The Tudors. Kathy Hardman, University of California, Riverside.

    This paper proposes a reevaluation Thomas Wyatt’s poetry and the use of Wyatt’s poetry by the recent television series, The Tudors. By viewing Thomas Wyatt’s poetry in context, I argue that Wyatt undertook a project of humanist translatio studii in his work on Petrarch's sonnets; this notion then serves as a starting point to argue that, while faulty in a sense, The Tudors’ use of Wyatt’s poetry is in keeping with the spirit of Wyatt’s translatio.

  3. An You Be Mine, I'll Give You to My Friend: The Dawn Song, Marriage, and the Authority of the Father in Romeo and Juliet and Paradise Lost. Michael Bryson, California State University at Northridge.

    This paper will examine the way the alba, or dawn song of 12th and 13th-century Troubadour poetry plays a central role in both Romeo and Juliet and Paradise Lost. Painfully evocative in the former, and brilliantly perverse in the latter, the respective uses/modifications of the alba form serve as powerful critiques of the father (and the Father).

  4. The Tamed Shrew: Rewriting Shakespeare for and by the Contemporary Stage. Sarah Antinora, San Joaquin Delta College.

    This paper centers on the moves employed by modern productions of The Taming of the Shrew to avoid “problem play” status. These productions usually do not transform Shakespeare’s words; instead, the play is “rewritten” through staging. These productions are worthy of critique as they alter the play’s themes while seemingly not being adaptations at all.

7-15 - Spain, Portugal, and Latin America: Jewish Culture and Literature in Trans-Iberia
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 10:20am to 11:50am (Executive Suite (PH-ET))
Chair: Jorge Galindo, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

  1. Esther Bendahan: reescritura de la reina Esther en el siglo XXI . Alicia Rico, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

    Realizaré un estudio de la crítica sobre el Libro de Esther para determinar la aportación de El secreto de la reina persa (2009), Esther Bendahan. En ella, se potencia el romance, género al que pertenece el primero, según George Robinson, y las intrigas que caracterizan su contenido. Además, incorpora la figura de un escriba que reflexiona sobre los pueblos que componían el Imperio persa.

  2. La evolución de la tradición folclórica cabalística en la obra de Alejandro Jodorowsky (o cómo incorporar el cuento del Dibuk, la leyenda del Golem y el arquetipo de Lilith al género de la ciencia ficción). Henri-Simon Blanc-Hoang, Defense Language Institute.

    Alejandro Jodorowsky es uno de los pocos artistas que incorpora el cuento del Dibuk, la leyenda del Golem y el arquetipo de Lilith en la ciencia ficción. En realidad, este cineasta y autor de cómics chileno hace regresar estos entes cabalísticos a sus fuentes judías gracias a las características específicas del género de la ciencia ficción.

  3. Conflict, Contradictions, and Convivencia: The Precarious Position of Jews in the Literature and Life of Medieval Christian Spain. Matthew Warshawsky, University of Portland.

    This paper will study the importance of anti-Jewish sentiment to the construction of an incipient Christian-centered national identity in iconic works of Spanish literature during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, when a small number of highly visible Jews also filled important roles in the courts of various Christian kings.

7-16 - Translation and Interpretation
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 10:20am to 11:50am (Skyline IV (PH-ET))
Chair: Oliver Berghof, California State University, San Marcos

  1. From “Prison of Love” to Lo Carcer d´Amor: A Novel by Diego de San Pedro. Maria Ferrer-Lightner, Pierce College.

    This paper discusses the translation from Spanish into Catalan of Cárcel de Amor by Diego de San Pedro, 1492. The paper explores what the practice of translation in medieval times brought to societies and their languages. Also, how the Catalan translator deals with the mechanics of language and style in the target language.

  2. Revisiting Roman Jakobson’s Translation Theory: From Linguistics to Cultural Contact. James Lu, California Baptist University.

    Using Roman Jakobson’s changing theory of translation, I discuss translation theory and contextualize this discussion in my own experience translating Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence into Chinese.

  3. Teaching Translation Theory in the Context of Literary Translation. Oliver Berghof, California State University, San Marcos.

    In this paper I am proposing to focus on pedagogical practices and benefits of teaching translation theory in the context of literary translation.  I will also address the specific challenges and rewards of translating literary texts with students from a variety of linguistic backgrounds.  The paper is based on more than two decades of teaching courses in literary translation in graduate programs of literature.

7-17 - Transpacific Literary History
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 10:20am to 11:50am (Winery (PMCC))
Chair: Michiko Shimokobe, Seikei University, Japan

  1. Merging the Transpacific with the Transatlantic: Afro-Asia in Japanese Brazilian Narratives. Zelideth Rivas, Marshall University.

    Transpacific literary history stands alongside transatlantic narratives, becoming Afro-Asian contributions: a term that scholars use as an alternative means of understanding the contradictions and like-mindedness of two distinctive regions across a south-south forum. Indeed, Latin America, since the 16th century Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade, has served as a location in which Africans and Asians shared histories, labor, and bodies. 

  2. Yukio Mishima and His Transpacific Nationalist Imagination. Fuhito Endo, Seikei University.

    This paper foregrounds the ambivalence of pro/anti-Americanism shared by postwar Japanese nationalists, most uniquely represented by Mishima. Psychoanalytically, this dilemma is symptomatic of their fetishism, a compromise of acceptance/rejection of castration. Hence the postwar "Symbolic Emperor" as the sublime and fetishist object of ideology.

  3. Siamese Twins as Catachresis: Twain, Yamashita and Jackson. Takayuki Tatsumi, Keio University, Japan.

    The literary and cultural context will convince us that Karen Tei Yamashita's short story "Siamese Twins and Mongoloids" serves as a kind of singular point between modernist twins and postmodernist twins.  Influenced by Twain's twins, Yamashita re-figures the conjoined twins not only as freaks but also as representative men of multicultural America.

7-18 - Women in French IV: Le rôle de la femme dans la littérature et le cinéma fantastique
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 10:20am to 11:50am (Deschutes (PMCC))
Chair: Kevin Elstob, California State University, Sacramento

  1. Un peu, beaucoup, à la folie... : L'évolution du statut de la femme dans le genre fantastique. Marianne Golding, Southern Oregon University.

    Du Diable amoureux de Cazotte à la série télévisée Les Revenants de Gobert, le rôle de la femme dans les oeuvres fantastiques s'est bien transformé. De victime délicate, soumise et frisant souvent la folie, la femme est devenue forte et semble contrôler bien davantage son existence, aussi effrayante celle-ci puisse-t-elle être, selon des circonstances plus ou moins épouvantables. Mais quel que soit son statut, la femme semble toujours tenir le premier rôle dans le fantastique.

  2. Identity and the Fantastic: Reassessing Female Figures in Marie NDiaye’s Theatre. Elizabeth Lindley, University of Cambridge, UK.

    Marie NDiaye places the frustrating quest of female figures for identity at the heart of her plays. Refusing mythological roles of the family, her characters launch themselves into the lawless universe of the fantastic. NDiaye’s theatricalwritings adapt fantastical elements, such as spectres, vampirism and metamorphosis, to estrange and challenge, which undelines the impossibility of self-definition and privileges female characters to embark on a creative journey toward identity.

  3. Morsures au féminin: Subversion, vengeance et empowerment vampiriques dans The Addiction (1995) de Abel Ferrara et A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) de Ana Lily Amirpour. Alice Michaud-Lapointe, University of Montréal.

    Trop souvent occultée ou reléguée au rang de victime, de vamp ou de compagne subalterne du « Prince des ténèbres », la vampire se dévoile, dans The Addiction de Abel Ferrara et A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night de Ana Lily Amirpour, radicale et nihiliste, justicière et revendicatrice, mais surtout investie d’un pouvoir qui se double d’un féminisme des plus sanglants.



  4. The Intrepid French Heroine  and the Fantastic: The Case of Les aventures extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec in Historical Fantasy Comic Book Series and Film . Habib Zanzana, University of Scranton.

    This paper examines the heroine of a fantasy comic book series by Jacques Tardi and its 2010 film adaptation. The analysis focuses on Adèle Blanc-Sec, a brave and adventurous female character who embraces the fantastic. She triumphs while poking fun at men and shattering the patriarchal conventions that placed power in the hands of controlling and often incompetent male authority. 

-Plenary Address and Luncheon
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm (Parlors (PH-ET))
Chair: Heidi Schlipphacke, University of Illinois, Chicago

  1. Wild Seeds: On Speculation and Black Futures. Kara Keeling, University of Southern California.

    This talk will bring African American novelist Octavia Butler’s Wild Seed (1980) into conversation with Black British filmmaker John Akomfrah’s 1996 film The Last Angel of History in order to advance theories of queer temporality at an interface with Black existence. Kara Keeling, author of The Witch's Flight: The Cinematic, the Black Femme, and the Image of Common Sense, is Associate Professor of Cinema and Media Studies, working also in the areas of Black Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, Critical Theory, and Cultural Studies.

8-01 - African American Literature I
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 1:45pm to 3:15pm (Salon I (ET))
Chair: Maude Hines, Portland State University

  1. "My life is falling down": Violence and Time in Toni Morrison's God Help the Child. Yumi Pak, California State University San Bernardino.

    This paper argues that Toni Morrison's God Help the Child is a text steeped in violence. Rather than perpetuating a cycle of violence, however, I argue that Morrison's most recent novel in fact addresses violence as a force which possesses the capacity to unmoor geography, time and identity. In other words, I argue that the novel is not about the repetitive nature of violence, but rather about its capacity to cause structural harm. 

  2. Dangerous Narrative:  Apocalypse in African American Literature. Jeannine King, Saint Mary's College of California.

    The essay explores the uses of apocalyptic time, imagery and theology in Frederick Douglass’ speeches and narratives.  Douglass embodied the inherent conflict of the African-American messianic tradition: oppression by American social institutions and immersion in the mainstream of American messianic culture.  His work reflects the tension of being a black prophet and the abolitionist golden child, between violent justice and reconciliation in the spirit of progress.  As such, it is a distinctly American voice.

  3. Mongrels, Purebloods, and the Heroic Slave in Brandon Massey’s Dark Corner . Jerry Rafiki Jenkins, Palomar College.

    I argue in this paper that Brandon Massey’s Dark Corner (2004), a black vampire novel set in Mississippi during the early 2000s, offers a critque of the gendered notions of racial purity and dilution found in, parsaphrasing Richard Iton, the masculine Africa narrative.   

  4. Conjure as Rhetorical Tradition, Craft, and Literary Philosophy: Some Critical Notes on Zora Neale Hurston's Art of Writing. Alexandria Lockett, Spelman College.

    Although many scholars have acknowledged that Zora Neale Hurston's interdisciplinary writing about Voodoo and conjure tales is innovative and culturally significant, few works examine the literary and rhetorical implications of reading Hurston's text as "ethnic literature" (Baker; Dutton; Finn; Harrison; Hill; Lamonthe; Schroeder; Wall).  This paper will focus on how Hurston's treatment of conjure offers a critical methodology for studying what is "ethnic" about literature. 

8-02 - Asian Literature
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 1:45pm to 3:15pm (Salon II (ET))
Chair: Ji Nang Kim, Texas A&M University

  1. Han and Yūgen: Aesthetics of Reversal in P’ansori and Noh . Yasutaka Maruki, Pacific University.

    Han, a Korean concept of resentment, describes one’s inner strength to overcome challenges in life. Yūgen, Japanese aesthetic concept of mystery and darkness, characterizes the abstract beauty that is found in Noh, traditional Japanese theater. Even though Han and Yūgen are seemingly unrelated, they share common characteristics. 

  2. Intersecting Spaces: Cultural, Gendered, Spiritual in Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies. Danielle Cofer, University of Rhode Island.

    Interpreter of Maladies (1999) depicts a variety of characters facing entanglements with romantic relationships and difficult transitions as they move from east to west, and at times from west to east. Jhumpa Lahiri uses public and private space to reflect characters’ desire for compartmentalizing identity formation.

  3. Bodies in Motion, Haunting Memories: Bearing a Post-Boat Life in Tran Vu’s Dragon Hunt and Thi Diem Thuy Lê’s The Gangster We Are All Looking For. Soh Yeun (Elloise) Kim, University of Washington.

    My paper reads Tran Vu’s Dragon Hunt (1999), together with Thi Diem Thuy The Gangster We Are All Looking For (2003), as stories of collective, diasporic, trans-generational silence, trauma, and haunting to examine how memories of the dead and death are carried away over temporal and geographical distance onto people who are dis- and relocated while surviving a precarious life as refugees.  

8-03 - British Literature and Culture: Long 19th Century II
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 1:45pm to 3:15pm (Studio Suite (PH-ET))
Chair: Natalie Rajasinghe, Cal Poly Pomona

  1. Jeffreys Taylor’s The Young Islanders or, The School Boy Crusoes (1841): Anticipating William Golding’s Lord of the Flies. Thomas Fair, Adams State College - Extended Studies.

    Readers of Lord of the Flies know well Golding’s ironic references and allusions to Ballantyne’s The Coral Island; however, another nineteenth-century text presents a closer parallel to Golding’s work. Jeffreys Taylor’s rarely examined The Young Islanders or, The School Boy Crusoes (1841) offers a promising antecedent to Golding’s novel and its examination of humanity’s flawed nature.

  2. Detecting Holmes’s Readers. Leila May, North Carolina State University.

    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s narratological strategies allow him to distance his “authority” by creating a fictive reading public addicted to the fictional tales of a fictitious detective. Doyle’s trap is that the real audience comes to realize that they are identical to the fictional audience, thereby reduced to fictional characters themselves.

  3. The Possibility of Taking a Walk: Creating Self Through Movement in Jane Eyre. Patricia Bredar, University of Colorado at Boulder.

    This paper examines mobility in Jane Eyre, exploring the connection between the heroine's physical movement and her formation of selfhood. My reading re-evaluates Jane's relationship to patriarchy, revealing the ways in which she capitalizes on male-driven structures rather than merely working within them. 

  4. Depictions of Hair in Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea. Yarely Alejandre, San Diego State University.

     Charlotte Brontë and Jean Rhys use hair as the medium for expressing Victorian anxieties about beauty. While Jane Eyre depicts hair in a conventional manner, the neo-Victorian prequel, Wide Sargasso Sea utilizes hair to illuminate the symbol of hair as it is connected to sexual desire, station, and even madness.

8-04 - Classics (Greek)
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 1:45pm to 3:15pm (Senate Suite (PH-ET))
Chair: Victor Castellani, University of Denver

  1. Seeing Hera in the Iliad. Seemee Ali, Carthage College.

    In the Iliad Hera is a goddess who sees and who bestows insight. I try to show that repeatedly in the Iliad,Hera moves both men and gods by means of their phrenes, their hearts and minds.In the Iliad, Hera’s characteristic sphere of action is the phrénes, the realm of physiological, emotional, and intellectual activity. Thus, she proves to be a goddess of the mind.

  2. Achilles in Love: Sex as Exchange in Aeschylus' Myrmidons. David Leitao, San Francisco State University.

    This paper discusses the attribution and meaning of fragments 135-136 from Aeschylus' Myrmidons, attempting to situate them within the larger context of aristocratic gift exchange and sexual ideology during the archaic period.

  3. Between Bios and Zoē: Sophocles’ Antigone and Agamben’s Biopoltics. Jesse Weiner, Hamilton College.

    This essay reads Sophocles' Antigone through the lens of Giorgio Agamben's Homo Sacer, focusing on an Aristotelian binary between bios and zoē that lies at the very heart of Agamben's biopolitics.

  4. The Performance of Adultery: The Appropriation of Ritual Space and Action in Aristophanes’ Thesmophoriazusae. Teresa Yates, University of California Irvine.

    Aristophanes’ Thesmophoriazusae provides a parodic representation of a religious space in which female agency and speech was enhanced. In this paper, I investigate Aristophanes’ problematization of female domestic activity and agency, which ancient Greek men believed could lead to adulterous or illicit action, which in turn had dire social implications. 

8-05 - Creative Writing: Process-As-Product
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 1:45pm to 3:15pm (Executive Suite (PH-ET))
Chair: Genevieve Kaplan, Independent Scholar

  1. News of the World(view): On Collaborative Erasure. Jessica Piazza, University of Southern California.

    On a daily basis, most of us must resign the flood of world news information with our own worldviews. H.A. O'Neill and I mimiced this process of internalizing news by creating a series of erasure poems from The New York Times. The process of erasure linked our poetic outlook with the more “objective” view of the newsmakers so that the project (Obliterations, forthcoming from Red Hen Press) is doubly collaborative; with each other (making separate poems from the same source) and with the journalists (who originally chose the words we used).

  2. Scribing Christine: A Collaborative Journey Across Time, Place, and Language. Marci Vogel, University of Southern California.

    The sequence of poems is compelled by the historical milieu, life story, and multi-faceted œuvre of late medieval francophone poet, Christine de Pizan. Known for being the first woman in Europe to earn a living through writing, Christine produced an enormous body of work before her self-exile. Merging intertextual poetics, translation studies, and cross-cultural scholarship, this interdisciplinary project proposes alternative ways of engaging with literature as it encourages innovative approaches for creating new literary works.

  3. Waste: A Constructive Dismantling of Form and Content. Mallory Elizabeth Land Smith, University of Calgary, Canada.

    My collection Waste contemplates a pervasive sense of economy that measures both the material and the immaterial. Thoughts, feelings, and time can be quantified, treated as a resource, and therefore misused, in accordance with their perceived functions.  Through a series of poems that destroy their forms, this collection sees destruction as an opportunity to re-shape when what we consider waste is viewed as a process, a form and a product in its own qualitative right.

  4. Intended Only for You: The Personal Address as Site and Means of Poetry. Chris Davidson, Biola University.

    This presentation will explore how composing for a particular person (in work that includes the markers of that particular correspondence), rather than for a wide audience, makes texts like these accessible in a way that is unique and evocative. An example from a collaboration between the presenter and the visual artist J.R. Uretsky will be included in the presentation. 

8-06 - Cuban Literature and Film After the Cuban Revolution
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 1:45pm to 3:15pm (Columbia (PMCC))
Chair: Sonia Barrios Tinoco, Seattle University

  1. "Is this a garden or a cemetery?" Revolution and Resistance in  Zoe Valdes's Yocandra in the Paradise of NADA. Mary Cappelli, Nevada State College.

    "Is this a garden or a cemetery? I want a garden. I need a garden. How proud I am to be Cuban! How terrified I am to be Cuban!" declares Yacandra in Zoe Valdes’s Yocandra in the Paradise of NADA. In this presentation,  I offer an interdisciplinary approach to situate a female consciousness of gendered politics of resistance in which women salvage their memories from severe patriarchal inscriptions. 

  2. ¿Es posible expresarse libremente? Escribir novelas y hacer cine en la Revolución. Sonia Barrios Tinoco, Seattle University.

    La piel y la máscara del escritor y cineasta cubano Jesús Díaz es una novela que trata del oficio de hacer cine. Este texto está construido en base a una serie de capas que van revelando diferentes niveles de sentido y críticas que se hacen al régimen dictatorial comunista. A lo largo de la narración se ponen en evidencia los abusos y la censura a la que son sometidos todos aquellos que a través de cualquier medio creativo quieran expresar su opinión. 

8-07 - Environment, Ecology and Nature in Italian Literature and Culture
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 1:45pm to 3:15pm (Winery (PMCC))
Chair: Ilaria Tabusso Marcyan, Miami University, Ohio

  1. The Adriatic Opera: An Ecocritical Interpretation of Lorenzo Da Ponte's Così fan tutte. Enrico Orsingher, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France.

    Through an Ecocritical approach, we'll demonstrate how  the Così fan tutte has been skilfully and unexpectedly built by the Venetian librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte on the politic, religious and ethnic tensions of the Early modern Adriatic space, and how it is not possible to understand the inner revolutionary meaning of this opera without examining the interactions that it has with this tight and painful sea, which is a major borderline, a melting pot for the Italian, Austrian, Slavic and Turkish civilizations.

  2. The Orgosolo Murals: An Ecocritical Analysis Among Environment, Art and Social Identity. Laura Giancaspero, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3.

    This paper proposal aims to analyze in all its peculiarities, the original phenomenon of the murals of Orgosolo, a spontaneous and intense artistic production that aroused in a small village of Sardinia, in the late sixties. Through an ecocritical analysis we’ll focus our attention on the relationship between environment and artistic production in the process of the construction of a local identity.


  3. La Lettera alla mia terra di Roberto Saviano. Massimo Lollini, University of Oregon.

    La Lettera alla mia terra di Roberto Saviano costituisce un importante modello di racconto ambientalista contemporaneo, articolato in forme multimediali. Questa presentazione analizzerà l’evoluzione di questo racconto dalla versione scritta ne La bellezza e l’inferno alla versione televisiva, nello speciale Dall’inferno alla bellezza della trasmissione Che tempo che fa condotto insieme Fabio Fazio.

  4. Taviani, Frammartino, Cecconello et al: Italian Ecocinematic Realities. Pasquale Verdicchio, University of California, San Diego.

    My paper will consider the films of the Taviani brothers, Michelangelo Frammartino and Emanuele Cecconello, all of whom are representative of a linguistic elaboration of the natural environment through the parameters of that new subgenre of film studies that is ecocriticism.

8-09 - Medieval Literature II
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 1:45pm to 3:15pm (Skyline II (PH-ET))
Chair: Courtney Scuro, UC Riverside

  1. Mystics, Meditation, and Madness: The Christian Mystic and the Medieval Mindset. Andrew B. Harris, Washington State University Vancouver.

    Using the devoted work or Julian of Norwich and Margery of Kempe, in addition to standard historical theory and knowledge, I examine the boundaries of Medieval Christian meditation in an attempt to understand the transition from meditative devotion to mystic rambling.

  2. Espejo de verdadera nobleza: Reflections on Knighthood in a Late Medieval Work of Conduct Literature. Anthony Tribit, University of Oregon.

    Diego de Valera’s Espejo de verdadera nobleza is a work of conduct literature that discusses knighthood, a key part of medieval society. In this presentation, I use discourse analysis to examine how one knight interprets the state of chivalry in fifteenth-century Spain in ways that are more akin to the Humanism that is associated with the Renaissance. 

  3. All the King’s Dishes: Heraldic Food, Consuming Symbolism, and the Space(s) of the Body in John Lydgate’s “The Soteltes at the Coronation Banquet of Henry VI” . Courtney Scuro, UC Riverside.

    In Lydgate’s deceptively simple commemoration of Henry VI’s 1429 coronation, attitudes and ideologies on sovereign will, subjectivity, and digestion intersect tabletop. The food at Henry’s feast creates a powerful symbolic display, one working to affirm the divinely ordained, inviolate, and all-consuming royal authority of England’s boy-king.

8-10 - Narrative and Time V: Visuality in Modern and Contemporary American Literature
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 1:45pm to 3:15pm (Directors Suite (PH-ET))
Chair: Asimina Ino Nikolopoulou, Northeastern University

  1. Carrie Mae Weems’s Deconstruction of Historical Prejudices through Visual Narrative. William Mosby, University of Memphis.

    Carrie Mae Weems's From Here I saw What Happened and I Cried uses appropriated photographs and original text to address the evolution of African American's visual identity. Through historical perspective Weems erases the seperation that time establishes between the "us" of now from the "them" of before to reclaim ownership of this identity.

  2. The Trauma of the Visual: Time and Trauma in The Goldfinch. Nicole Kenley, Simpson University.

    The paper explores the power of the painted image in Donna Tartt's novel The Goldfinch to simultaneously trigger traumatic recollections and disrupt temporal flow. The text's ekphrastic moments illuminate the power of the visual to transcend and unsettle both medium and temporality.

  3. Narrative Impulse: H.D., Freud, and the Creativity of Survival. Victoria Papa, Northeastern University.

    In this paper, I read Freud's Moses and Monotheism alongside H.D.’s Tribute to Freud to argue that Freud's narrative impulse to creatively rewrite Jewish history in a present moment marked by war trauma and Nazi threat is directly linked to the poet's palimpsestic understanding of time.



8-11 - Poetry and Poetics I
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 1:45pm to 3:15pm (Salon III (ET))
Chair: Richard E. Hishmeh, Palomar College

  1. Taking Up Sappho’s Lyre: Sexuality and the Victorian Poetess. April Anderson, Claremont Graduate University.

    Victorian women poets use the voice of Sappho to create a persona that is assertive, full of agency, and challenging to traditional views of women’s writing, thus giving both Sappho and the Victorian poetess a subversive voice among nineteenth-century poets, one that challenges patriarchal notions of women’s place in society.

  2. Love and Its Complications: From the Troubadours to Shakespeare. Arpi Movsesian, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    This paper is an explication of the history and the quest of love that the Troubadours  portrayed through their songs and poetry. This love is spiritualized in later centuries, most noticeably in Dante and Petrarch’s works, and later revitalized in its sensual form in Shakespeare. 

  3. John Keats and the Self-Fashioning of Martyrdom. Erienne Romaine, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

    This work explores the degree to which John Keats’s poetic project may be understood in terms of achieving martyrdom. Keats embraces suffering as he imagines himself to be a philosopher and a healer, as well as a poet. His suffering is created by the tension that exists between his attempted physician-like disinterestedness and the inherently subjective (and often sensuous) nature of his ouvre.

  4. Negative Capable Machines. Michael Joseph Walsh, University of Denver.

     In “Negative Capability and Its Children,” Charles Simic identifies two primary traditions of “negatively capable” modern poetry: the Dada or Surrealist tradition and the “imagist” tradition of Pound, Williams, and Olson. In this paper I will show that in Simic’s “imagist” tradition, the encompassing metaphor for what a poem is is that of the poem as a kind of “charged” magic object or “negatively capable machine.”

8-12 - Postcolonial Literature II
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 1:45pm to 3:15pm (Forum Suite (PH-ET))
Chair: Satoko Kakihara, California State University, Fullerton

  1. Racial Time, Frozen Futures, and Toxic Productivity in Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things. Sarah Huddleston, Portland State University.

    Using Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things, this paper will assess the ways in which racial identity acts as a type of toxic identity. Rather than simply arguing this toxic identity for the sake of being allegorical, this paper wishes to examine the racialized body as a potentially “productive-toxin.” That is, though the racialized body, within the context of the novel, is a suspended body, it is also a body capable of unsuspension, of reanimation, a body (identity) through the very process of decay.

  2. Capturing the Colonial Experience through Literary Parables. Stephanie Hankinson, University of Washington.

    This paper explores the use of the literary parable in Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth and Ayi Kwei Armah’s The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born as a way to crystallize the colonial experience and highlight the implicit violence, racism, as well as economic injustices of colonial occupation through poetic and narrative innovations of form.      

  3. A Relegation of Heroism: A Critical Look at Krakauer's Into Thin Air. Rebecca K. Burgesser, Western Washington University.

    This paper examines modern day relegation of heroism back to its archaic meaning and explores the consequences of conflating heroism and masculinity. Through a critical analysis of Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air, the author finds that not only does mountaineering provide humans (primarily men) with the opportunity to exert dominance over nature, but also leads to imperialistic appropriations of both Mount Everest and the Sherpa people. 

  4. Ritual Violence: Cultivating a Heuristic Historiography of the Postcolonial Nation. Shane Abrams, Portland State University.

    Using Chris Abani's GraceLand, a 2004 novel following a Nigerian Igbo boy's struggle growing up in extreme poverty, this project explores the use of Walter Benjamin's historical materialism to reimagine the histories of a postcolonial nation-state.

8-13 - Spain 24x a Second
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 1:45pm to 3:15pm (Willamette (PMCC))
Chair: Kathleen Connolly, Western Oregon University, Chair: Anna K. Cox, Willamette University

  1. Immigration and Contemporary Spanish Cinema: Cultural Clashes, “Otherness,” and the Struggle for Integration. Marianela Rivera, Florida Gulf Coast University.

    This paper explores the way the representation of immigrants in Spanish contemporary cinema has evolved in the last two decades.  Many Spanish directors have shown their interest and their concern on the “immigration issue” and this has lead to the production of a variety of cinematographic discourses that expose the revival of an immigrant “Other” as a reflection of the constant cultural clashes that have caused immigrants to be cast aside from society.   

  2. Poetics of Precarity: The Trompe l’Oeil of Neoliberal Desire in Mercedes Alvarez’s Mercado de futuros. Jacqueline Sheean, University of Southern California.

    This paper will analyze the ways in which Mercedes Alvarez’s 2011 documentary film, Mercado de futuros addresses the consequences of Spain’s 2008 financial crisis. I argue that the film calls attention to the way subjectivity is constructed through space and property and the ways in which these modes of subjectivity might be reconsidered in light of contemporary conditions of precarity. 

  3. The Beast and the Clown: Violence, Masculinity, and the Industry of Nostalgia in Álex de la Iglesia’s Balada triste de trompeta. Deneille Erikson, "University of Wisconsin, Madison".

    This paper examines the contours of a dominant Western cultural narrative on the“failure” of empathy in the context of Spain and Spanish cultural production, specifically as it intersects with ideas of violence, masculinity, and Historical Memory in Álex de la Iglesia’s film Balada triste de trompeta (2010).

  4. The Economics of Agency and Victimization in Spain’s Millennial Generation Delinquency Cinema. Jason Klodt, The University of Mississippi.

    Recent youth delinquency cinema critiques Spain’s mismanaged national economy and its impotent political class, and signals a reemergence of el retraso not only in terms of economic and social progress, but also in young people’s emotional and interpersonal arrested development.

8-14 - Teaching French and Francophone Culture and Language Through Film
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 1:45pm to 3:15pm (Deschutes (PMCC))
Chair: Marion Geiger, California State University, San Marcos

  1. Viewing Form and Content Historically: An Approach to Contemporary French Identity and Immigration Through Film. Michelle Bumatay, Willamette University.

    This paper uses previous experiences to discuss the importance of teaching students how to analyze films by paying close attention to form and content while keeping historical context in mind. Integral to this is an understanding of French history and film studies.

  2. Mise en Scène and Montage in Film: the Case of Food in French Cinema. Veronique Olivier, Chapman University.

    This paper will focus on film food scenes using the mise en scene and montage techniques to better understand French culture. French directors such as S. Guity, C. Berri, F.Truffaut ans A. Kechiche enable students to decode French identity but also, the transformation of French society via the diner table.


  3. Teaching French Classicism through Film . Corinne Bayerl, University of Oregon.

    How can we use films to introduce students to the Classical Age of French Literature? Taking recent filmic adaptations of Madame de Lafayette’s novellas as examples, this talk will propose ways in which students can sharpen their analytical skills in film viewing and in reading literary texts while appreciating the broad range of cinematic responses to major works of French 17th-century literature.

  4. Engaged to Learn: Affective Engagement as a Learning Outcome through Film  . Nathalie Burle, University of Southern California.

    This paper examines affective engagement as a learning outcome while learning French through film. Monsieur Lazhar’s personal loss unexpectedly brings the students and himself closer as he tries to engage students to the learning of the French language.  While studying La Peau de Chagrin, the teacher soon realizes that the analogy between the losses experienced by the main protagonist of the novel and that of his students is key to reach out to them affectively. 

8-15 - Television Studies
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 1:45pm to 3:15pm (McKenzie (PMCC))
Chair: Kristin Brunnemer, Pierce College

  1. "We all go a little mad sometimes": Violence, Disability, and Motherhood in Bates Motel. Daniel Ante-Contreras, MiraCosta College.

    This paper reads the television series Bates Motel as a disability narrative as a way of theorizing the intersection of sentimentality and youth violence. Thinking in terms of the larger system of sympathetic violent characters currently on television, I contend that Bates Motel’s use of a “broken” son and mother offers a radical critique of the concept of proper citizenship.

  2. "You are an experience!": The Spectacle of Queer Embodiment in Steven Universe. Cynthia Zavala, Washington State University.

    Until recently, few American children’s animated series feature explicitly identifiable as queer characters. Steven Universe, however, carves a queer storyworld that its young, focalized protagonist embraces. This new series offers an alternative queer narrative that challenges normative views through spectacles of embodiment and relationships that speaks to the increasing awareness of transgender and non-binary experiences. 

  3. A Tavola: Food & Motherhood in Cooking Show Cultures. Lorna Hutchison, Metropolitan State University of Denver, First Year Success.

    Popular food shows demonstrate the potential for a break from tradition and socially-conditioned roles in favor of a more equitable, sustainable, and collective healthiness for the status of women.

8-16 - Temporalities and Childhood I
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 1:45pm to 3:15pm (Council Suite (PH-ET))
Chair: Markus Bohlmann, Seneca College

  1. Becoming Adults: The “Not-Yet” Realm of Childhood. Carmen Nolte-Odhiambo, University of Hawaii, West Oahu.

    This talk offers an addendum to Agamben’s analysis of the biopolitical fracture, as it examines the status of the child as citizen-in-training, or as “not-yet” citizen. Resisting Nodelman’s definition of childhood as a colonized space, I posit instead that the child occupies a temporary political position characterized by a state of becoming rather than being.

  2. Jaden in the Jungle: Race, Space, and the Repudiation of Coming-of-Age. Debbie Olson, University of Texas at Arlington.

    This paper looks at the role of the black child here in After Earth. I argue that the film's overt discourse about achieving heroism is subverted by the narrative positioning of the black child as inherently inferior, and therefore unable to come-of-age. 

  3. The Lasting Child: Alice Liddell, Mad Women, and the Alice Curse in A. G. Howard’s Splintered. Maryna Matlock, The Ohio State University.

    While Carroll’s Alice leaves his looking-glass worlds intact, Howard’s Alyssa shatters its superficies and illusive surfaces in order to release the frisson of fracture and to dwell in a physical and temporal liminality where women’s artistry can be rescripted and subjectivity dynamically Splintered. As Alyssa reinscribes madness as resistance, she claims the fissure as the site of her power, the seat of her queendom, and the source of her mother’s, the woman artist’s, and her own salvation.

8-17 - Western American Literature
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 1:45pm to 3:15pm (Rogue (PMCC))
Chair: Eleanor Byrne, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

  1. Contrapuntalism in John Kneubuhl's "The Andrew Elliott Story" (Wagon Train, 1964) and "Stopover" (The Virginian, 1969). Stanley Orr, University of Hawai'i, West O'ahu.

    With recourse to Edward Said’s theories of contrapuntalism, this paper analyzes two television Westerns written by Samoan-American dramatist John Kneubuhl: “The Andrew Elliot Story” (Wagon Train, 1964) and “Stopover” (The Virginian, 1969).

  2. Modernism and the American Northwest. Ann Marie Fallon, Marylhurst University.

    My paper will look at the arrival of the Armory show in Portland, Oregon in 1913 as a way to view the dissemination of Modernist aesthetics in the American West. I am especially concerned with how the ideology of the West intersects and runs counter to the narratives of Modernism.

  3. Rabid Oppressions: Discursive Practices Shaping Space in Helena Viramontes’s Their Dogs Came with Them. Elizabeth Olmos, California State University, Los Angeles.

    Focusing on discursive practices, I explore how Helena Viramontes’ Their Dogs Came with Them uses the image of disease to expose the discourse that materially shaped East Los Angeles into a marginal community and how such discourses enter the private home to further subjugate the women in their own community.

  4. “I Call That Bold Talk for a One-Eyed Fat Man": The Coen Brothers and the Rhetoric of the Western. David Arnold, "University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point".

    Joel and Ethan Coen’s take on Charles Portis’s True Grit represents an interesting development in the brothers’ history with the rhetoric of adaptation inasmuch as it follows both Portis’s  novel and George Stevens’s film version with surprising faithfulness. The Coens’ chief interest lies in the revisionist thrust of Portis’s novel, and their film shares more aesthetically and rhetorically with Jim Jarmusch’s  Dead Man and other 21st century explorations of the genre.

8-18 - Women in Literature I
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 1:45pm to 3:15pm (Skyline IV (PH-ET))
Chair: Stephanie Gibbons, University of Washington - Seattle

  1. New Women?: Punishing the "Fiercely Independent" Woman. Srijani Ghosh, University of California, Berkeley.

    This paper shall examine the New Woman ethic in Lady Audley’s Secret, Gone with the Wind, and The Custom of the Country and the punishment of the female protagonists for expressing their anachronistic sense of female individuality in an anti-feminist society. Lucy is declared insane, Scarlett loses Rhett, and Undine is left feeling dissatisfied because she is aware that she had still not been able to reach the social capital that she craves.

  2. The Madwoman in the Sables: Lady Audley's Secret Performance of Gender and Madness. Dino Kladouris, University of Washington - Seattle.

    I argue that in Lady Audley’s Secret, the titular character’s alleged madness stems from two two deep-seated gendered mental disorders she has inherited from her mother, specifically the emotional trauma of maternal abandonment and the physical/mental ordeals of postpartum depression. Because contemporary medical discourses had not yet codified these disorders, Lady Audley must perform as hysterical.

  3. "Just a shape to fill a lack": William Faulkner's Addie Bundren and the [De]Face[ment] of White Trash Motherhood. Katie Frye, Pepperdine University.

    "'Just a shape to fill a lack': William Faulkner's Addie Bundren and the [De]Face[ment] of White Trash Motherhood" looks at the text's deployment of the grotesque, placing it in a larger historical conversation about race suicide, sex education, and the arrested development of the Jim Crow South. 

  4. Letters to God and Lesbian Eroticism: The Failure of Film to Capture the Erotic Power within The Color Purple. Heather L. Ramos, Washington State University.

    The 1985 film adaptation of The Color Purple is an example of how erotic lesbian relationships are downplayed in popular media. This paper will argue that the film offers few of the erotic connotations that permeate the novel in favor of a PG-13 rating, including the absence of Walker’s connection of religion to eroticism.

9-01 - African American Literature II
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 3:35pm to 5:05pm (Salon I (ET))
Chair: Benjamin Foster, Portland Community College

  1. Writing the Posthuman Body: Textual Tactics and Recursive Racial History in Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower. Lindsay Baltus, University of California at Davis.

    This paper argues that Octavia Butler’s 1993 speculative novel Parable of the Sower can be read as a self-reflexive story about the political possibilities and limitations of communication technologies. Butler speculates that textual—and especially handwritten—media could work simultaneously as survival tools for embodied subjects and as critical frameworks to suggest an understanding of the human that links past and future.

  2. The Ambiguities of Liberationist Nationalism in Paule Marshall's "Barbados". Martin Japtok, Palomar College.

    Marshall's "Barbados", though it invites a reading as a classic nationalist allegory, also explores the complexities and ambiguities of liberationist nationalism, ambiguities that play themselves out everywhere where collaboration and/or dissent is punished by persecution or death in the name of liberation from an oppressive West and an elusive “whiteness.”

  3. Symbiosis vs Hybridity: Symbiotic Relationships in Octavia Butler's Kindred and US Internal Colonialism. Zahra Hamdani, Kinnaird College for Women Lahore (Pakistan).

    This paper addresses intersections between African American and postcolonial theory through a reading of Octavia Butler’s Kindred that fictionalizes chattel slavery in the antebellum South and its connections to the 1970s America. It highlights the symbiotic nature of relationships between African Americans and white settlers on both ends of the power and gender spectrum in ways that highlight forces of US internal colonialism rather than those of colonialism more generally and thus complicates the portrayal of African Americans as a hybrid community.

  4. Passing of the West: Jean Toomer’s Gurdjieffian Turn. Ingrid Diran, Pacific Northwest College of Art.

    This essay rethinks Jean Toomer’s political legacy by locating, within his apparent abdication of literary and racial investment after Cane, an expanded critique of both white and Western supremacy. It argues that Toomer’s spiritual teacher, George Gurdjieff, was paramount to this shift insofar as he represented a post-Western philosophical syncretism.

9-02 - Asian American Literature
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 3:35pm to 5:05pm (Galleria I (PH-ET))
Chair: Traise Yamamoto, University of California, Riverside

  1. The Transpacific Bio/Thanatopolitics and Apparitions of the Prolonged Cold War in Heinz Insu Fenkl’s Memories of My Ghost Brothers. Seonna Kim, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

    This paper analyzes Heinz Insu Fenkl’s autobiographical fiction, Memories of My Ghost Brother, to examine the ways in which it discloses the transpacific bio/thanatopolitics under the ROK-US Cold War alliance that rendered Korean camptown children stateless and ghostly and to interrogate the politics and poetics of being haunted.

  2. Model Minorities and Neoliberal Environmentalism. Marie Lo, Portland State University.

    If, as Helen Jun argues, model minority discourse posits Asian Americans as ideal neoliberal subjects, then how do we situate model minority discourse in relation to neoliberal environmentalism? How do we read Asian American literature eco-critically in the age of the Anthropocene?

  3. The Political Aesthetics of Kawaii: On Asian Cuteness, Disability, and Affect. Sharon Tran, University of California - Los Angeles.

    This paper critically engages with the so-called phenomenon of "Asian cuteness" through an examination of Hello Kitty and Chang-rae Lee's futuristic novel On Such a Full Sea. I probe how the political aesthetics of kawaii allow us to theorize a new feminist and disabled notion of social and political collectivity.  

  4. On Such A Full Sea: The Hunger Games for the Literati. Vivian Chin, Mills College.

    In addition to considering what Ramon Saldívar has posited as the “postrace aesthetic” as it applies to Chang-rae Lee’s novel, On Such A Full Sea, this paper addresses the metafictional aspect of Lee’s collective narrator, transethnic positioning, and the precious voice of Lee’s narration and its appeal to a reading public.  

9-03 - British Literature and Culture: Long 19th Century III
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 3:35pm to 5:05pm (Studio Suite (PH-ET))
Chair: Leila May, North Carolina State University

  1. Mad for Fashion: Dressing Insanity in Sir Walter Scott and Charles Dickens. Toni Wein, Caifornia State University, Fresno.

    Going beyond political economists and social critics of the first half of the nineteenth century who thundered against 'extravagance in dress,' Sir Walter Scott's Heart of Midlothian and Charles Dickens's Barnaby Rudge connect such extravagance with insanity. Drawing attention to the ‘foreign’ nature of ribbons, ruffles, and silks, Barnaby Rudge and Madge Wildfire underscore the danger posed to the polity on economic, political, and moral grounds.   

  2. Before Dorian Gray: Vernon Lee and Victorian Magic-Portrait Fiction. Diana E. Bellonby, Vanderbilt University.

    This paper examines a late-Victorian turning point in the history of magic-portrait fiction, a now-forgotten yet immensely popular genre of nineteenth-century fiction. In a typical tale, a male artist paints the portrait of a beautiful woman whose life or marriage hangs in the balance. Dorian Gray revised the genre’s heterosexual formula. I focus on works of the 1880s by fellow aesthete, Vernon Lee, whose feminist variations anticipated Wilde’s later, male homosocial subversion.

  3. The Artist and the Scientist: An Aesthetically Grotesque Search. Natalie Rajasinghe, Cal Poly Pomona.

    Within the works of The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, and their gothic representations of art and science respectively, there lies a parallel between the makers--Victor Frankenstein and Basil Hallward—and their creations—the Creature and Dorian Gray.

  4. Reimagining Victorian Women: Neo-Victorianism and Gendered Production . Jane J. Lee, California State University, Dominguez Hills.

    This paper examines the relationship between neo-Victorian novels and the Victorian past, using Sarah Waters' novel Fingersmith and its treatment of women's writing to unpack the neo-Victorian novel's potential for cultural reimagining. 

9-04 - Classics (Latin)
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 3:35pm to 5:05pm (Senate Suite (PH-ET))
Chair: Jesse Weiner, Hamilton College

  1. Who Cares? Doctor Naso’s Curious Uses of cura. Victor Castellani, University of Denver.

    Ovid’s pseudodidactic Ars Amatoria and Remedia Amoris among other retorts to the Latin elegiac tradition of Catullus, Tibullus, and Propertius (and his own parodic Amores) deploys “cura“ in applications at once usual, in that they are expected, and unusual, in how they playfully belittle anxieties of love, lover, and beloved.

  2. Captives from the West, Booty from the East: Reinterpreting Aurelian's Triumph in the Historia Augusta. Carly Maris, University of California, Riverside.

    In the Historia Augusta, Aurelian is shown as displaying captives from nineteen tribes of people in his great triumph of 274. While scholars have argued that this number is exaggerated, a close reading of this passage reveals not only the attitudes towards specific captives and ethnic groups during the later empire, but also serves to subvert the military legacy of Aurelian. 

  3. "Tell Me, Emperor, the Story of the Trojan War!"— Greek in the Orations of Symmachus. Tim Watson, California State University, Northridge.

    This paper explores the use of Greek literary and historical imagery in two orations delivered by the late Roman senator Symmachus to the emperors Valentinian I and Gratian.  In both, he draws upon a classical Latin ethnic discourse to ensure that both the empire and its emperors remained distinctly Roman.

9-05 - Cognitive Approaches to Literature
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 3:35pm to 5:05pm (Directors Suite (PH-ET))
Chair: Elsie Haley, Metropolitan State University of Denver

  1. Becoming a Reader: A Cognitive-Aesthetic Approach To Children’s Fantasy Literature. Einat N Palkovich, NYU Shanghai.

    This paper introduces a four-layered process of “becoming” a reader: Shared space, Practice, Performance, and Intellectual Discourse. The features of each stage are described with reference to the child or adolescent’s cognitive capacities and their manifestation or reflection in the literature, exemplified in a variety of fantasy texts. 

  2. The Vermont Notebook as Collaborative Hybrid: A Cognitive Poetics of  Reading. Julia Susana Gomez, University of Oregon.

    My project explores the dynamic relationship between language and cognitive processes, in order to explain the ways in which our perception of the unmarked space in The Vermont Notebook stimulates the mind toward a conceptualization that leads to the subsequent interpretive response that is reading. I advance a theory of the reading of unmarked, material space in visual/poetic works, and to this end I focus on how the work relates to its context through the physical and existential relation that its material properties have with the reader.

  3. "From a Country Far Away": Empathetic Ambivalence in Sylvia Plath’s “Tulips”. David Thacker, Florida State University.

    This article combines Fauconnier and Turner’s ‘blending’ theory with Lakoff and Johnson’s theories of conceptual metaphor in an analysis of Sylvia Plath’s “Tulips.” The analysis seeks to demonstrate how a reader experiences empathy by employing the same cognitive processes as the speaker, and to describe corollary implications for criticism. 

9-06 - Creative Writing: The Problem of Time in Contemporary Fiction
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 3:35pm to 5:05pm (Executive Suite (PH-ET))
Chair: Sean Bernard, University of La Verne

  1. Time as a Central Element of Contemporary Fiction. Reine Bouton, Southeastern Louisiana University.

    Using examples from Joan Silber’s book, The Art of Time in Fiction, along with the texts of writers like Raymond Carver, Alice Munro, and Arundhati Roy, I will explore how established writers use time to shape their narratives and discuss how new writers can re-imagine time in their own writing.  

  2. Losing Time”: Michael Pitre, James Jones, and Evolving Depictions of Wartime Trauma. Joshua Bernstein, University of Minnesota, Duluth.

    Comparing two war novels, one from James Jones in 1962, the other from Michael Pitre in 2015, allows us to ask how the contemporary war novel has changed in its depiction of battlefield trauma, particularly through the characteristically postmodern trait of nonlinear storytelling.

  3. The Past is Ahead of Us: A Look at Time in A Tale for the Time Being. Rebecca Beardsall, Western Washington University.

    This paper examines the way in which the discussion of time within Oceanic traditions shapes and alters the reading of A Tale for the Time Being. It is not about suspending belief so much as it is about seeing time differently as the story appears and disappears throughout the novel.

  4. Honeymoon: A Story of Mispent Time. Bryan Hurt, St. Lawrence University.

    I will read my short story “Honeymoon,” which is included in my collection, Everyone Wants to Be Ambassador to France. The story experiments with the progression of time in fiction, first moving forward chronologically and then reversing course and moving back to the story’s starting point. 

9-07 - Diachronic Applications in Spanish Linguistics
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 3:35pm to 5:05pm (Parlor A (PH-ET))
Chair: Haralambos Symeonidis, University of Kentucky

  1. Bilabial Sound [b] and its Evolution in Spanish: Cracking the Confusion. Eva Nunez, Portland State University.

    This paper analyses the origins of the confusion of the bilabial sound [b] and the labiodental sound [v] from the origins of Castilian Spanish and its modern repercussions, using medieval texts and testimonies from grammarians and authors from the XV century and after.

  2. Is Spanish "Hígado" Based on a Greek Influence?. Haralambos Symeonidis, University of Kentucky.

    Latin FÍCATUM/FICÁTUM were created copying the Greek word (ήπαρ) συκωτόν. I can show why the etyma which are different in position of the word accent, their distribution in Romance varieties and why Greek is important for the different accents.

  3. Applied Comparative Linguistics of the Direct and Indirect Object in Spanish and Albanian. Ona Aliaj, Pacific University.

    This paper compares the casuistic functionality of the direct and indirect object in two different languages, Albanian and Spanish, demonstrating in a comparative fashion a morphological parallelism and correlative applications amongst these two cases in both languages. As a result, the analysis of the accusative and dative cases has served as a vehicle to discover similarities and differences between languages of two linguistically independent groups, while at the same time sharing the same Indo-European origin. 

9-08 - Ecocriticism III (Co-sponsored by Association for the Study of Literature & Environment)
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 3:35pm to 5:05pm (Parlor C (PH-ET))
Chair: Katja Jylkka, University of California at Davis

  1. A Broader Sociality: Animals in Lydia Millet's How the Dead Dream. Rebecca Geleyn, University of Calgary, Canada.

    This paper argues that encounters with animals in Lydia Millet’s How the Dead Dream, while displacing the protagonist out of his previous social bonds, also introduce a new form of inter-species sociality. Parallels between humans and animals do not simply act as metaphors in the novel but encourage an understanding of shared vulnerability to our postmodern environment. Specifically, using Agamben’s The Open, this paper examines boredom as a point of congruence between the human and the animal.

  2. Suffer Little Alice: Addressing Animals and Sovereignty in Wonderland. Samantha Skinazi, University of California , Santa Cruz.

    Placing Carroll's Alice texts in conversation with Derrida's critique of Cartesian thought as a war against other animals, this paper asks what happens to the notion of human sovereignty and the modern subject when non-human animals' points of view, even if only imagined, are written back into our story?

  3. Far Above that Crowd: The Question of The Master’s Animal  . Kyle Sittig, Washington State University.

    This paper uses Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master (2012) to investigate notions of a non-anthropomorphic approach to animal empathy in narrative film, by looking at the ways humans are visually dehumanized, rather than engaging with animals directly. 

  4. The World Unfastens Itself from the Deep Ocean of the Given: Subjects in Marianne Moore’s “The Fish,” Elizabeth Bishop’s “The Fish,” and Jorie Graham’s “Salmon”. Katelyn Kenderish, Independent Scholar.

    Reading together Marianne Moore’s “The Fish,” Elizabeth Bishop’s “The Fish,” and Jorie Graham’s “Salmon” allows a juxtaposition of responses to non-human beings as metaphors and subjects with relationships to humans.  Each of the poems’ forms bolsters and defines its connections to the beings it includes to reveal a variety of ecopoetic implications.


9-09 - Fantasy and SF in Recent Hispanic Literature
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 3:35pm to 5:05pm (Willamette (PMCC))
Chair: Anne Connor, Southern Oregon University

  1. Alternate History in Contemporary Spain: Eduardo Vaquerizo's Cycle of Darkness in Its Literary Context. Mariano Martín Rodríguez, Independent Scholar.

    Alternate history has recently become popular in Spain. The British "Spanish Armada wins" scenario has found a competent Spanish equivalent in Eduardo Vaquerizo's cycle of Darkness (2005-2013), which has established a consistent fictional universe where an enduring Spanish empire has features that show current views on the country's historical time.

  2. Prometeo resucitado: Estatuas, maniquíes y robots en la obra de Carlos Fuentes. Adriana Gordillo, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

    En esta ponencia argumentaré que los seres artificiales que se dan cita en la obra de Carlos Fuentes comparten, además de una imagen física que recuerda la de un ser humano, un carácter ficticio que refiere al sentido creativo y vivificador de la imaginación y el texto literario. Dichos seres son metáforas que le permiten al escritor articular sus preocupaciones sobre la esencia contradictoria de la vida, el temor a la pérdida del lugar biológico o social y la representación de estas ideas a través del arte. 

  3. A Matter of Life and Death: Locating the Vampiresque, the Ghostly, and the Haunting in Queer Iberian Cinema. Scott Ehrenburg, University of Minnesota.

    This paper aims to highlight the prominence of the vampiresque, the ghostly, and the haunting specter in order to demonstrate how prominent characters in Queer Iberian Cinema make sense of their relationship to time and space.  Whether it be a vampiric sucking of blood out of a youthful drag queen who threatens a veteran star or puncturing the bipolarities of life/death through queer desire, I argue these cinematic moments enact shifting ontologies and sometimes even new epistemologies essential for negotiating more robust senses of self.  

9-10 - Finding Lost Time: Narrative, Nostalgia, Utopia
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 3:35pm to 5:05pm (McKenzie (PMCC))
Chair: Greg Borenstein, Futurist, Minority Report (Fox)

  1. “Vaguely life leaks away”: Time as Romantic Foil in Richard Linklater’s Before Trilogy. Claire Edwards, Ashford University.

    Through images of empty space, a dialogic focus on subjects related to time, and continuously evolving characters, Richard Linklater presents a complex view of time and space and their effects on romantic love in his Before trilogy. 

  2. Imagining the Future in the East German Author’s Union. William Christopher Burwick, Hamilton College.

    Based on primary research done on documents possessed by the Akademie der Künste in Berlin, I will discuss how the East German Author’s Union Committee for Utopian Literature conceptualized the future. What influence, if any, did this committee have in establishing and legitimizing the genre of science fiction?

  3. Just in Time: Technology and Futurism in Minority Report. Jeremiah Axelrod, Institute for the Study of Los Angeles, Occidental College., Greg Borenstein, Futurist, Minority Report (Fox).

    From the year 2000 of Looking Backward (1887), the 2026 of Metropolis (1927), to the 2019 of Blade Runner (1982), or even the "20 Minutes into the Future" of Max Headroom (1985), speculative fiction often explores the tension between technologies of human augmentation and technocratic regimes of dehumanization. This presentation explores these questions of social justice and progress in Minority Report (currently airing on Fox).

9-11 - Immigrant Transitions in Literature and Film
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 3:35pm to 5:05pm (Deschutes (PMCC))
Chair: Ljiljana Coklin, University of California, Santa Barbara

  1. Nikola Tesla's Electric Transmissions and Transitions. Daniel Wuebben, University of Nebraska at Omaha.

    In this illustrated lecture I argue that Nikola Tesla's writing, for better or worse, also helped him to become one of the most poetic, misunderstood figures of twentieth and twenty-first century science fiction.

  2. Legible Selfhood: Stories as Guarantors of Survival and Annihilators of the Self in Immigrant Literatures. Tesla Schaeffer, University of Washington.

    This paper engages questions central to trauma and affect theories surrounding the belated processing of grief and its simultaneous circulation in public discourse through “survivor stories.” In reading the work of Chang-Rae Lee and Dave Eggers, I ultimately explore the extent to which stories that guarantee survival can also become the guarantors of subjective annihilation, and indeed may do so simultaneously.

  3. (Un)familiar Spaces and Memories in Dorfman’s Feeding on Dreams (2011). Christine Fernandez, CSU Monterey Bay.

    This paper seeks the reevaluation of Ariel Dorfman’s political exile in his second memoir, Feeding on Dreams (2011) as a constant negotiation between what he recalls as personally and politically “familiar” spaces and cultures.

  4. “Of What Import are Brief, Nameless Lives”: Unmasking Comic Book Heroism in Latin Culture. Alexander Victor Lalama, Claremont Graduate University.

    The domininant image of the superhero in American culture both empowers and ostracizes him/her; the use of the Latin@ immigrant-as-superhero gives a voice to this marginalized community while also imagining an alternate reality of Latin@ empowerment that is fantastical, but nonetheless possible.

9-13 - Medieval Literature III
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 3:35pm to 5:05pm (Skyline II (PH-ET))
Chair: Anthony Tribit, University of Oregon

  1. Feminism in the Middle Ages: Marie de France’s Portrayal of Extramarital Female Passion. Jamiee Cook, California State University Stanislaus.

    This paper examines the portrayal of gender in Marie de France's lais, with particualr emphasis on the presence of feminine extramarital sexual passion. The natural symbolism in the lais is considered alongside the portrayal of feminine sexuality, suggesting that Marie de France produced political -- and perhaps early feminist -- verse. 

  2. Damnation of Gastronomic Proportions: Cannibalism and the Afterlife in Andreas. Sandra Cruz, CSU Stanislaus.

    During the medieval century there was a voracious fascination with the body, monsters, and death; particularly in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The poem Andreas adeptly depicts this blood lust through the cannibalistic nature of the Mermedonian people. While gripping in its gory details, the elements that make this literary piece so fascinating are the questions it raises. When considering the significance placed on the burial rights of individuals in medieval times, one cannot help but wonder what became of the souls of the Mermedonian’s victims. 

  3. "The Wife of Bath" and Woman's Rankled Heart. Beatrice Skelley, University Place School District.

    Some misread the Wife of Bath’s story, suggesting that the loathly lady is changed to gratify the knight.  On the contrary, the knight plays the part of the ugly frog who needs transforming.  Alison uses her developed feminist awareness to depict how the elf queen (disguised as a hag) finds a way to turn a toad of a man into an acceptable husband.  The usual disparagements of Alison are identified as tainted with male chauvinism and incorporates fairy tale memes and features of Reception Theory.


9-14 - Meet the Publisher: A Conversation with Diana Pesek
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 3:35pm to 5:05pm (Galleria III (PH-ET))
Chair: Roswitha Burwick, Scripps College, Chair: Friederike von Schwerin-High, Pomona College

  1. The Future of Academic Publishing. Diana Pesek, Penn State University Press.

    Diana Pesek, Journals Manager for Penn State University Press, has more than 25 years of journal scholarly publishing experience. She will discuss the interesting trends and changes in academic publishing, including: open access vs. subscriptions; open peer-review vs. blind peer-review; how people use journals today vs. twenty-five years ago.  After briefly tracing the history of the Press and how PAMLA's journal, Pacific Coast Philology, fits with PSUP's mission, she will answer questions.

9-15 - Memory in German Literature and Culture
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 3:35pm to 5:05pm (Columbia (PMCC))
Chair: Imke Meyer, "University of Illinois, Chicago"

  1. Cultural Memory in F. Gräfin zu Reventlow’s Diaries. Carola Daffner, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

    This talk sheds new light on the diaries of F. Gräfin zu Reventlow (1871-1918). Reventlow, who left behind her restrictive aristocratic life in Prussia for the Bohemian circles in Munich, uses the genre of the diary for a critical engagement with symbols of cultural memory and the German literary canon. 

  2. Erinnerungsarbeit am 20. Jahrhundert: Jenny Erpenbecks Roman “Aller Tage Abend”. Timm Menke, Portland State University.

     In Jenny Erpenbecks 2012 veröffentlichtem Roman “Aller Tage Abend” gelingt es der 1967 in Ostberlin geborenen Autorin anhand der Aufzeichnung von Stationen eines individuellen Frauenschicksals gleichzeitig entscheidende Epochen der europäischen Geschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts aufzuarbeiten. Seine Handlung erzählt das Leben der 1902 in Galizien geborenen halb-jüdischen Protagonistin und ist gleichzeitig Erinnerungsarbeit an den großen historischen Ereignisse des 20. Jahrhunderts. 

  3. Re-Membering Time: Reimagining Deleuzian Memory Through W.G. Sebald and Astrophysics. Danielle Gintz, University of Washington - Seattle.

    This paper investigates Gilles Deleuze’s claim for non-linearity in his theory of memory within Cinema II, looking at how it might be informed by abstract conceptions of time found in astrophysics, particularly within singularities and the ‘big bang,’ this revision then being replicated in W.G. Sebald’s literature.

  4. To Be Continued: Memory and Cinematic Ritual in Wim Wender's Wings of Desire. Jennifer Tronti, California Baptist University.

    Wim Wenders’s film Wings of Desire (1987) provides a rich meditation on the nature of memory. Within Wings, immortal characters represent the dilemma of eternity, that endless stream of “no time,” while both textually documenting and cinematically witnessing the wide range of human conditions and the particular experiences of Berlin.

9-16 - New Italians: Perspectives on Multicultural Italy I
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 3:35pm to 5:05pm (Winery (PMCC))
Chair: Elena Dalla Torre, Saint Louis University

  1. Princesa: Triple Structures, Translation, and Transnationalism. Kevin Regan-Maglione, University of Oregon.

    This paper attempts to examine how the text Princesa (1994) is a testimonial novel in its autobiographical approach. The novel was constructed by three different voices in three different languages and the act of translating oneself from memory to novel will be considered through geographical movements.

  2. En passant: From Passing Through to Passing Off . Ariel Shannon, University of San Francisco.

    France and Algeria have, until recently, shared a privileged relationship that bore all the markings of the relation passionnelle. Gradually, however, Italy was inserted into this duality, from a temporary background to Franco-Algerian dramas, to a grudging participant in a ménage à trois. I shall seek to illustrate this transition through the analysis of a striking literary example of this triangulation: Scontro di civiltà per un ascensore a Piazza Vittorio.

  3. Migrant as Metaphor?: Fictions of Outsiderness in Contemporary Queer Writing. Christopher Atwood, Northwestern University.

    This paper analyzes the figure of the migrant in contemporary queer fiction, examining Franco Buffoni’s novel Zamel (2009) and the same author’s collection of poems Noi e loro (2008). In both texts, the “extracomunitario” is the central metaphor through which the queer Italian subject narrates his alienation.

  4. L'appartamento di Francesca Pirani: Italian Transnational Mobility and Private Perception of Extraneity. Maristella Cantini, Madison College.

    Il film racconta la storia di due immigrati lui egiziano e lei bosniaca che si incontrano per caso. L'arrivo in Italia per entrambi ha significato la sopravvivenza fisica, ma ha stravolto il mondo affettivo dei due protagonisti. Genere e identita' perdono i loro contorni nitidi e come la loro linguia, vengono tradotti e adattati ad una societa' complessa e claustrofobica.


    Genere e identita'

9-18 - Postcolonial Literature III
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 3:35pm to 5:05pm (Forum Suite (PH-ET))
Chair: Jenna Sciuto, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

  1. Rewriting the Ramayana and Fostering Friendships: Forms of Resistance in The Rape of Sita. Alexandra Nygren, Northern Arizona University.

    The Rape of Sita by Lindsey Collen illuminates how political, social, and familial relationships between women can serve as a form of resistance and solidarity. Through stories like this, a voice for subaltern women becomes possible, as does a way of reimagining patriarchy, postcolonialism, and marginalized sexual identities in subaltern contexts. 

  2. Self-immolation and Bodily Speaking in Postcolonial Korean Film and Literature. Ji Nang Kim, Texas A&M University.

    This paper examines Korean cultural representations of postcolonial traumas by exploring the images of self-immolation and spectral subaltern bodies manifested in Korean film and literature.

  3. Black Atlantic Riffs: Jazz in Francophone Sub-Saharan African Contexts. Pim Higginson, University of New Mexico.

    This paper will explore the manner in which Congolese author Fiston Mwanza Mujita's (1981-) "Tram 83"(2014) uses musical tropes and structures to create a haunting post-modern urban universe in which geographical and temporal standards are thrown into disarray. 

9-19 - Temporalities and Affect
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 3:35pm to 5:05pm (Cabinet Suite (PH-ET))
Chair: Rachel Kaufman, Binghamton University

  1. Spanglish, Nerdspeak, and Bilanguaging Masculinities in Junot Díaz’s Works. Daniela Miranda, Washington State University.

    This essay analyzes how Díaz’s writing attempts to reverse the process of discursive colonization through the strategic use of hybrid languages, insistence, and unintelligibility. I argue that Díaz’s untraditional use of language challenges the linear progression of language creating a third time/space from which we can begin to dismantle heteropatriarchal masculinities and imagine new ways to love from a decolonial perspective.  

  2. Toward an Ethic of Eros: The Queer Temporality of Foucault’s Close Reading. Meridith Kruse, University of Southern California.

    In this paper I turn to an unlikely source – Foucault – to explore how the affective communication of felt time occurs during the reading encounter.  In particular, drawing on Huffer (2010), I propose Foucault’s archival practice offers a vital example of how close reading can spark erotic, ethical relations across time. 

9-20 - Temporalities and Childhood II
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 3:35pm to 5:05pm (Council Suite (PH-ET))
Chair: Debbie Olson, University of Texas at Arlington

  1. Didactic Disaster: Failure of the Romantic Childhood Ideology in Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Emile. Cassandra Galentine, University of Oregon.

    My paper addresses the fundamental problems in the Romantic ideology of childhood as expressed in Jean Jacques Rousseau's educational treatise, Emile. I will pay special attention the the oral stage  and how Rousseau's methods of education restrict the child from leaving this stage and progressing to adulthood.

  2. “You feel old, young, old, young: you scan the sea”: Circularity in Poetry of Aging. Mary Buchinger Bodwell, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University.

    Recent work by Louise Glück, Fannie Howe, Frank Bidart and David Ferry includes exploration of a co-existing past and present; each poet in his or her way remarks on the presence of the child within the adult. This presentation examines their respective observations of and responses to this circularity. 

  3. “Fantasies of Anachronism"? The Queer Temporalities of the Transgender Body in Transparent (WT). Rebecca Schaefer, "Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany".

    This paper analyses the alternative temporalities of the aging transgender body in the Amazon Studios series Transparent (2014 –). My analysis highlights the ways in which Transparent’s lead character Maura Pfefferman relates to normative and queer discourses of temporality. I discuss how her time and age/ing narratives constitute examples of queer time which reconceive the childhood/youth–adulthood/old age binary and thus open up possibilities to rupture, rearrange and denaturalize straight time lines, scripts, and logics.

9-21 - Trauma Over Time
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 3:35pm to 5:05pm (Galleria II (PH-ET))
Chair: Hella Bloom Cohen, St. Catherine University

  1. Diaspora, Trauma, and the Graphic Novel as a Site of Resistance and Remembrance. Joanne Hall, Santa Monica College.

    This paper brings together Art Spiegelman’s Maus and Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay in order to explore the manner in which the creation of a comic/graphic novel functions as both a mode of remembrance and as means of exploring time and intergenerational trauma.

  2. Memory Spaces and Traces of the Forgotten in W. G. Sebald’s Austerlitz. Paula Geyh, Yeshiva University.

    W.G. Sebald’s novel Austerlitz opens with a discourse on railway stations and city walls, spaces defining the text’s principal tropes for memory and forgetting.  This paper explores these topographies of memory—its mnemonic system of spatial and temporal continuities, ruptures, and repetitions—in relation to problems of knowledge and writing.  


  3. The Old Radical and the New Conservative: Generational Incarnations of Trauma in Jacobson’s “The Zulu and the Zeide”. Hella Bloom Cohen, St. Catherine University.

    If trauma is in part synonymous with a paradigmatic Holocaust, Dan Jacobson’s short story “The Zulu and the Zeide” explores two generational responses to this trauma: one of empathy, carried out by the old generation, and one of cruelty, discharged by the new.

  4. “Paradoxical Adjustments”: Cross-Generational Lynching Trauma in “Big Boy Leaves Home”. Kimberly Drake, Scripps College.

    I argue that Richard Wright’s fiction develops a set of tropes that work toward a theory of racial trauma. In this story, Wright portrays lynching as inter-generational trauma, painting a vivid picture of the ways the black community manages the persistent threat to young black men by local whites.

9-22 - Travel and Literature
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 3:35pm to 5:05pm (Rogue (PMCC))
Chair: Stanley Orr, University of Hawai'i, West O'ahu

  1. What Pluck and Muscle May Do: Lefebvre's Production of Space and the Literature of 19th Century Immigration. Jacob Broderick, George Mason University.

    Henri Lefebvre's theory of spatial production can be applied to the literature of 19th Century British Emigration. Both literary tourists and emigrants alike ventured forth during this period to see for themselves what they had already seen through reading. This paper explores the ways in which literature both read and written by 19th Century itinerants helped to define and, indeed, create the space that was the emigrant journey itself.

  2. Collective Man versus the Individual: MacNeice’s Political Hybridity in I Crossed the Minch. Shannon Derby, Tufts University.

    Within the analytical framework of spatial and travel theory, I locate Louis MacNeice’s political and Anglo-Irish hybridity in I Crossed the Minch (1938). I explores MacNeice’s ideological struggle to recognize the importance of a World Revolution and Classless Society, his simultaneous opposition to and participation in commercialization, and his nostalgia for a pre-globalized past to prove the political and literary relevance of I Crossed the Minch to the canon of travel literature.

  3. The (De)Construction of Female Identity through Timelessness and Violence in The Sheltering Sky and Jasmine. Sarah J Wilhoit, The University of Arizona.

    This essay explores the connections between timelessness, subjectivity and the tropes of the female travel narrative in Jasmine and The Sheltering Sky. Each of these novels uses ruptures in time as a way of symbolizing how the self interacts with the larger social world. I argue that the discontinuity in time in each of these texts manifests in moments of fractured subjectivity, which either hinder or empower the heroines’ efforts to correctly interpret the signifiers that make up her world.

9-23 - Women in Literature II
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 3:35pm to 5:05pm (Parlor B (PH-ET))
Chair: Laura Razo, "California Polytechnic University, Pomona"

  1. Nowhere: Privacies and Private Space in Frances Burney’s Evelina. April Gilbert, San Francisco State University.

    In Frances Burney’s Evelina (1778), privacy intersects with marriage, commerce, architecture, and transportation throughout the novel. Indeed, the letters themselves form a private space. This paper will explore the space described as nowhere and the meaning of private space within the text of Frances Burney’s first published work.

  2. On Line and Over the Net: Virtual Space in Karen Tei Yamashita’s Tropic of Orange. Erin Bartnett, The University of Virginia.

    This paper presents a close reading of the virtual vocabulary in Karen Tei Yamashita’s novel Tropic of Orange. In conversation with contemporary scholars on the ethnic American novel, globalism, and media, this paper explores how the language used to map out virtual space informs and complicates notions of selfhood associated with geographical space.

-PAMLA Forum: Blur and Focus; Musicality in Film and Poetry
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 5:20pm to 7:00pm (Parlors (PH-ET))
Chair: John M. Ganim, UC Riverside

  1. Dual Focus in the Rock 'n' Roll Film. David E. James, University of Southern California.

    Though the rock 'n' roll film coincided with the decline of the classic film musical, certain of the earlier genre’s structures and motifs recurred in it. This presentation will focus on the reconstruction of the musical’s “dual focus” narrative as a romance, not between a leading boy and girl, but between musicians and audiences culminating in the creation of a utopian commonality. This narrative structure informs innovations in editing and sound/ image relations that reach their high-point in the Santana ”Soul Sacrifice” section in Woodstock.

  2. The Blur and Breathe Books. Fred Moten, University of California, Riverside.

    In a recent work entitled Librettos, artist Charles Gaines superimposes excerpts from the score of Manuel de Falla’s opera La Vida Breve over the text of a famous speech delivered by Stokeley Carmichael in 1967. In this talk I explore how the blur this superimposition produces and enforces instantiates new musical composition, given in choreographic performance—a kind of improvisation manifest in movement-activated visual and aural attention that occurs under what one might call temporal distress.

-Late Night Cash Bar
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 8:00pm to 11:00pm (Skyline 1/2 (PH-ET))

  1. Late Night Cash Bar. Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

    Please join us for the Late Night Cash Bar, on the top floor of the Hilton Portland. Amazing scenery, light hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, and new friends and old. What's not to love?

-Sunday Conference Registration
Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 7:30am to 12:00pm (Hilton Lobby Broadway (PH-ET))
Chair: Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver

  1. Sunday Registration. Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

    Come to the Hilton Lobby, Broadway entrance, in the Portland Hilton and Executive Tower, to register for the conference and receive your nametag and conference program.

10-01 - American Literature after 1865
Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 8:30am to 10:00am (Galleria III (PH-ET))
Chair: Gabriela Valenzuela, California State University, Los Angeles

  1. The Paradoxical Poem: Whitman's "A Song for Occupations" and the Power of Objects. Amanda Kong, University of California, Davis.

     “A Song for Occupations” centers around the paradoxical relationships between objects as value and poet and audience as Whitman struggles to invoke the spirit of the artisan economy in 1891-92, when workers were beginning to identify more as wage-earners rather than the artisan- producers of the antebellum period. This paper illuminates the complicated relationship between the new nineteenth-century mass audience, the rhetoric of the American republic, and literary object.

  2. Edna Pontellier and the Sea of Her Humanity: Kate Chopin’s The Awakening . Amy May, Washington State University.

    I argue that in The Awakening a subtle duality within the narrator’s remarks, stated early in the novel, is a narrative device used by Chopin to strategically uncover a duality within the character of Edna Pontellier--a duality which leads to Edna's awakening.

  3. Sick White Men: The Time of Neurasthenia in Naturalist Texts. Molly Ball, Eureka College.

    This paper examines representations of neurasthenia – a nervous condition prevalent amongst turn-of-the-century elites – in naturalist writing. I read Dreiser’s An Amateur Laborer and Norris’s Vandover and the Brute, arguing that these texts deploy neurasthenia to shore up the traditional privileges of whiteness in response to industrial capitalism’s unsettling, accelerating potential.

  4. The Cartography of Corporate Capitalism: Henry James’s The American Scene. Brynnar Swenson, Butler University.

    Henry James’s The American Scene (1905) can be read as a map of an emergent economic and social assemblage. By locating James’s literary and economic themes within the philosophy of space and cartography, this essay reads James’s text as a map of an emergent corporate America’s effect on the “new world” of the twentieth century.

10-02 - Autobiography I: Autobiographic Feminisms
Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 8:30am to 10:00am (Skyline III (PH-ET))
Chair: Tanya Heflin, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

  1. Does First-Wave Feminist Memoir Have a Future?. Jen McDaneld, University of Portland.

    In this paper I historicize the contemporary impulse in U.S. feminism toward life writing through the autobiography of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Attention to Stanton's construction of a unique temporality in this work highlights her radical politics and provides a basis for a genealogy of feminist activist autobiography. I argue that first-wave autobiography such as Stanton's provides an opportunity to consider how feminist memoir as a literary subgenre might disrupt not only conventional temporalities of U.S. feminism, but also U.S. literary history.

  2. Autobiography Passing as Pure Fiction: Author as Protagonist in Vera Caspary’s 1929 The White Girl. Tracee Howell, University of Pittsburgh, Bradford.

    I argue that Vera Caspary's The White Girl is not only a critical addition to passing narratives of the 20th century, but a transgressive text that challenges the limits of genre and authorial identity, and as Vera Caspary writes in her autobiography, "gives truth to fiction”.

  3. Ladies' Proust. Lorna Martens, University of Virginia.

    Attentive to memory theory, many twentieth-century autobiographers echo the distrust of memory that psychoanalysis and psychology made fashionable.  But Proust’s idea of the recovery of the past through involuntary memory also found followers.  This paper discusses British and Anglo-Irish childhood autobiographies written by women from 1935 on that explore adult memories of childhood memories along Proustian lines.  I focus in particular on Muriel St. Clare Byrne’s original, prescient memory study in Common or Garden Child (1942).

  4. Cooking Up an Autobiography: The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book. Janet Boyd, Fairleigh Dickinson University.

    It was Gertrude Stein who wrote The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas but Toklas herself wrote The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book. This culinary autobiography offers recipes, original and otherwise, amidst recollections about the circumstances through which these recipes were acquired or enjoyed. It is a cook book to be read for its montage of narrative, dalliances in genre, variety of recipes, deceptively simple charm, and for how Toklas subtly blurs the distinctions between the domestic sphere and that of war and conquest.

10-03 - Bible in Literature I
Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 8:30am to 10:00am (Galleria I (PH-ET))
Chair: Leonard Koff, University of California, Los Angeles

  1. Thomas Mann’s Joseph and the Idea of the Perfect Man in the Ancient World. C. Stephen Jaeger, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    The myth of the primal man and the creation of the human race at the beginning of Thomas Mann’s four volume Joseph and his Brothers pre-plays the fate of the young Joseph in the Biblical story. Joseph is a re-embodiment of the primal god-man. Ancient myth meets Jewish history, meets German Bildungsroman. 

  2. Taken from Her Own Mouth: Reduplicating Elizabeth Hanson, Revising Hannah Dustan. Lauren Peterson, Western Washington University.

    This paper traces the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century revisions of Hannah Dustan’s captivity narrative alongside the reduplications of Elizabeth Hanson’s captivity narrative. I argue that the numerous Dustan revisions indicate Cotton Mather’s failed attempt to resolve her violence. Reduplicating Hanson’s narrative, however, reveals the overwhelming acceptance of female passivity in early Puritanism. 

  3. Connecting the Old and New Testaments in Words and Music: The Latin Sequence as Literature. Nancy van Deusen, Claremont Graduate University.

    Can an important liturgical genre embedded within the Christian Mass celebration be regarded as literature, with topics and images from the Old and New Testaments, and not simply as a ritualized component of an established medieval progression of events?  It can: the Latin sequence is indeed worth serious biblical study. 

10-04 - British Literature and Culture: 20th and 21st Century I: Nation and Identity
Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 8:30am to 10:00am (Skyline I (PH-ET))
Chair: AJ Burgin, University of Washington, Seattle

  1. Reinterpreting the Past: Seamus Heaney and the Self-Created Individual. Emily Marsh, California State University, Los Angeles.

    This paper will explore and illustrate how the Seamus Heaney’s poetry uses Ireland and its history –both the “actual” and the created— as a symbol of continuity for Heaney to contextualize his exploration of the self. In this way, Heaney’s poetry does much more than memorialize and glorify; rather, by attempting to re-imagine the fractured pieces of a mythological time and place, Heaney’s poetry asserts the power of the individual to create a new identity by the self, for the self in a decentralized Modern world.

  2. Read the [Fine] Print: Irvine Welsh’s Typography as Textual Violence/Decolonial Resistance. Lisa Brown Jaloza, University of California, Riverside.

    Far from simply avant-garde artistic flairs, Irvine Welsh’s typographical innovations function as violent textual interventions, thus mirroring and emphasizing the violent episodes depicted throughout Welsh’s oeuvre as deliberate instantiations of the all-too-real violence that both prefigures and ultimately comprises decolonial struggles, as noted by Frantz Fanon in “On Violence.”

  3. “A novel has to be set somewhere”: Nation and Setting in the Work of Kazuo Ishiguro. David Paddy, Whittier College.

    Although setting and nationality seem integral to the work of Kazuo Ishiguro, he has claimed that location may be the last thing he chooses, selected almost as an afterthought. Using the uncertain locality of The Unconsoled as an anomalous guide to his work, this paper claims that Ishiguro is thinking through a notion of nation and national identity that is grounded in doubt, anxiety and uncertainty.

  4. The Reverse Passage and Imperial Cartography in Jean Rhys's Voyage in the Dark. Mi Jeong Lee, Indiana University Blooomington.

    In this paper, I argue that Rhys shows transnational mobility to be a threat to the organization of center and periphery in an imperial mapping of global and national space, focusing on the various passages portrayed between England and the West Indies in Voyage in the Dark.

10-05 - Civic Engagement and the Languages
Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 8:30am to 10:00am (Deschutes (PMCC))
Chair: Jann Purdy, Pacific University

  1. Bilingual Education Capstone at Portland State University: Letting Spanish Serve the City. Lina Quiroga, Portland State University.

    This presentation aims to explain the Capstone in Bilingual Education offered by University Studies in conjunction with the Spanish program at Portland State University. The reasons why it was created, its goals and how it works, as well as the results obtained in recent years, will be the topics covered, paying special attention to the experiences of the students involved.

  2. Content-Driven Experiential Learning in the Spanish Classroom. Erin Finzer, U Arkansas at Little Rock.

    Service learning in the foreign language classroom need not be limited to interpreting and translating alone.  Content-driven experiential learning  can facilitate “deep” learning (Henry Giroux’s concept) by enabling students to explore key social and economic issues that determine diverse global realities, as well as cultural responses to them.  

  3. Experiential Language Teaching and Learning as Professional Development. Kirsten Drickey, Western Washington University., Andrew Blick, Western Washington University.

    Western Washington University’s Employee Language Program offers conversational language workshops, taught by upper-division language students, to university faculty and staff. The presenters will discuss the roles of the student-facilitators and the employee participants, as well as the program’s origin, mission, structure, and vision.

10-06 - Comparative American Ethnic Literature I
Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 8:30am to 10:00am (McKenzie (PMCC))
Chair: Martin Japtok, Palomar College

  1. Proof that "Anything is Possible": Boys of Color, Textual Relevance, and the Link between Malcolm X and Harry Potter. Katie Sciurba, University of Wisconsin - River Falls.

    By combining interview data from a group of boys of color at an urban single sex school with a textual examination that links The Autobiography of Malcolm X and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, I argue that essentialist notions related to the reading practices of Black, Latino, and Asian young men need to be reexamined.   

  2. “This Country Orphaned You Too":  Ethnic Identity Deconstruction in Aimee Phan’s We Should Never Meet. Barbara Seidman, Linfield College.

    Aimee Phan’s 2004 short story collection We Should Never Meet depicts four Amerasian children brought to the U.S. in 1975 as part of Operation Babylift.  Their diverse experiences produce equally divergent responses to their hybridity within post-Vietnam America, and all four subvert familiar literary paradigms regarding ethnic identity formation in the U.S.


  3. Transnational Consumption of J-pop: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and Online Scanlations. Maria Theresa Valenzuela, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.

    This paper explores the role of Japanese popular culture in Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and its transnational link to online scanlations. In particular, the eponymous Oscar and his friend Yunior negotiate the boundaries of Dominican manliness through their consumption of Japanese popular film Akira (1988). 

10-07 - Ethics and Affect I: Empathy
Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 8:30am to 10:00am (Studio Suite (PH-ET))
Chair: Theresa Crater, Metropolitan State University of Denver

  1. Interpreters of Maladies: Women's Book Clubs and Cross-Cultural Empathy. Liz Janssen, University of Washington.

    This paper examines existing research into women’s book clubs and the uses of empathy as a privileged term of literary value. It surveys the implications of empathetic reader-responses for lived cross-cultural engagements, and argues that empathy as a value term stakes out interpretive (community) territory independent from gendered academic discourses.

  2. The Possibilities of a Romantic Education: Or, Can Empathy Be a "Learning Outcome"?. Matthew Borushko, Stonehill College.

    Exploring the tension between the rhetoric and practice of "learning outcomes" on the one hand and, on the other, the complex relationship between literature (its reading and its teaching) and empathy, this paper turns, ultimately, to the Romanticsm of Wordsworth, Blake, and Shelley for models of reading, affect, and -- as a precursor to the modern term "empathy" -- sympathy that might illumine our approach to teaching literature.

  3. Moving Beyond Empathy: Kinetics, Ethics, and Contemporary Metafiction. Christopher Weinberger, San Francisco State University.

    Ethical criticism of the novel tends to focus on empathy and therefore to privilege novel mimesis.  A new wave of contemporary metafiction, however, dispels mimetic illusions and deliberately refuses to let us cultivate empathetic imaginations. Yet it insists nevertheless on making ethics primary to our experience by emphasizing how literalness, presence, and metonymy can position readers ethically much more effectively than imaginative projection. 


10-08 - Film Studies I
Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 8:30am to 10:00am (Columbia (PMCC))
Chair: Dawn Dietrich, Western Washington University

  1. The Racial Undecidability of Black Emanuelle. Donald Anderson, SUNY Westchester Community College.

    This paper examines how the racial ambiguity of the character Emanuelle in the Black Emanuelle films allows her to critique what I call the “white colonizing gaze.”  This gaze participates in the eroticized and exoticized othering of people of color in developing nations in order to secure the West’s sexuality as “civilized.”

  2. Kiarostami's Use of Video: The Haptic Affect. Sam Johnson, Wenatchee Valley College.

    Focusing on Abbas Kiarostami’s film Taste of Cherry, I will demonstrate the application of haptic theory to narrative cinema and the role haptics have in creating affect in the film viewing experience.

  3. “How do you not understand a word?”: Language as Contagion in Pontypool. Sharon Kirsch, Arizona State University.

    The film, Pontypool, challenges audiences to rethink the everyday by setting the “outbreak narrative” in the less-commonly explored discursive and affective realm of language. Those meanings that come to us most readily like terms of endearment, hold the greatest potential for violence. However, in Pontypool, infected language contains its own antidote.

  4. “Von Trotta’s Hannah Arendt: the Aesthetics of Thinking in and about cinema” . Eunha Choi, California State University, Long Beach.

    In von Trotta's Hannah Arendt, thought is not merely narrated or shown. Yet, thinking happens repeatedly in the film. Not only does the film thematize the thoughts of HA, but it also grapples with how cinema represents thought. I show how thinking is presented as engrossing, isolating and solitary, even in a medium like cinema, an art deeply collaborative and plural.


10-09 - Folklore and Mythology I
Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 8:30am to 10:00am (Skyline IV (PH-ET))
Chair: Charles Hoge, Metropolitan State University of Denver

  1. The Devil in the Brazilian Backlands. Eduardo DaSilva, University of Washington - Seattle.

    In a combination of folklore, myths, and religious beliefs from the Middle Ages, the Brazilian religious leader, Antônio Conselheiro (1830-1897) created in his followers’ imaginations the representation of republicans as demoniacal forces. The city of Canudos was seen as the gates to heaven, the place of salvation.
    This paper will elaborate on the representations of the Devil in the Brazilian backlands, which are rooted in the European traditions that the Portuguese colonizers brought to colonial Brazil.


  2. The Fall and Rise of the Myth of La Llorona. Alexis Wong, California State University at Los Angeles.

    A shedding of light on the formerly debilitating myth of La Llorona.

  3. The Drive to Uncanny Satisfaction is Only A Childhood Memory. Cristina Rivera, San Diego State Univeristy.

    The Sandman is an old folktale passed down over generations, and by closely using a psychoanalytic approach to E.T.A Hoffmann’s version of The Sandman, the act of storytelling can be seen as concealing and repressing the truth for a child—creating a fear of the unknown that follows children into their adult lives.

  4. Crossing the Veil: After-Death Communications Among Mormons. Jean Little, Brigham Young University.

    As members of a religion that believes in the afterlife, Mormons have an interesting framework for interpreting and describing after-death communication (ADC) experiences. This paper explores the ways that certain motifs in ADC narratives among LDS people seem to suggest that there are common folk beliefs about death and the afterlife, particularly in areas where the church doesn’t have firm doctrine. 

10-10 - Modern Austrian Literature
Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 8:30am to 10:00am (Rogue (PMCC))
Chair: Brigitte Prutti, University of Washington

  1. The Dialectic of Empire: Franz Kafka's "Beim Bau der chinesischen Mauer". Imke Meyer, "University of Illinois, Chicago".

    Built into the psychic structure of power is a fear of threats to its domain. When this fear turns into paranoia, power begins to collapse under its own weight. Kafka's text shows that this psycho-topography of empire has an analogue in geography: if an empire’s domain becomes too vast, it can no longer be effectively controlled . Kafka’s text foreshadows the ends of empire in 1918, and it points beyond 1918 to the horrors of a total empire whose ambitions turn it into an eliminationist machine that destroys both everything in its path and itself.

  2. “…vom Blick erschaffene Einheit”: Images and Seeing in Hermann Broch’s Der Tod des Vergil. Jennifer Jenkins, Pacific Lutheran University.

    Hermann Broch’s Der Tod des Vergil is a reckoning with the legitimacy and function of literature in which language – poetic, political, psychological – is central. Throughout, however, the novel invokes images in myriad forms that culminate in the synesthetic neologisms and oxymora for which the work is (in)famous. This paper explores the productive tension generated between the logos and the iconic, reading the novel’s use of images and metaphors of visuality with the work of image/text theorists Gottfried Boehm, Murray Krieger, and W.J.T. Mitchell.

  3. Gründerzeit through the Prism of (Inner) Exile: Hilde Spiel’s “Fruits of Prosperity” and Dolf Sternberger’s “Panorama”. Ulrich Bach, Texas State University.

    In my PAMLA presentation, I will discuss the treatment of the 19th century Gründerzeit as portrayed in Hilde Spiel’s historical novel “Früchte des Wohlstands” (written in 1941) and Dolf Sternberger’s essay collection “Panorama” (1938). Both writers cover a historical period of unforeseen industrial expansion in Central Europe at the fin-de-siècle.

  4. Constructions of Ecological Collectivity in Max Peintner's Prose. Paul Buchholz, University of California, Berkeley.

    Focusing on the prose of Austrian visual artist Max Peintner and other works of Austrian "catastrophe literature" around 1980, this paper will examine how an inculpated human subject (a "we" that causes the destruction of the planet) was variously constructed in literature and visual media in Central Europe during the late Cold War era.

10-11 - New Italians: Perspectives on Multicultural Italy II
Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 8:30am to 10:00am (Winery (PMCC))
Chair: Maristella Cantini, Madison College

  1. Experience Migration: Journey to Lampedusa, Island of Hope. Angela Zagarella, Portland State University.

    Refugees from the Mediterranean area arrive in Lampedusa fleeing from the devastation brought on by poverty, war, and violence. To respond to this wave of migration, Lampedusa created an Immigrant Reception Center, a Museum of Migrations, and is host to humanitarian organizations. The article describes a visit to Lampedusa in June 2015 by 9 university students from Oregon. The literary works of Consolo, Cassano and Matvejevic provide the historical and social perspective.


  2. L'Altro e l'Altrove in Quando sei nato non puoi più nasconderti di Marco Tullio Giordana . Fulvio Orsitto, Georgetown University.

    Quando sei nato non puoi più nasconderti, film diretto da Marco Tullio Giordana nel 2005, è una delle tante pellicole italiane del nuovo millennio che usa il Mediterraneo come scenario per un incontro/scontro con l’Altro. In questa presentazione, il film verrà analizzato soffermandosi soprattutto sul Bildungsroman del giovane protagonista e sulle sue affinità con quello che è (metaforicamente, e su una scala più ampia) il Bildungsroman dell’Italia in termini di confronto con l’alterità.  

  3. Tra consigli e rumori: le acque malferme di Sandro Dionisio e Marco Martinelli. Gloria Pastorino, Fairleigh Dickinson University.

    Un consiglio a dio di Sandro Dionisio (film basato sul testo teatrale Il trovacadaveri di Davide Morganti) e Rumore di acque di Marco Martinelli (del Teatro delle Albe) vedono il Mediterraneo come tomba d'acqua in cui da un lato, nella poesia di Martinelli, si sentono echi classici di morti nei secoli che si ribellano a questa nuova ondata di cadaveri e nell'altro, nel testo di Morganti, c'è chi trova il modo di guadagnare, seppur poco, da ciò che il mare porta a riva.


10-13 - Rethinking the Enlightenment and Democracy
Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 8:30am to 10:00am (Forum Suite (PH-ET))
Chair: James Lu, California Baptist University

  1. The Unfinished Project of the Enlightenment: Habermas's Reconstruction of Democracy. Timothy C. Luther, California Baptist University.

    This paper assesses Habermas's criticisms of Adorno and Horkheimer and his reconstruction of critial theory in order to develop the direct connection between rationality and liberation, autonomous responsibility and knowledge.  It develops a normative foundation for his theory of political action.

  2. “I Am America”: Whiteness, Self-Defense and the Rhetorical State. Richard Hunt, University of California, Riverside.

    This presentation will argue that a robust understanding of the U.S. nation-state requires recognition of the ways that “America” functions both as and through rhetorical, racialized tropes and is constituted and shaped through rhetorics of race and colorblindness.

  3. Are We There Yet? Democracy, Enlightenment, and the American Dream. Carlton Floyd, University of San Diego.

    This paper examines the ideals of democracy and enlightenment espoused in the American Dream, with a focus on that dream's deferment, as cogently expressed in the poems “A Dream Deferred” and “Let America be America Again” by Langston Hughes, and in The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu. 

10-14 - Saga Making in Contemporary (Jap)animations
Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 8:30am to 10:00am (Willamette (PMCC))
Chair: Takayuki Yokota-Murakami, Osaka University

  1. A Reincarnation of Grand Narrative. Yuzuru Nakagawa, Japan Institute of the Moving Image (Japan).

    There is a probable rise of a new "Grand Narrative" as a global, cross-border identity for Anime and Manga creators. This is not for “fans” which is regarded as Post-Modern / Post-Fordism lifestyle, but for “creators” which should be regarded as Modern.

  2. Broken Bildungsroman: Deconstructive Narratives in Fate/Zero and Fate/Stay Night. Jonathan Lee, Independent Scholar.

    The development of certain broken and dysfunctional characters from Fate/Zero and Fate/Stay Night highlights the deconstruction of concepts like heroism, villainy, justice, and victory within these Japanimations. These two narratives relativize deeply uncomfortable and profound human struggles by overturning traditional notions about idealized concepts like the “ally of justice” (seigi no mikata).

  3. East Asia-ish Imagination for the Epic: High Fantasies in Japanimation. Noriko Hiraishi, University of Tsukuba (Japan).

    This paper aims to examine modern fluctuations in the notion of “adultery” in the beginning of the twentieth century, focusing on the reception of the episode of Paolo and Francesca in Dante’s Divine Comedy (c. 1308- 1321). 

10-17 - Teaching Writing Across the Disciplines
Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 8:30am to 10:00am (Salon III (ET))
Chair: Shefali Rajamannar, University of Southern California

  1. Intersections of Academic Culture and Technology: WID in and beyond First Year Composition. John Goshert, Utah Valley University.

    Research databases offer novel opportunities for writing in the disciplines and mitigating the resource divide historically separating selective institutions from the majority. Engagement with academic discourse helps all students see themselves as participants in and valuable contributors to the academic community.

  2. Traversing Disciplines and Engaging Theory: Designing Assignments and Teaching Writing for Civic Engagement. Ljiljana Coklin, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    This paper will demonstrate a possible application of the current theories of engaged writing on assignment design and classroom practices in teaching writing for civic engagement.

  3. Composition’s New Frontier: Communication Competencies in the Digital Age . Andrea Dominguez, DeVry University.

    This paper examines the theory and development of communication competencies for university Communication Across the Curriculum (CXC) programs.  I argue that as a new modality of general studies university programming, communication competencies provide a new frontier for considering the role of composition studies in the digital age and across disciplines.

  4. Teaching Turtles Elements of Language: Possible Applications to Teaching Humans. Rosemary D. Lombard, Chelonian Connection Laboratory.

    This paper notes pedagogical techniques learned from socialized captive turtles’ gesturally-expressed need to communicate. Their in-hand “air canoeing” of caretakers and a charade showing understanding of object classes and a few spoken names led to games to identify additional spoken object names, letters, initial phonemes, word labels, and to tap syntax templates and collections of word labels in order to form messages.

10-18 - Young Adult Literature I
Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 8:30am to 10:00am (Salon II (ET))
Chair: Alyssa Clark, San Diego State University

  1. Silence and the Adolescent Female Body. Meghmik Mardian, Independent Scholar.

    Isabel Quintero’s young adult novel, Gabi: A Girl in Pieces, investigates the cultural silence surrounding sex education in the United States and points out the problematic value that society places on the female body in regards to reproductive capabilities, especially in comparison to the expectation parents have for boys.

  2. Poor Bodies, Poor Souls. Kate Carnell Watt, University of California, Riverside.

    The body of the poor child is malleably subject to physical transformation in literature for children/YA.  By transforming that body into an animal or by controlling its appearance, it is defined as a possession of the state.  This dominance is rationalized by claims of concern for the child's soul or virtue -- a concern which, however, masks a profound fear. 

  3. “Caution with our curiosity”: The Pensieve, Control, and the Bounds of Knowledge in Harry Potter. Anne V. Powell, College of the Canyons.

    Knowledge, throughout Harry Potter, is the center for power relations between adults and adolescents. It is Dumbledore who most often imposes adult consciousness and interpretation on Harry through the pensieve where externalized and reliveable memories create a foreign environment in need of interpretation. The bounds of the pensieve and the bounds of Dumbledore’s interpretations circumscribe the limits of children’s knowledge and craft behavior based on the limited scope of that knowledge.

11-01 - 9/11 Literatures and Masks of Threat I
Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 10:20am to 11:50am (Forum Suite (PH-ET))
Chair: Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt, Linfield College

  1. Masks of Threat: South Asian Racialization and Belonging after 9/11. Aparajita De, University of the District of Columbia.

    We invite essays examining the racialization of South Asians in the United States following 9/11. This reexamination along the multi disciplinary fields of art, literature, politics, economics, racial and cultural studies, globalization and postcolonial studies will ultimately help understanding the new inflections of race and constructions of raciality of South Asian identities following 9/11.

  2. My Name is Khan and a Bollywoodization of Civil Rights Resistance through an Anthem of Unity. Priya Jha, University of Redlands.

    The paper examines the cultural politics of African-American and South Asian solidarity in the Bollywood film, My Name is Khan. I examine the use of the Civil Rights anthem, We Shall Overcome, in the film in terms of the broader context of globalized Indian cinema and the neoliberal economies in which it participates. 

  3. Nationalism, Siege, and Manichean Melodrama: Viewing the Post-9/11 Structure of Feeling through White House Down and Inglourious Basterds. Zebulah Baldwin, CUNY Graduate Center.

    This paper explores the tensions within contemporary constructions of national identity, solidarity, and war in the United States by exploring the links between the fevered nationalism expressed after 9/11, the way that this melodramatic sentiment was marshaled to garner support for two dubiously-justified military adventures, and the way that popular cinematic discourses (which organize complex political realities along the Manichean distinction between 'good' and 'evil') are consistently structured in terms of American anxieties about national identity.

  4. Enemies Within and Enemies Without: Citizenship, Masculinity, and (Dis)possession in the Case of Jose Padilla and Quiara Alegría Hudes’ Elliot Trilogy. Stephanie Gomez, "University of California, San Diego".

    Through the juxtaposition of playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes’ Elliot Trilogy with reports of Jose Padilla (aka Abdullah al-Muhajir), this paper broadens the understanding of 9/11 Literatures to reveal its consequences: an open excuse for racial discrimination and demonization of ethnic others, the suspension of civil liberties and the expansion of multiple security apparatus. 

11-02 - Autobiography II: Autobiographic Innovations
Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 10:20am to 11:50am (Skyline III (PH-ET))
Chair: Jen McDaneld, University of Portland

  1. Archives of Absence and Autobiographical Self-Invention in Carolle Bénitah’s Photobiographies. Naïma Hachad, American University.

    Taking as its starting point Carolle Bénitah’s autobiographic photo-embroidery, this paper reflects on the relationship between photography, biography, and autobiography. Focusing on the inscription of loss and mourning, it shows how Bénitah’s photobiographies apprehend, without concealing, the structural fragmentation shared by photography and autobiography, thus evoking a post-traumatic memory. 

  2. Narrating Social Support: The Activism of Queer Mentoring in the Autobiographical Writing of Audre Lorde and Roland Sintos Coloma. Edward Chamberlain, University of Washington Tacoma.

    The autobiographical narratives of Audre Lorde and Roland Sintos Coloma speak to the social difficulties that queer youth continue to face within conventional familial contexts. As these authors link disparate texts together in a form of autobiographical pastiche, they show how non-familial forms of mentoring function as activism and provide a means to well-being.    

  3. Unveiling the Erotic Author: Utilizing Social Media as Autobiography . Samantha Allen, Texas Christian University.

    Self-published erotic author Chuck Tingle uses social media as a platform for self-representation and autobiographic depiction to show how complex life stories can be told through unconventional means, demonstrating the potential future for autobiographical expression through social media. 

11-03 - Bible in Literature II
Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 10:20am to 11:50am (Galleria I (PH-ET))
Chair: Laura McLary, University of Portland

  1. Rewriting the Bible in Early Modern Spain: Alonso de Soria’s Cavallero Peregrino [Pilgrim Knight]. Enric Mallorqui-Ruscalleda, California State University, Fullerton.

    In this paper I examine a little-known romance of chivalry "a lo divino" [spiritual] Cavallero Peregrino [Pilgrim Knight] by Alonso de Soria published in Spain in 1601. Derived from French and Spanish medieval romances of chivalry, this text rewrites some biblical and hagiographic narratives and imaginaries in order to create a new hybrid literary genre.

  2. Judas, Lucifer and the Gothic: The Economies of Knowledge in Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Milton’s Paradise Lost. Andy Lara, California State University Dominguez Hills.

    To illustrate the influence of The Bible on the gothic genre, how the gothic appropriates Lucifer and Judas for villainous characters, I will discuss the economies of Bram Stoker's Dracula and Milton's Paradise Lost and reveal the parallels between New Testament Judas and the Old Testament Lucifer. 

  3. Resolving the Dissonance: A Cross-text Analysis of Hawthorne's The House of the Seven Gables and Isaiah. Matthew Bennett, Independent Scholar.

    Hepzibah’s significance in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The House of the Seven Gables cannot be overstated. With a reading informed by Hawthorne’s Puritan culture, the Hebraic origin of Hepzibah’s name, and a cross-text analysis with Isaiah, one can answer oft-debated questions surrounding this text, resolving common issues with the protagonist, ending, and genre.

  4. Speaking Out of a Storm: Thomson's "Formless Wild" and the Book of Job. Annette Hulbert, University of California, Davis.

    In his Preface to the second edition of Winter, James Thomson suggests that the same “Devotion to the Works of Nature” that structures the Book of Job and Virgil’s Georgics informs the critical tradition out of which his great poem, The Seasons, emerges. The concerns of georgic poetry, and particularly the problems of representation figured in Winter, I argue, form an important component of how the Book of Job was rewritten and repurposed for eighteenth-century readers.  

11-04 - British Literature and Culture: 20th and 21st Century II: Materiality of Modernism
Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 10:20am to 11:50am (Skyline I (PH-ET))
Chair: David Paddy, Whittier College

  1. The Visual Languages of The Waste Land. Martin McKinsey, University of New Hampshire.

    This paper will examine the visual qualities of T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land, in particular its expressive use of foreign languages, and argue that even in, or perhaps because of, their potential opacity as alien linguistic code, these passages convey a visual meaning with thematic significance for the poem.

  2. ‘Fiction Without People’ – Lawrence, Libel, and the Limits of Character. Brandon White, University of California at Berkeley.

    This paper examines changes to the construction of character in D.H. Lawrence’s Women in Love occasioned by concurrent changes to British libel law. In this new legal reality, descriptions that placed a character within a plaintiff’s social circle became dangerous. Lawrence’s revisions thus attempted to excise any referential definition from the novel that could define his characters against a social background. This strategy not only allowed the novel to escape censure, but also created many of the formal techniques owed to later modernist fiction.

  3. The New Freewoman becomes The Egoist: Dora Marsden’s Negative Philosophy, 1912-14. Raymond Babbie, University of Washington.

    This paper demonstrates that Dora Marsden developed a negative philosophy through her engagement with the serial nature of her journals, The New Freewoman and The Egoist. Individualist, anti-suffragist, materialist, and self-consciously in process, Marsden’s semiotically-sophisticated philosophy guided her editorship. This in turn led her journals to become potent incubators for modernist literature. 

  4. The Infinite Yes of Ulysses. Emily Schuck, Claremont Graduate University.

    The purpose of this paper is to explore and expand a reading of “yes” in Ulysses through anagrams and by identifying a formal structure of an “infinite yes” in the text. The paper then goes on to explore the theoretical implications of infinity in a text and in Ulysses specifically. 

11-05 - China in Western Minds: Literary Constructions and Cinematic Representations
Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 10:20am to 11:50am (Willamette (PMCC))
Chair: Sufen Lai, Grand Valley State University

  1. Domesticating China in 19th Century American Literature. Martha Sledge, Marymount Manhattan College.

    The short story “Mien-yaun” by Edward H. House, published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1859, ignores the contemporaneous geo-political context of the setting and constructs China as an absurd “other” that is domesticated through western literary production.  

  2. A China Trade-inspired Book History: Decorative Arts and the Model Minority in Edith Maude Eaton’s Mrs. Spring Fragrance. Colleen Tripp, California State University, Northridge.

    Mrs. Spring Fragrance’s physical and textual differences point us towards the way Eaton encourages her white American readership to re-imagine themselves as part of a Western-Asian world of commerce and culture. Amidst the anti-Chinese movements of the early twentieth-century, Edith Maude Eaton's Mrs. Spring Fragrance enters into the anti-Chinese debates by taking her American readers back into an earlier historical moment when China was thought of more favorably: the China Trade.  

  3. Colonial Concessions: Pre-War Shanghai as Euro-American Film Trope. Toni Perrine, Grand Valley State University.

    Consistent with earlier Euro-American films, The White Countess (Ivory, 2005) and Shanghai (Hafstrom, 2010) represent Shanghai as the backdrop for stories about non-Chinese protagonists. Both are expensively produced period pieces meant to appeal to art cinema audiences. Both films feature gangsters, casinos, opium dens, political intrigue, and exotic women. In an ongoing (post) colonial concession, an “out of time” Shanghai of the 1930s exists as a place created by and for foreigners. 

  4. The Consumption of Chinese Identity Through Argentinian Film. Giovanna Urdangarain, Pacific Lutheran University.

    Reflecting upon Bourdieu’s notion of “symbolic violence” and the recent experiences of Chinese nationals in Argentina (specifically, human trafficking and human smuggling,) this paper analyzes representations of Chinese identity in Argentinian cinema through three films: Anita by Marco Carnevale (2009,) Argenchinos by Julia Reagan (2009) and Un cuento chino by Sebastián Borensztein (2011).

11-06 - Classics and Early American Literature and Culture
Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 10:20am to 11:50am (Executive Suite (PH-ET))
Chair: Adam Goldwyn, North Dakota State University, Chair: Matthew Duques, University of North Alabama

  1. Public Performance and the Figure of Cato in the Early U.S. Republic. Daniel Hutchins, Texas Tech University.

    I want to explore representations of Cato during the first 30 years or so of the United States. His name was synonymous with republican virtue. I'm interested in the ways that virtue was performed and the role of Cato as an effigy of sorts. 

  2. Phillis Wheatley's Niobian Poetics. Nicole Spigner, Columbia College Chicago.

    Bringing together “To Mæcenas” and “Niobe in Distress,” “Phillis Wheatley’s Niobian Poetics,” charts moments in two of Wheatley’s neoclassical works where subject position and literary criticism collide. Through Wheatley's deliberate neoclassical interventions and the figure of the rebellious woman, I interrogate the complex racial and gender critiques of the cultural, social, and individual influences that inhibited Wheatley's creative production.

  3. Thoreau's Luminous Homer in A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers. Luke Parker, University of Chicago.

    This paper argues that Thoreau's A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers offers Homer as a model of luminous poetry - "morning reading," as Thoreau calls the Iliad - that suggests the very possibility of poetry despite a persistent human failure to find harmony of place, nature, and history. 

11-07 - Comparative American Ethnic Literature II
Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 10:20am to 11:50am (McKenzie (PMCC))
Chair: Sandra Maresh Doe, Metropolitan State University of Denver

  1. Following the Family: Migrant Labor and Generational Conflict in Bulosan and Viramontes. Bryan Yazell, University of California, Davis.

    This paper compares representations of migrant labor in Carlos Bulosan’s America is in the Heart and Helen María Viramontes’ Under the Feet of Jesus. If Bulosan and Viramontes depict different ethnic communities in their texts, they nonetheless agree that migrancy provides a space for reevaluating and revising the family units that circulate in these communities. I examine the distinct forms of these familial revisions to reveal counterparts in ethnic literature to Steinbeck’s white migrant families in Grapes of Wrath

  2. Contextualizing Escape in the Neo-Slave Narratives of Sherley Anne Williams’ Dessa Rose and Octavia Butler’s Kindred. Allison E. Paynter Francis, Chaminade University of Honolulu.

    Through Sherley Anne Williams’ Dessa Rose and Octavia Butler’s Kindred, I will explore how neo-slave narrative authors are able to create intriguing but unsettling accounts of how a slave achieves her freedom, contextualizing and complicating the process of escape through a discursive tradition of sentiments, racial politics, psychology and self-reflexivity. 

  3. Public and Private Space in Walter Mosley’s Devil in a Blue Dress. Jennifer Backman, Palomar College.

    This paper examines the symbolic geography of Devil in a Blue Dress, arguing for the importance of locations within the novel. In particular, I suggest that images surrounding public and private space work to establish the identities of individual characters and to highlight the racial and economic inequalities of post-WWII Los Angeles. 

11-08 - Disney and Its Worlds
Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 10:20am to 11:50am (Deschutes (PMCC))
Chair: Jeremiah Axelrod, Institute for the Study of Los Angeles, Occidental College

  1. Adventure is Out There! : Exploring the Relationship Between Time and Quality of Life in Disney/Pixar’s Up. Grace Nambela, La Sierra University.

    The purpose of this paper is inform the audience about Disney/Pixar’s 2009 film Up and its relationship not only between the movie and its viewers, but the relationship between the concepts of time and quality of life represented by the characters.  

  2. Feminine Place and Feminine Power in Disney’s Princess Movies. Molly Robinson Kelly, Lewis and Clark College.

    This paper explores the relationship between the heroines of the Disney Princess genre and place. Each princess is associated, often strongly, with a place. A close analysis of this association in Little Mermaid, Princess and the Frog, Tangled, and Frozen reveals that the princess’ progressive empowerment or disempowerment is intimately linked to how she relates to her place.

  3. From Hunchback to Hercules: Disney’s Journey to Rediscover the Classic(al) Masculine Hero. Krissy A. Ionta, Independent Scholar.

    The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Hercules, two late additions to the Disney Renaissance Era, explore the impact that the trend of spunky, independent female characters has on the Prince Charming set by experimenting with tropes associated with both traditional masculinity and ancient Greek hero myths. 

  4. It's Barbaric, but Hey, It's Home: Street Rat-Traps in Agrabah. Ashley Kimura, San Francisco State University.

    This paper utilizes Edward Said’s Orientalism as a critical lens to analyze Disney’s 1992 film Aladdin. Considering the sociopolitical climate of the Gulf War, this film depicts the dichotomous relationship of good and evil mirrored in the Occidental and Orientalized characters to reinforce Western notions of morality. 

  5. Monsters in the Closet: (Re)Negotiating Corporate Hegemony and The Death of Hand-Drawn Animation. Stephanie Mastrostefano, University of Oregon.

    This paper seeks to extend the history of cinematic criticism by reading Monsters, Inc. as reflexive of its politico-industrial contexts as well as its technological medium. By focusing on the shift in the political economy of animation during the Disney and Pixar merge and I seek to examine the 2001 Pixar film Monsters, Inc. as an allegory for the tenuous partnership between Disney and Pixar at various impasses during their twenty-year relationship. Through this lens we can examine how social conditions surface within material products.

11-09 - Ethics and Affect II: Transformations
Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 10:20am to 11:50am (Galleria III (PH-ET))
Chair: Victoria Shinbrot, California State University, Sacramento

  1. Money For Love: Economy, Affect, and Ethics in The Wings of the Dove. Rachel Cole, Lewis & Clark College.

    The Wings of the Dove posits an exchange of sex for money that economizes both love and mortality. Most critics condemn the trade, but I argue James is exploring what it means to love another person truly and well. His answers have consequences for many current scenarios, including end-of-life care.

  2. Maneuvering versus Immovable Morality: Hardy’s Critique on How Societal Success Doesn’t Equate to Moral Superiority. Jillian Coleman, California State University Sacramento.

    Hardy’s Jude the Obscure challenges the Victorian notion that their society was structured so only the virtuous could succeed and the corrupt fail. He addresses societal flaws and how people who are born into this system are forced into a world where the welfare of people is not a priority.

  3. Natural Instantiations of Morality: The Convergence of Aesthetics and Ethics in Eighteenth-century Moral Philosophy. Patrick D. Zambianchi , University of Washington - Seattle.

    This paper will explore the points of intersection between the fields of aesthetics and ethics as theorized by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Immanuel Kant, and the British Romantics of the first generation. In particular, I intend to examine the role of aesthetic perceptiveness in the constitution of an ethical system that challenges traditionally Christian notions of moral good.

11-10 - Film Studies II
Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 10:20am to 11:50am (Columbia (PMCC))
Chair: Donald Anderson, SUNY Westchester Community College

  1. Mediating the Digital Frame: Trinh T. Minh-ha’s The Fourth Dimension. Dawn Dietrich, Western Washington University.

    Trinh T. Minh-ha’s digital video The Fourth Dimension is a meditation upon time in posthuman Japanese culture. Using Julian Barbour’s theory of “the end of time,” I will demonstrate the ways in which Trinh situates subjective time within the larger frame of timelessness and virtuality.  

  2. Remembrance of Films Past: Films within Films. Stephen Parmelee, Pepperdine University.

    Some of our most renowned filmmakers—Preston Sturges, Peter Bogdanovich, Woody Allen, and many others—often use scenes from other, previous films in their own films to create an ironic contrast between the characters and their society; to create an ironic or poignant contrast between the lives of the characters and our own lives; and to indicate the increasingly significant role that film has played in the lives of the viewing public.

  3. Death and the Diagonal Display: Post-Cinematic Horror After Found Footage. Pedro Doreste, Emory University.

    This paper examines the current use of screen-capturing functions in contemporary audiovisual media, with particular attention to horror fictionsas a post-cinematic allegory in which the screen becomes an all-encompassing apparatus, at once both camera and exhibition platform. Born out of found footage, screen-captured fictions are neither “found” nor “footage.”

  4. Disquieting Sound: James Whale’s Frankenstein and Queer Aural Montage. Wilton Wright, Texas Christian University.

    Using Sergei Eisenstein’s montage theories – and rejection of early "talkies" – as a framework, this paper explores James Whale’s use of sound in Frankenstein, ultimately arguing that Whale crafted an aural montage that both highlights the artistic complexity possible in early talkies, and supports and strengthens Queer readings of the film.

11-11 - Folklore and Mythology II
Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 10:20am to 11:50am (Skyline IV (PH-ET))
Chair: Eduardo DaSilva, University of Washington - Seattle

  1. A Kind of Time Warp: Figures of Folklore and the Manipulation of Chronology in Susan Cooper's King of Shadows and The Dark is Rising Sequence. Keith Dorwick, The University of Louisana at Lafayette.

    Susan Cooper’s King of Shadows and The Dark is Rising Sequence make much of the idea of time travel. By using this plot device, Cooper places herself in a long tradition of science fiction and fantasy. In these cases of Cooper’s fantasies for young adults, the manipulation of time always has the moral upper hand—if time must be changed, it is changed by such figures as Merlin, Arthur and the Pendragon in order to achieve a better future, as when the Dark is prevented from rising by manipulation of the timeline of human and magical history.

  2. Folklore as Literature and Rhetoric: Bridging the Gap between the Aesthetic and the Argumentative. Eric Holmes, Kaplan University.

    English has long straddled two worlds: the aesthetic and the argumentative and teaching both tropes and rhetoric is often difficult for educators. The solution is simple: folklore. This paper will introduce readers to the literary and rhetorical elements of folklore, which offers limitless examples and fodder for discussion. 


  3. “Snakes Go Blind": Labor, Sex, and Eden in Zora Neale Hurston’s "Sweat" and Ron Rash’s One Foot in Eden. Andrew Brown, Portland State University.

    Both Hurston’s short story “Sweat” and Rash’s novel One Foot in Eden synthesize imagery and themes borrowed from Edenic mythos with popular folklore to explore themes of labor, ownership, sexuality, marriage, and infidelity. This paper will begin to trace the mythological syntheses present in each piece and initiate a comparison of the two. I will consider especially each story’s conflation of economic and erotic relationships.

11-12 - Italian Cinema I
Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 10:20am to 11:50am (Winery (PMCC))
Chair: Gloria Pastorino, Fairleigh Dickinson University

  1. La Medea di Pier Paolo Pasolini come processo d’individuazione: una lettura alchemica e junghiana.. Enrico Vettore, California State University, Long Beach.

    In questo saggio sostengo che, in Medea, Pasolini ha raccontato il percorso psicologico della protagonista come un ‘processo d’individuazione’ (il processo attraverso cui si diventa sé stessi) quale lo aveva concepito lo psicologo Carl Gustav Jung. Pasolini ha illustrato visivamente questo processo, seguendo Jung, usando il simbolismo del procedimento alchemico.

  2. Il perturbante inconsapevole: il film per marionette e il burattino virtuale. Federico Pacchioni, Chapman University.

    This paper focuses on films realized in part or entirely through the use of marionettes. The films selected, most of which have strong ties to Italian puppetry traditions, show how the puppet theater and cinema intersected at different points in history and within different national contexts. The analysis reveals the important function that puppetry plays within the medium of cinema and sheds light on its present and future role in hyper-realistic CG animation. The presentation is in Italian.

  3. Salvo: A New Portrait of Mafia and New Tendencies in Italian Cinema. Elisa Saturno Paasche, Portland State University.

    Salvo is a silent film about mafia and yet the story of two human beings, their souls and their transformation. Made of sound, a dense atmosphere and barely any dialogue the movie explores the visible and invisible dimension of the encounter/miracle of two lives lost in their non-existence.  Does it represent a new way of portraying mafia or is it a new mafia itself that is being revealed through the eyes of the two characters of the movie? 

  4. Civil and Environmental Committment in Con il Fiato Sospeso by Costanza Quatriglio. Silvia Boero, Portland State University.

    Con il Fiato Sospeso narrates the exploitation of young researchers at the University of Catania, and their eventual death due to hazardous chemicals. A true story, Quatriglio’s film confronts the viewers and mainly the institutions with the undesirable, the “other”, creating a work of great cultural and political value.

11-14 - Poetry and Poetics III
Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 10:20am to 11:50am (Salon III (ET))
Chair: Anita Helle, Oregon State University

  1. “In other words, tears make us look bad": Diana Hamilton’s Okay, Okay and a Conceptual Poetics of Feeling. Moberley Luger, University of British Columbia, Canada.

    My paper explores the fraught relationship between conceptual poetry and emotion by analyzing emerging poet Diana Hamilton’s 2012 collection, Okay, Okay. The book is an assemblage of found texts (eg. self-help books, news articles) that foregrounds the act of crying. I find a subversive politics in Hamilton’s particular combination of constrained writing and unabashed emotion.

  2. Unfaithful but Ethical: Sawako Nakayasu, Chika Sagawa, and the Problem of Literary Translation. Brian Reed, University of Washington.

    Contemporary American poets have produced numerous "literary translations" circulated not as derivative but original artworks. Is it ethical, however, to appropriate someone else's poetry and pass it off as one's own? Sawako Nakayasu's translations of Chika Sagawa show that one response is to place translations within explanatory networks of paratexts and other texts.

  3. Heteroglossic Monologue in "Annie Pengelly". Olivia Milroy, The University of Virginia.

    This paper explores how Lorna Goodison uses heteroglossia to complicate the traditional form of dramatic monologue in the poem "Annie Pengelly.” By commingling western monologic tradition, classical rhetoric, African ritual, and contemporary West Indian diction, Goodison creates a hybridized poetic form to offer reparation to the voiceless Annie Pengelly.

11-15 - Rethinking/Retheorizing Video Games I
Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 10:20am to 11:50am (Rogue (PMCC))
Chair: Daniel Ante-Contreras, MiraCosta College

  1. Playing the Atmopshere: Eric Loyer's Strange Rain and the Permeability of Virtuality and Materiality . Sarah Lozier, University of California, Riverside.

    Strange Rain turns the player’s iDevice into a playable skylight. By tapping or dragging out different rhythms with her fingers, the user can “play” this skylight to produce strangely layered atmospheric events that eventually render the line separating the virtual from the material entirely permeable, particularly where that line intersects techno-ideological codes structuring our contemporary moment. 

  2. League of Legends: The Creation of Neoliberal Subjects in Global Youth Culture. Raymond H. J. Rim, University of California, Riverside.

    Online gaming communities offer a space for more egalitarian human connections. Since the gaming community exists primarily within a capitalist system, developing global gaming communities take on pre-existing ideologies and frameworks, producing and pairing neoliberal and hyper-masculinized subjects from various democratic countries. Instead of democratic values, patriarchal and neoliberal models emerge.

  3. Human Agency and Virtual Environments in Hack ‘n’ Slash. Mary Michael, University of California - Riverside.

    This project investigates how issues of exploration and colonization of space have appeared in video games, moving from settings of natural-looking spaces to those of more digitized environments. The project specifically examines Hack ‘n’ Slash, a game that promotes itself as providing increased player control through code manipulation within a typical hack-and-slash genre narrative. 

11-16 - Rhetorical Approaches to Literature II
Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 10:20am to 11:50am (Galleria II (PH-ET))
Chair: Sharon Kirsch, Arizona State University

  1. De Man, Schiller, and the Question of Grace in Kleist's Über Das Marionettentheater. Anders Johnson, University of California at Irvine.

    Using De Man's "Aesthetic Formalization: Kleist's Über Das Marionettentheater" (1984) as my point of departure, I contrast the notions of grace and freedom as they are presented in Kleist's "Über Das Marionettentheater" (1810) with Schiller's articulation of grace in Über Anmut und Würde" (1793), arguing that freedom in Kleist's text is conditioned on clumsiness rather that grace.  

  2. Lacerating Diaphony: A Study of "Pro and Contra" and "The Russian Monk" in The Brothers Karamazov. David Judd, San Diego State University.

    "Laceration," as termed by Fyodor Dostoevsky, can be combined with Rhetorical Narratology to provide an understanding of Dostoevsky's dialectics within "Pro and Contra" and "The Russian Monk" in The Brothers Karamazov. The apparent contradictions in argument become a singular whole when examined through the lense of rhetoric and laceration.

  3. The Rhetorical Style of Charles Darwin, Natural Scientist in Origin of Species . Monica Limon, Caifornia State University, Fresno.

    In my paper, I focus on the impact Charles Darwin’s profession as a natural scientist had on his rhetorical style in Origin of Species and the affect it may have had on the acquisition of trust and approval for his discoveries in the aforementioned text from Victorian England. I will attempt to draw a correlation between Darwin and natural scientist to demonstrate how his successful fulfillment of the profession positively influenced the reception of Origin of Species, and consequently his career as a scientist. 

11-19 - Text and Identity in Hispanic Literatures I
Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 10:20am to 11:50am (Studio Suite (PH-ET))
Chair: Damian Bacich, San Jose State University

  1. Imitation and the Art of Pilgrimage: Don Quixote and St. Ignatius Loyola. Michael Hammer, San Francisco State University.

    This paper will explore the relationship between imitation, madness, pilgrimage (both sacred and secular), and the nebulous border between fiction and history through the accounts of journeys undertaken by St. Ignatius Loyola and Don Quixote.

  2.  “¡Yo sé quién soy!”: Don Quixote and Don Erving Goffman. Donald Palmer, North Carolina State University.

    With Erving Goffman’s help I argue that Don Quixote’s sense of self is not necessarily the product of an addled brain; it is supported by a theory of selfhood that is more postmodern than medieval, and certainly baroque, but the baroque is capacious enough to house both possibilities.

  3. Questioning Barcelona as Model in Empar Moliner’s “La baja calidad de la poesía contemporánea”. Nicole Altamirano, Claremont McKenna College.

    In her short story, “La baja calidad de la poesía contemporánea,” Empar Moliner presents her satirical send-up of the attempt by City Hall to define Barcelona and its denizens via the medium of contemporary poetry as a case of the proverbial emperor having no clothes. 

11-20 - Young Adult Literature II
Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 10:20am to 11:50am (Salon II (ET))
Chair: Kate Carnell Watt, University of California, Riverside

  1. Biotechnology in Young Adult Literature: Dystopian Futures and Steampunked Pasts. Faith DeLay, Washington State University.

    The current popularity of dystopian and steampunk literature and its fixation on biotechnology has significance in the Language Arts classroom for young adults. In this paper, I assert that these young adult texts have a place in our classrooms and provide opportunities for incorporating them into the curriculum.

  2. Edward Scissorhands and the Male Body as Machine. Alyssa Clark, San Diego State University.

    This paper explores Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands (1990) to deconstruct the text's use of the gothic to discuss the male body and masculinity. The issues of capitalism and consumerism will investigate connections to the larger “suburban gothic” subgenre, and provide a discussion framework for Edward Scissorhands' gender and social politics.

  3. Reimagining Femininity Through Dystopia . Haley Hartzell, San Diego State University.

    I will analyze how The Hunger Games and Divergent utilize a dystopian setting  to challenge common female stereotypes and allow female readers a reimagined landscape and social structure to experience the world through. These novels offer a glimpse into what women in literature could look like if given the opportunity to save themselves. 

  4. Nontraditional Heroes, Journeys, and the Creation Of a Multicultural Community In Laurence Yep's Dragonwings. Laurie Eichert, Hughson Unified School District.

    Laurence Yep's historical novel Dragonwings is on the common core list of text exemplers for middle school students in California.  By comparing and contrasting the myths, beliefs, journeys, and actions of the Chinese- and English-speaking Americans in the text, students can see how an author creates depth and dimension in his characters.

12-01 - 9/11 Literatures and Masks of Threat II
Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 12:10pm to 1:40pm (Forum Suite (PH-ET))
Chair: Aparajita De, University of the District of Columbia

  1. The Threat of the 'Fever Dream': Masking and Rejecting Domesticity Post-9/11 in Jess Walter's The Zero. Stephanie Gibbons, University of Washington - Seattle.

    In taking a gendered approach to Jess Walter's 9/11 satire, The Zero, I argue that April Kraft is represented in the novel as being unable to acheive an idealized form of post-9/11 femininity, and is therefore cast out of normative gender roles. April's non-domestic ideal thus becomes a threat not only to her own relationships, but to the structure of the codification of American domesticity. 

  2. Destroying the Home(land): Unmasking the Post-9/11 Domestic “Threat” in Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette’s Inch’Allah (2012). Tesica Starkey, The University of Arizona.

    This paper will examine a post-9/11 anxiety about homeland security as it manifests itself in the literal spaces of home in Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette’s Inch’Allah (2012). It argues that, with its triangulation of Western, Israeli, and Palestinian women, the narrative attempts to unmask the Palestinian woman as a domestic threat.

  3. (Re)visioning the Enemy: Fragmentation in Jarett Kobek's Atta. Jennifer Lopez-Lam, Cal Poly Pomona.

    Through Kobek’s use of structural and thematic fragmentation, the reductive image of the ‘terrorist,’ as the face of pure evil, both amasses and fractures around the image evoked of Atta as a product of the secularization of Islam, a man ultimately at odds with himself and thus poignantly connected to our own humanity.


12-02 - Autobiography III: Autobiographic Private Spaces
Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 12:10pm to 1:40pm (Skyline III (PH-ET))
Chair: Edward Chamberlain, University of Washington Tacoma

  1. Reading the Work of Domestic Enclosure in Two Native American Autobiographies. Elizabeth Curry, University of Oregon.

    To better understand both indigenous and imperially sanctioned domestic spaces in two turn-of-the-20th-century Native American autobiographies, this paper reads the coercive imposition of the imperial domestic standard in Zitkala-Ša’s American Indian Stories and Charles Alexander Eastman’s From the Deep Woods to Civilization. Both texts narrate the capitalist construction of ‘the family’ as both Zitkala-Ša and Eastman recount the individual and communal effects of transposition into 'permanent' housing.

  2. The Atmacharitra of Bahinabai: Narrating the Feminine Self in South Asia. Jayita Sinha, The University of Texas at Austin.

    I examine the Atmacharitra of Bahinabai (1628-1700) as one of the earliest examples of women’s autobiography in South Asia. I argue that Bahinabai underplays her literary achievements by aligning her narrative with modes of self-expression that were authorized for women. Finally, I speculate that Bahinabai’s pioneering autobiography can be traced to her subject position as a Brahmin woman; she intended her narrative as an apologia that would justify her deviance from Brahminical rules.

  3. Gastronomical Autobiography: Ethnicity, Family, and Food Memories. Roger Porter, Reed College.

    This paper examines how several food memoirs emphasize the role that family, ethnicity, and gastronomical traditions have played in the development of a self. I will look at how African-American, Jordanian-American, Chinese-American, and Caribbean writers have dramatized the role of food and its native traditions in their intellectual, social, and psychological lives.  

12-03 - Bible in Literature III
Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 12:10pm to 1:40pm (Galleria I (PH-ET))
Chair: Lauren Peterson, Western Washington University

  1. All Is Vanity: Virginia Woolf's Orlando and Ecclesiastes. Sheila Keiter, University of California - Los Angeles.

    Virginia Woolf’s light-hearted novel, Orlando, follows its gender-shifting protagonist’s quest to find the ideal life.  Over the course of the narrative, Orlando makes multiple thematic and literary allusions to the biblical book of Ecclesiastes, which presents itself as one man’s search for meaning.  Ecclesiastes provides Woolf’s novel not only with its underlying theme, but its conclusion as well: The very search for meaning is futile.

  2. Imagining the Historical Jesus in Ernest Renan’s Vie de Jésus. Erica Cefalo, University of Maryland, College Park.

    In his 1863 Vie de Jésus, Ernest Renan reinterprets religious texts from a historical perspective in an effort to debunk Jesus’ supernatural legacy. Renan ultimately sets out to connect Christianity with its mortal origins. In doing so, he recasts the role of the savior as a champion of modern democratic ideals.

  3. A Dialogue of Revolt: Biblical Intertextuality in the Works of Albert Camus. Hannah Wegmann, University of Maryland.

    Throughout his fictional works and philosophical writings, Albert Camus rejects Christianity. Whereas some texts launch a direct attack on what he perceived as “la mauvaise foi,” numerous others draw their strength from deformed biblical references, crafting a nuanced critique in which Camus uses biblical intertextuality to turn Christianity on itself.

12-04 - British Literature and Culture: 20th and 21st Century III: Spectacular Modernity
Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 12:10pm to 1:40pm (Skyline I (PH-ET))
Chair: Tesla Schaeffer, University of Washington

  1. J.G. Ballard's Crash: Late Capitalism as Roots and Evidence of Western Psychopathology. Gilles Viennot, University of Arkansas.

    Ballard posits that industrialism and late capitalism have opened an era when, as Jean Baudrillard described, accident and terrorism are the perverted but natural way to express the psychopathology that lies at the core of contemporary human psyche.

  2. “O no thank you not in my house”: The Double Bind of Subjectivity for Ulysses’s Molly Bloom. Ana Quiring, University of California - Riverside.

    My paper considers the intersections of gender, class stratification, and mobility for the women of James Joyce's Ulysses. More specifically, I focus on Molly Bloom's movement, or lack of it, throughout the day, which many scholars have called an "incarceration." I argue that despite Molly's limited urban mobility, her clearly illustrated proprietary subjectivity demonstrates the privileges of her middle-upper class status.

  3. Domesticity of Violence in the Works of Sarah Kane. Oscar Bojorquez, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

    Sarah Kane’s oeuvre’s demonstrate a corrosive link between today’s domestic and global violence and gender. Her writing commentates on the cultural zeitgeist of the 20th century. This paper will illuminate Kane’s attack on the gender binary, the heterosexual matrix and the vision for the future she envisioned.

12-05 - Coalitional Feminisms
Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 12:10pm to 1:40pm (Salon III (ET))
Chair: Melanie Hernandez, California State University, Fresno

  1. Beyond ‘Recognition’: Toward a Politics of Resistance and Reclamation of Historical Memory in the UndocuQueer Movement. Ximena Keogh, University of Colorado, Boulder.

    This paper will examine the forms of coalitional activism employed by the Undocuqueer Movement. Through an analysis of their textual and visual forms of self-mapping onto the public imaginary, I seek to show how their activism proposes alternative modes of belonging and historical inclusion, as speared by third world feminism theories and methodologies. 

  2. Getting Graphic: Sex Work, Comics, and Coalitions of Genre . Bethany Qualls, "University of California, Davis".

    Chester Brown’s Paying for It: A comic-strip memoir about being a john (2011) provides a contemporary lens through which to examine both current theorizing and past feminist rhetoric surrounding prostitution, sex work, and agency. I argue that genre-bending works such as Brown’s represent another voice in feminist coalition building, underlining potential new methods of representation.

  3. Women Left Behind in Men We Reaped. Natalia Barcy, California State University East Bay.

    This essay will focus on the female experience in Men We Reaped.  Ward demonstrates how women’s perception of reality is constructed by social and political surroundings. Through her quest to find answers about men, she finds answers about herself. Ward suggests a new sense of identity as a Black woman.

12-06 - European Testimonies of Political Repression
Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 12:10pm to 1:40pm (McKenzie (PMCC))
Chair: José I. Alvarez Fernandez, Emmanuel College

  1. Testimonies of Franco’s Repression in Cádiz: Postmemory and Mourning as Symbolic Resistance. Francie Cate-Arries, The College of William & mary.

    I analyze oral testimonies I have recorded with the family members of “the disappeared” in Cádiz province, loved ones who were murdered in 1936 by fascist rebels. My informants began to make their own testimonies public as the remains of their family members were exhumed from mass graves in Cádiz, beginning in 2004. I analyze my informants’ testimonies as discursive repositories of symbolic acts of rebellion

  2. Bildungsroman and Genocide: Perel, Kertsz and Safran Foer. Melanie Murphy, Emmanuel College.

    Kertsz and Perel have written a novel and a memoir respectively of coming of age during the Shoah. Jonathan Safran Foer's Everything Is Illuminated tells a third generation story of Ukrainians and Jews who experienced the "Holocaust by Bullets." All three works exist as film and text and tell coming of age stories in the context of genocide.  What is the genocide bildungsroman? How does the medium - film or text - affect the story? What is the value of juxtaposing survivors' stories with a third generation story?

  3. An Eastern European Testimony of Political Repression: Fatelessness and Dossier K by Imre Kertész. Eva Serfozo, University of Oregon.

    I examine how the literary work of Imre Kertész was influenced by being trapped in another oppressive system. Fatelessness narrates the story of a 14 year old Jewish boy, deported to a Nazi concentration camp. Kertész employs a strictly linear time structure to express the unbearability of daily struggles and his teenage protagonist accepts all events “naturally”. Yet, Kertész does not break with the “traditional Holocaust representations” which focus on describing the horrors of the concentration camps and omit talking about previous life.

  4. Kazantzakis' Buddhist Search and Political Violence in the 21st Century. Petros Vamvakas, Emmanuel College.

    As German forces invaded and occupied Greece in 1941, the cosmopolitan traveler and prolific writer Kazantzakis isolated himself on the island of Aegina, escaping the brutality of the war by indulging in metaphysics and beauty. In 2015 as violence increasingly overtakes politics, as the morality and ethos of globalization elicits brutal reactions, Kazantzakis' and humanity's struggles to balance the absurdity of political carnage and the escapism of metaphysics became even more pertinent.

12-07 - Film Studies III
Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 12:10pm to 1:40pm (Columbia (PMCC))
Chair: Stephen Parmelee, Pepperdine University

  1. Between the Convent and the World: Soeur Sourire and Ida. Matthew Motyka, University of San Francisco.

    The films Soeur Sourire and Ida interrogate the nature of religious vocation. They show the difficulties in accommodating monastic lifestyle to modern culture. Soeur Sourire leaves the convent and tries to pursue an individual singing career. Ida prefers monastic seclusion to the opportunities offered by the secular world.

  2. Produce and Reproduction: The Threat of Rural Conservatism in Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Eli Turner, University of Arizona.

    My paper argues that the conservative drive to return to the state of an idealized pre-war past, complete with the same economic and domestic gender roles along with the same demographic expectations, in part defined the post-war period through the 1950s, and Don Siegel’s 1956 film Invasion of the Body Snatchers critiques this drive towards conservatism by presenting the rural as a conservative threat to the progressive urban space.

  3. The Irony of Mumblecore: Abundance of Dialogue and Absence of Genuine Conversation. Edward Yang, Claremont Graduate University.

    The most prominent feature of Mumblecore films is its naturalistic dialogue between the cast of characters: typically, white, upper-middle class young adults. Despite the abundance of dialogue in these films, however, genuine conversation rarely occurs. This paper will explore the lack of authentic interaction ultimately arguing that the films assume a preexisting connection within its cast of characters as well as one with its audience.

  4. Superhero as Semiotic Confusion. Daniel Fineman, Occidental College.

    Peirce’s semiotics proposed three basic signs: "self-evident" signs called "icons," causally related signs called "indices," and conventional signs called "symbols." Icons had deductive, apodictic, certainty. Indices had inductive certainty. Symbols had only social habitude. Digital technology has allowed ideological symbolism to dictate to the iconic and indexical aspects of cinema in the Apollonian incarnation of fictional order, the superhero.

12-08 - Gothic II
Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 12:10pm to 1:40pm (Skyline IV (PH-ET))
Chair: David Arnold, "University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point"

  1. A Gothic Reading of Carmen Laforet's Nada. Anahit Manoukian, California State University Long Beach.

    Carmen Laforet uses gothic characteristics in her novel Nada (1944) to reemphasize post-Civil War themes of violence and degeneracy in Spain where the nightmarish reality of the protagonist’s dark and decaying home consumed with daily violence becomes a metaphor for the socio-historic situation of Spain during its transition to dictatorship. 

  2. Monster Ecology: The Postcolonial Gothic and Slow Violence in Mahasweta Devi's Imaginary Maps. Baron Haber, University of California at Santa Barbara.

    I interpret Mahasweta Devi’s Imaginary Maps, which depicts the neocolonization on the tribes of West Bengal, India. Drawing on Rob Nixon’s concept of “slow violence,” I demonstrate how Devi’s use of the gothic mode frames the neocolonial encounter as one of competing temporal paradigms, as the short-term temporality of resource-extraction confronts the long-term temporality of sustenance farming and ancestor worship.

  3. Contemporary Canadian Fiction and the Gothic: Margaret Atwood's Stone Mattress: Nine Tales. Laura Davis, Red Deer College.

    This paper examines Margaret Atwood's collection of short stories, Stone Mattress (2014), in the tradition of gothic Canadian literature, and in the context of the Canadian history out of which it arises. On the one hand, charcters in these stories are plagued by ghosts that bring forth troubled personal histories; on the other hand, they are haunted by those that represent unsolved or unsettled national histories. Atwood intertwines the personal and the national in order to show that we must confront both to heal the self and the nation. 

  4. "Badwrong" Divisions and Uncanny Doubles in Sia's "Chandelier" and "Elastic Heart". Diana Rose Newby, Columbia University.

    Through a psychoanalytic reading of the music videos for Sia’s “Chandelier” and “Elastic Heart,” this paper sheds light their subtle breed of Gothic horror and the significance of negative viewer response. I argue that, in their explorations of abjection and split-subjectivity, Sia’s videos subvert the cultural and psychological fantasy of the unified self, prompting an uncomfortable yet crucial reconsideration of our most fundamental notions of identity.

12-09 - Italian Cinema II
Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 12:10pm to 1:40pm (Winery (PMCC))
Chair: Fulvio Orsitto, Georgetown University

  1. A Life Journey in Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty. Monica Facchini, Colgate University.

    In my paper I investigate the metaphor of journey in Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty, by analyzing the role of death as an epiphanic moment in the life of the protagonist, Jep Gambardella. To do that, I analyze the formal elements of the film and the intersections with religious symbolism and psychoanalysis.

  2. Sheltering Others: The Immigrant and the Lesbian Couple in Riparo. Elena Dalla Torre, Saint Louis University.

    The film Riparo (2007) by Marco Simon Puccioni narrates the cohabitation between a lesbian couple in crisis and an illegal immigrant who has been given shelter by the two women. My paper argues that the movie complicates the notion of hospitality by presenting it as a bond of dependence and disavowal. Sheltering the immigrant eventually foregrounds both the precariousness of the immgrant and that of the queer couple. Shelter is ultimately a metaphor for the uneasy relatioship between Italian society and its Others.

  3. E il naufragar m'è dolce in questo mare: Paolo Sorrentino's La grande bellezza. Tina Pugliese, University of Colorado at Boulder.

    In my presentation I will analyze Paolo Sorrentino’s La Grande Bellezza by sketching a comparative analysis, which takes in consideration the relationship between cinema and other visual arts such as music, architecture, sculpture, painting and above all literature.

  4. Documentary Italian Style - Notes on Migration and Multiculturalism. Claudia Peralta, Boise State University.

    In this presentation I will juxtapose and discuss two Italian documentaries that deal with migration and multiculturalism: "One Way, A Touareg Journey" (2010) by Fabio Caramaschi, and "Bride's Side" (2014) by Khaled Soliman AL Nssiry, Antonio Augugliaro and Gabriele Del Grande.

12-11 - Postnational and Transnational American Studies
Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 12:10pm to 1:40pm (Salon II (ET))
Chair: Lysa Rivera, Western Washington University

  1. Knotted Lines and Muddled Histories: Moby-Dick and 19th Century Transnational Capitalism. Lydia Heberling, University of Washington, Seattle.

    This paper seeks to use a material analysis of the harpoon line in Melville's 1851 novel, Moby-Dick, to explore the complex relationship between races, species, and American nationalism within the context of the whaling industry and the ocean as a developing economic space.

  2. Producing Nationhood: Comparative Sexual Economies and the Negotiation of Space, Gender and Sex. Bernadine Hernandez, University of California at San Diego.

    This paper examines comparative sexual economies in the hemispheric Southwest and engages two elite land-holding narratives, one by Hispana Fabiola Cabeza de Baca and the other by Tejana Jovita González.  I contrast these two narratives with recovered WPA stories regarding debt peonage in New Mexico.  I argue that sexual relations and wealth reproduce and negotiate how racialized sex, gender and sexuality are used in production of the nation and as a function of U.S. capitalist structures.

  3. Beyond Wall Street: De-Centering Finance in the Contemporary Transnational Novel. Laura Finch, University of Pennsylvania.

    Reading American Psycho alongside Tash Aw’s Shanghai-set Five-Star Billionaire, this paper disrupts the dominant narrative of finance as a postmodern abstraction that takes the same shape across all global cities. Arguing that this abstract form has been theorized in a US context and is therefore location specific, this paper considers the transnational finance novel as an essential archive for theorizing the economy in a global context. 

12-12 - Rethinking/Retheorizing Video Games II
Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 12:10pm to 1:40pm (Rogue (PMCC))
Chair: Raymond H. J. Rim, University of California, Riverside

  1. Playing to Understand: An Exploration of Empathy in Games. Ryan House, Washington State University Vancouver.

    My project will examine the methods of game design used to engender empathy in the player. Through Gone Home, I discuss the ways in which games complement current theories of empathy in traditional texts, like de Graaf’s absorption, before showcasing the methods unique to games, such as Jenkins’ narrative architecture.  

  2. Video Games as Narrative: Pedagogical Strategies for Using Modern Games as Literature in the Composition Classroom. John Misak, New York Institute of Technology.

    This paper illustrates the opportunity to use the video game as a narrative medium for discussion in the composition classroom and explores the pedagogical strategies for such use. Students learn how to disseminate storytelling through playing games and experience narrative as both audience to the video game story as well as participant as the instructor guides them in understanding the crafting of the story.

  3. Getting Serious about Resolving Gamergate: Overcoming Rhetorics of Reaction and Resistance. Ted Perlmutter, Columbia University.

    This paper will analyze the trajectory and contents of the GamerGate controversy with an eye towards conceptualizing strategies that would increase the chances of de-escalating the conflict.  It will focus on strategies that split the moderate from the extremist forces. 

12-15 - Text and Identity in Hispanic Literatures II
Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 12:10pm to 1:40pm (Studio Suite (PH-ET))
Chair: Michael Hammer, San Francisco State University

  1. Relearning the Revolution: The Experience of Mexican-American Students Reading the Texts of the Novela de la Revolución in the Classroom at San José State University. Cheyla Samuelson, San Jose State University.

    This paper describes the classroom encounter of Mexican-American students enrolled in an MA program at San José State University with the literary genre of the novela de la revolución mexicana, and the deeply personal ways in which their critical understanding of the Revolution and its political outcomes were transformed by that encounter.

  2. Theater, Discipline and Citizenship in Los patriotas de Lima en la noche feliz. Kent Dickson, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

    This paper looks at the first play written and produced in independent Peru (August of 1821, during José de San Martín's take-over of Lima). I argue that the notion of civic comportment put forward by the play demands that self-interest be curtailed and emotion disciplined in the service of producing modern citizens. This mode of citizenship as an intimate vigilence over self-interest and emotion, I suggest, became a standard feature of upper-class habitus through Peru's republican period.