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

Architecture, Space, and Literature I

Session Chair: 
John M. Ganim, UC Riverside
Session 3: Friday 2:00-3:30pm
Willamette (PMCC)


  1. 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. 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. 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. 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). 
Session Cancelled: