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

Architecture, Space, and Literature II

Session Chair: 
Stephanie Kay, "University of California, Riverside"
Session 4: Friday 3:50-5:20pm
Willamette (PMCC)


  1. 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. 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. 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.
Session Cancelled: