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

Comparative Literature I

Session Chair: 
Marlene Broemer, Finlandia University
Session 6: Saturday 8:30-10:00am
Executive Suite (PH-ET)


  1. 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. 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. 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. 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.
Session Cancelled: