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

Comparative Media II

Session Chair: 
Derek Price, Metropolitan State University of Denver
Session 7: Saturday 10:20-11:50am
Willamette (PMCC)
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  1. 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. 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. 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. 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.
Session Cancelled: