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

East-West Literary Relations

Session Chair: 
Mike Sugimoto, Pepperdine University
Session 3: Friday 2:00-3:30pm
Cabinet Suite (PH-ET)


  1. 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. 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. 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.
Session Cancelled: