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

Film and Literature II

Session Chair: 
Lorna Hutchison, Metropolitan State University of Denver, First Year Success
Session 2: Friday 10:40am-12:10pm
Columbia (PMCC)
Topic Area: 


  1. David Rose, Humboldt University (Germany)
    In the novel CRIPS (1987) and its film version South Central (1992), street gangs and family are presented as competing forms of community. The paper will examine the different ways in which these modes of belonging are negotiated in the medium of film as opposed to literature.
  2. James R. Aubrey, Metropolitan State University of Denver
    Adaptations of Let the Right One In have variously changed the sexualities of characters to increase commercial appeal.  The Swedish film retains an element of the novel’s transsexuality, but the American film, graphic novel, and play titled Let Me In are, aside from the vampirism, stories of heteronormative young love.
  3. Adelaide Kuehn, University of California - Los Angeles
    This paper considers the questions Patrice Nganang and Jean-Marie Téno raise about the future of literature and film and, ultimately, argues that Nganang and Téno put forth opposing responses: while Nganang proposes forward-looking resolutions to the challenges facing African literature, Téno’s work advises a “return to Africa” in order to solve the problems of film distribution and reception. 
  4. Sukshma Vedere, George Washington University
      I argue that Kandahar represents the postcolonial state as a disabled space both literally and metaphorically. The film displaces notions of privacy, humanity, and able-bodied-ness to introduce queer gendering and coupling along the passage to Kandahar.
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