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

Literature and Global Crisis II

Session Chair: 
Sangita Gopal, University of Oregon
Session 3: Friday 2:00-3:30pm
Directors Suite (PH-ET)


  1. Karin Bauer, McGill University
    Questioning alarmist talk about the global crisis of reading and the demise of literature and the book, my paper examines digital spaces promoting debates about literature. Drawing on several virtual sites, such as suhrkamp’s logbuch, Riesenmaschine, and blogs, I analyze how these sites promote participatory, collaborative, and contemplative intellectual exchange.
  2. Norma Kaminsky, University of Washington
    Ishtiyaq Shukri's The Silent Minaret lifts the South African experience to illustrate the global persistence of apartheid enclaves, while questioning the discourse of diversity overlaying an alienating environment that worships instant exchange but which wallows in fear of difference and dissent.
  3. Emily Heebner, Chapman University
    Two post-memory narratives, the Tony/Pulitzer Prize winning play, I Am My Own Wife, and Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Film, The Lives of Others, demonstrate the ambiguous roles truth and memory play within the art of historical dramas. As playwright Doug Wright discovers, ambiguities and confusion complicate post-memory narratives even as the stories evoke empathic responses from audiences.
  4. Sangita Gopal, University of Oregon
    Sangita Gopal is an Associate Professor of English specializing in film, media and postcolonial theory. She is author of Conjugations: Marriage and Film Form in New Bollywood Cinema (Chicago, 2012) and co-editor of Global Bollywood (Minnesota, 2008) and "The Fourth Screen: Intermedia in South Asia." She is currently working on a book on women filmmakers in India.
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