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

Literature and the Other Arts

Session Chair: 
Amanda Bloom, University of Southern California
Session 6: Saturday 8:30-10:00am
Studio Suite (PH-ET)


  1. Alissa Bourbonnais, University of Washington
    Bourbonnais argues that the text of Barbara Browning’s I’m Trying to Reach You, as mediated through the actual dance videos linked throughout the novel, choreographs the way readers can empathetically engage with the experience of simultaneously feeling a forceful encounter with narrative disorientation, while also building communion with fictional characters.
  2. Charles Barkley, Oregon State University
    Nella Larsen’s Passing (1929), Aaron Douglas’s Aspects of Negro Life (1934), and Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Irony of Negro Policeman (1981) reveal the interconnections between Modernism and Primitivism. In analyzing this text and two painted works, I argue, a la Anne Cheng, that these movements are actually mutually constitutive.
  3. Zan Cammack, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
    The presentation’s  twofold objective—to examine Oscar Wilde’s impressionist poetry through Charles T. Griffes’s musical settings and to determine Griffes’s intertextual reasons for arranging the works as they appear in Four Impressions—teases out a narrative line about female sexuality that lies dormant in Wilde’s poems until animated by Griffes’s music.
Session Cancelled: