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

Narrative and Time V: Visuality in Modern and Contemporary American Literature

Session Chair: 
Asimina Ino Nikolopoulou, Northeastern University
Session 8: Saturday 1:45-3:15pm
Directors Suite (PH-ET)


  1. William Mosby, University of Memphis
    Carrie Mae Weems's From Here I saw What Happened and I Cried uses appropriated photographs and original text to address the evolution of African American's visual identity. Through historical perspective Weems erases the seperation that time establishes between the "us" of now from the "them" of before to reclaim ownership of this identity.
  2. Nicole Kenley, Simpson University
    The paper explores the power of the painted image in Donna Tartt's novel The Goldfinch to simultaneously trigger traumatic recollections and disrupt temporal flow. The text's ekphrastic moments illuminate the power of the visual to transcend and unsettle both medium and temporality.
  3. Victoria Papa, Northeastern University
    In this paper, I read Freud's Moses and Monotheism alongside H.D.’s Tribute to Freud to argue that Freud's narrative impulse to creatively rewrite Jewish history in a present moment marked by war trauma and Nazi threat is directly linked to the poet's palimpsestic understanding of time.    
Session Cancelled: