115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Schedule - Complete with Abstracts

-Friday Continental Breakfast
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 7:00am to 10:00am (Ching Conference Center (Eiben))
Chair: Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver

  1. Continental Breakfast. Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

    Please join us for coffee, tea, and a light continental breakfast.

-Friday Conference Registration
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 7:00am to 4:00pm (Ching Conference Center (Eiben))
Chair: Cheryl Edelson, Chaminade University of Honolulu

  1. PAMLA Conference Registration. Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

    Registration for the conference will take place in the Clarence T.C. Ching Conference Center, in Eiben Hall of Chaminade University of Honolulu.

-Oli Aloha (Welcoming Chant)
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 8:00am to 8:15am (Ching Conference Center (Eiben))
Chair: Cheryl Edelson, Chaminade University of Honolulu

  1. Oli Aloha. Kumu Ralph "Keahi" Renaud, Chaminade University of Honolulu.

    Professor of Hawaiian language and religion, Kumu Ralph “Keahi” Renaud graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and from the University of Hawaii with a graduate degree in Secondary Education. Professor Renaud will open our conference with a traditional Hawaiian chant, an Oli Aloha.

1-01 - Architecture, Space, and Literature I
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Henry 102)
Chair: Holly Henry, California State University, San Bernardino

  1. The Cultivated Space: Engaging Nature in the Gardens of The Ambassadors. David Wolf, Portland State University.

    For Henry James the representation of consciousness reflects an ecological aesthetics. My analysis of The Ambassadors charts Strether’s evolution through four intratextual garden scenes, showing them to link back even as they look forward to the Lambinet landscape analepsis, the germ and the consummation of Strether’s  consciousness narrative.

  2. Fictions of Urban Water: Literature, Geography, and the Problem of the Archive . Richard Watts, University of Washington.

    First, this paper considers how geographer Matthew Gandy’s The Fabric of Space: Water, Modernity, and the Urban Imagination deploys literature as an archive; second, it offers a few thoughts on how literary scholars in the environmental humanities can adapt some of Gandy’s insights regarding water and urban space to their practice.

  3. Separate Entities: Thoreau’s Conception of Nature and its Application to the Realm of Architecture. Angela Gattuso, University of Colorado, Boulder.

    In this paper, I argue that Thoreau’s conception of nature is an individual entity which may be applied to the separate realm of architecture. In doing so, I compress Thoreau’s spiritual view of nature into a single unit which paradoxically maintains freedom while creating distinction, a paradox which I locate in the idea of truth. 

1-02 - Asian American Literary & Cultural Studies I: Cultural Geography and Diasporic Space
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Henry 202)
Chair: Iris-Aya Laemmerhirt, American Studies Department TU Dortmund

  1. Wild Wild East: Mapping an Imagined Chinatown. LuLing Osofsky, University of California, Santa Cruz.

    In the late 1880s, Chinese miners and railroad workers were integral in putting Laramie, Wyoming on the map. What if we re-map, with a new set of markers—historical, geographic, geopolitic and geo-botanic? Wild Wild East is a cartographic ethnography— a visual essay that reimagines the small Western town of Laramie, Wyoming as an unsuspecting Chinatown. 

  2. Conditioning Cultural Representation: Public Uptake and Detroit's Asian American Markers. Stephanie Mahnke, Michigan State University.

    Through an analysis of two Vincent Chin memorials and their public reactions in downtown Detroit, this paper explores the conditions for Asian American visibility and participation within the public sphere.

  3. Counterhistories of Asian American Media: Lana Lin and the Aesthetics of Degeneration. Eve Oishi, Claremont Graduate University.

    This paper proposes a reading of Asian American history in relation to the history of visual media technologies. It examines Lana Lin's 1999 video Taiwan Video Club and the aesthetics of analog video as a medium that encodes the migrations, translations, and global networks of the late twentieth century.

1-03 - British Literature and Culture: Long 19th Century I
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Henry 104)
Chair: Winona Howe, La Sierra University

  1. Three Inch Golden Lotus and Hourglass: The Imperial Relationship between Chinese Bound Feet and British Corset in the Nineteenth Century. Aran Park, University of California, Riverside.

    To investigate the ways in which writers exploit the Chinese foot binding custom to change British domestic trend and fashion, this essay would analyze the bidirectional influence between the Chinese feet and the British corset, the two extremely decorative fashion trends which bound and deformed the female body.

  2. Working Class Self Expression through Text and Photographs: The Diary of Hannah Cullwick. Sarah MacDonald, Kent State University.

    I am proposing an examination focusing on domestic laborer Hannah Cullwick (1984), who composed a diary over 17 years from about 1854-1873.  My central questions are: Why would Cullwick have produced so much textual and photographic material and what can we learn about the Victorian working classes through this unique evidence. 

  3. Jude the Obscene?: Obscenity Laws and Victorian Texts. Jane J. Lee, California State University, Dominguez Hills.

    This paper examines the ambiguities of Victorian obscenity laws regarding printed materials by reading "morally transgressive" texts as challenges to the definition of obscenity. 

1-04 - Caribbean Literature and Film: Global Visions
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Eiben 202)
Chair: Stephanie Hankinson, University of Washington

  1. Derek Walcott’s Poetics of Naming and Epistemologies of Place in Omeros. Janet Graham, University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa.

    In this paper, I argue that Derek Walcott settles his quarrel with the colonial narrative of Caribbean history by complicating naming practices reliant upon Judeo-Christian origin myths and through poetic and narrative disruption and invention in Omeros. Employing Édouard Glissant’s theory of relationality and the Kanaka Maoli (native Hawaiian) concept of Wahi Pana (storied place), I show how Walcott decolonizes epistemologies of place in his epic.

  2. Marlon James' Caribbean Internationalism: The Literary Prize and Terms of Prestige for Caribbean Literature . Liz Janssen, University of Washington.

    This paper takes Jamaican writer Marlon James as a case study to examine the role of literary prizes to legitimate recent Caribbean fiction, in relation to historically overdetermined receptive frameworks for Caribbean literature, and current re-negotiations of entrenched value terms within the international receptive field. 

  3. La Vida Loca: The Power of Transvestite Geographic (Loca)lities in Santos-Febres Sirena Selena . Grant Palmer, University of California, Riverside.

    Mayra Santos-Febres’ novel Sirena Selena examines how the power of drag performance operates differently between the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. Santos-Febres examines the shifting contextualization that geographic localities place upon performances of gender, race, class, and identity in these two Caribbean Islands through Sirena’s drag identity. 

1-05 - Children's Literature I
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Henry 107)
Chair: Scott Pollard, Christopher Newport University

  1. Unhoming the Child: Queer Paths and Precarious Futures in Kissing the Witch. Carmen Nolte-Odhiambo, University of Hawaii, West Oahu.

    Focusing on Emma Donoghue’s fairy-tale retellings for young readers, my paper explores the implications of stories that stray from the conventional script of children’s literature. Instead of securely positioning the child on the path toward reproductive futurism, these tales “unhome” their characters, present radical visions of queer futurity, and upend normative child-adult relations. 

  2. Keeping Poor Boys In Sight: Surveillance in Victorian Representations of Poor Children. Kate Carnell Watt, University of California, Riverside.

    Surveillance of poor children pervades Victorian literature.  Whether the scrutiny comes from a policeman, a gentleman, a sinister adult criminal, or the child’s own sense of his visibility and the inevitability of punishment, poor children are a constant source of anxiety and therefore a constant subject of observation in Victorian novels written about or for poor children.

  3. "Riddles in the Dark": Queer Desire in The Hobbit. Derek Pacheco, Purdue University.

    This essay argues that Gollum’s seemingly queer illegibility becomes intelligible within the framework of the discourse of privacy governing heteronormative masculinity.  In the process, the novel strips from normative masculinity the authority of convention and questions the costs of blindly adhering to it. 

1-06 - Classics (Reception)
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Ching 253)
Chair: Ellen Finkelpearl, Scripps College

  1. Ixion and the Problem of Guilt in T.S. Eliot’s The Family Reunion. Jesse Weiner, Hamilton College.

    I trace a system of allusion to the mythological figure of Ixion in T. S. Eliot's The Family Renuion (1939), a reworking of Aeschylus' Eumenides. This allusion, I argue, is crucial for understanding the play's mystifying patterns of sin, guilt-transmission, and expiation.

  2. The Greece Effect and the Rebirth of Romantic Comedy. Lisa B. Hughes, Colorado College.

    This paper examines how Greece exists in the romantic comedy imaginary from antiquity until now, by reading films of what I identify as The Blue World Cycle.  These romcoms respond to the perceived death of the genre after the sexual revolution and the women’s movements of the 70s, by a return to the magic and ritual of the past, and include Mazursky’s Tempest (1982), Kleiser’s Summer Lovers (1982), Lloyd’s Mamma Mia! (2008) and Linklater’s Before Midnight (2013).  

  3. Pliny's Cultured Nightingale. Ellen Finkelpearl, Scripps College.

    Are the arts the exclusive province of humans? Several Imperial Greek and Latin works feature animals creating and responding to music, dance, and visual art. The Elder Pliny’s description of the nightingale’s song at NH 10.81-84 tacitly challenges dominant philosophical paradigms, while corresponding with emerging contemporary concepts on animal musics.

1-07 - Comparative Literature I
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Henry 203)
Chair: Andrea Gogrof, Western Washington University

  1. Friend and Foe in Under the Volcano and Doctor Faustus. Richard Sperber, Carthage College.

    Lowry’s and Mann’s novels explore the erosion of humanism by barbarism. Critical focus on the hero (Consul, composer) has ignored the role of his close friend whose distance, secrecy, and ambivalence vis-à-vis the hero raise this question: if the hero’s friend is also his foe, to what extent does each novel implicate friendship in the crisis of humanism?

  2. Freud and Cervantes: The Problematic Use of Psychoanalysis and Literature. Judit Palencia Gutiérrez, "University of California, Riverside".

    Through examining Cervante’s narratology, along with Freud’s theories – especially on the splitting on the ego and its subsequent Verleugnung – I try to explain some tautological mistakes generally assumed by literary critics that use psychoanalysis as putting  a coat of paint on a literary text, filtering the fragment for their own benefit and undermining the writer’s own theories.

  3. “It Came from Neither and Both”: Making Mestizaje Visible Through Silk’s Transnational Connections in Cisneros’ Caramelo and Eugenides’ Middlesex. Morgane Flahault, Indiana University, Bloomington.

    Silk plays a central part in Sandra Cisneros’ Caramelo and Jeffrey Eugenides’ Middlesex, as a material object and as a metaphor for mestizaje. Paradoxically, it stands both as a symbol of tradition and a practice of resistance, by undermining the idea of a heterogeneous national culture.

1-08 - Creative Writing: Poetry I
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Henry 207)
Chair: Renee Ruderman, Metropolitan State University of Denver

  1. A Scheherazade Untold Tale. Dhiffaf Al-Shwillay, University of Hawaii, Manoa.

    Dhiffaf is a graduate student in the Department of English at the University of Hawai’i, Manoa. She has her M.A. in English literature from the College of Education, University of Baghdad 2006. In 2007, Dhiffaf was hired to teach English poetry, human rights, and introduction to religion in the Department of English/College of Education. Dhiffaf is interested in the social and cultural issues and challenges facing Middle Eastern Muslim women. The poem she will read is about a Muslim woman looking retrospectively to her early twenties in Iraq during the 1990s.

  2. Earthquake Daily. Jacqueline Lyons, California Lutheran University.

    Jacqueline Lyons is the author of the poetry collections The Way They Say Yes Here (Hanging Loose Press), and Lost Colony (Dancing Girl Press). Her next book of poetry is forthcoming from Barrow Street Press in 2018.

  3. Paintings That Look Like Things. Derek Updegraff, Azusa Pacific University.

    Derek Updegraff is the author of the forthcoming poetry and translation collection Paintings That Look Like Things (Stephen F. Austin State University Press) and the short fiction collection The Butcher's Tale and Other Stories (SFA Press, 2016). His poems, translations, short stories, and essays have appeared in The Carolina Quarterly, the minnesota review, Natural Bridge, Measure, The Classical Outlook, Texas Studies in Literature and Language, and other places.

1-09 - Film and Literature I
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Henry 227)
Chair: James R. Aubrey, Metropolitan State University of Denver

  1. Dubious Authenticity: Military Memoirs and Adaptation. John Nelson, United States Military Academy, West Point.

    This paper will examine the complexities of adapting the contemporary military memoir to film.  I will focus on memoirs from the Vietnam War to the present, primarily Ron Kovic’s Born on the Fourth of July (the Vietnam War), Anthony Swofford’s Jarhead (the First Gulf War), and Chris Kyle’s American Sniper (the Iraq War), along with their respective screen adaptations.

  2. “I am an Invisible Man”: Boyz N the Hood and The Literary and Cinematic Imagination. Joi Carr, Pepperdine University.

     What does John Singleton and Boyz N the Hood have to do with Ellison’s luminous opus, Invisible Man, or Melvin Van Peebles revolutionary film, Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song?  Singleton’s self-aware narrative explicates an invisible man. This interdisciplinary approach provides an in-depth critical perspective of Boyz, as the embodiment of the blues—how it intimates a world beyond the symbolic world Singleton posits.

  3. Getting Lost: Applying Theory and Examining Allusions within ABC’s Lost. Pamela Trayser, Arizona State University.

    This essay examines allusions and the application of literary theory within the television series Lost as a means of strengthening character and plot. Lost first makes allusions to historical figures through character names and attributes, as well as attaching literary theories to specific characters. During its six season run, the show strengthens both storyline and plot by presenting literary allusions (in the form of books that characters read or refer to), using these allusions as the theme for specific episodes.

  4. Economic Value and the Freedom of Mobility: Examining Django’s Ideological Becoming in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. Julie Guerrero, California State University, Los Angeles.

    In his 2012 film, Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino appropriates the slave narrative by rewriting the typical history of the black slave and allowing his protagonist, Django Freeman, to secure the power of free and uninterrupted physical mobility within Antebellum Southern societies. 

1-10 - Food Studies I
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Eiben 207)
Chair: Norah Ashe-McNalley, University of Southern California

  1. Moving Image Representations of Agriculture on O'ahu: Comparing Two Eras  . Monique Mironesco, University of Hawaii, West Oahu.

    This paper traces the development of cultural representations of food systems in Hawai'i.  Industry representations define the settler colonial plantation context as the dominant agricultural history of Hawai'i.  Pineapple and sugar industrial films portrayed plantations and agricultural fields as sources of jobs and identity creation in Hawai‘i in the 1940-60s.  Current educational/advertising films continue this tradition, contributing to a skewed representation of agriculture on O'ahu.

  2. Soylent and Juicero: Conspicuous and Invisible Consumption. Jeremy Tirrell, University of North Carolina, Wilmington.

    This paper uses theories of materialist rhetoric to examine how the food product Soylent and the cold juice press Juicero foster consumption that is simultaneously conspicuous and invisible. Although both products function as overt performative lifestyle markers, they obscure their nutritional elements and the material aspects of their production through divergent abstractions.

  3. Peering through the Wok: Concepts of Home and Identity in Diasporic Chinese Celebrity Chefs’ Food Narratives and Memoirs. Jacqui Kong, Monash University (Malaysia).

    In this paper, I explore how the concept of ‘home’ is depicted in the culinary memoirs, narratives, and television programs of diasporic Chinese celebrity chefs such as Kylie Kwong, Poh Ling Yeow, and Ching-he Huang. I utilize textual analysis in order to examine these rich visual media texts authored by the chefs, such as the cooking television programs which they host, and the cookbooks which they have written.

  4. Docu-Fusion: Unwrapping Chef’s Table’s Relationship to the Cooking Show and Documentary. Josie Glore, University of Southern California.

    In this paper, I will analyze how Chef’s Table employs the locational and aim-oriented spectra identified in the cooking show genre while simultaneously utilizing the functions of documentary in a way that allows it to reside within both genres. 

1-11 - Indigenous Literatures and Cultures I
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Henry 223)
Chair: Clarissa Castaneda, University of California, Riverside

  1. Fragmented Stories and Land: Mosaic Strategies for California Indian Survivance. Michael Rozendal, University of San Francisco.

    This paper will consider the strategies for land and cultural preservation in the Sogorea Te’ Land Trust, an “indigenous, women-led community organization” in the San Francisco Bay Area. Without federal recognition of the Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone, the trust embraces fragmented urban spaces as openings for culture, coalition, and community. I see this in relation to Debora Miranda’s narrative strategies in her Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir (2012). 

  2. Turning a Colonizer Fourth Grade Mission Project into a Memoir: Bad Indians by Deborah A. Miranda. Rebecca Beardsall, Western Washington University.

    This paper examines Deborah A. Miranda’s memoir, Bad Indians, and how it is a testament to the passing down of stories, and how those stories of the past are ever present in our lives. She weaves in family stories with historical and personal events. And she does this not only with text, but also with images; thus, Miranda combines the past, present, and future by the merging together of stories spanning centuries.

  3. Life, Reconnected. Kristin Kawecki, University of California, Davis.

    This presentation highlights how spiritual awareness of the interconnectedness of life can prompt an “ethic of caring”. In Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony it is through relearning the ontology of his Laguna Pueblo people that Tayo finds the strength to break out of a cycle of violence espoused by patriarchal, Western institutions which devalues cultural and spiritual knowledge and alternative models of viewing the other/self, demonstrating the value of alternative ontologies which help us to live in ways which are life-preserving versus life-destroying.

  4. Debating Chicana/o Indigeneity in Literature. Ariel Zatarain Tumbaga, Antelope Valley College.

    I explore Chicana/o indigeneity and its mythological bases in the literature produced by two writers of the Southwest, consideriby the different strategies with which Leslie Marmon Silko (Almanac of the Dead) and Alfredo Véa Jr. (La Maravilla) engage Chicana/o indigeneity and its pitfalls, and respectively demonstrate Native American and Chicana/o sensibilities to aboriginal identities.

1-12 - Literature & Religion I
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Ching 254)
Chair: Arpi Movsesian, University of California, Santa Barbara

  1. Sympathy for the Devil: Mephistopheles from the Chapbooks to Goethe. Dustin Lovett, "University of California, Santa Barbara".

    This paper explores the peculiarities of religious anxieties from the Renaissance through the Enlightenment by examining their representations in the figure of Mephistopheles in the various adaptations of the Faust legend.

  2. What Time Unfolds: Nakedness, Truth and Revelation in Shakespeare’s King Lear. Michael McShane, Carthage College.

    Shakespeare’s King Lear is insistently focused on revelation, in two senses: in its etymological sense, as un-veiling or dis-covery, and in its religious sense, as apocalypse (from Greek -- un-hiding) in the final days. Thus the play gathers together themes of clothing (nakedness and undressing) with those of truth (as aletheia -- unconcealment), divine justice, and temporality (the revelatory agency of Time itself).

  3. Shakespeare's Miracles. Melissa Schubert, Biola University.

    This paper considers Shakespeare's dynamic presentation of ostensibly miraculous phenomena in his late plays Cymbeline, Pericles, and The Winter's Tale in light of contemporaneous controversies about the the status of miracle claims in early modern religious thought. Shakespeare repurposes these controversies to enliven his some of his last dramatic experiments.

  4. Bodies of Water: Hydration, Desire, and Natural Religion in Emile Zola’s La Faute de l’abbé Mouret. Erica Cefalo, University of Maryland, College Park.

    This paper examines Zola’s use of water imagery in La Faute de l’abbé Mouret. I will explore: 1.) The role of water as a mystical life source in Zola’s concept of natural religion, and 2.) Zola’s connections between waters of the Earth and essential human liquids, including references to the four humors.

1-13 - Mindsightings
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Henry 210)
Chair: Mary Caroline Cummins, "University of California, Riverside"

  1. Exploring Bergson’s Theory of Memory: A Way to Understand PTSD. Nan Darbous Marthaller, American Military University.

    This paper entitled, “Exploring Bergson’s Theory of Memory: A Way to Understand PTSD,” explores the symptoms of PTSD through the lens of Henri Bergson’s philosophy of memory. Traumatic memories, flashbacks and recurring nightmares are all symptoms of posttraumatic stress. As remembered events, whether voluntary or not, they are directly linked to memory.

  2. Seeing Double: Self-Examination Through the Eyes of the Other in Moby Dick and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. Bethany J Avalos, Claremont Graduate University.

    Reversing the traditional direction and power relation of the gaze, Herman Melville in Moby Dick and Mark Twain in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court present anti-imperialist arguments by pairing each protagonist with a native “Other” through whose eyes he comes to see himself and society more clearly. 

  3. Empathy and Immanent Other: Richardson, Husserl, and the Moral Implications of Discovering a “Not-Self” within the Subjective Sphere. Rebecca Rauve-Davis, Antioch University.

    Edmund Husserl showed how an objective world can be constituted from a starting point of absolute subjectivity; Dorothy Richardson depicted a complex fictional world without breaching the confines of her protagonist’s mind. Both grappled with the paradox of the immanent other.  Employing a Husserlian reading of Pilgrimage, this paper explores two questions: How can a real other can be discovered within a purely subjective realm? And what response does such a discovery demand?

1-14 - Repurposing 19th Century American Literature: Teaching to Non-traditional Students
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Henry 225)
Chair: Geoff Cohen, University of California, Riverside

  1. Loving Gertie: Antebellum America meets the Post-Traditional Student. Geoff Cohen, University of California, Riverside.

    This paper argues that antebellum American literature provides post-traditional students with social capital, with the means with which to negotiate American society and, importantly, with personal capital through the recognition of their own cultural practices and the possibilities of new understanding.

  2. Riding in Cars with Frederick Douglass. Emma Stapely, "University of California, Riverside".

    This paper argues that the overtly masculine poetics of literacy in Frederick Douglass’s 1845 Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass are in fact underwritten by feminist understandings of teaching and learning as embodied practices without a proper time or place.  I suggest that a reading of Douglass on these terms might render him surprisingly relatable for first-time, feminist-identifying readers, and potentially empowering to contemporary student bodies who encounter the university ever more through structures of debt.

  3.  “The Freedom of a Broken Law”: Antinomianism, Abolition, and Black Rebellion in The Scarlet Letter. Hannah Manshel, University of California, Riverside.

    This paper reads Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter (1850) in the context of both its 1640s Puritan setting and its 1840s writing, and argues that antinomianism functions as a critique of white abolitionists’ conflation of law and sentimentality in the mid-nineteenth century. Pearl is the embodied manifestation of an antinomian for who, I argue, is also a force of black female rebelliousness. 

1-15 - Shakespeare and Related Topics
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Henry 109)
Chair: Mark Heberle, University of Hawaii, Manoa

  1. Shakespeare in Hawai‘i: Puritans, Missionaries, and Language Trouble in a Hawaiian Pidgin Translation of Twelfth Night. Rhema Hokama, Singapore University of Technology and Design.

    My talk discusses the connection between religious identity and creole language in James Grant Benton’s 1974 play Twelf Nite o Wateva!, a Hawaiian pidgin adaptation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. I argue that Benton uses Shakespeare's references to Puritans and early modern religious fundamentalism to comment upon issues of religion, race, and class in contemporary Hawai‘i.

  2. Seeing Bellario and Balthasar: Performance, Professional Identity, and Material Culture in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. Lee Emrich, University of California, Davis.

    Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice is often used to discuss the mingling between early modern theatre and law. A particular nexus, often left unexplored, is these two professions' dual reliance on material culture to instantiate the various identities required of their professionals. This presentation argues Portia's performance as a doctor of law is not only an instance of gendered cross-dressing but also of occupation crossing as well and her knowledge of law is not only of its ethical implications but also its socially constructed nature.

  3. Dissecting Titus Andronicus: Seeing the Subtext of Gendered Violence. Hilda Ma, Saint Mary's College of California.

         This paper explores the traumatic violence inflicted on female bodies in Titus Andronicus and locates it within a dissective culture that was fraught with imaginings of the womb. By drawing on established associations within the culture of dissection, playwrights such as Shakespeare shaped the ways in which their audience would see the violence, foregrounding the political and social subtexts of dissective culture. 

  4. “Give me the Ocular Proof”:  Misogyny and Seeing “Nothing” in Shakespeare. Mark Heberle, University of Hawaii, Manoa.

    Attitudes toward patriarchy in Shakespeare vary, but misogyny is always repudiated.  In Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, and The Winter’s Tale, such repudiation is effected through falsely performed and interpreted scenes, self-degrading voyeurism, invisible fantasies, and observed objects charged with male sexual anxieties and slander of women. 

1-16 - Spanish and Portuguese (Peninsular) I
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Education (Brogan) 102)
Chair: Marta Albalá Pelegrín, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

  1. “Escoltats, os ho diré”: Constructing Identity Through Language in Guillén de Castro’s Los mal casados de Valencia. Laura Muñoz, UCLA.

    This paper will analyze how the urban comedy Los mal casados de Valencia (1595-1604) engages with socio-political issues within the Valencian context such as immigration, regional identity, and the politics of language choice by examining Guillén de Castro's formulation of the comic servant Pierres, a character who speaks a macaronic mix of Catalan and Castilian Spanish.

  2. The Contrasting Role of the Gracioso in The Truth Cannot Be Trusted and One House Many Complications . Andrea Montoya, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

    This paper analyzes the contrasting role of the gracioso in The Truth Cannot Be Trusted by Juan Ruiz de Alarcón and One House Many Complications by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.

  3. A Womanizer’s Anxiety: The Burden of Existence in Tirso de Molina’s El Burlador de Sevilla . John Danho, California Polytechnic University, Pomona.

    By tracing and examining the nature of each of his seductions throughout the play, Don Juan’s inextricable relationship with Catalinón, and their inevitable confrontation with the ghost of Don Gonzalo, Don Juan reads as an existentially superfluous figure whose self-imposed burden of grandeur is ultimately what destroys him.


  4. Creating National Archetypes in Hispanic Theatre: The Case of Malinche in Fernando de Zárate’s La conquista de México (1700), Ignacio Ramírez’s La Noche Triste (1876), and Alfredo Chavero’s Xóchitl (1877). Benito Quintana, University of Hawaii, Manoa.

    A discussion on the role of Malinalli as she appears in three Hispanic theatre plays. The 17th-century Spanish comedia La conquista de México by Fernando de Zárate, and two Romantic period plays from Independent Mexico: La noche triste by Ignacio Ramírez, and Xóchitl by Alfredo Chavero

1-17 - Teaching with Media and Technology
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Wesselkamper 120)
Chair: Ryan Lambert, The Community College of Denver

  1. Using Virtual Reality to Illustrate Sense of Place for Student Personal Narratives. John Misak, New York Institute of Technology.

    An interactive presentation that illustrates how virtual reality can convey awareness and the importance of sense of place in personal narratives. Through audience participation and video presentation, attendees can visualize pedagogical strategies for using VR in classrooms to improve student understanding of narrative space.

  2. Visualizing the Past Through Placed-Based Mobile Games. Rachel Mamiya Hernandez, University of Hawaii, Manoa.

    This presentation will provide an overview on the design and implementation of a place-based mobile video game that allows players to explore forgotten places, events, people, and artifacts of historic importance to early Portuguese communities in Honolulu. The game, Navegantes contextualizes learning around the study of unique Portuguese history, heritage, language, and culture that shaped Honolulu and its communities, and their relationships across time and space.

  3. Large-group Peer Review in an Online Course. Lin Zhou, "University of Hawai'i, Manoa".

    This research project studies a fully online second language writing course with ten Chinese high-school students from an ecological perspective. The focus of analysis is the large-group peer-review/peer-response activity that students engaged in for ten sessions, and the study investigates what the affordance networks (Swain, 2013) of this fully online course are and how students’ effectivity sets (Swain, 2013) were activated through the online activity.

1-18 - Women in French I: Stratégies narratives pour le dire et le lire
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Education (Brogan) 101)
Chair: Christine McCall Probes, University of South Florida

  1. A Tale of Emancipation : Re-imagining New Gender Scripts . Jimia Boutouba, Santa Clara University.

    This paper examines the way Zakia Tahiri’s film Number One (2009) foregrounds a renewed understanding of gender and gender relations in contemporary Morocco, especially in the wake of the New Family Code Reform. 

  2. L'espace culturel dans le film francophone. Carole Edwards, Texas Tech University.

    Dans un cours semestriel avancé (undergraduate), je propose d'enseigner plusieurs cultures francophones à travers la thématique de l'espace dans les films suivants:  : espaces urbains et identitaires (Borom Sarret) , espace politico-religieux (Timbuktu), espace historique (Biguine), espace musico-social (Mahaleo), espace traditionnel (l'odeur de la papaye verte) et espace paratopique (Camping à la ferme).

  3. À la recherche de soi. Maria G. Traub, Neumann University.

    Trois femmes qui ont survecu a la guerre, au viol et aux abus racontent leurs experiences en nous decouvrant les ressources interieures qui sont a la base de leur resilience.


2-01 - Ancient-Modern Relations
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Ching 253)
Chair: Jesse Weiner, Hamilton College

  1. Nordic Culture and Identity in Contemporary Scandinavian Music. Heather Lusty, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

    This paper explores how contemporary Scandinavian musicians have crafted subgenres (Viking and folk metal) that draw from Nordic mythologies and languages, both by adapting the Eddas into narrative and lyrical themes, and by singing in Old Norse, Icelandic, and Faroese (among other languages). 

  2. The Myth Within: Anne-Louise Sarks and Kate Mulvany’s Medea. Daniela Cavallaro, University of Auckland (New Zealand).

    This presentation will discuss Anne-Louise Sarks and Kate Mulvany’s Medea (2012) within the genre of revisionist mythmaking, highlighting its references to Greek mythology, as well as focusing on its attempt to combine the enduring power of Euripides’ tragedy with the very contemporary issue of innocent victims in parental disputes. ​

  3. “… sadism’s really a twisted empathy”: Ways of Seeing Revenge and Justice in Nina Raine’s Consent. Marcia Eppich-Harris, Marian University.

    While Consent is a thoroughly modern play that interrogates 21st century problems, its roots lie in classical literary themes of revenge and justice. The play is comparable to a number of tragic myths and legends, most prominently Euripides’s Medea, which is discussed thoroughly in the play, and Shakespeare’s Rape of Lucrece

2-02 - Architecture, Space, and Literature II
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Henry 102)
Chair: Richard Watts, University of Washington

  1. Narrative of Identity and Place in Mohja Kahf’s The Girl with the Tangerine Scarf. Riham Ismail, Purdue University.

    This paper aims to study closely the question of identity and its connection to narrative and spatiality in Mohja Kahf’s The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf. Through the lens of cognitive theory and in dialogue with the postcolonial approach, I attempt to examine the fundamental role of place in creating, or in some cases erasing, narrative identity. Furthermore, I investigate the extent to which Muslim women experience space and its relationship to narrative identity and the perception of the self.

  2. Reflections on Interior Design: Constructions of Identity in Daniel Maximin’s L’Île et une nuit. Jason Herbeck, Boise State University.

    As a means of illustrating construction of identity in the postcolonial French Caribbean, this paper proposes to examine Guadeloupean Daniel Maximin’s L’Île et une nuit (One Island and One Night, 1995) in terms of both architecture (constructions in literature) and architexture (the construction of literature).

  3. Zorro and Southern California's Mission Revival Movement. William Russell Sype, Independent Scholar.

    This paper argues that Johnston McCulley’s Zorro was inspired by southern California’s Mission Revival movement.  Newspaper accounts and picture-postcards contemporary with McCulley’s residence in southern California suggest that the architecture and landscapes of southern California inspired both McCulley’s pre-Zorro Captain Fly-by-Night and Zorro’s 1919 premiere in The Curse of Capistrano. 

  4. Sidewalks, Alleys, and Streets: Disrupting Urban Containment Practices in Chester Himes’s Run Man Run. Alexandra Smith, University of Washington.

    Using Michel de Certeau’s theory of the practice of everyday life as a lens, this paper argues that Chester Himes's novel Run Man Run emphasizes the subversive potential of traversing the city as a means of disrupting dominant discourses of urbanism that seek to surveil, rationalize, and contain an individual. 


2-03 - Asian American Literary & Cultural Studies II: Transpacific Literary Form
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Henry 202)
Chair: LuLing Osofsky, University of California, Santa Cruz

  1. “Remember, you're not half of anything, you're twice of everything”: Shifting Perspectives in Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer. Iris-Aya Laemmerhirt, American Studies Department TU Dortmund.

    The paper discusses Viet Thanh Nguyen’s debut novel The Sympathizer (2015), which has led to a paradigm shift in the way the Vietnam War is represented in American literature. The focus will be on the transnational perspective that is opened by the text, hence questioning dominant narrative structures and ways of representation.

  2. The Transnational Turn in Jade Chang’s The Wangs vs. the World. Sharon Tang-Quan, Independent Scholar.

    My paper examines the reconfiguration of the American Dream and the transnational turn towards understanding China, Taiwan, and the US through Jade Chang’s The Wangs vs. the World.

2-04 - British Literature and Culture: Long 19th Century II
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Henry 104)
Chair: Jane J. Lee, California State University, Dominguez Hills

  1. Erotic Sight in Pride and Prejudice . Jayda Coons, University of Arizona.

    This paper investigates how sight manipulates social categories within Pride and Prejudice to critique nineteenth-century empirical positivism. The eroticism and intersubjectivity of visual perception introduces problems of reading that Austen links to her skepticism of objective, knowable reality. Desire is inseparable from our reading of the world, and to disregard that reality potentially risks dangerous misinterpretations.

  2. Writing Men Misreading Women: The Archive and the Painted Gaze in Robert Browning’s Proto-Feminist Dramatic Monologue "My Last Duchess". Alanna Bartolini, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Browning uses the dramatic monologue as a way of allowing silent female figures to speak over their louder male counterparts, as a way of protesting patriarchal structures. Using Derrida’s archival theory as a lens through which to regard “My Last Duchess,” in particular, it becomes possible to understand the Duchess’s portrait as an archivally-shaped subjectivity, resisting her own curation. 

  3. Villains in Realism: Now You See Them, Now You Don’t. Aimee Fountain, University of California, Davis.

    I argue that villains disappear from realist novels during and due to the transition to neoclassical economics (1840s-1870s). As economics becomes a science, capitalism becomes naturalized, a change that has aesthetic ramifications: unnatural villainy is replaced by what Jameson calls mere “bad faith” wherein people are naturally constrained to be selfish.

2-05 - Children's Literature II
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Henry 107)
Chair: Stacie Vos, University of California, San Diego

  1. Food of the Prairie: Connected But Contrasting Discourses in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House Books and Louise Erdrich’s Birchbark Series. Scott Pollard, Christopher Newport University., Kara K. Keeling, Christopher Newport University.

    The paper uses food/foodways as cultural markers to compare the radically different historical visions of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books (as a triumphalist narrative of individual self-sufficiency) and Louise Erdrich's Birchbark Series (as an egalitarian indigenous community in dialogue with other indigenous and western communities around it).

  2. But I Am the Chosen One: Millennial Identity and the Visible Ideologies of Potter. Matthew Meier, University of Southern California.

    This paper examines how the language and imagery of Harry Potter has permeated the vernacular of the Millennial generation. In presenting a narrative universe that so deftly reflected the values and characteristics of its generational audience, Rowling provided Millennials with a visual and narrative framework for engaging ideologies within and beyond the text, including forms of activism and fan participation facilitated by the emergence of new digital platforms.

  3. The Illusion of Inclusion: Visioning and Re-visioning Muslim Female Characters in Young Adult Fantasy. Amanda Anderson, Delaware State University., Noelle I. Mouhtarim, Delaware State University.

    This essay argues that the larger problem behind Samirah and Riordan’s other under-developed minority characters is that simply adding minorities to conventional fantasy texts fails to provide accurate representations of minority figures. Inclusion and visibility are not enough, and we should not settle for making minority figures more visible for the dominant culture, but strive for accurate representation. 

2-06 - Comparative Literature II
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Henry 203)
Chair: Richard Sperber, Carthage College

  1. Liminality, Fantasy, and Connection in E. M. Forster’s The Celestial Omnibus. Barbara Young, California State University, Los Angeles.

    Forster’s short story will relate the aesthetical philosophy of Percy Bysse Shelley in connection with personal interpretations of classical literature. A focus on Victor Turner’s study on the transitional stages of liminality and Forster’s own biographical experiences will elucidate changes in the individual during the transformative stages.

  2. The Athena Effect. Alyssa Kaufman, Western Washington University.

    The Athena Effect references the process in which women derive power from enacting masculinity; this is encapsulated by the mythology surrounding the Greek goddess Athena. I will examine the ways in which iconography of Athena is dominated by a Panoptic male gaze, and how she might subvert this.


  3. Pastoral Mirrors, Pastoral Selves: Reflection as Self-Construction in Garcilaso and Marvell. Allison Collins, "University of California, Los Angeles".

    While the most famous pastoral reflection is that of Narcissus, a lesser-known mirror trope involves the figure turning from the water to his beloved, using his reflection to persuade her she should love him. This paper compares uses of the trope in Garcilaso de la Vega’s Egloga I and Andrew Marvell’s “Damon the Mower.” It argues that the trope allows for an examination of self-construction and self-representation, especially as relates to vision/perspective, the poetic voice, and the pastoral genre.

2-07 - Comparative Media Studies
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Henry 210)
Chair: Carole-Anne Tyler, "University of California, Riverside"

  1. Towards a Transmedial Fairy-Tale Texture? Jane the Virgin's Millennial Mise-en-Scène Cross-Mediates Telenovela, Romantic Fantasy, and Social Media Forms within the Twenty-First Century TV Screen. Ida Yoshinaga, University of Hawai'i, Manoa.

    Latinx dramedy Jane the Virgin, a postmodern romance for the digital era, helps me theorize a reconsideration of fantasy as an audio-visual narrative mode. Focusing on how mise-en-scène creates a fantasy viewing experience, I analyze how the show blends animation, social media, fiction, and telenovela, into a televisual fairy-tale texture.

  2. Ways of Seeing, Ways of Being Seen: Josephine Baker and the Gaze. Dantzel Cenatiempo, University of Washington - Seattle.

    My paper examines how one of Josephine Baker's least well-known performances represents a turning point in her political consciousness. In this 1932 show, Baker draws on blackface, whiteface, and gendered cross-dressing to replace her contemporary media stereotype with a new, subversive image that flips European audiences' scopophilic gaze.

  3. Visual Rhetoric, Spectacle, and Alternatives for Speaking the Unspeakable in Anti-Trafficking Awareness Campaigns.

    My presentation will examine three scenes from anti-trafficking campaign videos to address (1) the ways in which these visual images rhetorically construct spectacle while (2) silencing the voices of those most impacted. 

  4. A Fetish for the Bad Image: Dibakar Banerji’s Early Films. Nandini Chandra, University of Hawaii, Manoa.

    Dibakar Banerji's early films, Oye Lucky Lucky Oye (2008) and Love, Sex aur Dhoka (2010), attempt to carve a highly disruptive and graphic realism through a conspicuous use of low-tech, low-quality images: surveillance cameras, spy-cams and found footage. I believe Banerjee incorporates gaps in seeing and hisses of static to exploit the residual and embodied memory of senses other than sight, so as to produce an experience adequate to the contradictory totality of the subcontinent.

2-08 - Composition and Rhetoric
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Wesselkamper 120)
Chair: Brooke A. Carlson, Chaminade University of Honolulu

  1. Prompting Thoughtful Student Response. Nathalie Joseph, University of Southern California., Norah Ashe-McNalley, University of Southern California.

    Student journals provide authors with real world motivation to explore complex subjects. Students are an underrepresented group in academic thought; their ideas are often delegated to the classroom and rarely made visible. Through thoughtful revamping of our prompts, preparation of classroom work with an eye to publication can produce better student writing and better pedagogy.

  2. Ways of Seeing: Connectivity and Transformation in Student Writing. Sarah Allen, University of Hawaii, Manoa.

    This presentation will show how ways of seeing can be identified, explored, and put to work in our writing courses to encourage and intensify students’ connections (personal, academic, and professional) to the work they do in those courses.

  3. Developing Writers: What We Don't See in Classrooms. Anne Ruggles Gere, University of Michigan.

    In the day-to-day life of the classroom the development of student writers remains largely invisible. We can see the occasional growth spurt across a semester, but we cannot see patterns of development. A longitudinal study of student writers that extends from the first year to graduation makes writerly development visible.

  4. (Re)Placing Erasure: Indigenizing Place-Based Composition Pedagogies. Lauren Nishimura, University of Hawai'i, Manoa.

    Place-based pedagogy does not account for the knowledges of Indigenous peoples and, thus, (re)enacts settler colonial logics of elimination that disconnect interrelationships between peoples and places. To realize a more responsible discourse in place-based pedagogy, scholars and teachers need to (re)locate disciplinary knowledge that is attentive to Indigenous peoples.

2-09 - Creative Writing: Poetry II
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Henry 207)
Chair: Jacqueline Lyons, California Lutheran University

  1. Poems from Malak. Jenny Sadre-Orafai, Kennesaw State University.

    Jenny Sadre-Orafai is the author of Paper, Cotton, Leather, Malak, and five chapbooks. Recent poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Cream City Review, Ninth Letter, The Cortland Review, and The Pinch. She is co-founding editor of Josephine Quarterly and an Associate Professor of English at Kennesaw State University.

  2. Selections from A Day of Glass and Other Recent Poems. Steven Salmoni, Pima Community College.

    Steven Salmoni is the author of A Day of Glass (Chax Press 2018), Landscapes, With Green Mangoes (Chax 2011), poems in Nerve Lantern, Fact-Simile, The Ilanot Review, Spinning Jenny, and Sonora Review, and articles and presentations on such authors as Henry James, Charles Bernstein, and Walter Benjamin. He received a Ph.D. from Stony Brook University and is currently Department Chair of English at Pima Community College, Northwest Campus in Tucson, AZ. 

  3. Some Poems. Steven A. Robinson, Hawaii Pacific University.

    Steve Robinson recieved his MFA in Creative Writing from CSU Chico in 2002. Instead of trying to make a living as a poet he has been teaching first year composition classes at Hawai'i Pacific University since 2003. He lives with his kitty Siboney in a 1930s house that has views of Diamond Head and downtown Honolulu. There are worse things. He also likes to mess around with wood.

  4. The Long Perspective. Nicole M Street, University of Hawaii, Kauai.

    Nicole Street, who has her MFA from Cal State Long Beach, lives on Kauai, wears flip-flops to teach English for the University of Hawaii, digs ballroom dancing, treads water at Secret Beach in a hat and sunglasses, teaches yoga, and does the weekly crossword with her husband whom she married July first. If you need to find her, look in the garden. She will read poems from a work in progress:  “The Long Perspective.”

2-10 - Face and Speech: The Audiovisual Scene of Knowing and Encountering
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Education (Brogan) 103)
Chair: Tingting Hui, Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS)

  1. Audiovisual Counterpoint: Because Your Face Has a Different Accent. Tingting Hui, Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS).

    The face and its relation to language and voice appears to fascinate many scholars, among whom are philosophers like Deleuze and Guattari and film theorists like Michel Chion. This paper, taking cues from the aforementioned scholars and others, aims to look at what it is like to imagine and encounter a face, what does one actually see and hear of a face on screen, and how does the interaction of face and speech inform our way of knowing. 

  2. The Body as Space in Javier Fuentes-León’s Undertow.

    This is an analysis of how the presence of a ghostly body is actually a representation of the protagonist’s own self in Javier Fuentes-Leon’s film Undertow. I also argue to what extent the film can be viewed as a transgressive film – going against the grain like an undertow -that challenges Latin America’s heteronormative patriarchy.

2-11 - Film and Literature II
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Henry 227)
Chair: Pamela Trayser, Arizona State University

  1. How Film as Text and Visual Narrative Is Read: The Impact of Magical Realist Texts on Hispanic Film. Sharon Sieber, Idaho State University.

    Because of film narrative’s ability to simultaneously portray and represent, certain films are especially interesting for study in the ways they resonate within a current society’s definition of realism, and as they relate to political realities; films influence written narrative, and texts change as they are adapted to film narrative.

  2. Robert Louis Stevenson, Literary Style and Early Cinema. Richard Hill, Chaminade University of Honolulu.

    Robert Louis Stevenson is one of the most filmed authors of the nineteenth century. His literary style is one of the most critical aspects of this influence, particularly on early cinema. This paper will demonstrate this style, and its influence on other significant authors, using Treasure Island as a model.

  3. The Modernist Eye in Tim Booth's Animated Adaptations. Thomas Walsh, Arts University Bournemouth.

    The paper offers a simultaneous reading of written texts and animated adaptations to consider the Modernist notions of embodied sight. Tim Booth’s films Ulys (2000) and The Prisoner (1983), adaptations of Joyce’s Ulysses and Yeats’ The Lake Isle of Innisfree respectively, will be used to consider the structural ambivalence of Modernism that can be subversive and unstable, or alternatively prescribe a dynamic violent order through acts of seeing.

  4. Women Writing, and Filming, Women into History:  A Zookeeper’s Wife and Their Finest Hour and a Half/Their Finest. Mary H. Snyder, Diablo Valley College.

    This paper will investigate a “female gaze” that is distinct from the “male gaze” identified by Laura Mulvey in 1975, drawing from A Zookeeper’s Wife, both book and film, written and directed by women, and Their Finest Hour and a Half/Their Finest, novel/film, also written and directed by women.

2-12 - Food Studies II
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Eiben 207)
Chair: Monique Mironesco, University of Hawaii, West Oahu

  1. Acts of Resistance: Vegan Studies and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. Laura Wright, Western Carolina University.

    This paper aims to further the trajectory of vegan studies as a mode of politically engaged scholarly inquiry via a theoretical examination of the overt focus on veganism and tacit fear of politicized eating that played a role in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.


  2. Dying for Foie Gras: Murder, Politics, and Ethical Food Production. Heike Henderson, Boise State University.

    Analysis of a culinary mystery by German author Ella Danz, Geschmacksverwirrung (Taste Confusion, 2012), that focuses on animals’ rights, factory farming and ethical food production. I will discuss the suitability of culinary crime fiction to explore troubling issues within the world of food, and how these texts can prompt readers to examine their food choices.

  3. Immigrants, Hierarchies, and Identities: Food Cultures in 19th Century Latin America. Lee Skinner, Claremont McKenna College.

    As Latin American elites strove to emulate the example of modernity and progress coming from Europe and North America, writers used food culture and customs to propagate the ideals of modernity alongside, and sometimes contradictory to, their notions of national identity. 

2-13 - Germanic Studies
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Henry 109)
Chair: Karin Bauer, McGill University

  1. Kinship and Aesthetic Depth: The Tableau Vivant in Goethe’s Wahlverwandschaften. Heidi Schlipphacke, University of Illinois, Chicago.

    I propose that the inclusion of painstakingly staged tableau vivant scenes within Goethe’s Elective Affinities (1809) reflect the work’s highly conflicted relation to a nuclear family kinship model and, in turn, to a corresponding vertical depth structure that links the nuclear family with the birth of subjective interiority.

  2. Around Fürstenfelde and Unterleuten: Textual and Digital Explorations of Two Contemporary German Novels. Olivia Albiero, San Francisco State University.

    Saša Stanišić’s Vor dem Fest (2014) and Juli Zeh’s Unterleuten (2016) share not only their interest in small German villages, but also their publication as both text and digital component. This paper explores how the relations between past and present, closure and openness, individuality and collectivity, facts and fiction in the two narratives help understand the reading experiences the two works encourage and the significance of the digital explorations they offer to their audiences.

  3. Ein Dreieck, keine Gerade: Queer Time in Olga Grjasnowa’s Die Juristische Unschärfe Einer Ehe (2014). Julia Koxholt, University of Illinois at Chicago.

    In my reading of Olga Grjasnowa's Die juristische Unschärfe einer Ehe (2014), I argue that Grjasnowa playfully “queers,” i.e. subverts conventional and normative notions of storytelling and lifestyle in form and content, as the work oscillates between  traditional modes and breaks with them. Grjasnowa challenges futurity and teleological modes, and instead depicts “queer” constructions of time such as nostalgia, an intensified focus on the present, as I will argue by drawing on works by Judith Halberstam, Heather Love, Lee Edelman, and others.

2-14 - Indigenous Literatures and Cultures II
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Henry 223)
Chair: Rebecca Beardsall, Western Washington University

  1. Warriorhood, Whales, and Community Activism in Linda Hogan’s People of the Whale and Witi Ihimaera’s Whale Rider. Michelle Nicole Boyer-Kelly, University of Arizona.

    This paper explores how traditional concepts of warriorhood are shifting, allowing warrior-figures to appear as activists in their contemporary Indigenous communities both in works of fiction and reality. Warriors can now be women and children, their weapons are often words, and their struggles highlight real world demands for societal change. 

  2. Voices Chanting/Mirrors Breaking: Indigenous Writers of Micronesia Carving Out Space. Evelyn Flores, University of Guam.

    The groundbreaking Anthology of Indigenous Literatures from Micronesia will be released by University of Hawaii Press September 2018. This paper, presented by one of the editors, discusses the challenges of bringing together over sixty writers and one hundred pieces from across a vast ocean region that includes five island nations and a host of languages and cultures. 

  3. Earth Language and a Borderless Landscape in The World Is One Place: Native American Poets Visit the Middle East. Angela Mullis, Rutgers University.

    This paper explores the recently published anthology The World Is One Place: Native Poets Visit the Middle East, and considers the idea of a global history - a diverse set of life-stories of land and of people – beyond national boundaries.  Native poets anthologized here artfully blend voices and narrators into models of re-storying and what Choctaw writer LeAnne Howe terms "tribalographies"—creating a testimony of Native American historical and futuristic memory.

2-15 - Italian Cinema
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Kieffer 9)
Chair: Fulvio Orsitto, Georgetown University

  1. Melodramatic Minimalism: Music and History in Guadagnino’s Io sono l’amore. Marina Romani, University of California, Berkeley.

    In the Italian cinematic repertoire, film melodramas have engaged with the socio-political history of the nation, weaving the fabric of an elusive collective memory. Through the pervasive presence of John Adams’ minimalist score, Io sono l’amore's relationship to its operatic scaffolding becomes oblique. The narrative flirts with the boundary between aesthetic conformity and ideological critique, creating a thematic and aesthetic disturbance in the aural, visual, and political history of Italy.

  2. Mirrors and Doubles in the Cinema of Roberto Andò. Gloria Pastorino, Fairleigh Dickinson University.

    Da Sotto falso nome a Le confessioni, il cinema di Roberto Andò propone giochi di sdoppiamenti, identità scambiate, riletture e giochi di specchi che vanno da contenuti a strutture filmiche.

    Il mio intervento si propone di analizzare in che modo si sviluppano tali "doppi" nei film presi in considerazione.

  3. Italian Farming Cultures and Ecological Landscapes in Ermanno Olmi's Documentaries and Films. Ilaria Tabusso Marcyan, Miami University, Ohio.

    This paper looks at the cinematic production of Ermanno Olmi and its relationship to Italian peasant culture. From Olmi’s first documentaries, to L’albero degli zoccoli and his most recent documentaries, Olmi's films invite us to reflect on the role of peasants and farming landscapes within Italian history and culture.

  4. The Theatricality of Profession in Matteo Garrone’s Cinema. Federico Pacchioni, Chapman University.

    In Matteo Garrone’s directorial vision, the unity between film content and form pivots on the theme of work. A certain sensitivity for the relationship between one’s human sensibility and one’s profession often occupies a central place in most of his films. As it is shown in key moments scattered throughout Garrone’s filmography, the characters’ professional occupations are entryways into a meaningful whole, consisting of determined atmospheres, social issues, and existential topics.

2-16 - Labor and Literature
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Henry 225)
Chair: Leslie Lopez, "University of Hawai'i, West O'ahu, Center for Labor Education and Research"

  1. Summat to Make Her Live: The Rise of Collective Class Consciousness in Rebecca Harding Davis's Life in the Iron Mills. Townsend Scholz, "Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles".

    This paper asks readers of Rebecca Harding Davis’s Life in the Iron Mills to reconsider the critical potential of the novella’s protagonist, Hugh Wolfe. While many have argued that Hugh, a product of the industrial order, is incapable of legitimate resistance, I contend that Hugh’s artistic and rhetorical response to the oppression of the immigrant working class represents a self-conscious criticism of the class system and a step in the assent to collective class consciousness.

  2. Anthrocities: Refusing the Anthropocene. Ted Geier, University of California, Davis.

    "Anthrocity" denotes a static cultural ecology of constant activity in the "Anthropocene" human-geologic scale. Anthrocity is the holistic neoliberal condition, economizing life and sedimenting the half-lives of humanity. Its "work-arounds"—pragmatic, practical solutions—cannot undo the work that led the world to this. Which works refuse anthrocity's interminable diagnostic work?

2-17 - Literature & Religion II
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Ching 254)
Chair: Dustin Lovett, "University of California, Santa Barbara"

  1. To Love the (White) Neighbor As Oneself: Judeo-Christian Ethics in Zora Neale Hurston’s Seraph on the Suwanee. Hannah Nahm, University of California, Los Angeles.

    This paper reads Zora Neale Hurston’s last published and oft-maligned novel Seraph on the Suwanee (1948) alongside her most celebrated novel Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937) to argue that far from being a misguided text that has no bearing on the issues of race, Seraph is Hurston’s continued meditation on the theme of love—specifically, the Judeo-Christian neighbor-love between blacks and whites.


  2. Fighting War and Seeking the Divine in Hemingway’s War Fiction. Tim Pingelton, University of Missouri, Kansas City.

    Contrary to the popular notion that Ernest Hemingway’s war characters are atheists, my research reveals that these characters, in times of tumult, turn to nature as a hierophany to connect with the divine. These same works show war battling nature. These soldiers fight in wars to end war because war is contrary to nature, which is the divine.

  3. Performing Shame: The “Unmentionable Vice” in Late Middle English Penitential Manuals. Sunyoung Lee, Arizona State University.

    The confessant's shame remains performative in the late Middle English penitental manuals when the confessor needs to be ignorant of what constitutes "the unmentionable vice" or deviant sexual behavior. The confessor is advised to elicit a "faithful" confession about secret sexual sin by evoking shame, but the veracity of confessions cannot be confirmed.

2-18 - Spanish and Portuguese (Peninsular) II
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Education (Brogan) 102)
Chair: Javier Patino Loira, University of California, Los Angeles

  1. Autobiografía y visión de Europa en los guiones cinematográficos de Jorge Semprún. Jorge Galindo, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

    Hablaré de cómo las películas La guerra ha terminado (1966), Z (1969), Las rutas del sur (1973) y Stavisky (1974) de Jorge Semprún son testimonios autobiográficos al mismo tiempo que presentan una idea de cómo debe ser Europa.

  2. Model or Whore? The Role of the City in Pau Miro's Lueve en Barcelona. Nicole Altamirano, Claremont McKenna College.

    A prostitute fueled by McDonalds and Italian bon-bons with quotes by the likes of Nietzsche and Dante on its wrappers, picks up her clients at art museums. In Pau Miró’s Llueve en Barcelona, traditional boundaries of high and low disintegrate in the neighborhood of El Raval, destabilizing the pedestal on which art and literature are so often placed. 

  3. The Guignol Puppets of Arnáiz: Imagining Alternative Forms of Belonging through Vulnerability. Nagore Sedano, University of Oregon.

    The presentation examines Spain's politics of historical memory concentrating on the processes of (de)humanization intrinsic to its representation of the past. I argue that the memoirs of Basque exile Aurora Arnáiz propose a new way of seeing what it means to be human that places vulnerability and gender at its core.

  4. Bosquejo del impacto de la gran ciudad en la evolución del proceso perceptual-expresivo en la literatura española. Daniel Herrera Cepero, California State University, Long Beach.

    Este trabajo presenta un bosquejo de las características y peculiaridades de la incorporación en España de la experiencia de la gran ciudad a la “vida mental” del escritor en una línea diacrónica que se extiende desde el siglo XVIII al siglo XX. 

2-19 - Women in French II: In-the-Classroom Ideas & Strategies for Teaching French at All Levels (Roundtable)
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Education (Brogan) 101)
Chair: Nathalie Burle, University of Southern California

  1. Incorporating Translation in Beginning French Classes. Jodie Barker, University of Nevada, Reno.

    This paper presents ideas and strategies for incorporating translation into beginning French classrooms. Documents to be shared includes prose, theater and poetry, as well as their lessons plans.

  2. Women in/on Film. Aaron Prevots, Southwestern University.

    This short presentation will share ideas for teaching French and francophone movies. The handout and talk will feature essentials from the planned Spring 2018 undergraduate course Women in/on Film, for intermediate to advanced learners: an abridged syllabus with film selections, teaching strategies, activity ideas, and an annotated bibliography.

  3. « This is not a video clip »: Belgian Surrealism with Stromae in the Intermediate French Classroom. Nathalie Burle, University of Southern California.

    This presentation, on aesthetic literacy and Belgian culture, will discuss teaching methodologies associated with visual art, specifically with the use of a video clip by Stromae, and with the use of Magritte’s surrealist paintings. Drawing on “Ceci n’est pas une leçon” from the song “Formidable” as an allusion to Magritte’s Treachery of Images, the presentation will analyze the role of appearances in society.

  4. Challenging and Engaging French Students through Early Modern French Images and Texts. Christine McCall Probes, University of South Florida., John J. Thompson, Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo.

    "Challenging and Engaging French Students through Early Modern French and Francophone Images and Texts" focuses on visual communication to advance language skills and cultural understanding. Pedagogical strategies involve images and texts as well as students' design of their own allegorical journey.

-Presidential Address and Luncheon
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 11:30am to 1:10pm (Ching Conference Center (Eiben))
Chair: John M. Ganim, UC Riverside

  1. Visibility is a Trap? Dimensions of Surveillance and Its Effects on Culture Today. Andrea Gogrof, Western Washington University.

    Within the context of today’s fluid, unsettling culture, this paper traces the connection between modernity and surveillance as articulated by Foucault, Deleuze, and Baudrillard and reflected in the literary works of George Orwell, Dave Eggers, and Michel Houellebecq. Delineating the shift from a solid, disciplinary but still overseeable stage of the panoptic kind of surveillance to a fluid, all pervasive and thus more insidious and liquid kind, I seek for glimpses of lightness in what Jonathan Crary calls “the unsparing weight of our global present.”

3-01 - American Literature after 1865 I
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 1:15pm to 2:45pm (Henry 223)
Chair: Andrew Howe, La Sierra University

  1. Mum’s the Word: Maud Martha, Silence, and the Domestic Space. Sarah Buckner, University of California, Riverside.

    This paper explores how Gwendolyn Brooks' Maud Martha crafts a kind of alternative resistance which is rooted in quiet, interior life and the domestic space. Brooks' work resists oversimplified narratives which cast the domestic as wholly oppressive and voiced opposition as most favorable.  I argue that Maud Martha unveils the domestic space as a place, hidden from public visibility, which is always already concerned with the public.

  2. Is Mailer Dead Yet?: Afterthoughts on The Town Hall Affair. Katherine Kinney, University of California, Riverside.

    The Wooster Group’s The Town Hall Affair restages moments from D.A. Pennebaker’s documentary film, Town Bloody Hall, about a 1971 forum on women’s liberation moderated by Norman Mailer before an audience of New York literati. I explore the ways the play captures the tensions between different mediums and modes of literary expression that have shaped American literature since the 1960s.

3-02 - Asian Literature I
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 1:15pm to 2:45pm (Henry 202)
Chair: Satoko Kakihara, California State University, Fullerton

  1. Dastan: Towards a Definition of the Genre. Mariam Zia, Lahore School of Economics (Pakistan).

    This paper defines the Indo-Persian storytelling genre of the dastan for an Anglophone audience. It takes issue with the use of translated approximations in critical engagement with the genre and is the first to use the word dastan in order to denote a specific genre indigenous to the Indian Subcontinent.

  2. Adaptation in a Time of Crisis: Akutagawa Ryūnosuke’s Rashōmon and Kim Sa-ryang’s "Kishi Forest". Alexandra Strudwick Yan, University of California, Irvine.

    Akutagawa Ryūnosuke’s “Rashōmon” (1915) adapts an ancient folk story in order to negotiate Japan’s post-1868 Westernization. Kim Sa-ryang, a colonial Korean-Japanese author, also adapted a Korean epic into his story, “The Forest of Kishi” (1940), in an attempt to survive Japanese colonization. This paper discusses the techniques of adaptation used by these authors as a means for combating colonial domination and destructive modernity.

  3. Shrinking Body on the Boundaries Between Life and Death. Sunmin Lee, Ewha Womans University (Republic of Korea).

    In this paper, I will argue that the definition of posthuman identity is a problem of how people position themselves in nature by comparing Han Kang’s Vegetarian and Toni Morrison’s God Help the Child.

  4. "The New Liberal Indian Woman": The Glocalization of Chick Lit . Srijani Ghosh, University of California, Berkeley.

    Through an analysis of Swati Kaushal’s Piece of Cake (2004) and Aisha Bhatia’s Almost Single (2009), I will illustrate how Indian chick lit foregrounds the neo-liberal female subject of post-liberalisation India, and “glocalizes” its fetishism of American culture and a commodification of American cultural values. Indian chick lit represents what Rupal Oza has called “the new liberal Indian woman,” and this liberalization involves sexual autonomy and a consumer identity, along with a stern attempt at limiting “too much” Westernization. 

3-04 - Classics (Latin) I
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 1:15pm to 2:45pm (Ching 253)
Chair: Carly Maris, University of California, Riverside

  1. Rewriting Landscapes: Britain as Seen by the Latin Panegyrists. Elizabeth Parker, University of California, Irvine.

    A three-phase analysis of the rhetorically sophisticated descriptions of Britain in the Panegyrici Latini. First, identifying specific groups of significant vocabulary. Second, discussing the literary/cultural tradition for this vocabulary in Latin literature. Third, contextualizing this vocabulary within the political/social changes of the Roman Empire during the late-3rd/4th century CE.

  2. "Snatched from the Tribunals, Carried off from the Vanities of This World": The Rhetoric of Corruption in the Election of Ambrose of Milan. Tim Watson, California State University, Northridge.

    That Ambrose, the first senatorial aristocrat elected bishop, assumed his ecclesiastical office reluctantly, the ancient sources are unanimous.  Modern scholarship has largely confined itself to gauging the sincerity of the bishop of Milan's reluctance.  This paper will instead analyze how such passages fit within the larger rhetoric and discourse of corruption embedded within the Ambrosian corpus.

  3. Unde Progressis Ad Rubiconem Ventum: Sidonius Apollinaris and the Topography of Historical Memory. Madeleine St. Marie, University of California, Riverside.

    This paper investigates a description of Sidonius Apollinaris's (1.5) journey from Lyon in Gaul to the city of Rome. By combining vivid descriptions of places associated with a "traditional" Roman past with the Christian topographical present, Sidonius demonstrates that his audience back in Gaul unproblematically combined classical Roman history with Christian beliefs. 

3-05 - Conversations with the Past: Revising the Masters
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 1:15pm to 2:45pm (Henry 207)
Chair: Renee Ruderman, Metropolitan State University of Denver

  1. Ophelian Variations in Paul Griffiths’ let me tell you. Jonathan Burton, Whittier College.

    In let me tell you Paul Griffiths’ formal experimentations amount to what Elaine Showalter calls a “feminist poetics,” embedding within a male tradition a fractured female perspective that allows Shakespeare’s Ophelia to speak in a simultaneously familiar and resistant tongue. 

  2. Emma Lazarus to Me: Poems that Re-tell the Immigrant Experience . Renee Ruderman, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

    I will read and discuss Emma Lazarus’s famous sonnet “The New Colossus,” a poem that re-casts the classical Greek Colossus as the “Mother of Exiles,” a welcoming “woman with a torch.” Subsequently, I will share a few of my poems that re-ify my family’s immigrant Jewish experience as they fled encroaching fascism and entered the United States. 

3-06 - Cultures of Teaching I
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 1:15pm to 2:45pm (Wesselkamper 120)
Chair: Cari Ryan, Chaminade University of Honolulu

  1. Evaluating Teaching: Outcomes and Advancement for Non-Tenured Academics. Deborah M. Sims, University of Southern California.

    This paper explains how university culture is impacted by over-reliance on teaching evaluations as the primary means of assessment for Non-Tenure-Track faculty, and explores possible solutions to providing a sustainable, ethical career path for NTT faculty.

  2. How Does One Teach in a Non-Homogeneous Classroom?: Experience and Lessons for Teaching in a Multicultural Society. Sara Fine-Meltzer, Ben-Gurion University.

    Teaching to students of at least four different cultural backgrounds, none of them Western, in the same class poses problems for the teacher who comes from a distinctly Western culture. This presentation aims to address the problems and then offer some suggestions for making it work.

  3. Skirt Day and The Class: Two Cinematic Views of Student-Teacher Dynamics in Parisian Multicultural Ghetto Schools. Alfred G. Fralin, Jr., Washington & Lee University.

    A clip-based comparison of two acclaimed French films, Skirt Day (2008) and The Class (2009) underscores the heroic struggle of many teachers to overcome not only students’ aversion for learning but also the absence of administrative support for their struggle which leaves women teachers powerless to combat certain students’ culturally instilled scorn for them.

3-07 - Images of Crisis: Poetic Ways of Seeing Disasters
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 1:15pm to 2:45pm (Henry 210)
Chair: Toshiaki Komura, Kobe College

  1. The Tyranny of Sight in Wordsworth's Prelude. Kathleen Lundeen, Western Washington University.

    In The Prelude, William Wordsworth indicts “the bodily eye” as “the most despotic” sense. Notwithstanding, as he demonstrates, art and literature often mediate and mitigate the impact of brutal events. The complicated nature of seeing, however, in which physical sight competes with metaphysical vision, can subvert the moral witnessing of crises.

  2. Extension of Sympathy in Middlemarch: George Eliot’s Response to Contemporary Science of Vision. Eri Satoh, Kobe College.

    According to Jonathan Crary, from the early 19th century the human body begins to be considered as “the active producer of optical experience” in a science of vision (Crary, 69). The purpose of this paper is to explore how George Eliot’s Middlemarch, in its response to contemporary science of  vision, depicts the heroine’s psychological crisis and reveals the process in which she comes to extend her sympathy with others.

  3. “With Prophetic Disclosure”: Absence, Trauma, and the Pre-9/11 9/11 Novel. Brian Jansen, University of Calgary.

    With particular emphasis on the work of Don DeLillo, this paper seeks to explicate a tradition of critics embracing certain pre-9/11 novels for their prophetic anticipation of the events of September 11, 2001.  I argue that reading these novels through the lens of 9/11 provide an alternative to what Richard Gray has worried is the inward-gazing impulse of many post-9/11 novels--compelling readers to face the historical complexities leading up to the events of September 11th, 2001.

  4. 'Every Dog Has His Day': The Canine Body in Bill Hudson's Photographic Representation of Race, Gender, and Power. Kristen Tregar, University of California, San Diego.

    This examination of Bill Hudson’s iconic photo of William Gadsden’s attack by a police dog during the 1963 Birmingham Children’s March creates an opportunity for consideration of how the dog’s body performs and reinforces specific racial and gendered social constructs and, in doing so, engages the viewer in a unique way.

3-08 - Italian I
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 1:15pm to 2:45pm (Kieffer 9)
Chair: Enrico Vettore, California State University, Long Beach

  1. The Indefinable Nature of an Ironic Simulacrum: The Character of Alcina between the Orlando Furioso and the Cinque Canti . Leonardo Giorgetti, University of California, Davis.

    This paper will investigate the narrative development of the character of Alcina between the Orlando Furioso and the Cinque Canti from both the intra- and inter-textuality perspectives. The elements of parody and ambivalence suggested by Alcina’s aesthetical realm epitomize the concordia discors typical of Ariosto’s poetic interlace and recall the binary opposition illusion/reality structural to the fictitious nature of poetry.

  2. Making Visible What Wasn't: Portraying Female Friendship in the Epic. Adriana Guarro, UCLA.

    My paper examines the theme of female friendship in Margherita Sarrocchi's Scanderbeide (1623), one of the first five epics authored by an Italian woman writer in the 17th century. More specifically, my paper analyzes how she makes visible the bond between two female protagonists by both following and breaking away from earlier epic traditions.    

  3. Discovering Carlo Gozzi Through His Fruits:  L’amore delle tre melarance and Fairy-tale Theater in 18th-century Italy. Viola Ardeni, University of California, Los Angeles.

    This presentation investigates Carlo Gozzi’s role in the diffusion of fairy tales in the European theater. Despite fairy tales’ centennial dissemination, it is thanks to Gozzi’s The Love of the Three Oranges (1761) that fairy-tale theater is born. After an overview of Gozzi’s life and fairy-tale scholarship, the presentation examines the 1761 tale, specifically focusing on food metamorphosis and symbolism, and its influence on future writers.

  4. Just an ‘English Whore’? Italian Translations of Fanny Hill and the Transcultural Novel. Clorinda Donato, California State University, Long Beach.

    This paper examines Carlo Gozzi's 1764 Italian translation of John Cleland's Fanny Hill, Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, which he entitled La Meretrice.  The domestication of Gozzi's translation reflects the cultural reality of eighteenth-century Venice, resulting in a strikingly different novel from Cleland's original.

3-09 - Latinx Literature and Culture I
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 1:15pm to 2:45pm (Education (Brogan) 102)
Chair: Michael Moreno, Green River College

  1. Pachuco Poetics: The Posture of Resistance and Lyrical Remembering. Clarissa Castaneda, University of California, Riverside.

    This paper examines Luis Valdez’ Zoot Suit as a text which time travels into the past and future along a continuum of mestizaje, from indigeneity to the post-colonial body of resistance.   The mestizaje of El Pachuco remembers the Aztec warrior, the Mexican, and America-at-the-fringe by translating and decolonizing the trappings of the status-quo.

  2. Anything for Selenas: Chicanx/Latinx Representation in U.S. Cultural Memory. Erin L Alvarez, Michigan State University.

    The purpose of this presentation is to explore how Chicanxs/Latinxs acquire, internalize, and reinterpret their identity through cultural the cultural icon, Selena Quintanilla – Pérez.

  3. Revisiting the Landmarks: Genre Transgression and Innovation in Cherríe Moraga's Loving in the War Years and This Bridge Called My Back. Shelley Garcia, Biola University.

    This paper applies a genre theory lens to an analysis of Cherríe Moraga’s Loving in the War Years and This Bridge Called My Back, co-edited with Gloria Anzaldúa, in order to illustrate the inextricability of their social critique from their genre innovation.

3-10 - Linguistics I: Endangered Language Research
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 1:15pm to 2:45pm (Henry 203)
Chair: Carla Liu, California Baptist University

  1. A Discourse Approach to Athabaskan Grammar. Melissa Axelrod, University of New Mexico.

    This paper focuses verb composition in an indigenous polysynthetic language spoken in Alaska – Koyukon, a member of the Athabaskan language family. An examination of verb patterning and function in discourse supports a view of the complex Athabaskan verb itself as the locus for a grammar consisting of “a network of interrelated constructions” (Goldberg 1998:205).

  2. Aloha in the Desert: Ideologies of Ka Olelo Hawaii a meheuheu (Hawaiian Language and Culture). Violet Witt, University of New Mexico.

    This paper provides mana’o o nā kānaka maole a me ka ʻōlelo hawaiʻi a mēheuheu, as it shows how a cultural practice that uses language aides in the construction of identity, in understanding of language ideologies, and in supporting the maintenance and perpetuation of the language and the culture.

  3. Texas German as a Heritage Language in the 21st Century: Why Is it Dying Out?. Hans Boas, University of Texas, Austin.

    This talk presents a sociolinguistic analysis of the Texas German community of New Braunfels, Texas, to determine the reasons why Texas German is dying out.

3-11 - Philosophy and Literature
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 1:15pm to 2:45pm (Eiben 207)
Chair: Pete Steiger, Chaminade University of Honolulu

  1. Culture and Corruption in Rousseau’s Essai sur l’Origine des Langues. Owen Staley, California Baptist University.

    In this paper, I return to Grammatologie at its fiftieth anniversary to inquire what has been the lasting effect of Derrida’s deconstruction of Rousseau’s etiology of language?  I conclude that the reputations of both texts have prospered, but that Grammatologie has obscured rather than revealed important concerns within Rousseau’s Essai

  2. Other than Aesthetics: The Limit Experience and Not Knowing. Brenda Machosky, University of Hawai`i, West O`ahu.

    On the premise that aesthetics is metaphysics, and inappropriate to the experience of works of art, this paper will explore alternatives to the aesthetic system that judges works of art. The philosophy of Maurice Blanchot offers this possibility, and Indigenous literatures and arts that are not beholden to western metaphysics of presence and representation provide viable texts and contexts for this exploration.

  3. Preliminary Remarks on Kant and Race: A Comparative Reflection. Li-Hsiang Lisa Rosenlee, University of Hawai'i, West O'ahu.

    The tension between Kant's universal ethics and his atrocious writings on race gives rise to troubling questions as to how to assess Kant's legacy. In reflecting on the difficulty of reconciling these two aspects of Kant, I intend to also offer some preliminary remarks on how to approach similar problems in the study of comparative feminist philosophy.

3-12 - Poetry and Poetics I
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 1:15pm to 2:45pm (Henry 225)
Chair: James McCorkle, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

  1. Lissa Wolsak and the Poetics of Speciation. Joseph Giardini, Johns Hopkins University.

    In her book The Garcia Family Co-Mercy, the Vancouver based poet Lissa Wolsak shifts between different accounts of history: religious, anthropological, and evolutionary. I argue that this pluralist approach to understanding the past enables a critique of ego-driven and capitalist motivated conceptions of the self, in favor of a materialist connection between world, word, and action.

  2. The Username and the Lyric ‘I’: Exploring Ecopoetic Theory in the Age of the Digital Cloud. Ryan Heryford, California State University, East Bay.

    This paper advocates for the necessity of ecopoetic theory in the age of the digital cloud, when technological fetishism supplants our attention to the attritional losses of unsustainable ecosystems.  Engaging with a canon of modern and contemporary American poets whose work distorts the unstable relationship between language, embodiment, and the material world, this paper argues that ecopoetic theory offers scholars and activists a discourse to explore our imagined detachment from disembodied landscapes.

  3. Approaching with Palms Wide Open: Gardening Time in W. S. Merwin's Garden Time. Marc Malandra, Biola University.

    W. S. Merwin's Garden Time is the latest volume of poetry from one of our planet's most noble and articulate spokespeople. In his establishment of the Conservancy, and in Garden Time in particular, William Merwin is planting literal seeds so that others will have the opportunity to plant metaphorical ones.

3-13 - Postcolonial Literature I
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 1:15pm to 2:45pm (Henry 109)
Chair: Carmen Nolte-Odhiambo, University of Hawaii, West Oahu

  1. Apocalyptic Visions: Ocean and Desert in Nnedi Okorafor’s Fiction. Kristine Kotecki, Hawaii Community College.

    In this presentation, I analyze how Nnedi Okorafor’s speculative novels Who Fears Death (2010)and Lagoon (2014) imagine an apocalyptic millennialism premised on a clean break with the polluting legacies of the past. They jumble up this linear and developmental model of time, however, in favor of a mélange that brings otherwise suppressed plots and possibilities to the forefront.   

  2. The Closed Eyelid: Plotting Human Rights in Shenaz Patel’s The Silence of the Chagossians. Coralie de Mazancourt, UCLA.

    The documentary fiction The Silence of the Chagossians by Shenaz Patel gives visibility to a little known episode of history, that of the displacement of the Chagossians from their native island. By enacting struggles around modes of seeing and knowing, the text makes the human rights of the Chagossians more legible.

  3. Imagining a Different Migration Pattern: A Look at Waberi’s In the United States of Africa . Jack Taylor, University of Hawai'i, Manoa.

    In this paper I argue that Waberi In the United States of Africa uses speculative fiction to challenge the reader’s social and moral commitments by imagining a world where Africa is a host country to often unwanted European and American immigrants.  By doing so the author poses complex political and moral questions to rethink the politics of immigration from an inverted perspective to show how racial and ethnic tensions often place limits on hospitality and concern for the other. 

  4. Rethinking Catastrophe Temporalities and Haitian Earthquake Literature. Stephanie Hankinson, University of Washington.

    This paper argues that authors of the 2010 Haitian earthquake make creative use of historical catastrophes as symbolic rupture points in forming the modern post-quake Haitian literary identity. Haitian earthquake literature is not about creating artistic coherence from destruction but rather about using the chaos to explore the historical, political and literary formations of catastrophe that precede the event itself. This paper applies the catastrophe temporality analytic in a reading of Dimitry Elias Léger’s novel God Loves Haiti (2015).

3-15 - Sight, Visibility, and Disability in American Literature
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 1:15pm to 2:45pm (Henry 102)
Chair: Kimberly Drake, Scripps College

  1. “Touch Teaches Vision”: Haptic Poetics in Constance Merritt’s A Protocol for Touch.

    This essay examines the poetry of Constance Merritt (who is blind), exploring how the poems of A Protocol for Touch (1999) deconstruct the hegemony of vision in our culture and in enlightenment thought not only in their content, but also in their use of traditional forms, reminding us that a “form” is also something to be touched.

  2. Invisibility Pills: Psychopharmacology, Invisible Disability, and Memoirs of Depression. Rhett Farinholt, University of California, San Diego.

    Do literary configurations of antidepressants operate as "ramps" or "prostheses"?  To answer this question, this paper applies the tools of environmental disability studies to look at three depression memoirs from the 1990s and explores how such a distinction helps communicate the experience and treatment of invisible disabilities.

  3. Invisible Communities: Imagining Disability and the Plight of the Other in HBO’s Westworld. Liz Faucett, Brenau University.

    HBO’s Westworld makes disability visible through its female robot characters, Dolores and Maeve, who suffer from Dissociative Identity Disorder. Westworld visualizes the relationship between non-mentally disabled (humans) and mentally disabled (robots) and depicts the tendency for non-disabled persons to dismiss, de-authenticate, and devalue the experiences of the mentally ill.

3-16 - Video Game Studies: The Visual Politics of Play
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 1:15pm to 2:45pm (Henry 227)
Chair: Daniel Ante-Contreras, MiraCosta College

  1. Containment and Collection in Cold War Video Games: Gold, Technology, and the Construction of Hegemonic Masculinity. Raymond H. J. Rim, University of California, Riverside.

    The Cold War constructed gender along geopolitical models: political hegemony affected how America valorized and idealized a brand of hegemonic masculinity built on the ideas of containment and collection. The collector par excellence that figures prominently in American films and British fiction is reworked and transformed into a newer model for early video games made in both the US and in Japan.

  2. Modern Plagues and Visual Play: Deconstructing the "Nosotopia" in Naughty Dog's The Last of Us. Jodie Austin Cypert, Menlo College.

    This paper analyzes the 2013 video game The Last of Us through the lenses of ludology and disease theory in order to argue that video game trends reveal a culturally significant focus on epidemically-oriented dystopias, termed nosotopias. While ludology and video game studies represent oft-neglected branches within critical literary theory, this analysis reaffirms the value of video game hermeneutics as a means of identifying cultural trends in popular digital media while complicating conventional approaches to the "reading" process. 

  3. Deterritorializations and Reterritorializations: Re-Constructing Belonging via Queer Arab Video Games. Mary Michael, University of Southern California.

    Given that most work on queer games comes out of the context of an American queer scene, how might we re-imagine the appearance of queerness in game design within a non-American context? I argue that queer Arab media works to construct alternate notions of belonging by instituting a type of border/less thinking between binary constructions of containment. The institution of border/less thinking between concepts of containment translates to alternative constructions of belonging in that it works against basing belonging solely on homogeneity.

  4. No breeches, but plenty of breaches: Class Conflict in Dragon Age: Inquisition . Edward Henry, University of Massachusetts, Boston.

    This paper analyzes the dramatization of class conflict and sociopolitical discord in Dragon Age Inquisition. More specifically, this paper attempts to answer how class conflict is depicted across the Dragon Age Universe, and the value of such depiction of academic discourse.

3-17 - Women in French III: 3 Dimensions: Virtual & Physical Spaces—Refuges, Enclaves, Critical Spaces and Viewpoints
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 1:15pm to 2:45pm (Education (Brogan) 101)
Chair: Jodie Barker, University of Nevada, Reno

  1. Pages, espaces, refuges: Recettes “à la vietnamienne” chez Kim Thúy. Michele Chossat, Seton Hill University.

    Réfugiée vietnamienne au Québec, Kim Thúy exprime dans ses textes l’expérience de l’exil forcé par le conflit militaire. Les espaces textuels deviennent des refuges par lesquels Thúy reconstitue le puzzle de la tourmente. Elle questionne l’énigme des maintes vies brisées par l’Histoire, liant le passé tourmenté au calme du présent. 

  2. Third Spaces in Haitian Women Writer's Novels. Joelle Vitiello, Macalester College.

    This presentation examines the different kinds of "third spaces" that Haitian women writers create to translate narratives of coping with extreme violence, focusing on a few novels. I examine how they translate intersticial ambiguous moments, slippages, supernatural, and ghost spaces.

  3. Justice économique et sociale en rap: le cas de Keny Arkana. Monique Manopoulos, "California State University, East Bay".

    Le rap conscientKenny Arkana donne la voix aux sans-voix de par son engagement artistique et son aide aux jeunes marseillais issus d’un milieu défavorisé.  Je compte donc analyser l’espace critique offert par les paroles de ses chansons et ses actions les plus marquantes par le biais de son collectif “ La Rage du Peuple.”

-Friday Snack Break
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 2:45pm to 3:00pm (Ching Conference Center (Eiben))
Chair: Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver

  1. Snack Break. Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

    Please join us for a light snack.

4-01 - American Literature after 1865 II
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm (Henry 223)
Chair: Elsie Haley, Metropolitan State University of Denver

  1. Asexuality and Homosexual Panic in Henry James's The Beast in the Jungle. Aaron Henson, "University of Wisconsin, Madison".

    This paper explores the role homosexual panic plays in Henry James’s The Beast in the Closet. While critical consensus views Marcher as a homosexual male, I propose an alternative reading of Marcher’s sexuality as an asexual male who experiences homosexual panic, as Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick argues in “The Beast in the Jungle.” I respond to Sedgwick’s argument in order to update it with recent research conducted on asexuality. Marcher’s asexuality, panic, and closeting expands the variability of queer male experience, especially as presented in literature.

  2. Anorexia Nervosa in Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth. Molly Hatay-Ferens, University of Oregon.

    Many scholars have devoted attention to the ways bodies function as commodities Wharton’s The House of Mirth (1905). However, there is little work on the roles food refusal and anorexia nervosa play in this novel. My paper examines the fraught nature of Lily Bart’s food refusal.

  3. Imperial Dis-ease: Normative Constructions of Race, Health, and Otherness in Jack London’s “Koolau the Leper”. Michael Oishi, Leeward Community College.

    This paper examines Jack London’s short story “Koolau the Leper” against a history and cultural politics of U.S. imperialism that transforms the story from a simplistic, naturalist romance into a revelatory biopolitical allegory concerning the colonial management of Native Hawaiians on the eve of the U.S.’s overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy.

  4. “Have I been simple like an animal, God, or have I been thinking?”: The Dissolution of Human Identity in Djuna Barnes’ Nightwood. Kimberly Honda, City College of San Francisco.

    While scholars have explored Nightwood's upheaval of long held categories of gender identity, few investigate the way the novel disrupts the tenuous divide between humanity and animality. While the disavowal of such rigid structures is often figured as freeing, what is truly tragic about Nightwood is the characters’ realization that no one is free from the symbolic order that demands strict adherence to the category of human.


4-02 - Asian Literature II
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm (Henry 202)
Chair: Alexandra Strudwick Yan, University of California, Irvine

  1. Socialist Discourse of Motherhood in Colonial Korea. Jude Y. Yang, University of Hawaii, Manoa.

    The fundamental argument of this presentation will be that research on motherhood in Korean socialist literature should be conducted in conjunction with or from the perspective of how the concept of “mother” as advocated by Korean socialist thinkers was developed and implemented.

  2. Disrupted Time: Heterotopia as a Destabilizing Foundation in Kang Sang-jung's Omoni. Aviya Amir, University of California, Riverside.

    The prologue of Kang Sang-jung's 2013 novel Omoni juxtaposes multiple spaces and temporalities in the site of a crematorium. Reading the crematorium as a Foucauldian heterotopia, this paper argues that by grounding his narrative in a fundamentally unstable space, Kang shapes the readers' view of zainichi as a liminal population.

  3. Sights of Resilience: Post-3/11 Japanese Poetry and Ethical Empathy. Toshiaki Komura, Kobe College.

    Recovery from disasters has been regarded as either a personal undertaking—such as in the Freudian model of mourning—or a communal process—such as in Judith Butler’s Precarious Life—rather than a phenomenon in which both are implicated.  The present paper argues that peripherization of vision anchors the coexistence of personal resilience and communal healing.

4-03 - British Literature and Culture: Long 19th Century III
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm (Henry 104)
Chair: Sarah MacDonald, Kent State University

  1. The Other of the Family: Esther’s Orphaned Narrative in Bleak House. Hyun Ah Kim, Independant Scholar.

    I turn to Charles Dickens’s Bleak House and its protagonist Esther Summerson to examine the tension between the social approval an orphan lacks and the concomitant resistance to incorporation into that society to which she has never belonged. Her narrative shows her visualizing herself as an Other that is not so willing to be assimilated but will not be severed from the world either.

  2. Medical Vision in Sketches by Boz: Dissecting the Capitalist Disease. Soyoung Jo, Ewha Womans University, South Korea.

    This paper explores Charles Dickens’ Sketches by Boz (1836) by focusing on its conspicuous medical vision that dissects the social ills of the urban space. With an anatomizing gaze, the flâneur-narrator Boz reads the emerging power of capitalism, which turns the Victorian urban space into a site of unchanging changefulness. I argue that Sketches possesses its distinctive mode of vision that captures a peculiar double temporality of the capitalist urban terrain: its changeability and stasis.

  3. When Others Surveil: Intersectionality & Ways of Seeing White Power in Late-Victorian Fiction. Antoinette Chevalier, University of California, Berkeley.

    In this essay I will interrogate how the hyper-visibility of "blackness" at the fin de siecle is used strategically to undermine racial and cultural hegemonies through surveillance of the professional class.

4-04 - Classics (Latin) II
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm (Ching 253)
Chair: Elizabeth Parker, University of California, Irvine

  1. Keeping Up Appearances: Pietas at the End of the Republic . Bryan Natali, St. Mary's University.

    The correspondence between Cicero and M. Plancus on the eve of the siege of Mutina presents an elaborate display of the language and posturing that accompanied societal expectations of obligation and reciprocity. These exchanges show the power and limitations of the concept of pietas as it functioned at the end of the Roman Republic.

  2. Perception and Becoming in Ovid's Metamorphoses. Zachary Borst, University of California, Los Angeles.

    It is often difficult to tell when a body transforms and becomes something different from itself in Ovid's Metamorphoses. The question of timing in conjunction with aesthetic perception is a central theme to this paper and one that has not been previously explored. Ovid’s depiction of transformation shows how difficult it is to perceive works of art (like Pygmalion’s sculpture or Arachne’s tapestry) because the objects of perception and the embodied subjects reflecting upon them are both unstable and in a constant state of becoming.

  3. Visions and Memories of Lucretius in Seneca’s Naturales Quaestiones. Christopher Trinacty, Oberlin College.

    In his Naturales Quaestiones, Seneca references Lucretius' ideas of sense perception, only to deny their veracity. This paper traces the intertextual memories of Lucretius in Seneca's work and the manner in which he manipulates their meaning in his Stoic prose.

4-05 - Creative Writing: The Voyeur in (and of) Fiction
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm (Henry 207)
Chair: Sean Bernard, University of La Verne

  1. "The Life and Death of the Great Bendini" and the Academic Voyeur. Gabriel Urza, Portland State University.

    The proposed creative work, “The Life and Death of the Great Bendini: An Illusion,” adopts the form of an academic research paper, ostensibly exploring the life of a deceased child magician through study of surviving documents and artifacts. However, the true subject becomes the narrator himself as he navigates fatherhood.

  2. A Simple, Golden Necklace. Sean Gandert, Florida Southern College.

    My story explores the world of contemporary voyeurism through the mind of a character who does not believe himself a voyeur. "A Simple, Golden Necklace' concerns a man who becomes obsessed with a famous actress and begins running a website devoted to her. Through actions meant to "protect" her from other users, he obtains her personal information and becomes even more devoted to following his idol.

  3. Don’t Look Now: The Drama of Forbidden Sight. Scott Nadelson, Willamette University.

    This hybrid-form paper combines narrative and critical analysis to celebrate dramatic moments that revolve around witnessing rather than action and argue that the creative act itself centers on artists’ willingness to look at what is off-limits or forbidden in order to catalyze language and image into transformative deed.

  4. “You Might Also Enjoy”: Big Data and the Second-Person Narrator. Jennifer Tomscha, New York University Shanghai.

    Big Data turns individuals into categories of identity. Our desires, our actions, and our futures are all predictable--and predicted. Drawing from new media studies and modern letters, this paper argues that the second-person narrative perspective is uniquely suited to depict the surveilled individual of our era.

4-06 - Critical Theory
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm (Henry 227)
Chair: John Namjun Kim, UC Riverside

  1. The Security of Failure: Philosophy and Metaphorics in the Falling Man Photograph. Jared Gee, University of California, Riverside.

    The Falling Man photograph from September 11, 2001 persists today as the result of the multiple ruptures it enacts upon subjectivity and the inheritance of thought in the West. By reading the metaphorics of suicide and war (now based on “security”) with and sometimes against Saint Augustine, Judith Butler, and Jacques Derrida, the paper argues that the persistence of the image lies in its inability to be adequately inserted into the political-theological system in the U.S.

  2. Speeding Up the Line: Visualizations of Labor in Neoliberal Parody, Situational Awareness, and Predictive Analytics. Leslie Lopez, "University of Hawai'i, West O'ahu, Center for Labor Education and Research".

    In this presentation, I examine Adolph Reed Jr.'s and Slavoj Žižek's discussions of the films They Live and Idiocracy as works of neoliberal parody examining anti-intellectualism. I then relate the films to snapshots of situational awareness in the automation of war and work, ending with current trends in visualized student/faculty production and workloads using predictive analytics.

  3. The Colonization of the Lifeworld: The Reconstruction of Critical Theory. Tim Luther, California Baptist University.

    Habermas finds that power and money have colonized the lifeworld. Language, in its function of coordinating action, is replaced by money and power. There is a direct connection between rationality and liberation, between autonomous responsibility and knowledge. This paper describes and assesses Habermas’s criticisms and reconstruction of the critical theory of Horkheimer and Adorno.

  4. The Thrill is Never Gone: The Politics of Pleasure and the Pleasure of Politics. Barry Sarchett, Colorado College.

    The recent skepticism directed against the political ambitions and claims of  “critique” in cultural studies, historicist, and materialist approaches has occasioned reconsiderations of aesthetic value and close reading.  This paper analyzes Laura Mulvey’s 1972 article “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema” in order to claim that political critique of pleasure is necessarily constituted by the very aesthetic impulses it seeks to exclude.

4-07 - Cultures of Teaching II
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm (Wesselkamper 120)
Chair: Cari Ryan, Chaminade University of Honolulu

  1. Gonzo Pedagogy. David W. Kupferman, University of Hawaii, West Oahu.

    Drawing on the Gonzo theory of Hunter S. Thompson's work, this paper considers questions of pedagogy, method, and genre in terms of the insinuation of the teacher into the highly individualized process of learning, and how obviating the teacher's role as arbiter of knowledge impacts relationships in the classroom. 

  2. Teaching L2 Digital Natives English Academic Writing: Insights from a 1,000-student Study into Their Use of Technology. David R. Albachten, Bogazici University.

    The term “digital natives” defined the generation born after the 1980’s, ostensibly comfortable and confident in using computers. Does this hypothesis survive examination?  A 1,000-student study of L2 English academic writing points to contradictions.  25% of the errors made by these students were preventable through the correct application of technology.  Their facility with computers also leads to plagiarism/documentation problems.  However, there are methods to teach-out these issues.

  3. The Question of (Ed) Technology in the K-12 Classroom . Matthew Callahan, Independent Scholar.

    This paper examines the cult of productivity in K-12 education in the United States using Heidegger’s theory of technology as a guiding critique. I aim to demonstrate that student work is instrumentalized in the K-12 classroom to the detriment of students as individuals, and to propose an ethics of education as a remedy.

4-08 - Ecocriticism (co-sponsored by Association for the Study of Literature & Environment)
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm (Eiben 207)
Chair: Ted Geier, University of California, Davis

  1. “A Higher Quality of Life”: Indigenous Routes to Transportation Justice in Sesshu Foster’s Atomik Aztex. Nicholas Machuca, University of Oregon.

    This paper analyzes Sesshu Foster’s alternative history novel Atomik Aztex from an ecocritical perspective, arguing that the novel promotes transportation-related environmental justice by envisioning an alternate reality of equal access to mobility, transit-oriented development, and a universal right to the city. This argument engages the works of Robert Bullard, Ramón Saldívar, and Henri Lefebvre, among others.

  2. Second Generation Immigrant Autobiography of the Late 20th Century: Family, Identity, and Assimilation    . Ashley Garver, University of Nevada, Reno.

    Through an examination of three second generation immigrant autobiographers (Robert Laxalt, Maxine Hong Kingston, and John Phillip Santos) this paper argues that the legacy of immigration shapes the second generation’s relationship with nature by calling into question who owns and can lay claim to the American landscape.   

  3. Waiting for the Flood: Class, Geography and the Control of Nature in James Dickey’s Deliverance and Scott Russell Sanders’ Staying Put. John D. Schwetman, University of Minnesota, Duluth.

    James Dickey’s Deliverance and Scott Russell Sanders’ Staying Put are literary works that mark two discrete moments in ecological thinking, and the shift between these two moments becomes evident in the way each work dramatizes the damming of a river and its impacts on the people who live near it.

  4. Traces of Colonization and Environmentalism in the Works of Luis Sepulveda . Maria Padilla, University of Chicago.

    This paper looks at the representation of non-human beings in The Story of a Seagull and the Cat Who Taught Her to Fly and The Story of a Dog Named Leal by Luis Sepulveda. In a defamiliarized context, animals are used instruments to denounce injustices and to deliver a message. 

4-09 - French
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm (Education (Brogan) 101)
Chair: Natalie Muñoz, California State University, Fresno

  1. The Network of Sociability in Corinne: Staël’s Enlightenment Utopia. Chloe Edmondson, Stanford University.

    This paper approaches Corinne, ou l'Italie through an inter-disciplinary lens, drawing on literary, historical, and digital methodologies. I argue that through the constellation of sociability in the novel and the national allegories that accompany it, Staël evokes an enduring partiality for an Enlightenment ideal of sociability that remains deeply connected with female emancipation. 

  2. La Femme adultère: entre anthropologie et fiction. Laura Klein, University of California, Irvine.

    La critique postcoloniale a souvent décrypté dans les attitudes des personnages français de la « Femme adultère » (Albert Camus -1957) le désir du colon de s’approprier le territoire algérien, comme réflexion de l’auteur lui-même (E. Said). Le regard que Marcel pose sur la terre et les habitants algériens est souvent raciste, dénotant une attitude typique du petit colon. Par le traitement de la perspective anthropologique et la diégèse dans la nouvelle j’évaluerai les assomptions des critiques post-coloniaux. 

  3. Hélène Cixous entre hagiographie et hantologie . Cecile Hanania, Western Washington University.

     La communication porte sur le texte hommage d’Hélène Cixous : Portrait de Jacques Derrida en Jeune Saint Juif (Galilée, 2001). Il s‘agira d’analyser son lien à des genres canoniques et à des dogmes religieux et liturgiques, et d’explorer la facture textuelle et péritextuelle singulière de l’œuvre.

4-10 - Italian II
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm (Kieffer 9)
Chair: Clorinda Donato, California State University, Long Beach

  1. Enchanted Nature and Disruptive Forces in Ludovico Ariosto's Orlando Furioso.

    This paper is composed of two main sections. First, I analyze nature in its most harmonious state by taking a closer look at Canto VI of the Orlando Furioso (Alcina's Island), which is not just a natural scene but is a locus amoenus: an idyllic and serene setting reminiscent of the pastoral tradition. Next, I will analyze the scene in the Orlando Furioso where Orlando, in the throes of his jealous rage, disrupts and destroys the forest. 

  2. Religion and Revolution in Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Reception of the American New Left. Pietro Bocchia, Notre Dame University.

    In line with Western intellectuals and activists’ attempts to redefine politics as a cultural, critical, and human-centered pursuit, Pasolini brought his Catholic views into line with his political theories of revolution in the second half of the Sixties.  By presenting a case-study of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s reception of the American New Left, my paper shows that Pasolini deemed religion the foundation of a cultural revolution capable of transforming society at all levels, including the political.

  3. Inverted Vate: Pier Paolo Pasolini and d’Annunzio. Gian Maria Annovi, University of Southern California.

    In the first part of this paper, I set out to understand the reasons for the critical association between Pasolini and d’Annunzio despite the enormous differences that characterize their own poetics and cultural destiny. I will show how critics adapted the moral and political prejudices used against d’Annunzio to Pasolini’s case. To do this, I will analyze Pasolini’s general attitude toward the figure of d’Annunzio. 

  4. Ritualization and Enculturation in Rosetta Loy's La porta dell'acqua. Stefania Nedderman, Gonzaga University.

    La porta dell’acqua, explores a child’s frustrated love for her nanny and her grown-up guilt for her indifference/ complicity toward the persecution of Jews. I use Erik H. Erikson’s first three stages of psychosocial development to investigates how the ritualization of experience (through play, practices, and religion) while strengthening one’s sense of identity may conversely exclude others as belonging to a different species. I will focus on the use of Struwwelpeter (1845), a German children’s book, as a mean for this enculturation. 

4-11 - Latinx Literature and Culture II
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm (Education (Brogan) 102)
Chair: Shelley Garcia, Biola University

  1. (In)visibility, Space, and the Latinx Community of Los Angeles in The People of Paper . Gabriela Almendarez, University of California, Riverside.

    By examining Salvador Plascencia’s The People of Paper alongside images of the borderland (Anzaldúa, 1987), I contend that the physical layout of the novel exemplifies the complex realities and identities of Latinx individuals living in Los Angeles. I am mindful of Carmen L. Medina’s (2006) assertion that “Among the many ideological and socio cultural realities found are the notion of the American Dream, citizenship and language, literacy and culture” (p. 74). 

  2. Alternative Geographies of Struggle: Mobilizing A Poetics of Resistance. Nancy Quintanilla, Cornell University.

    My paper will consider how the Electronic Disturbance Theatre's radical project: the Transborder Immigrant Tool, reimagined a new practice of belonging for migrants lost in the Sonoran desert. I argue that the tool’s purpose was to distribute life saving information that transforms the status of migrants from opaque bodies devoid of legal personhood to translucent figures.

  3. The Antiracist Lens of Latinx Speculative Fiction: Imagining Resistance to Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric and Policy in Sabrina Vourvoulias' Ink. Roberta Wolfson, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

    How might Latinx writers use the literary genre of speculative fiction to participate in antiracism? Taking up Sabrina Vourvoulias’ 2012 dystopian novel Ink as a case study, this paper argues that speculative fiction provides a critical lens for Latinx writers to critique and potentially mobilize resistance against racial violence in the United States’ contemporary climate of anti-immigrant rhetoric and policy.

  4. Reframing Latinx/Chicanx in Media: Instagram as Space For Identity Images. Katlin Sweeney, San Diego State University.

    My paper will examine content generated by the Instagram accounts xicanisma_ and nalgonapositivitypride to discuss the limitations and benefits of an image-driven platform for reimagining representations of Latinxs/Chicanxs in visual media, which can result in space that is either “closed off from” or “held for” people of color.

4-12 - Linguistics II: Language Pedagogy and Language Interpretation
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm (Henry 203)
Chair: Melissa Axelrod, University of New Mexico

  1. The Effect of Raising Awareness to Prosodic Features in Speech through Noticing Techniques and Visual Feedback: A Practioner's Approach. Carla Liu, California Baptist University.

    Comprehensibility can be challenging for non-native speakers despite English fluency. However, clarity can be improved effectively through focused attention on prosody.  Prosodic features consist of stress, rhythm, and intonation. The purpose of this research study was to increase speaker awareness of these features through specific techniques to improve academic presentations.

  2. How Do the Interpreters’ Position in the Examination Room and the Projection of their Voice Affect their Renditions during Well-Child Visits?. Elena Gandia Garcia, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

    This presentation focuses on how the physical position of the ad hoc interpreters in the examination room affects the projection of their voice, and how this alters their renditions.

  3. Classifiers in Persian. Ladan Hamedani, University of Hawai'i, Manoa.

    I investigate the role of classifiers in Persian and their relationship to NumP (i.e., Number Phrase, a syntactic category that dominates the Noun Phrase). In indefinite nominal phrases, there is complementary distribution of classifiers with plural marking. Consequently, either grammatical number or grammatical classifiers can occupy the head of NumP. Nevertheless, plural marking can co-occur with full classifiers if the plural marker induces a definite reading.

4-13 - Memory and Migration in German-Language Literature and Film
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm (Henry 210)
Chair: Friederike von Schwerin-High, Pomona College

  1. Herta Müller's Atemschaukel and the Reshaping of German Cultural Memory. Karin Bauer, McGill University.

    Shifting the focus of critical investigation away from narratives of trauma, autobiographical and biographical detail, and personal experience—all of which are undoubtedly central to Herta Müller’s text— to questions of memory, this paper seeks to explore how Müller’s novel Atemschaukel participates in reshaping German cultural memory.

  2. Transnational Memories in Vladimir Vertlib’s play ÜBERALL NIRGENDS lauert die Zukunft. Petra Fiero, Western Washington University.

    By juxtaposing the transnational voices of Muslim and Christian asylum seekers in a transit camp, and a Jewish Shoah-survivor who was housed in this same erstwhile DP camp, with those of overwhelmed politicians and right-wing nationals, Vertlib’s play about the refugee crisis of 2015 challenges notions of a univocal representation of the past. 

  3. Refugees, Retirees, and Revised Realities in Recent German Works of Fiction. Friederike von Schwerin-High, Pomona College.

    Three recent German novels, Jenny Erpenbeck’s Gehen, ging, gegangen, Bodo Kirchhoff’s Widerfahrnis  and Elisabeth Wintermantel’s Yaron dramatize encounters between newly arrived young refugees and newly retired German professionals. The encounters bring about complex and nuanced acts of empathetic learning. Even while portraying  the cruelties of bureaucracy, policing and traumatization, the novels offer glimpses of the old and the new residents becoming transformed by and indispensable to each other.  


4-14 - Other Vampires I
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm (Henry 102)
Chair: Nadia Saleh, University of Massachusetts Amherst

  1. Slavic Female Vampires as Sexual Avengers. Tatjana Aleksic, University of Michigan.

    I explore the  figure of the Slavic female vampire/succuba through a psychoanalytical reading that traces its origins in the primeval fear and tabooization of female sexuality. I read  She-Butterfly (1974) and The Sacred Place, by the Serbian director Djordje Kadijević, and the Russian film Viy (1967), made after Nikolai Gogol. The films interrogate the problematic image of the female seductress, and pose important questions about gender relations, masculinity and social order.

  2. Undead Queens of Berlin: Vampirism and Gender Politics in Dennis Gansel's Wir sind die Nacht. Kai-Uwe Werbeck, University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

    This paper queries the problematic gender politics in Dennis Gansel's German Wir sind die Nacht (2010), a modern vampire movie set in Berlin in which the powerful and independent female vampires pose a threat that--as the film suggests--has to be contained.

  3. The Irish Feminist Vampires of Neil Jordan's Byzantium. James R. Aubrey, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

    Director Neil Jordan's 2013 film Byzantium is a narrative about a mother-daughter vampire family engaged in a centuries-long struggle against an all-male "Brotherhood" of male vampires.  Although the story is set primarily in England, various kinds of cultural evidence in the film make it an Irish feminist statement.    

4-15 - Poetry and Poetics II
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm (Henry 225)
Chair: Mark Richardson, Doshisha University

  1. “Now Do You Know Where You Are”: C.D. Wright’s Deepstep Come Shining and (Post-)Southern Visuality. Marty Cain, Cornell University.

    C.D. Wright’s 1998 text, Deepstep Come Shining, presents a fragmented depiction of rural Arkansas, challenging the tendency in Southern narrative verse towards legible and easily assimilable representations of Southernness. By foregrounding Wright’s depiction of visuality, this essay argues that Deepstep Come Shining illuminates the anachronisms of regional identity in the late capitalist American South.

  2. Domestic Space and the Architecture of the Bedroom in Seamus Heaney’s Poetry. Daniel Benyousky, Baylor University.

    In my paper, I will consider the prominence of architecture and space in Seamus Heaney's poetry, both of which expand his way of seeing the world. In particular, I will focus on the bed, considering how this object constructs the architecture of the bedroom and develops domestic space in his poetry. For Heaney, the bed transforms a room into a place of rest and intimacy, it connects past with present through beds that are willed and inherited within his family, and it offers Heaney the space to interact with poetic predecessors like Homer. 

  3. Backward Glances: The Poetics of Marilyn Chin and Li-Young Lee. Ying Zhu, Macao Polytechnic Institute.

    Marilyn Chin and Li-Young Lee, adopt a “poetics of translations” through their backward glances at the Chinese poetic tradition as well as their re-interpretation of an American poetic tradition.  Chin and Lee advocate a “poetics of trans-nations” in which they engage their cultural inheritances forcefully and in turn transform them into a reservoir of creativity that helps them come to terms with their double allegiances: the Chinese and the American poetic heritages.


4-16 - Postcolonial Literature II
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm (Henry 109)
Chair: Jack Taylor, University of Hawai'i, Manoa

  1. Towards a Minority Literature in the African Novel. David N. Odhiambo, University of Hawai'i, West O'ahu.

    My paper offers an alternative to Ngugi wa Thiong'o's vision of an indigenous African novel and argues that minor literature, a deterritorializing text, is a legitimate site for subversive work written in European languages by postcolonial African writers.

  2. Queer Imagined Collectivities: Disrupting the National Allegory in Hasan Namir’s God In Pink. Sean Weaver, Louisiana State University.

    Through a queer postcolonial reading of Hasan Namir’s God In Pink: A Novel, this paper examines the ways Namir creates an imagined collectivity that establishes visibility for homosexual Muslims in the Middle East and offers an alternative to the model of the national allegory that has dominated postcolonial studies for decades.

  3. The Hawaiian TV Cop Show. Aaron Kiilau, University of Hawai'i, Manoa.

    This paper discusses crime fiction television series set and filmed in Hawaii, from the shows that Peter Britos described as the "first cycle" of Hawaiian paramilitary programs, Hawaiian Eye, Hawaii Five-O, and Magnum P.I., to later, less successful iterations. Placing the Hawaiian cop show within its economic, historical, and political contexts demonstrates the genre's inherent problems, especially its tendency to strategically misrepresent Hawaiians and perpetuate patriarchal colonial and Orientalist myths.

4-17 - Women in Literature
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm (Ching 254)
Chair: Diana Rose Newby, Columbia University

  1. The Silence of the Women: Exploring Gendered Silence and Invisibility in A Meeting by the River. Jessica Somers, California State University, Los Angeles.

    Using Hélène Cixous's gendered conceptions of différance as well as Cheryl Glenn's Unspoken: A Rhetoric of Silence, this paper explores the significance and unlikely empowerment of the silent, invisible women that permeate Christopher Isherwood's A Meeting by the River.

  2. “A single image is not splendor”: The Anti-Phallogocentric, Anti-Capitalist Ecriture Feminine of Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons. Brittany Starr, University of Maryland.

    In its oft baffling, a-logical linguistic forms, Stein’s Tender Buttons (1914) defies patriarchal, phallogocentric, and even capitalist values and births an écriture feminine, “the impregnable language that will wreck partitions, classes and rhetorics, regulations and codes” that Cixous exhorts six decades later in “The Laugh of the Medusa.” Stein, however, invents a counter-patriarchal language that transcends gender essentialism.

  3. At the “Top of the World”: Urban Architecture and The Modern Gaze in Nella Larsen’s Passing . Alexandra Meany, University of Washington.

    This paper argues that in her novella Passing, Nella Larsen relies on urban architecture to reveal the spatial implications of “passing” and to create cathartic moments, like the scene at the Drayton Hotel, and the final scene of Clare’s death, where racial hierarchies undergirded by space are disrupted and an arbitrating power is restored to the black female subject through a modern, aerial gaze.

  4. Radical Black Feminist Migrations: Nella Larsen and Sarah Elizabeth Wright. Christin Marie Taylor, Shenandoah University., Christy Graham, Shenandoah University.

    This paper examines the works of black women writers from the Harlem and Black Women's Renaissance. Though some 40 years apart, the narratives of Larsen and Wright use the migratory black woman, or her attempts at movement, to not only show the gendered limitations of their respective times, but to also question the limits of black nationalism itself. 

4-18 - Young Adult Literature
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm (Henry 107)
Chair: Kate Carnell Watt, University of California, Riverside

  1. “A fog in which people see what they wish to see”: Fantasy, History, and Identity in Terry Pratchett’s Dodger. Kristin Noone, Irvine Valley College.

    While Pratchett’s novel invites questions regarding genre and what readers expect to see, Dodger also explores social expectations and their potential for both confinement and clever manipulation regarding how characters are seen, allow themselves to be seen, or carefully stage scenes for others to see; the novel also links city and character, as the London fog becomes not simply a metaphor for Victorian sensation and concealment but a tool for crafting one’s visibility to others.

  2. Literacy and Narratives of Violence in The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly. Taylor D. McCabe, University of California, Irvine.

    This paper explores the relationship between literacy and the narrativization of violence in The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly as a means of managing the aftermath of trauma. The novel emphasizes the significance of narrative control over personal histories of trauma; I wish to explore this emphasis as it relates to the generic function of YA literature and its concern with the importance of the interior lives of girls. 

  3. Reading Pacific Literature as YAL: Re-Constructing Adolescence in Matthew Kaopio’s Novels. Caryn Lesuma, University of Hawai'i, Manoa.

    This paper examines constructions of adolescence/ts in Matthew Kaopio's novels Written in the Sky and Up Among the Stars in order to show how reading Oceanic texts as young adult literature can counteract stereotypes about Indigenous youth in the region while providing models for young readers to negotiate power structures. 

  4. The Rhetoric of Motion and Emotion: Narrating the Moves towards Empathy in Pam Muñoz Ryan’s Esperanza Rising. Laura Poladian, Loyola Marymount University.

    While YA literature is generally understood to foster empathy, this paper more specifically investigates how narrative strategies and cognitive experience make that process visible. I argue that by linking the rhetoric of motion with emotion, Pam Muñoz Ryan’s Esperanza Rising contributes to the genre as a site for constructing empathetic social reader-actors, especially related to experiences of class.

-PAMLA Creative Artist Spotlight: Let the Mountain Speak (2017): A Screening and Discussion
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 4:40pm to 5:40pm (Ching Conference Center (Eiben))
Chair: Stanley Orr, University of Hawai'i, West O'ahu

  1. Let the Mountain Speak (2017): A Screening and Discussion. Vilsoni Hereniko, University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa.

    Vilsoni Hereniko, Creative Media Professor at the University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa, will screen Let the Mountain Speak (2017), a short film in honor of Mauna Kea, Hawai‘i Island’s highest peak. Born in Rotuma, Hereniko has written Woven Gods: Female Clowns and Power in Rotuma (1995), the stage drama The Last Virgin in Paradise (with Teresia Teaiwa, 2001), and the feature film The Land Has Eyes/Pear ta ma 'on maf (2004), named Best Dramatic Feature at the 2004 Toronto Imaginative Film and Media Arts Festival.

-PAMLA Conference Reception
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 5:40pm to 7:00pm (Ching Conference Center (Eiben))
Chair: Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver

  1. PAMLA Conference Reception. Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

    Please join us for wine, soft drinks, and ono pupus (delicious Hawai'i-style appetizers) in the Ching Conference Center. Enjoy beautiful sunset views of Diamond Head from the Ching Center lanai. Don't miss the opportunity to see old friends and make new ones. Everyone is welcome!

-Saturday Continental Breakfast
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 7:00am to 10:00am (Ching Conference Center (Eiben))
Chair: Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver

  1. Continental Breakfast. Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

    Please join us for coffee, tea, and a light continental breakfast.

-Saturday Conference Registration
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 7:00am to 4:00pm (Ching Conference Center (Eiben))
Chair: Cheryl Edelson, Chaminade University of Honolulu

  1. PAMLA Conference Registration. Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

    Registration for the conference will take place in the Clarence T.C. Ching Conference Center, in Eiben Hall of Chaminade University of Honolulu.

5-01 - Autobiography I
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Education (Brogan) 101)
Chair: Windy C. Petrie, Azusa Pacific University

  1. Perspective-Taking and the Experimental Autobiography: Djebar and Robbe-Grillet through Other Eyes. Michaela Hulstyn, Reed College.

    This paper takes a comparative approach in order to identify the ways in which personhood is established – either negatively (by inference and suggestion) or positively (by propositional content) – in Djebar and Robbe-Grillet's experimental autobiographies. 

  2. Autobiographical Fiction Beyond its Boundaries: The Case of the Spanish Division of Volunteers. Macarena Tejada-Lopez, University of Oregon.

    This paper explores the diverse rhetorical preferences used by the Spanish divisioners who fought in WWII to recount their experiences. By using the autobiographical theories of Lejeune and Hellbeck, I analyze how these preferences (diary, memoir, novel) serve the writer and how these writers adapt or challenge the pre-existing characteristic of the genre.

  3. The Memoir, the Novel, and the Self: Economic and Sexual Shame in Duras's The Lover and Louis's The End of Eddy. Ryan Lambert, The Community College of Denver.

    This presentation centers on two autobiographical novels: Marguerite Duras’s The Lover (1984) and Edouard Louis’s The End of Eddy (2017). I ask, “Why do these writers market their texts as novels and not memoirs?” I suggest that genre—that of the autobiographical novel—works to turn shame into something more productive, a means to participate in the construction of one’s own subjectivity.  

  4. Reading between the Frames: An Analysis of Janet Frame’s Faces in the Water and An Angel at My Table. Linda Middleton, University of Hawai'i, Manoa.

    Kristeva’s theories of the semiotic are used to show how Janet Frame’s autobiographical Faces in the Water (1961) and An Angel at My Table (1987) mutually inform each other, disclosing Frame’s rediscovery of the semiotic her misdiagnosed madness made her distrust, a rediscovery she demonstrated by writing Faces upon her deinstitutionalization.

5-02 - Biblical Visions in Literature I
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Henry 210)
Chair: Lauren Peterson, University of California, Davis

  1. Visions of Future Past in Anglo-Saxon England. Aaron J Kleist, Biola University.

    Pairing a Messianic vision from Isaiah with a patristic vision of a soul’s damnation, the Old English account Be ðam seofanfealdan ungifa (“About the Sevenfold Evil Gifts”) offers not just eschatological warnings for the believer, but epistemological cautions for the editor: are medieval texts fixed, or are they fluid?

  2. "A Hideous and Desolate Wilderness": In Search of the Promised Land in Silko’s Ceremony. Laura J. Veltman, California Baptist University.

    Using Puritan typology to tie the Puritans to the Israelites wandering in the wilderness, William Bradford and other early Americans drew on the Old Testament to shape a vision of colonization as possession, taking away the “Devil’s territories” from the “savage inhabitants.” Leslie Marmon Silko in Ceremony, as part of her plea for hybrid and evolving stories, revises this trope of wilderness, calling for new explanatory metaphors for understanding and relating to the land.

  3. “I have heard thee with the hearing of the Ear but now my Eye seeth thee": The Visual and the Visionary in William Blake’s Illustrations of the Book of Job. Lauren Smith, Brown University.

    In the final chapter of the book of Job, Job describes his spiritual transformation in terms of a progression from hearing God to seeing God. In his Illustrations of the Book of Job, William Blake brings Job’s vision before the readers eyes in an attempt to show that which cannot be seen.

5-03 - British Literature and Culture: Long 18th Century
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Henry 107)
Chair: David John Boyd, University of Glasgow (Scotland)

  1. Geographical and Sexual Others in Eighteenth-Century Performance Art. Anne Greenfield, Valdosta State University.

    This presentation discusses depictions of fictional eunuchs on the Restoration and early eighteenth-century stage. This analysis showcases the theatrical techniques underlying the staging of eunuchs during this era, and it illustrates the ways these representations were shaped by imperialist assumptions.

  2. Missing Pieces: Constructing the Story of Eliza Fenwick (1766-1840). Lissa Paul, Brock University (Canada).

    In composing the biography of British author Eliza Fenwick (1766-1844), I’ve negotiated with the fact that some of her manuscript letters have been deliberately cut or redacted. In my paper, I’ll explain how I navigated omissions to construct the narrative arc of her journey from 18th-century author to colonial teacher.

  3. Coding "to-be-looked-at-ness": Self-Authorship and Spectatorship in The Female Quixote. Diana Rose Newby, Columbia University.

    This paper offers a reading of Charlotte Lennox's The Female Quixote (1752) as a nuanced critique of social systems of punitive spectatorship that subordinate women to the male gaze. I argue that the novel's protagonist, Lady Arabella, strategically participates in and even perpetuates her own objectification; by exploiting her "to-be-looked-at-ness" at the levels of both plot and form, Arabella demonstrates one of the rare means of agency and self-authorship available to the eighteenth-century woman.

5-04 - Classics (Greek)
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Henry 223)
Chair: Tim Watson, California State University, Northridge

  1. Apollo’s Plan Was Also Being Completed: Phoebus versus Achilles in the Iliad. Victor Castellani, University of Denver.

    Besides Zeus’ “plan” and aims of Athena to glorify her heroic friends, Iliadic Apollo has both plan and strategy.  While Fate allows he defends Troy and elevates Hector, who accepts mortality. Through deaths of Patroclus and Hector Phoebus reduces demigod Achilles, not immediately to death but painfully to understanding how he, too, is mortal.

  2. Immanence and the Community of Unreason: Toward a Theory of Euripidean Tragedy. Damian Stocking, Occidental College.

    Where Sophocles and Aeschylus sought to protect the "Dionysiac" community of Athens through the frustration of our mortal dreams of immanent self-enclosure, Euripides, in response to the emerging desire to achieve a state of (community-destroying) immanence through rationality, introduced figures whose achieved immanence puts a limit on rationality, a creates thereby a finite community of unreason. 

  3. The Role of External Goods in Aristotle's Eudaimonia. Daniel Majors, Biola University.

    There is a classic concern among ancients to account for goods such as money, relationships, and good fortune in their theories of eudaimonia, or human flourishing. It has been argued, however, that in the Nicomachean Ethics Aristotle makes the claim that a flourishing life can be accounted for solely by virtuous activity. I will show that Aristotle does accept that external goods play a vital and necessary role in the eudaimonia of the individual, and therefore, must be considered in context to the flourishing life. 

  4. Roman General in a Greek World: Scipio's Treaty with the Polis of Herakleia. Carly Maris, University of California, Riverside.

    When Scipio Asiaticus defeated King Antiochus in the 180's BCE, he presented his conquest as complete domination over Asian territories--however, analysis of the language of one Greek inscription in Asia Minor tells a different story--one of allegiance and liberation rather than military domination.

5-05 - Comparative American Ethnic Literature
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Education (Brogan) 102)
Chair: Tracee Howell, University of Pittsburgh, Bradford

  1. “I," "You," "We": Narrating Beyond the Other. Rose Engelfried, Western Washington University.

    “‘I,’ ‘You,’ ‘We’: Narrating Beyond the Other” explores the ways nontraditional narrative styles such as second-person and first-person plural can be used to dismantle conceptions of the Other. By including readers in the texts, authors permeate the wall between “self” and “other,” allowing readers intimate experiences with characters whose backgrounds are very different from their own. 

  2. Mommy, Mammy, Nanny: Epidermalization of Black Bodies and Gendering of Blackness in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s On Monday of Last Week. Soh Yeun (Elloise) Kim, University of Washington.

    Focusing on Kamara’s multi-faceted status of a Nigerian immigrant, a young wife, and a black nanny in the multicultural and multiracial family, this paper will read how the protagonist in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s short story “On Monday of Last Week” (2009) is produced as an “invisible, unknowable, yet somehow still there, dark matter.” 

  3. Safia Elhillo's Spoken and Written Word Poetics. Dashiell Moore, University of Sydney, Australia.

    ​I examine the poetry of Sudanese-American Safia Elhillo as a young poet requiring more critical attention in the years to come. As an immigrant writer coming from Slam Poetry circles, African-American poetry groups, and as ​a woman embedded in the cultural metropolis of New York, Elhillo's refusal of identity politics is worth further discussion. 

  4. Performing Prosumption: Decolonizing Latina/o-Asian Identities, (Hi)stories, and ‘Texts’ in Virginia Grise's Rasgos Asiaticos and Karen Tei Yamashita's Circle K Cycles . Megan Nieto, University of Texas at San Antonio.

    By examining Latina/o-Asian consumption and production in twenty-first century literature and performance, I argue that writer Karen Tei Yamashita and performer Virginia Grise illustrate the emancipatory potential of the critical, active, and agentive consumption and production of (im)material goods.

5-06 - Drama and Society I
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Henry 102)
Chair: Kimberly Jew, University of Utah

  1. I Dream of Gotanda’s Chang and Eng: Exploring Asian American Identity Formation in 19th Century America. Jenna Gerdsen, University of Maryland, College Park.

    This paper analyzes Philip Kan Gotanda’s play I Dream of Chang and Eng by synthesizing Muñoz’s queer of color critique with McRuer’s queer disability theory. The play imagines the ‘Siamese Twins’ self-display as disidentifying with their race and disability. Analyzing how Gotanda imagines their movement between nations, racial categories, and (dis)ablility, I argue that Gotanda’s use of movement shows the liminality of the contemporary Asian American experience. 

  2. Language as Performance in Harold Pinter’s One for the Road, New World Order and Mountain Language . Judith Saunders, Independent Scholar.

    Truth can, at times, be apprehended more effectively through appeal to the imagination rather than visual representation. This is exquisitely demonstrated in the “politico-aesthetics” of Harold Pinter’s later plays One for the Road, New World Order and Mountain Language, wherein artistry of language effectively communicates the violence endemic to imperial aggression.

  3. “The BwO is desire”: Representation of Disability in John Belluso’s Gretty Good Time. Chun-Yi Shih, National Taiwan University.

    This paper will attempt to employ Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari’s notion of the Body without Organs (BwO) to explore the representation of the disabled body/sexuality in Gretty Good Time (1999) by the American disabled playwright, John Belluso (1969-2006). 

5-07 - East-West Circulations and Economies I
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Ching 253)
Chair: James Lu, California Baptist University

  1. From Expat to Nextpat: Restarting Circulation in Post-Post-Colonial Hong Kong. David Huddart, Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong).

    This paper focuses on dramatist Jingan Macpherson Young to understand changing cultural circulation in contemporary Hong Kong. Recently again rated the world's freest economy, Hong Kong's cultural economy remains mired in colonial oppositions between East and West. Young addresses the opposition through the identities of local and expat. Her characters explore experiences with implications for broader assumptions about circulations between East and West. This paper follows her plays to their counter-intuitive conclusions concerning East-West relations.

  2. Shots of Basketball in Black and White: The Harlem Globetrotters, Japan, and Cold War Politics. Yu Sasaki, University of Tsukuba.

    This paper explores a story of American racial history and Cold War politics, through the prism of a U.S. State Department-arranged 1952 world tour by the Harlem Globetrotters. Through an analysis of a 1952 tour photo album, Japanese posters of the Globetrotters exhibition games, and Harlem Globetrotters: A Silver Anniversary (1952) published in Japan, I will track a different story on display that the Harlem Globetrotters created in Cold War Asia.

  3. Circulation and Economy: Shaking out the Subject and Subjectivity from East to West. Brooke A. Carlson, Chaminade University of Honolulu.

    Shakespeare’s Globe entered the early modern English market in 1599, re-appearing miraculously in 1997. Farther abroad, Shakespeare has been slipping into Asian markets since the early twentieth-century. Art and performance enact messy transactions. Korean Shakespeare today is an experience in alienation, calling into question the very being of humanity.

5-09 - Librettology and Opera Studies
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Henry 203)
Chair: Katherine Kinney, University of California, Riverside

  1. "Inexplicably Harassed By The Ubiquitous Orchestra": Mikhail Bulgakov’s Master and Margarita As Operatic Novel. LynleyShimat Renée Lys, University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa.

    This paper examines opera as a formal element of Bulgakov’s novel The Master and Margarita, which incorporates elements from Goethe’s Faust and Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, based on Pushkin’s lyric novel. Bulgakov structures his novel around operatic elements, including the aria, heightened lyrical forms of dialogue, choral and orchestral structures, and the timbre of characters' voices.

  2. Richard Wagner’s indebtedness to Heinrich Heine’s Middle Ages. Andrew Warren, University of Toronto (Canada).

    This paper examines Heine’s influence on Wagner's operatic depiction of the Middle Ages. In particular, I examine the ways in which Heine’s emphasis on the tensions produced between medieval Christian spiritualism and pre-Christian pagan sensualism in the Middle Ages find their way into Wagner’s work.

  3. Hamlet's Madness on the Operatic Stage. William Germano, Cooper Union.

    This paper will consider the function of madness in operatic Hamlets from the early eighteenth century to the present, the musical-dramatic choices made by composers and their poet-librettists, and the extent to which operatic syntax and texture may expand the nature of our response not only to these operatic works but to the play itself.

5-10 - Material Cultures: Objects Transparent and Opaque
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Eiben 207)
Chair: Imke Meyer, "University of Illinois, Chicago"

  1. Materiality and the Agency of Things in the Poetry of Hipponax. Ippokratis Kantzios, University of South Florida.

    This paper discusses Hipponax’s (Greek poet, 6th century BCE) depiction of inanimate objects as having an agency of their own that alters or supersedes the characters' intentions. Nature and environment seem to have the upper hand at the expense of human volition in a way reminiscent of 19th-century literary Naturalism.

  2. "It Works Even if You Don't Believe in It": Superstition and the Manifestation of Irony. Silke-Maria Weineck, University of Michigan.

    In a famous anecdote, a visitor to Niels Bohr's office was surprised to see a horseshoe nailed to the wall. "Surely, you don't believe in this nonsense?" Bohr snaps: "I'm told it works even if you don't believe in it." This talk will investigate the material manifestations of superstitions and read them as attempts to ward off what I call "the irony monster," a potent and disembodied force whose inversions of meaning have terrified humans for thousands of years, leading to disparate strategies to combat it.

  3. "And the Cloth Remembers as Well": Knots and Gaps in Caramelo. Sarah George-Waterfield, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

    In Sandra Cisneros' Caramelo, the rebozo takes on this complicated status as it moves through generations and across borders, becoming saturated with the memory of production and labor, the stuffness of the humans who interact with it, and the stories and histories that happen around it. 

  4. The American Girl Dolls: Consumerism, Dolls, and the Longing for a Lost American Girlhood. Gretchen Bartels, California Baptist University.

    The American Girls books and dolls offer models of what Michel de Certeau describes as the tactics of the consumer fighting against the strategies of dominant culture, and they offer girls the means to define their own American girlhood by modeling moments of cultural resistance.

5-11 - Medieval Literature I
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Henry 109)
Chair: John M. Ganim, UC Riverside

  1. Turning Verbal Tricks: The Poetic and the Erotic in the French Fabliaux. Brooke Di Lauro, University of Mary Washington.

    The medieval philosophical debate between the nominalists and realists plays itself out in the popular, bawdy fabliaux where literal language is as ineffective as it is unentertaining for a jongleur’s audience. Instead, euphemisms are necessary for the inscription of desire, and thus the poetic and the erotic are inextricably linked.  

  2. Amazed & Ravished in the Medieval Garden: The Space of Lesbian Desire. Michelle M. Sauer, University of North Dakota.

    I will demonstrate how the female narrators in The Floure and the Leafe and The Assembly of Ladies use spatial constructs to create a gendered concept of desire. In particular, the Floure narrator relies upon natural spaces (topography), while the Assembly narrator relies upon artificial spaces (architecture). In each, the result is the formation of a lesbian space in which the narrators can explore female-female desire before ultimately being reabsorbed into the dominant (heterosexual) society.

  3. Is Seeing Believing? Male Sight and Female Insight in Two Old French Fabliaux. Natalie Muñoz, California State University, Fresno.

    This paper will investigate the differences between male sight and female insight in two Old French Fabliaux.  The male characters rely on their sight and the visual world to maintain their position of authority.  The female characters depend on their ability to manipulate signs and meaning to destabilize the male position.

  4. Seeing is Believing: Hide and Seek in the Romance of Silence. Stacey Hahn, Oakland University.

    An analysis of blindness and insight in Heldris of Cornwall's Romance of Silence.

5-12 - Mid-Twentieth Century Poetry I (co-sponsored by the Robert Lowell Society)
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Henry 104)
Chair: Lauren Cardon, University of Alabama

  1. Lowell's "My Autobiography". Steven Gould Axelrod, University of California, Riverside.

    This paper describes Lowell's prose autobiography project, which he worked on for three years in the mid-1950s and then abandoned. Seventeen of its twenty chapters have not yet seen print. I will conclude by reading aloud its unpublished final chapter.

  2. Frank Stanford's Barbaric South. Leo Dunsker, University of California, Berkeley.

    Frank Stanford’s poetry garnered praise from John Berryman, Allen Ginsberg, and others within his lifetime, but it has failed following his death to attract enduring critical attention. Stanford’s poetry represents the mid-century agrarian US South as a zone of uneven development in which the twin threats of social and natural violence jar with ideas of culture and civilization; it is from this barbaric interstice that the poetry lights out in search of new conditions of imaginative experience.

  3. “Sliding Giddily off into the Unknown”: Negative Capability in Elizabeth Bishop’s Poetry. Arsevi Seyran, Stony Brook University.

    This talk will address how Negative Capability can be interpreted and applied to Elizabeth Bishop’s work, examining how she distilled her observations into a type of restrained art where the poet herself is absent or peripheral at most, but “gusto” and unresolved glimpses of truth preside.

  4. Elizabeth Bishop and Gwendolyn Brooks: American Un/Ease, 1950 - 1961. James McCorkle, Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

    Using Elizabeth Bishop's 1950 review of Gwendolyn Brooks' Annie Allen and Bishop’s 1961 letter to Robert Lowell as bookend documents, I explore the poetics of unease, one of omission and elision, in the work of Bishop and Brooks in this period marked by the cold war and the civil rights movement.

5-13 - Otherness and Populism
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Henry 207)
Chair: Fazia Aitel, Claremont McKenna College

  1. Manufacturing French Identity through the “Unity in diversity” Trope in Le Tour de la France par deux enfants. Celine Maillard, University of Washington.

    Le Tour de la France par deux enfants was a major textbook in the educational landscape of the French Third Republic. Its author, Augustine Fouillée, manufactured her own vision of French identity through the “Unity in diversity” trope in order to appeal to a new audience: the primary school students coming for the popular classes of the country who attended the newly founded free schools of Jules Ferry.

  2. Hybrids, Populists, Emigrants, Terrorists and Schizoid Capital. Michel Valentin, University of Montana and EPIS.

    In spite of their democratic benevolence, satisfied consumerism, cosmopolitan blend, and multi-ethnic personality, the Occident is more divided than ever. At the intrapersonal and interpersonal level, otherness and identity are at odds. What seems to re-energize the death-drive in the circuit connecting desire to the social? Using a blend of Lacanian and Deleuzian theories, this essay tries to analyze the reasons why and map some possible ways out (from Deleuze's schizoid revolutionary pole to Lacan's symptom/"sainthomme").

  3. Post-truth Society and Figures of Authority . Mladen Kozul, University of Montana.

    This paper will discuss the structure of authority figures and conceptions of authority in our post-truth society. 

5-14 - Perspective and/as Gaming
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Henry 227)
Chair: Victoria White, University of California, Davis

  1. Escape the Narrative: Theatricality as Escape Game Design. Sawyer K Kemp, University of California, Davis.

    This paper will investigate the role of narrative as a tool for managing audience perspective, and will draw on performance theory as well as ethnographic experience designing and operating a live Escape Game venue. I am particularly interested in the role of puzzles as a function of genre, with a working hypothesis that the more elaborate and complicated puzzles signify theatrical obstacles, and tend to evoke a comedic rather than tragic affective experience.

  2. Fantasies of Digital Overcoming: Visualizing Autism in To the Moon’s Neoliberal Aesthetics. Daniel Ante-Contreras, MiraCosta College.

    This paper will challenge the idea that games are “algorithmic” rather than representational by analyzing the neoliberal visual politics of To the Moon. Representing an autistic character and her economically unsatisfied husband, To the Moon demonstrates how representation and subjectivity are central to understanding the intersection between hegemonic practices of viewing and playing.

  3. Let's Play: Gaming and Community Interaction Through Streaming and Collaborative Play. Amber Brown-Rodgers, University of Southern California.

    This paper considers the impact of Let’s Plays and livestreaming from an academic and social standpoint on gaming communities and socialization between identities within gaming. This focuses on community-based, massive play, collaboration, and structuring of new play-types and video types through community involvement.

5-15 - Representations of the Colonial Other in the Visual Arts
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Henry 225)
Chair: Koreen Nakahodo, Chaminade University of Honolulu

  1. Images of Extreme Travel in Nineteenth-Century French Illustrated Magazines. Hazel Hahn, Seattle University.

    The Journal des voyages et des aventures de terre et de mer led the adventure periodical market. It published original illustrated adventure fiction by popular authors set in all parts of the world alongside non-fictional accounts of exploration, travel, and adventure. In exploring the representation of the exoticized Other, this paper focuses on the tensions around the “reality effect” created by the magazine.

  2. Colonial Algeria through the French Imperial Lens. Leonard Koos, University of Mary Washington.

    This paper considers the visual rhetorical strategies employed by nineteenth-century French colonial photographers when representing native Algerian woman. Specifically, this paper will examine two frequently represented Algerian colonial "types" -  the mauresque and the Ouled Naïl woman - in the context of the late-nineteenth-century photographically illustrated postcard.

  3. Manchukuo: An Arty Ideological Devise . Nobuko Yamasaki, Lehigh University.

    Comparing paintings and images on stamps, produced in Manchukuo, a puppet state run by imperial Japan, to representations of an iconic idol and actress, Ri Kôran / Li Xianglan / Yamaguchi Yoshiko (1920-2014), this paper elucidates the ideological structures of the Japanese empire. Born and raised in China and fluent in Japanese and Chinese, Yamaguchi, a Japanese woman, performed a Chinese woman who supported the building of the Japanese empire.       

5-16 - Spanish and Portuguese (Latin American) I
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Henry 202)
Chair: Yolanda Doub, California State University, Fresno

  1. The Invisible Detective in 1970s Mexico: Discourse in Two Novels by Jorge Ibarguengoitia. Charles Boyer, Hawaii Pacific University.

    This paper will examine the discursive and representational strategies in two 1970s detective novels in Mexico in relation to the repressive national environment during the decade following the 1968 government crackdown at Tlatelolco in Mexico City.

  2. The Right to Fight, to Look and to Lack: Gender in Gerardo Porcayo’s Archetypal Mexican Cyberpunk. Stephen Tobin, UCLA.

    This paper compares gender representations within Gerardo Porcayo’s novel The First Street of Solitude and short story “Spheres of Vision,” both of which occur in the same fictional universe, in order to establish a critical baseline regarding Mexican cyberpunk attitudes toward the question of gender as articulated by male writers. 

  3. La novela karenina de Carmen Boullosa: relato de hadas bañado en opio. Alessandra Luiselli, Texas A&M University.

    Analysis of "The book of Ana," the most recent novel by the Mexican writer Carmen Boullosa, published in 2016. Discussion (in Spanish) of the historical events revisited by Boullosa, inclduing her daring re-writing of "Ana Karenina", by León Tolstoi

5-17 - Teaching for the Post-Anthropocene
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Kieffer 9)
Chair: Ron Milland, Independent Scholar

  1. NASA, Literary Landscapes, and a Fair Amount of Mischief. Patricia Hackbarth, Independent Scholar.

    The landscapes featured in many works of literature have been greatly altered in the years since they were written, by anthropogenic change, from resource extraction to development to climate change. Thus literature can be a powerful gateway for exploring the relationship between humanity and the environment we depend on. Online tools using satellite imagery offer a fascinating approach to exploring these changes. This presentation will demonstrate some uses of these tools to illuminate the human impact on the places at the heart of our literature and our lives.

  2. Applied Tentacularity: A Pedagogical Praxis for the Anthropocene. Ron Milland, Independent Scholar.

    This paper will engage in an exercise of meta-collaboration in an effort to apply interdisciplinarity, initially on the level of critique. In exploring Haraway in comparison and contrast to other scholars, this analysis will ultimately adhere to the humanities the sort of scholarly foreground needed for teaching for the Post-Anthropocene.

5-18 - Television Studies I
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Wesselkamper 120)
Chair: Kristin Brunnemer, Pierce College

  1. The Pathology of Netflix: Viral Bingeing and Stranger Things. Heather Freeman, Florida Polytechnic University.

    During the last decade, media consumption has been framed in increasingly pathologized terms. However, the rise of Netflix as a cottage industry for “binge-able” shows has arguably rendered “binge-watching” a dead metaphor. Their excessive production has normalized excessive consumption. However, the viral success of Netflix’s Stranger Things suggests a shift toward excessive critical reaction that has yet to be normalized. 

  2. "Walking the Tightrope": Nostalgia, Monstrosity, and Gender in the Netflix Original Series Stranger Things. Madison Choi, Chaminade University of Honolulu.

    Stranger Things tells the supernatural tale of a number of young characters, including Eleven, a pre-pubescent girl possessing telekinetic powers. Eleven's rejection of normative gender and sexuality, coupled with her unconventional past and telekinetic powers, places her in the role of monster. But Eleven fails to fit the common profile of monsters in the science fiction and horror genres, as outlined by scholars such as Carol Clover and Jeffery Cohen.

  3. Asexual, Transvestive Role-Projection: "You Go Girl!" Guys and Game of Thrones. Chloe Allmand, Western Washington University.

    This paper is an exploration of asexual, transvestive role-projection, the act of watching film and imagining oneself as a character of the opposite gender. I argue this form of fantasy can occur for a male viewer when a female character is non-sexualized, and transcends gender binaries like Arya Stark, the subject of my analysis.

5-19 - Translating Ways of Seeing: Textual, Visual and Metaphorical Transmigrations I
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Ching 254)
Chair: Sufen Lai, Grand Valley State University

  1. Chinese Game of Thrones: Romance of the Three Kingdom. Sherry Mou, DePauw University.

    This paper will look into how cultures are translated through different media, using Romance of the Three Kingdoms and the Game of Thrones TV series as examples.

  2. The Gaze of the Translator: New Approaches to Transmedia Translation . Vanesa Cañete-Jurado, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

    This paper explores the translation of transmedia narratives and intermediality in multilingual and multicultural contexts in an attempt to contextualize the complex network of linguistic, psycholinguistic, sociolinguistic and sociocultural factors that may play a dominant role during the translation process.

  3. Translating Children’s Literature: From Aesop’s Fables to Lilo & Stitch. Lucia Aranda, University of Hawaii, Manoa.

    This paper focuses on the strategies used by translators of children’s literature, from the early translations of Aesop’s fables, to the Disneyfication of this literature, and the more recent foreignizing strategies which attempt to counter manipulation, censorship, and colonialism.

6-01 - American Literature before 1865
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Henry 207)
Chair: Mikayo Sakuma, Gakushuin Women's College

  1. “Gone Down With the Water": A Transoceanic Globalization of Cooper’s The Last of the Mohicans. Megan Barnes, "Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles".

    This paper boldly resituates James Fenimore Cooper's 1826 novel, The Last of the Mohicans, away from its deeply Americanized roots and into a larger conversation of Caribbean literature as Cooper utilizes the violent and economic involvement in the Caribbean sugar and slaves trades. Through his attention on waterspaces in the novel, one of Cooper's most frontier works in the American canon transforms into an extremely oceanic and transatlantic text. 

  2. America as an Island: Walt Whitman and Naval Imagination. Maki Sadahiro, Meijigakuin University.

    This paper analyzes Walt Whitman's sea images to historicize his nautical imagination. I will locate it within the context of the development of the US navy--the development from an illegitimate group that rebelled against the Royal Navy to a national institution heading towards achieving sea power under the President Theodore Roosevelt by the end of the 19th century.

  3. Worlding Narratives in and across Oceania . Paul Lyons, University of Hawaii, Manoa.

    By juxtaposing early-to-mid nineteenth century U.S. discourses about globalization in and across Oceania—often involving Pacific Islanders--with accounts of travel and settlement by Pacific Islanders, this paper considers intersecting perspectives on nineteenth century globalizing or worlding processes, ways in which peoples saw their worlds as expanding and/or existentially threatened. 

  4. The Aesthetics of Usury: Generating Interest in The Confidence-Man. Chad Luck, California State University, San Bernardino.

    This paper argues that Herman Melville's final novel, The Confidence-Man, carefully explores the trope of usury--or loaning at exorbitant interest--in order to think through the ways in which textual meaning is generated... and then lost.  Prefiguring Derrida's much later discussion of usury, Melville here proposes a model of meaning-making that crucially links the economic and aesthetic generation of "interest."

6-02 - Austrian Studies I
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Henry 223)
Chair: Andre Schuetze, Tulane University

  1. Scratching the Surface: Art as Transcendence in Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel. S. Kye Terrasi, University of Washington.

    In this presentation I examine the function of art in Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel and its potential to resist and transform destructive forces such as the relentless advance of time and the pervading sense of loss and anxiety that characterized turn of the century Vienna.

  2. Generations: Grillparzer after Habsburg. Imke Meyer, "University of Illinois, Chicago".

    The use and abuse of Grillparzer’s plays in the context of Austrian and Nazi-German attempts at self-representation has been well documented. It is particularly telling, though, that of all of Grillparzer’s plays, it was Die Ahnfrau that directors Jakob and Luise Fleck chose to turn into Austria’s first post-Habsburg feature film. The multifaceted and often contradictory readings both of the figure of Grillparzer and of Die Ahnfrau are particularly suited to reflect the fraught juncture at which post-imperial Austria finds itself in 1919.

  3. Narrating Fear:  Rilke's Malte and Bachmann's Malina. Lorna Martens, University of Virginia.

    Can emotions be represented in words?  This paper looks at the “basic emotion” of fear and compares what neuroscientists and literary writers say about its relationship to speech.  Fear can be named, but can it be shown?  Focusing on techniques Rilke’s Malte and Bachmann’s Malina, I investigate its verbal expressibility.

6-03 - Autobiography II
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Education (Brogan) 101)
Chair: Linda Middleton, University of Hawai'i, Manoa

  1. “My Soul and My Memory, That’s What I Need to Save"; Hélène Berr’s Voice: Unheard in 1943, Visible Since 2008. Katherine Roseau, Purdue University.

    Through a study of Hélène Berr’s Journal, I argue that the diary can be studied as an object of memory created by the diarist and the reader. I will trace Berr’s changing goals for her diary as it transforms from a private, individual diary of comfort into an intentional collective vehicle of memory. 

  2. Her Armenia: Zabel Yessayan and the Voice of the Feminine. Katy Simonian, Whittier College.

    Zabel Yessayan’s voice as an Armenian woman made her a target for both ethnic and gendered persecution during and after the Armenian Genocide of 1915. The Gardens of Silihdar masterfully articulates her desire to confront and transcend the confines of the societies in which she lived and demonstrates the power of autobiographical reflection to record history and globally educate future generations on the horrors of genocide through the lens of a survivor.

  3. When Text Illustrates Image and Image Contradicts Text: Visual Discourse in 1930s American Women's Literary Autobiography. Windy C. Petrie, Azusa Pacific University.

    Most of the women writers who published autobiography during the 1930s did so reluctantly, due to market demand and the growing culture of celebrity. While many authors used the same pictures over and over as publicity shots, the photos which 1930s autobiographers chose to include in their texts are surprising. This paper examines the visual techniques with which these writers crafted their autobiographical images.

6-04 - Biblical Visions in Literature II
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Henry 210)
Chair: Aaron J Kleist, Biola University

  1. O Lady of Power: Dante's St. Lucia at War. Catherine Whittinghill Illingworth, UCLA.

    Of the three holy women who initiate the action of the Divine Comedy, Beatrice and Mary have been thoroughly investigated while St. Lucia remains mostly unmentioned.  This paper examines Lucia’s connection to classical female warriors, her distinction as a combatant against evil, and her leadership of the Church Militant in spiritual warfare. 

  2. Designing the Victorian Serial Novel: Prophecy within The Woman in White. Lauren Peterson, University of California, Davis.

    I read the dream visions in Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White within the context of a Victorian culture attracted to biblical prophecy. I show that Collins references the biblical dream visions and interpretations of Joseph and Daniel (Genesis xl. 8, xli. 25, and Daniel iv. 18-25) to connect prophecy, captivity, and form.

  3. Metanoia and Orthodox Personalism in Alyosha's Vision of the Wedding at Cana in Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov. Peter Winsky, UCLA.

    In Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov Alyosha’s vision of the Wedding at Cana marks a sudden change in his character. This moment of metanoia breaks with the literary tradition of Romantic Western European epiphany due to Dostoevsky’s Orthodox Christian perspective. When viewed through the lens of Orthodox Personalism this moment reveals a new paradigm in Dostoevsky’s oeuvre. 

6-05 - British Literature and Culture: 20th and 21st Century
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Henry 107)
Chair: Beth Ptalis Hough, Independent Scholar

  1. "Amazingly Interesting": Students Seeing Contemporary Women Writers through the Lens of Woolf's A Room of One's Own. Genevieve Brassard, University of Portland.

    Framing a British Women Writers course with Woolf's A Room of One's Own foregrounds the essay's feminist rhetorical strategies and invites students to engage in "speculative literary criticism" in an assignment designed to read authors such as Jeanette Winterson and Zadie Smith through Woolf's hopes, dreams, and ideas about future female authors. The assignment encourages students to read Woolf's essay for its own insights, as well as to test the rhetorical validity of its claims about somen and fiction.

  2. My Death or England’s: Weaving Same-Sex Desire into the Fabric of National Identity. Michelle Runyan, College of Western Idaho.

    E.M. Forster wrote that Maurice was “unpublishable until my death or England’s.” Maurice is a tale about a queer citizen hiding in plain sight. My analysis focuses on fear of surveillance and the gaze of the “normal” British citizen, each a means of isolating and making invisible queer citizens not considered a legitimate part of the national identity, forcing them to create performative identities to evade detection of their “otherness”.

  3. Julian Barnes’s A History of the World in 10½ Chapters and Writing History with Metaphors. Suejeong Kim, Ewha Womans University, South Korea.

    Julian Barnes’s A History of the World in 10½ Chapters suggests an alternative mode of historical writing which manifests the participation of imagination. The metaphors in the novel demonstrate the possibility for us to achieve a historical truth by means of literary imagination which is denied by traditional historical approaches.

6-06 - Creative Writing: Prose I
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Henry 203)
Chair: David N. Odhiambo, University of Hawai'i, West O'ahu

  1. AP Style. Dan Keane, New York University Shanghai.

    Dan Keane is writer and lecturer at NYU Shanghai. Formerly the Bolivia correspondent for The Associated Press, he holds an MFA from the University of Michigan. His fiction and journalism have appeared in Harper’s, McSweeney’sZoetrope, The Austin Chronicle, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2014.


  2. ImmiGreat, Inc.. David Shipko, California State University, Los Angeles.

    David Shipko is a writer, scholar, and filmmaker interested in exploring the chaotic intersection of technology, culture, and biology. He writes science-fiction to critique (post)modernity and theorize alterity.

  3. Wrong Number. Dee Horne, University of Northern British Columbia.

    I am a professor in the English Department at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, B.C. I write poetry and have published numerous poems in literary journals. Currently, I am writing satirical short stories about how we use technology. This story is part of this collection. Mahalo.

  4. The Gift. Leanne Dunic, University of British Columbia.

    Leanne Dunic is a multidisciplinary artist, musician, and writer. Her work has won several honours, including the 2015 Alice Munro Short Story Contest, and has appeared in magazines and anthologies in Canada and abroad. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Leanne is the Artistic Director of the Powell Street Festival Society and is the singer/guitarist of The Deep Cove. To Love the Coming End is her first book. 

6-07 - Drama and Society II
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Henry 102)
Chair: Judith Saunders, Independent Scholar

  1. Political Exoticism: Selective Representation of Chinese Reality in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Snow in Midsummer. Wei Feng, Shandong University (China).

    This paper discusses the Royal Shakespeare Company’s play Snow in Midsummer (2017), adapted from Guan Hanqing’s The Injustice to Dou E by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, an American playwright with Chinese origin. The story implies a critique of Chinese politics. However, her observation and criticism of Chinese politics are informed by cliché, stereotypes, and simplification. Instead of contributing to a better understanding of China, this adaptation aborts RSC’s original plan with reinforced prejudices. 

  2. UpWord Mobility: Rhetoric and Social Justice in Hamilton. Amanda Hill, University of Central Florida.

    In this paper the authors borrow from rhetoric and social justice theories as well as historiography to explore the use and import of Hamilton’s hip hop poetics as a means of transcultural storytelling in an effort to expose the ways diverse rhetoric opens new channels of visualization knowledge and meaning making in dominant cultural narratives within changing political and cultural norms.

  3. Classifying Comedy: Female Comedy in Love’s Labour’s Lost.

    Love’s Labour’s Lost, a comedy in the middle of Shakespeare’s body of work, features two classes of women: the affluent and the peasant. The complex social restrictions based on gender and socioeconomic transition of the Early Modern Period influenced the construction the female characters and their comedy within the play.

6-08 - East-West Circulations and Economies II
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Ching 253)
Chair: James Lu, California Baptist University

  1. Creative Destruction: The Baby Metal Phenomenon and the Global Music Market. Patrick Patterson, University of Hawaii, Manoa.

    Heavy Metal idol group Baby Metal may indicate a new marketing formula that will make Japan the next big player in the global music market.

  2. The Pop Pacific: Japanese and Korean Popular Music as Pan-Pacific Music. Jayson Chun, University of Hawai'i, West O'ahu.

    This presentation will look at the "Pop Pacific," examining Japanese and Korean popular music in a larger Pan-Pacific global context highly interconnected with popular music and events in the U.S. and with each other. In other words, what we call Korean or Japanese popular music can only be understood in the larger context of the relations between Japan, Korea, and the United States.

  3. The Butterfly Effect: West-East Relations through Asian Americans Writers. Megan Evans, California State University, Fresno.

    The paper will explore the idea of Western assumed dominance over the East through the portrayal of the Western male fantasy of an Asian woman as being submissive and weak, typically described as the Butterfly character, through the classic work of Onoto Watanna’s The Heart of Hyacinth and the modern counter to this idea from David Henry Hwang’s M. Butterfly.

6-09 - Film and History
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Henry 227)
Chair: Kenneth C. Hough, UC Santa Barbara and Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument

  1. Austerlitz: Tourism of the Past on Film. Andrea Schmidt, Willamette University.

    In this paper, I argue that Austerlitz not only causes one to re-examine tourism at sites of trauma, memory, and mourning, but also calls attention to a form of “Holocaust tourism” represented in historical films themselves. The viewer desires access to the experience of the past, but one that can never be fully represented or contextualized. 

  2. Greek “Self” and Persian “Other” in Zack Snyder’s 300. Eric Brook, California Baptist University.

    In his book The Greeks: A Portrait of Self and Others, Cambridge historian Paul Cartledge has persuasively argued that ancient Greek ethnic identity was informed by its contrast with what Greeks conceived of as "others," specifically "barbarian" others such as the Persians. My paper will explore how such a paradigm of self and other is represented in Zack Snyder's film 300.

  3. The Kaufman-Brothers and the Establishment of Film as an Independent Art Form. Elisabeth-Christine Muelsch, Angelo State University.

    This paper focuses on the important role the Kaufman brothers played in the development of avant-garde film. In particular, I will focus on Dziga Vertov's (David Kaufman) film theory of Kino-glaz (Kino-eye), and Boris Kaufman's implementation of this theory in his own cinematography,all the while using French avant-garde lighting techniques.

6-10 - Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Literature and Culture
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Eiben 207)
Chair: Ashley Kimura, San Francisco State University

  1. Archaeology of the Self: Objects and Desire in Call Me By Your Name. Heidi Arndt, "California State Polytechnic University, Pomona".

    André Aciman’s Call Me By Your Name offers a representation of bisexuality which undermines the expectation found in both queer theory and literature that a person’s identity should aspire to visible coherence. It achieves this through the protagonist’s cumulative readings of objects which are imbued with multiple, coexisting meanings.

  2. Queer Prized Writing: A Queer Archive of Prize-Winning Student Writing. Pamela Demory, University of California, Davis.

    I am a past editor of a longstanding, open access, interdisciplinary undergraduate journal at UC Davis: Prized Writing. For more than 25 years, we have been publishing extraordinary student writing, nearly all of which is available online. Within this large archive, I have identified a "mini archive" of pieces that address LGBTQ issues.  I propose to analyze this collection as a “queer archive.”

  3. Queering Blackness/Racializing Queerness. Elena Kiesling, Independent Scholar.

    Queerness generates its most powerful critique when speaking from a marginalized position which acknowledges the material realities of intersectional experiences that include race, gender, sexuality, and class. As an originally radical anti-identitarian ideal, born amid the coalitional struggle against HIV/AIDS it has, however, recently struggled with its own intersectional profile.

  4. The Queer Gourmandism of Richard Bruce Nugent’s Gentleman Jigger. Elizabeth Blake, Haverford College.

    Linking sexuality with an appetite for “eats,” this paper argue that Gentleman Jigger shows how a cultivated queer gourmandism can resist discourses of racial essentialism, reconfiguring the relationship between the “civilized” mind and the “primitive” body and suggesting new narratives of queer black male desire.

6-11 - Literature & the Other Arts
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Eiben 202)
Chair: Brenda Machosky, University of Hawai`i, West O`ahu

  1. Reverence: Projection and Sublimation in Freud’s Moses des Michelangelos. Shemuelle Dado, University of Illinois at Chicago.

    Despite being a lifelong atheist, Sigmund Freud curiously chose Michelangelo’s Moses statue as the object upon which he could project his own enlightened ideals. Through a close reading of Freud’s Der Moses des Michelangelos, I explore this analyst’s complex relationship with his object of analysis, Reason, and Religion.

  2. Portraying Nat Turner: Parker versus Styron. Laurie Leach, Hawaii Pacific University.

    Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation can be seen as repudiating William Styron’s 1967 novel The Confessions of Nat Turner, which was widely viewed by Black Americans  as an intolerable act of cultural appropriation.  Ironically, comparing the two works and the two authors’ reflections on their works reveals a surprising number of parallels in their approaches and in critical responses to them.

  3. Ekphrastic Anxiety: Ben Lerner’s “The Polish Rider”. Claire Daigle, San Francisco Art Institute.

    This paper offers critical analysis of Ben Lerner’s story “The Polish Rider,” in which a painter leaves her work behind in an Uber. It narrativizes Lerner’s argument that literature transcends visual art. This failure to address how different media harken distinct modes of encounter exemplifies W.J.T. Mitchell's conception of “ekphrastic fear.”

  4. Somalia, The Nation of Poets: Diasporic Culture in the Age of Online Communities. Iftin Abshir, University of Southern California.

    Throughout the large Somali diaspora, which began with the outbreak of civil war in the early 1990s and continues to today, poetry continues to be important especially among the younger generations as a way to connect to their heritage across nations.

6-12 - Medieval Literature II
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Henry 109)
Chair: Michelle M. Sauer, University of North Dakota

  1. Why Does Shahrazad Succeed?: Medieval Arabo-Islamic Intercession, or the Scapegoat’s Last Laugh . Samer Mahdy Ali, University of Michigan.

    The field of Arabic literature has offered several studies recently that illustrate the functional capacities of Arabic discourse (khitab) to serve as a commodity in a gift exchange. Among gift exchange, we notice intercession or peace offering to release self or others from captivity, harm, or even death. This paper goes beyond brute functionality to develop a model of valuation in poetic exchanges that lead to intercession in the service of a scapegoat. Part of the Islamic Peace Studies Initiative at the U of Michigan.

  2. Islands in the Mind: Dante, Walcott, Merwin. Akash Kumar, University of California, Santa Cruz.

    This paper proposes a reading of Dante's purgatorial and oceanic poetry, as taken in by the contemporary poets Derek Walcott and W.S. Merwin. Particular attention is paid to Dante's poetry of nature and the sea in his Purgatorio, how such aspects are highlighted in poetic reception and translation, and what the stakes are for such a mode of reading across time, space, and cultures.

  3. Is There a "Medieval Sublime'" in Erich Auerbach's Thought?. Robert Doran, University of Rochester.

    This paper examines how Erich Auerbach sees the role of sublimity in the literature of the Middle Ages. Using his essay "Camilla, or the Rebirth of the Sublime" as its central reference, the paper argues that Auerbach indeed conceives of a distinct “medieval sublime,” despite Auerbach's narrative of a decline of sublimity in the Middle Ages. In fact, Auerbach sees the sublime as one of the defining features of the lofty style of the High Middle Ages, with its focus on courtly love, a “modern” theme that did not exist in Ancient literature. 

6-13 - New Paths to Old Problems: Innovative Cures for Atrophying Language Programs
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Kieffer 9)
Chair: Gabriele Dillmann, Denison University

  1. Energizing Language Programs Through Inter-Institutional Collaboration. Neal Abraham, Five Colleges Incorporated.

    We have successfully re-energized or expanded language programs through shared curricula, shared co-curricular programs, shared staffing, and a variety of options for shared courses. 

  2. Challenges and Opportunities of the Big Ten LCTL Partnership . Emily Heidrich, Michigan State University.

    The LCTL Partnership focuses on the collaborative development of models of LCTL instruction across multiple universities to improve the language proficiency of advanced learners of LCTLs. In this session we will discuss the practical, institutional, and pedagogical challenges of such a partnership as well as its opportunities for strategic cooperation.

  3. “To the Rescue!”: The Great Lakes Colleges Association Shared Languages Program. Gabriele Dillmann, Denison University.

    This presentation provides an overview of the GLCA Shared Languages Program and how such a program has the potential to remedy the dire situation of upper-level under-enrolled language courses and expand the language offerings that no one institution could afford. The program's logistics, its corresponding pedagogy, and student learning assessment will also be discussed. 

6-14 - Poetry and Poetics III
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Henry 104)
Chair: Sarah-Jane Burton, Western Sydney University

  1. Seeing Concept; Seeing Culture. Maria Azar, California State University, Los Angeles.

    Through an examination of form in Vanessa Place’s “Miss Scarlet,” this project observes how conceptual poetry uses appropriation to uncover new ways of seeing and identifying contemporary power dynamics, by forcing the reader to a form that resists traditional “reading.”

  2. Making Intertexts Visible: The Visual Poetics of Jen Bervin and Terrance Hayes. Deborah Sarbin, Clarion University.

    This paper examines formal experimentation in works by poet/artists Jen Bervin and Terrance Hayes as a strategy to make intertexts visible to readers.

  3. “Terrible Gush Gash of Form of Outwardness”: Visualizing Jorie Graham’s Stanzaic Poetics . Caleb Agnew, University of Virginia.

    This essay attempts to construct a framework for thinking through the stanza as a visual structure by paying attention to both its prosodic and phenomenological dimensions, drawing chiefly on typographical arrangement in Jorie Graham's later poetry in order to conceptualize a visual prosody of stanzaic form.

6-15 - Post-Family Studies
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Henry 225)
Chair: Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver

  1. Buried in Cement: Ian McEwan's Exploration of the Transnormative Family. Alessia Ursella, University of Guelph (Canada).

    The aim of my paper is to explore the role of Ian McEwan’s The Cement Garden in starting his conversation on new forms of families or reactions to the absence thereof. Lack of viable networks and communities creates the ground for doubtful moral choices. The plot and discursive aspects contribute to the interrogation of ‘normative’ families, pushing the reader to challenge that paradigm.

  2. Dead Mommy Manga: Paternal Precarity in Postbubble Japanese Boy Culture . David John Boyd, University of Glasgow (Scotland).

    This essay examines current gender and family conflicts in Japanese boy culture, specifically analyzing a handful of manga and anime produced during the twenty year economic recession. In my estimation, the rise of 'dead mother' origin stories in these series not only depict the transformation of a delinquent boy into a heroic man, but, most importantly, they interrogate the precarity and anxieties of growing up inside and outside of the heteronormative Japanese nuclear family.

  3. “You Can’t Do It Alone”: Performing Kinship in Quiara Alegría Hudes’s Water by the Spoonful. David Gardner, Phillips Academy.

    This paper uses a queer theoretical framework to examine the ways Quiara Alegría Hudes’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Water by the Spoonful, offers up new understandings of community, connection, and kinship that both critique and transcend mainstream family structures.

  4. Mutiny on the Sofa: Historical Patterns of Patriarchy and Family Structure in Science Fiction. Jeremiah Axelrod, Institute for the Study of Los Angeles, Occidental College.

    Space exploration has historically been the province of corporations and nation states, yet our Sscience Fictional imagination is rife with images of autonomous and cohesive families. This paper will examine such texts as Robert Heinlein's The Rolling Stones and Disney's Miles from Tomorrowland to interrogate what these fantasies of cosmic adventure have to say about our own contemporary visions of family structure and patriarchal authority.

6-16 - Spanish and Portuguese (Latin American) II
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Henry 202)
Chair: Stephen Tobin, UCLA

  1. Double Vision: Beauty as the Beast in Short Stories by Latin American Women Authors. Anne Connor, Southern Oregon University.

    This presentation studies how three women authors of Spanish America and Brazil make use of the fantastic double to explore the unique pressures women experience due to the excessive significance placed on their physical appearance.  Stories by Ana María Shua, Clarice Lispector, and Silvina Ocampo take a second look at the concept of beauty.

  2. “La foto no es buena”: Erasure, Memory, and Survival in Pedro Lemebel’s “La noche de los visones”. Gabriela Bacsan, Scripps College.

    In this paper, I analyze the recurring reference to a faded photograph in Pedro Lemebel’s “La noche de los visones.” Through the photograph, the chronicle reconstructs the lives and deaths of three locas amidst the AIDS pandemic in Chile. I argue that the chronicle challenges the construction of a homogenous loca narrative and frames survival in relation to neocolonialism and capitalism.

  3. “Taking the Dirty Game of Politics to Soccer": Phillip Butters’ Muerte súbita (2006). Jesus Hidalgo, University of Washington.

    Peruvian journalist Phillip Butters’ novel Muerte súbita. La historia que los hinchas no conocen (2006) depicts a fictional world in which Peruvian soccer is a reflection of a corrupted Peruvian society. The tone of the novel is quite critical regarding the omnipresent corruption in the Peruvian soccer; however, as will be seen in this presentation, the novel itself challenges its powerful criticism against neoliberalism and consumerism as the text is ultimately motivated by the very same logic that it censors.

  4. Artificial Beings and Consciousness in Santiago Roncagliolo’s Tan cerca de la vida. Adriana Gordillo, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

    In this presentation, I will explore the development of the interaction between humans and machines most prominently through Santiago Roncagliolo’s novel Tan cerca de la vida, which I will place in dialogue with cultural productions of Latin America as well as the North American science fiction film industry. 

6-17 - Television Studies II
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Wesselkamper 120)
Chair: Kristin Brunnemer, Pierce College

  1. A Play on TV: The Visual Design in the Breaking Bad Episode “The Fly”. Berniece Bruinius Alspach, California Baptist University.

    In the episode “The Fly” in the AMC series Breaking Bad, the director Rian Johnson uses a black-box theatrical design to highlight Walter White’s guilt and the tension and intimacy between him and Jesse Pinkman.  The stage movements and the dialogue operate more like a play than a television program, giving the audience an intimate visual and theatrical experience. 

  2. Sublimating Necropolitics: Recovery of the Militarized Romantic Subject in Descendants of the Sun. Lindsay Schaffer, University of California, Riverside.

    This paper will examine the how South Korean television drama Descendants of the Sun (2016) recovers the soldier as a romantic subject.  I will illustrate how the narrative elements function to sublimate the necropolitical into the humanist rhetoric of world peace.

  3. Teaching the Topic of Family Through TV Animation. Kyoko Hammond, University of Tennessee, Martin.

    The theme of family is an integral and unavoidable component of virtually all foreign language courses. I show that Japanese TV animation can serve as a useful point of departure from which all learners, regardless of cultural or familial background, can approach the theme of family in a meaningful and productive way.

6-18 - Translating Ways of Seeing: Textual, Visual and Metaphorical Transmigrations II
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Ching 254)
Chair: Sufen Lai, Grand Valley State University

  1. Between Heaven and Earth: Translating Poetry from Classical Chinese to English and Italian. Curtis Smith, "California State University, Sacramento".

    Together with Italianist Dr. Barbara Carle, I translated seventy-eight poems and prose pieces for the anthology, Between Heaven and Earth: Poems in the Classical Chinese, English, and Italian.  Poetry in Classical Chinese, and non-inflected language, is very difficult to translate well into inflected languages.  In this presentation, I will
    describe the reasons for the project and the process of the translation.

  2. Seeing a Foreign World: Translation and Notions of the “foreign” in and through Fouad Laraoui’s “Dislocation”. Anandi Rao, University of California, Irvine.

    “What would it be like, he asked himself, a world where everything was foreign?” This  is the first line of Emma Ramadan’s translation of Fouad Laroui’s short story “Dislocation”. Taken on its own, outside the context of the story, this question seems to have only one answer. Such a world is impossible, because “everything” cannot be “foreign”. “Foreign” needs its other, be it “domestic” in geopolitical terms or “native” when we think about tongues or languages. This binary lies at the heart of translation, and is one that I will unsettle in this essay.

  3. Translation and the Assessment of Intercultural Competence in Higher Education. Maria Elva Echenique, University of Portland.

    How can we assess the intercultural competence our students gain in our language courses?  Developments in translation theory invite us to consider the language classroom as a site of cultural mediation where teacher and students are constantly negotiating cultural meanings in order to communicate. The implications of this new perspective for intercultural competence assessment are worth considering.

6-19 - Translation of and into Vision in Comics/Animations and the Politics of Graphic Negotiation
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Education (Brogan) 102)
Chair: Takayuki Yokota-Murakami, Osaka University

  1. The Reading Direction of Translated Japanese Manga and its Effects. Yukari Fujimoto, Meiji University.

    Before Japanese Manga became truly global, foreign language editions were adapted to the publishing conventions of each country. This presentation will examine the process of transformations of right-to-left printed Japanese manga during the translation and publishing in countries with different ways of reading, along with specific examples from US, Spain, Germany, France and China.

  2. Visual Landscape: A Sociolinguistic Approach. Rashmi Jacob Vaish, Jaypee Institute of Information Technology.

    I intend to explore ‘visual-ness’ as a sociolinguistic practice using an array of examples from a range of media and contexts from current understanding of the concept into vendibility of such visual language in contemporary consumer culture.

  3. Visualization of Sound, Appearance, and Feeling: Onomatopoeia/Mimetic Words in Manga. Noriko Hiraishi, University of Tsukuba (Japan).

    This paper explores the artistic expressions of onomatopoeia and mimetic words in Japanese manga, and examines its effect and influence on global manga-styled comic works. Focusing on a recent Indonesian work with sound effects in peculiar fonts, the paper will also clarify the political significance of the "Japaneseness" in global manga.

-Plenary Address and Luncheon
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 11:30am to 1:10pm (Ching Conference Center (Eiben))
Chair: Andrea Gogrof, Western Washington University

  1. “Uncalculated Beauty”: Harun Farocki’s Theory of Surveillance Imagery. Martin Blumenthal-Barby, Rice University.

    I will tackle the peculiar visual economy of surveillance images by way of a close reading of Farocki’s recent installation Counter-Music (2004), investigating the mysterious efficacy of these images which have no human producer, are devoid of human intention, and are not viewed by human beings but analyzed by automatic recognition software. How does the gradual abolition of human beings relate to the poetic fabric of Farocki’s installation, especially his intricate split-screen aesthetics (“soft montage”) that emphatically engages viewers.

7-01 - 21st Century Literature I
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 1:15pm to 2:45pm (Eiben 202)
Chair: John D. Schwetman, University of Minnesota, Duluth

  1. 21st Century Heteroglossia: Cloud Atlas and the Future of Genre. Nicole Kenley, Simpson University.

    A Bakhtinian reading of David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas demonstrates the novel's formal evolution in the 21st Century.

  2. Seeing Disability in the 21st-Century American Short Story. Shannon Walton, University of Michigan.

    When we read a story like “Ironhead,” at what point do we know that the boy’s visible difference—having a household iron for a head—is a metaphor for a disability? Consequently, at what point in the story do we get a sense of the specific disability it represents? And, when do we begin to question this sense and the knowledge that informs it? This paper looks at short stories written in the 21st century by authors like Abby Geni, Aimee Bender, and George Saunders to discover how disability emerges from images and narratives of difference and distress.

  3. “This is not Michener’s Hawai‘i”: Critiques of Development in the Works of Mark Panek and Chris McKinney. John P. Rosa, University of Hawai'i, Manoa.

    The fiction and non-fiction works of Mark Panek (UH Hilo) and Chris McKinney (Honolulu Community College) portray a gritty, 21st-century Hawai ‘i vastly different from that found in Michener's best-selling Hawaii (1959). More than being stories of underworld crime, their works critique residential and commercial developments funded by outside investors that displace Native Hawaiian and other local residents.

7-02 - Adaptation Studies I
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 1:15pm to 2:45pm (Education (Brogan) 101)
Chair: Lindsay Schaffer, University of California, Riverside

  1. Homage, Adaptation, and Bildung: The Road from Beat to Dramedy . Yolanda Doub, California State University, Fresno.

    This paper explores the trajectory of Ciudades desiertas (1982), a Mexican novel from the Onda generation’s José Augustín, first as an homage to Jack Keroac’s 1957 Beat classic On the Road, and subsequently as the source material for the 2016 film adaptation, You’re Killing Me, Susana.

  2. Zorro Rides Again in Time and Space: Stops in France and in Japan. Alice Defacq, Independent Scholar.

    This presentation explores the place in the world of the musical of the libretto, a fluid document that is subject to change to please the audience of the host country. We will examine the librettos of Zorro (2008) as altered for Paris in 2009 and for Tokyo in 2011.

  3. From All-Seeing to Absent: The Female Concierge in 20th-Century French Literature and Film. Mariah Devereux Herbeck, Boise State University.

      Following a summary of ways the French female concierge has seen / been seen in French culture, literature and film, this presentation will analyze her role of privileged observer in Simenon’s 1933 novel Les Fiançailles de M. Hire and subsequent elimination from the novel’s two filmic adaptations,Panique (Julien Duvivier, 1946) and Monsieur Hire (Patrice Leconte, 1989). 

7-03 - African American Literature I
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 1:15pm to 2:45pm (Henry 207)
Chair: Carlton Floyd, University of San Diego

  1. Literary Black Girl Magic: Visualizing Underrepresented Female Adolescents in African American Literature. Sondra Washington, University of Alabama.

    This paper interrogates the visibility of black girls in African American literature from early representations to more contemporary portrayals of these characters. It also explores the impact that these portrayals might have had on current literary trends and American society at-large.

  2. Subverting the Tragic Mulatto: The (Invisible) Passing Narrative in Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye. Nicole Corrigan, Independent Scholar.

    With a feminist-psychoanalysis reading, Toni Morrison’s novel The Bluest Eye asks readers to explore the tragic mulatto as a symptom that does not necessarily align with racial ambiguity but is, more or less, a symptom of racial-hegemony and white supremacy.

  3. Morrison and the Politics of Education: The Sowings in and through The Bluest Eye. Mayuki Nagao, Osaka University (Japan).

    This paper will discuss the politics of “education” in light of printed texts and a motif of seeds in Toni Morrison’s first novel The Bluest Eye. It also examines the utility of this novel as educational material in English classes, considering what has been explored through the analysis of the text.

  4. The Variousness of Baldwin’s Rooms: Avatars and Resisting Iconicity in Giovanni’s Room and Sedat Pakay’s Visions of James Baldwin. Christopher J Varela, University of California, Irvine.

    This project adopts a black feminist visual studies lens, adapting the concepts of “avatar” and ‘black iconicity,” to place James Baldwin’s second novel, Giovanni’s Room, in conversation with Sedat Pakay’s film and photograph work of Baldwin to explore how these works stage authorial and subject performance to shift discursive foci from binary constructions of race and sexuality to complex accounts of such through the canny use of space, movement, and variousness.

7-04 - Austrian Studies II
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 1:15pm to 2:45pm (Henry 223)
Chair: S. Kye Terrasi, University of Washington

  1. Wien – Eine Psychogeographie des Verlustes. Andre Schuetze, Tulane University.

    Anhand von zwei kanonischen Wiendarstellungen der unmittelbaren Nachkriegsgeschichte, Carol Reeds „The Third Man“ von 1949 und Heimito von Doderers „Die Strudlhofstiege“ von 1951, soll die psychogeographische Darstellung der historischen Verlusterfahrung in der Stadt Wien näher untersucht werden. Dabei soll gezeigt werden, wie die Stadt in diesen Werken wahrgenommen wird und welchen Einfluss die Geographie des urbanen Raumes auf die Psyche der Charaktere hat.

  2. Prothesis and Ekphora: Aestheticization of the Dead versus Social Death in Josef Winkler’s “Graveyard of Bitter Oranges”. William Christopher Burwick, Hamilton College.

    This paper will focus on Josef Winkler’s portrayal of lying in state (prothesis) and funerary processions (ekphora) in Graveyard of Bitter Oranges and discuss how his aestheticization questions the social treatment of death and grants discursive visibility to groups or individuals who would be considered socially dead, in other words, be invisible.

  3. Grillparzers Orient: Von Kolchis nach Konstantinopel. Brigitte Prutti, University of Washington.

    Die literarische Reiseroute des habsburgischen Dramatikers führt vom legendären Kolchis bis an den mythischen Hellespont und über das märchenhafte Samarkand in die Hauptstadt des ottomanischen Reiches. In der imaginären Geographie seiner Stücke erfindet Grillparzer den Orient, ehe er als moderner Reisender mit dem Dampfschiff von Wien nach Konstantinopel fährt.

7-05 - Comics and Graphic Narratives I
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 1:15pm to 2:45pm (Henry 102)
Chair: Sam Johnson, Wenatchee Valley College

  1. Seeing the Invisible: Batman’s Gotham and Green Arrow’s Star City Unmasked . Lisann Anders, University of Zurich.

    The Batman and Green Arrow are seen as vigilantes that try to save their cities. By doing so they wear masks to make their pubic identity invisible. The dichotomy between the seen and the unseen can also be observed in relation to the city, is not only influenced by the Batman's and Green Arrow's but takes an active role in the identity formation of Gotham's and Star City's saviors.

  2. "Keep Your Swords Above the Mire!": A Reconsideration of the 1975 DC Comics Series Beowulf. Jarret Keene, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

    This paper explores how the 1970s DC Comics series Beowulf: Dragon Slayer, written by then-college professor Michael Uslan, extends and enriches the saga of the protagonist of the Old English poem Beowulf by situating the character within a larger universe of myth, literature, religion, and pop-archeology.

  3. Glimpses of the Human in Gerry Alanguilan's Elmer. Lucas Tromly, University of Manitoba.

    My paper examines Elmer, a 2009 graphic novel by diasporic Filipino American Gerry Alanguilan, in which chickens inexplicably gain human intelligence. Elmer draws upon the cartoon animal tradition to represent groups to whom the status of full humanity has been withheld, or granted only partially.

7-06 - Creative Writing: Literary Nonfiction and Memoir
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 1:15pm to 2:45pm (Henry 203)
Chair: J. Mark Smith, MacEwan University

  1. What Waits on Beadon Street. Anjoli Roy, University of Hawaii, Manoa.

    A Bengali American daughter accompanies her father to his childhood home in Kolkata, which he has not visited since he moved to the U.S. sixty-four years prior, when he was eight years old, only to discover not only details of her father's past, but also that of a long-lost and nearly forgotten great-grandfather turned freedom-fighter.

  2. Skateboarding, Mark Twain, Marxism, & Me. Chris Davidson, Biola University.

    This short piece will examine episodes from my early youth through my college years tracing my (not-so-great) ability as a skateboarder and my growing understanding of how it related to how I portrayed myself as a Southern Californian, a thinker, and a member of the various cultures I found myself in (and out of).

  3. Bay of the Seven Moons. Mary Caroline Cummins, "University of California, Riverside".

    Mary Caroline Cummins is a Continuing Lecturer in the University Writing Program at UC Riverside and has written for DAME Magazine, The Establishment, and the "Women and Hollywood" blog at Indiewire.  Her piece is about escaping from the South to California, and who does and does not have this privilege.

  4. PerSEVerance: Sketches toward a Fost Adopt Memoir. J. Mark Smith, MacEwan University.

    A personal narrative about the author's experience as an adoptive parent of children who were in the foster care system of the province of Alberta. J. Mark Smith's essay about the psychological concept of attachment and the social and cultural meanings that have accrued to it, “The Richest Boy in the World,” appeared in Queen’s Quarterly in 2015. One of his first published essays, “The Gnatcatcher and the Tollroad,” was recently reprinted in Orange County: A Literary Field Guide (Heyday, 2017; eds. Alvarez and Tonkovich).

7-07 - Critical Pedagogy: Understanding Place in Composition
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 1:15pm to 2:45pm (Kieffer 9)
Chair: Michael Pak, University of Hawai'i, Manoa

  1. Hawaiian Literature as Pedagogy: Indigenizing Critical Pedagogy and Place-Based Theory. Scott Kaalele, University of Hawaii, Manoa.

    For indigenous scholars and instructors, there is a constant struggle between cultural and academic worldviews. This presentation will discuss the use of indigenous literature as a gateway to engaged student writing and productive community action. By conflating critical pedagogy and place-based writing theories, I argue that this kind of strategy can facilitate and affect a broad-spectrum of students in the composition classroom.

  2. Intersectionality Within the Latino/a Community: Creating Space for Mexican Indigenous Groups in the Composition Classroom. Guadalupe Remigio Ortega, "California State University, Fresno".

    The growing number of Mixtecs in the United States requires we revisit the intersectionality within the Latino/a population in higher education. Understanding the indigenous groups that also identify as Latino/a in the United States is critical to re-inform classroom practices. This change is necessary in order to create a welcoming space in the composition classroom which acknowledges and validates cultural and linguistic differences.

  3. Partners on the Inside: Connecting the First Year Writing Classroom and the Prison Classroom through Writing. Alfredo Roman-Rodriguez, California State University, Los Angeles.

    Using my personal experience as a first-year composition instructor, and my role as a writing center coordinator for Lancaster State Prison’s in-person BA program, my paper explores how connecting the composition classroom with the incarcerated men, through writing, can help students understand vulnerability as essential positive element of writing. 

  4. Critical Spatial Pedagogy: Understanding Student Resistance in the Composition Class. Robin R Ford, "Queensborough CC, CUNY".

    As the lines between formal and informal compositional spaces blur, a new form of student resistance has emerged. Based on an ethnographic study of an urban classroom, critical spatial pedagogy provides a new tool in understanding marginalized students’ beliefs regarding appropriate texts and practices in the composition classroom.  

7-08 - Digital Feminisms and Visions of Transnational Social Justice Activism
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 1:15pm to 2:45pm (Henry 202)
Chair: Katrina Sark, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Chair: Lorely French, Pacific University

  1. Digital Teaching Tools and Activism. Katrina Sark, University of Victoria, British Columbia., Lorely French, Pacific University.

    In our introduction at our Roundtable, we plan to tell you a bit more about our work, and show you how we use digital tools for teaching social justice, and the projects our students get to build: http://feministgerman.wixsite.com/home/for-students 

  2. Thinking About the Transnational in Digital Feminisms and Social Justice Activism. Annalee Lepp, University of Victoria, British Columbia.

    This paper will analyze the "transnational" in digital feminisms and social justice activism through the lens of transnational feminist theories. What are the possibilities and limitations of developing a truly transnational social justice politics in the digital realm?

  3. Indigenous Mothers Social Activism. Mary Cappelli, Nevada State College.

    Women non-governmental organizations, such as globalmother.org have employed digital media as a powerful tool to affirm the reproductive rights of indigenous women and to advocate for women’s rights in terms of food and water security and women’s equality and empowerment. In this presentation, I discuss how indigenous mother social activism interacts with global digital communication in repertoires of action to mobilize global support and collective action around indigenous struggles. 

  4. XX Files Radio: 20+ Years of Techno-feminist Aural Activism and Community Building. Valerie D. Walker, Emily Carr University.

    In 2017, XX Files Radio Show celebrates  20 years of techno-feminist aural activism and community creation via weekly Techno-Gynaeical radio explorations and discussions.   Valérie d. Walker led the XX FRS through its first 20 years, creating a cutting edge digital-feminist exploration of technology covering all medias from programming to burlesque & eco-sexual environmentalism, she discusses radio as social-activator & community builder.

  5. Online Feminist Publications as Social Enterprises. Monika Fischer, University of Missouri.

    The issue of selling feminism has been a common discourse among academics and the general public. If feminist online publications will be adopting social enterprise initiatives in order to create revenue, the question of commodification is an important one to ask.

7-09 - East-West Literary Relations
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 1:15pm to 2:45pm (Ching 253)
Chair: Mike Sugimoto, Pepperdine University

  1. Translation Flows from Japanese Literature into Turkish: A Bibliographical and Critical Survey. Özlem Berk Albachten, Bogazici University.

    This paper sets out to identify the current position of Japanese literature in the Turkish literary system based on a bibliography of translated works (over 100 titles between 1959-2017) and address the ways translation has functioned as a tool of cultural mediation and literary exchange between Japan and Turkey.

  2. The Zen Ox-herding Pictures in Jack Kerouac's Dharma Bums: Enlightenment as Round Trip. Matthew James Bond, University of California, Riverside.

    This paper will address the criticism that sees circular journeying as central to Kerouac's work and specifically to Dhamra Bums, naming the Zen ox-herding pictures mentioned in the novel as the primary guide to reading the story at hand.

  3. Cities of Translation: Ways of Envisioning the East-West Spaces in Leila Aboulela’s Literary Works. Michael Moreno, Green River College.

    This paper explores how Leila Aboulela’s novels The Translator and Minaret interpret urban spaces—both public and private, visible and veiled, sacred and secular—as cultural nodes and contact zones that translate and transform the post-colonial fragmentation between Islamic principles and a British ethos into an East-West discourse.

  4. “Tian-xia” and the Singular Plural: Zhao Tingyang and Jean-Luc Nancy in Comparative Focus. Sara Wilson, University of Oklahoma.

    This paper argues that a comparative East-West methodology is crucial to contemporary notions of social being. Where Zhao Tingyang articulates a global political system based in the smallest political unit of the family, Jean-Luc Nancy’s work reveals that even a family or other socially-configured group bears the problematic technologies of the self. Zhao in turn reveals that in China, Nancian social being is harnessed toward hegemonic statecraft, demonstrating a kind of Sino-centric co-option of plural being. 

7-10 - Film Studies I
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 1:15pm to 2:45pm (Wesselkamper 120)
Chair: Shabnam Piryaei, San Francisco State University

  1. Seeing Today Yesterday: Why Documentary Films are Making a Comeback as the Iconic 'Language of Truth'. Dawn Dietrich, Western Washington University.

    I look at recent documentary films, such as Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (2017), 13th (2016), and I am Not Your Negro (2016), as a new form of political intervention that “shows” us our past as our future, particularly in relationship to Donald Trump’s presidency and other authoritarian regimes. By embracing an iconic “language of truth,” these films provide “hard evidence” to guide social justice interventions into political processes that may seem too global in scale to change.

  2. Performative Identity in Documentary Film. Jacob Murel, University of Memphis.

    I address performative identity theory in relation to cinema verité documentary films. With reference to philosophers like Nietzsche, Marx, and Roger Scruton, I review how identity is commonly understood throughout the humanities as a performace. With a look at Jim McBride’s mockumentary David Holzman’s Diary, I ask what this means for documentary films which hope to reveal individuals’ “real” identities to their audiences.

  3. Life for Bad Boys When the Apocalypse Is Enough: Hip-Hop Imagery in DuVernay’s 13th, and Apocalyptic Imagery in 1990s Hip-Hop. Colin Enriquez, Pepperdine University.

    Drawing on elements of hip-hop in Duvernay’s 13th, 1990s hip-hop album imagery, and my adolescent experience, this paper argues that mass incarceration and media criminalization of black identity creates a disposition of persecution and nihilism in young black men, and this outlook is reflected in the apocalyptic imagery of hip-hop of the era.

7-11 - Italian Ecocriticism
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 1:15pm to 2:45pm (Eiben 207)
Chair: Ilaria Tabusso Marcyan, Miami University, Ohio

  1. Mafia, Ecology of Mind, and Play Ethic in Per questo mi chiamo Giovanni. Evelyn Ferraro, Santa Clara University.

    This paper provides an ecocritical reading of Garlando’s 2004 novel Per questo mi chiamo Giovanni, a biographical account of Giovanni Falcone that is meant to inform and raise awareness around mafia and practices of civic responsibility in the new generations. My approach to this text will come from literary ecology, through notions of ecology of mind, play ethic and the “ecological” differences between tragedy and comedy.   

  2. Of Dogs and Humans in Tomasi di Lampedusa’s Il Gattopardo: A Post-Jungian and Ecopsychological Reading. Enrico Vettore, California State University, Long Beach.

    My paper studies how animals and humans interrelate in Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s Il Gattopardo. My main theoretical framework is the work of post-Jungian psychologist James Hillman, and that of Theodore Roszak and Rinda West. My conclusion is that Il Gattopardo is a reflection on how humans and animals (especially dogs) are meaningfully close and how the borders between the two species are so blurred as to constitute a continuum.

7-13 - Mid-Twentieth Century Poetry II (co-sponsored by the Robert Lowell Society)
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 1:15pm to 2:45pm (Henry 104)
Chair: Steven Gould Axelrod, University of California, Riverside

  1. The Beat Women Writers and Counterculture Fashion. Lauren Cardon, University of Alabama.

    The Beats collectively rebelled against fashion, and yet their style was eventually marketed in a mainstream forum. However, it was not the more recognizable Beat writers who solidified a distinctive countercultural style, but rather, the often-overlooked female Beat writers and poets Joyce Johnson, Hettie Jones, and Elise Cowen.

  2. “Intellectual Fashion”: Plath, Mademoiselle, and the Mythos of Style. Paris Brown, University of California, Riverside.

    This project investigates the importance of image in identity and the visual role of fashion in the life of Sylvia Plath. It proposes that Plath attempted to define femininity and her own career path though the intertextuality of clothing and poetry, forming a mythological identity pattern that simultaneously clothed and revealed her artistic vulnerability.

  3. Anne Sexton and “Her Kind” of Hybrid Verse and Chorus: Poetry’s Infiltration of Mid-Century Musical Performance. William Mohr, California State University, Long Beach.

    As mid-century public audiences for popular music began savoring more complicated lyrics, poets such as Anne Sexton responded by enfolding poems with live music. In this diffusion of formal poetry into show business, Sexton provided an early example of poets reconfiguring the social values of their work.

7-14 - Oceanic Literatures and Cultures I
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 1:15pm to 2:45pm (Henry 107)
Chair: Tiare Picard, University of Hawai'i, West O'ahu

  1. U.S. Military Narratives and the Attempted Erasures of Native Hawaiian Storied Places: The Makapu‘u Lighthouse Trail. Amy Vegas, Independent Scholar.

    This paper examines how a "militouristic" culture normalizes U.S. military bunkers and narratives of World War II on the Makapu‘u lighthouse trail. These colonial narratives attempt to erase Native Hawaiian (hi)stories attached to the ‘āina (land); however, reclaiming ‘āina in contemporary Hawai‘i can come in the form of visual rhetoric.

  2. Interrogating the Rhetoric of Tourism in Culture- and Place-Based Text. Sarah Goodson, "University of Hawaii, Manoa".

    Examining enticement to exotic Hawaiʻi through modes of travel literature, I investigate the interrogation of economic colonialism through tourism by Native writers and culture in Hawaiian literature.  Authenticity intersecting with fantasy articulates the challenge for Native Hawaiians to restore their identity separate from stereotypes formed in outsider place-based literature.     

7-15 - Old English Literature, Including Beowulf
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 1:15pm to 2:45pm (Henry 109)
Chair: Derek Updegraff, Azusa Pacific University

  1. Relationship Over Dialectic: Interdependent Voices in the prose Old English Boethius. Britton Brooks, University of Hawai'i, Manoa.

    This paper will explore the construction and use of voice in the prose Old English Boethius. It will argue that the Old English text presents a marked transformation of the dialectic of its Latin exemplar. Whereas the Latin text tends toward the analytic and Socratic, the Old English shifts the dialectic to an intimate and interdependent dialogue of voices tightly focused on the internal, on the processes of the inner life and the workings of the mind.

  2. Poetry in the Homily: Sermo Lupi ad Anglos and Old English Poetic Form . Stacie Vos, University of California, San Diego.

    The homilist, like the poet, relies upon alliteration, meter, figurative language, and the catalog form. This paper will suggest that critical divisions between poetry and prose fail to assess the ways in which the Anglo-Saxon preacher reached his audience precisely because of his facility with poetic language.

  3. Beowulf after 1066: The Afterlife of Old English Heroic Lexis in Middle English Literature. Peter Ramey, Northern State University.

    Beowulf is marked by a distinctive heroic vocabulary, a semantic field that includes an expansive vocabulary for warriors and honor. By tracing out the development of this lexis in Middle English literature, this paper argues that a substratum of Old English heroic values continues to function in Middle English courtly verse, one that is never fully assimilated to French-based courtly poetry.

  4. Introducing Beowulf to "The General Reader". Tom Schneider, California Baptist University.

    I will describe my recent experience of writing an introduction to Beowulf for the general readership, the challenges and joys of this task, and the role of the medieval scholar in bridging the gap between academia and the shelves of a bookstore (or Amazon).

7-16 - Other Vampires II
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 1:15pm to 2:45pm (Henry 225)
Chair: Cheryl Edelson, Chaminade University of Honolulu

  1. "The Ordinary Secretary Wouldn't Have Intelligence Enough": Dracula's Daughter and Gender Depictions. Richard Stange, "University of Hawai'i, West O'ahu".

    Lambert Hillyer's film Dracula's Daughter illustrates the historic American oppression of women. The film attempts to exemplify and then subvert American patriarchy by depicting female characters attempting to resist societal gender role limitations. This resistance is met in the film as in life with abuse or the use of medical treatments as tools of suppression.

  2. Undead Archival Documents: Hustler Magazine’s (Porn) Dracula. Mercedes Trigos, New York University.

    Challenging strict concepts of “archival document,” this paper argues that taking the NYPL’s copy of a Hustler issue, an article it contains, and its representation of Dracula as archival documents allows us to perform what Mbembe refers to as engaging in an inquiry into time inherited in co-ownership, rooted in the event of death.

  3. Coming Out of the Coffin: The Humanizing Effect of Documentary on the “Other” in What We Do in the Shadows. Lauren Kelley Bond, San Bernardino Valley College.

    This presentation will discuss how the 2014 mockumentary about vampire flatmates living in modern-day New Zealand—What We Do in the Shadows—uses the form to modernize the vampire as Other by humanizing him. The film accomplishes this: a modern audience learns what it’s like to live as a vampire, we grow to love or at least better understand the undead whose stories are no longer untold, and we laugh at and relate to the idiosyncrasies and misadventures of the characters.

  4. The Queen of the Damned: Penny Dreadful and the New Lilith. Nadia Saleh, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

    This paper focuses on the Showtime series, Penny Dreadful, and its main character, Vanessa Ives, who is predestined to be the new Mother of Evil and the bride of either Dracula or Lucifer, who will use her as a means to start the Apocalypse and end humanity.

7-17 - Religion in American Literature I
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 1:15pm to 2:45pm (Henry 210)
Chair: Martin W Kevorkian, University of Texas, Austin

  1. "The Smallest Strands in the Mighty Cable of the Scriptures": Melville's Testament to the Bible in His Collected Works . Emily Butler-Probst, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

    This essay analyzes Herman Melville’s subversive use of the Bible to suggest that Melville’s works should be read in a typological manner. Melville reuses themes from his earlier works in later works so that readers can understand the significance of these themes when they reoccur and connect the two texts.   

  2. Perceptions of Evil after the Fall: Billy Budd and the Eyes of Hope. Justina Torrance, Harvard University.

    This paper explores how vision is related to character in Melville’s Billy Budd, with particular attention to the perception of evil. It argues Melville gives us a typology of different ways of seeing and responding to the world in three or four exceptional characters, or “phenomenal men,” and attempts to hone our perceptive capabilities through fiction. It concludes with the religious virtue of hope as a mode of seeing realistically according to character.

  3. A Gospel of Power: Dynamic Gifts in Literary Pragmatism and Philosophical Hermeneutics . Tae Sung, California Baptist University.

    This proposal examines the language of gifts found in literary pragmatists such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and William James. What their rhetoric of gifts demonstrates is both their anticipation of more recent theoretical discourses about the contradictions of gifts and an alternative framework with which to think about gifts in non-economic terms. 

7-18 - Romanticism I
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 1:15pm to 2:45pm (Education (Brogan) 102)
Chair: Dewey W. Hall, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

  1. From “Perdita” to Lonely Poet: Ways of Seeing Mary Robinson. Amelia Worsley, Amherst College.

    This paper considers Mary Robinson's self-fashioning, in both text and image, in relation to recent work on Romantic celebrity. It pays particular attention to Robinson's interest in presenting herself as a lonely poet, intervening in a masculine tradition of introspective prospect poetry. A study of Mary Robinson requires that we recast how we understand Romantic loneliness, and disaggregate it from notions of solitude and singularity, to instead see it as a social mode that embraces multiplicity.

  2. Kingmaker: Reproducible Portraits of Louis-Philippe Before the 1830 Revolution. Sean DeLouche, Baylor University.

    Although Louis-Philippe was visually represented as a moderate and conciliatory “citizen king” during his reign as monarch of the July Monarchy (r. 1830-48), this paper demonstrates that the campaign to visualize him as such began in the 1810s and 20s, well before the July 1830 Revolution that swept him into power.  This paper examines these images by investigating the myriad of ways they would have been “seen” by different viewers across the fractured political and social spectrum in post-Revolutionary France.

  3. On the Margins of Genre and History: Sir Edward Seaward’s Narrative. Thomas McLean, University of Otago.

    Sir Edward Seaward’s Narrative was one of 1831’s most discussed publications, but its authorship was a mystery. Attributed to novelist Jane Porter, it was in fact the work of her brother William. Using unpublished correspondence, this paper explores the work’s history and appeal in an era between revolution and reform.

7-19 - Visibility of Terrorism
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 1:15pm to 2:45pm (Henry 227)
Chair: Monica LaBriola, University of Hawaii, West Oahu

  1. Feeling Itself: Terror(ism) and Trauma in Mani Ratnam's Dil Se. Christine Weidner, University of California, Santa Barbara.

         Mani Ratnam’s 1998 film Dil Se, appears to most critics as a “picture perfect ode to love.” Yet the film reveals more than the vicissitudes of desire once the role of the female protagonist’s childhood trauma, the force driving her to complete her mission as a suicide bomber, moves from the footnotes of such critical analyses to the forefront. This paper explores the relationship of personal and political histories as staged in the film’s exploration of terror, trauma and the role of dismembering in remembering.

  2. Terrorism as Theater, Terrorism in Theater: A Case Study of the 2002 Moscow Theater Hostage Crisis. Irina Vasilyeva Meier, University of New Mexico.

    The 2002 Moscow theater hostage crisis, also known as the Nord-Ost Siege, functions as performance of the absurd within a theater as a physical place because it expands the notion of the audience to both victims and decision-makers as well as general Russian public and changes the spectators’ relationship to the stage, while reinforcing the structured and codified system of the theatrical space.

  3. Clandestine Planning for Ostentatious Deeds: Communicative Strategies of Late-20th-Century Leftwing Terrorism. Alan Rosenfeld, University of Hawai'i, West O'ahu.

    Focusing on the urban guerrilla movement of the late-20th Century, this project explores the tensions that exist in the operational viability of terrorism. One of the great contradictions of terrorist operations is that the execution of attacks intended to maximize publicity are predicated on the inconspicuousness of those involved.

7-20 - Visual Iberia: From Manuscript Illuminations to the Digital Era
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 1:15pm to 2:45pm (Ching 254)
Chair: Marta Albalá Pelegrín, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

  1. Biographical Portraits in Word and Image: Francisco Pacheco’s Libro de retratos and Visual History in Early Modern Seville. Randall Meissen, University of Southern California.

    Francisco Pacheco (1564­–1644), the foremost Spanish art theorist of his generation, worked on his manuscript Libro de verdaderos retratos (Book of True Portraits) for over forty years.  This paper addresses three visual cultures or visual vocabularies that Pacheco used in his book.  Those were rooted in Seville’s reimagined imperial Roman past, in the visual conventions of renaissance humanism, and in Catholic Counter-reformation image theory.

  2. The Preacher’s Notebook According to Juan Bautista Escardó (1647). Javier Patino Loira, University of California, Los Angeles.

    I will study the sections of Juan Bautista Escardó’s Rhetórica christiana (1647) devoted to note-taking and commonplacing oriented to the preparation of a sermon. I will try to reconstruct what the preacher’s notebook would have looked like according to Escardó’s manual, and place it in the context of note-taking and sermon composition practices fostered by the Jesuit school system, in which he was  professor.

  3. Transmediated Fictions of Factual Representation in Contemporary Spanish Terrorism Narratives. Vanessa Ceia, McGill University.

    This talk explores the interplay and ecology of text, image, and digital media in multimodal narrative representations of terrorist attacks in Spain since its transition to democracy. Case studies include Gabriela Ybarra’s semi-autobiographical novel, El Comensal (2015), and Pepe Gálvez and Antoni Guiral’s 11-M: la novela gráfica (2009).

  4. Digital Spanish Literature: From Wordgames & Virtual Realities to Online Communities . Parissa Tadrissi, Sonoma State University.

    This paper discusses the ways in which Remedios Zafra and Belén Gache facilitate the transformation of today’s reader and redefine traditional notions of art and literature—blurring the lines between reader/writer, artist/user, reality/fiction. They break with existing paradigms and question the limits of gender and the body by creating interactive visual and literary works.

-Saturday Snack Break
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 2:45pm to 3:05pm (Ching Conference Center (Eiben))
Chair: Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver

  1. Snack Break. Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

    Please join us for a light snack.

8-01 - 21st Century Literature II
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 3:05pm to 4:35pm (Eiben 202)
Chair: John P. Rosa, University of Hawai'i, Manoa

  1. “The Early Days of a Better Nation”: Commons against Capital in Kim Stanley Robinson’s New York 2140 and Cory Doctorow’s Walkaway. Justin Wyble, Chaminade University of Honolulu.

    Against the recent predominance of dystopias in 21st-century literature and culture, I argue that there is emerging a new phase of utopian literary production.  My reading of Kim Stanley Robinson’s New York 2140 and Cory Doctorow’s Walkaway shows how these texts imagine a better future by anticipating a post-capitalist society.      

  2. Going Against the Universe: Negotiating Sight and Selfhood in 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl. Heidi Stoffer, Baldwin Wallace University.

    In this paper, I examine the theme of seeing in the 2016 novel 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad and  how it is connected to identity on a collective and personal level and the consequences of an identity shaped exclusively by the superficial assumptions of others. I argue that the novel reveals how it becomes necessary to resist societal expectations that focus on the surface imagesin order to acknowledge that sense of self that is invisible  to the outside world and is crucial in sustaining self-worth. 

  3. Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad and the Civil-War Era Midwest’s Failed Future. Christopher Leise, Whitman College.

    This paper reads The Underground Railroad as a prequel to Whitehead’s Apex Hides the Hurt. It concludes with its antagonist babbling exceptionalist rhetoric about America being a “shining beacon”: language that recalls the infamous “city upon a hill” tying UR to Apex, which is set in a town called "Winthrop."

  4. The Asperger's Project: Examining the Ethics of Humor in Graeme Simsion's The Rosie Project. Hollie Adams, Red Deer College.

    My paper analyzes Graeme Simsion’s novel The Rosie Project (2013) and its portrayal of Asperger’s Syndrome as it is embodied by Don Tillman, the novel’s protagonist. Using the work of disability theorists, my paper questions the ethics of using a fictional character’s neurodevelopmental disorder as a source of humor.

8-02 - Adaptation Studies II
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 3:05pm to 4:35pm (Education (Brogan) 101)
Chair: Lindsay Schaffer, University of California, Riverside

  1. A Cognitive Approach to Viewing Intercultural Film Adaptation. Aili Zheng, Willamette University.

    Intercultural films elicit a variety of responses in the spectator. With the parameters of cognitive science in mind, I will consider recent films involving Germany, China and Japan.

  2. Adaptations as Translations: Fidelity and Context. Carrie Morrow, California State University, San Marcos.

    The complexities of adaptation mirror those of translation, thus forcing us to consider the integral role of adaptors in their understanding of the original context; the success of the adaptation depends not on fidelity, but on the effective translation of the cultural, social, and historical implications into the target context.

  3. Imperial Imagination: Adapting The Romance of the Three Kingdoms in the Multiplayer Online Battle Arena Genre. Steven Holmes, University of Hawai'i, Manoa.

    Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas (MOBA) come from a narrative tradition. This paper explores the connection of The Romance of the Three Kingdoms to the contemporary MOBA genre. This historical survey of influences on the MOBA genre includes The Romance of the Three Kingdoms, the Dynasty Warriors franchise, the modding community of Starcraft, and the Warcraft modding community, which became the basis for the MOBA genre as we understand it today.

  4. Un-training the Imagination through Adaptation: An Exploration of the Imagination through Neil Gaiman’s Sleeper and the Spindle. Jade Lum, University of Hawai'i, Manoa.

    This paper analyzes how literary adaptations, such as Neil Gaiman’s The Sleeper and the Spindle, can be employed as a pedagogical space to enable an un-coercive process on the readers’ imaginations, particularly an un-training from heteronormative values. This paper then considers how adaptations can “un-train” or “re-train” the readers’ understanding of hegemonic social constructs by changing or perpetuating these values.

8-03 - African American Literature II
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 3:05pm to 4:35pm (Henry 207)
Chair: Sondra Washington, University of Alabama

  1. Iola Leroy: Sentimentalism and Subversion in the Reconstruction Era. Kalei Wang, University of Hawaii, Manoa.

    While Frances Ellen Watkins Harper’s 1892 novel, Iola Leroy, has been critiqued for supporting hegemonic societal values, I argue that it addresses important concerns of the late nineteenth century in a subversive way, emphasizing the agency and ability of black Americans to build a life for themselves in the midst of the prejudice, violence, and instability of the Reconstruction era. 

  2. Pressing for Truth: Ida B. Wells’ Crusade for Truth in the Press and Abroad. Veronica Freeman, University of Hawai'i, Manoa.

    In this essay I will demonstrate the effectiveness of Ida B. Wells’ collection, The Light of Truth: Writings of an Anti-Lynching Crusader, as a result of her ability to tap into the evolving American mindset, altering her rhetorical strategies as she moved throughout the United States and abroad. 

  3. Trapped in The Street: A Psychoanalytic Perspective. Kaela Clapp, University of Hawaii, Manoa.

    This presentation explores the psychoanalytic framework present throughout Ann Petry’s The Street. By mobilizing Freud’s work on the structural model of the psyche, fantasy, and wish fulfillment, this paper demonstrates how Petry’s text functions as a piece of protest to highlight violent cycles of oppression present in 1940s Harlem.


  4. Feeling Beyond the Body: Visual Memory and African American Postmemory in J. California Cooper’s Family . B. Elizabeth Underwood, University of California, Los Angeles.

    J. California Cooper’s Family provides the context to better interpret the kinds of feelings that the haunting figures of neo-slave narratives experience beyond the body. I argue that neo-slave narratives, with their ubiquitous haunting motifs, offer promising sites to investigate depictions of feelings associated with visual memory and African American Postmemory.  

8-04 - Coalitional Feminisms
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 3:05pm to 4:35pm (Henry 227)
Chair: Melanie Hernandez, California State University, Fresno

  1. Contamination, Contact, and Sex(ual) Justice in Marilyn Chin's Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen. Julia Taylor, University of Oregon.


    This paper applies ecocritical theory to Marilyn Chin’s Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen to show how it counters narratives of yellow peril and colonization. Female homosocial relationships and sexualities serve as potential sites of resistance to these queered, gendered, and racialized power dynamics, challenging racialized notioans of female sexual desire and purity. 

  2. Getting in Formation: Beyoncé and Black Feminism. Sarita Cannon, San Francisco State University.

    Critically unpacking Beyoncé's film Lemonade in the classroom brings to life the dynamic, playful, and vital black feminist theoretical tradition and encourages students to consider culture as a series of dynamic, ongoing dialogues that manifest across various media. Beyoncé, in dialogue with black feminist critics like Christian, urges us to “get in formation” by bridging the gap between theory and praxis.

  3. Intuitive Epistemologies:  Allusive Signifiers in Chicana Feminist Visual Culture. Melanie Hernandez, California State University, Fresno.

    This paper offers a semiotic analysis of Chicana Feminist visual culture – in particular within picture books -- to explore how meaning re-appropriations within multi-layered sign systems often occur without a clearly articulated signifiers.  This paper asks what stands to be gained by deploying an epistemology that resists attaching itself to fraught language?

8-05 - Comics and Graphic Narratives II
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 3:05pm to 4:35pm (Henry 102)
Chair: Lucas Tromly, University of Manitoba

  1. Representation of Futuristic Virility in Riad Sattouf’s Pascal Brutal. Louis Bousquet, University of Hawaii, Manoa.

    Riad Sattouf uses his larger than life’s hero, Pascal Brutal, to capture the zeitgeist of our modern societies. His paradoxical take on masculinity allows him to draw a penetrating portrait of the destructives ideologies at play in our world and to offer singular alternatives to its unbridled violence

  2. The Meat and the Humanity: Holocaust Motifs and Modes of Retribution in EC Comics. Steve Rosenstein, New York City College of Technology, CUNY.

    In the 1950s, EC Comics provided one of the great extended examinations of post-Holocaust trauma.  This paper examines how writer/editor Al Feldstein and his staff used unstinting displays of gore and putrefaction to express the boundless nature of infinite trauma and the unavoidable corruption of those seeking adequate revenge.

  3. Undrawable: Depictions of Sexual Violence in Graphic Novels. Kirsten Clemens, Appalachian State University.

    Depictions of violent images--sexual assault, in particular--are controversal in any medium, and this proposed paper will investigate these undrawable moments within comics or graphic novels.

8-06 - Creative Writing: Prose II
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 3:05pm to 4:35pm (Henry 203)
Chair: M. Thomas Gammarino, Punahou School

  1. Prior Learning Assessment. Sean Bernard, University of La Verne.

    Sean Bernard  teaches in and directs the creative writing program at the University of La Verne, and is the author of the novel Studies in the Hereafter (2015, Red Hen) and the collection Desert sonorous, recipient of the 2014 Juniper Prize.

  2. Marianna. Yasmine Romero, University of Hawaii, West Oahu.

    Yasmine Romero is an Assistant Professor of English in the Humanities at the University of Hawai'i-West O'ahu.  She teaches composition and rhetoric, language studies, and gender and sexuality courses.  Her research includes mapping intersectionality onto language and composition classrooms and the sexual and cultural politics of virtual communities of practice.

  3. The Worst Things. Meaghan Loraas, Texas State University.

    Meaghan Loraas is a second-year MFA student at Texas State University. Her work has most recently appeared in New South Online, subTerrain Magazine and is forthcoming from McSweeney's Internet Tendency. She is working on her first novel.

  4. Flickering Lightbulb. Debbie Sayachack, Fresno State University.

    This creative piece symbolizes a forbidden love that happens as a result of cultural differences.  The narrartor has no option but to internalize this pain and accept the fate that she and her lover can never be together because of the spaces they were born into. 

8-07 - Film Studies II
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 3:05pm to 4:35pm (Wesselkamper 120)
Chair: Colin Enriquez, Pepperdine University

  1. Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli: The Godfather as Social Critique in Vietnam-Era America. Paul du Quenoy, American University of Beirut.

    This paper will explore The Godfather as a meme for understandng creative responses to political, institutional, and social corruption during the era of the Vietnam War.

  2. Does This Still Work?: A Psychoanalytic Reading of Christopher Nolan’s Inception. Justin Clapp, University of Hawaii, Manoa.

    This presentation explores the relevance of Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalysis in contemporary society by analyzing how various concepts manifest themselves within Christopher Nolan’s 2008 film Inception. The paper focuses on primal repression and repression proper to argue that psychoanalysis provides a valuable framework to discuss mental processes and the human experience. 

  3. Ideological Constraints and Utopian Impulses in Zaman: The Man from the Reeds: A Dialectical Outlook. Tajaddin Noori, University of Arkansas Fayetteville.

    My paper argues that the Iraqi movie Zaman: The Man from the Reeds supports, on an ideological level, Saddam Hussein’s regime. It highlights the freedom of religion and worship in Saddam’s era. However, on the utopian level, the movie breaks the ideological constraints with many utopian impulses. It exhibits Iraqi Marshlands as a utopian place. It shows utopian impulses in challenging the censorship of Saddam’s regime and the shortage of cinematic equipment in Iraq under international sanctions.

8-08 - Folklore and Mythology
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 3:05pm to 4:35pm (Ching 253)
Chair: John J. Thompson, Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo

  1. Tituba: A Sisterhood of Witchcraft. Teah Goldberg, "Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles".

    Maryse Condé’s, I, Tituba Black Witch of Salem, relying on the faint surviving record of the historical Tituba, creates and recreates the life of Tituba both prior to her to arrival in Salem and the aftermath of her ordeal. Condé’s text attempts to restore to historical, cultural, and literary significance Tituba’s narrative and power.  Through Condé’s text, Tituba achieves revenge on her accusers and oppressors by restoring her lost voice and reclaiming her legacy.

  2. Mythic Doubles in the Iliad: Hera and Thetis. Seemee Ali, Carthage College.

    In the Iliad’s closing book, Hera, queen of Olympos, reveals that she nurtured and raised the outcast goddess, Thetis. The revelation is surprising: until this moment, the goddesses have appeared as polar opposites of each other. This paper considers the goddesses’ uncanny identity as mythic “doubles.”

  3. Unleashing the Mana of the Goddesses: Lessons from Pele and Hiʻiaka. Cathy Ikeda, University of Hawai'i, West O'ahu.

    Through an analysis of the epic of the Hawaiian goddesses Pele and Hiʻiakaikapoliopele, this paper illustrates how these moʻolelo, stories, play a central role in enhancing multicultural perspectives in educating all students in the University of Hawaiʻi West Oʻahu's middle level and secondary teacher education program.

8-09 - Global Media Ecologies
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 3:05pm to 4:35pm (Ching 254)
Chair: Heidi Schlipphacke, University of Illinois, Chicago

  1. A Racialized Regime of Representation: Tropes of Problematic Identification and Trivialization in Asian German Film. Zachary Fitzpatrick, University of Illinois at Chicago.

    Three German films demonstrate a range of styles, formats, and release contexts, but offer numerous continuities of Asian German representational content. In all three, intolerant German main characters mistreat Asian side characters. Yet, each film simultaneously trivializes the suffering of Asian characters, while inviting stronger identification with the reprehensible German characters.

  2. Transnational Modernity: The Case of Radio Ceylon. Bish Sen, University of Oregon.

    This paper examines the phenomenal transnational popularity of Radio Ceylon during the course of the 1950s and 1960s, to argue that the media ecology of South Asia enabled this pioneer station to devise a programming mix that addressed the concerns of the early postcolonial period in this entire region.

  3. Bourgeois Extreme: Cultural Flows and the Micro Import. Sangita Gopal, University of Oregon.

    This paper will examine how the Korean “revenge” film is selectively adapted by Bollywood cinema to create what I am calling the “bourgeois revenge genre” – that introduces into Hindi cinema, for the first time, a new problematic of revenge and the figure of the middle-class avenger whose vengeful acts blur the line between good and evil.

8-10 - Gothic
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 3:05pm to 4:35pm (Henry 223)
Chair: Kimberly Honda, City College of San Francisco

  1. The Feminine Eye Reimagines the Gothic Space: Corporeality and Haunted Spaces in The Love Witch and The Witch. Rachel Piwarski, University of Texas, Austin., Raelynn Gosse, "University of Texas, Austin".

    We will argue that the constructed visions of the operative female gaze in both The Love Witch and The Witch suggest the potentiality of the female gaze to transcend the gendered limitations and generic boundaries of the gothic and horror, enabling the audience to envision a liminal space wherein the gaze can be liberating and creative instead of repressive or violently masculinized.

  2. Visual Hauntings and the Gothic in Alice Munro's Lives of Girls and Women and Who Do You Think You Are?. Laura Davis, Red Deer College.

    This paper examines two short story cycles by Canadian writer Alice Munro, Lives of Girls and Women (1971) and Who Do You Think You Are? (1978). It demonstrates how the author mobilizes visual images related to haunting, and how, by doing so, she disassembles and unravels structures that uphold imperial time as linear and progressive. 

  3. Rochester in Repose at Ferndean: Bluebeard Redeemed or the Abuses of Enchantment?. Emily Foster, Columbia University.

    In 1697, Charles Perrault published a discomfiting fairy tale that he had retrieved from French-European folk culture. In Perrault’s “Barbe-bleue,” or “Bluebeard,” a mature nobleman of wealth and power seduces, weds, confines, and grotesquely kills a string of luckless damsels. Jane Eyre’s Mr. Rochester is Bluebeard—a Gothic villain who receives no redemption in Perrault’s fairy tale, but is offered an uncanny form of salvation in the denouement of Brontë’s novel. 

  4. Evident Emotion: The Visuality of Feeling in The Monk. Elizabeth Mathews, University of California, Irvine.

    My presentation looks to visual expressions of emotion in Matthew Lewis’s 1796 novel The Monk order to explain how it evokes a wide range of responses. I will analyze the visual influences, text, and illustrations of The Monk to show how the novel creates emotion.

8-11 - Medieval Literature III
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 3:05pm to 4:35pm (Henry 109)
Chair: Tom Schneider, California Baptist University

  1. A Christian King, a Jewish Knight? Exploring Religion in Two Arthurian Romances. . Annegret Oehme, University of Washington.

    This paper explores the ways in which religion is employed in the narration of an Arthurian knight’s tale, comparing the Middle High German Wigalois (1215) and its Yiddish adaption Viduvilt (14th or 15th ct.). The discussion of these texts unearths how religion plays a role within the transfers of the narrative through different cultural and religious groups: the Jewish-Yiddish and the Christian-German, respectively. 

  2. Internal Migration in Medieval Travel Narratives. John M. Ganim, UC Riverside.

    The famous travel narratives by Marco Polo, Ibn Battuta, Benjamin of Tudela, and (supposedly) Sir John Mandeville indirectly record the experience of exiles, minorities, migrants, and nomads in the places they enter and leave. These privileged narrators reveal the unstable or unwelcome status of these internal migrants or minorities.

  3. Heterodoxies of Desire and Religious Ambiguity in Tasso’s Gerusalemme liberata . Alani Hicks-Bartlett, University of California, Berkeley.

    From the very first cantos of Tasso’s Gerusalemme liberata, the reader will note the constant renegotiation of personal, sexual, and spiritual identity. Although the overarching context of the poem is the Christians’ quest to liberate Jerusalem from the ‘Pagans’ during the First Crusade, even while describing the heroic and tragic clashes of the opposing camps, the primary narrative attentions suggest that the distinction between Christian and Pagan is not as clear or defined as the text initially claims. 

8-12 - Mid-Twentieth Century Poetry III (co-sponsored by the Robert Lowell Society)
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 3:05pm to 4:35pm (Henry 104)
Chair: William Mohr, California State University, Long Beach

  1. Robert Lowell's Boston Easternism. Sarah-Jane Burton, Western Sydney University.

    Robert Lowell’s  Life Studies has been acknowledged by critics and readers alike as a distinct rendering of the city of Boston and the Puritan tradition, bound by Western ideals. This paper argues that it is instead Lowell’s use of Eastern imagery that situates his poetic narrative in its Bostonian context.

  2. “In Verse for Keeps”: In the Clearing as the Most of Frost. Mark Scott, Nara Women's University.

    In the Clearing (1962) is the culmination of Robert Frost’s work. Every idea he ever had, every stand he ever made, every locution he ever favored, every tone he ever caught, is taken up in it and finished. It is the true test of Frost’s practice and theory of verse.


  3. “Not Unbounded”: Structure and Form in Frost’s A Witness Tree (1942). Mark Richardson, Doshisha University.

    I will attend to the remarkable range, in form, style, and tone, that characterizes Robert Frost’s last great book of verse: A Witness Tree (1942).

8-13 - New Italians
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 3:05pm to 4:35pm (Eiben 207)
Chair: Gloria Pastorino, Fairleigh Dickinson University

  1. The Eye of the Other: Notes on Amelio, Melliti, and Rosi. Fulvio Orsitto, Georgetown University.

    Questo intervento prende in esame lo sviluppo della rappresentazione filmica della alterita' di migranti e "New Italians" dagli anni novanta (soffermandosi su "Lamerica" di Gianni Amelio) sino ai giorni nostri (passando da "Quando sei nato non puoi piu' nasconderti" di Marco Tullio Giordana a "Io l'Altro" di Mohsen Melliti, per giungere sino al recentissimo "Fuocoammare" di Gianfranco Rosi).

8-14 - Oceanic Literatures and Cultures II
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 3:05pm to 4:35pm (Henry 107)
Chair: Stanley Orr, University of Hawai'i, West O'ahu

  1. "Seeing" Ownership in the Marshall Islands: From Oral Traditions to Deeds of Sale. Monica LaBriola, University of Hawaii, West Oahu.

    This presentation contends that an 1877 deed of sale signed by a Marshallese chief and a Portuguese copra trader unleashed the gradual usurpation of oral traditions including stories, genealogies, and proverbs with written documentation as proof of landownership, sovereignty, and history in the Marshall Islands.

  2. Gothic Reflections in Dianna Fuemana’s Mapaki. Kimberly Jew, University of Utah.

    This paper will explore the emerging gothic aesthetic in contemporary Pacific Islander theatre. After a brief overview of selected postcolonial-gothic Pacific Island plays, Dianna Fuemana’s short drama, Mapaki, will be analyzed for its deployment of gothic tropes of horror, fright, imprisonment, threat, chaos and the supernatural. While Fuemana clearly embraces the gothic to depict her lead character’s postcolonial malaise, she also troubles gothic enticements by using metatheatrical techniques to alienate her audience members.

  3. Where is Oceanic Literature?: A Digital Map of Coalition and Circulation. Rebecca Hogue, University of California, Davis.

    Through a digital mapping project, this presentation will examine what regions within and around the Pacific frame Oceanic Literature. What are the environmental, political, social, and aesthetic factors that lead to these definitions and connections? What are the stakes of these coalitions and circulations?

8-15 - Pedagogy for Difficult Times
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 3:05pm to 4:35pm (Kieffer 9)
Chair: Valerie Woodward, El Camino College, Compton Center

  1. "Do You Care?" The Impact of Empathy on Student Learning and Commitment. Dalia Juarez, "El Camino College, Compton Center".

    This presentation discusses the impact that professors have on student learning, commitment, retention and success at the community college level. In other words, how much influence does faculty and staff have on a community college student’s feeling of belonging to a campus and how much does that feeling influence the student’s persistence and desire to stay enrolled, graduate and/or transfer?


  2. Peer Review Workshops: Helping Students to "See" Their Writing Through Someone Else’s Eyes. Misty Lawrenson, California State University, Fresno.

    My paper discusses the value of peer review workshops in the First Year Composition classroom.  I argue that through structured and purposeful workshops, students are enabled to see their writings from a new perspective.  They are required to critically think about the rhetorical situation surrounding their writing and are better supported in the task of transferring knowledge.

  3. Compton's 21st Century Translations of Medieval Literature. Valerie Woodward, El Camino College, Compton Center.

    This paper shares the experiences of teaching Medieval British literature at Compton Community College, an urban community college that serves a majority-minority population. Connections between a variety of texts to 21st century south Los Angeles occurred through a combination of close reading, creative writing, and resistive pedagogical techniques.

  4. What Does Ptolemy Have to Do With Me?. Felicia Martinez, Saint Mary's College of California.

    How can reading ancient math and science texts give students the tools they need to navigate the present, volatile moment? How, too, can the activities involved in such “reading” help students understand the value of “otherness” ? I will address these questions and some  methods of teaching ancient math and science in a humanities setting in this paper.

8-16 - Religion in American Literature II
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 3:05pm to 4:35pm (Henry 210)
Chair: Justina Torrance, Harvard University

  1. Signifying the Childish Adult of Horus Gilgamesh’s Awkward Moments of the Children’s Bible. Jon Omuro, University of Oregon.

    This presentation is fixated on Horus Gilgamesh’s Awkward Moments of the Children’s Bible, Vol. 1 (2013), an adult picture book that parodies the Bible by illustrating biblical scriptures with child unfriendly images of gore, sex, and God’s sexy ass. Using semiotic, religious, and queer theory, I read this text as not only a satirical one, but one that is life affirming to “childish adults”—those individuals who don’t quite fit into the heteropatriachichal standards normalized by religious right ideologies.

  2. Time Being in Henry James and Eihei Dogen: Notes Toward an Aesthetics of Time in the Novel. Lynda Zwinger, University of Arizona.

    This paper centers Buddhist notions of time and subjectivity (specifically, Eihei Dōgen's "Uji") and Henry James. James’s writing, like Dōgen's, is preoccupied with finding ways to present us with a capacious flow of time, being, things, and selves as co-present with one another.

  3. May The Force Be with You as James Baldwin Unveils Ubuntu. Lane Davey, University of Hawaii Manoa.

    Evolutions of biblical exegesis in apocalyptic literature reveal that African religious ethics have survived through Christian syncretism in the black church. This provocative rhetoric is preserved in the earliest forms of African American protest pamphlets, which culminate in the social critiques of James Baldwin and cultivate the Civil Rights Movement.

8-17 - Romanticism II
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 3:05pm to 4:35pm (Education (Brogan) 102)
Chair: Amelia Worsley, Amherst College

  1. In Body and Spirit: Travel Writing in German Literature around 1800. Susanne Gomoluch, University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

    This paper takes a close look at the empowering force of travel in the concept of the beautiful soul. The first case is from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s 1795/6 novel Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre. The second, Die Bekenntnisse einer schönen Seele-von ihr selbst geschrieben, was penned by Friederike Unger and substitutes Goethe’s fragile recluse with a woman not afraid to venture out into the public space. 

  2. A Question of Representation: From Montagu to Byron. Dewey W. Hall, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

    While the term representation has become fraught with meaning due to postcolonial perceptions of the past that call into question Western depictions of the Oriental, often female, as exoticized, eroticized, and fetishized, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu and George Gordon Byron depict Turkishness as the locus of personal desire and a space to be inhabited as part of one’s identity.

  3. “United for Their Ease What They Must Divide for Mine”: Authenticity and Imposture in Northanger Abbey. Katheryne Morrissette, Concordia University (Canada).

    This paper provides a reading of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey (1817) as a specimen of that Romantic culture that navigates concerns about authenticity, imposture, and forgery on a multiplicity of levels--the literary, the formal, and even the critical. Analysis of the use of free indirect discourse provides the lens through which the argument is focused.

8-18 - Travel and Literature
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 3:05pm to 4:35pm (Education (Brogan) 103)
Chair: Richard Hill, Chaminade University of Honolulu

  1. Queer North: Louis MacNeice’s Travel Writing on Iceland. Takeshi Kawashima, Doshisha University.

    The 1930s in Europe saw tourism attaining mass popularity. In England, especially, the development of tourism was so extensive as to have multiple effects. The popularity of travel writing is one example. In this presentation, I will examine Letters from Iceland (1937), the collaborative work by W. H. Auden and the Irish poet Louis MacNeice, written while traveling in Iceland.

  2. Riding on the Peripheries: Spectatorship and the Tourist's Gaze in the Pennells' Nineteenth-Century Cycling Memoirs. Heidi Rennert, "University of Victoria, British Columbia".

    This paper will consider how the tandem tricycle in Joseph and Elizabeth Pennell’s nineteenth-century cycling memoris both adopts and challenges what John Urry calls the “tourist’s gaze” and essentially disrupts traditional modes of spectatorship to achieve a more “authentic” experience of Italian travel and literary pilgrimage experiences.

  3. Writing Out Mobility: Travel and Displacement Under Japanese Imperialism. Satoko Kakihara, California State University, Fullerton.

    This paper juxtaposes the travelogue titled Travels in Manchuria and Mongolia (1929) by Japanese writer Yosano Akiko (1878–1942) and the novel Market Street (1936) by Manchurian writer Xiao Hong (1911–42), which present a seesaw of structural privilege and oppression. It argues that sociopolitical belonging is constructed by the degree of mobility that a subject enjoys, based on her positionality within various structures. 

8-19 - Un camino difícil/ A difficult journey: Cultural products about (il)legal (Im)migration
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 3:05pm to 4:35pm (Henry 202)
Chair: Sonia Barrios Tinoco, Seattle University

  1. 2501 migrantes…y algo más. Conor Harris, University of California, Riverside.

    This paper proposes to explore, rather than solely the migrant's experience of the new, the way that relations of communality and collective non-western subjectivity are sustained in migration, return, and/or death. I will approach these themes through a reading of Yolanda Cruz’s film 2501 migrantes alongside, and exploring, the thinking of communality as a way of life in indigenous communities in southern Mexico.

  2. En el camino: discursos de exclusión en la crónica fotográfica del migrante centroamericano en México. Maria Teresa Monroe, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Este análisis se basa en la antología fotográfica En el camino: México, la ruta de los migrantes que no importan, colaboración de los fotógrafos Edu Ponces, Toni Arnau y Eduardo Soteras. Debatiblemente, este trabajo funge como un instrumento testimonial exhibiendo un sello de responsabilidad ética laboral al abordar una temática contemporánea de injusticia social. 

  3. Una aproximación a Campos de sueños, una mirada al mundo de la juventud migrante (2012). Sonia Barrios Tinoco, Seattle University.

    Campos de sueños es un texto que podemos inscribir dentro del campo de productos culturales sobre inmigración (i)legal, pero esta vez no se trata de ficción escrita por manos que conocen el oficio de la lengua y dominan las herramientas para manipularla sino por jóvenes que han sido sometidos a experiencias para la mayoría impensables e invisibles que dan pistas sobre la conformación de sujetos que más que sentirse mexicanos, chicanos o mexicanoamericanos se entienden diferentes.

8-20 - Voice Studies
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 3:05pm to 4:35pm (Henry 225)
Chair: Katherine Kinney, University of California, Riverside

  1. When the Voice Metaphor Doesn’t Fit: Collaborative Writing and Collaborative Voice. Andrea Stark Bishop, University of Memphis.

    When we discuss the products of collaborative writers, we stumble over this troublesome voice metaphor, a metaphor resting upon the solitary writer projecting a single voice. This project explores the voice within collaborative writing and proposes fusion voicing as terminology worthy of discussing the texture and complexity of collaborative voice.

  2. "Such a Nasty Woman!":  Positioning Hillary Clinton in the History of American Women's Public Speech. Angela Ridinger-Dotterman, Queensborough Community College.

    Though the 2016 Presidential race arguably elicited more of--and more intense--sex-specific ttacks aimed at Hillary Clinton's public presence, taken together, her public speeches created something new:  a model for female public speech.  Clinton's use of emotion and affect, her invocation of her sex as a source of unique expertise, and even her fashion choices formed a prototype for a female Presidential speech.  This paper contextualizes Clinton's public speeches within the long history of American women's public speech.

  3. The Subaltern Can Not Speak:  The Universal, the Particular, and the Remainder of Rational Discourse. Carole-Anne Tyler, "University of California, Riverside".

    Spivak opens “Can the Subaltern Speak?” with a critique of Foucault and Deleuze, whose affirmative answer to her question is grounded in humanist ideas about demands, desires, and self-interest.  Her turn to Freud to theorize the desire to speak for the sati sustains her essay’s question as such and complicates their model of subjectivity and representation. 

  4. Curating Absence: Sound and Silence in Luz María Sánchez’ 2487. Carolyn Schutten, University of California, Riverside.

    Emerging from beyond the U.S.-Mexico border fence, a single voice breaks silence and utters the names of 2,487 migrants who perished while endeavoring to traverse the United States-Mexico border. Luz María Sánchez, in her sound piece 2487, reanimates those who died, by naming them. Sánchez summons the voices of the dead and memorializes them, not through the wail of mourning but with measured silences, producing a darker kind of sonic seeking, as the listener waits for next name to be called. 

-PAMLA General Membership Meeting and Reception
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 4:40pm to 5:00pm (Ching Conference Center (Eiben))
Chair: Andrea Gogrof, Western Washington University

  1. General Membership Meeting and Reception. Andrea Gogrof, Western Washington University.

    Please join us for light snacks and our brief General Membership Meeting, immediately preceding our PAMLA Forum. We will announce our Graduate Student Scholarship awardees, introduce our new PAMLA officers, and apprise our membership of the state of the association.

-PAMLA Forum: En-visioning Travel in Oceania
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm (Ching Conference Center (Eiben))
Chair: Katherine Kinney, University of California, Riverside, Chair: Stanley Orr, University of Hawai'i, West O'ahu

  1. Reading from Return to Kahiki: Native Hawaiians in Oceania. Kealani Cook, University of Hawai'i, West O'ahu.

    Dr. Kealani Cook, Assistant Professor of History, teaches in the Humanities Division at the University of Hawai'i, West O'ahu. His publications include "Ke Ao a me Ka Pō: Postmillennial Thought and Native Hawaiian Foreign Mission Work," which appeared in the "Pacific Currents" issue of American Quarterly. Dr. Cook's forthcoming book Return to Kahiki: Native Hawaiians in Oceania will be published with Cambridge University Press in 2018.

  2. Homecoming: A Film About Pukapuka: A Screening of the Trailer and Discussion. Gemma Cubero del Barrio, Independent Filmmaker.

    Filmmaker Gemma Cubero del Barrio started her career as Associate Producer of Lourdes Portillo's poetic and groundbreaking documentary film Señorita Extraviada. Gemma is the director, producer, and writer of the award winning POV documentary Ella Es El Matador and has just completed the film Ottomaticake with a World Premiere at the 2017 Hawaii International Film Festival. Her latest film Homecoming about the atoll of Pukapuka is currently in production. 

  3. Miss Ulysses From Puka Puka: Life and Art from Puka Puka. Florence "Johnny" Frisbie, Writer and Traveler.

    Florence "Johnny" Frisbie was born in Papeete, Tahiti, and grew up on Puka Puka in the Cook Islands. As a twelve year old, she started to write Miss Ulysses From Puka Puka—published in 1948, this memoir of Oceanic life would come to be recognized as the first book written by a Polynesian woman. She followed Miss Ulysses with The Frisbies of the South Seas in 1959.

  4. Background to Homecoming: Life and Work in the Cook Islands. Amelia Borofsky, Psychologist.

    Dr. Amelia Rachel Hokule’a Borofsky, a community and clinical psychologist, has written for The Atlantic and Cook Island News; she is also the co-editor of ReGeneration: Telling Stories From Our Twenties (2003). Dr. Borofsky lives and works in the Cook Islands as well as Hawai‘i, where she teaches courses at Hawai‘i Pacific University.

-Sunday Continental Breakfast
Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 7:00am to 9:30am (Ching Conference Center (Eiben))
Chair: Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver

  1. Continental Breakfast. Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

    Please join us for coffee, tea, and a light continental breakfast.

-Sunday Conference Registration
Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 7:00am to 9:30am (Ching Conference Center (Eiben))
Chair: Cheryl Edelson, Chaminade University of Honolulu

  1. PAMLA Conference Registration. Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

    Registration for the conference will take place in the Clarence T.C. Ching Conference Center, in Eiben Hall of Chaminade University of Honolulu.

9-02 - Disney and Its Worlds I
Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Wesselkamper 120)
Chair: Jeremiah Axelrod, Institute for the Study of Los Angeles, Occidental College

  1. Hard Bodies and Hungry Beasts in Disney’s The Princess and the Frog and Beauty and the Beast. Elizabeth Reimer, Thompson Rivers University.

    Disney’s The Princess and the Frog and Beauty and the Beast explore contemporary interpretations of masculinity and food. Ostensibly enlightened and barbarous male appetites are depicted through contrasts drawn between rival male characters’ approaches to food and between male and female consumption. Hegemonic masculine appetites evoke horror and comedy and frame romance as a process of transformative domestication.

  2. Feminism’s Influence on Gender Roles in Disney’s Moana. Chelsea Strabala, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

    This essay discusses gender roles in Disney’s Moana and explores how feminism guided the evolution of Disney princess films by comparing and contrasting Moana with previous Disney films. The bulk of the paper focuses on Moana’s ungendered role in society versus Maui’s toxic masculinity.

  3. Gender Identity Construction, Subversion, and Drag in Disney Princess Films . Suzy Woltmann, University of California, San Diego.

    I examine the cultural production of gender norms in Disney Princess films through the lens of drag. Drag, the most conspicuous form of gender transgression in these films, has traditionally been articulated through marginalized, foolish, or villainous characters; however, more recent additions to the canon have recreated acts of drag to be acceptable and even desirable.

9-03 - Epistemologies of Sight and Touch in American Literature
Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Ching 253)
Chair: Emily Butler-Probst, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

  1. Touching Slavery. Molly Hiro, University of Portland.

    A commonly-expressed desire among those who write about American slavery is to make palpable the lived experience of slaves. In this paper, I propose that literary scholars might benefit from considering what is at stake for writers and editors in their strivings to materialize the stuff of slavery. 

  2. Raymond Chandler, Contemporary Posthumanisms, and the Detection of the World. Gabriel Mehlman, UCLA.

    In Chandler the link between vision and interpretation is broken. He creates an alternate vision: the detective sees style, an incoherent world as coherent as artwork. Posthumanisms detect unmediated clues in the world, seeking to revise his solution to the same problem.

  3. Seeing, Being Seen, and Touching: Exploring Moments of Identity-Recognition in Zami: A New Spelling of My Name. Ashley Kimura, San Francisco State University.

    This paper centers on moments of sight and touch in Audre Lorde’s Zami: A New Spelling of My Name. I argue that both senses operate in her novel to give the author new recognition of her identity both by herself and in relation to others.

9-04 - Film in a Francophone Context
Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Henry 202)
Chair: Denis Pra, Los Angeles Pierce College

  1. Jean-Luc Godard's Political Auteur Music in Weekend and Pierrot le fou. Mark Inchoco, University of California, Riverside.

    This paper examines the notion of auteur music with regards to Jean-Luc Godard’s Weekend and Pierrot le fou, as indexical to major French conflicts including the Algerian War and May ’68. I argue that film music, in addition to setting mood, can be activated as a political tool.

  2. L’affaire Romand en littérature et au cinéma: entre réalité et fiction. Denis Pra, Los Angeles Pierce College.

    Cette communication s’attachera à montrer que l’histoire du faux docteur Romand inspira l’écrivain Emmanuel Carrère tout autant que les réalisateurs Nicole Garcia et Laurent Cantet. Pourtant, le roman L’adversaire (2000), son adaptation (2002) et le long-métrage L’emploi du temps (2001), présentent des visions très différentes de l’affaire et de son fascinant meurtrier. Que révèlent ces choix narratifs respectifs?

  3. Film for Participatory Democracy in West Africa: The Case of Senegal and Burkina Faso. Joseph Dieme, Humboldt State University.

    This paper seeks to explore how filmmaking has been an effective tool for democratic regime change in Senegal and Burkina Faso. More specifically, this paper illustrates that films in Francophone Africa are the voice of an alert and non-traditional civil society whose hunger to peacefully materialize human rights for all in Senegal and Burkina Faso is unstoppable.

9-05 - Film Studies III
Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Henry 227)
Chair: Dawn Dietrich, Western Washington University

  1. Journey of Innocence & Experience: Burial and Manifest Destiny in Dead Man. Andrew Howe, La Sierra University.

    In Dead Man, the journey undertaken by William Blake is one of insight and revelation, but also a metaphor for Manifest Destiny. In essence, the film is a two-hour dying scene, not just for Blake but also the American West.  The burial canoe in the final scene represents a physical, as well as meta-physical, merger with the land and an apology for the excesses of Manifest Destiny.  This paper explores the film's employment of burial as a trope of such remembrance.

  2. The Nation in Peril: Woman as Threat to the Nation in Post-Revolutionary Iran and the Contemporary U.S.. Shabnam Piryaei, San Francisco State University.

    In the name of protecting the Islamic state against Western and non-Muslim infiltration, the post-Revolutionary Iranian government imparts ongoing legally sanctioned gendered violence. Iranian cinema-as-discourse provides a site at which critical interventions can be staged in state violence. Asghar Farhadi’s film The Salesman strategically employs ambiguity as a means to disclose and undermine the authority of the Iranian government’s punishing morality, and thus to challenge the laws derived from it.

  3. The Transformation of Music in the American War Film, from Vietnam to Generation Kill.. Ryan J. Miller, "California State University, San Bernardino".

    This project aims to look at music within American war films from the Vietnam era and the modern day. By exploring how music within war movies shifted from World War 2 and Western  to examples of the Vietnam era war film and further into 2008's Generation Kill. 


  4. Hollywood, Auteurs, and The Playground of Trash Movies. Sam Johnson, Wenatchee Valley College.

    This presentation examines the role paracinema played at the start of some of Hollywood's most financially successful and critically acclaimed filmmakers.

9-06 - Franz Kafka: New Readings for the 21st Century I
Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Education (Brogan) 101)
Chair: Brigitte Prutti, University of Washington

  1. Jackals and Arabs: Kafka on the Banks of Nilus. Amir Irani-Tehrani, United States Military Academy, West Point.

    Through close-reading of Kafka's short-story, this paper seeks to challenge all previous interpretations of "Jackals and Arabs" that have either focused on the Zionist/assilimationst discourse, or more recently, the Arab/Israeli conflict.  In fact, this essay argues, the ordeal of Kafka's text is much more problematic than any previous commentators have considered and requires us to go deeper both into the present and the ancient past.

  2. “Words Not Proper to Any Human Mouth": Martin Buber on the Spirit of Language and the "Guiltless" Joseph K.. Rachel Shields, McMaster University (Canada).

    Martin Buber’s theory of ontic guilt derives from his reading of Joseph K.’s failure to confess in Kafka’s The Trial. Situated in conversation with the trend of postsecularism in literary studies, this paper explores Buber’s belief in K.’s guiltiness through the lens of his earlier work on the confessions of religious mystics. It is argued that Buber’s theory of ontic guilt and the need for confession rests on the existence of a spiritual life possessed by language itself. 

  3. “Der Coitus als Bestrafung”: The Weiningerian Prostitute as Archetype in the Works of Franz Kafka. Charles Hammond, Jr., University of Tennessee, Martin.

    Otto Weininger, author of Sex and Character (1903) divides woman into two types: the mother and the prostitute, the latter of which is supposedly attracted to the intellectual though she ostensibly possesses no intellect of her own. In this paper, I explore Kafka’s fictional portrayal of this archetype.

9-07 - In Search of the Californio Archive I
Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Henry 225)
Chair: Judit Palencia Gutiérrez, "University of California, Riverside"

  1. Mariana: la california olvidada. Jose Manuel Medrano, University of California, Riverside.

    El presente trabajo regresa a la california de bandidos, mineros y bailarinas para examinar la situación social y económica de los californios del silgo XIX. Examino a una mujer que no terminó en los libros de historia como Joaquín Murrieta. 

  2. The Re-emergence of the Californio Identity. Carissa Conti, University of California, Riverside.

    A quick overview of the Californio history, the resurgence into society and its impact on identity.

  3. Language Hybridity in Chicanx Sociology. Bárbara Navaza, University of California, Riverside.

    Drawing from Bakhtin’s conceptualization of heteroglossia and Julia Kristeva´s theories on intertextuality, I analyze how Chicanx authors employ Spanish in their academic production in Anglophone journals in order to disentangle some of the ideologies and subjectivities related to cultural and linguistic hybridity in California.

  4. El rumbo que tomo la literatura de California después de la anexión con Estados Unidos. Margarita Chavez Velazquez , California State University, Northridge.

    Margarita Chavez Velazquez


    The aim of these text is to show how the essence of the origins of the Californios, and what they have left as a legacy of their heritage, have impacted the Spanish language, literature, culture and society of the new generation of inhabitants in California.



9-08 - Japanese Visual Culture
Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Henry 102)
Chair: David John Boyd, University of Glasgow (Scotland)

  1. Mixed Species Characters in Japanese Visual Culture. Kaori Mori Want, Konan Women's University.

    Mixed race characters are quite popular and visible in Japanese visual culture. This paper will examine mixed race characters in Japanese visual culture, and argue their popularity and visibility with reference to various theoretical frameworks such as theory on the Other, monstrosity theory, critical mixed race theory, etc.

  2. How to Remember a Catastrophe: Traumatic Spaces in Aida Makoto’s Monument for Nothing. Yuki Namiki, Tokyo Kasei University.

    This presentation examines artistic works by Aida Makoto (1965-) who works with the trope of social memory and historical trauma in popular culture. His Monument for Nothing series are discussed focusing on the ways in which these compositions could make historical trauma in a society’s collective memory visible. 

  3. Beautiful Eyes, Ugly Eyes: Close-Up Panels in Horror Manga. Jon Holt, Portland State University.

    Umezu Kazuo created horror comics for young audiences, drawing monster stories that opened readers’ eyes to the ugliness of contemporary Japan. Through child characters, Umezu ridiculed the hypocrisy of this emerging economic giant.  I explore Umezu’s fetishistic reliance on eye close-ups to understand how his children’s manga critiqued social norms.

9-09 - Jewish Literature and Culture
Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Henry 104)
Chair: Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver

  1. Eliezer Ben Yehuda: The One-Man Campaign to Resurrect a Dead Language. Aviv Meltzer, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

    Except for the purposes of prayer, the Hebrew language was not spoken for nearly 2000 years. Eliezer Ben-Yehuda decided that the time had come to change that situation and foresaw the need for a national language in Israel even before there was a state.

  2. Holocaust Literature as Jewish Ethics. Charles Carpenter, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    Ozsvath and Hatley argue that beyond all plots, Holocaust literature is ethical and philosophical. So what kind of ethic is assumed? Biblical literature and Emmanuel Levinas are the appropriate touchstones to discover important, universal themes missed in Holocaust literature.

  3. Locating the Dislocated: Traumatic Mapping and the Search for Self in Amy Kurzweil's Flying Couch. Megan Reynolds, University of Oregon.

    This essay examines Amy Kurzweil’s graphic memoir Flying Couch and the intergenerational transmission of trauma. Kurzweil depicts the conflation and the separation between generations after the Holocaust. She uses maps to ground her story locationally and temporally, but she also “maps” her own journey for a sense of self as both a Jewish woman and a granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor.     

  4. Trans/Drag/Nonbinary Identities and Repentant Communities in I.B. Singer's "Androgynous" . Judith Paltin, University of British Columbia.

    This paper suggests Singer was interested in exploring the habitus of Jewish community, and especially its retrospections and regrets when it allies against or persecutes nonnormative persons in body, gender, or sexuality. These dynamics resonate today, when scapegoating functions as normalized repertoire in mainstream political discourse. In a wider sense, then, Singer asks challenging questions of governments and global movements, under the miniaturized model of shtetl life.

9-10 - Middle English Literature, Including Chaucer
Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Henry 109)
Chair: Peter Nicholson, University of Hawai`i at Manoa

  1. Mixing Modern and Middle English: John Urry’s 1721 edition and the 1807 Chaucer. Simone Celine Marshall, University of Otago.

    My research investigates whether it may be too simplistic to state that an edition of Chaucer is either in Middle English or in Modern English. It seems to me that in some 18th and 19th century editions, some editors knowingly used elements of both languages.


  2. Post-Fin'amor English Poetry: Mocking "Courtly Love" and "Auctoritee" in Chaucer. Arpi Movsesian, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    The tension between body and soul is at the root of much of the poetry written after the decline of fin'amor, until the ideas of the troubadour ethos slowly reappear in Chaucer. Chaucer satirizes the sublimated, desexualized, and "courtly love" in the Miller, while also mocking "auctoritee" in The Wife of Bath. 

  3. Contingencies:  Reproduction, Queerness, and the Politics of Representation in the York Cycle's “Abraham and Isaac”. Derrick E Higginbotham, University of Hawai'i, Manoa.

    This paper argues that the York cycle’s “Abraham and Isaac” queers Isaac through his resistance to reproduction via marriage and thus to the future.  Focusing on the politics of representation, I demonstrate that this play requires an historicism of the evanescent embedded in the phenomenology of theatrical performance.

  4. The Word Made Visible: Linguistic Ways of Seeing in Julian of Norwich's A Revelation of Love. Jessica Zisa, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    As Julian of Norwich relates and interpreted her visions, her ocular experiences are enclosed in language that allows her rhetorical mobility. This paper will address the affective knowledge accrued through Julian’s sense of sight, which allows Julian’s own formation of self to take shape in A Revelation of Love without dangerous interpretation. 


9-11 - Oceanic Literatures and Cultures III
Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Henry 107)
Chair: Paul Lyons, University of Hawaii, Manoa

  1. The Illustration of Houston Wood's “Third Rhetorical Position” in Kānaka Maoli ‘Olelo. Micheline Soong, Hawai'i Pacific University.

    I examine how Houston Wood, in his 1999 Displacing Natives, anticipates the development of Native Hawaiian scholars occupying the “third rhetorical position” within his analysis--a space that challenges and defies the false dichotomy of the either/or fallacy of colonizer/colonized power relations, by analyzing current examples of “Kānaka Maoli ‘Olelo.” 

  2. Meanings and Possibilities: Exploring Kuleana and Settler-Indigenous Relations through the Plays of Alani Apio and John Dominis Holt’s Waimea Summer . Matthew Ito, "University of Hawaii, Manoa".

    This paper analyzes indigenous understandings of kuleana in the plays of Alani Apio and John Dominis Holt’s Waimea Summer, and how settler colonialism complicates kuleana in both works. The paper then suggests how settlers can work alongside indigenous communities to restore and perpetuate kuleana while discovering their own. 

  3. What’s Pasifika Love Got to Do with It: (Re)Envisioning Love in Witi Ihimaera’s The Uncle’s Story and Sia Figiel’s Freelove. Jordan Wesley Luz, University of Hawaii, Manoa.

    This paper examines the concept of ‘love’ as a political and cultural force through a Pasifika lens by interrogating Sia Figiel’s Freelove and Witi Ihimaera’s The Uncle’s Story, in which both texts produce a nuanced definition of love as opposed to westernized constructs of love. This paper then suggests how the terms of Pasifika love must be given parameters outside of the western construction, primarily through these texts.

  4. Locating Chuuk in Pacific Literature and Criticism. Koreen Nakahodo, Chaminade University of Honolulu.

    In her article on distance learning in Micronesia, Kavita Rao's findings indicated that her students were interested in learning strategies that could be applied immediately to their classrooms. This presentation discusses the historical and educational contexts that have affected the development of creative texts in Chuuk and presents a strategy for both the generation of creative texts as well as possible classroom applications.

9-12 - Rhetorical Approaches to Literature
Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Henry 223)
Chair: Beatrice Ganim, Mt. San Jacinto College

  1. Jonathan Swift’s Terrae Filius: Visibility through the Carnivalesque and Grotesque in A Modest Proposal. Sonya Gonzales, California State University, San Bernardino.

    I propose that Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal not only demonstrates the carnivalesque and grotesque in his satirical hoax, but that he also creates a terrae filius persona in the Proposer, who breaks the fourth wall of traditional literary techniques in story-telling as a rhetorical strategy to bring the audience in on the joke, providing readers a sense of sight into our own social and cultural concerns.

  2. Literature and Guided Pathways: A Rhetorical Approach . Kristin Brunnemer, Pierce College.

    Guided Pathways and other reform movements taking place at broad-access colleges and universities present a particular challenge to literature courses when such classes are not seen as central to students’ career-focused majors and accelerated coursework.  This paper provides a rhetorical approach with models, principles and practices for framing literature as “integrative curriculum” (Bintz et al). 

  3. Teaching the Rhetoric of Science through Science Fiction. Jerome Winter, University of California, Riverside.

    This presentation will explore the rhetoric and pedagogy of teaching citizen science through science-fiction (SF) literature in the college composition classroom. he presentation will discuss both historical precedent and innovative methodologies in using long single-author texts and briefer excerpts or short stories of SF literature to acclimate students to examining the rhetorical and cultural positioning of science in society. 

9-13 - Seeing Masculine Alternatives: Queer Masculinities in American Visual Cultures
Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Education (Brogan) 102)
Chair: Edward Chamberlain, University of Washington Tacoma

  1. Gazing at Gay Guys, or How to See ‘Reality’ in Pornography and Accepting It, Too. Christian Lenz, TU Dortmund University (Germany).

    Every man watches porn; not only watches, but gazes at porn actors and thus enters pornotopia. Applying theories of the heterotopia as well as the gaze, I aim to show first that watching porn is a complex phenomenon because watching or gazing at porn films has severe repercussions on the extradiegetic reality of the gazing subject: viewers start to believe the ‘reality’ that is created by porn actors. Secondly, especially gay men involve the ‘learned rules’ of pornotopia in their mating behavior on Grindr and turn real people into (unreal) porn bodies.

  2. Mexican Lucha Libre's Masks: Transnational Symbols of Identity. Giannina Reyes Giardiello, University of Portland.

    This presentation will recount the importance of Lucha Libre´s masked wrestlers to analyze and explain its nowadays constant presence in the media of the United States and other countries; and how--at the same time--they have transformed into symbols of identity for young male immigrants, and social activists. 

  3. Hard to See: On Gay Masculinity, Pornography, and the Limits of the Image. Steven Ruszczycky, Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo.

     While pornographic images of gay masculinity have commanded the attention of queer scholars since the publication of Thomas Waugh’s Hard to Imagine (1996), writing has also been crucial for imagining same-sex intimacies between men. I consider how gay masculinity has emerged out of the tension between word and image. 

  4. Masculinity in White Noise: The Great Dark Lake of Male Rage. Lauren White, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

    Viewing gender in Don DeLillo’s White Noise as a product of socialization reveals the threat feminism and modernization posed to patriarchal society in the twentieth century leading to the reshaping of masculinities. 

9-14 - Victorian Empire and Oceania
Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Eiben 207)
Chair: Anna Feuerstein, University of Hawai'i, Manoa

  1. Fire, Time and Memory in Victorian Settler Fiction. Grace Moore, University of Melbourne.

    This paper will examine the ways in which Australian settler fiction of the nineteenth century engaged with bushfires.  Arguing that growing knowledge of fire led to new understandings of time and the seasons, I shall consider changing representations of fire in mid-Victorian melodramas and in later, more serious fiction.

  2. “A Proper Maori Portrait”: Imagining New Zealand in the Photographs of Elizabeth Pulman. Lara Karpenko, Carroll University.

    This paper examines the work of one of New Zealand’s earliest female photographers, Elizabeth Pulman (1836–1900).  Focusing on her portraits of the Maori people, I suggest that Pulman’s work unsettles what Nancy Armstrong has categorized as the “salon” and “scientific” approaches to nineteenth-century portraiture and instead subtly embraces a hybridized version of New Zealand identity. 

  3. Island Empires: Torture and Sovereignty in Fin-de-Siècle Pacific Adventure Fiction . Katherine Anderson, Western Washington University.

    In adventure fictions by authors such as Robert Louis Stevenson, British citizens implement torture to quell rebellion on “their” Pacific Islands, thereby appropriating the state-of-emergency rhetorics originally used to justify the British state’s torture of citizen-subjects in reaction to perceived crises. These fictions undermine state-sanctioned forms of terrorism and contribute to evolving definitions of citizenship and human rights.

9-15 - Writing Across the Disciplines: Teaching as Ways of Seeing, Making Visible, Reimagining
Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Ching 254)
Chair: Shefali Rajamannar, University of Southern California

  1. Transforming the Labor of Feedback. Cynthia Headley, California State University, San Marcos., Lauren Springer, Mt. San Jacinto Community College., Shannon Baker, California State University, San Marcos.

    We created a pilot program for composition classes that focuses both on question-based lessons and on exploring student engagement in the feedback process. Students are required to engage in the grading process in order to engender instructor feedback.

  2. The Embodied Patient: Illness Narratives in Writing in the Health Professions. Amy Clarke, University of California, Davis.

    The author, who teaches an upper-division writing seminar for pre-health professionals, applies tenets of narrative medicine to a standard assignment in this course: the pathography. As illustrated in representative student models, such a pathography should make the patient’s lived experience of illness “visible” to the reader. Students are coached in interviewing techniques, especially in attentive listening and informed inquiry to elicit detail and to help the interviewee identify the narrative arc of their illness experience.

  3. Engaging Technically Oriented Students in Writing Classes: Some Strategies. Shefali Rajamannar, University of Southern California.

    This paper explores some of the strategies I developed last semester in order to teach a group of technical students. The prompts I used in my other classes had to be reframed to appeal to this set of kinesthetic (as opposed to aural) learners. I explored the types of writing they were already doing in their other 'professional' classes, such as “SOAP notes” and in-depth case studies. My prompts and classes had to be streamlined to fit the “problem-based learning” approach these technical students were used to.

10-01 - Continental Romanticism
Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Eiben 207)
Chair: Larry H. Peer, Brigham Young University

  1. Glimpses of a Camera Obscura: Ocular Motifs in the Novels of E. T. A. Hoffmann. Christopher Clason, Oakland University.

    This paper intends to examine ocular motifs in both of E. T. A. Hoffmann’s novels for evidence of visual discourse as a significant textual mode for narrating the life history of the monk Medardus, and the jumbled autobiography of the tomcat Murr and the biography of the Kapellmeister Johannes Kreisler.

  2. Visualizing Opera in Early 19th-Century Vienna. Carol Padgham Albrecht, University of Idaho.

    This paper examines a shift in Viennese opera productions between 1802 and 1806, replacing standard palace and household settings to locale-based subjects, either specific geographical areas or natural surroundings, where the physical location lent itself to vivid depiction through set design and/or costume.

  3. The Song of Sterility. Didier Maleuvre, "University of California, Santa Barbara".

    This paper studies the influence of romanticism, especially German romanticism, on our modern understanding of art.  In particular, it shows how the philosophy of artistic autonomy led to a new form of expression dedicated to the waning, or sterility, of aesthetic power. This sterility, romanticism touted as a greater form of expression than naively bountiful art.  It paves the way for the postmodernist dispensation that finds aesthetic triumph in overcoming the distinction between artistic success and failure.

  4. Hölderlin’s Continental Romanticism: A “Tragic Union” of Subject and Object Der Tod des Empedokles. James Donelan, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Hölderlin’s play, Der Tod des Empedokles, along with the essays he wrote about it, posit a  “tragic union” of word and deed that synthesizes many key issues in German Idealism and later continental philosophy

10-02 - Disney and Its Worlds II
Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Wesselkamper 120)
Chair: Jeremiah Axelrod, Institute for the Study of Los Angeles, Occidental College

  1. “Mutability Is… Natural”: Disney, Eisenstein, and Transcendent Form. Dustin Condren, Stanford University.

    In the early 1940s, Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein, a long-time admirer of Walt Disney, devoted a book-length theoretical essay to Disney’s work. This paper employs the essay alongside archival documents to follow the visual traces of Disney’s style in the pre-production material for a series of never-completed Eisenstein films.

  2. Monetizing the Child Spectator: Early Mickey Mouse Shorts and Character Merchandising. Stephanie Mastrostefano, University of Oregon.

    My work conceptualizes the audiences that early Mickey Mouse films targeted through an examination of character merchandising. I argue that Disney’s early move towards the child audience was one that developed out of economic need, and it is a move that is crucial to examine because of the studio’s capacity to shape and influence how children understand what they see and how they negotiate with the world around them.

  3. “I am Groot?”: Place-making and Thematic Integrity in the Disney Parks. Olympia Kiriakou, King's College London (United Kingdom).

    This paper considers the announcement and fan reception of the “Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!” attraction at Disney's California Adventure in relation to Disney’s history of theme park place-making and thematic integration, and reflects on the effects such attractions have on the spatial and conceptual identity of the parks.

  4. Rhetoric, Knowledge, and the Hero’s Journey in Disney’s Moana. Joseph Philip Whatford, "California State University, San Bernardino".

    Characters in Disney’s Moana use rhetoric to fool the protagonist, but she gains knowledge through the dialectic of her hero’s journey. This paper also argues the film’s creators seem to construct a respectful portrayal of Oceanic rhetoric and narrative, but Western ideas as influenced by Plato come through as subtext.

10-03 - Franz Kafka: New Readings for the 21st Century II
Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Education (Brogan) 101)
Chair: Charles Hammond, Jr., University of Tennessee, Martin

  1. Power Struggles Reflected by Simultaneity in Kafka’s “In the Penal Colony”. Yao Pei, University of California, Irvine.

    Kafka condenses two parallel time zones, the ancient and the modern, represented by the killing apparatus and the explorer into the presence of the penal colony. By bringing both time periods together, Kafka unveils the concealing power of both systems and shows their rivaling dynamics striving for power.  

  2. Language Theory Mirrored between Benjamin and Kafka. Rawad Alhashmi, University of Texas at Dallas.

    Twentieth-century luminaries Walter Benjamin (1892-1940) and Franz Kafka (1883-1924) were close friends, and shared a deep interest in linguistic theories. This essay intends to demonstrate how the distinct-yet-related concepts about language of these two scholars reflect one another, expressed by Benjamin as “pure language” and by Kafka as “architectural language”. 

  3. Four Ways of Looking at “Prometheus”: Envisioning Kafka’s Story as Modernist Poetry and Theopoiesis . Jennifer Tronti, California Baptist University.

    In form, Kafka’s “Prometheus” bears a remarkable resemblance to Wallace Stevens’s “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” – a kind of ars poetica of Modernism itself. Framing Kafka’s text “Prometheus” as a Modernist poem and an emblem of theopoiesis emphasizes its fragmented and multivalent approach to representation and experience.

10-04 - Gendering Madness: Representations of "Female Madness" in Contemporary French and Francophone Film and Literature
Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Henry 202)
Chair: Nathalie Segeral, University of Hawai'i, Manoa

  1. "Take off my skirt and pullover": Class, Gender, and Violence as Feminine Illness in Godard’s Week-End. Keegan Medrano, San Francisco State University.

    This presentation centers the female characters in Jean-Luc Godard’s 1967 film Week-End as a way to confront the violence of French bourgeois femininity. The planned patricide for wealth and cannibalism represent the consumption of male bodies through killing and eating and the desire to gain wealth conditioned through the capitalist system. 

  2. Camille Claudel: Seer, Seen, or Unseen?. Laurie Tomchak, University of Hawaii, Manoa.

    Recent reworkings of Camille Claudel's story show how hard it is to see her, either as a sculptor of genius or as a muse and mistress of the more famous Rodin.  An existence as an unattached but impure woman, a sculptor not only of female but of male nudes, consigned her to the madhouse. The different treatments of her life in 1988's "Camille Claudel" and 2013's "Camille Claudel 2015" try to take the focus away from her collaboration with Rodin, but the visual nature of film relies on two different treatments of nudity to depict her fate.

  3. The 21st Century Hysteric: Sexualizing the Madwoman in Elle and The Piano Teacher. Nathalie Segeral, University of Hawai'i, Manoa.

    This paper addresses representations of sexuality, “feminine” madness and gendered violence through the male gaze in two novels and their screen adaptations. Both plots revolve around post-traumatic stress disorder resulting in deviant sexuality. While the articulation of female madness with “perverted” sexuality is not a new one, it has become increasingly used over the last decade through scenes of female genital auto-mutilation, pointing to an extension of Freudian “hysteria,” displaced from the uterus to the visual parts of the female sex. 

10-05 - In Search of the Californio Archive II
Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Henry 225)
Chair: Carissa Conti, University of California, Riverside

  1. The Legacy of the Californio Spanish: Recovery of the History to Understand the Formation of an Identity. Raul Frederick-Diaz, California State University at Northridge.

    This work tries to define the Californio Spanish dialect from XIX century until our days, its transformation and how it survived the coexistence with English in the same linguistic social environment

  2. The Everyday Spanish of California. Gloria N Oliveri, "California State University, Northridge".

    This paper intends to show that in California the Spanish language predominates in the activities of the daily life of the Latin population, linguistically and daily.

  3. Mita Mangga: A Counterstory for California English Learner Students. Patriccia Ordonez, University of California, Riverside.

    In this paper, I use counterstorytelling to interrupt the dominant narrative that students classified as English Learners can only navigate the school system using English only. I present the counter-narrative for California EL students who tend to have increased psychosocial and cognitive development due being bilingual.

  4. High Quality Mathematics Instruction in Bilingual Classrooms. Anna-Lena Stift, University of California, Riverside.

    This paper reviews literature on bilingual mathematics education and classroom discourse using two California middle school mathematics teachers as an example. The study addresses the achievement gap between white students and students of Hispanic origin struggling with English, suggesting the need for professional development programs in bilingual classrooms.

10-06 - Language Teaching at the Crossroads: Innovations and Insights for the 21st Century
Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Ching 254)
Chair: Yasmine Romero, University of Hawaii, West Oahu

  1. Responding to Crisis: Strategies to Keep Language Programs Alive. Denise R. Mohan, University of Guelph (Canada).

    The School of Languages and Literatures at the University of Guelph offers multiple language programs, many of which have small numbers of majors. In response to financial pressures, reduced faculty and declining enrolment, faculty have introduced various strategies to increase enrolment, avoid course cancelations and facilitate program completion by students.

  2. Improving the Final Paper Writing Process in the Online Spanish Classroom. Rachel VanWieren, National University.

    This is a case study of our experiences working to improve outcomes on final papers written for advanced online Spanish courses. After discussing the strategies that we implemented in the courses, we explore whether greater levels of instructor involvement in the writing process improved the quality of the papers.

  3. Improving Enrollment and Retention in Intermediate and Advanced French Language Courses at the University of Washington: A Case Study. Lorenzo Giachetti, University of Washington.

    This case study of work undertaken at the University of Washington discusses negative impacts on enrollment and retention, and outlines actions taken to curb those enrollment and retention problems in intermediate and advanced French language courses.

  4. Spanish Reading Instruction: Enhancing Abilities through Research Findings. Paul M Chandler, University of Hawaii, Manoa.

    Suggestions will be provided for enhancing second language reading abilities based on recent research findings to help us move learners beyond the intermediate level of proficiency. Getting beyond the intermediate level requires both vocabulary instruction and reading strategy instruction.  Survey instruments on first language reading background and second language reading strategies will be shared. The presentation will be in English, but sample activities will be demonstrated in Spanish, Portuguese and English.

10-08 - Science Fiction
Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Henry 109)
Chair: Justin Wyble, Chaminade University of Honolulu

  1. The Doubling Effects of Ray Bradbury’s “Usher II” Explored Through Freud’s “Uncanny”. Lupina Hossain, California State University.

    In a post-colonial, post-genocide and post-war 1950s America, Ray Bradbury’s “Usher II” provides us with a mirror image of ourselves, forcing us to confront a range of social issues through the process of displacement. The alternative is full self-recognition, which ultimately may be too traumatic to bear. 

  2. Human Being and Becoming: Depictions of the Techno-Posthuman. Elizabeth Lockard, Chaminade University of Honolulu.

    Of the fantastical depictions of aliens in science fiction lore, the least realistic depiction is that of the human being of the future—who are almost always represented identically to the human of the present. Yet humankind will undoubtedly have evolved in ways that we cannot apprehend. But unlike biological processes which span millennia, evolutionary change through our incorporations with technology will lead to revolutionary, abrupt, transformative possibilities. We will not remain human in the conventional sense—but what does it mean then to be ‘posthuman’?

  3. World SF and Albert Wendt's The Adventures of Vela. John Rieder, University of Hawaii, Manoa.

    I argue that Franco Moretti's theory of world literature does not offer an adequate place to understand or evaluate the writing of indigenous artists because it incorporates the view that literature becomes significant to “the world” only when it is recognized by European or American audiences. My reading of Wendt’s The Adventures of Vela demonstrates both the value and importance of Wendt’s work and the pertinence of his own satire in Vela against both colonial and nativist ideologies.

10-09 - Spain, Portugal, and Latin America: Jewish Culture and Literature in Trans-Iberia
Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Henry 104)
Chair: Maria Elva Echenique, University of Portland

  1. La historia del pueblo judío: un modelo estructural para las bio-ficciones de Alejandro Jodorowsky. Henri-Simon Blanc-Hoang, Defense Language Institute.

    En mi trabajo, explico cómo el conjunto de las “bio-ficciones” de Alejandro Jodorowsky se estructuran según las tres “edades” de las Escrituras sagradas judías. Sus novelas generacionales corresponden a la “edad de la creación-destrucción,” sus últimas películas encarnan la “edad histórica” y su “autobiografía imaginaria” es el equivalente de la “edad temporal-orgánica.”

  2. Los modelos de Ana Fernández en La señora de los sueños de Sara Sefchovich. Alicia Rico, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

    Me propongo analizar las diferentes mujeres que sirven de modelo a Ana Fernández en La señora de los sueños de Sara Sefchovich para demostrar que las protagonistas judías tienen más agencia sobre su propias vidas.

  3. Retribution and Redemption in Lamentaciones del profeta Jeremías, a New Jewish Poem of the New Christian João Pinto Delgado (1627). Matthew Warshawsky, University of Portland.

    This presentation studies Lamentaciones del profeta Jeremías, a narrative poem by the Portuguese New Christian João Pinto Delgado, in order to show the role of Spanish Baroque literary style and the poet’s perspective as a convert of Jewish origin on a text treating the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BCE as divine punishment.

  4. “Que de las aguas te saquí—y por nombre Mosé te pusí”--Jewish Conversos and Their Multicultural Perspective in the New World in La Viuda del Panamá. Maria C. Herrera Astua, University of California, Santa Cruz.

    In this presentation, I explore how the multicultural perspective of a Jewish converso who becomes the corregidor of Nombre de Dios allows him to navigate the religious, political, and social challenges in New Spain. I explore these issues by commenting on the research process required for historical fiction and by reading from La Viuda del Panamá, a work in progress.  

10-10 - Vision and Desire: Between the Body and the Unseen
Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Ching 253)
Chair: Domenico Ingenito, UCLA

  1. Jāmi's Poetics of Vision and Poetry of the Eye in Salāmān va Absāl. Parwana Fayyaz, University of Cambridge.

    Jāmi uses Islamic Neoplatonic notions of sight and vision to draw distinctions between physical desire and mystical union in his poem, Salāmān va Absāl. He establishes a poetics of vision through Venus with her celestial beauty that brings perfection and a poetry of the eye to portray the physical body (Absāl) as lustful and condemnable.

  2. Zulaikha’s Reverted Gaze. Claudia Yaghoobi, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

    In this presentation, in addition to excerpts from Jami’s Yusuf and Zulaikha, I will examine a few paintings, tile works, and carpets, telling the story of the same scene where putting Yusuf on display, Zulaikha makes Yusuf become the object of the Egyptian women’s gaze and desire, thus reversing the typical male gaze to a female one, and the disruption of the familiar female-passive and male-active gender roles. Given that Yusuf was a prophet, the visual observation of him was to lead to the contemplation of the divine. 

  3. Sa‘di and Avicenna: How to Demystify the Psychology of the Persian Lyric Subject. Domenico Ingenito, UCLA.

    This paper addresses the question of the relationship between erotic love and the metaphysics of the “unseen” in medieval Persian poetry from the perspective of Avicenna’s philosophical tradition. I will focus in particular on the lyric poems of Sa‘di of Shiraz (fl. XIII century) and their depiction of the beloved as an eroticized cypher of the divine.

10-11 - Western American Literature
Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Henry 102)
Chair: Cheryl Edelson, Chaminade University of Honolulu

  1. Tonto as Reshaper of How the West Was Won. Suzanne Arakawa, California State University, San Bernardino.

    A character narrator is seldom needed in Hollywood blockbusters. I will examine the role of Tonto as storyteller in Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger (2013) and how by amending the visuality of the Old West, Tonto reshapes how it was won in this neo-Western blockbuster.

  2. "My Newly Discovered Dimension": John Kneubuhl's “The Night of the Surreal McCoy” (The Wild Wild West, 1967) as Critical Autobiography. Stanley Orr, University of Hawai'i, West O'ahu.

    I survey the science fiction teleplays of Pasifika dramatist John Kneubuhl, directing particular attention to “The Night of the Surreal McCoy” (The Wild Wild West, 1967). Kneubuhl here presents a coda for his seminal steampunk villain, Dr. Miguelito Loveless, and he dramatizes his own postcolonial modernist interventions into midcentury American television.

  3. The Transpacific Pantoum: Poems from the Diaspora by Shirley Geok-lin Lim and Barbara Jane Reyes. Michelle Brittan Rosado, University of Southern California.

    The pantoum is a common form within American formalist poetry today, though its history is underexplored in scholarship: from its origins in the Malay archipelago, to its adaptation by European poets in the nineteenth century, and its subsequent employment by American poets. This paper examines “Pantoun for Chinese Women” by Shirley Geok-lin Lim and “Sea Incantation” by Barbara Jane Reyes, and argues that their hybrid poetics demonstrate a postcolonial history that comes full circle, looking back across the Pacific to the form’s cultural origins.