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

Architecture, Space, and Literature II

Session Chair: 
Richard Watts, University of Washington
Session 2: Friday 10 – 11:30 am
Henry 102


  1. 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. 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. 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. 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.   
Session Cancelled: