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

Creative Writing: The Voyeur in (and of) Fiction

Session Chair: 
Sean Bernard, University of La Verne
Time: 
Session 4: Friday 3 – 4:30 pm
Location: 
Henry 207

Presenters/Papers:

  1. 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. 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. 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. 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.
Session Cancelled: 
No