112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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“That Old Black Magic”: Temporality of Magic

Session Chair: 
Soren Frohlich, University of California, San Diego
Session 10: Sunday 10:45am-12:15pm
RCC Raincross F


  1. Simon Lee, University of California, Riverside
    This paper considers the return to sigilization—the creation of cryptic symbols charged with arcane potential—and explores its 20th century transformation from demonic signature to iconographic logo. Noting how this transformation mirrors developments in communication technology, this paper posits that occult practices that were once obscured from society have emerged from the shadows as profitable sites for cultural analysis.
  2. Karen Lepri, the Graduate Center of the City University of New York
    This paper uses modern theories of historical time, aesthetics, and magic to read  Gertrude Stein's Stanzas in Meditation as an antidote to cultural "shock wound" and alienation. Through an analysis of the poem's affective strategies of duration, interruption, and trance, I argue that Stanzas performs its own form of counter-modern/modern magic.
  3. Kristin Noone, Irvine Valley College
    Thomas Chestre’s 14th-century “Sir Launfal” and Lord Dunsany’s 1926 “The Sword of Welleran” purposely engage with asynchronous temporality and fantasy afterlives; the fantastical hauntings in these stories remind readers of the debt that the present owes to past bodies, insisting upon the importance of interrogating cultural obsessions with the past.
  4. Riven Barton, Santa Barbara City College
    Folklore and fairy tales abound with the dangers of entering the realm of fairy. In this paper I explore the mythological passage of time in the fairytale with the distorted temporality of  traumatic experience, and how both can shape and inform our perceptions of time.
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