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

This page is about the 2014 conference. For 2015 conference info, go to PAMLA 2015.

Architecture, Space, and Literature I

Session Chair: 
Simon Lee, University of California, Riverside
Session 1: Friday 9:00-10:30am
RCC Meeting Room 3


  1. Izaak Hecht, Bard College at Simon's Rock
    This paper is an exploration of several pieces of fiction by Melville, in particular "Bartleby the Scrivener" and "The Encantadas" and the different spaces that are set up within the text. These spaces function as a temporary refuge or heterotopia outside the dominant narrative. 
  2. Pete Moore, Duke University
    This paper brings together the history of the ranch-style home and the avant-garde coteries of American postwar poetry to think expansively about the institutionalization of vernacular forms. It poses the ranch-style home as an instance of corporate interest groups reifying a version of American culture in order to achieve what President Eisenhower described as the subtle, pervasive and complete aims of the Cold War.
Session Cancelled: