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

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Comparative Literature I

Session Chair: 
Paulina M. Gonzales, University of California, San Diego
Session 7: Saturday 1:45-3:15pm
RCC Meeting Room 3


  1. Brenda Machosky, University of Hawai`i, West O`ahu
    This paper inquires about the object of Comparative Literature, asking the fundamental questions, “what is the literary object?” and “what is literature?”  We tend to define literature as what it is not, using a tacit and inevitable allegorical structure.  We should not let these appearances take the place of the literary object.
  2. Stephan Almendinger, California State University, Northridge
    This paper examines confrontations of morality and human nature in Friedrich Nietzsche’s superman, the rough beast of W. B. Yeats’s “The Second Coming,” and the alabaster creature in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. Each author concludes that subservience to morality and fear of consequence fail to overcome primal, evil natures; to do so, humanity must face its natures with honesty and endure with ardent responsibility.
  3. Emily Marsh, California State University, Los Angeles
    By highlighting the importance of the individual, both artists illustrate that the philosophies of Modernism have an inherent demand for autonomy. In order for a piece of art to be considered modern, the piece must start from within.       
  4. Kristina Rose Varade, Borough of Manhattan Community College
    I seek to examine the relationship between music and Postmodernity as depicted in contemporary Italian and Irish fiction. In examining Melania Mazzucco's Un giorno perfetto and Patrick McCabe's The Holy City through a postmodern critical lens, I will demonstrate how music acts as a fragment that both functions within, and contributes to, the ever changing pastiche of contemporary literature.
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