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

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PAMLA Forum: The Uncanny Art of Reading

Session Chair: 
Heidi Schlipphacke, University of Illinois, Chicago
Saturday 5:10-6:40pm
RCC Ballroom A/B


  1. Heidi Schlipphacke, University of Illinois, Chicago
    As Freud reminds us in his 1919 essay “The Uncanny” (“Das Unheimliche”), the uncanny encounter is both a familiar and an unfamiliar one. Perhaps a product of post-sacral modernity, uncanny feelings frequently haunt our encounters with an Other and with literary texts, for the play between the known and the foreign constitutes the art of interpretation. Reflecting on temporal and figural literary hauntings may open up a discussion about how the act of reading literature rehearses the uncanny encounter with the Other in productive ways.
  2. Imke Meyer, "University of Illinois, Chicago"
    Imke Meyer is Professor of Germanic Studies and Director of the School of Literatures, Cultural Studies and Linguistics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research focuses on narrative theory, on gender, and on aesthetics and politics in late 19th and 20th century German and Austrian literature, film and culture. Her most recent book, Männlichkeit und Melodram: Arthur Schnitzlers erzählende Schriften, appeared in 2010. 
  3. Kate Thomas, Bryn Mawr College
    Kate Thomas is Associate Professor and Chair of English at Bryn Mawr College.  Her research interests span Victorian literature and culture, materialism, queer studies and food studies.  She is the author of Postal Pleasures: Sex, Scandal and Victorian Letters (Oxford UP, 2012) and is working on a new book project provisionally titled Victorians Fat and Thin.
  4. Sangita Gopal, University of Oregon
    Sangita Gopal is Associate Professor of Cinema Studies at the University of Oregon. She is author of Conjugations: Marriage and Film Form in New Bollywood Cinema (University of Chicago Press, 2012) and co-editor of two collections of essays on Indian and Asian cinema. She is currently at work on two projects - one on self-reflexivity in Indian cinema and the other on intermediality and gender in Indian cinema.
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