114th Annual Conference - Pasadena, California
Friday, November 11 - Sunday, November 13, 2016

Architecture, Space, and Literature I

Session Chair: 
Holly Henry, California State University, San Bernardino
Plaza Room II


  1. Beyza Lorenz, UCLA
    This presentation examines the theme of blurred boundaries and heterotopic spaces in the Turkish Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk’s Istanbul: Memories and the City (2003). In Istanbul Pamuk reimagines the city by reconciling incommensurable elements to cope with the social and economic changes in the twentieth-century Istanbul. 
  2. Mathura Umachandran, Princeton University
    This paper attends to the warped materiality of the American home in Minima Moralia [1947]. Thus this paper traces how Adorno's perception of physical interiors precisely maps out the broad philosophical claim that the capitalist subject has become denatured. Therefore the experience of exile becomes the predicate for Adorno's modernity.
  3. Lisa Kohlmeier, La Sierra University
    Harriet Jacobs wrote a narrative about her experience of slavery and searched throughout her life for a home.  Jacobs’s history can be told through physical spaces, the den in her grandmother's attic, the anti-slavery reading room, her employer's writer's retreat, the boardinghouses she ran, and the school she opened for freedmen and women.  These spaces all reflect the stories of her quest for finding a home in the world.
  4. Alden Wood, University of California, Irvine
    William Gibson’s genre defining novel, Neuromancer (1984), presents several spatio-temporal registers layered in palimpsestic fashion over the narrative’s own temporal structure.  This paper argues that, through a historico-geographical materialist account of Gibson’s novel, the narrative depiction of new forms of postmodern spatiality can be understood as symptomatic figurations for the “spatial turn” of post-Fordist capitalism itself. 
Session Cancelled: