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

Architecture, Space, and Literature II

Session Chair: 
Stephanie Kay, "University of California, Riverside"
Plaza Room II


  1. Rahima Schwenkbeck, George Washington University
    This paper offers a close analysis of how two intentional communities, Twin Oaks and Stelle, formed to try and create the utopia offered in two very different popular works, Walden Two and The Ultimate Frontier respectively. It finds that no work can completely encapsulate community development and makes utopia even more evasive. 
  2. Holly Henry, California State University, San Bernardino
    Sasha Colby, in Stratified Modernism: The Poetics of Excavation from Gautier to Olson (2009), discusses the ways ancient architecture, and archaeology in the Modernist period, metaphorically inspired Modernist writers. But Paleolithic sites scattered across Britain represented far more to Modernist British authors than the mere detritus of primitive humans.
  3. Amanda Smith, University of California, Santa Cruz
    This paper uses social theories of space to analyze the complicity of literature in mapping Amazonia for extraction. I read the Brazilian historical novel, Mad Maria (1980), by Márcio Souza not only as a critique of the failed 19th-20th century construction of the Madeira-Mamoré Railroad but also as a counter-map that undoes the neat lines of the railroad ties.
Session Cancelled: