115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Comparative Literature I

Session Chair: 
Andrea Gogrof, Western Washington University
Session 1: Friday 8:15 – 9:45 am
Henry 203


  1. Richard Sperber, Carthage College
    Lowry’s and Mann’s novels explore the erosion of humanism by barbarism. Critical focus on the hero (Consul, composer) has ignored the role of his close friend whose distance, secrecy, and ambivalence vis-à-vis the hero raise this question: if the hero’s friend is also his foe, to what extent does each novel implicate friendship in the crisis of humanism?
  2. Judit Palencia Gutiérrez, "University of California, Riverside"
    Through examining Cervante’s narratology, along with Freud’s theories – especially on the splitting on the ego and its subsequent Verleugnung – I try to explain some tautological mistakes generally assumed by literary critics that use psychoanalysis as putting  a coat of paint on a literary text, filtering the fragment for their own benefit and undermining the writer’s own theories.
  3. Morgane Flahault, Indiana University, Bloomington
    Silk plays a central part in Sandra Cisneros’ Caramelo and Jeffrey Eugenides’ Middlesex, as a material object and as a metaphor for mestizaje. Paradoxically, it stands both as a symbol of tradition and a practice of resistance, by undermining the idea of a heterogeneous national culture.
Session Cancelled: