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

Comparative Literature II

Session Chair: 
Richard Sperber, Carthage College
Session 2: Friday 10 – 11:30 am
Henry 203


  1. Barbara Young, California State University, Los Angeles
    Forster’s short story will relate the aesthetical philosophy of Percy Bysse Shelley in connection with personal interpretations of classical literature. A focus on Victor Turner’s study on the transitional stages of liminality and Forster’s own biographical experiences will elucidate changes in the individual during the transformative stages.
  2. Alyssa Kaufman, Western Washington University
    The Athena Effect references the process in which women derive power from enacting masculinity; this is encapsulated by the mythology surrounding the Greek goddess Athena. I will examine the ways in which iconography of Athena is dominated by a Panoptic male gaze, and how she might subvert this.  
  3. Allison Collins, "University of California, Los Angeles"
    While the most famous pastoral reflection is that of Narcissus, a lesser-known mirror trope involves the figure turning from the water to his beloved, using his reflection to persuade her she should love him. This paper compares uses of the trope in Garcilaso de la Vega’s Egloga I and Andrew Marvell’s “Damon the Mower.” It argues that the trope allows for an examination of self-construction and self-representation, especially as relates to vision/perspective, the poetic voice, and the pastoral genre.
Session Cancelled: