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

Images of Crisis: Poetic Ways of Seeing Disasters

Session Chair: 
Toshiaki Komura, Kobe College
Session 3: Friday 1:15 – 2:45 pm
Henry 210


  1. Kathleen Lundeen, Western Washington University
    In The Prelude, William Wordsworth indicts “the bodily eye” as “the most despotic” sense. Notwithstanding, as he demonstrates, art and literature often mediate and mitigate the impact of brutal events. The complicated nature of seeing, however, in which physical sight competes with metaphysical vision, can subvert the moral witnessing of crises.
  2. Eri Satoh, Kobe College
    According to Jonathan Crary, from the early 19th century the human body begins to be considered as “the active producer of optical experience” in a science of vision (Crary, 69). The purpose of this paper is to explore how George Eliot’s Middlemarch, in its response to contemporary science of  vision, depicts the heroine’s psychological crisis and reveals the process in which she comes to extend her sympathy with others.
  3. Brian Jansen, University of Calgary
    With particular emphasis on the work of Don DeLillo, this paper seeks to explicate a tradition of critics embracing certain pre-9/11 novels for their prophetic anticipation of the events of September 11, 2001.  I argue that reading these novels through the lens of 9/11 provide an alternative to what Richard Gray has worried is the inward-gazing impulse of many post-9/11 novels--compelling readers to face the historical complexities leading up to the events of September 11th, 2001.
  4. Kristen Tregar, University of California, San Diego
    This examination of Bill Hudson’s iconic photo of William Gadsden’s attack by a police dog during the 1963 Birmingham Children’s March creates an opportunity for consideration of how the dog’s body performs and reinforces specific racial and gendered social constructs and, in doing so, engages the viewer in a unique way.
Session Cancelled: