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

Literature & the Other Arts

Session Chair: 
Brenda Machosky, University of Hawai`i, West O`ahu
Session 6: Saturday 10 – 11:30 am
Eiben 202


  1. Shemuelle Dado, University of Illinois at Chicago
    Despite being a lifelong atheist, Sigmund Freud curiously chose Michelangelo’s Moses statue as the object upon which he could project his own enlightened ideals. Through a close reading of Freud’s Der Moses des Michelangelos, I explore this analyst’s complex relationship with his object of analysis, Reason, and Religion.
  2. Laurie Leach, Hawaii Pacific University
    Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation can be seen as repudiating William Styron’s 1967 novel The Confessions of Nat Turner, which was widely viewed by Black Americans  as an intolerable act of cultural appropriation.  Ironically, comparing the two works and the two authors’ reflections on their works reveals a surprising number of parallels in their approaches and in critical responses to them.
  3. Claire Daigle, San Francisco Art Institute
    This paper offers critical analysis of Ben Lerner’s story “The Polish Rider,” in which a painter leaves her work behind in an Uber. It narrativizes Lerner’s argument that literature transcends visual art. This failure to address how different media harken distinct modes of encounter exemplifies W.J.T. Mitchell's conception of “ekphrastic fear.”
  4. Iftin Abshir, University of Southern California
    Throughout the large Somali diaspora, which began with the outbreak of civil war in the early 1990s and continues to today, poetry continues to be important especially among the younger generations as a way to connect to their heritage across nations.
Session Cancelled: