116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Schedule - Complete with Abstracts

-Friday Conference Registration
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 7:30am to 3:30pm (Miller Hall Collaborative Space)
Chair: Sylvia Tag, Western Washington University

  1. Friday Conference Registration. Sylvia Tag, Western Washington University.

    Please come to the Miller Hall Collaborative Space to register for the conference and pick up your conference program and nametag.

-Friday Continental Breakfast
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 7:30am to 9:00am (Miller Hall Collaborative Space)
Chair: Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver

  1. Friday Continental Breakfast. Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

    Please join us for a light continental breakfast, including coffee, juice, and tea. In the Miller Hall Collaborative Space.

-PAMLA General Session: Creative Writers Spotlight
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 9:15am to 11:00am (Performing Arts Center Mainstage)
Chair: Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver

  1. Rae Armantrout. Rae Armantrout, University of California, San Diego.

    Rae Armantrout’s most recent books include Versed, Money Shot, Just Saying, Itself, Partly: New and Selected Poems, and Entanglements. In 2010 her book Versed won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and The National Book Critics Circle Award. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Lana Turner, The Nation, The New Yorker, Bomb, The Paris Review, Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology, and 100 Years of Poetry Magazine. A new book, Wobble, is forthcoming from Wesleyan this fall.

  2. Juan Delgado. Juan Delgado, California State University, San Bernardino.

    Juan Delgado’s Green Web (1994) was awarded the Contemporary Poetry Prize, and poems from El Campo (1998) and A Rush of Hands (2003) have been reprinted in various anthologies. Vital Signs (2013), a book about his hometown of San Bernardino, won the American Book Award. His creative essay “Nuestra América Blurs” is featured in this fall's special issue of Pacific Coast Philology. Juan is Professor Emeritus of English at California State University, San Bernardino.

  3. Kristiana Kahakauwila. Kristiana Kahakauwila, Western Washington University.

    Kristiana Kahakauwila is a hapa writer of kanaka maoli (Native Hawaiian), Norwegian, and German descent. She is the author of This is Paradise: Stories (Hogarth, 2013), a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection. Kristiana earned her BA in comparative literature from Princeton University and her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan. She is an Associate Professor at Western Washington University.

  4. Jane Wong. Jane Wong, Western Washington University.

    Jane Wong's poems can be found in Best American Poetry 2015, American Poetry Review, Third Coast, jubilat, and others. A Kundiman fellow, she is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the U.S. Fulbright Program, the Fine Arts Work Center, Hedgebrook, and Bread Loaf. She is the author of Overpour (Action Books, 2016) and is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Western Washington University.

-Creative Writers Spotlight Book Signing
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 11:00am to 11:30am (Performing Arts Center Mainstage)
Chair: Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver

  1. Book Signing. Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

    Following the Creative Writers Spotlight, from 9:15 am - 9 am, our four creative writers, Rae Armantrout, Juan Delgado, Kristiana Kahakauwila, and Jane Wong, will sign copies of their books in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center. Copies of their books will be for sale.

-Presidential Address and Luncheon
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 11:30am to 1:15pm (Wilson Library Reading Room)
Chair: Andrea Gogrof, Western Washington University

  1. I learned it at the movies. Katherine Kinney, University of California, Riverside.

    In her Presidential Address, Katherine Kinney (Professor of English, University of California Riverside and author of Friendly Fire: American Images of the Vietnam War (Oxford 2000) advocates for the importance of criticism: “making sense of the ways we try to make sense of our lives” at this fraught moment. The too-little understood art of movie acting exemplifies the theory and practice of such sense-making.

1-01 - "Into the Woods": Spaces of Danger and Opportunity in Fairy Tales
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm (Miller Hall 105)
Chair: Roswitha Burwick, Scripps College

  1. “Bedabbled with the dew, and torn with briers”: Entanglement and Botanical Agency in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. April McGinnis, West Virginia University.

    Despite their usual function as mere literary backdrop, plants play a conspicuous role in the forest ecology of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Drawing on the notion of entanglement, this essay addresses the ways in which plants, humans, and the invisible world intertwine and reciprocally exert their influence.

  2. Hunting in the Murk: Seeing Vulnerable Women in Marie-Catherine d’Aulnoy’s “La Biche au bois”. Daniel J. Worden, Furman University.

    This close reading of Marie-Catherine d’Aulnoy’s 1698 fairy tale, “La Biche au bois,” [“The Doe in the Woods”], uncovers the author’s use of allusions to Greco-Roman myth and Christian hagiography in the service of a sophisticated critique of the socio-political constraints placed on early modern aristocratic women. D’Aulnoy’s use of multilayered allusions lures readers into a game of huntress and hunted as they seek allegorical interpretations of this alternately comical and disturbing tale.

  3. The Romantic Little Red Riding Hood. Rebecca Beardsall, Western Washington University.

    This paper examines the way in which the Romantic discourse of solitude shapes and alters the reading of the fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood; and how gender, youth and the conflation of sexual desire and psychological development problematize the issues of solitude.

  4. Finding Home: An Exploration of the Woods as Fantastic and Reflective Space in Over the Garden Wall. Jade Lum, University of Hawai'i, Manoa.

    This paper analyzes how the space of the woods is adapted in Patrick McHale’s animated miniseries Over the Garden Wall. I plan to investigate how the show utilizes and portrays the woods as dangerous, but also as a space for those who are misunderstood. The woods also creates a space for confrontation and reflection of the self and difficult issues, including family, responsibility, loss, and death.

1-02 - A Tour of Western Libraries Special Collections
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm (Wilson Library Special Collections (6th Floor))
Chair: Sylvia Tag, Western Washington University

  1. Special Collections Exhibit: To the Mountaintop: A Social History of Mountaineering. Michael Taylor, Western Washington University.

    Michael Taylor is Special Collections Librarian at Western Washington University. His responsibilities include developing the library’s collections of rare books, curating exhibitions, and offering instruction in the use of primary sources. Following the conference theme, attendees will be introduced to the current exhibit To the Mountaintop: A Social History of Mountaineering, learning how mountains have historically been a stage for the performance of social and cultural roles.

  2. Western Libraries Children's Literature Collection. Sylvia Tag, Western Washington University.

    Sylvia Tag is a librarian and associate professor at Western Washington University. The focus of her research and library practice includes emerging academic literacies in higher education and early twentieth century children's literature. Professor Tag will introduce participants to WWU Heritage Resources, current exhibit To the Mountaintop: A Social History of Mountaineering, and the children’s literature collection.

1-03 - Bible Dramatized I
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm (Miller Hall 38)
Chair: Leonard Koff, University of California, Los Angeles

  1. The Medieval Easter Drama: An Analysis of Premodern Theatrical Religious Textual Adaptation and Its Continued Relevance in Christian Media. Tamara Watkins, Virginia Commonwealth University.

    In this presentation, I discuss the history of the Easter drama and how it can provide insight into modern day cinematic Scriptural adaptations. I interrogate issues in textual adaptation, including fidelity to source texts, and how secular influences problematize attempts to adapt a religious text for a lay audience.

  2. Folly and Disability: A New Reading of Milton's Samson Agonistes. Maura Brady, Le Moyne College.

    Drawing on new work in the history of intellectual disability, this paper offers a new reading of Milton’s drama, Samson Agonistes, and argues that Samson’s perseverance on his own folly points to anxieties about the social and political consequences of being a known fool in 17th century England. 

  3. Performing Sublimity in Milton's Samson Agonistes. Irene Montori, 'Sapienza' Università di Roma (Italy).

    In this paper I intend to touch upon an aspect of Samson’s multifaceted conversion at the end of the drama, which as far as I know, has not received considerable attention. This aspect is the literary transformation of Samson Agonistes into a sublime tragedy.

1-04 - British Literature and Culture: Long 19th Century I
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm (Miller Hall 35)
Chair: Jane J. Lee, California State University, Dominguez Hills

  1. Amelia Edwards: Novelist and Egyptologist. Patricia O'Neill, Hamilton College - Emeritus Professor.

    Between Denon’s illustrated volumes on his travels to Egypt with Napoleon in 1802 to Carter’s opening of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1923, no one did more to promote and define public interest in Egyptian archaeology than Amelia Edwards. For feminists and literary scholars Edwards writings demonstrate the importance of the humanities to the reception and dissemination of scientific knowledge.

  2. Dracula, Information Technology, and the Failures of Western Biometrics. Grant Palmer, University of California, Riverside.

    In Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula, Mina Harker constructs a biometric profile of Dracula in an attempt to destroy him through an archival body of knowledge. Although Dracula cannot be apprehended through Mina’s biometric profiling, due to his ability to change form, the vampire hunters  still prevail in destroying Dracula. I argue that this speaks to the effectiveness of biometric profiling as a constructed narrative and ethos, as opposed to the accuracy of the actual physical biometric data.

  3. Time, Childhood, and Ending in Jude the Obscure. Leila Easa, San Francisco State University.

    My paper explores the construction of childhood in Hardy’s Jude the Obscurethrough its characterization of Jude as a boy and of Little Father Time. These two characters struggle to fit into and find meaning within their world, yet each approaches their struggle differently—Jude through retrospection and history and Little Father Time through prolepsis—a conflict that can only be resolved with the ultimate ending, death.

  4. Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus …or Slave Narrative. Melvianne Andersen, California State University, Dominguez Hills.

    Mary Shelley’s presentation of Frankenstein’s creature as a slave conveying his slave narrative in nineteenth-century England. Her treatment of the Creature in the text as the "other" mirrors the treatment of the most othered race in England, the African.

1-05 - Creative Writing: Poetry I
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm (Miller Hall 135)
Chair: Genevieve Kaplan, Independent Scholar

  1. The Poet Masquerades as Researcher. Sandra Maresh Doe, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

    The poet chases after the ghost of her deceased Great Uncle, artist Ray Boynton (1892-1951) for forty-three years.  Along the way and along the years, she writes poems. Poems, she believes, keep her alive.


  2. Luminance. Megan Spiegel, Western Washington University.

    Megan Spiegel is a graduate of the multigenre MFA program at Western Washington University. Her poetry, prose, and collaborative works have appeared or are forthcoming in various journals, including Ghost Proposal, Sweet, and Fugue.

  3. Orogenesis. Andrew Crook, Western Washington University.

    Andrew Crook studies and teaches English at Western Washington University, where he is working towards his MFA in poetry. His work deals with family, science, action figures, and insects. His poems have appeared in journals like Sweet Tree Review, and are available on his blog: andrewalancrook.wordpress.com.

  4. Immensities. Kami Westoff, Western Washington University.

    Kami Westhoff teaches creative writing at Western Washington University, where she serves as faculty advisor for Jeopardy Magazine. Her chapbook, Sleepwalker, received the Minerva Rising Dare to Be Award and her collaborative chapbook, Your Body a Bullet, was published by Unsolicited Press. Her prose has appeared in journals including Meridian, Carve, Third Coast, West Branch, Hippocampus and Waxwing.

1-06 - Cultural History I: Politics & Aesthetics in Literature, Fashion, and Music
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm (Miller Hall 239)
Chair: Andrew Howe, La Sierra University

  1. The Moral Heft of Wordiness in the Victorian Cultural Context. Aimee Fountain, University of California, Davis.

    Wordiness in Dickens’ writing is seen as mere Victorian foible, rather than formal necessity. I argue that Dickens’ wordiness is a formal response to efficiency-obsessed industrialization: he asserts his, his characters’ and his readers’ humanity by refusing to internalize the demands of the workplace—efficiency in energy expenditure—, suggesting that those who do are unnatural and unsympathetic.

  2. Who Wore It Better? Cultural Cross-dressing, Power, and the Qipao Prom Dress. Eun Shim, Sogang University (South Korea).

    This paper analyzes Keziah Daum's Qipao prom dress to argue that Daum's cultural cross-dressing reinforces the power inequality between whites and nonwhites. Informed by Bradley Deane’s analysis of late Victorian cultural cross-dressing and Sara Ahmed's discussion of otherness, this paper argues that Daum's cultural cross-dressing objectifies non-white bodies and puts the white body in the position of the subject.

  3. Rethinking the Legacies of Imperialism: The Nobel Prize, Prize Culture, and the Global Literary Scene. Tim Galow, Carroll University.

    I propose to explore how recent debates around the Nobel Prize have employed conflicting cultural histories in a struggle over literary periodization.

  4. David Bowie’s 21st Century Ars Moriendi. Jennifer Lodine-Chaffey, Washington State University Tri-Cities.

    David Bowie’s final album, Blackstar, employs symbols and language associated with the ars moriendi, or early modern texts outlining the “art of dying.” By using these traditions, Bowie not only crafts a meaningful death for himself, but also offers his fans a chance to witness and engage with his death.

1-07 - French I
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm (Haggard Hall 253)
Chair: Peter Schulman, Old Dominion University

  1. Testimony and Absence in Mediterranean Fictions. Laura Klein, University of California, Irvine.

    The Mediterranean in modern literature has expanded into a multitude of tropes and representations. 

  2. L’histoire en partage dans La Plage de Marie Nimier . Jeanne-Sarah de Larquier, Pacific University.

    Aventurière du langage et toujours prête à laisser le dernier mot aux mots, Marie Nimier décide d’intituler son dernier livre La Plage, mais aussi de faire de ce mot le sujet du roman, de lui en laisser assumer le thème. Ce débordement de la page de couverture engendre la transgression du mot plage, outrepasse son sens stricte, ses définitions, délivre du confinement, et en font la scène illimitée des lecteurs/spectateurs.

  3. Une pièce d'un mot à plusieurs. Stephen Steele, Simon Fraser University (Canada).

    Une lettre d’André Breton au poète Louis de Gonzague Frick mise aux enchères en 2018 vient s’ajouter aux rares documents qui attestent de l’organisation d’une séance d’écriture théâtrale collective sous l’égide officieuse et pour le moins facétieuse de Dada, un soir de 1920, dont le seul mot conservé est Révolution.

1-08 - Getting Involved with PAMLA
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm (Carver 104)
Chair: Katherine Kinney, University of California, Riverside

  1. Being a PAMLA Officer. Cheryl Edelson, Chaminade University of Honolulu.

    President of PAMLA from 2013 to 2014, Cheryl Edelson is Humanities and Fine Arts Interim Dean at Chaminade University of Honolulu and author of “Reclaiming Plots: Albert Wendt’s ‘Prospecting’ and Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl’s Ola Na Iwi as Postcolonial Neo-Victorian Gothic.”

  2. Presiding Officers. John M. Ganim, UC Riverside.

    PAMLA President from 2015 to 2016, John Ganim is Professor of English at the University of California, Riverside and author of Medievalism and Orientalism: Three Essays on Literature, Architecture and Cultural Identity (Palgrave MacMillan 2005).

  3. Student Involvement. Andrea Gogrof, Western Washington University.

    PAMLA President from 2016 to 2017, Andrea Gogrof is professor of Liberal Studies at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington and author of Defining Modernism: Baudelaire and Nietzsche on Romanticism, Modernity, and Richard Wagner.

  4. Graduate Student Representative. Raymond H. J. Rim, University of California, Riverside.

    PAMLA's current Graduate Student Representative, “Raymond” Hong Jig Rim is a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of California, Riverside who focuses on Cold War texts and the construction of hegemonic and subordinate masculinities.

  5. PAMLA Conference Volunteers. Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

    PAMLA's Executive Director since 2009, Craig Svonkin is MSU Denver Associate Professor of English and author of “Manishevitz and Sake, the Kaddish and Sutras: Allen Ginsberg’s Spiritual Self-Othering.”

1-09 - Languages: Linguistics, Structure, and Use
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm (Haggard Hall 122)
Chair: Melissa Axelrod, University of New Mexico

  1. Sí se puede: Moving Toward Accuracy and Confidence through Early Phonology Intervention in Spanish-Language Classrooms. Kirsten Drickey, Western Washington University., Jordan Sandoval, Western Washington University., Maria José Palacios Figueroa, Western Washington University.

    Common practice in early Spanish-language instruction often neglects explicit phonological instruction. Students reach upper-division courses with fossilized L1-influenced production patterns. We report the effects of a cross-disciplinary intervention giving students linguistic tools to analyze their production and perception, empowering them for success in subsequent classes.

  2. Desiness: Indexing Intersectional Identities in Beauty Guru Discourse on YouTube. Fiana Kawane, University of Toronto (Canada).

    The paper presents evidence for rethinking some of the ways in which intersectional identities have been articulated, studied, and understood. By addressing the gap of research on YouTube and language use of beauty bloggers, the study attempts to make a meaningful contribution to the ongoing dialogue on language, identity, and power in sociolinguistics.

  3. Ethical Considerations in Linguistic Fieldwork: Diversity Across and Within Indigenous Communities. Melissa Axelrod, University of New Mexico.

    This talk considers ethics in the practice of linguistic fieldwork, focusing on diversity in language ideologies both across and within indigenous communities, and how these differing understandings link to issues of identity, power, and epistemology. I describe language projects in three communities in order to add to discussion on the responsibilities of academic linguists.

1-10 - Literature of the Oxford Inklings
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm (Carver 261)
Chair: Jefferey Taylor, Metropolitan State University of Denver

  1. “The Rags of Lordship” – Tolkien & the Philosophy of Owen Barfield. Jefferey Taylor, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

    There is much of Barfield’s evolution of consciousness in Tolkien’s “On Faerie Stories” that illuminates illustrations of consciousness in The Lord of the Rings and elsewhere. Tolkien’s poem “Mythopoeia,” part of the early ideological struggle between Lewis and his Inklings friends, reveals Tolkien’s alignment with Barfield’s poetic philosophy against the banal empiricism of the age.

  2. An Age of Men and Machines: Reading the Mythology of Middle-earth in the Anthropocene. Shane Peterson, University of Washington - Seattle.

    If we were to date the beginning of the Anthropocene around the advent of nuclear radiation during the early 1950s, then we could accurately say that J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth saga is the first mythology of the Anthropocene, which would require a re-reading of his works through this lens. 

  3. A Coinherent Ecology? Charles Williams’ Arthurian Poetry. Laura Van Dyke, University of Ottawa.

    Although ecocriticism has not yet given sustained attention to the work of the “third Inkling,” Charles Williams, the image of a coinherent (or interconnected) world he envisions in his cycle of Arthurian poetry intersects with much of contemporary green discourse, inviting a reconsideration of his work.  

  4. From Sordello to The Prelude: Lewis’s Reading of Barfield’s The Tower. Leslie A. Taylor, Independent Scholar.

    Lewis was an encouraging reader of Barfield’s soon to be published narrative poem The Tower. In a 1922 diary entry, Lewis reacts favorably to an early draft but also compares The Tower to Browning’s obscure poem Sordello. Lewis’s later critique of the completed poem is more tempered, but he complimentarily compares The Tower to Wordsworth’s The Prelude.

1-11 - Medieval Literature
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm (Miller Hall 121)
Chair: Jo Koster, Winthrop University

  1. Tournaments: Staging Politics in the Middle Ages. Christene D'Anca, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    I argue that tournaments as extended social occasions gained prominence due to the enjoyment the participants and organizers drew from having encountered them in literature, and their continued patronage of such actual events instigated their further appearance in literary production, highlighting the cyclical relationship between reality, art, and literature as they constantly fed off of one another.

  2. Female Characters Subverting Masculine Dominance by Leveraging its Performance. Paul Gaffney, Hiram College.

    This paper asks what fabliau cross-dressing reveals about the performance of masculine dominance in romance. Contrasting the romance Partonope of Blois with the fabliaux Berangier au Long Cul shows how two female characters use the performance of gender roles to drive their agendas. 

  3. Sweet Child of Memoria: Mechthild of Magdeburg, Genre, and the Creation of her Buoch. Adrienne Merritt, Oberlin College.

    A brief look at the role of genre in the composition of The Flowing Light of the Godhead and how Derrida's lecture "The Law of Genre" informs modern understanding medieval literary composition and alligns with medieval concepts of memory, reading, and textual creation.

  4. Performing the Warrior's Role:  Cú Chulainn as Drama Queen and Drag King in Táin Bó Cúailnge. Phillip A. Bernhardt-House, Skagit Valley College.

    In the medieval Irish epic Táin Bó Cúailnge, the character of Cú Chulainn is the main character at "center stage" in the role of ferocious warrior defending his province.  Not only is the warrior's role in Irish society one built upon the idea of performance just as much as it is based in the ability to deal death to one's opponents, but it requires Cú Chulainn to confront and address his gender nonconformity by donning a fake beard in order to be taken seriously as an opponent by his adversaries at several points during the tale.

1-12 - Memory Frames: Contemporary Poetry and Memory
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm (Bond Hall 159)
Chair: James McCorkle, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

  1. Esemplastic Memory. Nan Darbous Marthaller, American Military University.

    Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote about the importance of memory 200 years ago. By comparing the opinions of Coleridge in Biographia Literaria with the philosophical theories of Bergson, there is an opportunity to better understand the consciousness from which creative energy flows and perhaps in so doing, appreciate the “esemplastic” meanderings of Coleridge at a deeper level.

  2. Acting Collective Memory, Drawing a New Frontier. Eun-Gwi Chung, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies.

    This paper contends that Ed Bok Lee’s poetry plays the role of agency acting out the collective, intergenerational memory of Korean American identities.

  3. Documents of Dailiness: Bernadette Mayer’s Arts of Memory. Stephen Cope, Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

    This paper explores the ways in which American poet Bernadette Mayer’s conceptualism, experimentalism, and improvisational ethos are central to her abiding concern with reclaiming a poetics of memory for feminist political aspirations.

  4. “My On-Line Maligned Body”: Trauma, Body, Code in Digital Poetry. Helen Lovejoy, Peninsula College.

    I explore innovative and performative poetics that offer new ways of voicing the traumatic. Specifically, I focus on the Australian digital poet MEZ, who intersects technology, the body, and traumatic memories in her work and uses computer code to disrupt readers’ abilities to interpret and interact with texts. MEZ asks how the digital realm creates new space for witnessing and testifying.

1-13 - Rhetorical Approaches to Literature
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm (Haggard Hall 232)
Chair: Kristin Brunnemer, Pierce College

  1. Richards of the Lyceum: Aristotelian Rhetoric and the Oratory of Shakespeare’s Richard II and Richard III. Christian Fernandez, Mary Baldwin University.

    “Richards of the Lyceum” examines the oratory of Shakespeare’s kings in Richard II and Richard III through the lens of Aristotelian rhetorical theory. By noting elements of Aristotle’s On Rhetoric reincarnated in the early modern rhetorical climate, this paper demonstrates the relevance of Aristotelian rhetoric when studying early modern theater. 

  2. El mar y Julia: Poeticas Puertorriqueña as Latinx Palimpsest, and the Archival Function of Poetics. Clarissa Castaneda, University of California, Riverside.

    Julia de Burgos' poems are textual assertions of Latinidad via a distinctly puerrtoriqueña palimpsest. These texts are an early interruption within American poetics, by virtue of their tongue and invocation of song (to connect) and sea (to other). They are lessons in translatability that blur the distinctions between modern and postmodern, between colonization and decolonization. These poems archive and deploy counter-histories as a latent memory holds and deploys a collection of images, sounds, and people once forgotten.

  3. Yellow Face: Quintessentially American. David Siglos, University of California - Riverside.

    My paper looks at the rhetorical approach of David Henry Hwang's play Yellow Face, which situates itself between the real and the performative. It is "real" because it grapples with a history, and performative because it is aware of its constructedness.

1-14 - Vampires I: Female Vampires
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm (Carver 207)
Chair: James R. Aubrey, Metropolitan State University of Denver

  1. ‘I have Given Suck, and Know How Tender ‘Tis’: Rampant Sexuality and the Consumption of Progeny in Representations of the Female Vampire in Literature. Joanna Shearer, Nevada State College.

    This paper seeks to examine representations of female vampires in literature and the ways in which they transgress societal notions of appropriate behavior in order to show that, when women become predators, all of humanity becomes prey, and for this reason, they must die in order to save us all.

  2. Vixen, Virgin or Vamp? : Questioning Female Characters in Vampire Literature Past and Present. Valerie Guyant, Montana State University - Northern.

    Social commentary in vampire literature is problematized as it concerns the role of women in the text, whether or not they are vampires.  This paper addresses ways that women are used in these texts to question existing patriarchal practices and express social concerns inherent to specific ages. Vampire literature, such as DraculaCarmilla, Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles, and Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake Vampire Hunter address issues of sexual, economic and political equality. 

  3. Putting the Vamp Back in Vampire: Gender, Sexuality, and Race in Richard Matheson's I Am Legend and Octavia Butler's Fledgling. Meredith Malburne-Wade, High Point University.

    What is it about the vampire that unleashes our fears and fantasies? What is it about the female vampire that threatens our identity? Through a close reading of Richard Matheson's I Am Legend and Octavia Butler's Fledgling, this paper demonstrates how the female vampire has been used to challenge us, titillate us, and lead us to question our own understandings of gender, race, and sexuality. 

  4. Taking Elias to Sumer: Let the Right One In and Inanna, Goddess of Heaven and Earth. John Francis, Independent Scholar.

    This paper establishes literary links between the Sumerian Goddess Inanna and the androgynous vampire Eli in John Ajvide Lindqvist's Let the Right One In

1-15 - Western Sculpture Collection Tour
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm (Miller Hall Collaborative Space)
Chair: Hafthor Yngvason, Director Western Washington University Gallery & Public Art Collection

  1. Touring Western's Sculpture Collection. Hafthor Yngvason, Director Western Washington University Gallery & Public Art Collection.

    Conducting the tour will be Hafthor Yngvason, Director of the Western Gallery & Sculpture Collection and former Director of the Reykjavik Art Museum and of Public Art for Cambridge, MA. Hafthor has edited: the catalogue for Katrín Sigurðardóttir’s installation for The Pavilion of Iceland at the Venice Biannale (2013); a book on Johannes S. Kjarval for the State Russian Museum (2013); and a book on the conservation of contemporary public art (2002). His monograph on the artist Sigurdur Gudmundsson, Mutes, was published by Forlagið in 2008.

-Friday Snack Break
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 3:00pm to 3:20pm (Miller Hall Collaborative Space)
Chair: Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver

  1. Friday Snack Break. Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

    Please join us for a snack break (cookies, yum) in the Miller Hall Collaborative Space.

2-01 - Adaptation Studies
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 3:20pm to 4:50pm (Miller Hall 105)
Chair: Yolanda Doub, California State University, Fresno

  1. The Poetics of Failure: Socialism and Emotion in Billy Budd. Maki Sadahiro, Meijigakuin University.

    This paper examines the way and the extent to which counterintuitive forms of resistance are actualized in Herman Melville’s novella Billy Budd and its film adaptations. The melodramatically staged scene of the failure emotionally affects those who witnessed it and successfully preserves the possibility of future revolution. 

  2. “a vida simple”: The Complex Afterlives of Alice Dayrell Caldeira Brant’s Minha vida de menina. Emily Travis, UC Santa Cruz.

    This paper considers the hybrid histories of Brazilian diarist Alice Dayrell Caldeira Brant’s Minda vida de menina in the context of two hypertexts—Elizabeth Bishop’s translation and Helena Solberg’s film adaptation—to explore the rhetorical potentiality afforded through lifewriting, the theory and praxis of translation, and the effects/affects of adaptation.

  3. Film Adaptation of Culturally Situated Performativities. Aili Zheng, Willamette University.

    I will explore how performativities fare in film adaptation relating to social status and gender.

2-02 - Austrian Studies
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 3:20pm to 4:50pm (Carver 104)
Chair: S. Kye Terrasi, University of Washington

  1. J. H. F. Müller's Reflections on Viennese Theater Culture in the Age of Mozart and Haydn. Carol Padgham Albrecht, University of Idaho.

    Johann Heinrich Friedrich Müller (1738-1815) was a renowned actor, playwright, and director in Vienna's Court Theater. His 1802 memoires reveal theater culture in the Austrian capital from the inside, including the recruitment and training of personnel and the promotion of spoken and sung theater in the German language.

  2. Zur Einsamkeit des Alters bei Stifter und Grillparzer. Brigitte Prutti, University of Washington.

    Mein Vortrag erörtert die Einsamkeit des Alters und die modernen Formen der Asozialität in zwei bekannten österreichischen Novellen der 1840er Jahre, die ihre exzentrischen Altersnarren auf ihre psycho-sozialen Voraussetzungen und Wirkungen hin befragen.

  3. Demaskierung im Schwarzen Salon in Vladimir Vertlibs Lucia Binar und die russische Seele (2015) und Michail Bulgakows Der Meister und Margarita (1967). Petra Fiero, Western Washington University.

    The public demasking of an Austrian real estate shark who benefitted from the “aryanization” of Jewish property in Vertlib’s novel brought about by the magician Viktor Viktorowitsch Vint on the stage of the Black Salon invites parallels to the machinations of  Bulgakov’s devilish figure Voland in The Master and Margarita

  4. Die Realität der Fälschung. Kunst in Daniel Kehlmanns „F“ und „Ich und Kaminski“. Andre Schuetze, Tulane University.

    Kunst, Kunstmanipulation und Kunstfälschung stehen im Mittelpunkt von verschiedenen Texten von Daniel Kehlmann wie "F" oder "Ich und Kaminski". In diesem Vortrag soll die Rolle von moderner Kunst und Künstlertum vor dem Hintergrund einer Welt des permanenten Realitätsverlustes genauer untersucht werden.

2-03 - Bible Dramatized II
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 3:20pm to 4:50pm (Miller Hall 38)
Chair: Maura Brady, Le Moyne College

  1. Medieval Prodigal Sons: Return and Mercy in Courtois d'Arras. Emilia Di Rocco, 'Sapienza' Università di Roma.

    The narrative of the Prodigal son, one of the three parables of mercy in the Gospel of Luke (chapter 15), has been enormously successful in the Western cultural tradition. Early Christian theologians commented on this story, and visual arts, sculpture, and literature re-interpreted it. Courtois d’Arras rewrites the story from the gospel with significant changes, adapting it to the demands of the courtly environment and feudal society in the light of the economic changes that were taking place and that eventually resulted in a new urban society.

  2. Racine’s Esther: A Courtier Reads the Hebrew Bible. Leonard Koff, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Racine’s play Esther reveals the contours of his emendations of the Book of Esther for the Christian and political instruction of the orphans of Saint-Cyr, who performed the play, and for the French nation’s view of itself as divinely protected by a queen.  Louis XIV attended the first performance of Esther in 1689.

2-04 - British Literature and Culture: Long 19th Century II
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 3:20pm to 4:50pm (Miller Hall 35)
Chair: Grant Palmer, University of California, Riverside

  1. Beasts and Beauties: Animality in H. Rider Haggard's She. Grace Chen, The University of Arizona.

    Although H. Rider Haggard’s She has clear references to Darwin’s Origin of Species, there has not been extensive scholarship on the connection between the two texts. This paper examines how Haggard creates a sense of contagious animality by using snake metaphors in describing the Queen, the African landscape, and the Amahagger people. Through the novel’s symbolism, She expresses nineteenth-century anxieties about how women in authority trigger evolutionary regression.   

  2. Dominant Fiction vs. Co-Authorship in George Eliot's Middlemarch. Munseong Park, Sogang University (South Korea).

    The contrasting conclusions between authors of dominant fiction and authors of co-authorship in George Eliot’s Middlemarch (1871) emphasizes the significance of pliable masculinity in the construction of a family structure in which women’s voices are heard and acknowledged, foreshadowing the New Man of the 1890s.

  3. Losing Power: The Brontës and Parental Roles. Jessica Woolley, Washington State University.

    Writing in an era that saw profound changes in the area of parenting, the Brontës carefully capture the Nineteenth-Century’s stereotypes when it concerns parental roles. This paper explores some of the postivie and negative representations of mothers, fathers and substitute mothers in the Brontës’ work, before later turning its attention to the connection between the deceased mother and the nineteenth-century ideal mother.  

  4. John Ruskin and Modern Venice. Kay Walter, University of Arkansas at Monticello.

    Venice embodies the vitality of Italian culture and art on the world stage.  John Ruskin played an important role in shaping the Venice we see today.  The interactions between England and Venice are evident in the city’s current celebration of this adopted son.  My paper explores examples of the results.

2-05 - Creative Writing: Poetry II
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 3:20pm to 4:50pm (Miller Hall 135)
Chair: Sandra Maresh Doe, Metropolitan State University of Denver

  1. Plurality. Leanne Dunic, University of British Columbia.

    Leanne Dunic is a multidisciplinary artist, musician, and writer. To Love the Coming End is her first book. 

  2. "The Material," and Other Poems. Genevieve Kaplan, Independent Scholar.

    Genevieve Kaplan is the author of In the Ice House (Red Hen Press), winner of the A Room of Her Own Foundation's poetry publication prize, and three chapbooks. Genevieve earned her MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and her PhD in Literature & Creative Writing from the University of Southern California. She lives in southern California where she edits the Toad Press International chapbook series, publishing contemporary translations of poetry and prose.

  3. Pilgrimages. Yanara Friedland, Western Washington University.

    Yanara Friedland is a German-American writer and translator. She is the author of Uncountry: A Mythology (Noemi Press), forthcoming in German translation with Mattes & Seitz. “Abraq ad Habra: I will Create As I Speak,” a digital chapbook, is available from Essay Press. Recent work can be found in Asymptote, FENCE, Harriet: The Blog, and ENTROPY. She is Assistant Professor at Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies.

2-06 - Cultural History II: P. T. Barnum and The Greatest Showman
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 3:20pm to 4:50pm (Miller Hall 239)
Chair: Bill Smith, Western Washington University

  1. Rings of Disability: Perceptions and Projections of Disability in The Greatest Showman. Katie Weed, Western Washington University.

    Recent film reviews suggest that The Greatest Showman's musical bio-pic eclipses the socio-political aspects of disability. Even the power the writers give to circus performers aligns with ableist inspirational models. The musical unquestionably redraws 19th century realities of disability for contemporary audiences, leaving them uninformed of our dark disability heritage.

  2. Not Far from Barnum: The Razzle-Dazzle of The Greatest Showman. Cathy McDonald, Western Washington University.

    While The Greatest Showman appeases modern tastes for progressive values, it nevertheless reifies an ableist view of bodies and beings outside the norm. Film representations of disability have not come very far from Longmore’s cinematic stereotypes or Barnum’s humbug. The razzle-dazzle continues.

  3. This is Who I’m Meant to Be: Creating Narratives of Paternalism out of Exploitative Relationships in the Music of The Greatest Showman. Ashley Le Feat, Western Washington University.

    The song “This Is Me,” intended as an anthem for the disabled performers in The Greatest Showman to symbolize their rejection of their freak status, nevertheless belies the history of P.T. Barnum. Instead, the anthem makes a shallow conflation within the narrative between positive representation and entertainment for a modern audience.

2-07 - Drama and Society I: Shakespeare and Society
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 3:20pm to 4:50pm (Miller Hall 113)
Chair: Amanda Riggle, University of California, Riverside

  1. Self-Portrait as Cordelia, Mormon Polygamous Wife: Post-Mormon Adaptations of Shakespeare's Women in Poetry. Dayna Patterson, Independent Scholar.

    Shakespeare's work lends itself to all manner of adaptations. In this session, I'll discuss the genesis of and read a sampling of poems from my poetry manuscript, O Lady, Speak Again, a series of persona and self-portrait poems that combine female characters from Shakespeare with a Post-Mormon feminist twist. 

  2. Friar Laurence’s Soliloquy in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet: “Enter Romeo”—Misdirection or Object Lesson?”. Carol Robertson, University of Washington - Seattle.

    Some scholars have insisted that stage directions signaling Romeo’s entrance midway through Friar Laurence’s garden soliloquy are premature—an error in Q2 since no such directions appear in Q1.  I argue that Romeo’s midway entrance is significant to our interpretation of the soliloquy.  Romeo gives an object to the friar’s cogent lesson on the dangers of reading and misreading.  

  3. Politics and Performance: Shakespeare on the Albanian Stage. Marinela Golemi, Arizona State University.

     This paper traces the industrialization of Shakespeare in Albania through translations and politically motivated theatrical performances.

2-08 - East-West Literary Relations
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 3:20pm to 4:50pm (Miller Hall 123)
Chair: Mike Sugimoto, Pepperdine University

  1. Dislocation Within Language: The Elusive Arabesque in Poe’s “Ligeia” and “The Oval Portrait”. Lupina Hossain, California State University.

    I argue that Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Oval Portrait,” takes the misinterpreted arabesque and captures its Islamic mystical essence of unity. Through the arabesque frame, unity is then interrupted by providing a singular moment, while excluding other interpretations, thereby warning us of the violence in translation. The arabesque becomes a metaphor for language that gives the illusion of unity which brings us closer together, when in fact, it separates and creates distance ultimately showing our own dislocation as we interpret language.

  2. Orhan Pamuk’s Literary Misogyny: The Representation of Turkish Female Identity in Snow and The Museum of Innocence. Zeynep Cakmak, American University.

    This paper addresses the misreading of and gaps within the prevalent ideas regarding the gender dynamics in the Nobel Prize-winning Turkish author Orhan Pamuk’s works, through a close reading of the female characters in Snow and The Museum of Innocence, focusing particularly on the East-West cultural relationship.

  3. Neon Odysseys and Simulacral Shadows: Positing Tokyo as the East-West Heterotopia in Haruki Murakami’s After Dark . Michael Moreno, Green River College.

    This paper explores how Haruki Murakami’s novel After Dark situates Tokyo as a world-stage upon which the interstices of urban locations disrupt conventional binary constructions of social ordering: East and West, lightness and darkness, past and present, real and imagined, archetype and simulacrum. Through a heterotopic matrix of intersections and criss-crossings, these spatio-temporal dichotomies are contested in ways that reconfigure the exchanges between the characters and the places they inhabit.

  4. Nuclear Exigencies - The Rhetorical Dissonances and Congruenies as Mobilized by Dr. Manhattan and Godzilla. Autumn Reyes, San Diego State University.

    Watchmen and Godzilla are two narratives that have been accepted into the canon, both of which exhibit different cultural reactions and societal anxieties to nuclear power. By analyzing the rhetorical moves exhibited in their depiction and overall stylistic choices from their original source material, one can identify the differences and similarities Japan and America had (or currently have) in regards to nuclear power.

2-09 - Food Studies
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 3:20pm to 4:50pm (Humanities 102)
Chair: Elizabeth Reimer, Thompson Rivers University

  1. Yellow Vein Virus, Rhizomania, and Sugar Beets: Spectral Sweetness and Yellow Peril in Western Canadian Agricultural Histories. Jane Komori, University of California Santa Cruz.

    The proposed paper stems from an interdisciplinary project that explores Asian North American diasporic histories, feelings, and cultural productions through the foodways of these communities. The paper reads the history of Western Canadian sugar production against contemporary biosecurity and pediatric health discourses, with the support of literatures about race, sweetness, and childhood.

  2. Food Aversion, Effeminacy, and Anorexia in Wilkie Collins’s The Dead Secret. Nowell Marshall, Rider University.

    In The Dead Secret, Wilkie Collins uses Mr. Phippen’s aversion to food, his effeminate bachelorhood, and his self-definition against other characters’ food choices to subtly suggest Mr. Phipps’s alternative masculinity. Mr. Phipps’s obsession with and abjection of food becomes a form of self-discipline that prefigures the 1873 classificationof anorexia.

  3. "Heaving Tables, Suckling Babes": Cistercian Piety and Nursing in Bernard of Clairvaux’s Sermons. Lindsey Moser, University of Auckland (New Zealand).

    This paper will examine Bernard of Clairvaux’s descriptions of taste, eating, and lactating in his sermons as a context for developing an examination of how food, consumption, and breastfeeding in Cistercian conceptualisations of sanctity differ from how consumption occurred in praxis.

  4. Eating Custard in the Greenwood: Medieval Outlaw Romance in Diane Carey’s Under the Wild Moon. Kristin Noone, Irvine Valley College.

    Diane Carey’s romance novel Under the Wild Moon (1986) purposefully rewrites the legend of Robin Hood in an act of popular medievalism that emphasizes food and feasting in terms of the outlaw hero’s ability to provide for a community, as the greenwood becomes a place of nourishment not only for the heroine Katie but for the refugees like her who find homes at Robin Hood’s camp.

2-10 - French II
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 3:20pm to 4:50pm (Haggard Hall 253)
Chair: Youna Kwak, Pomona College

  1. Performing Desire in Benjamin Constant’s Adolphe. Daniel Sipe, University of Missouri Columbia.

    In this paper, I will show how Benjamin Constant’s staging of desire in Adolphe serves to frame and reveal a host of important issues that preoccupied post-Revolutionary France, namely how desire affects our perception of time and memory, of the other and the self, and of performance and reality.

  2. Epic vs. Real Heroes: Towards a New Ethos in Thirteenth-Century French Histories and Chronicles. Cristian Bratu, Baylor University.

    I argue that in the thirteenth century, French history-writing seems increasingly interested in the exploits of actual historical figures (rather than legendary heroes), which points to a seismic shift in the perception of “historicity” in Western Europe.

  3. Metaphysics and Ethics in the Work of François de Malherbe. Erik Noonan, Independent Scholar.

    Drawing upon his letters and poems, along with a contemporary memoir and various commentaries, this paper will use original translations to explore the origins, works and legacy of the French poet François de Malherbe (1555-1628).

2-11 - Latinx Literature and Culture
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 3:20pm to 4:50pm (Miller Hall 139)
Chair: Ariel Zatarain Tumbaga, Antelope Valley College

  1. Painting Their Portraits in Winter: Myriam Gurba’s Queer Chicana Crónica. Carolyn Gonzalez, The College of Idaho.

    How Some Abuelitas Keep Their Chicana Granddaughters Still While Painting Their Portraits in Winter (2015) by Myriam Gurba is a twenty-first century Queer Chicana Crónica. Through her text, this Mexican-American, female writer documents, re-crafts and reclaims the natural world, literature, history and culture that surround her. Gurba presents her writing as an attempt to (de)colonize herself as well as her reader’s mind, utilizing each new tale to challenging established stories and so-called truths.

  2. Politics of Space in the Borderlands: Envisioning Possibilities in Ana Castillo's So Far From God. Thayse Madella, UFSC - Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina.

    This paper aims to analyze the political uses of space in the Chicana novel So Far From God (1994), by Ana Castilllo in which metaphorical and literal representations of space are combined in the village of Tome. 

  3. A Contemporary View of Latinx Theater in the Birthplace of El Teatro Campesino. Estrella Amaro-Jeppesen, Independent Scholar.

    Using a mixed-methods approach, I examine Latinx participation in the birthplace of world-renowned Chicano theater group, El Teatro Campesino. I contrast actor perceptions with casting data in Kern County, CA. Examining the underrepresentation of Latinx actors in this context may help identify ways to increase Latinx theater participation at the local and national levels. 

2-12 - Mid-Twentieth Century Poetry (co-sponsored by the Robert Lowell Society)
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 3:20pm to 4:50pm (Miller Hall 103)
Chair: Steven Gould Axelrod, University of California, Riverside

  1. The Extraordinary Afterlife of Adrienne Rich. Cheri Langdell, East Los Angeles College.

    Adrienne Rich’s poetic influence extends beyond the scope of her oeuvre into—and beyond—the fields of gender and women’s studies. Touching on the central themes and revolutionary transformations driving her 62 years of published poetry presented in the Collected Poems, I shall show how these factors contribute to critical evaluations of her poetry. I will also discuss Rankine’s incisive introduction which emphasizes Rich’s literary lineage from Rilke through Baldwin.

  2. "We got vision anyhows": Nystagmic Poetics in Lorine Niedecker’s “For Paul” and “Wintergreen Ridge”. Edward Ferrari, California State University San Bernardino.

    This essay examines the postwar poetry of Lorine Niedecker (who was partially sighted), exploring in particular how the poems “For Paul” and “Wintergreen Ridge” deconstruct the ocularcentric tradition of Objectivism not only through their content, but also by bodying forth an alternative “nystagmic” poetics.

  3. Elizabeth Bishop Staged: Performative Poetics. James McCorkle, Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

    This paper explores several of Elizabeth Bishop’s poems, “Trouvée,” (with its invocatory “Oh”), “Little Exercise” (with its apostrophic “Think”), and “Pink Dog” (the performative act of naming), and their use of apostrophe. While these poems illustrate the fictive applications of the apostrophe found in romantic and modernist poems, Paul Alpers argues that the Renaissance and metaphysical poets—those Bishop most revered—saw in the apostrophe an empirical, social mode of address, found in “Pink Dog" but more fully in “Under the Window: Ouro Prêto.”

  4. "Vegetables Make Love Above the Tenors": Radiophonic Intermediality in Under Milk Wood. Patrick Milian, University of Washington.

    Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood incorporates the hybridized means of representation and expression afforded by radio toward a pre-discursive register of integrated word and sound. I explore the various semiotic operations at work in Thomas’ “play for voices” in order to describe their combination as indicative of a social and spiritual mission of unification and synthesis.

2-13 - New Directions in Holocaust Studies
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 3:20pm to 4:50pm (Miller Hall 131)
Chair: Sandra Alfers, Western Washington University

  1. Pulp Fiction as Transnational Challenge: Reading Israeli Stalagim. Eric Zakim, University of Maryland, College Park.

    The Israeli genre of Holocaust pulp-fiction erotica, stalagim, has languished, forgotten, suppressed, uncollected, and critically unreadable within historicist chronologies and genealogies of Israeli understandings of the Holocaust. This paper asks what happens when we read the stalagimnot as symptoms of national transgression and dysfunction but as vibrant transnational challenges to the restrictions imposed by a pre-conceived meta-discourse of the Holocaust as shoah (Claude Lanzmann’s designation).

  2. Based on a (Mostly) True Story: Conflicting Cinematic Portrayals of Jewish Champions Boxing at Auschwitz. LuLing Osofsky, University of California, Santa Cruz.

    In 2011, I interviewed 87 year old Noah Klieger, the last remaining Holocaust survivor to have boxed for Nazi officials at Auschwitz. That champion Jewish boxers fought each other to survive is largely unknown; the few accounts are contested and contradictory. This paper considers two "based-on-a-true story" films that conflict with each other and Klieger's testimony. Through film criticism, and theoretical discussions in sports studies and trauma studies, I investigate the narrativizing and metaphorizing of boxing in the camps. 

  3. Memories in Translation: Language Shifts in Transnational and Transgenerational Perspectives. Bettina Hofmann, University of Wuppertal.

    Issues of translation, together with transgenerational and transnational questions, have become important in Holocaust Studies. Translation is used both literally as metaphorically, i.e. the psychological mechanisms and cultural processes involved when members of successive generations grapple with the experiences of their predecessors.

2-14 - Old English Literature, Including Beowulf
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 3:20pm to 4:50pm (Miller Hall 121)
Chair: Derek Updegraff, Azusa Pacific University

  1. Þyrs versus Þeoden: Lords and Monstrosity in Beowulf. Michelle E. Parsons-Powell, Purdue University.

    In Beowulf, the roles of people and monsters in society, especially the role of kings, are well-defined. By examining the actions of Beowulf and Hroþgar in relation to their respective monsters, we can determine that Beowulf is at least as monstrous as the non-human beings that he slays.

  2. Revisiting Beowulf: Is He a Hero or Not?. Jessica Federman, California State University, Dominguez Hills.

    The story of Beowulf is a powerful sense-making tool for learning how to “act like a leader.”  While some of the leadership lessons learned are valid and useful, others promote a narrow view of how people should work together to overcome uncertainty.  I discuss how creative storytelling can be beneficial for relearning past concepts.    

2-15 - Post-Family Studies
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 3:20pm to 4:50pm (Miller Hall 112)
Chair: Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver

  1. “You have to look for motives”: The Human Family and Moral Responsibility in Graham Greene’s The Human Factor. Thomas J. Carter, Eastern Washington University.

    Utilizing Graham Greene’s 1978 novel The Human Factor, this paper explores the dynamic between family and State in the modern era, emphasizing how these two conceptions influence issues of loyalty, perfidy, and moral responsibility.

  2. Just Family. Carole-Anne Tyler, "University of California, Riverside".

    According to many, the trouble with “family” is the family with trouble, the Oedipal family idealized in family values politics that is all too queer, riven by perverse erotic tensions and rivalries.  Queer studies idealizes instead the family one chooses—yet it too is queered by tensions and rivalries.

  3. Scotch! Scotch! Scotch! Inoperative Domesticity in Chantal Akerman’s Saute Ma Ville. Eleanor Rowe, Brown University.

    This paper reads Chantal Akerman's "Saute Ma Ville" as a piece of destituent feminist commentary on the role of the single-person female family. It examines Akerman's use of Chaplinesque farce alongside Giorgio Agamben's thought on inoperativity and (relatedly) Deleuze's reading of Bartleby the Scrivener, and suggests that Akerman refigures and reimagines the potential of reproductive labour.

  4. The Story of Another ‘Normal’ Family: Unseeing Race in the Name of Love. Soh Yeun (Elloise) Kim, University of Washington.

    This paper will study Jane Jin Kaisen's Loving Belinda project to explore the convergence and crossing of borders that occurs in a transracial and transnational adoptive family, focusing on the effect of racial differences between adoptive parents and an adopted child.

2-16 - To the Mountaintop: A Social History of Mountaineering (Western Libraries Exhibit)
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 3:20pm to 4:50pm (Wilson Library Special Collections (6th Floor))
Chair: Michael Taylor, Western Washington University

  1. To the Mountaintop: A Social History of Mountaineering (Western Libraries Exhibit). Michael Taylor, Western Washington University.

    Curated by Special Collections Librarian Michael Taylor and located in Special Collections on the sixth floor of Wilson Library, "To the Mountaintop: A Social History of Mountaineering" is a self-guided exhibit featuring historical materials that explore the complex relationship between humans’ love of high altitudes and issues of gender, race, and class. The exhibit features rare books, historical photographs, and manuscript materials from Western Libraries’ division of Heritage Resources. The exhibit is free and open to public.

2-17 - Un camino difícil/ A difficult journey: Cultural products about (il)legal (Im)migration
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 3:20pm to 4:50pm (Bond Hall 159)
Chair: Sonia Barrios Tinoco, Seattle University

  1. Capital humano en fuga: el derrumbe de una nación. Sonia Barrios Tinoco, Seattle University.

    A través del estudio de varios productos culturales publicados en años recientes que relatan la experiencia de venezolanos que se ven obligados a dejar su país como consecuencia de la profunda crisis de valores por la que atraviesa, nos proponemos rastrear los cambios que se han generado en la identidad del venezolano y cómo vive su experiencia de inmigrante en contraste con su antigua y natural posición de receptor.

  2. The Death of Death: Cultural Products Mourning the Loss of Death Culture on the US/Mexico Border. Carmen Febles, Idaho State University.

    In this project I will analyze two collaborative cultural products, “Dacamented voices in Healthcare” and “Cruzando fronteras: Ceremonia y duelo,” through the prism of death as it relates to cultural loss and resilience. I will highlight the ways in which death manifests and is manifested in the life of the (Il)legal (Im)migrant.

  3. El nuevo rostro de la inmigración en España: Los menores no acompañados inmigrantes en Al otro lado de Gustavo Loza y A escondidas de Mikel Rueda. Pedro Koo, Missouri State University.

    Esta presentación busca estudiar el fenómeno inmigratorio de los menores no acompañados inmigrantes en España. Para ello, se analizan los procesos de inmigración que viven los protagonistas de los largometrajes Al otro lado (2004) y A escondidas (2012) de los directores Gustavo Loza y Mikel Rueda respectivamente.

  4. An African Migration Narrative: Distinctions of Class and Cultural Capital in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah . David Wolf, Portland State University.

    This paper examines distinctions in the African migration narrative pertaining to class and resources: Adichie's university-educated, middle class Nigerian characters are able to easily cross borders to the west and to penetrate the intricate social tableaux of the U.S. and the U.K. Their immigration is due neither due to war nor to abject poverty, but rather because her educated Nigerian characters need, as one character reflects, “to escape from the oppressive lethargy of choicelessness.” 

2-18 - Vampires II: Vampire Cultures
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 3:20pm to 4:50pm (Carver 207)
Chair: Jennifer Henriquez, California State University Dominguez Hills

  1. The Vampire Film also Returns: Re-makes of Nosferatu, Daughters of Darkness, Ganja and Hess, and Let the Right One In . James R. Aubrey, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

    Despite widespread scorn for re-makes, such re-interpretations always reveal shifting cultural dynamics. Among the most significant cases are the re-making of Nosferatu as Nosferatu: The Vampyre (1979), Daughters of Darkness as The Hunger (1983), Let the Right One In as Let Me In (2010), and Ganja and Hess as Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2014). 

  2. “Some Creature Beyond Humanity”: The Posthumanist Vampire in C.L. Moore’s “Shambleau”. Livia Bongiovanni, California State University Dominguez Hills.

    This paper builds on existing theories of abjection and abhumanism to demonstrate how the literary vampire tests the boundaries of human identity while introducing the possibility of a broader understanding of subjectivity. I conclude that the vampire may be best understood as a posthumanist figure that seeks to unify disparate categories of the human outside of the current binary-based systems of human identity.

  3. Recolonization of America and Indian Dracula in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Sang-Keun Yoo, UC Riverside.

    Instead of arguing Dracula in Bram Stoker’s Dracula as an Oriental Other, I argue the vampire is depicted as an Indian and Quincey Morris as an incompetent American colonizer. The novel demonstrates British men’s need to re-colonize America by highlighting their ability to colonize vampiric indigenous beings with linear temporality. The novel shows how British settlers’ colonialist logic justifies itself by making the vampire as being from the past like Indians.

  4. American [Vampiric] Identity: Redefining Degenerative Symbols in Constructing American Individualism . Jennifer Henriquez, California State University Dominguez Hills.

    In the graphic novel series American Vampire (2010-present), written by Scott Snyder and illustrated by Raphael Albuquerque, Snyder reimagines the vampire figure, a mongrel species, to explore an American identity founded in notions of regeneration, exceptionalism, expansionism and social mobility.  

2-19 - Young Adult Literature
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 3:20pm to 4:50pm (Haggard Hall 232)
Chair: Taylor D. McCabe, University of California, Irvine

  1. Performance, Bisexual Erasure, and Identity Politics in Hannah Moskowitz’s Not Otherwise Specified. Charlie Christie, The University of British Columbia (Canada).

    Looking at Hannah Moskowitz’s Not Otherwise Specified as a coming-of-age text interrogating identity creation, and performances related to identity politics. The performative expectations of queer spaces, eating disorders, and the performance arts are examined, as well as bisexual erasure in Young Adult texts. 

  2. Gilbert, Laurie, Anne, and Jo: Literary Spinsters and Writer Wives. Taylor D. McCabe, University of California, Irvine.

    This paper explores how theories of sentimentalism may need translation for application to girlhood literature. Given children literature's greater potential for serialization and the economic success therein, how does an author's achievement of "literary spinsterhood" condemn her characters to the marriage plot? Through the sequels to Little Women and Anne of Green Gables, I investigate how girlhood literature troubles sentimentalist framing of marriage as the emotional event that centers women's narratives.

  3. Coming of Age Amidst the Sprawl: Youth Culture and Domestic Containment in Mid-Twentieth Century Southern California. Jeremiah Axelrod, Institute for the Study of Los Angeles, Occidental College.

    Imagine Southern California youth culture in the late 1940s and 1950s, including the pachuco panic of the 1940s, the postwar juvenile delinquent crisis, and Disneyland's Soda Pop Dances of the 1950s. Despite the relative separation of LA teens by class and ethnic identity, ethnic cultural border transgressions did take place, leading inevitably to counter-attempts to tame and contain the era's teen rebels.

-PAMLA Conference Reception
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm (Wilson Library Reading Room)
Chair: Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver

  1. PAMLA Conference Reception. Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

    Please join us for one of the highlights of the PAMLA conference, our annual PAMLA Conference Reception. Meet with new friends and old as you eat snacks and drink wine, beer, or soft drinks. In the Wilson Library Reading Room.

-Saturday Conference Registration
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 7:00am to 3:30pm (Miller Hall Collaborative Space)
Chair: Andrea Gogrof, Western Washington University

  1. Saturday Conference Registration. Andrea Gogrof, Western Washington University.

    Please come to the Miller Hall Collaborative Space to register for the conference and pick up your conference program and nametag.

-Saturday New York Breakfast
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 7:00am to 8:30am (Miller Hall Collaborative Space)
Chair: Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver

  1. Saturday New York Breakfast. Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

    Please join us for a light New York breakfast (bagels, cream cheese, etc.), including coffee, juice, and tea. In the Miller Hall Collaborative Space.

3-01 - Acting Out: The Role of Environmental Humanities in the Anthropocene I
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Miller Hall 17)
Chair: Rachel Rochester, University of Oregon

  1. Whose Tears?: Negotiating the Private and the Anthropocene in Tears of Antarctica. Yun Ha Kim, Yonsei University.

    This paper investigates the narrative structure of Tears of Antarctica (2011), a South Korean wildlife documentary, to articulate the most pressing challenges that wildlife films face in the increasing awareness of today’s ecological crisis. Paying close attention to the documentary’s dramatization of its own production process, I argue that in Tears of Antarctica we witness a complex negotiation of pressures between anti-colonialism, globalism, and the Anthropocene.

  2. Literary Implications of Emily Dickinson’s Ambivalence in the Anthropocene Era. Seoyoung Park, The University of Arizona.

    Considering the contradictory nature in the conception of the Anthropocene, this paper will examine the implications of ambivalent and contradictory voices of Emily Dickinson’s poetic persona to suggest that the dialectic investigation of existential humility and cognitive self-assertion embodied in her poetry provides an opportunity to reflect on the bitter irony of as well as the extended understanding for the Anthropocene literature beyond the level of apocalyptic imaginings or evocations of ecological pathos.

  3. Closed Eye Drawing in the Anthropocene. Graydon Wetzler, UC San Diego.

    I share an original participatory ethnographic experiment conceived in collaboration with visual artist and book translator, Yayu Tseng. My hope is that both our method and the experience of sharing its performance with others can evoke rather unexpected double translations of humanities and non-human mediums across scales tiny and geopolitical.

  4. Living Waters: Representing Dynamic Climates in Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones. Ned Schaumberg, University of Texas at Arlington.

    This paper examines Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones to highlight the ways Mississippi Gulf Coast residents are exposed to, and learn from, the dynamic waters surrounding them. The novel uses descriptions of water to complicate understandings of Hurricane Katrina as an “unnatural disaster” without ignoring legacies of racial and environmental injustice that shape life in the region.

3-02 - Auteurial (self)-enactment in Contemporary Literature, Film, and Culture
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Miller Hall 15)
Chair: Andrea Gogrof, Western Washington University

  1. Society of the Spectacle and Friendship in Julio Cortázar’s Hopscotch. Richard Sperber, Carthage College.

    Cortázar's 1963 novel follows Nietzsche in positing a competitive form of male friendship as an antidote to an alienating public sphere. The flight from the society of the spectacle leads to a confrontation with Woman, “actor” par excellence (Nietzsche), whose performances challenge the androcentric performance of friendship.


  2. Literary Celebrity, Authorship, and #metoo. Karin Bauer, McGill University.

    Swiss author Christian Kracht brought a #metoo moment into the prestigious Frankfurter Poetic-Vorlesungen with his revelation that, at age 12, he was sexually abused by a priest. Rather than reinterpreting his literary work in light of these revelations, this paper seeks to explore the impact of these revelations on the trajectory of the constructions of Kracht's authorship and his status as literary celebrity.

  3. Self-representation as Self-valorisation in Dave Eggers' A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. Philip Jones, University of Sussex, UK.

    My paper explores the intersection between self-representation and self-valorisation in Dave Eggers’ A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. Exemplary of a new dominant aesthetic mode in contemporary US literature, Eggers uses literary work to fashion and present his personal brand.

3-03 - Autobiography I
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Miller Hall 38)
Chair: Michaela Hulstyn, Reed College

  1. (Self)Translaton of Elif Shafak’s Autobiographical Novel Black Milk: on Motherhood, Writing and the Harem Within . Özlem Berk Albachten, Bogazici University.

    One of the main aims of this paper is to explore the struggle between creativity and motherhood using Elif Shafak’s autobiographical novel Black Milk: on Motherhood, Writing and the Harem Within. It also aims to demonstrate how the same bodily experiences, such as pregnancy and birth, travel from one socio-cultural context to another, focusing on the role of translation and the various manipulations at work in interlingual and intercultural transfer processes.

  2. Baldwin's Sense of Reality and Racial Sensibility. Michael Thomas, Susquehanna University.

    This paper draws on the concepts of “witnessing” and the “sense of reality” in Baldwin’s writing to ground a notion of racial sensibility as a starting point for evading idealist accounts of race, sexuality, and other positionalities. It argues that Baldwin’s autobiographical essays perform perspectival moves that model a form of sensual perspective taking for the reader. 

  3. The Trouble with Pretty: The Pleasure of Ugliness in Grealy’s Autobiography of a Face and Gay’s Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body. Ryan Lambert, The Community College of Denver.

    This paper focuses on the useful nature of ugliness in memoirs by Grealy and Gay. I posit that both writers find pleasure in ugliness that allows them to explore alternative means of selfhood that subvert capitalist, masculine heteronormativity.

  4. “Graphic Body Memoir”: On the Genre of Autobiographical Comics and Representations of Disability. Renata Lucena Dalmaso, Universidade Federal do Sul e Sudeste do Pará (Brazil).

    This article discusses the genre of autobiographical comics and the possibilities of representation of disability, something I refer to as “graphic body memoirs”. The idiosyncrasies of comics justify the need for a more specific theoretical framework in terms of graphic memoirs and disability. To illustrate the possibilities of such concept, I bring the work Bitter Medicine: A Graphic Memoir of Mental Illness, by the brothers Clem e Olivier Martini, published in 2010.

3-04 - British Literature and Culture: To 1700 I
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Miller Hall 13)
Chair: Amy E. Shine, University of California, Irvine

  1. Vice and the Future: The Role and Character of Aaron in Titus Andronicus. Sam Kolodezh, University of California, Irvine.

    This paper examines the relationship between temporality and race in Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus. Drawing on the concepts of Kairos and Aion from Antonio Negri and Gilles Deleuze respectively, I argue that Aaron’s temporalization demonstrates the complexity of shifting from a representational character to a generative role and provides incite into the aesthetic fluctuations between a stereotype and a subject.


  2. Measure for Measure's Working Women. Amanda Riggle, University of California, Riverside.

    The women of Measure for Measure, occupying various socioeconomic spheres from prostitute to nun, are ripe for a Marxist-Feminist analysis. By viewing the women of the play through the lens of 70’s feminist Marxist Lise Vogel and her theory of social reproduction and the classification of women’s work as unproductive labor, this paper asserts that the Duke of the play is a stand-in for a patriarchal English society re-domesticating women after the death of Queen Elizabeth I.

  3. Emerging Bodies: Eroticism and Objectification in the Poetry of William Shakespeare. Alexandria Morgan, University of Miami.

    This paper will use William Shakespeare’s Sonnets and Venus and Adonis to examine the eroticized objectification of poetry, within which human bodies emerge as object. By focusing on the eroticized figure of the young man, I will explore what agencies these bodies have in submitting to or resisting the process of eroticized objectification by poetry, as well as the reciprocating affect of eroticized objectification upon the poet.

3-05 - Classics (Latin)
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Miller Hall 112)
Chair: Madeleine St. Marie, University of California, Riverside

  1. Medea: A Woman Depicted in a Man's World. Angela Hurley, Brandeis University.

    This paper aims to analyze Euripides’ masculinization of Medea and the reception of such a character by a Roman audience, specifically using Seneca’s Medea. Where Euripides masculinizes Medea in order for her to achieve her endeavors, Seneca vilifies her character. I will also explore through parallel contemporary examples depictions of and representations of powerful women which follow similar patterns of masculinizing or vilifying the subject. 

  2. Claudianus Mamertus the Poet: A Forgotten Reputation and the “Pange Lingua Gloriosi”. Richard Rush, University of California Riverside.

    Claudianus Mamertus’ reputation as a poet was a crucial part Claudianus’ reputation during the fifth century. Furthermore, I claim, through an analysis of Claudianus’ reputation as a poet and a reexamination of the manuscript tradition, that Claudius composed the poem “Pange lingua gloriosi,” currently attributed to the sixth-century poet Fortunatus.

  3. Poetry, Philosophy, and the Ivory Gate in Aeneid 6.. Robert Stoops, Western Washington University.

    When Virgil has Aeneas and the Sibyl exit through the gate of false or deceptive dreams, he is giving his more sophisticated readers an indication that the tour of the underworld, and more importantly, the Stoic framework of the epic should be taken with a grain of salt.

3-06 - Comparative American Ethnic Literature
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Miller Hall 114)
Chair: Soh Yeun (Elloise) Kim, University of Washington

  1. “Her Absence Stopped Time”: The Effects of Rape Trauma on Familial Kinship in Louise Erdrich’s The Round House. Monica Shaar, La Sierra University.

    In The Round House, the theoretical framework of colonizers raping both the native land and body and how this resulting trauma affects familial kinship is expressed through the novel’s thematic progression. The difficulties the family faces in assimilating to the mother's trauma shows how the pain of one family member forces the entire family unit to adapt and change. This reading suggests that kinship is an ever-adaptive community that must remain balanced in order to survive.

  2. American Indian Literatures, Infrastructuralist Criticism, and Dams. Christopher Leise, Whitman College.

    This paper considers two markedly divergent literary responses to dams and their ill effects on American Indian communities. Both Elizabeth Woody’s (Warm Springs / Yakama / Navajo) and Eric Gansworth’s (Tuscarora) best-recognized works address the extent to which dams brought significant changes to the lives of people on and near their reservation communities.

  3. Becoming-Shaman: Undoing Patriarchy through Deleuzian Reading of Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior. So-Yeon Kim, Sogang University (South Korea).

    This paper uses Gilles Delueze's concept of "becoming-" in Difference and Repetition (1968) and A Thousand Plateaus (1980) to see how the narratives used in Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior (1976) can be a way of undoing patriarchy. Becoming-Shaman in The Woman Warrior will be discussed in terms of embracing ambiguous bodies and narratives, thereby challenging what is normatively human. 

  4. Mexican Representation in Antebellum US Visual Culture. Melanie Hernandez, California State University, Fresno.

    This paper explores the racial representations of Mexicans and Mexican-descended US citizens from the early-nineteenth century through the turn of the twenieth century; it focuses on the shift away antebellum Mexican “whiteness” to US-based Mexicans into a proletarian non-white racial formation.

3-07 - Composition and Rhetoric I
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Miller Hall 139)
Chair: Wallace Cleaves, University of California, Riverside

  1. "You Know?": Decoding 'Knowing' in the English Professor/Student Relationship. Chloe Allmand, Western Washington University.

    This project uses a grounded theory methodology to study what university professors mean when they talk about “getting to know students.” “Knowing students” can be broken down by considering hierarchal and intimate distance between professors and students, the degree of knowing between them, the roles professors and students embody, and the rapport between professors and their students.

  2. A 1,000-student English Academic Writing Study: Using “Big Data” to Point a Way Forward to Building Better L2 Writers. David R. Albachten, Bogazici University.

    This paper is an outcome of a large and long-term longitudinal 1,000-student, 8,900 paper study of L2 academic writing students at two English-medium universities in Turkey.  Using objective and consistent measures over eight years from preparatory/foundation courses to undergraduate and even graduate work, the results point to the need for L1-specific changes in curriculum using a handful of commonly shared issues as a starting point to build better L2 academic writers.

  3. Rewriting Words with Worlds: Rhetoric, Quantum Physics, and First-Year Writing Classrooms. Ryan Leack, University of California, Riverside.

    This paper examines the role of rhetoric and quantum physics (what I term "quantum rhetoric") in first-year writing classrooms. Rhetoric and physics— historically and conceptually coalescing projects—illuminate the entanglement of matter and meaning, thus deepening student writing through attention to environment, objects, artifacts, and lifeworlds.

3-08 - Creative Writing: Short Plays
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Miller Hall 105)
Chair: M. Thomas Gammarino, Punahou School

  1. A Pleasant Picnic. Tanner Sebastian, University of Nevada, Reno.

    In this short horror play, what seems like an ordinary picnic takes on a sinister power struggle between a broken young man and a powerful older woman.

  2. Goddammit, I have a Master's Degree. Erienne Romaine, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

    A monologue exploring the disparity between feeling and academic understanding in having an abortion. 

3-09 - Culture, Identity, and Immigration in the United States and Europe I
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Miller Hall 154)
Chair: José I. Alvarez Fernandez, Emmanuel College

  1. Socioeconomic Status, Citizenship and Masculinity in Contemporary Hindi Cinema. Eren Odabasi, Western Washington University.

    This study investigates the intersection of socioeconomic status and masculinity as depicted in contemporary Hindi cinema. Received enthusiastically by diaspora populations in the United States and Europe, and often featuring Indian immigrants based in these territories as protagonists, recent Hindi films challenge the traditional portrayals of the Indian film 'hero.' Key films analyzed in this article include Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016) by Karan Johar and Jagga Jasoos (2017) by Anurag Basu.

  2. Performing Savagery and Civility: Josephine Baker and Colonial Nudity. Tami Miyatsu, Kansai Gaidai University.

    This article reconsiders earlier assumptions of the life and experiences of Josephine Baker to argue that she was more than just the mold-breaking entertainer, humanitarian, and racial justice advocate that many scholars depict her to be. Baker's self-relocation across the Atlantic resulted in modifying the definition of her nudity so that Baker liberated herself and her race from the spells of slavery.

  3. Whimsical Transbordering. Charli Valdez, University of New Hampshire.

    Raul Gonzalez and Enrique Chagoya explore immigrants' spatial experiences by negotiating the tensions between national and ethnic identities. In “Illegal Alien’s Guide to Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” Chagoya visualizes an illustrated world map overlaid with estadounidense and other Aztlan icons and imagery. Meanwhile, in the short story “My Aztlan,” the narrator describes space lost in Los Angeles. Lynn Stephen’s work conceptualizing transborder theory helps unpack these texts and simultaneously complicates transnational binaries.

3-10 - Disney and Its Worlds
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Miller Hall 138)
Chair: Suzy Woltmann, University of California, San Diego

  1. A Successful Partnership: Gender Roles and the Ballroom in Disney’s Animated and Live-Action Beauty and the Beast. Elizabeth Leung, The University of British Columbia.

    Disney’s animated and live-action Beauty and the Beast are often criticized for their perpetuation of traditional gender roles; however, a close-reading of the choreography in the ballroom scenes illustrates an equal partnership which does not conform to these historic roles. In Bill Condon’s live-action remake, dance is used to further adapt both the original tales and Disney’s animated film, playing with constructs of gender regarding the lead and follow in partner dances.

  2. Disney and ‘Scairy Tales’. Amanda M Rutherford, Auckland University of Technology.

    Disney film narratives have undergone fundamental changes from the magical and ‘happily ever after’ ending of fairy-tales which teaches morals and virtues to children, to encompass a more Gothic mode of film delivery, where urban social and cultural anxieties of despair and ‘otherness’ are underpinning the narratives seen in our contemporary ‘fairy tale’ film. 

  3. Faith, Dust, and Freshman Trust: Situating Disney as a Rhetorical Tool . Kali Jo Wacker, University of Kansas.

    By analyzing Disney movie introductions on a multimodal level (considering visuals, sounds, etc.), students can start to identify embedded ideologies within Disney productions, begin to see their potential social implications, situate them as rhetorical and agentive, and then use them as possible exemplars—mechanically not necessarily philosophically—to help guide their own writing practices. 

  4. Intertextual Spaces of Music: Disney’s Enchanted, Beauty & the Beast, Tangled. Lisann Anders, University of Zurich.

    Musical numbers in films are part of a fictional creation, an illusion on both the meta-level as well as on the level of the diegesis. They are performances that are real and unreal at the same time. In Disney movies, these musical numbers can be claimed to be heterotopic spaces that often long for utopias in the form of a happy ending.

3-11 - Drama and Society II: Sam Shepard's Acting, Roles, and Stages
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Miller Hall 115)
Chair: Kimberly Jew, University of Utah

  1. Unrestrained: The Sam Shepard and Johnny Dark Collection. Katie Salzmann, Texas State University.

    The Johnny Dark and Sam Shepard Collection, housed at the Wittliff Collections, Texas State University, documents the unique relationship between Shepard and his ex-step-father-in-law, Johnny Dark. The archive of letters, photographs, and other documents spans 1972-2011 and provides a deeply intimate look inside Shepard’s family life.  This presentation will provide an overview of the Sam Shepard and Johnny Dark Collection and will highlight how the archive reflects his most challenging roles – those of father, son, husband, and friend.

  2. Sam Shepard (1943-2017): Last Roles & Stagings. Marlene Broemer, Finlandia University.

    This paper will discuss three of Sam Shepard's acting roles as father, in August: Osage County, Snow Falling on Cedars and Don’t Come Knocking, and show how those sources re-appear in significant ways in the later Ages of the Moon. Film reviews and online interviews with actors and Shepard himself will augment this examination of a single topic, among many that Shepard addressed in his life’s work.

  3. The Curse of the Starving Class by Sam Shepard: Peforming a National Narrative. Judith Saunders, Independent Scholar.

    This paper focuses on Shepard’s interpretation of the mythical “American Dream” that is embedded in the country’s psyche. It discusses Shepard’s depiction of the violence that occurs when the dream fails to fulfill its promise. I will point to the play’s prescience in how the dream continued historically to fail others, and how it still retains its power as seen in today’s populist right-wing rhetoric that trumpets its unfeasible promises.


3-12 - Indigenous Literatures and Cultures I
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Miller Hall 239)
Chair: Clarissa Castaneda, University of California, Riverside

  1. Indigneous Concepts of Power in the Novels of Linda Hogan and Chi Zijian. Kate Rose, International Center for Comparative Sinology.

    The contribution focuses on Hogan’s novels Power and People of the Whale and her poetry collection Indios. Comparisons will be made with Chi Zijian’s novel The Last Quarter of the Moon, about the contemporary struggles of the Evenki tribe of reindeer herders in north-eastern China.

  2. "The last, best Indian": Narrative Violence, Identity Formation, and the Role of the Reader in Debra Magpie Earling's "Real Indians". Eric Blackburn, Interlochen Arts Academy.

    This presentation will explore the ways in which Debra Magpie Earling’s short story “Real Indians” (2003) engages the complex processes of identity formation and performance by examining connections among cultural and individual identity, the power of mythmaking, and the significance of the physical body—specifically the brutalized American Indian body—all while forcing the reader to look closely at the role they potentially play in perpetuating damaging and limiting cultural narratives.

3-13 - Literature of the American West (co-sponsored by the Western Literature Association)
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Miller Hall 235)
Chair: Ben Wirth, University of Washington

  1. Life and Death in The Salton Sea and Slab City: Recycled Death and Post-Apocalyptic Tourism in the American West. Maria Azar, California State University, Los Angeles.

    This presentation traces the (un)natural cycles of life and death in The Salton Sea and Slab City Area since the late 19thCentury to examine how the contemporary landscape of environmental degradation has developed a new “Frontier” culture that has resulted in a new kind of tourism: post-apocalyptic tourism. 

  2. Stephen Crane and the Closing of the Frontier. Anthony Manganaro, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire.

    In both his fiction and nonfiction set in the American West, New Jersey-raised Stephen Crane uses a fictionalized stage as an excuse to view humans as a general category, refreshing for him and his audiences at the turn of the century, who sought simplifying narrative explanations in the deterministic and antimodern styles common to the brief, odd window of literary naturalism just following the 1892 “closing of the frontier.”

  3. Roethke’s “North American Sequence”: A Lyrical Drama of Reinhabitation. Katharine Bubel, Trinity Western University.

    Burke’s critical notion of “dramatism,” or the poem as a symbolic act, is employed to explicate Theodore Roethke’s “North American Sequence” as a lyrical drama of reinhabitation, written in a nascent spirit of decolonization. Of particular interest is the agency of the Salish Sea region, or scene, enacted in the poem.


  4. "The Holy Con-Man": Dean Moriarty As Regionalist Figure in Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. John D. Schwetman, University of Minnesota, Duluth.

    Neal Cassady, under the fictional name Dean Moriarty, hijacks Kerouac's narrative and undermines his efforts to portray him as a mythic American Western figure. On the Road thereby allegorizes Kerouac's efforts to write a regionalist commentary and becomes a prime site of conflict between the New York-based author and the Western American main character.

3-14 - Poetry and Poetics I
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Miller Hall 131)
Chair: Brian Reed, University of Washington

  1. A Poetics of Nostalgia: New Asian Canadian Poets Souvankham Thammavongsa and Leanne Dunic. Jane Wong, Western Washington University.

    This paper explores the interdisciplinary approaches of two new Asian Canadian poets who revisit memory and familial migration through speculative and spectral forms.

  2. Hardly War. E. J. Koh, University of Washington.

    Don Mee Choi's Hardly War is a radical hybrid of poetry and memoir, of images and librettos that exhume the injustices of propaganda, war, and dislocation. As a diasporic poet and translator, Choi's dramatic work disobeys history by stringing together the faintly remembered, imagined, and discarded out of a divided land in perpetual war.

3-15 - Queer Literature, Film, and Theory
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Miller Hall 103)
Chair: Elizabeth Blake, Haverford College

  1. Spinsters & Shepherdesses: The Queer Caretaking of Sarah Orne Jewett. Austin Carter, University of California, Irvine.

    What does it mean take care of a text? This paper reconsiders Willa Cather’s 1925 edition of Sarah Orne Jewett’s The Country of the Pointed Firs as an instance of queer care, paying particular attention to the spinsterly affects and non-reproductive futurity of its most controversial additions.

  2. Queering Cat People (1942). Mandy Gutmann-Gonzalez, Temple University.

    Cat People can be read read queerly not only because of the tension between Irena and the other cat people (who are all women), but also as it problematizes a woman's "frigidity" in a straight marriage, blurs the animal-human boundary through desire, and criticizes the "normal" American during WWII.

  3. Queer Capital: Navigating the Affective and Social Economies in Jamie O’Neill’s At Swim Two Boys. Michaella Gonzalez, California State University, Fresno.

    Jamie O’Neill’s 2001 novel At Swim Two Boys works to queer the genre of Irish historical fiction to conflate queer pride with Irish national pride. Exploring the novel’s affective, social and economic relations articulated through both class struggle and desire explore an instance of radical queer politics that confronts the limits of traditional social movements.

  4. Homophobia, Which Homophobia?: Challenging or Perpetuating Discrimination Against LGBTQ+ Women in the First Spanish Gay Web Series “Lo que surja”. Ernesto Arciniega, UCLA.

    This paper offers a study of the very first Spanish LGBTQ+ Web series “Lo que surja” (Spain, 2006) in order to explore how LGBTQ+ women are represented within the masculine-dominated LGBTQ+ community and its cultural production. This study aims to answer the following research question: How Spanish LGBTQ Web series are challenging or perpetuating discrimination against LGBTQ+ women?

3-16 - Religion in American Literature
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Miller Hall 135)
Chair: Martin W Kevorkian, University of Texas, Austin

  1. Ventriloquism and Sleepwalking: Voice and Belief in Charles Brockden Brown's Memoirs of Carwin and "Somnambulism". Bryan Kim-Butler, University of Michigan.

    Charles Brockden Brown's Wieland; or, The Transformation (1798) and Edgar Huntly; or, Memoirs of a Sleep-Walker (1799) are propelled by disorientations of the nature of evil. These early American novels work through an exploration of law (particularly that of murder) and the environmental uncanny, contributing to the "eco-gothic," which has roots in Calvinist and Puritan discourses concerning morality and the wilderness of the New World.

  2. “If the Deposition Has Served as the Key”: Narrative Indeterminacy, Divided Accounts, and Readerly Skepticism in “Benito Cereno”. Emily Butler-Probst, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

    This essay analyzes how Melville uses the deposition at the end of “Benito Cereno” to spark skepticism in his readers that faintly echoes his own conflicted faith. While the deposition claims to clarify the narrative, it contains omissions that cause readers to doubt and reread the story with a critical mind.     

  3. Violence, Theodicy, and Secularity in Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises. Haein Park, Biola University.

    Literary texts became an especially powerful medium for working out the tensions involved in narrating experiences of pain and violence within a secular culture. Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises unveil an irony that exists within secular modernity: as individuals confront pain and suffering within a horizon of diminishing transcendence, they display an increasing longing to experience transcendence through pain and violence.

  4. Flannery O’Connor and Transcendence in the Christian Mystery of Grace. Taran Trinnaman, Brigham Young University.

    Critics argue that Flannery O'Connor's depiction of grace is violent and not in line with her beliefs.  I argue against that reading by looking at the theology of grace within Catholicism and Protestantism, comparing it to her stories, and drawing from the bible to argue for a transcendent grace.

3-17 - Television Studies I
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Miller Hall 152)
Chair: Cheryl Edelson, Chaminade University of Honolulu

  1. Still Something More to Say: Television Rebooted. Kristin Brunnemer, Pierce College.

    Beyond the economic and nostalgia factors often indicated for the return—sometimes decades later—of popular shows to television, this paper explores the socio-political motivations for these program relaunches, examining how the characters’ changing or unchanging situations reveal more about the static nature of American society and culture today.  

  2. Now...This: The Tragically Amusing Ecology of Television in the Anthropocene. Ron Milland, Independent Scholar.

    There is an often unacknowledged correlation between television and the Anthropocene.  This paper will foreground the more dominant facets of this creatively destructive moment, and culminate in contemplations on the possible role of television in the post-Anthropocene.

  3. Subverting Digital Affect: Affective Labor, Trauma, and Awareness in Artificially Intelligent Hosts in HBO’s Westworld. Stephanie Gibbons, University of Washington - Seattle.

    This paper argues that the A.I. Hosts of the HBO series Westwrold perform emotionally manipulative, (what I am calling) digital affect as an affective labor for the gratification of human guests of the Westworld theme park. I suggest the digital affect in the series calls into question our conceptions of valid affects, consciousness, and lived experiences.

3-18 - Veterans Studies: Perceptions on the World Stage
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Miller Hall 231)
Chair: Nan Darbous Marthaller, American Military University, Chair: Kathryn A. Broyles, American Military University

  1. Robinson Jeffers and the Poetry of Death: Personal and Public Trauma. Aubrey Geyer, Independent Scholar.

    The poet Robinson Jeffers enjoyed fame after WWI when his poetic attempts to cope with the trauma of war resonated with a similar public need. His declining popularity during WWII despite his consistent poetic efforts to revisit the same themes illuminates relationships between personal and public trauma, literature, and violence.

  2. The Battle to Act: A Literary Analysis of Plot and Agency in a Story About Soldiers. Sandra Sidi, Texas State University.

    This essay examines the desire and ability of a soldier to act in Shani Bioanjiu’s fiction about Israeli soldiers. Using the work of Robert Caserio, I argue that Bioanjiu’s story “Means of Suppressing Demonstrations” employs features from both the traditional pre-modern plot of action, as well as features from the modernist plot of contemplation and inaction to reflect that the soldier's ability to act is constrained at all times, if not by circumstance and political realities, by an actual book which details exactly when and how a soldier may act at all.

  3. Sexual Violence and a Culture of Silence in the U.S. Military. Jason Higgins, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

    My research investigates Military Sexual Trauma and institutional problems in the military justice system. Reporters of sexual violence are often punished, while the perpetrators are rarely prosecuted. This paper analyzes sexual violence in Vietnam War-era films and discusses their impact on American memory, military culture, and veteran experiences.

  4. Veterans’ Transition. Alice Sylvester, University of Phoenix.

    This paper compares the movie Heroes Don't Come Home to the real-life experiences of nine war veterans who have successfully reintegrated into the civilian workforce. Numerous factors played an integral role in these veterans' success, deconflicting the tangled misconceptions associated with veterans, war, and PTSD. Heroes do Come Home!

3-19 - Women in French I: Women's Writings on Food
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Miller Hall 113)
Chair: Kevin Elstob, California State University, Sacramento

  1. Reminiscences on Food by Expatriate Journalist Janet Flanner: “Eating in France was a new body experience”. Sylvie Blum, University of Florida.

    Flanner’s Letters from Paris from 1925 to 1954 reported on food and culinary modes, on top of socio-political and artistic matters. A rue Jacob (Left Bank) bistro became her platform to figure out the political landscape, wine making, cubist designs, writers, surrealism and French customs regarding food and meals. 

  2. Consumption of the Flesh in Marie NDiaye’s La Cheffe, roman d’une cuisinière. Raquelle Bostow, Vanderbilt University.

    Marie NDiaye’s most recent novel, La Cheffe: roman d’une cuisinière (2016), examines the relationship between pleasure and consumption of literal (animal) and figurative (female body) flesh. I argue that the main character, la Cheffe, subverts the patriarchal schema of carno-phallogocentrisme (a Derridian neologism) through her engagement with the culinary arts.

  3. Savoring Francophone Literature: Léonora Miano’s Soulfood Equatoriale. Heidi Brown, Loyola University Maryland.

    This paper examines how food is used to talk about a wide range of topics related to Cameroonian history, society, and politics. It also shows how the market place, kitchen, and literary page are portrayed as priviledged feminine spaces of creativity, memory, and construction. 

  4. La nourriture comme outil dé-construteur du Patriarcat dans Comment cusiner son mari à l'Africaine de Calixthe Beyala. Monique Manopoulos, "California State University, East Bay".

    Je me propose d'étudier les différents mécanismes qui permettent de dé-construire les stéréotypes patriarcaux concernant la recherche d'un mari et du mariage en général dans Comment cuisiner son mari à l'Africaine de Calixthe Beyala.

3-20 - Women in Literature I
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Miller Hall 156)
Chair: Blanca Aranda Gómez García, Western Washington University

  1. A Neo-Victorian Approach to Institutionalization in Victorian England: Fictional and Non-Fictional Representations of Wrongly Institutionalized Women. Jennifer Roseblade, California State University Dominguez Hills.


    Issues with women and wrongful institutionalization, accusations of madness, and confining gender roles are often elusive. This work uses a neo-Victorian approach to study such issues found in Victorian literature, sensation fiction, neo-Victorian fiction, and a biography. The methodology uses the theories of Foucault and research conducted at institutional buildings. 


  2. The Use of the Symbolic Androgynous in the Brontës’ Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights . Francesca F. Terzano, "California State Polytechnic University, Pomona".

    Charlotte and Emily Brontë in their novels Jane Eyre and Wuthering Height create commentary regarding the limitations placed on women in Victorian society. This is through the sisters using symbolic images shaped from Aristophanes’s androgynous to argue that everyone is equal in order for women to gain autonomy.

  3. The Body Politic and the Female Private Body in Wroth’s Urania (1621) and Webster’s Duchess of Malfi (1613). Aurelie Griffin, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3 (France).

    This paper will consider The Duchess of Malfi as a source for Urania in its depiction of the queen Pamphilia, who renounces her love to devote herself to her people. Urania could be a response to the Duchess’s putting her own desires first, which had disastrous consequences for her country.

4-01 - A Discussion with Rae Armantrout
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Miller Hall 152)
Chair: Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver

  1. From Necromance to Wobble: Rae Armantrout. Rae Armantrout, University of California, San Diego.

    Rae Armantrout’s most recent books include Versed, Money Shot, Just Saying, Itself, Partly: New and Selected Poems, and Entanglements. In 2010 her book Versed won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and The National Book Critics Circle Award. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Lana Turner, The Nation, The New Yorker, Bomb, The Paris Review, Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology, and 100 Years of Poetry Magazine. A new book, Wobble, is forthcoming from Wesleyan this fall.

  2. Discussant. Jeanne Heuving, University of Washington Bothell.

    Jeanne Heuving is a professor at the University of Washington Bothell and on the graduate faculty in English at the University of Washington Seattle. She has published Omissions Are Not Accidents: Gender in the Art of Marianne Moore, The Transmutation of Love and Avant-Garde Poetics, and the creative works Transducer and Incapacity.

  3. Discussant. Brian Reed, University of Washington.

    Brian Reed, a specialist in twentieth- and twenty-first-century poetry and poetics, is Professor and Chair of English at the University of Washington, Seattle. He has written three books—Hart Crane: After His Lights (2006), Phenomenal Reading: Essays on Modern and Contemporary Poetics (2012), and Nobody's Business: Twenty-First Century Avant-Garde Poetics (2013).

  4. Discussant. Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

    Craig Svonkin, Associate Professor of English at Metropolitan State University of Denver and Executive Director of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, has published “Manishevitz and Sake, the Kaddish and Sutras: Allen Ginsberg’s Spiritual Self-Othering” and “From Robert Lowell to Frank Bidart: Becoming the Other; Suiciding the White Male ‘Self.’” He is currently working on The Bloomsbury Handbook to Contemporary American Poetry, to be co-edited by Steven Gould Axelrod.

4-02 - Acting Out: The Role of Environmental Humanities in the Anthropocene II
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Miller Hall 17)
Chair: Jessica Holmes, University of Washington

  1. Acting out Anthropocene Fantasies. Simon C. Estok, Sungkyunkwan University.

    Understanding ecophobia and human exceptionalism permits analyses of the staging of the Anthropocene and the human role in acting out Anthropocene fantasies: without the Humanities, such recognitions are simply not possible in any meaningful way.

  2. Choose Your Own Anthropocene. Dylan Bateman, University of British Columbia (Canada).

    This paper shows how Sherwin Tija’s choose-your-own-adventure book You are a Cat in the Zombie Apocalypse plays out concerns of the Anthropocene and its alternate terms. I argue the choose-your- own-adventure form is conductive to thinking through Anthropocene scholarship with literature, as the form mirrors Anthropocene scholarship.

  3. Colonize Mars: The Cli-Fi Novel in the Digital Age. Rachel Rochester, University of Oregon.

    Colonize Mars, a video game/cli-fi novel hybrid, invites users to consider how Earth’s environmental decimation is linked to colonial efforts on Mars, layered onto a 3D map of the red planet. The project models how humanists and scientists might effectively collaborate to improve public climate change education.

  4. Performatively Dwelling in Contingency: Endgame, Apocalypse, and New Materialism. Sean Collins, University of Utah.

    Endgame’s anti-realist depiction of nature’s end engages much contemporary environmental thought. Theoretically informed by Object-Oriented Ontology and Actor-Network Theory, I argue that Beckett unveils the role performativity and theater have for renewing our attention to the contingent and precarious assemblages between the human and nonhuman within the Anthropocene.

4-03 - Autobiography II
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Miller Hall 38)
Chair: Michael Thomas, Susquehanna University

  1. "A Sketch of the Past" and the Precarity of Time's Platforms in Mid-War Memory and Autobiography. Rebecca Chenoweth, University of California Santa Barbara.

    Virginia Woolf’s “unfinished” autobiography, “A Sketch of the Past,” is rarely studied as an account of war.  This project argues that the uneven nature of Woolf’s project demonstrates subtle effects of global war on civilians’ memory and identity.  As she includes more narrative details than visual ones, and draws more parallels between her family and British culture, her writing resonates with theories from cognitive psychology about memory’s imperfection and feminist theory’s critique of gendered expectations of the genre. 

  2. I Dream Me: Autobiography and the Dreaming Brain. Mary Buchinger Bodwell, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University.

    One’s dreamlife can be considered a corollary life—a life beside, beneath, and within the waking life. Autobiographical memory, one’s sense of self, is an active and fluid constructive process that depends on a consolidation of or a reckoning with experiences, knowledge, desire, dreams. 

  3. Sharing Experience: Interpretive Authority and Communal Validation in the Autobiographical Writings of Dionys Fitzherbert. Meghan Swavely, University of San Diego.

    This paper examines the autobiographical manuscript of Dionys Fitzherbert (c. 1580-1641) as a socially interactive text. Recognizing that the spiritual imperative for individual Protestant believers to bear witness to the experience of faith was complicated by a deep mistrust of human profession, I explore Fitzherbert’s efforts to demonstrate her authenticity to others, arguing that her text validates her identity through the experience—across the text—of shared interpretation and community.

4-04 - British Literature and Culture: To 1700 II
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Miller Hall 13)
Chair: Shane Wood, University of California, Irvine

  1. Entangled Elizabethan Social and Literary Canons. Jennifer Andersen, "California State University, San Bernadino".

    This paper investigates the influence of narratives from what we might call the Elizabethan social canon on the high literary canon of the period. Three dominant conspiracy theories were available to contemporaries to help them decipher politics:  a catholic conspiracy, a puritan conspiracy, and a conspiracy of evil counselors.  This paper will show how those dominant narratives about politics enter into the literary canon.

  2. “A blacke leane naked bodie”: The Figure of Death in the Dialogue Against the Fever Pestilence. Frederika Bain, "University of Hawai'i, Manoa".

    Personifications of Death as simultaneously invincible and abjected embody the profound ambivalence associated with death and dying in medieval and early modern Christianity. This paper discusses Mors in Bullein’s Dialogue against the Fever Pestilence (1573), showing the effects of his vaunting power and his humiliating descriptors on the Dialogue’s argument.

  3. Performed Recoding: Early Restoration Prologues by Women Playwrights and Their Embodiments on the Late 17th Century Stage. Amy E. Shine, University of California, Irvine.

    This paper considers prologues written by women playwrights of the Restoration and how their performed embodiement in the various forms of either the male or the female form influenced, changed, or possibly (re)characterized the information embedded and encoded in the written texts.

4-05 - Classics (Greek)
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Miller Hall 112)
Chair: Ellen Finkelpearl, Scripps College

  1. Sappho's Colors. Jennifer Stager, Johns Hopkins University.

    “Sappho’s Colors” explores the poet's multifaceted use of color words, from vivid materials to bodily responses. Sappho illuminates a range of color words at play in a pre-Newtonian context, when colors are more closely connected to materials, rather than abstracted into the spectrum.

  2. Dilogies, Trilogies, Euripides!. Victor Castellani, University of Denver.

    Though Sophocles’ practice was different, possibly because his career began earlier and he competed with Aeschylus, only late in Euripides’ career did the younger playwright favor three-act “trilogic” structure within individual plays, after mostly “dilogic” earlier ones (and his full-blown trilogy of Alexander, Palamedes, and Trojan Women of 415 BCE).

  3. Apollonius’ Aietes in the Role of Epic “Hero”. Laura Zientek, Reed College.

    The character of Aietes in Apollonius of Rhodes’ Hellenistic epic poem, the Argonautica, should be understood as a “hero” styled after Homeric epic. Through his characterization in Homeric poetry and the Argonautica and set within his local landscape, Aietes represents the tradition of epic against which Apollonius holds Jason as a new type of epic hero.

4-06 - Coalitional Feminisms
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Miller Hall 114)
Chair: Melanie Hernandez, California State University, Fresno

  1. Christina Rossetti’s Victimization and Redemption: “Goblin Market” and Religious Feminism. Amber Cavazos, "California Polytechnic University, Pomona".

    Christina Rossetti's "Goblin Market" problematizes Victorian notions of female agency and victimization. The queer sister bond between Laura and Lizzie complicates the established hierarchy by allowing for women to reclaim their limited power and combat the male dominated society. This subversion of oppression also anticipates the communal nature of current forms of feminism.

  2.  When “Sisters” become “Cis-ters”: Failed Coalitionalism in 1970s Lesbian Separatism and its Twenty-First Century Remnants  . Jamiee Cook, UC Santa Barbara.

    This paper considers how exlusionary feminist politics of the 1960s and 70s gave rise to divisive and radical "feminist" lesbian separatist communities, which planted the seeds of trans-exclusionary queer politics in the decades to follow.

  3. Re-drawing the (White) Majoritarian Map Through Chican@ Performance. Allen Baros, Gonzaga University.

    Drag performer Adore Delano makes use of an identity in difference as a queer Chican@ chola in her 2014 music video “DTF”. This presentation explores how her queer Chican@ performance reimagines  intimacy as a political tool to undermined the exclusionary cultural logic of gentrification to create a borderlands primed for coalition building.

4-07 - Comics and Graphic Narratives
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Miller Hall 235)
Chair: Sam Johnson, Wenatchee Valley College

  1. Performing Trauma and the Reader’s Role: Responding to the Bush v. Gore Election in Lynda Barry’s One! Hundred! Demons!. Brett Driben, Boston University.

    To date, there has been an over-attention to the gutter the space of formal experimentation. This paper analyzes the positional and cause-and-effect cues that structure time within a single comics panel. In One! Hundred! Demons!, Barry uses speech bubbles to manipulate narrative sequence within the panel to perform the drawn-out temporal strain of the Bush v. Gore Election. Barry integrates the trauma of the unresolved delay into the reading experience, making the reader integral to her performance.

  2. Translating Orality for the Reader-performer of Franco-Belgian Comics. Bart Hulley, University of Lorraine.

    English editions of Franco-Belgian albums often reveal how faithful, foreignizing translation strategies can impair character voice and orality when read. Given that “Dialogue in comics is more or less equivalent to dialogue written for the stage” (Groensteen 2015) should translation strategies be reoriented towards the reader as a performer of the text?

  3. “World of My Own”: Disability, Identity, and Embodiment in Contemporary Graphic Fictions. Elizabeth Kubek, Gustavus Adolphus College.

    Four contemporary comics are analyzed as using different visual and narrative approaches to remap images of disability, not as alternative identities for heroic characters but as liminal identities, granting access to alternative worlds and sources of truth.  

4-08 - Composition and Rhetoric II
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Miller Hall 139)
Chair: Ryan Leack, University of California, Riverside

  1. Acts of Resistance: Coming Out Narratives in the Composition Classroom. Jamie M. Jones, Grays Harbor College.

    Coming out is a practice that individuals who are members of marginalized and/or oppressed groups have taken up in order to make their stories heard, thus reifying the importance of the narratives and supporting the notion that coming out is a rhetorical genre. Drawing upon rhetorical genre studies, composition theory, queer theory, and social activism, I seek to theorize and develop pedagogical best practices for teaching the genre of coming out in first-year composition classrooms.

  2. Self-Fashioning and the Performance of Identity in First-Year Writing. Cassie Miura, University of Washington, Tacoma.


    This paper examines how the concept of self-fashioning, which derives from Stephen Greenblatt's work on Elizabethan theater, can alter the teaching of personal narrative within the context of the first-year writing classroom. I argue that inviting students to engage with the idea of self-fashioning and larger questions of identity formation, promotes writing as a means of both self-expression and empowerment.

  3. Human Animal and Nonhuman Animal Rhetorics: The Making of Human-Horse Subjectivities. Sarah Allen, University of Hawaii, Manoa.

    To understand the subjectivity and agency of the horse and of our own in relation to theirs—more specifically, to understand horse-human rhetorics—I explore the transformative processes that are the making, management, and disruptions of human-horse discourses.

  4. The Importance of the Genre Implementation as an Effective Pedagogy in ELL Classrooms. Rima Abdallah, Middle Tennessee State University.

    This paper will explore different methods, in particular the use of cultural texts that can be used to implement genre pedagogy in ELL classrooms. The disempowerment in ELL writing comes from not reading or understanding genre as a practical method for teaching composition to ELLs. Because not all ELLs have experienced the same rhetorical genres and devices common to American composition, they need to be introduced to the concept of genre and get to know that each genre has its own style, audience, and terminology to improve their writing.


4-09 - Culture, Identity, and Immigration in the United States and Europe II
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Miller Hall 154)
Chair: Petros Vamvakas, Emmanuel College

  1. Tracing the Emergence of Turkish German Subjectivities through the Discourse surrounding “Gastarbeiter” in Die Fremde Braut. Mariah St John, University of Hawai'i, Manoa.

    This paper examines the discourse surrounding Turkish immigrants in Germany and the type of subjectivation that is represented in the Gastarbeiter. I analyze the divisions created within their subjectivities and substantiate it with Necla Kelek’s memoir Die Fremde Braut and reflections of my mother’s experience.

  2. Changez’s Unsustainable Hybrid Identity in Moshin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Debbie Sayachack, Fresno State University.

    Changez’s internalizes his struggles of being a Muslim immigrant and a part of the American elite at the time of national mourning after the 9/11 attack. After being rejected and stereotyped by the society he is attempting to assimilate into, Changez realizes that he cannot have a hybrid identity. His experience of rejection represents the polarization between the Muslim world and America. Changez’s position as the Other, in the novel, allows for a voice from the marginalized perspective. 

4-10 - Folklore and Mythology
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Miller Hall 131)
Chair: Charles Hoge, Metropolitan State University of Denver

  1. The Spear of Election, The Harness of Necessity: A Look at Greek Tragedy. John Danho, California Polytechnic University, Pomona.

    Aeschylus' Eumenides and Euripides' Orestes are two works of ancient literature that, when examined in conjunction with another, reveal two poles of a tragic continuum that permeate all dramas of their kind. The continuum in question is framed by election and necessity - what a mortal can do and what a mortal will do, depending on the governing structures of the cosmos and their metaphysical worldview.

  2. From Fairy-Tales to Fish Tails: The Role of Mythical Creatures in The Water-Babies (1863). Emma Barnes, University of Salford.

    In The Water-Babies (1863) Charles Kingsley subverts the gender roles of traditional mermaid myths as it is a male hybrid creature who must go in search of a soul. By bringing the mythical creatures into dialogue with gender studies and postcolonial ecocriticism, this paper demonstrates how the mythological elements in the text complicate nineteenth-century ideas of normative gender roles and resist the imperial rhetoric that Kingsley attempts to implement in the text.

  3. Welcome to Hell: Trauma and the Mythology of the Underworld. Logan Greene, Eastern Washington University.

    Many ancient myths embody a pattern of descent to the underworld and return, most notably the descent stories of Ishtar and Persephone. But what about those who stay in the world below, such as Ereshkigal, Osiris, and Hekate? What can these powerful and enigmatic figures offer us in the twenty-first century?

4-11 - German-Language Film and Media
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Miller Hall 105)
Chair: Heidi Schlipphacke, University of Illinois, Chicago

  1. Narrative Form and Gender in Barbara Albert's "Fallen". Imke Meyer, "University of Illinois, Chicago".

    While Barbara Albert's 2003 feature "Boese Zellen" garnered considerable praise, her 2006 film "Fallen" fell flat with critics. This paper argues that the reasons for the tepid reception of "Fallen" are to be found both in its narrative structure and in its representation of the female protagonists.

  2. Keep out!: Haneke's Happy End. Andrea Gogrof, Western Washington University.

    Conceiving of Happy End as a conflagration of possible sequels to quite a few of his previous films, this paper proposes a critical look at Haneke’s multi-layered use of the erection of walls and crumbling of foundations in a concrete, theoretical and symbolic sense. 

  3. Stories of Escape, Displacement, and New Beginnings in German Comics Journalism. Olivia Albiero, San Francisco State University.

    This paper explores how illustrators and journalists partake in German-language projects of comics journalism and how their works give voice to stories of escape, displacement, and new beginnings. By focusing on two recent projects, Olivier Kugler’s Dem Krieg entronnen: Begegnungen mit Syrern auf der Flucht and the collaborative reportages of Alphabet des Ankommens, I reflect on the ways in which these works of comics journalism use different forms and strategies to portray personal and collective experiences.

4-12 - Gothic
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Miller Hall 231)
Chair: Elizabeth Mathews, University of California, Irvine

  1. Selling Horror: Gothic Chapbooks and the Reader. Franz Potter, National University.

    The paper looks at the marketing and reception of Gothic chapbooks in the early 19th century. 

  2. Beyond the Long Shadow of Magic Realism: Mexican Gothic Fiction. Giannina Reyes Giardiello, University of Portland.

    Commonly considered part of the magic realism literature, Latin American Gothic fiction is rarely studied as such. This presentation takes some of the most relevant Mexican gothic texts and analyzes their dialogue with contemporary works in order to analyze how they adopt, present and subvert this genre within their regional context.

  3. Anxieties of Female Agency in Bram Stoker’s The Jewel of Seven Stars and Hammer’s Adaptation Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb. Kristen Davis, University of Maine.

    Bram Stoker’s The Jewel of Seven Stars (1903) largely illustrates concerns about imperial arrogance and attempted mastery of the Other’s knowledge. Hammer studio’s 1971 adaptation brings Stoker’s rather minor emphasis on New Woman anxieties to the fore as it addresses potential repercussions of women with knowledge and power during second wave feminism.

4-13 - Indigenous Literatures and Cultures II
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Miller Hall 239)
Chair: Eric Blackburn, Interlochen Arts Academy

  1. Dream Time in American Indian and Australian Aboriginal Tradition. Sharon Sieber, Idaho State University.

    I have long been interested in the way time is treated in indigenous traditions in the Western hemisphere in an effort to understand similarities and differences in North and South American Indian literary traditions and time. I would now like to compare these traditions with the oral tradition and written literature of Aboriginal peoples of Australia with regard to references to The Dreaming or Dreamtime.

  2. Embracing Heterogeneity and Indigeneity in Literary Magazine "MELE - International Poetery Letter". Yoshiro Sakamoto, University of Hawaii, Manoa - Center for Biographical Research.

    MELE – The International Poetry Letter, which I will discuss in this paper, is a poetry magazine printed in very limited numbers, edited by Ștefan Baciu, an exile poet from Romania, at Honolulu in Hawai’i during 1965-1993 with 90 issues in total. I introduce MELE as an intimate sphere of poetry which embraces heterogeneity and indigeneity in Hawaiʻi, focusing on three representative poets and artists: Stefan Baciu, Jean Charlot and Larry Kauanoe Kimura.

  3. Huxley's Brujo, or How Alurista and Anzaldua confirmed Don David Herberto's Shamanic Flight Over a Body of Water in Jalisco.. Victor Vargas, California College of the Arts.

    A reading of the indigenous of the Southwest in the works of D.H. Lawrence, Aldous Huxley, Carlos Castaneda, Gloria Anzaldua and Alurista. 

4-14 - Italian
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Miller Hall 103)
Chair: Enrico Vettore, California State University, Long Beach

  1. From Piazze to Courts: The Role of Women Artists in Commedia dell’Arte. Nicla Riverso, University of Washington.

    I will provide a better understanding of commedia dell’arte’s transition from an indecorous form of popular entertainment, performed in public spaces (piazze) and accused of teaching lust and corruption, to a legitimate and respected art-form, performed in aristocratic and royal court theatres before a refined and educated audience. I will show how relevant the works by some women artists were in changing the image of the commedia dell’arte.

  2. The Role of Women and Landscape in Viganò's L'Agnese va a morire. Ilaria Tabusso Marcyan, Miami University, Ohio.

    The fundamental role women peasants had in support of the partisans’ movement during the time of the Italian resistance in World War II produced a particular fusion between local knowledge of the territory and political struggles. My paper proposes an eco-critical and eco-feminist reading of Viganò’s L’Agnese va a morire, set in the Comacchio Valley, in Romagna, as a way to illustrate the link between those two realities.

  3. Locating the 'Unexpected Subject': Representation of La Donna Vagabonda and the Journey Toward Her Existence.. Laura Garrison, University of Georgia.

    Are there examples female vagabondaggio, women who live outside of the bounds and the terrain of patriarchal domination, who are not degraded and marked for violence and death in Italian cultural production?  I discuss the (non)existence of this “Unexpected subject" anticipated by Carla Lonzi in contemporary production of culture. 

  4. Performing Environmental Catastrophe: Marco Paolini's Il racconto del Vajont. Monica Streifer, Bucknell University.

    In Il racconto del Vajont, Marco Paolini uses theater and performance art to bear witness to a national environmental disaster and its human causes. 


4-15 - Literature & the Other Arts
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Bond Hall 104)
Chair: Lorely French, Pacific University

  1. Making Dickens's Little Dorrit. Jennifer Tinonga-Valle, UC Davis.

    In Charles Dickens’s Little Dorrit characters stage themselves as visual and performing artists, but fail to develop or sustain their craft. Taking up this vacant artistic position, maker Amy Dorrit and inventor Daniel Doyce suggest a different set of artistic relations that reflect the relationship between traditional handicraft and emerging machine technologies. This dynamic invites an alternative approach to imagining the role of the artist and also offers a glimpse into the intersection of art, craft and technology that built the novel itself.

  2. Marcelo Cohen’s El país de la dama eléctrica: Rock Music and the Cultural Identity of the Metaphysical Exile. Javier F. González, California State University, Channel Islands.

    Argentine author Marcelo Cohen’s first novel, El país de la dama eléctrica (1984) examines the cultural identity of political and metaphysical exiles. Drawing its title from the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s 1968 album Electric Ladyland, it approaches the role of rock music and its culture in the formation of an imagined community that transcends borders from the perspective of the nomad and the exile. Rock music/culture is interwoven into the text as a key reference point from which the novel observes the challenges of the exile's world.

  3. The Intersex Body as Transgressive Space in Lucía Puenzo’s Film XXY (2007). Marcus Welsh, Pacific University.

    This presentation will explore the potential for the body as transgressive space in Argentine director Lucía Puenzo’s film XXY (2007). Adapted from Sergio Bizzio’s short story “Cinismo,” the protagonist is an intersex individual who is raised as a girl, but who struggles with the gender role that others have imposed.

4-16 - Long(ing) Life
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Miller Hall 135)
Chair: Fuson Wang, University of California, Riverside

  1. Some Romantic Origins of Disability Theory. Fuson Wang, University of California, Riverside.

    Edward Jenner's smallpox vaccine (1798) inaugurated a new medico-literary optimism. But would this life offer an unending horizon of life experiences or never-ending physical and mental slings and arrows? This paper surveys some Romantic-era responses to this question while historicizing Rosemarie Garland-Thomson's universal: "If we live long enough, we will all become disabled." The "if" of that conditional was not always a casual given, and the nascent prospect of long life, I argue, forced Romantic authors to become the first disability theorists.

  2. The Life of Rivers: An Eighteenth-Century Self-Pathography of Smallpox. José Francisco Robles, University of Washington - Seattle.

    Juan Ignacio Molina’s De peste variolarum (ca. 1761) is a neo-Latin poetic work in which the author describes his experience with smallpox. Hallucinations from his sickness, I propose, lead him to contemplate the meaning of his life while imaginarily re-visiting the rivers of his childhood in Southern Chile. 

  3. The Uncanny Patient: Reconciling the Psychological Trauma of Abject Horror in Medicine. Johan Clarke, Georgetown University.

    Julia Kristeva’s theories on abjection provide a framework to understand physicians’  fascination with the body going wrong. This paper uses Kristeva’s Powers of Horror to deconstruct various works of literature and the author’s personal experiences in medicine to understand the physician and the patient's uncanny relationship to the body and discomfort with death.

4-17 - Postcolonial Literature and Culture
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Miller Hall 115)
Chair: Monique Kerman, Western Washington University

  1. Anti-Colonial Anxieties and the Representations of Internal and External Exile in The Namesake and Moth Smoke. Heejung Sim, Independent Scholar.

    This paper explores globalization as an extension of postcolonialism in Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake and Moshin Hamid’s Moth Smoke. This paper examines, through the external, physical exile and internal, mental exile experienced by the protagonists, how, in a globalized society, displacement/diaspora can occur in and out of one’s homeland.

  2. Senegal’s Journal Télévisé Rappé as “New/Eco-Media”. Richard Watts, University of Washington.

    This paper argues that for Senegal’s Journal Télévisé Rappé (JTR)--a weekly, bilingual (French and Wolof), rapped version of the news hosted on YouTube--the medium isn’t necessarily the message, but one undoubtedly reinforces the other: the relatively few material inputs required to produce JTR and the lack of editorial oversight enable its novel format and activist environmental discourse. 

4-18 - Social Justice Pedagogies
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Miller Hall 138)
Chair: Elena Pnevmonidou, University of Victoria, Chair: Katrina Sark, University of Victoria, British Columbia

  1. Achieving Student Learning Outcomes and Tenure while Promoting Social Justice: Inclusive and Dialogical Learning, Service Learning, and Engaged Scholarship in Spanish-language and Culture Courses. Nancy Christoph, Pacific University.

    1. I offer ways to rethink course content and form to create more inclusive, dialogical learning communities.  2.  I posit that service learning is one of the several alternative "texts" that can break down the traditional hierarchy of the classroom. 3. I argue that educators interested in social justice should push their universities to count service learning projects conducted by faculty as a legitimate form of scholarship, thereby promoting more SJ in universities and the communities in which they are located.

  2. Decolonizing the Academy: Engaging Composition in a Community Space. Amanda Wells, "University of Missouri, Saint Louis".

    This paper contributes what my colleagues and I have learned in social justice efforts over the last year as Founder of FLOW, Where Writing Moves, a literary arts center in St. Louis, Missouri. FLOW’s mission is to build strong communities by fostering meaningful writing and storytelling experiences. In 2017, FLOW won the first-ever stARTup Competition funded by the Arts & Education Council of St. Louis and the PNC Foundation. 

  3. Imagining Utopia: Each and Every One. Nina Belmonte, University of Victoria.

    This presentation explores the role of imagining in teaching of social justice through the creative work in a class on Philosophy and Literature in which students are asked to generate images of utopia that is good “for each and every one.”

  4. Multidirectional Place-Based Learning. Helga Thorson, University of Victoria.

    When the concept of multidirectional memory comes together with place-based learning, students often become inspired to work towards social justice. In this panel, I will discuss how field school learning can help students realize the importance of knowledge and place—and then translate this knowledge across time and space.

  5. Scripts for the Equitable Classroom: Class Participation as Performance Practice. Elizabeth Blake, Haverford College.

    In response to student research quantifying students’ varying comfort with class participation along demographic lines, this paper suggests a set of interventions designed to make the classroom more equitable, working from the assumption that class participation is a mode of performance.

  6. Teaching Social Justice with Comics. Elizabeth Nijdam, Freie Universität Berlin.

    This presentation introduces the use of comics and graphic novels to teach social justice issues. I will first address the formal elements of the medium that encourage critical thinking through the agency of the reader in meaning-making, while highlighting the importance of developing skills of visual analysis to engage social justice discourse. I will then introduce 5 comics with which to teach social justice issues, offering a few themes and assignments for lesson planning.

4-19 - Teaching with Media and Technology
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Bond Hall 105)
Chair: John Misak, New York Institute of Technology

  1. A Critical-Creative E-lit Classroom: Staging Hybrid Praxis and Collaborative Culture . Rebekah Edwards, Mills College.

    This paper shares my experiences and some strategies developed while teaching my first E-lit course. I will share what worked particularly well, and where I encountered challenges. The presentation concludes with a series of critical and theoretical questions about E-lit and pedagogy which I hope will generate a larger conversation.  

  2. Virtual Performance & Generative Pedagogy. Kathryn A. Broyles, American Military University.

    This presentation focuses on online learning, multimodal composing, particularly regarding veterans and what they can contribute to humanities, literary theory and composition course instruction - and what we can do, as scholars and fellow actors on the world stage— to support their success. The opportunity for institutional continuity online courses offer opens up a surprising rhetorical space enabling an extension and reconstitution of real world identity despite the virtual platform.

  3. EPortfolio in the Language Class to Promote Independent Learning. Luisa Canuto, University of British Columbia (Canada).

    More than a means of documenting, sharing and evaluating students' knowledge and cultural literacy, the implementation of eportfolio in our intermediate-to-advanced language classes has proven a tool to promote independence of learning in our students and connectedness with their future career goals. Used as capstone project, the ePortfolio allowed students to reflect on and measure their overall progress in learning Italian as a foreign language.

4-20 - Travel and Literature
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Bond Hall 106)
Chair: Michael Moreno, Green River College

  1. Simone de Beauvoir’s America Day by Day: when the flânerie turns political. Cécile Ruel, University of Maryland, College Park.

    My paper looks at America Day by Day (1947), French writer Simone de Beauvoir’s American travel narrative, focusing specifically on how Beauvoir’s New York flâneries serve as a starting point for a political reflection on the issue of race relations in the United States, a reflection she carries out at various points in her narrative.

  2. The Literary Flâneuse Slow Eats in the City. Jeff Birkenstein, Saint Martin's University., Irina Gendelman, Saint Martin's University.

    We focus on the food, gender, and flâneuric connections between the music of Patti Smith and the writing of Jean Rhys. These women redefined what it means to be a woman who walks, eats, explores, and relates to the world in the era of the ultimately unratified Equal Rights Amendment.

  3. Toward a Place of "Flow" against Production: Refiguring the City as the Body without Organs in Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer. Tatsuro Ide, Tohoku Gakuin University.

    This paper is to present Henry Miller’s 1934 autobiographical novel Tropic of Cancer as an attempt to refigure the city as a place of “flow” in relation to his unique way of depicting the city as what French philosopher Gilles Deleuze conceptualizes as the “body without organs.”

  4. People and Places in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Christine Walker, California State University Dominguez Hills.

    In Frankenstein, Mary Shelley exposes natural influences and collective cultural knowledge through a fictionalized travel novel with the landscape acting as stage and participant. The physical presence, natural boundaries and man-made turmoil of the polar ice, Montanvert, and the Alsace region sway the characters that move through these spaces.

4-21 - Twin Peaks Revisited
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Bond Hall 109)
Chair: Kenneth C. Hough, UC Santa Barbara and Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument

  1. "Who Killed Laura Palmer?": Twin Peaks, the Black Dahlia, and the Unsolved. Kaitlyn Iwashita, University of Hawaii, Manoa.

    This paper compares David Lynch’s cult classic television series Twin Peaks and the Black Dahlia, and reflects on how Twin Peaks’ portrayal of a young woman’s murder both eroticizes murder and emphasizes the gendered obsession with the unsolved.

  2. Catalysts of Agency in Absentia: Twin Peaks as a Tale Enabled by Absent Female Bodies. Stella Castelli, Universität Zürich.

    In David Lynch's Twin Peaks, agency on both the narratological and the diegetic level is produced by means of absent female bodies. It is the death of Laura Palmer which triggers the initial narrative of Twin Peaks which is told to the disembodied voice recorder "Diane." Therefore, the story of Twin Peaks is produced by means of absent female bodies which serve as canvases for the narrative to unfold.

4-22 - Women in French II: Food and Excess
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Miller Hall 113)
Chair: Marianne Golding, Southern Oregon University

  1. Dégoûtant: Food and Female Protagonists in the works of Marguerite de Navarre, Marguerite Duras and Anna Gavalda. Bendi Benson Schrambach, Whitworth University.

    In France, cuisine ranks among the most sacred cultural fetishes. This presentation will investigate alternative portrayals of food and its concomitant rituals within the literature of female authors. For their female protagonists in particular, food symbolizes neither the art of living well (à la Brillat-Savarin) nor friendship, as its Latin roots ("co" and "pain") denote, but loss, surfeit, and disappointment.

  2. Manger l'autre: quel autre? Contours imaginaires et contenants narratifs d'un encore, en corps, en c(h)oeur dans le dernier roman d'Ananda Devi. Maria Luisa Ruiz, Medgar Evers College of The City University of New York.

    Manger l’autre, dernier roman d’Ananda Devi (Grasset ; janvier 2018) présente le vécu d’une adolescente obèse. Esclave de son appétit incommensurable et prisonnière d’un corps qui la condamne à l’immobilité, son esprit est cependant vif, lucide, et tranchant. Au fil des pages, tous les débordements sont permis. Entre jouissance et souffrance, de soi et de l’autre, on se demande qui mange quoi ou qui.

  3. Le corps consommé : l’hyperphagie dans Baise-moi de Virginie Despentes. Sara Giguère, University of Montréal.

    La présentation portera sur les manières dont Baise-moi interagit de façon critique avec l’imaginaire social (Popovic, 2011). À partir de la représentation de la nourriture et des codes entourant sa consommation par les corps-sujets dans le roman, l'analyse fera ressortir certaines « fictions latentes » du discours néolibéral.

4-23 - Women in Literature II
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Miller Hall 156)
Chair: Hana V. Shishkarev, Western Washington University

  1. Livia d'Arco, Vittoria Archilei and Isabella Andreini: Three Italian Artists. Alessandro Regosa, University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

    This study discusses the profiles of three Italian female artists: Livia d’Arco, Vittoria Archilei and Isabella Andreini. Their talent for singing and performing granted them to be praised by many poets, such as G. Chiabrera, B. Guarini and T. Tasso. My research will follow a backwards path, in order to make these women’s personalities and skills be the main topic of the speech: starting from G. B. Marino’s tributes, the aim is to show how their contribution helped to deeply change and shape the world of Arts and women’s role in it. 

  2. Early American Female Autonomy in Indian Captivity Narratives. Hana V. Shishkarev, Western Washington University.

    This paper explores the captivity narratives of Mary Rowlandson and Mary Jemison, in order to investigate the freedoms these early American white women experienced within Native captivity. In fact, without being kidnapped from New England and Pennsylvania, Rowlandson and Jemison would likely have never had options of power or autonomy.

  3. Retro Noir Re-enactments in Swimming by Carla Subirana. Maribel Rams, Western Washington University.

    Carla Subirana's Swimming is a creative Catalan documentary about Subirana's grandfather, a guerrilla fighter executed in 1940 by Franco's army. Lacking archival footage, Subirana had to create postmodern re-enactments characterized by pastiche, irony, and nostalgia. Employing the aesthetic conventions of 1940s film noir, she presents her grandparents' past through retro-noir acting performances and iconic figures like Humphrey Bogart, thereby subverting gender and national identities while interrogating realistic, reliable narrations of history.

-Plenary Address and Luncheon
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 11:30am to 1:15pm (Wilson Library Reading Room)
Chair: Katherine Kinney, University of California, Riverside

  1. The Creation of the Living Word - Shakespeare, Stanislavsky, and the Words of Wise Women. Bella Merlin, University of California, Riverside.

    In actor training and performance, our words have the power to create deep affects if we truly let them play on our own imaginations and we use our voice with vibration and resonance. Bella Merlin, professional actress and Stanislavsky scholar, addresses timely questions about truth and authenticity. Drawing from two revolutionary approaches to acting – Stanislavsky’s system and the innovatory approach of Kristin Linklater and Tina Packer at Shakespeare & Company – Professor Merlin considers the relation of word, voice, and body in theory and practice.

5-01 - 21st-Century Literature I
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 1:25pm to 2:55pm (Miller Hall 135)
Chair: Christopher Leise, Whitman College

  1. Generic Blending and Gender Bending in Jeffrey Eugenides' Middlesex. Morgane Flahault, Indiana University, Bloomington.

    This paper explores the use of myth by Cal, the intersexed narrator in Jeffrey Eugenides’ Middlesex. I analyze how, by blurring the boundaries between genres, the fictional memoir make sense of Cal’s own hybrid or fluid identity both as a third generation ethnic American and as an intersexed narrator.

  2. Not Quite An American Woman: Racialized Terror and the Illegibility of Japanese American Feeling. Dino Kladouris, University of Washington - Seattle.

    In American Woman, Jenny Shimada's cultural history as a second-generation survivor of the Japanese American internment is co-opted by white radicals, who disavow her "negative" minoritized feelings, and dispossess her of the very history that has traumatized her. It is only through the renunciation of radicalism that Jenny reverses the exploitation of her subjectivity by actively confronting her racial past.

  3. The Immaterial and The Non-Human: Uniting Opposed 21st Century Critical Theories. Michael Tratner, Bryn Mawr College.

    The 21st century brings two opposed critical theories: immateriality--consciousness free of the physical body (connected to financialization); and new materialism--humans embedded in the physical world (connected to ecocriticism).  But these theories merge together in The Corrections, Cryptonomicon, and Avatar: pure consciousness appears only when the body becomes nonhuman.

5-02 - American Literature before 1865
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 1:25pm to 2:55pm (Miller Hall 38)
Chair: Emily Butler-Probst, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

  1. Acting Passive in the Early Republic: White Women’s Roles in Susanna Rowson’s Reuben and Rachel . Molly Ball, Eureka College.

    Rowson’s 1798 novel, Reuben and Rachel, works to imagine an expanded role for white women and confirm the myth that the early republic is uniquely egalitarian. As female characters’ sentimental performances spur historical “progress,” they demonstrate their merit and suggest that those who fail to execute similar performances deserve marginalization.

  2. Ovid Among the Goths: Poe’s “Berenice” as Classical Parody. Matthew Madre, Radford University.

    “Ovid Among the Goths: Poe’s ‘Berenice’ as Classical Parody” argues that the act of dental horror in Poe’s early story is best understood as a parodic reenactment of the Daphne and Apollo myth.  Appreciating this intertextual relationship not only assists in explicating the text itself, but also contributes to an understanding of Poe’s use of Old World culture to probe American literary identity.

  3. "Words Are Finite Organs of the Infinite Mind": Emerson's Paradoxical View of Language. Shu-Ching Wu, Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen.

    The focus on Emerson's personal aura sometimes takes readers' attention away from his writing itself. Emerson's writing is not only about the content but also about his language. In this essay, I will argue that what Emerson claims about words contributes to how he performs with words; nonetheless, his performance might end up challenging his claim of the incapability, the finitude, of words.

  4. Performing Consent: Antebellum City Mysteries Fiction, Mock Marriage, and the Possiblity of Democracy. Patrick McDonald, Auburn University.

    This paper interrogates the mock marrige trope in antebellum city mysteries novels to argue that the genre presents democratic political action as purely performative and, in so doing, calls into question the possiblity of realizing democratic ideals against the backdrop of urban, market-mediated social relations.   

5-03 - Asian American Literary & Cultural Studies I: Exile, Memory, and Affect
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 1:25pm to 2:55pm (Miller Hall 154)
Chair: LuLing Osofsky, University of California, Santa Cruz

  1. Writing Against Jane Eyre: Listening to a Silenced Past in Re Jane. Sukyoung Sukie Kim, Tufts University.

    I argue that Patricia Park's Re Jane is not merely a Korean American adaptation of Jane Eyre, but a rewriting in which Park’s poetics is also a political praxis to write against what Jane Eyre symbolizes as a dominant Western narrative of liberalism and individualism.

  2. Ghosts with No Sites: Textual Resurrection in Theresa Hak Kyung Cha's Dictee. Angie Sijun Lou, University of California Santa Cruz.

    This paper discusses acts of martyrdom in Theresa Hak Kyung Cha's Dictee in order to complicate Achille Mbembe's notion of "death-worlds," which is based solely in the geospatial policing of bodies. Cha's lyric essay explicates how states also sanitize immaterial resonances such as mythology, burial, and ritual to construct a totalizing apparatus of control over the living.

  3. Allusions, Quotations, and Pastiche in Younghill Kang's The Grass Roof (1931) and East Goes West (1937). Jane Im, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    I argue that Younghill Kang uses allusions, quotations, and pastiche to dramatize the protagonist Chungpa Han's feelings. Using the emotion han, that is rooted in Korean culture, I contend that the allusive patterns in Kang's novels not only enact sad feelings but also control and sublimate them. 

  4. Listening For Stories and Silence: History and Memory in Post-War Asian American Art. Thaomi Michelle Dinh, University of Washington - Seattle.

    This paper aims to understand the relationship between history, memory, and trauma in post-war Asian American visual art. As later generations of Asian Americans, equipped with their families’ memories, attend to silences and trauma, I consider how visual artists are creating new epistemologies for recognizing and speaking against liberal narratives.

5-04 - Black Masculinity
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 1:25pm to 2:55pm (Miller Hall 17)
Chair: Joi Carr, Pepperdine University

  1. The Black Universe of Hiro Murai: Afro-Pessimism and the Negation of Blackness in Donald Glover's Atlanta and "This is America". David John Boyd, University of Glasgow (Scotland).

    This essay examines the directorial works of Hiro Murai in relation to his recent collaboration with Donald Glover in television series Atlanta (2016-) and his music video for his single “This is America” (2018). In this paper, I argue that their collaboration produces an expansive and expressive film philosophy of afro-pessimism that depicts the anxieties of black American apocalypse and genocide as a constant, urgent, and imminent threat that must be resisted by reevaluating the ontology of Blackness.

  2. Slipping Into the Breaks: Ellison and Hughes Modality. Joi Carr, Pepperdine University.

    This session explores the nature of what Ellison deemed the “Blackness of Blackness”—the reality that functions below linguistic levels, that deep abiding blues reality of being both black and American. R. Ellison and L. Hughes posit the peculiar nature of this existence as absurd. Ellison and Hughes will function as exemplars of an interpretive modality, a black vernacular approach toward articulating this complex experiential knowledge, giving language to the social/psychic death embodied on their texts.

5-05 - Comparative Literature
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 1:25pm to 2:55pm (Miller Hall 15)
Chair: Richard Sperber, Carthage College

  1. Bared Breasts, Catskin Gloves, and Silent Speeches: Empowered Women’s Roles in the Sagas of Icelanders. Jo Koster, Winthrop University.

    The Sagas of Icelanders, thirteenth- and fourteenth- century quasi-historical narratives retelling the colonization and Christianization of Iceland, portray women in a variety of roles that are not typical of western European medieval narrative. My paper examines the roles played by three important female characters, both in regard to traditional representation and to the appeal of female agency to the works' original audiences.

  2. Osman II through English, French and Ottoman Eyes . Soumaya Boughanmi, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

    The murder of Osman II captivated many playwrights and poets in the seventeenth century. I focus on mainly three texts: the English play Osmond the Great Turk (1622) by Lodowick Carlell, the French play Osman (1647) by Tristan L’Hermite and an Ottoman poem composed probably around 1622 by Dede Ağa. I argue that Ottoman, French and English portrayals of Osman II and treatments of sovereignty show cultural transferences that blur the lines between Western Europe and the Ottoman empire despite their differences.

  3. Destiny, Nationalism, Meaning: The Imperative of the Poetic Word to a People in Dostoevsky and Heidegger. Arpi Movsesian, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    The paper discusses parallels in Dostoevsky and Heidegger's thought in terms of their penchant for the poetic word, and scrutinizes the influence of the former on the latter, and how their slective thinking when it comes to the "other" fuels zealous nationalism.

  4. Personal Identity in Contemporary European Multicultural Novels: Kureishi's The Black Album and Özdamar's Die Brücke vom goldenen Horn. Fabien Pillet, McGill University.

    By a comparison between Hanif Kureishi’s Black Album and Emine Sevgi Özdamar’s The Bridge of the Golden Horn, two novels that narrativize European multiculturalism, this paper aims to demonstrate: 1) the contribution of multicultural literature to the understanding of contemporary identity, and 2) the capacity of multicultural novels to challenge certain conceptions of philosophical multiculturalism. 

5-06 - Creative Writing: Brief Prose I
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 1:25pm to 2:55pm (Miller Hall 114)
Chair: Sonia Christensen, Columbia University

  1. "Dummy" and Other Short Pieces. Derek Updegraff, Azusa Pacific University.

    Derek Updegraff has published short stories in The Carolina Quarterly, The Greensboro Review, Hobart, The Minnesota Review, and elsewhere, and he has been a finalist in the flash fiction contests at American Short Fiction, Bat City Review, The Conium Review, and CutBank. He is the author of five books and chapbooks and is an Associate Professor of English at Azusa Pacific University.

  2. Played. Dee Horne, University of Northern British Columbia.

    I am a creative writer and professor at the University of Northern British Columbia, where I teach Creative writing.

    This is a satirical story about relationships, games played and the dangers of being played. The acting and roles the protagonist and antagonist enact lead to a revelation and alter relations.

  3. Letters to the University. Noel Sloboda, Penn State York.

    Noel Sloboda is an Associate Professor and the Program Coordinator of English at Penn State York. He has published two collections of poetry as well as half a dozen chapbooks. Sloboda has also written a book about Edith Wharton and Gertrude Stein. 

  4. "The San Gabriel Complex". Sean Bernard, University of La Verne.

    Sean Bernard, author of the novel Studies in the Hereafter and the Juniper Prize-winning collection Desert sonorous, received an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and, in 2012, an NEA fellowship in prose. His stories have appeared in journals including The Gettysburg ReviewEPOCHCrazyhorse, and Glimmer Train. He teaches in and directs the creative writing program at the University of La Verne, where he serves as editor of the literary journal Prism Review.

5-07 - Drama and Society III: Representations of Violence
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 1:25pm to 2:55pm (Miller Hall 115)
Chair: Judith Saunders, Independent Scholar

  1. The Value of Shock: Staged Representations of Violence. Rick Gilbert, Loyola University Chicago.

    Staged representations of violence cause a kind of shock for audiences; that is, a sudden shift in aesthetic distance.  That shock is caused by the extra attention that such representations force onto the physical bodies of actors on whom the illusion of violence is performed.  Examining specific production choices using this model can give us insight into how different kinds of illusion can be used to engender different audience responses.

  2. The Gestus of 31661: Representations of Trauma and Holocaust Violence in Charlotte Delbo’s Who Will Carry the Word?. Anthony Hostetter, Rowan University.

    Charlotte Delbo, who was marked with 31661 on her arm in Auschwitz-Birkenau, was uninterested in explaining the reality or facts of the Holocaust. Rather, she tirelessly aimed to express the truth of the Shoah through carefully constructed prose and poetry to create dramatic and traumatic images in the minds of her audiences. In producing Delbo’s play, how does one create the reality of Auschwitz-Birkenau, when the writer requested to not see any evidence of the camps on-stage?

  3. "What is Gained is Loss": The Redemptive Potential of Destructive Theatricalities . Esther Marinho Santana, University of Campinas (Brazil).

    The use of verbal and physical violence in Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story, and in the 1969 Brazilian play O cão siamês ou Alzira Power, by Antonio Bivar, transforms theatre into an assault and destruction device, which produces potential redemption.  

5-08 - Ecocriticism (co-sponsored by Association for the Study of Literature & Environment)
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 1:25pm to 2:55pm (Miller Hall 231)
Chair: James Lu, California Baptist University

  1. "The earth is a tomb and man a fleeting vapour": The Roots of Climate Change in Lydia Maria Child’s Hobomok. Kyle Keeler, University of Oregon.

    Child’s Hobomok shows early American settler-colonialism, Puritan farming practices, and interactions with American Indians who inhabited seventeenth-century New England prior to the New World’s “discovery.” I suggest that the Puritans that inhabit Child’s early New England setting rationalize their farming practices, and therefore their separation from and domination of nature through their religion. In so doing, I argue that these practices are roots of future and contemporary human-centered thought in the Anthropocene.

  2. “The armadillos [are] very happy with this government”: The Promise of a New Ecology in Sandinista Nicaragua. Jacob Price, Rutgers University.

    In Ernesto Cardenal’s 1983 Vuelos de victoria, he recounts the success of Sandinista environmental policy to counter slow violence in Nicaragua. “New Ecology” is a poem that puts science and culture in dialogue through Sandinista policy. Cardenal complicates how government regulates human and nonhuman relationships. The poem has decolonial potential to rethink colonial attitudes towards the nonhumans. This paper examines how Sandinista Nicaragua creates the need to understand nonhumans as agents whose survival is prioritized for Sandinismo. 

  3. Bovine Repertoire: Interspecies Communication in Colombian-Venezuelan Cantos de Arreo y Ordeño. Bristin Scalzo Jones, University of California, Berkeley.

    In 2017, UNESCO declared Colombian-Venezuelan cantos de arreo y ordeño  (herding and milking songs) as Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding. My paper investigates these songs’ performative staging of the human/animal bond and the potential ramifications for ecocriticism and animal studies of this practice’s drastic decline.

  4. "Wretched man, wretched tree": Navigating Post-human Reality in The Faerie Queene. Kirsten Schuhmacher, University of Victoria, British Columbia.

    This discussion analyzes the ways the imp is used to reconcile biological reality with symbolism in The  Faerie Queene, Book I. It argues that there is liminality between plant and human being actualized by the character of Fradubio. Through analyzing Fradubio as being caught between two opposing genres, the argument is made that the figure of the tree-man works to subvert human exceptionalism.

5-09 - Film Studies I
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 1:25pm to 2:55pm (Miller Hall 235)
Chair: Erin Gilbert, University of Washington

  1. Divulging a Deeper “Truth”: Director Kathryn Bigelow and Screenwriter Mark Boal Transform Historical Events into Art in The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty, and Detroit. Mary H. Snyder, Diablo Valley College.

    This paper will explore the themes and meanings conveyed in three films by director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal extending beyond the actual events from which the films were created to show that deeper “truths” can be ascertained from fictional, artistic representations of actual happenings than fastidiously “true” retellings.

  2. The President in Peril: The Fantastic Political Landscapes of the Hollywood Presidential Thriller. Kenneth C. Hough, UC Santa Barbara and Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument.

    This paper looks at some of the many filmed political fantasies that depict the President of the United States in danger. It will examine films as far back as the Great Depression and as recent as the latest Hollywood disaster cliffhanger to be set in the White House.

  3. Boots, Bodices, and Bergères: The Significance of Historical Costuming in Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon. Scout Harris, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

    Costuming is a crucial yet oft unnoticed part of filmmaking. The clothing characters wear defines them and gives important signifiers as to what sort of person they are. This is most apparent in historical films, in which clothing must be researched and reproduced for specific purposes. Barry Lyndon’s costumes relate directly to how he “plays” different roles in his life. Barry is both a character in the film and in his life, always aspiring to play a role which he believes is his birthright. 

  4. Mae West and Josephine Lovett: Performing Feminism in the 1920s. Matthew Teorey, Peninsula College.

    During the 1920s, women were finding their voice and challenging patriarchal traditions.  Hollywood actresses Mae West and Josephine Lovett not only performed in front of the camera, but they also wrote stage and screen plays that reimagined what was acceptable in terms of female sexuality. 

5-10 - Italian Ecocriticism
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 1:25pm to 2:55pm (Miller Hall 103)
Chair: Ilaria Tabusso Marcyan, Miami University, Ohio

  1. Poetry in Place: Tonino Guerra's Eclectic Model. Federico Pacchioni, Chapman University.

    In this paper, I will explore how Guerra first elaborated his poetic perspective, which places animals, plants, objects, and the human body on the same dialogical plane, in his verses and then powerfully transferred it into the films he scripted as well as into the installations, statues, and inscriptions he installed in and around Pennabilli.

  2. Gianni Celati and the Art of Being One with the World: A Zen and Ecopsychological Reading of Voices from the Plains and Appearances . Enrico Vettore, California State University, Long Beach.

    This essay reads Gianni Celati's 1980's fiction through the lens of Zen philosophy and of ecopsychology in order to demonstrate Celati's desire to call attention to the bleak environmental and cultural situation of the Po Valley during those years, but also to the fact that one's Self and the landscape/world are coextensive, a fact that weakens the illusion of the Self’s solidity and that heightens our responsibility towards the outer world but also to our own self (Zen Buddhism and ecopsychology teach that they are one and the same).

  3. New Trails in Italian Ecocinema . Pasquale Verdicchio, University of California, San Diego.

    In a continuing effort to define the parameters and themes of Italian cinema concerned  with environmental issues, I will engage some recent productions in order to identify not only a local but a global shared vocabulary of activism. Included in my analysis will be the cilms of Manuele Cecconello, Michelangelo Frammartino, and Alice Rohrwacher.

5-11 - Literature and Religion I
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 1:25pm to 2:55pm (Bond Hall 104)
Chair: Haein Park, Biola University

  1. Mutiny on the Bellipotent: Melville's Quarrel with Secularism. Sarah Buchmeier, University of Illinois at Chicago.

    Postsecular critics habitually describe secularism in vaporous terms and have been curiously silent regarding the Secularist movement of the postbellum era. Reading Melville’s Billy Budd, I argue that this omission signals both Secularism’s successful escape from definition in the twentieth century and postsecularism’s inadequacies as a critique of the secular. 

  2. "To Be Something, and to Do Something for Others": Harriet Wilson’s Spiritualist Impulse. Kaitlyn Smith, University of South Carolina.

    This paper examines the ways in which Harriet Wilson's position as a spiritualist medium, as well as her treatment of religion in her autobiographical novel Our Nig, allowed to to manipulate her role as a disabled African American woman to claim power and respectability for herself. 

  3.  “Theophanic Honey”: Spiritual Melodies in the Poetry of Li-Young Lee and Theodore Roethke . Marc Malandra, Biola University.

    Li-Young Lee and Theodore Roethke have consistently shown in their work an interest in the transcendent. Looking at some of their shared influences, I will draw out Li-Young Lee and Theodore Roethke’s shared belief in poetry as a spiritual or sacred practice, and as a means of confronting spiritual realities.


  4. Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2005): The Representation of the “Other”. Md. Shakhaowat Hossain, North South University.

    Since decolonization, Islam and Muslims replaced the natives at the turn of the twentieth century, and have become the “other” as a result of the stereotypical representations through neo-Orientalist discourse and media. This paper argues that the state of the “other” that Muslims live in today is produced by the dominant Western discourse, taking as example Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2005).

5-12 - Los Angeles (co-sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Los Angeles at Occidental College)
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 1:25pm to 2:55pm (Miller Hall 239)
Chair: Jeremiah Axelrod, Institute for the Study of Los Angeles, Occidental College

  1. “Poetry is of All The Arts the Least Useful “: Redefining Los Angeles as a Place of Poetry in the 21st Century. Irandokht Dina Moinzadeh, Independent Scholar.

    This paper aims at reflecting on a growing scholarly interest in Los Angeles poetry, a topic typically neglected in the academic world, as well as on a recent collective will to create and define a poetic identity specific to the city from scholars, political instances, but most importantly, the poets themselves.

  2. Los Angeles and Yaanga, Gabrielino and Tongva, the Critical Power of Place and Name. Wallace Cleaves, University of California, Riverside.

    This paper explores the effect of the effacement of indigenous, Tongva names throughout the Los Angeles region form the perspective of a member of the often-overlooked local tribal nation.  The importance of reclaiming and re-inscribing the world of Tovangar on the physical and psychological landscape is discussed, with a focus on how the personal and historical identity of the region is being reclaimed.

  3. The Carceral Clock in Los Angeles. Alexandra Meany, University of Washington.

    This paper revisits Mike Davis’ Los Angeles with contemporary perspective and a special focus on time to argue that time is a form of capillary power used to maintain segregated and hierarchical social structures and to limit mobility and public space in Los Angeles.

  4. The Real and Imagined Thirdspace of Nina Revoyr’s Southland. Nancy Carranza, University of California, Riverside.

    This paper examines the narrative and narrated spaces of Nina Revoyr’s novel, Southland, in relation to Edward Soja’s theorization of Thirdspace and Lisa Lowe’s critique of Los Angeles’ “production of multiculturalism.” Troubling comparative racializations of LA’s ethnic neighborhoods complicate how narrated spaces relate to their real-world counterparts.

5-13 - Medea on the Contemporary Stage and Screen
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 1:25pm to 2:55pm (Miller Hall 112)
Chair: Zina Giannopoulou, University of California, Irvine, Chair: Jesse Weiner, Hamilton College

  1. The Empowered yet Inhuman Medea in Martha Graham’s Cave of the Heart. Nina Papathanasopoulou, Connecticut College.

    In Cave of the Heart Martha Graham creates a Medea who is compelling in similar ways to that of Euripides. Euripides uses the filicide to bring together two powerful effects: he shows a pitiful victim driven by excessive emotion to become something other than human; and he shows her taking on great power by doing so. Though Graham does not include the children in her dance, she also creates a Medea that becomes powerful through her inhuman qualities –her sorcery and divine origin, but also her animalism and instinctive responses that lead her to murder.

  2. An Author and Actress on Screen: Medea’s Reception in David Fincher’s Gone Girl (2014). Anastasia Pantazopoulou, University of Florida.

    Tragic Medea conceives and performs on-stage a deceptive plot which mirrors the illusionistic character of theater itself and transforms her into a within-the-play author, director, and actor.  This paper argues that Medea's poetic identity is reflected on a contemporary female cinematic character, Gone Girl’s Amy Dunne, who betrayed by her husband stages an on-screen fallacious trap to take revenge.

  3. Medea’s (Black) Cast: On the Limits of Filial and Social Dishonor. Jaye Austin Williams, Bucknell University.

    This paper centers two literary works: Rena Fraden’s 2001 book, Imagining Medea: Rhodessa Jones and Theatre for Incarcerated Women, and Kevin J. Wetmore’s 2013 anthology, Black Medea: Adaptations for Modern Plays. It parses the assignation of degradation and dishonor of a "black[ened]" Medea and asks whether such assignation can occur when her blackening casts her in excess of civil/social, ergo: human, cohesion.

5-14 - Middle English Literature, Including Chaucer I
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 1:25pm to 2:55pm (Bond Hall 109)
Chair: John M. Ganim, UC Riverside

  1. Richard Coer de Lyon's Multitextuality. Leila K. Norako, University of Washington.

    This paper argues that considering Richard Coer de Lyon as a "multitext" allows us to make sense out of the persistent appearance and disappearance of key episodes across versions. The first half of the paper explains how and why such an approach is beneficial, and I close the paper with a description of my current digital project that will allow scholars the ability to reckon with RCL's multitextuality in ways not currently possible.

  2. Chaucer: Songs without Music. Tekla Bude, Oregon State University.

    In opposition to his primary poetic influences (among which are Machaut, Dante, Petrarch, and Boethius) Chaucer seems apathetic about—and in some cases downright antagonistic towards—music and musical performance. This paper will explore why Chaucer is invested in the un-musicking of poetry, and what this might mean for his work more generally.

  3. Staging the Thinking Heart in A Christian Mannes Bileeve. Nicole Smith, University of North Texas.

    A Christian Mannes Bileeve, a little-known Middle English commentary on the Apostles’ Creed that was read by lay and religious women, stages the figure of the thinking heart to reconcile gendered binaries of Latin and vernacular, prose and poetry, and intellect and affect. My reading of the original Passion lyric in this work extends scholarship by McNamer and Watson to offer a new way of conceiving the performance of women’s affective piety.

5-15 - Performing Empathy: When Literary Texts Are Acts of Kindness
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 1:25pm to 2:55pm (Miller Hall 105)
Chair: Toshiaki Komura, Kobe College

  1. At the Cusp of New Sympathies: Philoctetes in François Fenelon’s Telemachus . Ellwood Wiggins, "University of Washington, Seattle".

    This paper claims that François Fenelon’s popular 1699 novel, The Adventures of Telemachus, determined in many ways the discourse history of sympathy in the 18th-century. It reveals how Fenelon’s novel prefigures the distinction between feeling-with and feeling-for (or, in modern parlance empathy and compassion).

  2. “Pity Me and Pardon Me, O Virtuous Reader!” –The Rhetoric of Abolitionist Action in Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. Kasey Waite, SUNY Albany.

    Famously writing to white northern women in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Harriet Jacobs does not merely initiate a call to action, but rather provides her readers with a model of the type of abolitionist action that does not rest on sympathetic identification with the slave's experience which subsumes the place of the Other, but rather on Aristotle's Kindness, which allows northern white women to act without voyeuristically identifying with the female slave's experience.

  3. The Economy of Sympathy in the Dystopian World. Mineo Takamura, Kwansei Gakuin University.

    This paper examines the recent popularity of dystopian literature and films as a sign of people’s collective desire to fictionally identify their objects of fear and compassion. Consuming tales of struggles, contemporary readers/viewers effectively find outlets of their pent-up passion and thus make their feelings more manageable. How does such a closed circuit of codependency between sympathy and fiction influence their emotional life in the real world?

  4. Sympathy Fatigue and the Promise of Empathy in Emily Dickinson’s Open Forms. Marianne Noble, American University.

    In opposition to the culture of sympathy but in defense of true sympathy, Emily Dickinson creates an empathic form that destabilizes both the object it describes and the reader. These acts of opening affirm the fullness of the reader and the poetic object. That is her sympathy.

5-16 - Poetry and Poetics II
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 1:25pm to 2:55pm (Miller Hall 131)
Chair: Jane Wong, Western Washington University

  1. “Tell it Slant”: Dickinson, Wittgenstein, and the Poetics of Truth. Tom Jesse, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse.

    Starting from Emily Dickinson's famous line "Tell all the Truth but tell it slant" (poem #1129) and Ludwig Wittgenstein's On Certainty (1969), this paper examines poetry’s role in manufacturing that which we call “truth” by working to continually expand the limits of the language games readers are playing.

  2. "Making It Up as I Go Along":  The Journal as Form in William Corbett's Columbus Square Journal. Paul Eaton, University of Maine Orono.

    This presentation will examine the use of the journal/catalog form in the poetry of the second generation New York School, using William Corbett’s Columbus Square Journal as a test case to situate the form within its social, cultural, and pedagogical contexts.

  3. Denise Riley's Poetics of Rehearsal. Frances Leviston, University of Manchester (United Kingdom).

    Cautioned by her reading of Jean-Paul Sartre’s mauvais foi, the British poet Denise Riley has developed a poetics of rehearsal that allows her both to dramatise and to ward against the dangers of lyric self-performance — a poetics now proving influential with younger British poets.

  4. New Sincerity and the Performance of Emotion in Dorothea Lasky’s Poetry. Elina Siltanen, University of Turku (Finland).

    The paper considers Dorothea Lasky’s poetry, asking how her New Sincerity style performance of emotions rejects readers’ therapeutic validation. I argue that it is her awareness of sincerity as a performance of deliberate naiveté that allows her to acknowledge, in her representation of emotional experiences like pain and depression, that one cannot feel the other’s pain through empathy. This liberates readers to observe the poet’s performance of pain in all its banality.  

5-17 - Putting on a Good Show: Professor as Performer
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 1:25pm to 2:55pm (Bond Hall 105)
Chair: Amanda Weldy Boyd, Hope International University

  1. It’s Showtime: Teaching Today’s Media-Obsessed Students. Robert Scott, Ohio Northern University.

    In this paper I will discuss my strategies for engaging today’s easily distracted students. In addition to highlighting the challenges inherent in implementing these approaches, I will also acknowledge those mentors whose teaching practices I have adopted and adapted. As I will recount, over the course of my nearly thirty years of college-level teaching, I have sought to fashion a consistent image to all of my classes, that of an energetic, friendly, and open-minded “performer.”

  2. A Professorial Performance: The Death of New Criticism and the Birth of Edu-tainment. Katie Frye, Pepperdine University.

    This paper will examine the variables that have changed the professor's role. These variables include the addition of online courses and hybrid technologies to curricula; the role of course evaluations in rank, tenure, and promotion as well as the influence of Rate My Professor and social media in general; and the proliferation of smart phones and their impact on the attention spans of students. 

  3. A Curatorial Ethos: A Pedagogy of Resistance and Invitation. Marcy H. Nicholas, Penn State University.

    By cultivating a curatorial ethos, university instructors can center in on the class as an event in which students as the public attend and decide what kind of relationship they want to have with this event and its work. The instructor curates the class—rather than a personality—and students are invited to take ownership of their education.

5-18 - Shakespeare and Related Topics
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 1:25pm to 2:55pm (Miller Hall 138)
Chair: Marc Geisler, Western Washington University

  1. “Bewhored” and “Broken”: Gendered Experiences of Trauma in Titus Andronicus and The Changeling. Paula Sherrin, California State University, Dominguez Hills.

    Comparison of Lavinia and Beatrice-Joanna emphasizes early modern theatre’s scapegoating of women. Performance of rape punishes agency and reinforces patriarchy. Trauma inflicted in revenge and domestic tragedies is gender-specific, functioning as both warning and catharsis. Victimized characters are pharmakoi who restore social order in Act V through their sacrifices.

  2. Women Players in the Renaissance: Tragedy, Ballads, and Femininity in Hamlet and Othello. Anita Raychawdhuri, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Ophelia and Desdemona utilize the role of the performer, through the “low” culture form of ballads. However, both these women are not able to properly appropriate the ballads to speak and be seen; rather, their performance becomes a meta-theatrical moment where the women are watched, but not engaged with.

  3. Clothed in Masculinity: Armored Women Versus Crossdressed Women in Shakespeare’s Histories and Comedies. Hannah DeWitt, University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

    This paper compares the performance of masculinity in women dressed in armor in Shakespeare’s Henry VI Trilogy as compared to his female crossdressers in the comedy plays. 

  4. More Than Just Words, Words, Words: Using AR to Illustrate the Context Behind the Text of Hamlet. John Misak, New York Institute of Technology.

    Augmented Reality (AR) is an effective technology for teaching sciences, yet little has been done with AR in college humanities courses.  This presentation will demonstrate an AR app to help college students experience Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a more active, immersed way.  This AR application will enhance students’ understanding of the context behind the text of Hamlet using investigative techniques and gamification. The prototype will inform the viability of AR for student learning across the humanities.

5-19 - Spanish and Portuguese (Latin American) I
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 1:25pm to 2:55pm (Bond Hall 106)
Chair: Alicia Rico, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

  1. The Little School: El testimonio femenino latinoamericano. Gabrirela Linares, California State University at Northridge.

    "La Escuelita,” se convierte en un ejemplo perfecto de la literatura testimonial, demostrando que este estilo de literatura ayuda informar y recordar los daños no solamente psicológicos que la opresión política causó en el pueblo argentino al separar a tantas familias y negar el daño hecho; pero, sino que esta novela también ofrece un vistazo dentro de la marginación del género que existe dentro del mundo literario

  2. Intellectuals and Self-Sacrifice in Enrique Serna’s El miedo a los animales.. Charles Boyer, Hawaii Pacific University.

    This paper examines the textual interplay between the self-serving environment among intellectuals - as depicted in Enrique Serna’s El miedo a los animales - and the possibility of self-sacrifice in the context of the 1990s in Mexico.

  3. El encuentro de dos sagas detectivescas en Besar al detective de Elmer Mendoza. Jorge Galindo, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

    Abstract: Hablaré de cómo la novela Besar al detective reflexiona sobre los efectos de la guerra del narco tanto en la sociedad y la ficción narrativa mexicana. También analizaré de como al juntar dos detectives de ficción de épocas distintas le sirve a Mendoza para evaluar la evolución de la novela policíaca en México

5-20 - Television Studies II
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 1:25pm to 2:55pm (Miller Hall 152)
Chair: Cheryl Edelson, Chaminade University of Honolulu

  1. "You and I were never really married": Role Playing and Intimacy in Fox’s The Americans. Laurie Leach, Hawaii Pacific University.

    In Fox’s The Americans, spies Phillip and Elizabeth Jennings are masters of disguise and role-playing but struggle with determining which roles and which commitments are primary. Phillip has trouble feigning intimacy without those feelings becoming real, while Elizabeth‘s primary allegiance to the Soviet Union and her contempt for American culture make “Elizabeth Jennings,” American wife and mother, her most difficult role.

  2. Performing Age and Sexuality in Feud: Bette and Joan. Mary Cappelli, Nevada State College.

    The youthful structure of the look that pressures mature women to pass for youthful versions of their former selves continues to influence the unconscious process of age and sexuality. Through an analysis of Jessica Lange’s performance of legendary film icon Joan Crawford in the FX anthology Feud: Bette and Joan, I examine the performance of aging and sexuality from an interdisciplinary perspective.

  3. The Role of Disability in Avatar: The Legend of Korra. Joseph Philip Whatford, "California State University, San Bernardino".

    This paper considers how the Nickelodeon show Avatar: The Legend of Korra uses disability to construct character and contribute to the public discourse surrounding disability. We need more character roles to challenge this discourse, and television shows can act as a good medium of influence, especially among younger audiences.

5-21 - Western Gallery Exhibition Tour: Modest Forms of Biocultural Hope
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 1:25pm to 2:55pm (Western Gallery, Fine Arts Building)
Chair: Hafthor Yngvason, Director Western Washington University Gallery & Public Art Collection

  1. The Western Gallery: Modest Forms of Biocultural Hope. Hafthor Yngvason, Director Western Washington University Gallery & Public Art Collection.

    Conducting the tour will be Hafthor Yngvason, Director of the Western Gallery & Sculpture Collection and former Director of the Reykjavik Art Museum and of Public Art for Cambridge, MA. Hafthor has edited: the catalogue for Katrín Sigurðardóttir’s installation for The Pavilion of Iceland at the Venice Biannale (2013); a book on Johannes S. Kjarval for the State Russian Museum (2013); and a book on the conservation of contemporary public art (2002). His monograph on the artist Sigurdur Gudmundsson, Mutes, was published by Forlagið in 2008.

5-22 - Women and Work in Literature I
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 1:25pm to 2:55pm (Miller Hall 156)
Chair: Christine Mower, Seattle University

  1. “She Must Work in the Garden”:Examining the Labor of Female Tenant Farmers. Ieva Padgett, Emory University.

    The paper examines the portrayal of garden work, performed by the wives of tobacco tenant farmers in two novels of the 1920s.  In contrast to agricultural labor, such labor is undervalued and relatively invisible, yet its invisibility furnishes unique opportunities to the female gardeners.

  2. “Not in the hands of your destiny but in the hands of your hair”: Beauty Work and the American Dream in Philip Roth’s American Pastoral . Sam Chesters, University of Houston.

    The American Dream plays a pivotal role in Philip Roth’s American Pastoral. However, while the male characters access the dream through professional labor, the female characters are only permitted or denied access through the “beauty work” necessary to adhere to the hegemonic patriarchal beauty ideal.

5-23 - Women in French III: Pensées sur la nourriture et l'alcool
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 1:25pm to 2:55pm (Miller Hall 113)
Chair: Sylvie Blum, University of Florida

  1. "Gâteau aux bananes à la vietnamienne": 'l'est et l'ouest' chez Kim Thúy. Michele Chossat, Seton Hill University.

    Publié en 2013, Mãn poursuit l'histoire commencée dans Ru (2010). La nourriture sert de lien entre deux continents éloignés géographiquement et culturellement, mais unis dans le coeur de la narratrice. Thúy retrace de façon pudique et poétique l'expérience et le vécu de l'exil, entre cuisine, mémoire, quotidien, amour et amitiés.

  2. L’essence nourricière de la femme chez Noëlle Châtelet. Atiyeh Showrai, University of Southern California.

    Dans les nouvelles La mère nourricière et En attendant Simone, Noëlle Châtelet définit « l’essence » de la femme : force nourricière par excellence, même après son décès. Se servant de la nourriture comme métaphore, elle traduit l’invisibilité de la femme dans la société tout en soulignant son importance vitale.

  3. L’eau de vie de Daniel Marchildon: une démone à la fois tendre et cruelle . Helene Caron, McMaster University (Canada).

    Cette présentation tentera de mettre en lumière les diverses stratégies de représentation qui font de l’alcool un personnage féminin démoniaque à la fois tendre et cruel dans le roman L’eau de vie (Uisge beatha) de Daniel Marchildon et exposera comment l’alcool agit à titre de moteur narratif.  

  4. À table... ou pas ! : Les repas, miroirs de la société dans "Ma Loute". Marianne Golding, Southern Oregon University.

    Ce qu’on mange et la façon dont on mange sont au centre de la comédie sociale et loufoque signée Bruno Dumont en 2017.  Cette parodie de la société bourgeoise et du monde des pêcheurs trouve toute sa saveur dans les différences d’approche à la nourriture, de réussites et d’échecs culinaires.

5-24 - Writing Today
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 1:25pm to 2:55pm (Miller Hall 139)
Chair: Karin Bauer, McGill University

  1. When a Story Is Not a "Story": The Limits of Defining Literature Forms In A Digital World. Michael Humphrey, Colorado State University.

    A psycholinguistics lab mathematically mapped the linguistic patterns of story, measuring novels, short stories and thematic apperception tests. In this study, I replicated the method on a small social media site that prompts users to "Tell a Story." The results spoke volumes about our contemporary relationship with the term, "story."

  2. “you are a metonymic slide”: Bill Kennedy and Darren Wershler’s The Apostrophe Engine and the Online Archive. Jason Wiens, University of Calgary.

    My paper examines Bill Kennedy and Darren Wershler's online poetic generator apostropheengine.ca as a case study in computer-generated poetics. By comparing different iterations of poems generated by the engine, I consider the limits of computer-generated poetics, and the changing landscape of the Internet as an online archive.   


  3. Academic Settings and Public Writing: Applying Analytical Thinking to Blog Writing. Sibylle Gruber, Northern Arizona University., Nancy Barron, Northern Arizona University.

    We provide analytical explorations of published blog writing, and show why teachers and students need to become responsible and active members of our respective “public spheres.” We show the importance of critically analyzing writing in public spheres and we conclude by encouraging participants to incorporate public writing as a valuable teaching tool that promotes critical analysis of written communication and production of new and innovative writing.

  4. Searching for the Commons: Writing Poetry in the Digital Era. Virginia Ramos, University of San Francisco.

    This essay focuses on what we understand as processes of reading, as well as the concept of authorship in the digital era. Besides poets Neil Aitken and Margaret Rhee, I explore the “re-staging” of Beckett’s Comment c’est in How It Is in Common Tongues, a 2012 digital poetry work by John Cayley and Daniel Howe. 

-Saturday Snack Break
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 2:55pm to 3:15pm (Miller Hall Collaborative Space)
Chair: Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver

  1. Saturday Snack Break. Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

    Please join us for a snack break (hummus, yum) in the Miller Hall Collaborative Space.

6-01 - 21st-Century Literature II
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 3:15pm to 4:45pm (Miller Hall 135)
Chair: Michael Tratner, Bryn Mawr College

  1. Defining the Subgenre of 9/11 Novel. Sini Eikonsalo, University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

    This paper focuses on the characteristics and issues related to the subgenre of 9/11 novel. It illustrates the different ways novels can explicitly or implicitly be “about” 9/11 and details the recurring tropes and themes of this subgenre. The paper offers a definition for the term 9/11 novel and criticizes how the label 9/11 has been overapplied to twenty-first-century novels.

  2. Narratives of the Longue Durée: Conceptualizing Collectivity in 21st-Century Literature . Justin Wyble, Chaminade University of Honolulu.

    In this paper, I propose to consider how certain literary texts of the early-21st century represent the longue durée of the capitalist mode of production, and, in so doing, open up the possibility of imagining the end of capitalism and the emergence of a radically different future.

  3. “Thinking About the Future is Confusing in All Sorts of Ways": Time Travel and the Cold War in Lydia Millet’s Oh Pure and Radiant Heart and Stephen King’s 11/22/63. Theo Finigan, Vancouver Island University (Canada).

    This paper discusses two recent American novels--Lydia Millet’s Oh Pure and Radiant Heart (2005) and Stephen King’s 11/22/63 (2011)--that depict characters traveling in time between the Cold War period and the 21st century. Both novels center on attempts to change the trajectory of Cold War history, thereby altering the significance of that period's events for the contemporary moment. Millet and King thus also seek to interrogate the uses to which the Cold War has been put in  21st-century cultural memory.

6-02 - African American Literature I
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 3:15pm to 4:45pm (Miller Hall 17)
Chair: Jerry Rafiki Jenkins, Palomar College

  1. Patrick Henry Meets the Queen of ’Merica: Slave Narratives, Gender, and the Use of Revolutionary Rhetoric. Zoe Ballering, Western Washington University.

    In accordance with abolitionist discourse of the 1840s and 1850s, the slave narratives of Harriet Jacobs and Frederick Douglass both deploy Patrick Henry’s famous exclamation—“Give me liberty, or give me death!”—to crown moments of resistance. But while Douglass portrays himself as a self-made revolutionary fighting to close the gap between rhetoric and reality, I argue that Jacobs uses the quote to reassess whether revolutionary rhetoric can ever encompass the circumstances of Black women.

  2. White Femininity and Black Womanhood in Toni Morrison's Tar Baby. Leann Christopherson, San Francisco State University.

    Explores Toni Morrison's use of a light-skinned black female protagonist to demonstrate how European femininity affects black women while simultaneously portraying the ways that European women perpetuate racist power structures through the ways that they judge, criticize, and demonize black sexuality. Demonstrates the traumatic effects of this parasitic relationship, and communicates the specific set of challenges that light-skinned women of color face.

  3. Brawn and Sass: Black Female Voices in Healing Spaces. Sidney Jones, The Ohio State University.

    This paper examines the use of black female voice as a means of resistance in Audre Lorde’s The Cancer Journals (1980) and Mari Danquah’s Willow Weep for Me: A Black Woman’s Journey through Depression (1998). These works show how weaponized black pain can disrupt the white-dominated space of medicine.

6-03 - Asian American Literary & Cultural Studies II: Cultural Geography Across Genres
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 3:15pm to 4:45pm (Miller Hall 154)
Chair: Thaomi Michelle Dinh, University of Washington - Seattle

  1. Staging the Asian Local Identity in Hawai'i: Negotiating In-Betweeness. Kimberly Jew, University of Utah.

    My paper will investigate the diverse forms of “in-betweeness” as expressed in the works of local Asian playwrights in Hawai’i: Ling-Ai Li, Darryl Lum and Ed Sakamoto.

  2. Dumplings and Tourists: New York Experiences of Hospitality and Encounter. Michelle Yee, University of California, Santa Cruz.

    This paper examines two projects by two Taiwanese American artists whose work utilizes hospitality and humility to question and shift power dynamics typically embedded in tourist encounters. 

  3. Trauma and Healing in Lan Cao's The Lotus and the Storm. Jeff Gibbons, The United States Military Academy at West Point.

    My paper will examine the ways that Lan Cao's recent novel about the Viet Nam War, The Lotus and the Storm, depicts the enduring and transformative effects of war on civilians wounded--both physically and psychologically--during combat. 

  4. The Roaring Filipinx Americans: Rearticulating Cultural Identity through Hip-Hop in Ruby Ibarra’s CIRCA91 and Bambu DePistola’s Prey For The Devil. Jordan Wesley Luz, University of Hawaii, Manoa.

    This paper interrogates the ways Filipinx hip-hop artists Ruby Ibarra and Bambu DePistola rearticulate their sense of belonging and cultural identity in America. Specifically, I am interested in Ibarra’s CIRCA91 and Bambu’s Prey For The Devil and how both albums call for an allied sense of identity within Filipinx communities. 

6-04 - Asian Literature and Culture
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 3:15pm to 4:45pm (Miller Hall 239)
Chair: Scott Pearce, Western Washington University

  1. Suspended Humanisms, José Rizal, and the Making of the Filipino Anti-Human. Frances H. O'Shaughnessy, University of Washington at Seattle.

    The paper will analyze the representations of enslavement, Blackness, and Indigeneity within José Rizal’s novels Noli Me Tángere (1887) and El Filibusterismo (1891), with attention being on Rizal’s shifting descriptions of the Filipinx condition under Spanish colonization. I will argue that Rizal oscillating moves between Filipino-as-indio-as-prehuman-as-prehistorical and Filipino-as-enslaved-as-antihuman-as-antihistorical was because of Spain-as-inhuman-yet-as-Historical.

  2. Ostracized Pakistani Hijras and Transmisogyny in Bol. Iqra Shagufta, University of North Texas.

    This paper analyzes the cinematic representation of the transmisogynistic character of Pakistan’s deeply patriarchal society in the film Bol to argue that these portrayals can invoke empathy.

  3. Colonial Legacies and the Feminine Clockwork Posthuman: Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl, Olivia Ho’s “Working Woman," and Pear Nuallak's “The Insects and Women Sing Together”. Sandya Maulana, University of Kansas.

    This paper seeks to compare and contrast the depiction of colonial legacies through representations of the feminine posthuman in three speculative fiction texts from three different locations: Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl (USA), Olivia Ho’s “Working Woman” (Singapore), and Pear Nuallak’s “The Insects and Women Sing Together” (England/Thailand), with the more critically acclaimed The Windup Girl serving as a springboard for the discussion of the two other texts written from the periphery.

6-05 - Creative Writing: Brief Prose II
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 3:15pm to 4:45pm (Miller Hall 114)
Chair: Sean Bernard, University of La Verne

  1. A Good Reason and Others. Sonia Christensen, Columbia University.

    Sonia Christensen graduated with a degree in fiction writing from the University of Colorado in 2012. She has since had pieces publised in First Stop Fiction, Confrontion, New Pop LitCorvusand Devilfish Review among others. She has also appeard on the Changing Denver podcast. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at Columbia University. 

  2. A Maker of Properties. Jocelyn Heath, Norfolk State University.

    I am currently an Assistant Professor in English at Norfolk State University, having recently completed my creative PhD at Georgia State University. My poem “Orbital” won the 2014 Alison Joseph Poetry Award from Crab Orchard Review. My work has also appeared or is forthcoming in The Atlantic, Fourth River, Poet Lore, Sinister Wisdom, Bellingham Review, The National Poetry Review, and other journals. I am an Assistant Editor for Smartish Pace, and I have reviewed poetry for Lambda Literary and others. 

  3. "The Wolfowitz Talent Agency," from King of the Worlds. M. Thomas Gammarino, Punahou School.

    M. Thomas Gammarino is the author of King of the Worlds, Jellyfish Dreams, and Big in Japan. He received the Elliot Cades Award for Literature, Hawaii's highest literary honor, in 2014.

6-06 - Drama and Society IV: Violence in Theater
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 3:15pm to 4:45pm (Miller Hall 115)
Chair: Anthony Hostetter, Rowan University

  1. 50 Shades of Kate: Changing Contexts in Theatrical Performance of Spanking. P. A. Felton, Bowling Green State University.

    This paper explores the history, impact, and significance of marital spanking as a recurring trope in the Western theater. By examining the cultural context of the of the act itself, this paper illustrates the evolving meaning of marital spanking within performance and spectatorship of marital violence, power dynamics, and gender performance.

  2. Sleep Deprived: Exploring Black Motherhood and Injustice in Adrienne Kennedy’s Sleep Deprivation Chamber. Marissa Kennedy, Independent Scholar.

    In this paper, I will explore how Adrienne Kennedy depicts the trauma of injustice and systematic racism. I will discuss Kennedy's use of violent imagery as a means to examine the intersectionality of identity politics, race, and class and its relation to the role of motherhood. The goal of this paper is to highlight the political and activist nature of Sleep Deprivation Chamber and revalue women’s experiences in the United States.

  3. Law, Morality, and the Spectator's Experience in Pedro Calderón de la Barca's For Secret Offense, Secret Revenge. Robert M. Johnston, Northern Arizona University - Emeritus.

    The "wife-murder plays" of Calderón (1600-81) challenge today's scholars and audiences. The apparent tolerance for murdering an innocent wife seems at odds with the playwright's Christian values. In For Secret Offense, Secret Revenge, however, Calderón exploits conflicting value systems in his audience's horizon of expectations to move the spectator to introspection and self-discovery.

  4. Music Makes the Heart Grow Fonder in The Begger's Opera and Sweeny Todd. Shana Creaney, City College of New York.

    I intend to look at The Beggar's Opera and Sweeney Todd to explore how the musical format makes it easier for an audience to sympathize with characters who occupy a traditionally villainous role. Upbeat musical interludes distract from the dramatic violence that would otherwise entirely horrify. 

6-07 - Film Studies II
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 3:15pm to 4:45pm (Miller Hall 235)
Chair: Dawn Dietrich, Western Washington University

  1. Plainspeaking: Anderson's Family Structure in There Will be Blood. Nissele Contreras, Western Washington University.

    This essay compares statements Anderson made during interviews where he tried to pare the story down to a father-son relationship to Daniel's "plainspeaking" method that involves centering a business around the family structure, which Daniel uses to advance his oil business in the town of Little Boston. 

  2. Battle of the Senses: Deaf and Blind “Monstrosities” in A Quiet Place. Kassia Waggoner, Friends University.

    This paper utilizes Jay Timothy Dolmage’s disability tropes to explore John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place and argues that the film takes important steps toward normalizing disability while simultaneously depicting disability as not only limiting, but monstrous.

  3. The Suburban Nightmare: Suburbia and Borders in Spike Jonze’s Scenes from the Suburbs. David Rose, Humboldt University (Germany).

    Spike Jonze’s short film Scenes from the Suburbs (2011) presents a dystopian vision of the meaning of suburbia that encompasses several cinematic genres. In my paper, I will outline how the film’s obsession with gates and fences becomes a powerful statement about the meaning of borders in today’s society.

  4. Stages of Pleasure: Time and Place in Celine and Julie Go Boating. Erin Gilbert, University of Washington.

    This paper draws upon feminist, spatial, and temporal modes of analysis, in particular modes found in Elizabeth Grosz’s Time Travels: Feminism, Nature, Power and Gaston Bachelard’s The Poetics of Space, to investigate the function of pleasure in temporal and spatial transgressions in Jacques Rivette's 1974 film Celine and Julie Go Boating.

6-08 - Germanic Studies
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 3:15pm to 4:45pm (Miller Hall 231)
Chair: Olivia Albiero, San Francisco State University

  1. The Romantic Construction of the Noble Savage. William Christopher Burwick, Hamilton College.

    As a reaction to industrialization, an emotional need for an unspoiled, uncorrupted nature was met in literary depictions of the fragile survival of inhabitants of such a world. This paper will explore the Romantic construct of nature, inhabited by the “noble savage”  and his fictional representation in the poems of Goethe, Johann Gottfried Seume, and Adalbert von Chamisso.

  2. The Music of Creation: Depictions of Music after Hoffmann . Dustin Lovett, "University of California, Santa Barbara".

    This paper analyzes the developing depiction of music in German literature as the expression of an uncanny, generative force from E. T. A. Hoffmann’s ecstatic critical reflections on instrumental music and short prose pieces including “Ritter Gluck” to its darker and more ambivalent treatment in Thomas Mann’s Doktor Faustus.

  3. Un-roling the Roles: Labor, Wealth, and Fortune in Johann Nestroy’s Der böse Geist Lumpazivagabundus. Saein Park, UC Santa Cruz.

    This paper reconsiders cultural-critical potentials of Johann Nestroy’s farcical play Der böse Geist Lumpazivagabundus (1833). Its focus is on how the play unsettles normative ‘roles’ of modern bourgeois society, by ridiculing the conceptions of handiwork, master-apprentice relationship, labor, and fortune. In responding to the anxieties and aspirations of the 19th-century Viennese audience, Nestroy’s stage, as I will argue, constitutes a performative critique of the dominant discourses of Volk, Pöbel, and Lumpen

  4. Erpenbeck's Unsettling Imagination: Reading Narratives of “Displacement” in German Studies. Emina Musanovic, Linfield College.

    Jenny Erpenbeck’s novel Visitation (2010) is an inventory of manifestations of forced displacement. I examine the narrative strategies Erpenbeck deploys to narrate precarious conditions of forcefully displaced persons. In particular, I investigate how Erpenbeck reconfigures the Heimat concept to make room for other conceptions of belonging. Working with Erpenbeck’s novel, I present a framework for an approach to narratives of displacement within the context of German Area Studies.

6-09 - Graduate School: Surviving with Your Mental Health Intact
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 3:15pm to 4:45pm (Miller Hall 138)
Chair: Raymond H. J. Rim, University of California, Riverside

  1. Uncertain Times: First-Generation Students in the 21st Century. Daniel Ante-Contreras, MiraCosta College.

    This presentation will discuss the challenges that exist for first-generation graduate students, particularly within the context of generational shifts that have fundamentally changed academic institutions in the twenty-first century. It will also engage with the question of how graduate and undergraduate student populations can collaborate within classroom spaces to improve mental health.

  2. Dealing with Problem Students: Tales from the Front Lines. Yolanda Doub, California State University, Fresno.

    From the first class as a TA, through tenure and promotion, difficult students can be part of the landscape at any point in one’s career. Sexism, racism, confrontational behavior and other surprises can test our confidence and professionalism, but ultimately, they are opportunities to expand our repertoire and grow as individuals and faculty.

  3. In a Dark Time, the Eye Begins to See: Mental Health in Academia. Steven Gould Axelrod, University of California, Riverside.

    This presentation will consider strategies for maintaining mental health within the hothouse atmosphere and anxiety-provoking compulsions of graduate school and faculty life.

6-10 - Hispanic Literature and Politics
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 3:15pm to 4:45pm (Miller Hall 139)
Chair: Charles Patterson, Western Washington University

  1. Exile and Itinerancy in José Manuel Poveda and Julián del Casal. Kathrin Theumer, Franklin & Marshall College.

    Disputing Casal’s so-called “exoticism,” José Manuel Poveda presents Julián del Casal as a spiritual exile whose conceptual itinerancy is intrinsic to the poetic process and fundamental to the revitalization of Cuba’s poetic tradition, reconfiguring the parameters of his "tragic" poetic martyrdom in order to resist the national and literary inertia of Republican Cuba.

  2. Unveiling “the News” during Popular Unity: Politics and Journalism in José Miguel Varas’ “Exclusivo” (1971). Elizabeth L Hochberg, University of Washington - Seattle.

    In this presentation, I will analyze the ways in which José Miguel Varas’ short story “Exclusivo,” published against the backdrop of Salvador Allende’s Popular Unity government, defends the journalistic unveiling of processes that lie behind the production of dominant form of print media, while at the same time advocating for critiques grounded in the language and story-telling tactics of popular culture. 

  3. Pasajes secretos sobre escenarios giratorios: recovecos de libertad en la estética escénica de La dama duende de 1942. Rebeca Rubio, UC Davis.

    When Francisco Franco’s dictatorship needed an aesthetic for its fascist ideology, it reached back to the dramatic canon of the seventeenth century. The staging of  Las mocedades del Cid in 1941 is a neat example of the propagandistic appropriation of the comedia. However, the ideological phase was short lived. A year later, Luca de Tena began exploring subtle commentaries on surveillance and censorship through a creative use of scenery, that can be traced in the staging of Calderon de la Barca’s La dama duende in 1942.

6-11 - Italian Cinema
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 3:15pm to 4:45pm (Miller Hall 103)
Chair: Federico Pacchioni, Chapman University

  1. Fraud and Hoax in Collodi’s and Fellini’s “Fields of Miracles” in Pinocchio and La dolce vita . Kevin Bongiorni, Louisiana State University.

    While there are many connections between Carlo Collodi’s 19th Century morality tale Pinocchio and Federico Fellini’s film La dolce vita, one striking connection is found in the presence of fields and trees of miracles in both stories.  This paper examines the semiotic structures and roles that these two spaces play in these texts  through the shared lens and dynamics of fraud  (in Pinocchio) and hoax (in La dolce vita). 

  2. The Liquid Hyperfilm: Fellini, Deleuze and the Sea as forza generatrice. Amy Hough, "University of California, Riverside".

    This paper engages with the motif of the sea in Fellini’s films, dreams, drawings and interviews as a way of illuminating the particularly fluid and generative mechanics of the director’s creative process. Reimagining Millicent Marcus’s notion of the hyperfilm as a Deleuzoguattarian assemblage, I suggest that the image of the sea, when interpreted within this metamorphosing “intertext” of Fellini’s work, not only acts as the forza generatrice of Fellini’s cinematic mindscape but also elicits the film-viewer’s liquid and generative vision. 

  3. Fellini’s Journey with Anita Through Genres and Media. Giuseppe Natale, "University of Nevada, Las Vegas".

    A comparative examination of the different treatments of Federico Fellini's script A Journey with Anita by Fellini himself, Mario Monicelli, and Luca Magi.

6-12 - Literature and Religion II
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 3:15pm to 4:45pm (Bond Hall 104)
Chair: Marc Malandra, Biola University

  1. "Performing Conversion". Derek Brown, The United States Military Academy at West Point.

    In this paper, I explore the crossroads between spiritual conversion and theatrical performance.  From a performative perspective, an actor leaving the stage and a recent convert leaving a church have much in common.  Conversion requires performance, and performance demands conversion.  Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress and other spiritual allegories affirm this connection.

  2. "The Moon-Blanched Land": On the Relationship between Religious Faith and the Aesthetic in Matthew Arnold's "Dover Beach" . Abby Rogers, Northwest University.

    As the speaker of Matthew Arnold’s dramatic monologue “Dover Beach” rejects both the religious faith and the sensual beauty that gild reality’s violence, the poem commentates on the relationship between ontology and the aesthetic; read in light of Arnoldian poetic theory, the poem’s aesthetic landscape suggests that a loss of traditional religious faith compromises the poetic imagination.


6-13 - Middle English Literature, Including Chaucer II
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 3:15pm to 4:45pm (Bond Hall 109)
Chair: John M. Ganim, UC Riverside

  1. Chaucer's Prioress's Tale -- the Madness of Mariolatry. Michael McShane, Carthage College.

    Chaucer's Prioress's tale is horrifically, violently anti-Semitic.  I argue that the Prioress unconsciously enacts contradictions inherent in a Christian ideology of femininity.  The magnitude of the story's violence indicates the magnitude of the relevant contradictions, as seen in the figure of Mary, an impossible unity of virginity and maternity. 

  2. Performing the Monstrous: Loathly Ladies, Saracen Princesses, and Transformed Monsters in Middle English Romance. Debra Best, California State University Dominguez Hills.

    In Middle English romance, women who perform the role of monstrous Other, including loathly ladies, Saracen princesses, and “adulterous” wives, enact the romance genre’s exploration of larger threats to marriage, including sin, errant fathers, and inappropriate matches. These tales critique the social and marital conventions that affect women and potentially force a virtuous beauty to perform the role of monstrous beast.

  3. Otherworldly Oaths and Conjurations in Sir Gawayn and þe Grene Knyȝt. Christopher Wrenn, University of Hawai'i, Manoa.

    The evocative power of words admirably unifies many of the elements which make up the late-fourteenth-century poem Sir Gawayn and the Grene Knyȝt.

  4. “Wommen, of kynde”: Geoffrey Chaucer and the Question of the Woman Question. Elizabeth Salazar, Washington State University.

    Geoffrey Chaucer questions the natural roles and qualities of women throughout much of his work, from the ambiguous Criseyde in Troilus and Criseyde, to the saintly progression of victims in The Legend of Good Women, to the wide array of abstracted, fictional, and pseudo-living women in The Canterbury Tales. While he repeatedly attributes a unifying female nature to these characters, his own depictions of womanhood place anything beyond common humanity into question.

6-14 - Playing Our Part: Social Hierarchy and the Performance of Class in Literature
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 3:15pm to 4:45pm (Miller Hall 105)
Chair: John D. Schwetman, University of Minnesota, Duluth

  1. Nuestra América Blurs. Juan Delgado, California State University, San Bernardino.

    In this poetic essay, I focus on the multigenerational migrations of my Mexican family, focusing on their border crossings into the United States. My family’s struggles and my growth as a poet are read through a larger political and cultural framework that calls attention to Latin American movements such as Nueva Canción and Liberation Theology. I wrestle to understand what it means to be a resident in a pluralistic and multicultural continent stitched up by its border crossings.

  2. "Call me duckie": Mimicry and Performance in Sekyi's The Blinkards. Adwoa A. Opoku-Agyemang, University of Toronto (Canada).

    This paper will examine Kobina Sekyi’s The Blinkards. It will discuss how crossing class boundaries can be both humorous and complex. The function of colonial mimic characters will be analyzed by considering humor theory and language, as well as the prominence and validity of performance in the play.

  3. Dueling Men: Propp’s Transference of Masculine Autonomy in Class Hierarchies. Lucy Granroth, Eastern Washington University.

    Men are “obliged to defend [their honor] against any affront” through dueling, which lower class males could not participate in. Metaphorical duels, however, are fought by all men, regardless of class and the male character’s autonomy suffers in performing his familial role. I propose a Dueling Males genre to cover the diaspora of literature that portrays this suffering of male autonomy through compulsory dueling.

6-15 - Poetry and Poetics III
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 3:15pm to 4:45pm (Miller Hall 131)
Chair: Yanara Friedland, Western Washington University

  1. Surreal Landscapes and Disabling Dislocations: Nature in Larry Eigner’s Poetry. Yvette Mylett, University of Utah.

     Larry Eigner's poetry often makes use of natural imagery by staging pastoral, domestic, and other scenery side-by-side. In my essay, I hope to examine Eigner's surreal mixing of landscapes in the context of the overlapping interests of disability studies and ecocriticism, focusing on the way in which both critical trajectories complicate understandings of materiality that tend toward organicism and essentialism. 

  2. The Stage of the Page: Performing Disfluency in Contemporary Vispo. Jessica Lewis Luck, "California State University, San Bernardino".

    This essay turns to some of the insights emerging in the field of cognitive science about the powerful effects of disfluency on the brain in order to uncover some of the potential effects of contemporary visual poetry (“Vispo”) on its audience.

  3. The Poetics of the Hyperlink. Scott Riley, UC Santa Cruz.

    This presentation will explore the poetics of the hyperlink with particular attention to Andrea Brady’s Wildfire: A Verse Essay on Obscurity and Illumination, first published as a website with hyperlinks interwoven into the text of the poem.

  4. “Maybe we’ll see each other”: Poetry & Performance in the Debt Economy. Amanda Hickok, New York University.

    As the growth of the debt economy in the 21st century has led to generalized immiseration, it may also provide the condition of possibility for a radical rejection of economic “performance.” This antagonism can be tracked in contemporary poetry through its reflexive attention to non-narrative form and the assertion of collectivity against realist individualism, examined here in the poetry of Wendy Trevino.

6-16 - Remaking the Ancients: The Art and Politics of Performing the Classics
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 3:15pm to 4:45pm (Miller Hall 112)
Chair: Brian Duvick, "University of Colorado, Colorado Springs"

  1. Memory, Landscape, and Civil War in Guillermo Del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth and Vergil’s Eclogues. Danielle La Londe, Centre College.

    This paper explores the role of landscape as a site of cultural memory in the aftermath of civil war in Vergil's Eclogues and Guillermo del Toro's 2006 film Pan's Labyrinth.

  2. Performing Egyptomania as Egypt: Conflating the Text with its Fandom in Our Popular Imagination. Roy Jo Sartin, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

    In popular culture, ancient Egypt has become equated with magical knowledge and mystical truths. From Freemason imagery to Art Deco design, from mummy movies to music videos, manifestations reference and recreate the history and mystery of Egypt. But are they performing Egypt, or Egyptomania? Has the fandom become the text?

  3. Role Playing Games, Movies, and Illustrated Comics, Oh My!: Connecting Students with the Classics Using Popular Culture. Nina Ellis Frischmann, University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

    Join Athena who will visit our panel from the Hellenistic/Roman world to introduce us to some of her favorite Classical remakes. Get students excited by connecting the Classics to modern popular culture: role playing games, movies, and illustrated comics. Ask them to debate Helen of Troy’s culpability, recreate Amazonian society with Wonder Woman, and explore the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius with “The Last Days of Pompeii” comics series from Classics Illustrated.

6-17 - Romanticism
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 3:15pm to 4:45pm (Miller Hall 15)
Chair: Gloria Schultz Eastman, Metropolitan State University of Denver

  1. Gender Hegemony and Feminist Theory in Revolutionary Romantic Literature. Amanda White, Cal Poly Pomona University.

    This paper is intended to rethink romanticism and its approach to gender representation through looking at the reception of Dorothy Wordsworth’s work in contrast to her brother, William while also utilizing Blake’s work and looking at how his characters became representations of gendered rhetoric during the Romantic era.

  2. Homoeroticism, the Orphan Trope, and Flipping Gothic Stereotypes in William Godwin's Caleb Williams. Pamela Trayser, Arizona State University.

    This paper explores the homoerotic relationship between the two male protagonists within William Godwin's novel Caleb Williams and the effect that this relationship has on both the orphan trope and Gothic elements within the British romantic period.

  3. Negotiating Sanity and Madness in Wollstonecraft's Maria. Gloria Schultz Eastman, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

    Maria is gothically haunting in its presentation of sanity and madness, a broken border between two socially constructed conditions. The dialogue of the novel employs heteroglossic and broken sentences; such use of language further complicates the subjectivity of the diagnosis of madness. The conflicting discourses result in a profound sense of unease which intensifies the gothic effect while also reflecting the political and economic issues of the early romantic era in England.

6-18 - Spanish and Portuguese (Latin American) II
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 3:15pm to 4:45pm (Bond Hall 106)
Chair: Charles Boyer, Hawaii Pacific University

  1. El pacto con el lector en los cuentos de Magela Baudoin. Maria Elva Echenique, University of Portland.

    Este trabajo se aproxima a la narrativa de la escritora boliviana Magela Baudoin y aborda su primer libro de cuentos, La composición de la sal, publicado en 2014 y ganador del prestigioso premio iberoamericano de cuento Gabriel García Márquez en 2015. Examina las estrategias narrativas que Baudoin despliega para involucrar al lector en sus relatos

  2. Gender, Politics, and Domestic Horror: The Gothic Tropes of Juana Manuela Gorriti's Nineteenth-Century Short Stories. Emily Clark, Sonoma State University.

    Nineteenth-Century Argentinian author Juana Manuela Gorriti is known for penning politicized Romantic fiction and for mentoring other women writers, but her prose was also extremely thematically innovative. In this paper, I examine how two of her short stories critique gender scripts and politics by revealing the horrors of Gothic domestic space.

  3. ¿Y si no hay nada que corregir? The Production of Knowledge of Intersex Bodies in XXY and El último verano de la boyita. Gabriela Bacsan, Scripps College.

    In this paper, I explore the production of knowledge of intersex bodies and subjectivities in Lucía Puenzo’s XXY and Julia Solomonoff’s El último verano de la Boyita. I analyze the representation of biomedical texts as hegemonic sites of knowledge regarding intersex bodies. I argue that in contesting the authority of biomedical knowledge, the films themselves become radical sites of knowledge production about intersexuality as they depathologize intersex bodies and subjectivities.

  4. Belonging, Becoming and Affect in Miriam Alves’ Bará na Trilha do Vento. Fernanda Bartolomei-Merlin, Macalester College.

    Miriam Alves’ Bará na Trilha do Vento brings an affective history that reiterates the histories of many Afro-Brazilian families in Brazil where candomblé, dignity and familiar values construct a beautifully poetic trajectory of three generation of women who depict a very different view on how Afro-Brazilian women have been portrayed in literature.

6-19 - Television Studies III
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 3:15pm to 4:45pm (Miller Hall 152)
Chair: James Lu, California Baptist University

  1. Nebulas and Clouds, Robots and Devils: The Influence of Setting on Depictions of God and the Devil in The Simpsons and Futurama. Cori Knight, University of California - Riverside.

    This paper engages the differing depictions of God and the devil in The Simpsons and Futurama and explores possible reasons for these differences, including those tied to setting, religious conventions, and writing staff.

  2. Game of Thrones as a Gothic Horror in Quality Television . Sarah Baker, Auckland University of Technology.

    The Game of Thrones (2011 -) quality television series is a phenomenal worldwide success. Filled with themes of Gothic horror, including sinister power struggles, torture, violence and an impending apocalyptic event, we are transposed through the quality of acting, diverse roles and grand scale of staging into the world of Westeros,  where contemporary cultural issues and anxieties are explored. 

  3. “To you, I sell the stomach”: John Kneubuhl’s TV Medical Gothic. Stanley Orr, University of Hawai'i, West O'ahu.

    I analyze the ways in which celebrated afakasi dramatist John Kneubuhl interprets the television medical drama via Gothic motifs such as alienation, coercion, secrecy, and the grotesque. Kneubuhl’s contributions to Medic, Dr. Kildare, and Ben Casey, I conclude, resonate with his episodes written for Boris Karloff’s Thriller and The Wild Wild West.

6-20 - Voice Studies
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 3:15pm to 4:45pm (Miller Hall 38)
Chair: Carole-Anne Tyler, "University of California, Riverside"

  1. Voice and Ventriloquist Acts in Sylvia Plath’s Poetry. Ikram Hili, Monastir University Tunisia.

    The present paper seeks to further explore the theatrical aspects of some of Sylvia Plath’s poems achieved mainly through the technique of ventriloquism, which would ultimately help the poet assert a voice of her own—a voice unmarred by her early “itch to emulate,” as she once wrote in her Journals.

  2. Laughing to Death: Queer Jokes in Nella Larsen's Passing. Zanny Allport, "University of California, Riverside".

    This essay examines the new modes of recognition and personhood that laughter potentiates in Nella Larsen's 1929 novel Passing. In Larsen's text, laughter functions to critique the heterosexualizing economy of reproduction and the reproductive aspirations of white racial purity that existing models of seeing, being with, and talking with underpin.

  3. Will the Real Devil Speak Up?. Muge Turan, University of Toronto.

    Through a psychoanalytical framework, this paper examines the ways in which cinema contributes to and mediated the ventriloquial act. Using The Exorcist (1973, William Friedkin) as my case-study, I aim to show how the film stages the battle between the forces of sound and image, body and voice, both within its diegetic and non-diegetic narrative.

  4. Beyond Comedian Anjelah Johnson's Viral Nail Salon: Asian Accents, Refugee Language, and the Politics of Fragmentation. Ann Thuy-Ling Tran, University of California at Irvine.

    At 37 million views, comedian Anjelah Johnson’s “Nail Salon Part 1” is the most watched stand-up video on YouTube, centering on experience in Vietnamese nail salons (2007). This paper argues that Johnson’s cross-racial performance highlights the link between accent-based humor and U.S. multiculturalism as co-constitutive in the nation’s recuperative racial politics following the Vietnam War.

6-21 - Women and Work in Literature II
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 3:15pm to 4:45pm (Miller Hall 156)
Chair: Susanne Weil, Centralia College, Washington

  1. Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Convictions upon Life and Art in Aurora Leigh. Hee Eun Helen Lee, University of Washington - Seattle.

    Barrett Browning’s aesthetics of silence in Aurora Leigh sheds light on women’s professional work. During the period when women were to remain silent in key matters, Barrett Browning transfigures the designated womanly work of silence into poetics. A woman’s sounding silence plays “toneless ditties” of truth and beauty but also immutability.

  2. “Not worth it to be so special”: Women’s Work and the Impossibility of the Girl Messiah in Michelle Tea’s Chelsea Creek Series. Abigail Woodward, Simmons College.

    This paper will examine the ways in which Michelle Tea’s YA Chelsea Creek series constructs a dichotomous relationship between the world-saving work of destiny and work for economic gain. This research will engage with both children’s and women’s literary criticisms to explore the work and labor of these texts’ women and girls to reveal the gendered implications of establishing and upholding such a divide.

  3. No More No-Woman’s Land Over Troubled Waters: Transnational Bridge Building (Britain, the Americas, and Beyond) . Mary-Antoinette Smith, Seattle University.

    Following my NEH Summer Institute 2018 on Women’s Suffrage in the Americas, this paper will (1) redress a troubling lacuna wherein the suffrage work of women of color has been undervalued, underrepresented, and historically hidden, while white women have gained prominence and notoriety for their enfranchisement efforts; (2) probe the absence and promote the presence of dialogic approaches to women’s suffrage across time; and (3) establish working models for collaborative women’s bridge-building across transnational networks.

6-22 - Women in French IV: La représentation des femmes dans la peinture française de David à Picasso/The Representation of Women in French Paintings from David to Picasso
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 3:15pm to 4:45pm (Miller Hall 113)
Chair: Catherine Montfort, Santa Clara University

  1. Depictions of Women in 18th Century Painting. Maria G. Traub, Neumann University.


    In art as in society, the place of women was still relegated to the expected spheres of motherhood, consort, or mistress.  Women were very much kept in their places in spite of the “Age if Ideas.”  A few of them left valuable works but socially, men were in control.


  2. The Female Body in Degas' Bathers: Freedom or Entrapment?. Cyrielle Faivre, Providence College.

    I will show that, in his Bathers – a series of nudes presented in the 1886 Impressionist Exhibition – Degas entraps the female body in multiple forms of prisons (gender, class, the viewer’s voyeuristic gaze) in order to give more freedom to the very act of painting, which becomes innovating and experimental. This way, the artist invites the viewer to rethink the very act of looking.

  3. Delacroix and Matisse through New Eyes: Ekphrastic Explorations in Assia Djebar and Leila Sebbar . Michaela Hulstyn, Reed College.

    This paper examines the representation of Algerian women in Orientalist paintings (Matisse, Delacroix) as explored in the work of writers Leila Sebbar and Assia Djebar. It takes a cognitive approach in order to understand the layering of representation that these authors use in their fiction (and the effect that ekphrasis has in particular on the reader.) 

  4. Transforming Lives Through Art: From Rosa Bonheur and Berthe Morisot to Agnès Varda and Mia Hansen-Løve. Kevin Elstob, California State University, Sacramento.

    How in spite of the exclusionary barriers they faced, nineteenth-century women painters using portraiture, landscapes, still life, and contemporary French women film directors have created works that are transformative and transforming.

-PAMLA General Membership Meeting
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 4:50pm to 5:10pm (Wilson Library Reading Room)
Chair: Katherine Kinney, University of California, Riverside

  1. Please Join Us For This Important Event. Katherine Kinney, University of California, Riverside.

    Please join us for the brief PAMLA General Membership Meeting to find out who has been elected to the PAMLA board, where next year’s PAMLA conference will be held, and to be there for the presentation of the PAMLA Distinguished Service Award. The 2018 PAMLA Forum, a highlight of the conference, immediately follows.

-PAMLA Forum: Acting, Roles, Stages
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 5:10pm to 6:30pm (Wilson Library Reading Room)
Chair: Katherine Kinney, University of California, Riverside

  1. All the World’s a Screen: Transnational Actors, Global Circulation, and Mise-en-Scène in Cinema. Michelle Bloom, University of California, Riverside.

    Michelle Bloom teaches French, film studies, and food studies at UC Riverside. Her book Contemporary Sino-French Cinema: Absent Fathers, Banned Books, and Red Balloons (2015) considers French and Chinese/Taiwanese cinema through the optics of métissage, translation, and imitation. In addition to her 2003 book Waxworks: A Cultural Obsession, she has published on Truffaut, Balzac, Zola, crêpes, and (forthcoming) on food insecurity in Tsai Ming-liang's films and maternal food memories in films by Lin Cheng-sheng and Eric Khoo.

  2. African American Performers on Stage and on Screen in Cold War Rome. Melanie Masterton Sherazi, California Institute of Technology.

    Melanie Masterton Sherazi, Postdoctoral Instructor at California Institute of Technology and former UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in English at UCLA, is writing Nero e Rosso: Desegregationist Aesthetics in Cold War Rome (1947-65), about the mixed-genre work of African American writers and artists in postwar Rome, often in collaboration with Italian artists. Sherazi edited and wrote the intro to William Demby’s novel, King Comus, published by Ishmael Reed. Her work appears in MELUS, Mississippi Quarterly, and other journals.

-PAMLA Saturday Night Live: Aslan Depot
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 7:00pm to 11:00pm (Aslan Depot)
Chair: Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver

  1. Aslan Depot. Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

    Aslan Depot, 1322 N. State Street, Bellingham, WA 98225 (360/392-0123); 
    Aslan Depot is open to 21 and older PAMLA Conference Attendees and Guests Only. Aslan Depot, the “lounge” for our PAMLA Saturday Night, will have complimentary light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar serving artisan beer, cider, and wine. Do please join us at Aslan Depot for food, beverages, community, and conversation.

-SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 7:00pm to 11:00pm (SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention)
Chair: Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver

  1. SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention (With 8, 9, and 10 pm MegaZapper Electrical Shows, featuring one of the largest Tesla Coil “Lightning Machines” in the US). Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

    SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention, 1312 Bay Street, Bellingham 98225 (360/738-3886); Free to PAMLA Conference Participants of All Ages. Please join us at the SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention, a hands-on, interactive museum with a wealth of unique artifacts from the earliest days of scientific electrical experiments through the Golden Age of Radio. Free snacks & non-alcoholic drinks. Come by at 8 pm, 9 pm, or 10 pm for the MegaZapper Electrical Show, featuring one of the largest Tesla Coil “Lightning Machines” in the US.

-Mindport: Where Art and Science Come Together to Fascinate and Delight!
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 7:30pm to 10:00pm (Mindport Exhibits)
Chair: Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver

  1. Saturday Night Live: Mindport!. Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

    Mindport, Saturday, November 10, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm; 
    210 West Holly St., Bellingham, 98225 (360/647-5614); 
    Free to PAMLA Conference Participants and Guests of All Age. Mindport offers Saturday Night Live wires of a different kind, with a place to explore, play, and stimulate the imagination. At Mindport you’ll find interactive and fine art exhibits, odd things and ordinary, lyric and ludic, simple and elaborate, technical and artistic. Do join us at Mindport—where art and science come together to fascinate and delight!

-Sunday Conference Registration
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 7:00am to 10:15am (Miller Hall Collaborative Space)
Chair: Sylvia Tag, Western Washington University

  1. Sunday Conference Registration. Sylvia Tag, Western Washington University.

    Come to the Miller Hall Collaborative Space to register for the conference and pick up your conference program and nametag.

-Sunday Continental Breakfast
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 7:00am to 8:30am (Miller Hall Collaborative Space)
Chair: Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver

  1. Sunday Continental Breakfast. Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

    Please join us for a light continental breakfast, including coffee, juice, and tea. In the Miller Hall Collaborative Space.

7-01 - African American Literature II
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Miller Hall 17)
Chair: Derek Price, Independent Scholar

  1. Rupturing Racialized Animatedness: Hominy Jenkins's Performance of Slavery in Paul Beatty's The Sellout. Jade Becker, Oregon State University.

    This paper attends to the racialized performance of Hominy Jenkins in Paul Beatty's The Sellout in order to reconsider the purpose of black satire in twenty-first century. The paper considers how Hominy's performance demonstrates the novel's concern for theorizing ways of black being in the aftermaths of slavery, rather than for resolving black exclusion through assimilation.

  2. Meditations on Black Lives and the American Dream . Carlton Floyd, University of San Diego.

    In the paper, I consider takes on the American Dream evident in the creative and critical work of several Black writers, in which the United States might be considered a stage upon or within which black lives (among others) are staged, with disturbingly similar reviews.

  3. Gothic Retrospections in Jordan Peele’s Get Out: Mesmerism as a Performance of Racial Discourses in Film and Literature. Gema Ludisaca, California State University at Northridge.

    Jordan Peele’s film, Get Out, explores issues of racism and violence against black bodies through the use of hypnotism or mesmerism in the “sunken place.” Looking at the performance of mesmerism in American culture during the Antebellum period as a backdrop, this paper will analyze mesmerism as a gothic trope that subverts historical narratives around race and class. Focusing on mesmerism as a performance of racial discourses in literature and film, Get Out ultimately exposes cultural anxieties around contemporary American racism.

7-02 - Agency and Performativity of Place in 20th and 21st Century American Literature
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Miller Hall 156)
Chair: Megan Cannella, University of Nevada, Reno

  1. The Space of Communal Trauma in African American Literature: Agency and Performativity of Place in Apex Hides the Hurt. Edward Mahoney, Independent Scholar.

    Analyzing the history and naming of the town in Colson Whitehead’s Apex Hides the Hurt through the critical theory of witnessing and testimony coupled with studies of communal trauma, specifically within the context of African American literature, indicates the significance of racial particularity, which is threatened by current neoliberal and postracial trends.

  2. Representations of the Canadian Northwest in Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being: Agency of Place in Transpacific Entanglements. Margarita Smagina, "Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France".

    In this paper, I will examine the representations of place in Ruth Ozeki’s 2013 novel A Tale for the Time Being, arguing that the Canadian Northwest gains narrative agency by informing and shaping the acts of reading and writing one’s history. I will also discuss how Ozeki expands and shifts the very definition of place by focusing on transpacific entanglements that transcend national borders.

  3. Driving To, Driving Through: The Road as Performed Space in Toni Morrison’s God Help the Child. Nicole Dib, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    This paper examines how Toni Morrison manipulates road trip aesthetics in her 2015 novel God Help the Child, a manipulation that “subjectifies” individuals who at first glance seemed positioned as objects along her protagonist’s path by car. In so doing, the novel performs different places by defining them less as locations on the map that her protagonist follows, and more as spaces marked by the minds that inhabit them.

  4. A Nisei Andino? José Watanabe’s Japanese-Andean Consciousness. Samuel Jaffee, University of Washington.

    Japanese- and indigenous-Peruvian poet José Watanabe addresses the tensions formulated in the 1920s by J. C. Mariátegui, the Peruvian philosopher and organic thinker of the cultural value of the management, ownership, and labor of land.  In his collection La piedra alada [The Winged Rock, 2005], rock formations are the central element of orientation and utopianism in Watanabe’s speakers’ process of remembering, wayfinding, situating, and imagining, and perhaps serves the nisei poet himself in establishing his own Andeanness.

7-03 - Alternative Communities in Hispanic Literature and Culture
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Miller Hall 113)
Chair: Javier F. González, California State University, Channel Islands

  1. Picaresque Drawing: Gutters, Margins and the Unfinished Aesthetic in the Comic Adaptation of El Guitón Honofre (1604, 2005). Jennifer A Nagtegaal, University of British Columbia.

    The notion of picaresque drawing is timely given the adaptation of Gregorio González’ El Guitón Honofre (1604, 2005) into comic form by author and graphic artist brother-duo Luis and Enrique Cabezón. How do a comic's basic elements convey the picaro’s marginal position within society? What is the picaro-artist’s dual-narrative role as author and illustrator of his adventures and misfortunes? And, how does the unfinished drawing style of El Guitón evoke the idea that instability is the only stability in the life of the picaro?

  2. Topographies of Pain: Collective Trauma and the Inessential Community in Loída Maritza Pérez’ Geographies of Home (1999) . Karen O'Regan, The University of British Columbia (Canada).

    Through the double lens of Dominick LaCapra’s trauma theory and Giorgio Agamben’s notion of the inessential community, I show how Pérez problematizes the idea of belonging as connected to physical space. I argue that the geographies of her title are psychic spaces in which community is experienced as a being together without essence. 

  3. Affirmative Action in the Representation of the Black Subject in Colombian Literature in Manuel Zapata Olivella's Changó, el gran putas (1983) and Roberto Burgos Cantor's La Ceiba de la Memoria (2007). Liliana Castaneda, University of British Columbia (Canada).

    The black subject in Colombian literature has been practically invisible, mirroring the historical marginalization of black communities in the formation of the nation state. These alternative communities, therefore, challenge writers who have occasionally represented them as the happy servant. The character of the maroon in these two novels is proposed as an affirmative option that contradicts symbolic marginalization.

  4. Countering America: Intersectional Failures in Gaby Rivera's America Volume 1: The Life and Times of America Chavez. Brenda Bran, California State University Dominguez Hills.

    Gabby Rivera’s America from America vol. 1 is meant to disrupt the dominant white heteronormative narratives pervasive in both canonical literature and the comic industry, but her characterization fails to take into account the multiplicity and diverse nature of the Latinx community in the U. S.

7-04 - American Literature 1865 to 1945
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Miller Hall 105)
Chair: David Wolf, Portland State University

  1. Racial Trials: Legal and Social Constructions of Race in Light in August  and Pudd'nhead Wilson. Maude Hines, Portland State University.

    This essay reads Faulkner's Light in August as a second-hand tragedy, a repeated trial of the racial experiment Twain conducts in The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson. By examining the aborted legal trials of the protagonists of both texts as simultaneously about racial identity and murder, I explore both authors' attempts to come to terms with a refigured whiteness under Jim Crow.

  2. Staged by Rhythms: Multispecies Actors in Dickinson’s and Whitman’s Scenes. Hsinmei Lin, University of Washington - Seattle.

    Examining the poetic stage on which multispecies actors perform via the repetition of bodily movements and gestures, my paper illustrates how Dickinson's and Whitman's poems can be re-enacted in our multispecies world against the anthropocentric use of metaphors adhering to the epistemological constructs in 19th-century U.S. social and cultural scenes.

  3. Afflicted Girls: Representing Disability in Late-Nineteenth-Century US Popular Literature. Allison Giffen, Western Washington University.

    Allison Giffen, English professor at Western Washington University, focuses on 19th-century U.S. literature and culture, girlhood, and the 19th-century popular writer Martha Finley. She has published in Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, Legacy, and Women’s Studies. Co-editor of Saving the World: Girlhood and Evangelicalism in 19th-Century Literature (Routledge 2017), she is currently at work on Afflicted Girls: Religion, Girlhood, and the Representation of Disability in 19th-Century Popular Literature.

7-05 - Ancient-Modern Relations I
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Miller Hall 231)
Chair: Tim Watson, California State University, Northridge

  1. Promethean Possibilities and Punishments in Dan Simmons’ Hyperion. Jesse Weiner, Hamilton College.

    This paper argues for sustained engagement with Promethean myth in Dan Simmons' Hyperion (1989), the first novel in the highly allusive Hyperion Cantos. As a figure emblematic of science fiction's concerns over moral ambiguities created in the wake of speculative science, Prometheus serves to introduce many of the central themes and stakes of the Cantos.

  2. Spider Artists, Ancient and Modern. Ellen Finkelpearl, Scripps College.

    In what sense can a spider web be considered “art”? In this paper, I bring into conversation a descriptive passage from Philo of Alexandria’s De Animalibus (17-19) and a contemporary art installation by human artist Tomàs Saraceno, executed by spiders (Tanya Bonakdar Gallery 2015).

  3. Scientific Vision and Process in Paradise Lost. Colin Flynn, San Francisco State University.

    As Milton scholar David Quint says, “Book 3 [of Paradise Lost] structures itself around tropes and analogies based on an older cosmology that, simultaneously and paradoxically, its poetry skeptically hollows out and labels as mental idols.” This essay aims to unpack this claim and explore the ramifications of cosmos both “older” and “enlightened.”

  4. Calumniare audacter and pecca fortiter: Slander Merited and Unmerited in 16th century Lutheran Polemics. CJ Armstrong, Concordia University Irvine.

    The maxim calumniare audacter, quoted but misattributed to Theognis in a 1587 document, raises the question of the saying’s ancient provenance, and its pertinence in characterizing theological debate in the 16th century. Comparison to Luther’s pecca fortiter (1521) underscores the proverb’s aptness throughout the modern period.

7-06 - Children's Literature: Fantasies and Performances of Culture
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Miller Hall 152)
Chair: Amanda Anderson, Delaware State University

  1. A Symbolic Re-ordering: Examining Liminal Urban Spaces in Children’s Fantasy. Heather K. Cyr, Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

    This presentation will argue that setting children's fantasies within liminal urban spaces can grant child protagonists critical agency; it does so by comparing how Charlie Fletcher’s Stoneheart (2005-2007) and Dragon Shield (2014-2017) trilogies and Edith Nesbit’s The Phoenix and the Carpet (1904) and The Story of the Amulet (1906) interact with London's landscapes.

  2. Youth on Stage: Children Performing Gilbert and Sullivan in the 19th Century. William Russell Sype, Independent Scholar.

    This talk explores the phenomenon of “juvenile” productions of Gilbert & Sullivan operettas from 1879 to the mid-1880s.  Though originally written for and performed by adults, Gilbert & Sullivan operettas proved to be popular vehicles for juvenile performances. Based on contemporary newspaper accounts, advertising trade cards, and first-hand narratives, I present an overview of the productions and speculate on why they were so popular in this time period.

  3. “My Real, Live, Flesh-and-Blood Princess Weighs Nothing At All!”: Earning Gravity and Gravitas in The Light Princess. Danbee Moon, University of Washington.

    This paper analyzes fairy tales that draw on fantastical and didactic elements. Taking MacDonald’s The Light Princess as an example, I suggest that the function of the traditional happy ending is to provide a lens through which readers can focus more on sacrifices made by characters. I consider the implications of a narrative world that privileges the performance of emotions as a mode of communication and expression, and in particular, the abilities to express and perform pain.

  4. Anne’s Transatlantic Imagination: Reading as Vehicle of Travel in Anne of Green Gables. Amanda Anderson, Delaware State University.

    In Anne of Green Gables  (1908), Anne finds a way to enrich her cultural identity, not by physical travel, but through her remarkable and vivid imagination. The source of Anne’s cultural realization is her reading and play, which effectively function as a substitute for the act of transatlantic travel.

7-07 - Film and Literature I
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Miller Hall 138)
Chair: Joi Carr, Pepperdine University

  1. Weaving Myth into Film Noir: Homer to Wilder. Lisa B. Hughes, Colorado College.

    The story of Clytemnestra’s murder of Agamemnon haunts the Odyssey in the same way that the idea of the femme fatale haunts film noir.  In Billy Wilder’s Double Indemnity (1944) Phyllis Dietrichson exploits the duality of female archetypes, Clytemnestra and Penelope.  Reading the two texts together leads to a fuller understanding of film noir, and sheds light on the myth, especially complicating Penelope’s presumed status.

  2. Ithaca, Kansas: Cattle Drive Films and the Odyssey. Andrew Howe, La Sierra University.

    Perilous journeys constitute a familiar trope in the western, with cattle drives providing a common narrative device for such drama.  The distant origins of such tales, however, extend back to Greek mythology.  In their concern over what constitutes “home” and their anxiety regarding change, such films are resonant with the Odyssey.  This paper will examine the cattle drives in Red River (1948) and Lonesome Dove (1989) seeking to explore specific areas of resonance with Homer’s iconic Greek tale.

  3. Monologue from Page to Screen: A Case for Lars von Trier’s Medea. Zina Giannopoulou, University of California, Irvine.

    I argue that in Medea (1988) Lars von Trier uses cinematic techniques to render the eponymous character’s speech in Euripides’ play and Dreyer’s script. With minimal dialogue and mostly visuals his film shows the psychological and ethical complexities of a mother riven between killing and sparing her children.

  4. The Sympathizer and Apocalypse Now: Representation, Confession, and Reappropriation. Christine Danelski, University of California - Los Angeles.

    Coppola’s Apocalypse Now is central in and to Nguyen’s The Sympathizer. Nguyen’s metafiction parodies Coppola’s film and its making through the novel’s The Hamlet, by a director known only as the Auteur. The impact of Hollywood film and the myopic examination of solely the American experience in Vietnam are satirically anatomized.

7-08 - French Voices: voix, oralité, écoute
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Miller Hall 112)
Chair: Jean-François Duclos, Metropolitan State University of Denver

  1. Sheherezade Redux: Storytelling and Contemporary Moroccan Society in Tahar Ben Jelloun's Le Mariage de plaisir. Aparna Nayak, California State University, Long Beach.

    This paper will discuss the deft use of the oral tradition in Ben Jelloun's Le Mariage de plaisir and the latitude it allows the storyteller to highlight important current issues while circumventing any direct reference to politics or the royal family.

  2. Rewriting Patriarchal Ventriloquism: Reclaiming the Sibyl’s voice in Monique Wittig’s Virgile, Non . Robin Okumu, University of Oregon.

    When Monique Wittig’s Virgile, Non (1985) rewrites Dante’s Divina Commedia, it also rewrites the epic trope of the Sibyl’s leaves and releases the Sibyl’s voice from its classical confines. This act is a key piece of Monique Wittig’s radical-lesbian literary agenda because it symbolically reverses the connotation of incomprehensible, illogical female speech and frees that speech from all servitude and subjugation. 

  3. The Other Body: Viscerality and Defiance in Lettrism. Andrew Ruzkowski, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

    Examining the films of Lettrist Isidore Isou, and his Lettriste lieutenant Maurice Lemaître, in conjunction with their multi-modal texts, I will explore how the body is a necessary and vital component of Lettrist art that enables us to understand the movement's explorations of Self and Other. It is my hope that this interrogation will expand the scholarship surrounding this often-overlooked artistic movement.

  4. « La voix comme un stéthoscope » : Mayis de Kerangal. Jean-François Duclos, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

    Je propose de faire de la voix un objet d’écoute et d’auscultation dans l’œuvre de Maylis de Kerangal. Plus que les mots eux-mêmes, l’intonation, le timbre, la force avec laquelle ils sont dits révèlent les contours d’une intériorité sourde du corps. Encore faut-il pouvoir en interpréter les signes et d’en saisir l’intensité.

7-09 - Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Literature and Culture
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Miller Hall 239)
Chair: Morgane Flahault, Indiana University, Bloomington

  1. Performing Coyote: A Queer Eco-feminist Analysis of Animal Embodiment and Two-Spirit Eroticism in Muriel Miguel’s Hot ‘n’ Soft. Rachel Lallouz, University of Victoria.

    My paper employs a queer, eco-feminist framework to raise questions about animal embodiment by the feminine, racialized body in erotic theatrical performance. I investigate how Two-Spirit eroticism achieves corporeal sovereignty in Indigenous, queer performer and playwright Muriel Miguel’s one-woman erotic play Hot ‘n’ Soft (1991), in which Miguel performs the gender-bending roles of butch Coyote and femme Fox.

  2. Queer Antisociality and Murderous Jouissance in Disco Bloodbath. Blaise Bayno, University of California, Santa Cruz.

    This paper will read James St. James' memoir Disco Bloodbath as an embodiment of Lee Edelman's polemic No Future: Queer Theory and the Death Drive. After articulating these text's affinities, using Lacan's theory of the four discourses, I suggest that the legacy of the memoir's subjects and their relationship to neoliberalism reveal Edelman's elision of how No Future may confront the market.

  3. Speaking Out about Queer Connectivity: Scenes of Hybrid Lives and Spatial Experience in Recent Puerto Rican Poetry. Edward Chamberlain, University of Washington Tacoma.

    In a collection titled The Buried Sea, the Puerto Rican poet Rane Arroyo shares poems that reference far-off lands and spaces including his family’s home in Puerto Rico. This presentation theorizes how Arroyo’s collection plays with notions of belonging and connectivity in scenes involving hybrid figures and queer social existences.

  4. Transformed: Optimus Prime, Monstrosity, and Trans Masculinity as Performance. Kaidan Nic McNamee, Western Washington University.

    “Monstrous” bodies figure prominently in the field of trans studies, especially in the works of Susan Stryker and Sonny Nordmarken. I perform a trans reading of the Transformers: Autocracy comic, reading its many monstrously embodied characters as trans narratives. I also conduct an autoethnographic exploration of how the Transformers canon instructed/created my private and public performances of masculinity as a trans child growing up in rural Montana. 

7-10 - Jewish Literature and Culture
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Miller Hall 114)
Chair: Charles Carpenter, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

  1. The Jewish King Lear: The Formation of Modern Jewish Identity. Nathan Kitchens, The University of Alabama at Birmingham.

    Jacob Gordin's The Jewish (or Yiddish) King Lear (1892) represents a culmination of developments in Jewish drama and thought while signaling a change in Jewish social identity. By exploring its development, themes, and performances, one gains a better understanding of modern Jewish society in Europe and America.

  2. Tikkun among Steve Stern's Golems and Rabbis. Peter Schulman, Old Dominion University.

    In Steve Stern's fictional universe, mystical and uncanny folkloric figures such as golems and dybbuks resurface within present-day contexts in order to create chaos on the one hand, but also a type of tikkun on the other. This paper will explore how Stern uses humor to highlight how blazé or jaded contemporary characters can regain their latent spirituality by unexpectedly reconnecting with their Yiddishkeit during these uncanny encounters.

  3. Theater and the Absurd in Nathan Englander’s “The Tumblers”. Miryam Sivan, University of Haifa.

    Nathan Englanger's short story, "The Tumblers," brings together two distinct worlds that form an uncanny, or even a dissonant, melange. By fusing together the mythic world of the Jewish town of Chelm and the barbarism of the Third Reich, a scenario is created whereby one is, according to Todorov, "confronted with a generalized fantastic which swallows up the entire world of the book and the reader along with it."

7-11 - Literary Translation I
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Miller Hall 103)
Chair: Julie Winter, Western Washington University

  1. Translator as Actor: Ethics of Poetic Translation in Robert Lowell’s Imitations. Toshiaki Komura, Kobe College.

    Historically, translation has been theorized in the form of metaphor, ranging from Friedrich Schleiermacher’s transplanted flora to Walter Benjamin’s fragments of a vase.  Using Robert Lowell’s Imitations as a test case, the present paper likens translation to an actor on the stage, and investigates the ethical implication of this model.

  2. The Logic of Translation in Shakespeare's Comedies and Tragedies. Isaac Hui, Lingnan University.

    Through a rereading of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hamlet from the perspective of translation studies, this paper aims to achieve two purposes: (1) it investigates the importance of translation in the creative process of Shakespeare; and (2) it examines if there is a different logic of translation in Shakespeare’s comedies and tragedies.

  3. Retranslating Carmen Laforet's Nada in the United States. Vanesa Cañete-Jurado, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

    Retranslations, understood as subsequent translations of a text already translated, always shed light on the dynamics of dissemination of ideas in any given culture, and function as rhetorical, persuasive devices. This paper examines the case of Carmen Laforet's Nada (translated by Charles Franklin Payne in 1964; retranslated by Edith Grossman in 2007) to explore critically how translation choices subtly convey different epistemological positions or ideological sympathies, especially in the context of the United States.

7-12 - Oceanic Literatures and Cultures
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Miller Hall 154)
Chair: Stanley Orr, University of Hawai'i, West O'ahu

  1. Tight Lines: Relationality, Belonging, and Fishing in the Personal Narratives of Dennis Kawaharada and John Dominis Holt. Matthew Ito, "University of Hawaii, Manoa".

    This paper compares the way fishing reinforces and threatens identity and belonging in Dennis Kawaharada’s “A Search for Kuʻula Kai” and John Dominis Holt’s “Rainbows Under Water.” Additionally, I explore fishing practices as a site to build alliances and work toward pono between Hawaiians, settlers, and ʻāina.

  2. Marked. Kristiana Kahakauwila, Western Washington University.

    In a lyric essay that draws upon that draws upon Albert Wendt’s “Tatauing the Postcolonial Body,” Brandy Nalani McDougall’s Finding Meaning: Kaona and Contemporary Hawaiian Literature, and the lectures of tattooist Keone Nunes, I argue that the object of the tattoo is not what marks us as Oceanic but, rather, it is the process of undergoing kakau that brings us through colonial hurt and into a deeper knowledge of community and self.

  3. Pacific Mothering: Women’s Resistance, Reclamation, and Restoration . Sarah Goodson, "University of Hawaii, Manoa".

    Engaging the poetics, essays, and addresses of 21st century Pacific women writers, I examine their work to reclaim their communities from the duality of colonized native spaces. At the core of this project is the importance of Pacific women’s voices and the disarticulation of their stories from the histories prescribed them by outsiders rendering native space as un-Nativized. 

  4. An Act of Lei-Making: Receiving Kaona as a Settler Audience in Spoken Word. Joanna Gordon, Western Washington University.

    This paper is interested in linkages between settlers of Hawai’i and kanaka maoli (Hawaiian). It traces how kaona is being enacted within prolific pieces of Hawaiian literature such the spoken word poem “Kaona” by Ittai Wong and Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio.

7-13 - Science Fiction I
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Miller Hall 235)
Chair: Justin Wyble, Chaminade University of Honolulu

  1. Solar Machines and Cyclotrons: Technology in George Schuyler's Black Empire. Matthew Lambert, Wabash College.

    In his serialized novel Black Empire (1936-1938), African-American author George Schuyler depicts futuristic forms of technology to critique European and American racism and colonialism as well as to envision forms of black self-determination and power.   

  2. Reimagining Black Future through Historical Re-emergences: Victor LaValle’s Destroyer as an Afrofuturist Text. Nazua Idris, Washington State University.

    Based on Christina Sharpe’s approach to Afrodiasporic history that is always on the verge of re-emergence, this paper examines how, as an Afrofuturist text, Victor LaValle’s Destroyer challenges the representation of black history and temporality in white futurist narratives and intervenes into the epistemological structures of those narratives to reclaim black futurity.  

  3. The Worm That Must Revolt: The Many Afterlives of Le Guin's Dispossessed. Matthew Snyder, University of California, Riverside.

    The Dispossessed is not only an alternative history and an allegory of the Catalonian Revolution gone right, it also has had the most powerful effect of any SF work in the lives of real-world activists who aim to create anarchist societies. 

7-14 - Spain, Portugal, and Latin America: Jewish Culture and Literature in Trans-Iberia
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Bond Hall 109)
Chair: Giannina Reyes Giardiello, University of Portland

  1. The Excellencies of the Hebrews of Isaac Cardoso: Shades of Spain in an Iberian Diasporic Denial of Anti-Jewish Calumnies. Matthew Warshawsky, University of Portland.

    This paper studies the Excelencias de los hebreos (Amsterdam, 1679) of Isaac Cardoso as a work that simultaneously shows the influence of the author’s Hispano-Portuguese origin and defends Judaism against baseless anti-Semitic attacks in ways that would have been impossible on the Iberian Peninsula.

  2. Teresa de Ávila: De El libro de la vida (1565) a Morada interior (1972) de Angelina Muñiz-Huberman . Alicia Rico, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

    Pretendo hacer un análisis comparativo de El libro de la vida (1565) de Santa Teresa de Ávila y Morada interior (Premio Magda Donato 1972) de Angelina Muñiz-Huberman para establecer una relación entre ellas y observar cómo la obra contemporánea transforma y resignifica el hipotexto de la monja abulense.

  3. Identidad judía y meta-representación en las películas chilenas de Alejandro Jodorowsky. Henri-Simon Blanc-Hoang, Defense Language Institute.

    En la obra del dramaturgo-cineasta chileno-francés Alejandro Jodorowsky, los casos de meta-representación sirven a esconder o adaptar la identidad judía de los protagonistas para que éstos puedan asimilarse a un proyecto nacional. En mi trabajo, explico cómo los personajes principales en las dos últimas películas de Jodorowksy dependen del uso experimental de la meta-actuación para reconciliar su identidad judía con la necesidad de sentirse aceptados dentro de una sociedad chilena antisemita.

7-15 - Strategies for Directing and Teaching in Short-Term Study Abroad Programs
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Miller Hall 131)
Chair: Kevin Bongiorni, Louisiana State University

  1. Developing Global Learning in a Home-grown Short-term Program Abroad: A Case Study in Germany. Stephen Naumann, Hillsdale College.

    This presentation will demonstrate how a team-taught four-week advanced German course in Würzburg, Germany, helps students develop intercultural competence and global learning skills. Faculty from two liberal arts colleges have collaborated on this program and implemented it with a wide range of interactive activities designed to increase global learning among students during their experience abroad.

  2. The Reality of Study Abroad: How to Manage Challenges and Create Rewarding Experiences. Eddy Cuisinier, Western Kentucky University.

    Dealing wuith the reality of the on the ground study abroad experience for faculty and students.

  3. Short-Term Study, Long-Term Impact: Essential Components of an Engaging and Integrated Study Abroad Program. S. Kye Terrasi, University of Washington.

    In this presentation I will identify the most important issues to address when planning a short-term study abroad and the steps I took to create an enriching experience that is also fully integrated into and serves the curriculum at the home institution.

7-16 - Teaching for the Post-Anthropocene I
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Miller Hall 38)
Chair: Ron Milland, Independent Scholar

  1. Teaching Writing in the Natural Sciences during the Anthropocene: Some Strategies. Shefali Rajamannar, University of Southern California.

    This paper will discuss my experiments teaching a class in Advanced Writing in the Natural Sciences to a mixed cohort of students next semester, many of whom will be majoring in the natural sciences, but several of whom might have completely unrelated majors. I will discuss my strategies designing assignments and class conversations around themes of sustainability,  ecosystems and the environment, animal studies, the usefulness of and complexities surrounding the term ‘Anthropocene’ -- and whether we are in- or-post-it -- to appeal to both groups.

  2. Climate Change, NIMBY, and Agitative Rhetoric: Bridging the Gap Between Belief and Action. Eric Holmes, Purdue University Global/Portland State University.

    Mary McEdwards, in her study of agitative rhetoric, identified that the role of this rhetorical strategy is, “a complete reversal or existing conditions or situations.” By using  “jolting, combative, and passionate” language, McEdwards crafted a means for drawing attention to important issues that are neglected by specific audiences. This paper will examine how agitative rhetoric can persuade individuals to act on the knowledge that they have: that climate change is a result of human endeavor and cannot be reversed without people curbing their behavior.

  3. Living Space: The Changing Role of Plants in Design. Fionn Byrne, The University of British Columbia, Canada.

    Students in the department of landscape architecture at the University of British Columbia, Canada, were introduced to a studio pedagogy which explored plant life as an active agent in shaping the urban environment.  Plants were deployed and interrogated for their ability to perform, alter, and shape, civic program.

  4. From Medusa to the Hamster Wheel: An Alternative History of Photography, and a New Philosophy for the Lens in the Digital Age. Stafford Smith, Grand Valley State University.

    Many of theories in which photography is framed and discussed are grounded in the pre-digital age of the late 20th century. This inhibits understanding the massive on going changes wrought by social media, distribution, the way and reasons people take and understand pictures. My paper seeks to challenge the status quo in this matter.

7-17 - Theatricalities of Ethnographic Heritage
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Miller Hall 115)
Chair: Maki Sadahiro, Meijigakuin University

  1. Roots of American Theatricality: Emerson’s Lecture Space as Museum. Mikayo Sakuma, Gakushuin Women's College.

    Emerson’s lectures in U.S. and England provide us with an insight into making the American identity. His lecture hall is a theatre for the audience to witness the moment of making a shared identity. This paper considers how possible for Emerson to embrace the ethnographically-diversified audience in his lecture hall.


  2. The Blithedale Romance: Coverdale’s Suffocating Narrative Masquerade. Eunhyoung Kim, Seoul National University.

    This presentation examines how the founding ideal of the American civilization—John Winthrop’s vision of a “city upon a hill” based on Christian love and brotherhood—is appropriated as a devious mask behind which the three male characters in The Blithedale Romance vigorously pursue their self-interests.

  3. Literary Journalism in Yellowface: Wallace Irwin’s Japanese Schoolboy Columns and the Silent Film Hashimura Togo. Yoshiko Uzawa, Keio University.

    This paper examines Wallace Irwin’s Hashimura Togo columns. The column featuring an imaginary Japanese schoolboy started in 1907Ten years later, Togo was a household word. Mark Twain publicly appreciated Togo’s “Japanned” English, finding in it an ideal means to wreak havoc on all fronts. The paper demonstrates how Togo’s and Twain’s worlds overlapped in their strategic uses of yellowface, and how the gist of Togo’s columns went through a vital mutation in the silent film adaptation.

7-18 - The Personal and the Literary
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Miller Hall 135)
Chair: Brigitte Prutti, University of Washington

  1. Outrageous Obscenities, Sexual Identities: Imposing Self Over Ottoman Erotica. Selim S Kuru, University of Washington.

    Sixteenth century Ottoman scholar and poet Gazali Mehemmed's lengthy prosometric mock treatise in high literary Turkish on sexuality is a unique manifestation of literary expertise that is transgressive with its vocabulary and themes. Studying this text in the US through lense of identit politics has been a challenge in coming to terms with my own sexual desires and experience. This paper provides an account of this scholarly and personal struggle.

  2. Can Scholars Cry? Sentimental Gothic and Suspicious Critique. Elizabeth Mathews, University of California, Irvine.

    In this paper, I will explore the difficulties of responding publicly to eighteenth-century sentimental gothic novels in a critical atmosphere of suspicion. Considering the contemporary and current reception of the sentimental aspects of these works, I will both elucidate and contest scholarly norms of feeling about fiction.

  3. Why I Love Camp. Heidi Schlipphacke, University of Illinois, Chicago.

    I will explore my love of camp aesthetics, the bastard “queer child” of modernism.  Camp is characterized as an exaggerated, artificial mode of art that engenders detachment. I will reflect on my exquisite pleasure in the contemplation of the painful gap between the ideal and the real that camp embodies.

  4. Putting Humanism Back into the Humanities. Donald Gilbert-Santamaría, University of Washington.

    A personal reflection on the the role of humanism in the contemporary discipline of the humanities.  This presentation will focus on the how the humanist "discovery of history" has been degraded by the presentist impulses of the contemporary humanities curriculum. 

7-19 - Video Game Studies
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 8:15am to 9:45am (Bond Hall 105)
Chair: Daniel Ante-Contreras, MiraCosta College

  1. A World Shaped by Nightmares: Verisimilitude and Mental Illness in Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice. Jodie Austin Cypert, Menlo College.

    This paper analyzes the videogame Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice as a cultural artifact that reifies the discursive slipperiness surrounding mental illness/disorder through virtual gameplay. In doing so, this paper unites critical theory associated with disability studies, ludology, and the work of feminist media critic Anita Sarkeesian as a means of highlighting the richness of the video game medium and its potential to challenge conventional representations of the disturbed, the crazy, and/or the sick female body.  

  2. Exploring the Meaning-Making Potential of Never Alone, an Indigenous Videogame. Lauren Hathaway, The University of British Columbia.

    In this paper, I explore the meaning-making potential of the indigenous videogame Never Alone (2014) and analyze the themes that emerge from the game’s design and sociocultural context. Utilizing a hybrid methodology, which draws upon New Literacy Studies and Videogame studies, I examine how meaning is made within this videogame. I also consider how the game fuses indigenous and non-indigenous literacy practices to create a remixed literacy artifact.

  3. Containment and Collection in Pac-Man and Kirby: The Evolution of Circular Masculinity and the Cold War. Raymond H. J. Rim, University of California, Riverside.

    This paper will trace the historical and political lineage of early video games in the Cold War. In addition to technological limitations, Cold War politics influence the structure and purpose of seminal video games like Pac-Man. My argument will forward the claim that due to Pac-Man’s origins in the Cold War, later games influenced by Pac-Man, like Kirby, are also constructed along Cold War configurations.

  4. Modding the Curriculum: Building a Video Game Studies Program. Christopher Weinberger, San Francisco State University.

    Using the logic, tools, and examples afforded by several innovative video games (such as Braid, Swapper, Anti-Chamber, and Pokemon Go), I will discuss how video game studies might require  massive curricular redesign, and what we need to do to make the relevance, rewards, and mechanics of video game studies visible to different audiences--especially students, academics, administrators, and those of the public unfamiliar with the field.

8-01 - Aesthetic Modernism
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Miller Hall 156)
Chair: Judith Paltin, University of British Columbia

  1. “Dollarton? That’s what we thought but it’s Grasmere”: Malcolm Lowry and Literary Ecology. Margaret Linley, Simon Fraser University (Canada)., Miguel Mota, The University of British Columbia (Canada).

    The environmentally conscious spatial imaginary that developed over hundreds of years in England’s Lake District influenced modern perceptions of place, especially the post-colonial landscapes of British Columbia. This paper considers how the complex relationship between a well-known tourist destination with a history of poetic associations and environmental awareness and a former settler colony characterized by past imperial sympathies and present “green” consciousness are represented in Malcolm Lowry’s writing and in the legacy that he left behind.

  2.  (Trans)Nationalism and the Question of New Nihilism in Paul, La Rochelle, and Lewis. Anders Johnson, University of California at Irvine.

    This paper focuses on different figurations the modernist motif of European nihilism as they are manifest in three competing works by Elliot Paul, Pierre Drieu la Rochelle, and Wyndham Lewis to show that the meaning and extent of nihilism as a problem was by no means settled in modernist thought and, further, that these contests over the meaning of the problem of nihilism should be understood as deeply imbricated in notions of the nation and its relation to history.

  3. An Aesthetic Response to Trauma: On Édouard Levé’s Suicide. Kimberly Olivar, California State University Fullerton.

    Many use suicide to escape trauma. Édouard Levé’s epistolary novel, Suicide, approaches the narrator’s trauma from his peer’s suicide through the aesthetic response of a new text. Suicide, as the author presents it, becomes an aesthetic organism rather than a moral dilemma.

8-02 - African American Literature III
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Miller Hall 17)
Chair: Carlton Floyd, University of San Diego

  1. Survivor’s Guilt: Racial Responsibility in Equiano’s Narrative and Johnson’s Autobiography. Kamryn Masters, Western Washington University.

    An attempt to explain the actions taken by the protagonists of Olaudah Equiano’s The Interesting Narrative and Other Writings and James Weldon Johnson’s The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man through the prism of survivor’s guilt.

  2. The Political Art of Aaron Douglas: Mapping the Path to Black Authenticity and Schooling the White Gaze. Tim Randell, University of San Diego.

    Aaron Douglas directly intervenes in the condemnation of propaganda in black art in Carl Van Vechten's Nigger Heaven by creating two advertising images for the novel that serve as exemplars of a dialectical and didactic black aesthetic that points the way to authenticity and ideological liberation while schooling the white gaze of Van Vechten and the white reading public.

  3. Revisiting Audre Lorde’s Cancer Journals in the Twenty-First Century: The Role of Slow Violence, Pain, and Visibility in Breast Cancer Activism. Heather L. Ramos, Washington State University.

    Focusing on the role of Rob Nixon’s concept of “slow violence” within breast cancer activism, this essay will map the continued slow violence committed against African American women with breast cancer from the 1970s to today while emphasizing the invisibility of pain and visibility strategies depicted by Audre Lorde.

8-03 - American Literature 1945 to the Present I
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Miller Hall 105)
Chair: Lauren White, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

  1. A Mutilated Text, Still Alive: Postmodern Pathologies in Ben Lerner's 10:04. Milena Messner, UC Santa Barbara.

    A text plagued with conspiracy theories, apocalypse narratives and a prevailing fear that at any moment, the narrator may dissect to death; Ben Lerner’s 10:04 explicitly concerns itself with human mortality. The sublime body of New York City offers the best hope for human connection: in sickness and in health.

  2. An Untamed Region: The Role and Performance of Place in Post-Traumatic Restoration in Roxane Gay's An Untamed State. Megan Cannella, University of Nevada, Reno.

    Using both critical understandings of witnessing and place, this paper will explore the evolution of An Untamed State’s Mireille’s resistance to and restoration through her time in the Midwest, personified best through her relationship with Lorraine. This opens up an important discussion about trauma and place as well, as the relationship between restoration and recovery and place, especially in the Midwest.

  3. "Who Tells Your Story": Hamilton, the American Founding, and the Hermeneutics of Protection. Stephanie Redekop, University of Toronto.

    This paper argues that Hamilton: An American Musical allows us to envision the affordances of aesthetic space for what Derrida has called the “democracy to come,” which continually innovates new democratic formations. Hamilton’s stage thus becomes the space of American democracy’s becoming, as Hamilton performs an America that protects the possibility of reading, and re-reading, as essential to democratic work.

8-04 - Ancient-Modern Relations II
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Miller Hall 231)
Chair: CJ Armstrong, Concordia University Irvine

  1. Choose Production: Reading Sid Meier's Civilization VI as a Historical Argument. Madeleine St. Marie, University of California, Riverside.

    This paper will examine representations of ancient civilizations as presented in Sid Meier’s Civilization VI. The paper will also problematize the use of “Rise and Fall” as a historical narrative paradigm and how it shapes game play.

  2. The Metamorphoses in the Maghreb: Owning Apuleius in Algeria. Sonia Sabnis, Reed College.

    This paper investigates the reception of Apuleius in contemporary Algeria, highlighting the importance of this North African Roman author to current literary and cultural currents and contrasting elements of this context to studies of reception in anglophone academic contexts.

  3. The Fetishization of the Black Body on the Tragic Stage: Dove’s The Darker Face of the Earth, an American Adaptation of Oedipus Rex. Brenda Alonzo, California State University Dominguez Hills.

    Using an analysis of the staged Greek Tragedy Oedipus Rex, juxtaposed and in conjunction with the modern American adaptation, “The Darker Face of the Earth,” this paper will discuss the antebellum America suffered from a plague equivalently of Thebes; the plague of slavery. Using “Reimagining Greek Tragedy on the American Stage” Helene P. Foley, and Penguin Edition of “Greek Tragedy” as support. 

  4. Parabasis: From Original Sin through Comedy to Double Talk. Márton Hoványi, Yale University.

    In my talk focusing on literary theory and theology, I intend to discover the Greek notion of παράβασις, which, as the fulfilment of its own semantics, has always been making detours from its way started in Antiquity. I would like to highlight three such diverse steps in the historical line of the notion, which at the same time requires me to touch upon three different traditions.

8-05 - Architecture, Space, and Literature
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Miller Hall 115)
Chair: Richard Watts, University of Washington

  1. Architecture, Society, and Opera. Michela Ronzani, University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

    The architecture of opera houses in Italy mirrored the hierarchical structures of both society and aesthetic principles of the time when they were built, in the 18th century. The analysis of cultural and political debates of the 1890s reveals that as the cultural, social, and political role of opera changed, theater architecture needed to adapt.

  2. The Glass House of Language. Michael Powers, Reed College.

    This paper explores Paul Scheerbart’s literary and aesthetic writings on glass architecture and the ways that Walter Benjamin draws on them in his own work in the course of conceptualizing a utopian, radically non-instrumental mode of linguistic and visual relationality.

  3. Togetherness & Security in the Architectural Structures of William Wordsworth's "The Ruined Cottage" and "Michael: A Pastoral Poem". Angela Gattuso, University of Colorado, Boulder.

    This paper argues that, by mirroring in architectural structures the characteristics of those who inhabit or build them, Wordsworth presents the structure as a material place subsistent upon community and security. Defense includes an analysis of the relationship of characters to the structures; the characters' situational position as reflected onto the structures; and the final resting conditions of the structures.

8-06 - British Literature and Culture: Long 18th Century
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Miller Hall 131)
Chair: John C. Beynon, California State University, Fresno

  1. "All Stormy Wars Shall Cease": Reading the Weather in Dryden's Revision of The Tempest. Annette Hulbert, University of California Davis.

    John Dryden’s rewrite of The Tempest for the Restoration stage is notorious for depicting a natural world in upheaval through ambitious stage effects: a turbulent sea, agitated spirits flitting back and forth through the sky, and of course, a lightning and thunder storm that showers the audience in fire. This essay considers how Dryden links the bizarre weather patterns of the Little Ice Age to an unpredictable political order, prompting his audience to reflect on such disparate events as the beheading of Charles I and the Fire of London.

  2. The Mystery of The Mysterious Mother. George E. Haggerty, University of California, Riverside.

    Horace Walpole's incestuous tragedy is an anomaly in his work and in eighteenth-century drama as well.nWhat led the writer to this topic and why did he execute it in the way he did? These are some of the question I would like to answer in this short talk.

  3. Instability in the Anthropomorphized Animal Subject in Francis Coventry’s The History of Pompey the Little. Annamarie Carlson, Northern Arizona University.

    This paper examines the curious instability in the presentation of Pompey in Francis Coventry’s The History of Pompey the Little as a thinking, feeling, nonhuman-animal subject with access to speech production. This instability, as controlled by the human narrator, limits the ability of the reader to feel empathy for Pompey’s plight in the distance it creates.

  4. Lactilla’s Resistance: Wordsworth, Redemption, and Style. Ivan Rios, Cal Poly Pomona University.

    Ann Yearsley’s Poems on Various Subjects (1773) signals the socio-cultural and artistic division between Yearsley and her first patron Hannah More. More’s and her friend Elizabeth Montagu’s Blue Stocking Society does not acknowledge Yearsley’s work and many of the rustic poets have authentic poets because of their social and educational positions. Ironically, William Wordsworth’s experimental Lyrical Ballads add to Yearsley’s credibility as an authentic poet, and he recognizes the ingenuity of Yearsley that More overlooks.

8-07 - Comparative Media I: Modality, Mediations, and Platforms
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Miller Hall 239)
Chair: Russell McDermott, University of Southern California

  1. "Do Computers Dream of Electric Slug-Dogs?":  An Aesthetic Diagnostic of Computational Vision. Derek Price, Independent Scholar.

    This essay seeks to theorize computational vision in between anthro- and non-anthropocentic contexts through updating Walter Benjamin’s metaphors of the magician and the surgeon. Following Benjamin’s metaphors surronding aesthetics, I will explore autonomous reproducibility as a form of computational aesthetics so to highlight permutations on the phenomenology and ontology of nonhuman sight.

  2. YouTube's "Draw My Life" as Autobiography: Self-Reflexivity and Self-Identification Through Animated Cartoons and Comics. Avree Ito-Fujita, University of Hawaii, Manoa.

    As a form of automedia, “Draw my Life,” a popular YouTube challenge, draws inspiration from comics and animated cartoons by incorporating iconography, elements like speech bubbles, and sequential art to encourage YouTubers’ self-reflexivity and audiences’ self-identification with and consumption of YouTubers’ autobiographies.

  3. Digital Modernist Authority: The Semiotic Spectrality of Facebook. Will Best, University of Calgary (Canada).

    This paper argues that the proliferation of Modernist author profiles on Facebook, though seeming to move problematically toward an authoritative view of intentionality and biography in their works, in fact destabilizes the author/biography relationship in a uniquely Modernist way, suggesting a spectral intertextuality between author, scriptor, and text which is uniquely apparent in digital spaces.

  4. Propaganda, Policy, and Protest: The Role of Twitter in the U.S. and Iran. Shabnam Piryaei, San Francisco State University.

    This paper primarily considers by what means contemporary social media is employed to enforce and to subvert state violence. I take a comparative approach, drawing correlations between social media use in post-Revolutionary Iran and in the contemporary U.S. At these two unexpectedly linked regions of activity, I focus on points of convergence and divergence in the modes through which media influences the way we exchange information, offer representations, mediate protest, and enforce, chronicle and resist state violence.

8-08 - Critical Theory
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Miller Hall 135)
Chair: Mary Janell Metzger, Western Washington University

  1. Anarchism and Marxism: A Discussion of Conflicts. James Gifford, Fairleigh Dickinson University.

    This paper sets modernism, anarchism, and fantasy fiction together. “Late modernism” in the new modernist studies is remarkably congruent with the development of concepts of “genre” in fantasy studies. Both are marked by Marxism’s tensions with anarchism. The three set together alter the sense of reactionary politics inherent in fantasy, open fantasy to inward and outward turns of late modernist studies, and uncover the conflict between anarchist and Marxist thought in the foundational critical texts of science fiction studies and fantasy studies.

  2. Truth as Metaphor: Black Boxes Before Bruno. Gabriel Carter, Western Washington University.

    In this paper I analyze the diffractive “spray” that emerges when Bruno Latour’s black boxes and Friedrich Nietzsche’s truth-as-metaphor are viewed concurrently. I conclude that Nietzsche’s analysis of truth-as-metaphor offers an exemplary model—as well as a foreshadowing—of black boxes in action.

  3. Teaching Literary Theory Now: What Is To Be Done in the Age of Theoretical Disaggregation?. Barry Sarchett, Colorado College.

    In a single generation since the linguistic turn of High Theory, literary theory has expanded into a seemingly endless proliferation of subfields.  I argue that the best way to address and contextualize this expansion in a theory course is to first contextualize it in terms of the concept of literariness itself.  For if literariness, however historically constructed, is a possibility, then all theoretical approaches to literary texts must eventually come to terms with it.

8-09 - Film and Literature II
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Miller Hall 138)
Chair: Ryan Lambert, The Community College of Denver

  1. Painted Skin and Painted Scrolls: Safe and Unsafe Spaces. Sirbu Vlad, University of California, Riverside.

    By adapting Pu Songling’s short strange story The Painted Skin to cinematographic form, the directors are involuntarily carrying a message of gendering spaces. The library, the studio, the place of intellectual development is faced with destruction and death by the perpetually moving, anonymous female ghost. In this spirit, the present research will focus on the patterns that construct the idea of safety, and unsafety in both literary and cinematographic depictions. 

  2. Henry James’s Survival Tactic in the Age of Cinema: “The Jolly Corner”. Jongwoong Kim, Sogang University (South Korea).

    Henry James does not mention almost about film in his works. However, his autobiographical fiction, “The Jolly Corner” (1908), shows a glimpse of the author’s interpretation of cinema. In this paper, by applying Freudian doppelganger theory and Jean Epstein’s concept, photogénie, I argue that Henry James’s “The Jolly Corner” is the author’s confession of his cinema experience and how he adapts his identity in the age of cinema.

  3. On Multimedial Adaptation of Poetry to Cinema: Sandra Lahire’s Cinematic Transformation of Sylvia Plath’s Poetry . Hyemin Kim, "Brooklyn College, City University of New York".

    British feminist filmmaker Sandra Lahire (1950–2001) adapted Sylvia Plath's poetry with avant-garde aesthetics of mixed-mediality defended in the alternative collective filmmaking culture in the ’70s and ’80s in London. In adapting poetry, Lahire pursued collage – superimposing,  disjunctive, and performative – aesthetics that enables the literary text to embody its excess with its physicality and polyphonicity in underground filmmaking and theater culture. 

  4. "Not So Funny": The Equivocal Comedy of Albert Brooks. Michael Mays, Washington State University Tri-Cities.

    This paper explores the reputation and career of comedian, filmmaker, actor, and novelist Albert Brooks, asking why—if Brooks is as funny as his peers make him out to be—his body of work isn’t funnier or more successful than it has been. The answer, it argues, rests in Brooks’s uniquely “equivocal” comedic sensibility.

8-10 - Labor and Literature
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Miller Hall 154)
Chair: Leslie Lopez, "University of Hawai'i, West O'ahu, Center for Labor Education and Research"

  1. Prefiguring the Precariat: The Proletarian Aesthetics of Jack Conroy and William Faulkner. Melissa Macero, University of Illinois-Chicago.

    This paper analyzes the aesthetics of proletarian literature through a juxtaposition of Jack Conroy’s The Disinherited and William Faulkner’s Pylon and, more specifically, argues that Conroy’s novel can be read as a literary precursor to the notion of the precariat and as such undermines its own commitment to the concept of the proletariat.

  2. The Cultural Effects of Mechanized Labor in Twentieth-Century English Working-Class Literature. Emily Rich, University of California at Davis.

    In this presentation, I analyze working-class representations of mechanized labor and its relationship to culture immediately pre- and post-war. Focusing on the works of Jack Hilton (1900-1982) and Alan Sillitoe (1928-2010), I explore the diverse ways that workers responded to changes in workplace technology.

  3. (Mis)translation of Humanness: Xuma’s Postcolonial Marxism in Mine Boy. Eun-joo Lee, University of California - Riverside.

    This essay is a non-Western theoretical attempt to critique Peter Abrahams's Mine Boy, the very first Black South African Marxist novel, based on African philosopher Kwasi Wiredu’s discussion on the act of translation. The aim of this essay is to localize a Western-centered tradition of Marxist literary criticism, thereby revealing diverse traditions of Marxist literary criticisms.

8-11 - Literary Translation II
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Miller Hall 103)
Chair: Vanesa Cañete-Jurado, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

  1. A Quixotic Endeavour: The Translator’s Role and Responsibility in Bridging Divides in Its (Mis)handling of Translations. Cesar Osuna, California State University at Northridge.

    Literary translations of Cervantes’ Don Quixote have been plagued with inaccuracies and infidelities in the 406 years since its first translation. They can give us insight into the author’s language, culture, and intentions but only when the work is translated faithfully. These misrepresentations divide cultures instead of bringing them together.

  2. Cervantes without Footnotes: Translating the Interludes for the Stage Instead of the Page. Charles Patterson, Western Washington University.

    Miguel de Cervantes published a series of eight interludes in 1615. While these short plays continue to delight audiences today with their humor and wit, they also contain references that are unfamiliar to modern spectators. In this presentation, I will discuss my translation strategies for making these plays work on stage

  3. Convey Flames, Not Ashes: The Ethics of Translation, Literary Criticism, and the Poetry of Nizar Qabbani. Modje Taavon, California State University Northridge.

    The works of 20th century Syrian Poet Nizar Qabbani are explicitly political in their outright criticism of contemporary Arab cultural taboos and are by definition an act of rebellion and resistance. This paper examines the extent to which literary scholars who mistranslate such poetry tame and subdue that voice of resistance.


  4. Translating Dialogue in the Context of Transnationalism. Julie Winter, Western Washington University.

    Überall nirgends lauert die Zukunft, a play by noted Austrian author Vladimir Vertlib, deals with the topics of current migration to Europe as well as with the past trauma of the Holocaust. In this paper I will address the ways in which the strong transnational character of the work intersects with the challenges of translating dialogue in a play.

8-12 - Magic and Witchcraft on Stage and Screen
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Bond Hall 106)
Chair: Logan Greene, Eastern Washington University

  1. The Love Witch’s Giallo Fairy Tale. Jenny Platz, University of Rhode Island.

    This paper will argue that The Love Witch is a complex film that defies the misogynistic elements of giallo films while paying homage to the genre. The film rewards female power and agency through Elaine’s use of witchcraft. The Love Witch is a feminist fairy tale where the female body can be both feminine and powerful, and does not have to be punished for its agency.

  2. The Devil is in the Details: Magical Powers Secured through Early Modern Soul Selling or a Modern Wizard’s Lucky Inheritance. Monica Stenzel, Spokane Falls Community College.

    The transfiguration of fictive witches from early modern Shakespearian crones into familiar Hogwartsian school mates has taken centuries to occur. Such a metamorphosis largely relies on the changing importance of Christianity, and specifically whether the witch owns her powers through choosing a heretical pact with the devil, or inherits them in a magical genetic lottery. 

  3. Sympathy for the Devil: Feminist Witchcraft in Modern Horror Cinema. Zoe Dumas, San Francisco State University.

    Modern horror cinema has worked to refigure the witch from evil crone to positive icon of the feminist movement. The Witch (2015) and The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) represent women who use the magical power of witchcraft to right the violent wrongs that have for centuries plagued women in the name of the patriarchy. 

  4. Voodoo, Hoodoo, and Everything in Between: Race, Feminism, and Witchcraft in American Horror Story: Coven . Chloe Brotherton, University of California at Davis., Nadia Saleh, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

    American Horror Story: Coven attempts to provide a nuanced depiction of the intersections between race, gender, sexuality, and witchcraft. The show explicitly discusses the complex interactions between the fear and control of racialized sexuality and monstrous femininity. However, it ultimately seems to advocate for a non-intersectional feminist approach, emphasizing the destruction of shared misogyny and the erasure of difference. 

8-13 - Metaphor's Power in Human Interactions: The Possible of the Impossible
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Miller Hall 113)
Chair: A. Ricardo López-Pedreros, Western Washington University

  1. Mystification through Metaphor: Fearless Anxiety in Nuclear and Environmental Discourse. Geoffrey Huyck, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

    Metaphor in Cold-War-era nukespeak and modern environmental discourse both function as terministic screens in shaping public awareness of global dangers. Insulation from the deadly implications of these problems backgrounds productive fear into more tolerable but nonreactive anxiety. Responsible alternatives for the use of metaphor in discourse are proposed.

  2. Poesía y realidad en “Run Run se fue pa’l norte” de Violeta Parra. Blanca Aranda Gómez García, Western Washington University.

    This paper explores the metaphor from its literary origin to its cultural role. Through the analysis of the poem “Run Run se fue pa’l norte,” by Violeta Parra, we will revisit the fundamental connection between the metaphor and the topic of “poetry and reality.” This presentation will be delivered in Spanish. 

  3. Pensar la diferencia en el saber metafórico de Friedrich Nietzsche y José Lezama Lima. Luis Portugal, Western Washington University.

    Para Friedrich Nietzsche el conocimiento humano es esencialmente metafórico y es tan sólo cuando las metáforas pierden su capacidad creadora que los seres humanos son capaces de ilusionarse con la verdad, lo canónico, lo inmutable. En este ensayo proponemos retomar las reflexiones de Nietzsche del conocimiento metafórico, comprender las reflexiones filosóficas de sus seguidores como Deleuze, Foucault y, en especial, con las propuestas del poeta cubano José Lezama Lima.

  4. Metaphors of Rule: The Formation of a Radical Petit Bourgeoisie in Colombia. A. Ricardo López-Pedreros, Western Washington University.

     In this paper, I discuss the different gendered and classed metaphors certain petit bourgeois women and men performed in order to question “the power of the bourgeoisie” and thus make a claim for the right to rule in revolutionary movemements in Colombia during the 1970s  

8-14 - Science Fiction II
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Miller Hall 235)
Chair: Matthew Snyder, University of California, Riverside

  1. Jeff Noon's Falling out of Cars: Post-Apocalyptic Capitalism and Catatonic Temporality. Tomas Vergara, "University of Edinburgh, Scotland".

    In this paper I am to argue that Jeff Noon's Falling out of Cars, through manifold narrative techniques concerning its temporal structure, depicts a catatonic mode of experience which critically challenges Gilles Deleuze, Pierre-Félix Guattari, and Fredric Jameson's diagnosis of schizophrenia as the cultural logic of late capitalism.

  2. The Anticipated Fear of the Common Good in The Maze Runner. Leean Lewis, California State University, Fresno.

    James Dashner’s science fiction series, The Maze Runner, illustrates the societal fear of the power that a government holds over its people, and how it easy it would be for that government to sacrifice the individual for the sake of the “common good”.

  3. “Alien Desire”: Gender Queer Performance in Recent Science Fiction Films. Dawn Dietrich, Western Washington University.

    I will explore the question of queerness and desire in the context of recent AI and alien films, including Her (2013), Ex Machina (2015), and Under the Skin (2013). These three films look at recent advances in artificial intelligence from a transhumanist and non-binary perspective.  All three involve an artificial intelligence or an alien “presenting as straight, white female,” but identifying with the queer possibilities of liberation from heteronormative gender scripts.

8-15 - Spanish and Portuguese (Peninsular) I
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Bond Hall 109)
Chair: Kimberly Lynn, Western Washington University

  1. La religión y el anticlericalismo en la obra literaria La Regenta. Adriana Soublette Angeles, California State University at Northridge.

    Este presente trabajo tiene como objetivo analizar los temas del anticlericalismo y la religión en la obra La Regentay como ésta influyó en los personajes de Ana Ozores y Don Fermín de Pas. 

  2. Epistemic Blind Spots and Religious Bigotry in Galdós’s Gloria (1876-1877). David W. Bird, Saint Mary's College of California.

    Benito Pérez Galdós began his career in the 1870s with the “novelas de tesis,” which share a preoccupation with social disadvantage. In Gloria (1876-1877), the disadvantage is occasioned by intolerance between the characters’ fanatic families. I analyze Galdós’s critique in terms of what philosopher Miranda Fricker calls “epistemic injustice.” In Gloria, intolerance creates epistemic blind spots, rendering characters not just intolerant of difference but incapable of perceiving alternative attitudes.

  3. Commodity and Metaphor Fetishism in Antonio Espina  . Carles Ferrando Valero, University of California, Merced.

    This presentation reads Antonio Espina’s account of the motif of transubstantiation in concert with notions of commodity fetishism. Luna de copas insists that modern commodities are consumed and fetishized in ways that are ceremonious and theatrical while at the same time suggesting that modern writers have become prone to consuming and fetishizing transubstantiated realities—metaphors.

8-16 - Teaching for the Post-Anthropocene II
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Miller Hall 38)
Chair: Bristin Scalzo Jones, University of California, Berkeley

  1. What is 'the Anthropocene'?. Jonathan Helm, New York University.

    As an environmental concept, the Anthropocene is notoriously hard to pin-down, and for this reason it lends itself to learning. 

  2. Teaching for the End: Grieving Educational Spaces in the Apocalypse. Jacob Smith, University of Oklahoma.

    Grief, past and present, structure the dialogue about the Anthropocene in educational spaces. From grieving ecological destruction to grieving ongoing deaths produced from forced climate migration, to our own grief towards the potentiality of human extinction; our relationship with environmental destruction is constituted via a notion of loss. This paper suggests that educational spaces must begin creating ethical frameworks that both deal with the very real potential we might go extinct and confront that many populations have already been feeling that trauma.

  3. Teaching Wonder: Appreciating Life in the Anthropocene and Post-Anthropocene. Kristin Kawecki, UC Davis.

    In this presentation, I will explore how "wonder" as an affect and philosophy for regarding others is an important method for imparting appreciation for life in its many forms which allows for a non-judgemental space for the strangeness of life in its many entanglements. I will also discuss the importance of touch and feel in this receptive exposure to the "strange" necessary for the teaching of wonder, engendering greater environmentalist sentiments through a "barefoot epistemology".

  4. Beyond Ecocomposition: Permaculture and Ecological Composition Pedagogy. Ian Ferris, Oregon State University.

    In recognizing the need for cultivating ecologically-minded students and the potentials for doing so through an intertwining of ecological care and writing, this presentation locates such a praxis in permaculture design to develop a radically interdisciplinary pedagogy for rhetoric and composition.

8-17 - The Agency of Objects: Expressions of Materiality Theory in Literature and Culture
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am (Miller Hall 114)
Chair: William Christopher Burwick, Hamilton College

  1. Post-Posthuman Aesthetics and Neoliberal Prosthetics: George Saunders and the Technologies of Affect  . Alex Miller, University of Washington Tacoma.

    My presentation will address how George Saunders interrogates the consequences of our posthuman moment through an aesthetic that seeks to peer behind the prosthetics of neoliberalism and toward the affective connections that unite individuals.    

  2. Gertrude Stein's Personal Objects: De-Formation in Tender Buttons. Rose DuCharme, University of California at Irvine.

    Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons goes beyond personification to convey a world focused on the material status of the object, and yet these objects become inflected with the category of the person through a set of affective associations, which results in the loss of material structural integrity. This de-formation of objects requires the absenting of persons.

  3. The Last, The Lost, and The Everlasting in Paul Auster's In the Country of Last Things. Lori Newcomb, Wayne State College.

    In The Country of Last Things, set in a place of ceased material production, poses the question of what is left when objects vanish. The "last things" are salvaged, repurposed objects that have control over humans, who struggle amid material decline. However, humanity also reaches new levels of innovation as a means of coping. Ultimately, the “last thing” is the lasting thing: the desire for human connection and creation persists, despite the loss of objects and even of the language needed to express that loss.

9-01 - Altermundos, Chicanafuturism, and the Science Fiction of Brown America
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 11:45am to 1:15pm (Miller Hall 235)
Chair: Lysa Rivera, Western Washington University

  1. Chicano/a and Mexican Border Speculative Fiction. Rosaura Sanchez, University of California, San Diego., Beatrice Pita, University of California, San Diego.

    Mexican Border and Chicano/a speculative fiction offers a sharp contrast in thematics and form. This paper will compare Mexican Border speculative fiction that focuses largely on the Border Wall and on a future racial war with the speculative fiction of Chicanas/os that centers to a large extent on issues of identity formation.

  2. Medicine, Metafiction, and La Mona: The Ontological Challenge in Alejandro Morales’ The Rag Doll Plagues. Andrea Delgado, University of Washington - Seattle.

    Alejandro Morales’ The Rag Doll Plagues reimagines colonization in a speculative fiction about the intersection of economic and racial policies and the ‘equalizing’ power of technology. The novel’s use of metafiction not only satirizes the romanticization of hybridization, but also overlays an ontological game for the reader on top of the ontological challenge the protagonist faces as he comes to terms with ‘medically necessary’ blood enslavement.

  3. Utopian “Otherwiseness” and Science Fiction in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao . Jennifer Cuffman, University of Washington - Seattle.

    The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao formally uses the discourse of science fiction to describe the racialized lived experience of many of the novel’s characters. But most importantly, Oscar Wao’s own personal attachments to speculative fiction allow him to utopically imagine an “otherwiseness” that moves beyond the here and now.

9-02 - American Literature 1945 to the Present II
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 11:45am to 1:15pm (Miller Hall 105)
Chair: Kimberly Honda, City College of San Francisco

  1. Adults and Children in Don DeLillo's White Noise. Angel Garduno, Fresno.

    This paper will delve into the restructuring of power in the familal unit in contemporary U.S. society as it is caused by the consumer-driven ethos and inundation of information via technology, i.e. the television. Jack and Babette Gladney are parents who, in the face of the technological ubiquity in the U.S., find themselves in a shared existential crises which has them turning to thier children for guidence. 

  2. Finding a Role, Finding a Stage: The Case of Danielle Allen's CUZ. Tom Trzyna, Seattle Pacific University.

    MacArthur Genius Fellow Danielle Allen recently published CUZ, a biography of her cousin Micheal, who was killed by his trans lover in South Central Los Angeles. Her book is a case study of an author trying to find a role for herself in a story that juxtaposes two stages, that of her own life, now holder of a Chair at Harvard, and her cousin's life as an ex-con. Reviews of the book describe its jaggedness; this paper examines CUZ in the context of another work that tries to bridge cultures and stages far apart.

  3. Once in a Promised Land: A Hyphenated-American. Lauren White, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

    Laila Halaby’s Once in a Promised Land draws attention to the cultural and ethnic dimension of an American identity. Jasbir Puar’s Terrorist Assemblages provides a historical perspective through which to read the portrayals of the Muslim terrorist figure, as depicted in Halaby’s novel, as a means to justify the race-based patriotism taking place in the post 9/11 moment.  My paper explores the performance of nationalism, as it is variously enacted by white or non-white bodies.

9-03 - British Literature and Culture: 20th and 21st Century
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 11:45am to 1:15pm (Miller Hall 131)
Chair: Beth Ptalis Hough, Independent Scholar

  1. Applying Bourdieu’s Transverse Movement: Heathcliff’s Transition from Orphan to Gentleman. Ryan Wise, Eastern Washington University.

    I investigate Heathcliff’s class transformation in Lin Haire-Sargeant’s H.~ The Story of Heathcliff’s Journey back to Wuthering Heights through Pierre Bourdieu’s concept of habitus and transverse movements. Heathcliff’s recognition of the social classes and his lower-class position allow him to manipulate the rhetorical situation to perform as a gentleman by learning upper-class gentleman manners.

  2. Crowd Life and the Violence of the Law. Judith Paltin, University of British Columbia.

    This paper examines the inhospitality of the "Cyclops" episode of Joyce's Ulysses to understand how an imagined collectivity might undermine the originary violence of (majoritarian) law through an appeal to the virtue of hospitality.

  3. “Only Connect…”: The Epigraph to E. M. Forster’s Howards End. Angela Chang, San Francisco State University.

    “Only connect….” The epigraph to E. M. Forster’s Howards End embodies a worldview and initiates a world in which dualisms abound. The connection it calls for is conjectured and rejected in this novelistic universe, explored and abandoned, achieved and destroyed. To what extent the world of the novel is our real world, and to what extent its worldview is to be our worldview, are questions the novel invites.

9-04 - Chinese Literature and Culture
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 11:45am to 1:15pm (Miller Hall 154)
Chair: Julian Wu, Western Washington University

  1. Staging Talent: Adapting Ping Shan Leng Yan (The Four Talents) into a Literati Play. Mengjun Li, University of Puget Sound.

    This paper looks at the adaptation of the novel entitled Ping Shan Leng Yan into a chuanqi play entitled Yüchi lou. It examines the transformation of a popular novel written for the book market into a literati play, one composed to celebrate a high-ranking local official as a patron of culture. It shows the influence of popular culture on the literary production of elite circles, while offering a good example of the role of drama in the phenomenon of cultural patronage in the early Qing.

  2. Interpictorial Travels: A Study of the “Travel Scene” Illustrations in Late Imperial Chinese Performing Literature. Julian Wu, Western Washington University.

     I will examine typical travel motifs in late Ming popular dramas with their woodblock illustrations in various editions, applying a border-crossing and dialogic perspective throughout the analysis. There was a community of illustration makers with overlapping identities (painters, carvers, printers) that produced a large repertoire of inter-pictorialized images. These pictures existed dialogically in parallel with their verbal counterparts. Furthermore, they conversed with each other and displayed their unique value in the interconnected relationship.

  3. Acting as Hanshi 寒士 (Poor Scholars): Self-presentation and Capitalizing Identity of Han-Meng Poetry School. Yu Wen, University of Toronto (Canada).

    This paper focuses on discussions of how the literati transformed life predicaments into cultural capital by acting and performing as Hanshi 寒士 (poor scholars) in Mid-Tang dynasty. By employing negative writings, Han Meng Poetry School expanded the poetic discourse to include the strange in the name of being inclusive and closer to reality. The paper explores these problematic: how did the literati define and present themselves in Mid-Tang’s culture? What is “chanting bitterness” 吟苦 and “bitter chanting” 苦吟? 

9-05 - Cinema and Contemporary War
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 11:45am to 1:15pm (Miller Hall 138)
Chair: Shabnam Piryaei, San Francisco State University

  1. Femininity as Imprisonment and Liberation in Alias María (2015) and Oscuro animal (2016). Sandra Medina, Rutgers University.

    The Colombian films Alias María (2015) and Oscuro animal (2016) depicts the violence perpetrated by the armed groups through stories of abuse, torture, and rape. These two film questions femininity, specifically motherhood. Mary Ann Doane’s interpretation of a woman’s “disease,” and Judith Butler’s conception on sex and gender will inform my presentation.

  2.  “Based on a True Story”: Affective Engagement and the Inferred Truth of Narrativized History. Kenneth Fleming, American University.

    This paper investigates cinematic depictions of national trauma that are used as tools to reinforce a contemporary popular ideological narrative. To illustrate, it focuses on Michael Bay’s 13 Hours within the context of its release to identify how the film infers its truth claims and elevates historical moments to an allegorical representation of ideological conflict.

  3. ‘Letting Loose the Dogs of War’: Cinematic Representations of Military Animals. Kristen Tregar, University of California, San Diego.

    In recent years, non-human animals have become increasingly visible in war films, such as War Horse (2011), Max (2015), and Megan Leavey (2017). When considered through the lens of posthuman performativity, the empathetic connection between the animals on screen and the viewer allows for exploration of military conflict in ways that would remain elusive with strictly human soldiers.

9-06 - Comparative Media II: Representational Discourses
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 11:45am to 1:15pm (Miller Hall 239)
Chair: David John Boyd, University of Glasgow (Scotland)

  1. Brexit in Bed: Precarious Muslim Refugee Pornography and Sexual Xenophobia. Keegan Medrano, San Francisco State University.

    Brexit in Bed: Precarious Muslim Refugee Pornography and Sexual Xenophobia explores a popular pornography narrative and argues that the performance of veiled Muslim female-ness and white masculinity narrates an arbitration of the refugee/diasporic movements in Europe and the seemingly paradoxical desire to “liberate” and assert power over Muslim women as a response to the "invasion" of diasporic people. 

  2. Men on a Mission for Others: Portrayals of Jesuits in Popular Culture. Allyson Parks, Loyola Marymount University.

    This paper argues that the shift in portrayals of Jesuits in popular culture from conspiratorial figures to men of action engaged in self-sacrificing missionary work (particularly in the films The Mission, Black Robe, and Silence) reflects their evolution in educational philosophy from an individualistic academic model to a more relational, “men for others” approach.

  3. Michelle Obama Laughs: Political Meme Warfare and the Regurgitation of the Mythological Black Woman. Kiedra Taylor, San Diego State University.

    Michelle Obama memes reveal architypes that extend stereotypical narratives. They revived narratives of Black womanhood and shifted her husband’s popularity with potential voters. One claimed that her stare could turn a man to stone, which associates the former First Lady’s image with Ovid’s mythic Medusa. The implied Medusa image regurgitates historical and widely held ideas about Black women and adds a monsterous image—the Medusa. These images are the basis of memes used as political propaganda for social media warfare before and throughout Obama’s term.

  4. "To Be an Observer": Materiality and Multimodality in Claudia Rankine’s Citizen. Stefan Torralba, University of California - Riverside.

    This paper considers the multimodality of poet Claudia Rankine’s 2014 text Citizen: An American Lyric. I deploy a new materialist framework to theorize the text’s depictions of anti-Black violences. I then use this framework to posit that the text’s multimodality allows for interventions into ongoing systems of anti-Blackness.

9-07 - Festival Culture of the New Millennium
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 11:45am to 1:15pm (Miller Hall 231)
Chair: Lauren Kelley Bond, San Bernardino Valley College

  1. Utopia and its Social Infrastructure: Electronic Music and the Regulation of Public Space. Tim Seiber, University of Redlands.

    This presenation argues that the utopian promises of music cultures generally, and festivals ore specifically, increasingly run up against the regulation of noise, space, and social groups, producing new potentials and new diffculties for communities that form around loud, temporary spaces.  

  2. Music Festivals Are the New Faces of Activism and Philanthropy. Morena Duwe, Freelance Journalist.

    This presentation will discuss the current and potential impact that the music festival community has upon society at large. Music festivals are where utopian sensibilities meet dystopian environments and though unity, creativity, bliss, and community still accurately define the festival ethos, new data proves that these events have finally transcended their hedonistic reputation.

  3. Capitalizing on Transformation to Transform Capitalism: Moving Forward by Moving Past the Counterculture. Matthew James Bond, University of California, Riverside.

    I want to argue that the proliferation and mainstreaming of these psychedelic gatherings hopes to teach progressive, post-capitalistic values to the millennial generation by favoring messages and experiences of unity and radical inclusion over the initial resistance of the American Dream and “countering” of culture Woodstock has come to represent.

  4. The Juxtaposition Within Modern Festival Culture: An Avenue for Transformation and Connection, or Cultural Appropriation and Harm?. Laura Baker, California Institute of Integral Studies.

    This paper explores modern-day festival culture through a critical lens by addressing cultural appropriation, escapism, spiritual bypassing, and the overwhelming Whiteness of most transformational festivals, the feelings of exclusion experienced by attendees of color.  These critiques are juxtaposed with the positive aspects of ecopsychological themes including community building and connection.

9-08 - Married Female Characters of French Women Authors
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 11:45am to 1:15pm (Miller Hall 112)
Chair: Francis Mathieu, Southwestern University

  1. [Pro]creation and a Monstrous Reversal of Roles in Rachilde’s Monsieur V (1884). Cynthia Jones, Weber State University.

    Raoule de Venerande, in a Pygmalion-like attempt, seeks to fashion the perfect lover through an exchange of gender and the respective roles that it carries. 

  2. Married Heroines and the Ethics of Attraction. Edwina Christie, Institute of English Studies School of Advanced Study University of London.

    This paper argues that in seventeenth-century French romance fiction, the married heroine serves as a representative ethical subject through which authors explore the ethical problems of trust and suspicion. The paper will compare married heroines in two seventeenth-century romances: Madeleine de Scudéry’s Artamène (1649-53) and Madame de LaFayette’s La Princesse de Clèves (1678).

  3. The Economies of Marriage in Mme de Villedieu’s Mémoires de la vie de Henriette-Sylvie de Molière (1671-1674). Jennifer R. Perlmutter, Portland State University.

    At the outset of this pseudo-autobiographical novel, the heroine of Mme de Villedieu’s Mémoires announces “je ne suis pas une personne qui ait de communes destinées” (44). This paper will show how, for this enterprising protagonist, marriage is simply another convention to flaunt although she engages in two interested unions of her own.

9-09 - Spanish and Portuguese (Peninsular) II
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 11:45am to 1:15pm (Bond Hall 109)
Chair: Joan Hoffman, Western Washington University

  1. José de Espronceda's "Wooden Leg": Marxist Analysis of a Satire against the First Fashion Victims. Daniel Herrera Cepero, California State University, Long Beach.

    This paper analyzes, through a Marxist critique, how "La pata de palo," by Espronceda, proposes a scathing mockery to capitalism, whose ravages the author saw first-hand during his exile in London and Paris, emphasizing the portrait of fashion as an irrational phenomenon.

  2. Deaf Culture and the Performing Arts in Spain. Kathleen Connolly, Western Oregon University.

    This paper will analyze how Rozalén and other Spanish artists are creating performances that can be transformative in building new interpretive “frames” in Spanish society in which to incorporate Deaf language and culture.

  3. Who is the Victim? Masculine Shame and Feminine Conscience in La doble historia del Doctor Valmy . Matthew Greenhalgh, University of California at Riverside.

    In my paper, I use Antonio Buero Vallejo’s 1968 play La doble historia del doctor Valmy to demonstrate the consequences of political violence in Franco’s prisons by focusing on how it impacts the wives of the tortured and the torturer. 

9-10 - Teaching Writing Across the Disciplines: Writing as Stagecraft, Writing as Performance
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 11:45am to 1:15pm (Miller Hall 152)
Chair: Shefali Rajamannar, University of Southern California

  1. Call and Response: Intention and Improvisation in the Writing Classroom . Norah Ashe-McNalley, University of Southern California., Nathalie Joseph, University of Southern California.

    Open themes built into assignment design allow professors to address students from a wide-range of disciplines.  Leading a productive discussion is about inviting them to join the conversation; the theatricality of teaching is best understood not as a monologue performance by the professor, but rather the grittier and riskier act of stand-up or improvisation.

  2. Writing Public Selves: Reframing Classroom Space as a Public Forum. Ljiljana Coklin, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    How can reframing a classroom as a public forum create possibilities of transfer between the theoretical academic setting and the realities of good citizenship beyond campus?

  3. Performing the Role of Scholar: Teaching and Learning Oral Genres. Moberley Luger, University of British Columbia, Canada.

    Presentation skills are essential for success in university and the workforce, yet research shows that students often struggle with them. As organizer of a student conference at my institution (and writing instructor), I help a self-selecting group to succeed at performing the role of the scholar. My research seeks to better understand, and to build on, their success. I ask: what are the challenges and rewards of student conference presentations? And how can we transfer the rewards into classrooms where they can be reaped by a wider range of students?