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

The Personal and the Literary

Session Chair: 
Brigitte Prutti, University of Washington
Session 7: Sunday 8:15 am – 9:45 am
Miller Hall 135


  1. 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. 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. 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. 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. 
Session Cancelled: