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

Auteurial (self)-enactment in Contemporary Literature, Film, and Culture

Session Chair: 
Andrea Gogrof, Western Washington University
Session 3: Saturday 8:15 am – 9:45 am
Miller Hall 15


  1. 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. 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. 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.
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