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

Critical Theory

Session Chair: 
Mary Janell Metzger, Western Washington University
Session 8: Sunday 10 am – 11:30 am
Miller Hall 135
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  1. 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. 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. 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.
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