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

East-West Literary Relations

Session Chair: 
Mike Sugimoto, Pepperdine University
Session 2: Friday 3:20 pm – 4:50 pm
Miller Hall 123


  1. 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. 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. 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. 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.
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