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

Literature & the Other Arts

Session Chair: 
Lorely French, Pacific University
Session 4: Saturday 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Bond Hall 104


  1. 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. 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. 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.
Session Cancelled: