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

Travel and Literature

Session Chair: 
Michael Moreno, Green River College
Session 4: Saturday 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Bond Hall 106


  1. Cécile Ruel, University of Maryland, College Park
    My paper looks at America Day by Day (1947), French writer Simone de Beauvoir’s American travel narrative, focusing specifically on how Beauvoir’s New York flâneries serve as a starting point for a political reflection on the issue of race relations in the United States, a reflection she carries out at various points in her narrative.
  2. Jeff Birkenstein, Saint Martin's University, Irina Gendelman, Saint Martin's University
    We focus on the food, gender, and flâneuric connections between the music of Patti Smith and the writing of Jean Rhys. These women redefined what it means to be a woman who walks, eats, explores, and relates to the world in the era of the ultimately unratified Equal Rights Amendment.
  3. Tatsuro Ide, Tohoku Gakuin University
    This paper is to present Henry Miller’s 1934 autobiographical novel Tropic of Cancer as an attempt to refigure the city as a place of “flow” in relation to his unique way of depicting the city as what French philosopher Gilles Deleuze conceptualizes as the “body without organs.”
  4. Christine Walker, California State University Dominguez Hills
    In Frankenstein, Mary Shelley exposes natural influences and collective cultural knowledge through a fictionalized travel novel with the landscape acting as stage and participant. The physical presence, natural boundaries and man-made turmoil of the polar ice, Montanvert, and the Alsace region sway the characters that move through these spaces.
Session Cancelled: