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

Voice Studies

Session Chair: 
Carole-Anne Tyler, "University of California, Riverside"
Session 6: Saturday 3:15 pm – 4:45 pm
Miller Hall 38
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  1. Ikram Hili, Monastir University Tunisia
    The present paper seeks to further explore the theatrical aspects of some of Sylvia Plath’s poems achieved mainly through the technique of ventriloquism, which would ultimately help the poet assert a voice of her own—a voice unmarred by her early “itch to emulate,” as she once wrote in her Journals.
  2. Zanny Allport, "University of California, Riverside"
    This essay examines the new modes of recognition and personhood that laughter potentiates in Nella Larsen's 1929 novel Passing. In Larsen's text, laughter functions to critique the heterosexualizing economy of reproduction and the reproductive aspirations of white racial purity that existing models of seeing, being with, and talking with underpin.
  3. Muge Turan, University of Toronto
    Through a psychoanalytical framework, this paper examines the ways in which cinema contributes to and mediated the ventriloquial act. Using The Exorcist (1973, William Friedkin) as my case-study, I aim to show how the film stages the battle between the forces of sound and image, body and voice, both within its diegetic and non-diegetic narrative.
  4. Ann Thuy-Ling Tran, University of California at Irvine
    At 37 million views, comedian Anjelah Johnson’s “Nail Salon Part 1” is the most watched stand-up video on YouTube, centering on experience in Vietnamese nail salons (2007). This paper argues that Johnson’s cross-racial performance highlights the link between accent-based humor and U.S. multiculturalism as co-constitutive in the nation’s recuperative racial politics following the Vietnam War.
Session Cancelled: