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Annual Comparative Literature Conference

51st Annual Comparative Literature Conference

Mind, Body, Behavior: Health, Illness, and Representation

April 27 and 28, 2016

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51st Annual Comparative Literature Conference

Mind, Body, Behavior: Health, Illness, and Representation

 

Wednesday 4/27

 

9:00 AM Registration

 

(Breakfast 9-11)

 

9:30—10:45 Panel 1—Poetry Recitation/Declamation

Location: Anatol Patio

Organizer and Moderator: Elizabeth Dahab, California University, Long Beach

 

11:00—12:15 Panel 2—Representations of Illness in Film

Location: Karl Anatol Center

Moderator: Ray Waters, California State University, Long Beach

 

“Cinematic Madness in Scorsese’s Taxi Driver and Bigelow’s Hurt Locker

Pravina Cooper, California State University, Long Beach

 

“Overcoming Mental Anguish and Modern-World Malaise Through the Act of Seeing Nature: The Case of Vittoria in Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’eclisse (1962)”

Enrico Vettore, California State University, Long Beach

 

“Representations of Mental Illness in Lehmann’s Heathers and Van Sant’s Elephant

Alejandra Lopez, California State University, Long Beach

 

“The Binary of Life and Death: Quality of Life in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Jacqueline Bui, California State University, Long Beach

 

(Lunch 12-2)

 

12:30-1:45 Panel 3—Medical Myths, Medical Realities

Location: Karl Anatol Center

Moderator: Rachelle Okawa, California State University, Long Beach

 

“How Does a Community Heal from Traumas”

Rachael Maritim, California State University, Long Beach

 

“’La Muerte’ The Panacea of Latino Literature and a Haunted Reality”

Yoli Sarmiento, California State University, Long Beach

 

“The Magic of Freedom Entrapment”

Yesli Ramirez, California State University, Long Beach

 

“The Unheard Story: The Internal Turmoil and Consequent Diaspora of the Somali People”

Maryam Abdulahi, California State University, Long Beach

 

 

2:00-3:15 Panel 4—Poetry of Illness: Verse that Examines, Diagnoses, Copes, and Grieves

Location: Karl Anatol Center

 

Patty Seyburn, California State University, Long Beach

Toren Wallace, California State University, Long Beach

Janea Wilson, California State University, Long Beach

 

3:30-4:45 Panel 5—The Mad Science of Moral Autopsy: Dissecting Dr. Schiller’s Tragic Subjects

Location: Karl Anatol Center

Moderator: Natalie Martz, California State University, Long Beach

 

“The Forensics of Frankenstein’s Father: Schiller’s Lost Children, Lavater’s Physiognomy, and the Creation of a Monster”

Jeffrey L. High, California State University, Long Beach

 

“Two Half Men: The Robbers, Dr. Schiller’s Tragedy of Sibling Rivalry and the Quest for Totality”

Madeline Foss, California State University, Long Beach

 

“‘What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate': Personality Disorders in Schiller’s Medical Dissertations and Don Karlos

Adam Davis, California State University, Long Beach

 

“Christian Wolf under Mack’s Knife: Brecht’s Epic Post Mortem of Schiller’s Body of Work”

Matthew D. Straus, University of Washington

 

(Evening Refreshments 4:30-6:30)

 

5:00-6:15 Panel 6—Bridging with Medical Metaphors: From Medieval to Postcolonial

Location: Karl Anatol Center

Moderator: Cheryl Goldstein, California State University, Long Beach

“‘The Definite Article, You Might Say’: The Character of the Doctor as a Bridge from Medieval to Early Modern Popular Drama”

Jason A. Eckard, University of Washington

 

“Mirror Neurons and Our Experience of Literature”

Anna Chiari

 

“Is There Realism in Modernism?: The Case of William Carlos Williams”

Camilla Canova

 

Thursday 4/28

 

9:00 AM Registration

 

(Breakfast 9-11)

 

9:30-10:45 Panel 7—Health, Ethnicity, and Representation

Moderator: Talar Chahinian, California State University, Long Beach

 

“Still Seeking Sovereign: Spaces Indigenous Women Reclaiming and Reshaping Rhetorics of Rape”

Carol Zitzer-Comfort and José I Rodríguez, California State University, Long Beach

 

“Exposing the Fraud of the American Mythos in Under the Feet of Jesus and Bodega Dreams

Megan Meylor, California State University, Long Beach

 

“The Exploration of Black Male Masculinity in Toni Morrison’s Beloved and The Bluest Eye

Malika Rahim, California State University, Long Beach

 

“Bleaching the Melting Pot: Eurocentrism in United States Education”

Jade Cortez, California State University, Long Beach

 

11:00-12:15 Panel 8—Life and Death, Empathy and Experience

Moderator: Vlatka Velcic, California State University

 

“What Defines Our Experience of Health?”

Carol Nash, University of Toronto

 

“Grave Necessity: The Manner of Engraving and Our Dead Sites”

William Meyer, California State University, Long Beach

 

“Artists of the AIDS Crisis: An Analysis of Keith Haring’s Art and Art Activism”

Samantha Aspe, California State University, Long Beach

 

(Lunch 12-2)

 

12:30-1:45 Panel 9—Health Representations in Graphic Novels and Visual Culture

Moderator: Chris Shaw

California State University

 

“Visible, Audible, and Present: The Active Role of Disability Studies”

Rolando Rubalcava, California State University, Northridge

 

“Welcome to the Yap Trap: Analyzing the Fear Behind Dentistry in Children’s Media”

Steven Virgo,             California State University, Long Beach

 

“Visual Medical Representations: From Graphic Satire to Graphic Novels”

Carl Fisher, California State University, Long Beach

 

“Challenges of Caregiving in Graphic Pathographies”

Pushpanathan S

National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, India

 

2:00-3:15 Plenary TalkThe Importance of Humanism and the Medical Humanities in Post-Humanist Times

Anne Hudson Jones, University of Texas Medical Branch

 

Introduction: Carl Fisher, California State University, Long Beach

 

3:30-4:45 Panel 10—De Rebus Medicis: Institutionalized Care of the Body from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages

Location: Karl Anatol Center

Moderator: Chelsea A. Cummings, California State University, Long Beach

 

“ ‘For the sick, and the relief of their wounds, and the imitation of Christ’: The Invention and Development of the Hospital in Late Antiquity.”

David G. Kaufmann, California State University, Long Beach

 

“Power and Care in the Streets of Angers: The Almonry of Saint-Jean and the Assertion of Urban Lordship, 1170-1200”

Mark G. Benton, California State University, Long Beach

 

Medicinalis scientia: Studying Medicine at the University of Montpellier, c. 1200-1380”

Shahrouz Khalifian, California State University, Long Beach

 

(Evening Refreshments 5-7)

 

5:00-7:00 Panel 11—Telling Tales: Modern Myths

Karl Anatol Center

Moderator: Katherine McLoone, California State University, Long Beach

 

“From Underworld to Overworld: How “Dia de los Muertos” Strayed from Aztec Mythology and Turned into a Pop Culture Phenomenon”

Rebecca Merida, California State University, Long Beach

 

“Baba Knows Best: Eastern Witches in a Positive Light”

Henatay Journey, California State University, Long Beach

 

“Loss, Song, and Being: The Importance of the Underworld in Rilke’s Sonnets to Orpheus

Josh Todarello, California State University, Long Beach

 

“Cool Clytemnestra and Amazing Amy: Negative Portrayals of Women and Their Not-So-Innocent Victims”

Maryam Abdulahi, California State University, Long Beach

 

“Looking Back: An Examination of Canon Reclamation in Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice”       William Minor, California State University, Long Beach

 

“Coyote in the Afterlife: Bringing Coyote Tales into Twenty-First-Century Fantasy”   Katherine Georges, California State University, Long Beach

 

“Mothers Monsters and Madness: The Modernization of Medea in The Babadook”     William Vasquez, California State University, Long Beach

 

“Orpheus, Dante, and Tom Taylor: A Journey Through Underworld Multiverses in The Unwritten

Amy Desuza, California State University, Long Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Conference Participants,

We are looking forward to seeing you all on Campus for our 51st Annual Conference–April 27-28, 2016

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CALL FOR PAPERS:  51st Annual Comparative Literature Conference

Mind, Body, Behavior: Health, Illness, and Representation

April 27-28, 2016

California State University, Long Beach

Health has been a concern of representation from the earliest known images and narratives, and remains a topical subject. Representations related to the body, the mind, illness, trauma, bodily transformation, psychological stress, personal relationships, and many aspects of human behavior, represent how individuals and communities form their identities, how they cope with stress, distress, physical and psychological health. Interdisciplinary and comparative methodologies can fruitfully address literary and cultural representations of medical states and situations, lifespan development, ethics and education, and empathy issues.

We invite abstracts (max. 250 words) for 15-20 minute individual presentations or one-hour panel discussions with up to 4 speakers on any topic that is appropriate to the theme. A proposal could be an interpretation of a single text, a comparison of multiple texts, or a thematic or theoretical exploration.

Examples of potential papers/panels:

  • Literary and cultural representations of medicine
  • Illness narratives
  • Stories of resilience and perseverance
  • Graphic Medicine
  • Comparisons of narrative styles (i.e., in adaptation from text to screen , such as Love in the Time of Cholera, or The Fault in Our Stars)
  • Medicine in the Classical World, the Medieval World, the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, the Romantic, etc.
  • Cultural Representation and Public Health Issues
  • Metaphors of Medicine (cyborgs and the posthuman, zombie apocalypse, dystopian worlds)

In addition to these potential topics, we are particularly interested in examples of effective interdisciplinary research and analysis, in Comparative Literature or other academic fields.

 

Send your proposals to complitconf.csulb@gmail.com

 

Abstract Deadline: March 15, 2016

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