April 16th, 2011
Bartlett Hall
The University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Conference Outline
7:30-8:00 Breakfast and Registration
8:00-9:20 Session One
9:30-10:50 Session Two
11:00-12:30 Roundtable
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30-2:50 Session Three
3:00-4:20 Session Four
4:45-7:00 Reception at the University Club


Mediating Realities: Television, Sound, and Community

• “‘Da Inner Sound Y’all’: De La Soul, the Walkman, and the Re-imagining
of the Hip Hop ‘Real,’” Casey Hayman (University of Massachusetts
• “‘She Flipped the Script’: Reading Reality TV,” Daniel Heyman (New York
• “Performing Realities Against Mysterious Missiles and Other News
Fantasies,” Hari Kumar (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

Globalism, Literature, and Worldmaking

• “Genres as Construction Kits for Worldmaking,” Martina Allen (Universität
Konstanz, Germany)
• “Fractured Realities and the Violence of Language,” Kurt Cavender
(Brandeis University)
• “The Paradox of Human Rights in Dave Eggers’ What is the What,” Amy
Mikels (Boston College)
• “The Part About Capitalism and the New Global Economy,” Rohit Sharma
(Fordham University)

Surreality and Artistic Representation

• “Hemingway’s Anti-Art: Dada Surreality in the ‘Snows of Kilimanjaro’,”
Lauryn Gold (New York University)
• “‘Special for Norman’: Poems and Re-situating Location,” creative
presentation, Leora Fridman (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
• “Reality and All the Other Moments,” creative presentation, Audrey Amir
(University of Rochester)

Violence and the Broken Body

• “Rural Heterotopias and Hillbilly Horrors in John Boorman’s Deliverance,
Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Wes Craven’s The
Hills Have Eyes,” Jessica Hautsch (Fordham University)
• “Beyond Faces and Heels: The Effects of Goffmanian Keying and
Archetypal Theory on Character in Professional Wrestling,” Danielle
Sanfilippo (Boston College)
• “Of Sound Body and Mind: Remembering Fractured Identity Through the
Mask in WWI,” Amy Lanham (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

Forming and Performing American Identities

“The Value of Artistic Productions in Keeping Cultural Memory Alive,”
Pamela Lagergren Williams (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
“Performance, Perception, and the American Indian: The Manipulation
of Fictions in Coleman’s ‘Inkle and Yarico’ and Sarah Winnemucca’s
Lectures,” Sarah Bonnie (New York University)
“Truth, Trump, and Trick: Racial Appearances, Identities, and Realities in
Pudd’nhead Wilson,” Kate Marantz (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

The Young and the Reading: Youth Literature and Literacy

• “W1n5t0n Lives!: Young Adult Dystopian Fiction,” Brett A. Mobley
(Fordham University)
• “Social Spaces, Institutions, and Subcultures: Borderlands, Contact
Zones, and Undergraduates,” Paige M. Mitchell (University of Maine)
• “Mind Over Matter: Magical Realism and Imaginative Development of
Adolescent Girls,” Catherine E. Bailey (University of Rochester)

Conflicting Realities: Reconceptualizing Women’s Experience

• “A Long View of Nellie Bly’s Asylum Series: What it Can Teach Us About
Persuasion,” Rebecca Griffin (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
• “A Defense of Regan and Goneril: Dislocating Reality in King Lear,”
Marisa Colabuono (Carnegie Mellon University)
• “‘Not at all the picture the correspondents have been painting’: Issues
of Conflicting Realities in Zelda Popkin’s Small Victory,” Rachael Hoy
(Boston College)

New Technologies and Human Connection

• “Boundary Work: The Posthuman Subject in The Stars My Destination,”
Jennifer R. Dickson (SUNY Buffalo)
• “The Digital Evangelical,” Corrina Laughlin (New York University)
• “Age of The Onion: Humor’s Rhetoric, Discursive Integration, and
Multimodal Literacy,” Tristan Towne (Georgia State University)

Interior Design: Designing Spaces in Fiction
Creative Presentations and Discussion

• Sarah Boyer (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
• Sean Rosenberg (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
• Lauren Foss Goodman (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
• Adam Parker Cogbill (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

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