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

Registration, Coffee, Breakfast

(provided with conference admission)
Bartlett Hall Lobby

Session 1: 9-10:20

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)

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)

Session 2: 10:30-11:50

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)

The Young and the Reading: Youth Literature and Literacy
• “W1n5t0n Lives!: Young Adult Dystopian Fiction,” Brett A. Mobley (Fordham
• “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)

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
• “Of Sound Body and Mind: Remembering Fractured Identity Through the Mask in
WWI,” Amy Lanham (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

12:00-1:00 LUNCH
(provided with conference admission)
Bartlett Lobby

A roundtable discussion with faculty, scholars, and artists from the five-college area
Bartlett 316

Susan Jahoda (Studio Art, UMass), Eitan Mendelowitz (Computer Science, Smith),
Shawn Shimpach (Communication, UMass), and Emily Leisz Carr, Curator of the
exhibition “Memery: Imitation, Memory, and Internet Culture” at Mass MoCA

Session 3: 2:45-4:05

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 Amherst)
• “‘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)

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

Session 4: 4:15-5:45

New Technologies and Human Connection
• “Boundary Work: The Posthuman Subject in The Stars My Destination,” Jennifer
R. Dickson (SUNY Buffalo)
• “The New Electronic Church,” Corrina Laughlin (New York University)
• “Age of The Onion: Humor’s Rhetoric, Discursive Integration, and Multimodal
Literacy,” Tristan Towne (Georgia State University)
• “Publics as Discursive Circulations,” Jessica Ouellette (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
• “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)

6:00: Meet in Bartlett Lobby to walk to reception

RECEPTION at University Club

(provided with conference admission)

Post Reception
Please join us for informal dinner and post reception festivities
at Amherst Brewing Company's upstairs bar.
(Located in the middle of town,
and a 15 minute walk from the University Club.)

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