Conference Program

“Literature and the Brain:
Promises and Perils of the Cognitive Turn”

Keynote Address by JOSHUA LANDY of Stanford University
6pm in the Skylight Room (9100)

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8:30-10:00 am    –    Registration and Breakfast , Doctoral Student Council Room 5409

10:00- 11:15 am  –   Panels

11:15 am- 1:00 pm –   Lunch Break

1:15- 5:30 pm –  Panels

6:00-8:00 pm –  Keynote Talk by Professor Joshua Landy (Stanford University)

8:00 pm –  Reception in Department of Comparative Literature Lounge – Room 4116

Room 8301 Room 8400 Room 8402 Room 4116.03
Session 1
10-11:15 am
Panel 1a Panel 1b Panel 1c
Session 2
1:15- 2:30 pm
Panel 2a Panel 2b Panel 2c Panel 2d
Session 3
2:45- 4 pm
Panel 3a Panel 3b Panel 3c Panel 3d
Session 4
4:15-5:30 pm
Panel 4a Panel 4b Panel 4c Panel 4d

10:00 – 11:15

Panel 1A / Room 8301
Moderator: Stefania Porcelli

Shock & The Social Body: What Wounds can Mean for Criticism and Critical Theory

Lee Brewster Norton (University of North Carolina)
A New Science for Each Object”: Roland Barthes and the Self-Overcoming of Deep Structure

Jordan Schroeder (University of North Carolina)
Astonishment, Amazement, and Shock: Provoking Thought in the Modern Viewer

Christina Lee (University of North Carolina)
Shock and The Social Body: What Wounds Can Mean for Criticism and Critical Theory

Panel 1B / Room 8400
Moderator: Professor Lía Schwartz

The Self in the Ancient Mind

Jon Buttaci (University of Pittsburgh)
Aristotle’s Conflicted Mind: The Mimetic and Poetic in Tension

Ava Shirazi (Stanford University)
See Thyself/Know Thyself: beauty, the body and the self in fourth-century erotic discourse

Benjamin Edwards (Independent Scholar)
Psychē in Euripides’ Alcestis, ll. 244-392

Panel 1C / Room 8402
Moderator: Professor Jerry Carlson

Narrative and Constructing Identities

Natallia Stelmak Schabner (The Graduate Center, CUNY)
Self as a Mental Object: Even a ‘Man Without Qualities Narrativizes’

Ben Roth (Boston University)
Heidegger and the Narrative Self: Thrown Projection and the Reading of Possibilities

Jeffrey Smith (The Graduate Center, CUNY)
Quixote’s “Helmet”

1:15 – 2:30

Panel 2A / Room 8301
Moderator: Professor John Brenkman

The Human Machine

Erin Glass (The Graduate Center, CUNY)
Representing the Thinking Thing: Disturbing Mechanical Conceptions

Caroline Vial (Northwestern University)
From Thermodynamics to Critical Theory: The Politics of Émile Zola’s Entropic Aesthetics

Joseph Johnson (New York University)
Digital Theophany: Affect and Software in the Cartographies Schizoanalytiques

Panel 2B / Room 8400
Moderator: Professor Bettina Lerner

Messages Lost and Found in Beckett and Derrida

Jonathan Liebembuk (The Graduate Center, CUNY)
On Lyrical Intensity

Andrew Santana- Kaplan (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)
The Ontic-Ontological Difference and The Unnameable Possibility of Thinking-With the-Radically-Other: A Phenomenological Approach to the New Wounded

Phillip Griffith (The Graduate Center, CUNY)
Collaboration and Teleiopoesis: Calling Claude Cahun and Hannah Weiner

Panel 2C / Room 8402
Moderator: Professor Gerhard Joseph

What Hangs in the Balance”: Problems of Ethics, Aesthetics, and Politics

Gina Dominick (New York University)
Chaucer’s Kitschy Woman: Ugly Aesthetics in The Prioress’s Tale

William Kroeger (SUNY, New Paltz)
Let Us Deal Justly”: Ethics, Justice, and Textual Epistemology in King Lear

Michal Koza (Jagiellonian University)
Literature – Between Ethical and Political Reading (in the context of Alain Badiou’s Ethics)

Panel 2D / Room 4116.03
Moderator: Professor Frank Cioffi

Subjectivity in Confronting Horror

Amanda Brzezowski (Columbia University)
Shifting Subjectivity: An Exploration of Depictions of Mental Disturbance in Film

Rebecca Traynor (The Graduate Center, CUNY)
An Unaccountable Pleasure: The Paradox of Horror

Zach Terrell (New York University)
Intersubjectivity and the Case of Horror Literature

2:45 – 4:00

Panel 3A / Room 8301
Moderator: Professor Giancarlo Lombardi

Machine Reading and Reading the Machine

Aaron Plasek (New York University)
A Phenomenology of Machine Reading

Santiago Parga-Linares (The Graduate Center, CUNY)
The Unadaptable Text: Postmodern Metanarrative in Device 6 and Building Stories

Sarah Constance Jones (New York University)
Representing Detail: Literary Realism in Digital Identity

Panel 3B / Room 8400
Moderator: Professor Joshua Wilner

Character in and out of the Novel

Harmon Siegel (Independent Scholar)
Bakhtin and Fried on Art and Objecthood

Meera Broome Seth (Princeton University)
Proust on Common ‘Sense’: Analogies of Feeling in the Recherche

Elizabeth Brogden (Johns Hopkins University)
Mere and Aloof: Character and the Nineteenth-Century Novel

Panel 3C / Room 8402
Moderator: Professor Caroline Rupprecht

Dialectical Materialism, the Frankfurt School and Formalism

Ferdinand Bubacz (New York University)
Walter Benjamin’s Theory of Colors

David Sugarman (New York University)
Embodied Analysis: From Estrangement to Embodiment in Marx, Bakhtin, and Wittgenstein

Nicholas Olson (The Graduate Center, CUNY)
The Angel and the Messiah: Benjamin’s Figures of Redemption in Sebald’s Austerlitz

Panel 3D / Room 4116.03
Moderator: Professor Stanley Aronowitz

Politics and the Public Self

Rob Goodman (Columbia University)
An Argument for Deliberative Aesthetics

David Hansen (Harvard University)
Imagination of the Self and Societal Imagination as generators of aesthetic and sociopolitical autonomy

Mladjo Ivanovic (Michigan State University)
Public Beyond Witnessing: Towards a Different Politics of the Sensible


Panel 4A / Room 8301
Moderator: Professor Vincent Crapanzano

Developing the Thinking Subject

François Kiper (The Graduate Center, CUNY)

Tavi Meraud (Yale University)
Thinking(,) Between the Subject and Object

Matthew Overstreet (University of Pittsburgh)
Affect, Perception and the Will to Believe

Xhuliana Agolli (The Graduate Center, CUNY)
“Grasp a Handful of Darkness”: Representation and its Discontents in Novalis

Panel 4B / Room 8400
Moderator: Professor Christine Marks

Affect and Powerlessness in the Politics of Space

Christopher Gontar (University of New Orleans)
The Philosophy of Affect as a Model of Theory

Wendy Byrnes (New York University)
I, only I, am the Spectator in the Orchestra”: Althusserian Subjectivity in Kafka’s Hermetic Space

Mark Raymond (James Madison University)
Τύποι: Agamben, Asceticism, Acedia, Aestheticism and the End of the Art of Memory

Nan Zhang (Johns Hopkins University)
Lin Yutang’s Taoist Aesthetic of Xingling: Perception, Anti-imperialism, and the Art of Living

Panel 4C / Room 8402
Moderator: Professor Mary Ann Caws

Impressions of Beauty on the Self

Mathelinda Nabugodi (University College London / Yale University)
Shelley’s Shell: A Romantic Metonym for the Poetic Mind

Christa DiMarco (Temple University)
G.-Albert Aurier’s Messiah: Vincent Van Gogh

Claudia Daventry (Univeresity of St. Andrews)
Dissecting Beauty

Renren Yang (Stanford University)
Probing a Unified Conception of Consciousness through Impressionistic Text

Panel 4D / Room 4116.03
Moderator: Professor Richard Kaye

Reading Against Trauma and Transgression in the Novel

Earl Liao (The Graduate Center, CUNY)
Fleshing Out Traumatic Temporality: Olfactory Sense and the Alternative Present in Shani Mootoo’s Cereus Blooms at Night

Sara Sligar (University of Pennsylvania)
Lolita and the Bad Apology: Reading Motive in Postwar Fiction

Palmer Rampell (Yale University)
The Indeterminate Nebbish: Fracturing Community in Philip Roth’s The Ghost Writer (1979)


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