Schedule 2018

April 6, 2018. Linsly-Chittenden Hall, Room 319 (except where noted).

9:00-9:15.  INTRODUCTIONS by the Conference Organizing Committee.

9:15-10:30.  PANEL 1: Covert Operations

Cam Chiappe Bejar (University College London), “Extraterritorial Literature in America: History, Language, and Identity in Selected Works by Edwidge Danticat and Junot Díaz”

Zak Breckenridge (University of Utah), “Didion at the Edge of Empire”

Jeff Peer (Graduate Center of the City University of New York), “Two Americas: The Temperature of Our Spirits”

Panel Chair: Carlos Alonso Nugent (Yale, English Literature)

Panel Respondent: Peter Conroy (Yale, English Literature)

10:30-11:45.  PANEL 2: Archipelagic Affinities & Créolisation

Diana Arterian (University of Southern California), “Poetics of Relation and the Reader’s Role in M. NourbeSe Philip’s Zong!

Gabrielle Everett (Rutgers, State University of New Jersey), “‘In All Lands Whatsoever’: Alternative Belonging in Pauline Hopkins and Sutton Griggs”

Clare Spaulding (University of Colorado—Boulder), “Strangers in Longing: Disidentification in Les Cenelles”

Panel Chair: Ben Pokross (Yale, English Literature)

Panel Respondent: Andie Berry (Yale, English Literature)

12:00-1:00. RESEARCH WORKSHOP, Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Melissa Barton, Curator of Prose and Drama for the Yale Collection of American Literature at the Beinecke Library

1:00-2:00.  LUNCH

2:00-3:15.  PANEL 3: Translational // Transnational Poetics

Michael Allen (Harvard University), “Poets with Passports: Transatlantic Encounters in the Postwar Moment”

Isaac Ginsberg Miller (Northwestern University), “‘This Thing of Separation’: Mapping Transnational Black Feminist Poetics”

Claire Nashar (State University of New York at Buffalo), “Translating War: Charles Olson’s Politics”

Panel Chair: Brandon Menke (Yale, English Literature)

Panel Respondent: Michael Abraham (Yale, English Literature)

3:15-4:30.  PANEL 4: Regimes of Knowledge

Margarita Castromán (Rutgers, State University of New Jersey), “Archives That Lie, or ‘New Fields of Study’ from Erna Brodber’s Louisiana”

Matthew Liberti (University of Michigan), “Recursive Citizenships: The Virtual Politics of Novel Photographs in Aleksandar Hemon’s The Lazarus Project”

Jake McGinnis (University of Notre Dame), “The Limits of Eco-Materialism: Affect and Environment in Jonathan Edwards”

Panel Chair: Helen Yang (Yale, English Literature)

Panel Respondent: Victoria Baena (Yale, Comparative Literature)


Gregory Cowles, Senior Editor, New York Times Book Desk

Wai Chee Dimock, Editor, PMLA



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