Schedule 2019

April 5, 2018. Linsly-Chittenden Hall, Room 319 (except where noted).

8:30-9:00.  COFFEE & INTRODUCTIONS by the Conference Organizing Committee.

9:00-10:20.  PANEL 1: Universal Subjects?

Douglas Basford (University at Buffalo—SUNY), “Ticcing in Other Tongues: Jonathan Lethem’s Motherless Brooklyn and Translating Neurodiversity”

Devin Choudhury (University of California—Berkeley), “On the Possibility of a Negative Universal Lyric”

Nikolaj Ramsdal Nielsen (Stanford University), “Cane in the Crosshairs: Toomer’s New American Race as Heuristic for Antiracist Action?”

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

Panel Respondent: J. Kirkland Rice (Yale, Comparative Literature)

10:30-11:50.  PANEL 2: Transoceanic Itineraries

Manuel Azuaje-Alamo (Harvard University), “The Translator’s Personal Canon: Haruki Murakami’s Translations of Contemporary American Literature and Their Literary Afterlives in Japan and East Asia”

Jacqueline Krass (University of Wisconsin—Madison), “Detours and Stopping Places in The Narrative and Travels of Mrs. Nancy Prince

Ian Litwin (University of California at Irvine), “Abolition and 1848; or, Where in the World Revolution is William Wells Brown?”

Panel Chair: Helen Yang (Yale, English Literature)

Panel Respondent: Jeong Yeon Lee (Yale, African American Studies and English Literature)

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

Sara Powell, Research Librarian at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library


Robyn Creswell, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at Yale University, Editor-at-Large for Poetry at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and Poetry Editor Emeritus of The Paris Review

Anna Shechtman, Senior Humanities Editor at the Los Angeles Review of Books and Managing Editor of Post45

2:00-3:20. PANEL 3: Reframing the Atlantic

Chelsea Latremouille (University of Toronto), “‘A fluency in the dialect of geography’: Teju Cole and the Habits of Description”

Cole Morgan (Brown University), “Interpretive Interruptions in Hurston’s Barracoon

Tymek Woodham (University College London), “‘TONGUES UNANALYSED UNECHOED / UNTAKEN DOWN ON TAPE’: Oceanic depth in Langston Hughes’s Ask Your Mama”

Panel Chair: Brandon Menke (Yale, English Literature)

Panel Respondent: Andie Berry (Yale, English Literature)

3:30-4:50.  PANEL 4: Divergent Temporalities

Daniel Bergman (University of Toronto), “The Intimacy of Parallel Phases: Making (Queer) Time for the Immigrant Child in Ben Lerner’s 10:04

Nate Duke (Florida State University) “‘Blueing under a dimming North Star’: Destabilizations of English in Native American Poetry”

Noah Warren (University of California—Berkeley), “American Bards and English Reviewers”

Panel Chair: Ben Pokross (Yale, English Literature)

Panel Respondent: Anna Hill (Yale, English Literature)

5:00.  KEYNOTE co-presented with the Yale English Department’s Americanist Colloquium

Kate Marshall, Associate Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame, “Possible Worlds and Pseudoscience Fictions”


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