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Conference: ''Turning Points': Shock and Introspection'

Fri April 30th 2010, 6:00pm
4TH Annual Graduate Student Conference
Department of Comparative Literature, Stanford University
April 30-May 1, 2010
Location: Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanities Center

Schedule of Proceedings
FRIDAY, April 30th

5:15-5:30    Welcome:                    
Russell Berman
Walter A. Hass Professor in the Humanities, Chair of Dept. of Comparative Literature, Professor of German Studies and Comparative Literature, Stanford University

5:30-6:30    Keynote Address:

Wlad Godzich
Distinguished Professor of General and Comparative Literature, and Critical Studies at University of California Santa Cruz

Title: “New Mind Identity! Where Are We? A Tale of Lost Bearings.” 


7:30pm    DINNER: Il Fornaio, Palo Alto



9:00am-9:30am      BREAKFAST: Stanford Humanities Center

9:30am-11:00am    PANEL ONE:  Reactions to the Shocks of the Modern World
Moderator: Héctor Hoyos, Assistant Professor, Department of Iberian and Latin American Cultures, Stanford University.

“Benjamin’s Distraction, Media, and Life Tourism”
Darin Graber, University of Colorado

“Shock and Revelation in Andre Breton’s Nadja”
Lorenzo Giachetti, Stanford University

“Spectacular Revolt: Fight Club 9/11 and the Myth of Completion”
David Markus, University of Chicago

11:00am-1:00pm    PANEL TWO:  Modes of Introspection; New Ways of Thinking about the Self.
Moderator: David Palumbo-Liu, Professor, Department of Comparative Literature , Stanford University.

“The Shifting Paradigm of Self-reflection in Early Modern Italian Epistolary”
Deb Tennen , Stanford University

“’It Was not Death’ and the Problems of Conceptual Content”
Joshua Adams, University of Chicago

“Hungry like the Wolf-Bodies and the Uncanny in Cho Kyông-ran and Ûn Hûi-gyông”
David Holloway, Washington University, St. Louis

“Doing Things with Words: Introspective and Performative Speech Acts in Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! And Arlt’s The Seven Men. “
David King, San Francisco State University

1:00pm-2:00pm    LUNCH: Stanford Humanities Center

2:00pm-4:00pm    PANEL THREE:  Fragmented worlds and constructed stories
Moderator: Nariman Skakov, Assistant Professor, Department of Slavic Literatures.

“Word Horde, Routine, Cut-Up: William S. Burroughs Engagement with the Cold War”
Steve Carter, University of California Santa Cruz

“No Stories to Live By- Parallel World Making as a Consequence of Trauma”
Christina Mohr, University of Gissen, Germany.

“Breaking the Fourth Wall: Performativity as a Conceptual Displacement in Rothko’s Abstract Paintings”
Miriam Paulo Rosello, University of Pompeu, Barcelona.

“Horror and the Allograft: Separating the Face of Identity in George Franju’s  Les Yeux sans visage.”
Logan Walker, University of California Santa Cruz

4:00pm-4:15pm    COFFEE BREAK   

4:15pm-6:00pm    PLENARY PANEL
THEME: “Why are Shock and Introspection “Turning Points”? How are historical and aesthetic theories of shock and introspection relevant to the  literary world?”

Moderator: Gabriella Safran, Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Stanford University.


Russell Berman,
Walter A. Hass Professor in the Humanities, Chair of Dept. of Comparative Literature, Professor of German Studies and Comparative Literature, Stanford University

Charitini Douvaldzi, Assistant Professor of German Studies,
Stanford University

Ramón Saldivar, The Hoagland Family Professor in Humanities and Sciences, Professor, Dept. of English Literature and Comparative Literature, Stanford University

6:30pm-8:30pm    DINNER: At Oregon Courtyard, outside of Pigott Hall, Building 260, on Stanford Campus.