CSULA Department of English | Events

Schedule of Events

8:00 – 8:45 Registration and Breakfast

Golden Eagle Ballroom
 
8:45 – 9:00 Welcome Address
Dr. Hema Chari, Graduate Student Association Advisor
 
9:00 – 10:30 Session One                   
Music

Building

 

Writing Ourselves: Creative Writers in
Conversation

Moderator: Lindsay Nemetz         Music
109

  • Selections
    from Concrete Fields—Michael Whitlow (California

    State

    University,
    Los Angeles)

  • “Follow Me!”—Jasper Cross (California

    State University,

    Los
    Angeles)

  • The Poette
    and the Penis—Suzanne Allen (California

    State

    University,

    Long Beach)

Marriage and Domesticity: Restructuring
Spaces of Power

Moderator:
Amanda Ryan-Romo     Music 110

  • The
    Significance of Structure and Space in Mary Wilkins Freeman's
    Short Fiction—Julie Meloni (California

    State

    University,

    San Jose)

  • Education,
    Marriage, and Moderation in George Gissing’s The Odd Women—Mandy Kronbeck (California

    State

    University, Dominguez Hills)

  •  Â“Mirror
    Mirror, Try and Trace / What’s Beneath That Covered Face”: The
    Unmasking of “The Tiger’s Bride”—Hasmik Barsamian (California State University, Los Angeles)

Arthurian
Legends and Literature

Moderator: Andrew Montana       Music 113

  • Practical
    Teachings Gleaned from Sir Gawain through Three Centuries of
    Arthurian Literature and Medieval Life—Benjamin Dondero (California

    State

    University,

    San Jose)

  • Vivian:
    Through the Author’s Looking Glass—Gillian Hertzer (California

    State

    University,

    San Jose)

  • Merlin: A Man
    for All Occasions—Michelle Perry (California

    State

    University,

    San Jose)

Renaissance Poetry and Poetics

Moderator: Elizabeth Lowry       
Music 114

  • Thy Will Be Done: The
    Agency of Women in the Poetry of John Donne—Rebecca
    Sweet (California

    State

    University,

    East

    Bay)

  • The
    Hopeful Void: Prima Materia
    in “A Nocturnal Upon St. Lucy's Day”—Sean
    Wheaton (California

    State

    University,

    East

    Bay)

  • From the
    Mouths of Kings—Robert Swart (California

    State

    University,

    San Jose)

10:30-10:40 Break
10:40-11:45

Dr. Jim Kincaid - Keynote Address

Golden Eagle Ballroom

11:45 – 12:50

Lunch

Golden Eagle Ballroom


1:00
– 2:30
Session Two                
Music

Building

Art, Culture,
and Discourse

Moderator: Andrew Huffine
      Music
109

  • Art as the
    Time Machine: (Or) Why go out into Nature when you have the
    Imagination?—Jeff Powell (California

    Poly

    State

    University,

    San Luis Obispo)

  • Qu’est-ce
    que the Hell: The Culture and Politics of franglais in France—Genesea Carter (California

    Poly

    State

    University,

    San Luis Obispo)

  • “Out of the
    air” and “Into my grave”: The Rhetorization of Grammar in Hamlet—Shanna Storey (California

    State

    University,

    Long Beach)

Telling Stories: Silence,
Secrets, and Subversion in Victorian Narratives

Moderator: Ximena Hernandez      
Music 110

  • A Home of Her Own:Property and Identity Issues in the Work of Beatrix Potter—Robin Lifland (California

    State

    University,

    Los
    Angeles)

  • Secrecy,
    Sexuality, and Power in Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian
    Gray—Mark Morris (California

    State

    University,

    Los Angeles)

  • Plot Points
    and Dead Ends: Female Frustration in The Mill on the Floss—Leilani Serafin (California

    State

    University,

    Los Angeles)

Reason
and Irrationality: Gender,
Free Will, and Desire in Classical and Medieval Literature

Moderator: Amy Tahani            
Music 113

  • Heaven and
    Hell: The Feminine Mystique throughout History—Aurora Matzke (California

    Poly

    State

    University,

    San Luis Obispo)

  • Dante’s
    Willed Sin—Kristine Smathers (California

    State

    University,

    East

    Bay)

  • Conflicts
    between Chivalry and Courtly Love in “The Knight’s Tale”—Teresa Brandt (California

    State

    University,

    East

    Bay)

Violence, History, and Memory

Moderator:
Kathleen Klompien     Music 114

  • Forever
    White: The Symbolic Rescuing of Mary Jemison—Andrew Montana (California

    State

    University,

    Los Angeles)

  • Inaction to
    Action: Vengeance as Catalyst in Frankenstein and
    “Hop-Frog”—Thorin
    Alexander (California

    State

    University,

    Los Angeles)

  • Timewarp: The
    Historical and Contemporary Significance of Slavery in Octavia
    Butler’s Kindred—Matt Khitikian (California

    State

    University,

    Los Angeles)


2:30
– 2:40
Break

2:45
– 4:15
Session
Three           
Music

Building

Alchemies of Identity: Influence
and Transformation in 20th-Century
American Literature

Moderator: Jasper Cross               Music 109

  • The Influence of Saroyan on
    Beckett—Dawn Nelson (California State University, San Jose)

  • The Spiritual Transformation of J.D. Salinger’s

    Seymour

    Glass—Amanda Opperman (California State University, San Diego)

  • Light
    in Darkness: An Exploration of Dualities of Joanna Burden and Joe
    Christmas—Meghan Chen (California State University, Los Angeles)

Power,
Conflict, and Subversion

Moderator:
Leilani Serafin
          Music
110

  • Men, Power,
    & Land: Ambition & Failure in Alejo Carpentier’s Explosion
    in a Cathedral
    , Carlos Fuentes’ The Death of Artemio
    Cruz
    ,
    and Isabel Allende’s The House of the Spirits—Jim
    Coleman (California State University, Los Angeles)

  • They Thought
    He Was A Crab: Culture, Language, & Evolution at Play in
    Robert Browning’s “Caliban Upon Setebos”—Andrew Huffine (California State University, Los Angeles)

  • Subversive
    Silence in Richard Wright’s “Bright & Morning Star”—Kolleen Higgins (California State University, Long Beach)

African
American Identities: Fashioning
and Performing a Self

Moderator: Jessica Magallanes        
Music 113

  • Harriet Jacobs a Transcendentalist? A New Perspective on American
    Transcendentalism and the African-American Experience—Joshua Cameron (California
    State University, San Diego)

  • How Do We
    Come Out of the Wilderness? The Search for Identity in James
    Baldwin’s “Come Out the Wilderness”—Kerry Roche (California State University,

    Los Angeles)

  • Ebonics and
    You: The Importance of Black Vernacular English in Today’s
    Society—Lisa Fox (California State University,

    Los Angeles)

Textual
Bodies/Corporeal Bodies: (Re)Membering in 20th-CenturyU.S.Literature

Moderator:
Hasmik Barsamian      Music 114

  • Signifying
    with Silence in Toshio Mori’s

    Yokohama,
    California—Elizabeth McMurray (California State University,

    San Jose)

  • Damaged in
    Spirit, Damaged in the Flesh: Bodily Transgression in Louise
    Erdrich’s Tracks—Ryan Page (California State University,

    East Bay)

  • Unmasking the
    Vietnam War Myth: Irony and Parody in Gustav Hasford’s The
    Short-Timers—Ximena Hernandez (California State University,

    Los Angeles)

 

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