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

Dr. Jim Kincaid - Keynote Address

Golden Eagle Ballroom

11:45 – 12:50


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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