2017: Genre and the Crisis of Narrative

MRG 2017 Poster

THURSDAY 23 MAR. 2017 (Dauer Hall room 215)

  1. Work and Subjectivity / 9:00-10:15
    Moderator: Chris Smith

Kira Braham (Vanderbilt University)
“Erotic Employments: Finding Pleasure in Work with William Morris and Audre Lorde”

Marcus Merritt (Eastern Michigan University)
“’Noticing Everything that Your Life Does Include’: Alice Notley’s Everyday Poetry and the Mystification of Domestic Production”

Milt Moise (University of Florida)
“Who’s Really Missing? Search Party and the Absent Yet Ever Present Millennial”

  1. Black Power / 10:30-11:45
    Moderator: Randi Gill-Sadler

Theodore Emmanuel Prassinos (Wayne State University)
“Black Suicidal Fantasy: Another Country and its Powers of Darkness”

Sean Lovitt (University of Delaware)
“Off the Pig: The Anti-Police Fiction of Chester Himes”

Jordan J. Dominy (Savannah State University)
“’It’s Still a Free Country’: Narrative, White Resentment, and Local Television in Welty’s “Where Is the Voice Coming From?”

Lunch / 12:00-1:00

  1. Genre Confusion / 1:00-2:15
    Moderator: Satit Leelathawornchai

Kel Martin (University of Florida)
“‘Who Moved My Sandbox?’: Genre Confusion in Final Fantasy XV”

Jesse Mongomery (Vanderbilt University)
“Earth Interregnal: Cliché and the Morbid Symptom in Lars von Trier’s Melancholia”

Jonathan Hernandez (University of Florida)
“The Heart of the Matter: Jane the Virgin’s Generic Syncretism”

  1. Global Genres / 2:30-3:45

Kylie Korsnack (Vanderbilt University)
“Re-making the World: World Literature, Science Fiction and Nalo Hopkinson’s Midnight Robber”

Amrita Bandopadhyay (University of Florida)
“Islands of Stories in a Mad Sea: Narrative Hybridity and Queerness in Ramabai Espinet’s The Swinging Bridge”

Min Yang (Bowling Green State University)
“Revolutionizing the Blockbusters: The New Chinese Propaganda Film”

Invitation to a talk by Mya Guarnieri Jaradat / 4:30-5:30. More information Here

FRIDAY 24 MAR. 2017 (Dauer Hall room 215)

  1. Representation and Genre / 9:00-10:15

Daniel Miller (Kent State University)
“Reification and Travel Narratives from the Age of Discovery”

Mike Mayne
“White Nationalism and the Political Rhetoric of Nostalgia”

Aron Pease
“Genres of Scale: Representing Capital in S,M,L,XL”

  1. Modernism in the UK / 10:30-11:45
    Moderator: Heather Hannaford

Alex Oxner (Vanderbilt University)
“Gendering Genre: Revising Realism through the Metafictional Occult in Muriel Spark’s The Comforters”

Kelly Beck (University of Florida)
“Community Building in the Blitz: Discovering Personal Agency Beyond Historical Performances in Connie Willis’s Blackout and All Clear”

Rafael Hernandez (University of Florida)
“Literary Epistemologies: Pulp Fiction and Modernism in British Espionage Fiction”

  1. Early American Literature / 12:00-1:00
    Moderator: Rafael Hernandez

David Lawrimore
“Marxism and the Early US Novel”

Jodi Schorb (University of Florida)
“Towards Transhistoricism in 18th Century Sexuality Studies”

                                                       Lunch / 1:15- 2:15

  1. Science Fiction / 2:30-3:30
    Moderator: Heather Hannaford

Jill Coste (University of Florida)
“Fairy Tales, Science Fiction, and Genre as Activism in Literature for Young Adults”

Chris Carpenter (CUNY Graduate Center)
“Adam Smith on Trisolaris: World-Systems Theory, Hegemonic Crisis, and Science Fiction in the 21st Century”

  1. After the Post-Apocalypse / 3:45-4:45
    Moderator: Jill Coste

Wylie Lenz (Florida Polytechnic University)
“Race, Apocalypse, and Utopia in Colson Whitehead’s Zone One”

Derrick King and Mitch R. Murray (University of Florida)
“Realism and the Contemporary: Notes Towards an Investigation”

SATURDAY 25 MAR. 2017 (Ustler Hall Atrium)

  1. Repetition and Historiography/ 9:00-10:15
    Moderator: Jonathan Hernandez

Asmaa Ghonim (University of Florida)
“Deja Vu, All Over Again, or the Pre-9/11 Re-do in the Post-2008 World”

Derrick King (University of Florida)
“Repeating Carol: Adaptation, Genre, and Cold War Historiography in Todd Haynes’ Carol (2015)”

Erin DeYoung
“When Speculation becomes Reality: Watching Black Mirror’s “The Waldo Moment” in the Age of Trump”

  1. Literature After The Program Era / 10:30-11:45
    Moderator: Asmaa Ghonim

Sujin Youn (University of California, Los Angeles)
“Neoliberal Narrativization and Emerging Forms in Contemporary Novels”

Mitch R. Murray (University of Florida)
“Science Fiction and the Contemporary Asian-American Künstlerroman”

Rob Seguin (Hartwick College)
“Class Anxieties and the Deployment of Genre: Some Crude Thoughts”

Lunch/ 12:00-1:00

  1. Historicizing Genres / 1:00-2:30
    Moderator: Mitch R. Murray

Eric D. Smith (University of Alabama in Huntsville)
“Narrative Desolation and Postcolonial Naturalism in V.S. Naipaul’s Guerrillas”

Susan Hegeman (University of Florida)
“A Brief History of Smartness”

Phil Wegner (University of Florida)
“The Rise of the Angry Dead: Genre, Race, and the Electoral Apocalypse in Zone One (2011) and Dodgers (2015)”

Keynote: Mathias Nilges, 2:45-4:15

Keynote: Peter Hitchcock, 4:30-6:00