The 13th Annual Comparative Literature Intra-Student Faculty Forum


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  • Host Department: Comparative Literature
  • Date: 03/13/2009 - 03/14/2009
  • Time: 1:00PM - 3:00PM

  • Location: East Conference RoomRackham Building

  • Description:

    In Abnormal: Lectures at the Collège de France 1975-76, Michel Foucault traces the genealogy and conceptual power of "the abnormal," which he situates within a medical and a juridical discourse. As Arnold Davidson suggests, what Foucault succeeded in doing was to trouble the term's perceived natural and inevitable status. How, then, does the abnormal disrupt normative assumptions within our respective disciplines? What happens to seemingly stable and inherent categories when we think of them in terms of norms? And how has "the abnormal" evolved since Foucault?


    —FRIDAY MARCH 13TH, 2009—

    KEYNOTE & RESPONSE (1 pm-3pm)

    Keynote Speaker: Karma Lochrie, Professor of English, Indiana University.

    Respondent: Valerie Traub, Professor of English, University of Michigan.

    Panel 1: Looking Back: Reincarnations & Evolutions of the “Abnormal” (3:30 pm-5:30 pm)

    What happened to the recalcitrant child? : Principles of Discontinuity in Foucault’s Abnormal Lectures
    Delivered by: Brittany Murray, Northwestern University, Department of French and Italian

    Title: Oops! I Wrote ‘Death’: Rainer Maria Rilke and the Accidentally Grotesque
    Delivered by: Richard Pierre, University of Michigan, Department of Comparative Literature

    Title: The Spectral Work of Art in the Age of Posthumous Production
    Delivered by: Colligan, Craig, University of Michigan, Linguistic Anthropology

    MARCH 14TH, 2009
    10:00 am

    Panel 2: Let’s Talk About Sex! Sexuality, Desire, and the Abnormal (10:30 am-12:30 pm)

    Title: (from Abstract): Lacanian “Normalcy” and Robert Musil's Man without Qualities
    Delivered by: Spencer Hawkins, University of Michigan, Department of Comparative Literature

    Title: Abnormal Embodiment/Normative Sexuality? Or, How to Do Things With a Toe-Penis
    Delivered by: Joanne Quimby, Indiana University, Department of Comparative Literature and East Asian Languages and Cultures

    Title: (from Abstract): Djuna Barnes' Nightwood
    Delivered by: Nicholas Chuha, University of Cincinnati
    Panel 3: The Abnormal and Other Mobilities (1:30pm-3:30pm)

    Title: Women’s Mobility in the Urban Space: Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway and Eileen Chang’s Sealed Off
    Delivered by: Mei-Chen Pan, University of Michigan, Department of Comparative Literature

    Title: Making Subjectivity Matter: Escaping Appropriation and Choosing One's Own Success According to One's Conviction
    Delivered by:Maria Hadjipolycarpou, University of Michigan Department of Comparative Literature

    Title: Mental hygiene and the Roma Integration Project in Post-Socialist Hungary
    Delivered by: Heather Tidrick, University of Michigan, Social Work and Anthropology

    Title: The Criminal as a Social Norm: Narrative Voice in Plata quemada
    Delivered by: Jennie Daniel, University of California, San Diego, Literature Department

    Panel 4: Monsters, Cannibals, Robots: Fantasy and the Abnormal (3:45 pm-5:45pm)

    Title: Assembly Line Humans and the Robot-Without-Organs
    Delivered by: Christopher Meade, University of Michigan, Department of Comparative Literature

    Title: (from Abstract): Literary and Cinematic Portrayal of the Abnormal in the Form of the Cannibal
    Delivered by: Claire van den Broek, Indiana University, Department of Comparative Literature

    Title: (from Abstract): Monsters and Monstrous Children: Politics of Materialism in Europe in the 18th Century
    Delivered by: John Rowland, University of Michigan, Department of Comparative Literature