Sunday, July 13, 2014

Slavic Panels at MLA 2015 in Vancouver!

Here is the list of panels at MLA 2015 that are sponsored by the MLA's Division on Slavic and East European Literatures, the Discussion Group on Slavic Literatures and Cultures, and the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL).  The 2015 MLA Convention will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia, January 8–11, 2015.

Panels sponsored by the Slavic and East European Literatures Division:

Eastern and Central European Texts in Other Contexts

Friday, January 9, 10:15–11:30 a.m., East 10, VCC East
Presiding: Benjamin Paloff (U. of Michigan)
  • Brian Goodman (Harvard): "Turista: Philip Roth and the Writers from the Other Europe"
  • Alissa Valles (Boston U.): "Fake Infernos: Herbert and Wat on Telegraph Avenue"
  • Lilla Balint (Vanderbilt): "German-Hungarian Literary Relations and the Idea of 'Central Europe'"
Responding: Maggie Greaves, Emory University

Socialist Romanticism: Late USSR and the Poetics of Historical Imagination
Sunday, January 11, 12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., East 19, VCC East
Presiding: Serguei Oushakine (Princeton)
  • Elena Gapova (Western Michigan University): "Romantic, National(Ist), And Marxist:  Vladimir Korotkevich And The Invention Of Belarusian 'National Self.'"
  • Kevin M. F. Platt (Penn): "Latvian "Poetic Documentary": From the Socialist Romanticism to the Romance of Soviet Collapse."
  • Jonathan Brooks Platt (Pitt): "Revolutionary Romanticism in Post-Socialist Russian Art."
  • Alexei Golubev (University of British Columbia): "Affective Machines or the Inner Self? Drawing the Borders of the Female Body in Late Soviet Culture."

The Cold War and Experimental Fiction

Saturday, January 10, 5:15–6:30 p.m., in East 10, VCC East
Presiding: Julia Vaingurt
  • Derek C. Maus (SUNY Potsdam): “Travels in Hyperreality: Crimea as a Contested Terrain in Lev Tolstoy’s Sevastopol Stories and Vasily Aksenov’s The Island of Crimea.”  
  • Monica Popescu (McGill): “The Temporality of the Experimental: African Writers, the Eastern Bloc, and the Cold War.”  
  • Jessie Labov (OSU): "Jazz as an Alternative Modality of Music, Lifestyle, and Literature in Socialist-Era Eastern Europe."

Rethinking Eastern European Drama and Theater History (collaboration with the MLA Discussion Group on Hungarian Literature).
Thursday, January 8, 7:00–8:15 p.m., in East 18, VCC East
Presiding: Kevin M. F. Platt (Penn).
  • Magdolna Jákfalvi (U. of Theatre and Film Arts, Budapest): “A Site for Secret Memories: Theater in State-Socialism.” 
  • Zsuzsanna Varga (U. of Glasgow, Scotland): “György Spiró's Chickenhead—Then and Now, There and Here: Canonisation and Theatrical Memory.” 
  • Marcela Kostihova (Hamline U.): “Shocked Shakespeare: Confronting the (Post)Communist ‘Memory’ of Essential Humanism.” 
  • Magda Romanska (Emerson C.) “Postcolonial Approaches to Central and Eastern European Drama.” 

Panels sponsored by the Discussion Group on Slavic Literatures and Cultures:

Nordau in the East: Degeneration Theory in Russia
Friday, January 9, 3:30–4:45 p.m. in East 5, VCC East
Presiding: Devin Fore (Princeton)
  • Nina Bond (Franklin & Marshall C.) "(D)Evolution in Tolstoy and Zola"
  • Kate Holland (U. of Toronto) "Reversion or Recuperation? Atavism and Regression in Saltykov-Shchedrin and Dostoevsky"
  • Maya Vinokour (Penn) "Degeneration theory and early Soviet fiction: the masochistic aesthetic"

From Siberia to the Planet Mars: Russian Science Fiction (collaboration with MLA Discussion Group on Science Fiction, Utopian, and Fantastic Literature).
Friday, January 9, 8:30-9:45 a.m. in 7, VCC East 
Presiding: Rebecca Stanton (Columbia), Eric Aronoff (Michigan State U.)
  • Amanda Lerner (Yale): “To the Sun! Andrei Bely's Argonavty
  • Anindita Banerjee (Cornell): “The Telescope and the Bioscope: Astrocultural Geographies of Early Soviet Cinema”
  • April Durham (UC Riverside): “Tarkovsky’s Terrain Vague: The Transforming Power of Inter-species Relations in Stalker
  • Bradley Gorski (Columbia): “Blood, Gore, and Shit: The Role of Disgust in Post-Soviet Science Fiction”

Panels sponsored by AATSEEL:

Translating East-Central Europe: New Directions.
Saturday, January 10, 10:15–11:30 a.m., in East 5, VCC East
Presiding: Brian James Baer (Kent State U.)
  • Michelle Woods (SUNY New Paltz): "Ostmodernity: trauma, humor, translation."
  • Sean Cotter (U. of Texas at Dallas): “The English Problem: Mircea C­artarescu’s Orbitor in Translation.”
  • Ellen Elias-Bursac (Independent scholar and translator): “Stepping onto the Stage: Post-Yugoslav Writing in English”
Responding: Benjamin Paloff (U. of Michigan)
Transnational Futurism: Italy, Russia, and Beyond (roundtable).
Thursday, January 8, 1:45–3:00 p.m., in East 18, VCC East
Presiding/Responding: Christine Poggi (Penn)
Participants: Michael Kunichika (NYU), Harsha Ram (UC Berkeley), Oleh Ilnytzkyj (U. of Alberta), Vaclav Paris  (Penn).