Louisiana Regional Meeting, THE SHORT STORY, Nov. 21

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November 21, 2013
Hill Memorial Library LSU

Louisiana State University PhD Program in Comparative Literature


The Faculty and Graduate Students in the PhD Program in Comparative Literature are hosting a conference and regional meeting of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers on Thursday, November 21, 2013 in Hill Memorial Library on the LSU campus. The topic this year in our on-going series on literary genres is the short story in all national traditions.  The morning will be devoted to analytic papers on individual short stories, writers of short stories from Poe to Maupassant to Alice Munroe, to the history of the short story, the short story’s relationship with other literary forms, and the evolution of the short story in the current digital context.  Creative Writers will also read from their works.  Each scholar and writer will be given twenty minutes for his or her presentation with ten minutes of discussion.  Ben Forkner, Professor Emeritus at the Université d’Angers, known short story scholar and anthologist, will give a keynote speech from 12:30 to 1: 15. From 3:00 to 4:30 in the afternoon, there will be a round table discussion among three writers and teachers who are accomplished in the genre: guest speaker David Huddle (University of Vermont and Bread Loaf), James Gordon Bennett (LSU), and Ava Leavell Haymon (Louisiana Poet Laureate). 



8:00-8:15 Introduction Adelaide Russo, Phyllis M. Taylor Professor of French Studies, Director, LSU PhD Program in Comparative Literature

8:15-8:45 Christie Mills Jeansonne, Ghostly Markings: Aesthetic Redemption and the Spirit-Artist in Wilde’s “The Canterville Ghost”

8:45-9:15 Kristina Gibby,“ Calderón de la Barca, Maupaussant and James : Baroque Illusionism and the Emergence of Modernity in the Nineteenth Century Short Story”

9:15-9:45 Guillermo Severiche, “Writing a Novel, Designing a Short Story”

9:45-10:15 Liliana McGuffin-Naranjo “Portraits”

10:15-10:30 Pause

10:30-11:00 Safa M. Einalli, “Libyan Short Story: From Suppression to Freedom”

11:00-11:30 Elizabeth Ortel, El baño de Julia”: The Masculine Challenge to Female Modernism in Latin America”

11:30-12:00 Benjamin Forkner, “Ernest Gaines’s Bloodline: A Quest for Manhood”

12:00- 12:30 Michael James Griffin II, “Disturbing the Short Story Form, Lydia Davis’s Varieties of Disturbance”

12:30-1:15 Introduction J. Gerald Kennedy, LSU Boyd Professor of English

Ben Forkner, Université d’Angers Emérite,“ The Making of Louisiana Stories : a reading”

3:00- 4:30 Round Table David Huddle, Ava Leavell Haymon, James Gordon Bennett III