Contemporary American Fiction in the Face of Technical Innovation

International conference in Paris · January 23-24-25, 2020

Sorbonne Nouvelle & Paris 8 Vincennes Saint-Denis Universities

 

Thursday January 23

19:00 · Projection of art film Welcome to Erewhon

(Gwenola Wagon Stéphane Degoutin, Pierre Cassou-Noguès, 2018)

 

Cinémathèque (room 49)

Sorbonne Nouvelle University – Censier Campus

13 rue Santeuil, Paris

 

 

Friday January 24

Institut du monde anglophone (Grand amphithéâtre)

5 rue de l’École de médecine, Paris

Metro: Odéon

 

                  10:45 · Opening Session

 

                  11:00 – 12:30 · Panel 1 · Twitter Fiction

 

Sophie Chapuis (Saint-Etienne University)

Taipei (2013), a Pseudo-Autobiography: Tao Lin’s Digital Inquiry into the Self

 

Daniella Gati (Brandeis University)

The novel in the Age of Twitter

 

Virginia Pignagnoli (University of Zaragoza)

Audiences’ Extensions of Storyworlds on Instagram: Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life, #alittlelife and @alittlelife

 

                  12:30 – 14:00 · Lunch

 

                  14:00 – 15:00 · Panel 2 · Postmodernism in the 21st Century

 

Jason Shrontz (Gogebic Community College, Michigan)

Losing Touch: The Coupling of Media Forms in Contemporary American Fiction

 

Saloua Karoui-Elounelli (Ecole Normale Supérieure / University of Tunis)

Artifact of the Postmodern Sublime & the Technology of Writing in the Fiction of William Burroughs

 

                  15:00 – 15:15 · Coffee break

 

                  15:15 – 16:45 · Panel 3 · Wallace & DeLillo

 

Aliette Ventejoux (University Paris II Panthéon – Assas)

Techne and logos: a study of the American Zeitgeist in “Hammer and Sickle” by Don

DeLillo

 

Gabriel Smith (University of Edinburgh)

‘Imagining an Imprint’: Embodied Language and Posthumanist Gender in Don DeLillo’s Zero K and David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King

 

Jessica Allen Hanssen (Nord University, Bodø, Norway)

David Foster Wallace’s Oblivion and the Limits of Technology

 

                  16:45 – 17:00 · Coffee break

 

                  17:00 – 18:00 · Keynote

 

Stephen Burn (University of Glasgow)

The American Novel in the Age of Neuroscience

 

                  18:00 – 19:00 · Cocktail

 

 

Saturday January 25

École normale supérieure (salle des Actes)

45, rue d’Ulm, Paris

 

                  11:00 – 12:30 · Panel 4 · Data Worlds and the Return of Cyberpunk

 

Olga Thierbach McLean (independent researcher, author, and literary translator)

Updating the Future to the Present: The Reboot of Cyberpunk as Social Criticism

 

Curtis Carbonell (Khalifa University)

Theorizing Fiction within a Virtualized Gameist Mode: the Promise of VR and its Imaginary Worlds

 

Naomi Mandel (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Anatomy of a Hacker: Deciphering The Circle

 

                  12:30 – 14:00 · Lunch

 

                  14:00 – 15:30 · Panel 5 · Pornography, Anxiety, Touch

 

Camélia Raghinaru (Concordia University, Irvine)

Technological Anxiety in Jonathan Lethem’s Chronic City

 

David Buehrer (Valdosta State University, Georgia, USA)

A Pilgrim’s Progress for the Digital, Post-Human(ist) Age? : Computer Technology, Pornography, and Allegorical Representation in Russell Banks’s Lost Memory of Skin

 

Rebecca Mazumdar (City University of New York)

“Immediately dismissed as fiction”: Technology Mediates the Graphic in Sabrina

 

                  15:30 – 16:00 · Coffee break

 

                  16:00 – 17:00 · Panel 6 · Biotech and Bioart: Affective Futurity

 

Lejla Kucukalic (Khalifa University)

American Fiction, Hybridity and Biotechnology

 

Miriam Fernandez-Santiago (University of Granada)

Random Design: Aesthetic and Ethical Implications of Bioart in Richard Powers’ Orfeo

 

                  17:00 – 17:15 · Coffee break

 

                  17:15 – 18:15 · Panel 7 · New Epistemologies

 

Héloïse Thomas (Bordeaux Montaigne University)

Schrödinger’s Hello Kitty Lunchbox: Time, Technology, and the Future of Humanity in

Contemporary American Literature

 

Stefania Iliescu (Rennes 2 University)

« Do the math on that » – The Undermining of the Scientificity Criteria in The Echo Maker (2006) and The Flame Alphabet (2012)

 

                  20:00 · Conference dinner (optional)