2008 Conferece

Cultural Currency and Literary Exchange: Cultivating Texts as Commodity

November 6-7, 2007

Keynote speaker: Dr. Susan Rosenbaum

Call for Papers

We welcome both critical and creative abstracts that explore any issue that addresses literature and commodity. We encourage submissions from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives, including (but not limited to) critical theory, cultural studies, postcolonial and critical race theory, literary studies, digital and virtual studies, media studies, philosophy, critical pedagogy, historical perspectives and contexts, queer theory, and gender studies.

Topics may include (but are not limited to):

* Advertising and literature
* Literature as commodity/commodity as literature
* Cultural markets as boundaries
* Characters as commodities
* Academia as commodity
* Identity-shaping
* Popular culture forms (e.g. hip-hop)
* Colonization, imperialism, and globalization
* Intersections of technology and literature
* Past/present consumption
* The body as commodity
* Reading and teaching popular media, comics, film, fanzines, animation, etc.
* Politics and textual production
* Cultural memory
* Women’s studies, masculinity studies, postcolonial studies and interdisciplinary research
* Commercialization
* Avatars and virtual worlds
* Exchange and exploitation


Thursday, Nov. 6

10:00 – 11:30

“Processing Violence: Hegemonic Regimes and Fallen Figures” Moderator: Kristen Smith

“The Church’s Great Chess Game: Christianity and Imperialism in Bram Stoker’s Dracula” — Francesca Marinaro (Department of English, University of Florida)

“Bodies of Evidence: Sarah Maria Cornell, Paid Labor, and the ‘Fallen Women’ of Early Republic Fiction” — Melissa Mellon (Department of English, University of Florida)

“Consuming Desire: Capitalism, Violence, and Hegemonic Masculinity in Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho” — Lacy Hodges (Department of English, University of Florida)


11:30 – 1:15


“Packaging the Adolescent: History, Character, and Voice in Coming-of-Age Texts”Moderator: Laurel Czaikowski

“The Past as Product: The Elusive Genre of Young Adult Historical Fantasy Literature” — Cari Keebaugh (Department of English, University of Florida)

“‘Double Binds Around Their Feet’: The Voice and Survival in Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior” — Amelia Lewis (Department of English, University of West Georgia)

“Character as Commodity: Anne’s Afterlife” — Poushali Bhadury (Department of English, University of Florida)


“Inscribing Femininity: Commodification and the Female Body”Moderator: Wylie Lenz

“That’s a Capital Girl:” Hard Times and Female Commodification During the Victorian Era” — Jeffrey Holland (Department of English, East Tennessee State University)

“Still Life: Lily Bart as Aesthetic Commodity” — Abra Gibson (Department of English, University of Florida)

“Unredeemed Femininity: Misrepresented Lily Bart in the Filmic Rendition of The House of Mirth” — Min-Jung Lee (Department of English, Florida State University)

Friday, Nov. 7th


“Theorizing Film: Alternate Identities, Commodity, and Critique”Moderator: Tamar Ditzian

“At the Edge of Yesterday: Reconstituting Memory through Nostalgia in Vertigo” — Patricia Auxier (Department of English, University of Florida)

“Audience Subjectivity in Paradise Now” — Sara Olsen (Department of English, University of North Florida)

“Fredric Jameson, Postmodernism, and Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette” — Timothy Robinson (Department of English, University of Florida)

“The Robocop Experiment: Images of Advertisement and Appropriating the Mainstream” — Chad Sims (University of Florida)


11:45 – 1:15


“(Re)Productions: Fan Fiction and Popular Media”Moderator: Sean Morey

“Spoiling Heroes, Enhancing Our Viewing Pleasure: NBC’s Heroes as a Case Study of How Digital ‘Prosumption’ is Re-Shaping the Televisual Landscape” — Marina Hassapopoulou (Department of English, University of Florida)

“Popular Culture and Pedagogy: The (Re)Production and Exchange of Knowledge in Fan Fiction Communities” — Kayley Thomas (Department of English, University of Florida)

“‘Desperate, Grasping, Avaricious Appeals to the Unreceptive’: Branding Rhetoric and the Webcomics Community” — Katherine Shaeffer (Department of English, University of Florida)


“Creating Collective Communities: Reconstructing Cultural Identities”Moderator: Gary Hink

“Internal to External: Mediation and Community in the Work of Joseph Hall and Francis Quarles” — Randi Marie Smith (Department of English, University of Florida)

“Where Do I Belong? The Subjection of America’s Culture and Asian Stereotype: Commodifying and Reconfiguring the Korean Adoptee Body” — Rachel Jones (University of Alabama)

Keynote Address

7:30pm – 8:30pm

“Mixed Feelings: The New York School, the Cliché, and the Commodity”
Dr. Susan Rosenbaum (Department of English, University of Georgia)

Ustler Hall Atrium (2nd floor)

Reception 8:30pm – 9:30pm (Ustler Hall Atrium)