Re-Imagining Space: Stony Brook English Graduate Student Conference

February 28, 2020

Disrupting the Canon Conference Program

Download (PDF, Unknown)


Poetry Center (HUM 2001)


Poetry Center (HUM 2001)

“If Modernism is High, What is Below?: Working Across Registers and the Space Between”

Dr. Celia Marshik, Stony Brook University

Chair: Sarah Davis

SESSION ONE 10:30-11:50

Panel 1a: Music (HUM 2030)

Faculty Respondent: Dr. E.K. Tan
Chair: Lea Borenstein

  • “Be Careful of Me: Cardi B’s Intersectional Revitalization of Cixous’ L’ecriture Feminine,Jordana Jampel, SUNY New Paltz
  • “Invading the Canon: Musical Lyricism as Political Activism and Social Change,” Justin Lerner, St. John’s University
  • “God Save the Bard: Shakespeare and Punk Rock,” Seth Lewis, East Tennessee State University


Panel 1b: Rethinking Genre (HUM 2094)

Faculty Respondent: Dr. Benedict Robinson
Chair: Brian Hartwig

  • “‘There’s Nothin’ Worse than Having Your Pigtails Shot Off’ : (Mis)Understanding the Melodramatic Form in the Children’s Film Genre from Peter Pan to Pokémon,” Joseph Giunta, Independent Scholar
  • “The Palimpset Approach: Addressing Contradiction and Repetition in the American Superhero Story,” Tiffany Babb, Columbia University  
  • “Punks and Stunts: Skate Media, Jackass, and a Pragmatic Approach to Transmedia Genre,” Simon Staples-Vangel, Syracuse University


Panel 1c: Alternative Texts (HUM 2052)

Faculty Respondent: Dr. Cynthia Davidson
Chair: Joelle Mann

  • “Pink Cakes and Gingerbread Farms: Reading Women’s Food Blogs,” Molly Mann, St. John’s University
  • “An Argument for Academic Attention to Living Narrative: Language, Life, and Lewis in Giant Sparrow’s What Remains of Edith Finch,” Ryan Davies, Missouri State University
  • “The Grammar of a Track Race: A Complete Narrative in 1 Minute and 54 Seconds,” Valerie Moyer, SUNY Stony Brook  

LUNCH 12-1

Poetry Center (HUM 2001)


Panel 2a:Industry and the Marketplace (HUM 2030)

Faculty Respondent: Dr. Amy Cook
Chair: Sara Santos

  • Period Drama: Fifty Shades of Grey, Menstrual Sex, and Cultural Margins,” Jessica Hautsch, SUNY Stony Brook
  • “Skills, Salaries, Sites: Dichotomies in Mid-Century Manhattan’s Culture Industry,” Caroline Propersi-Grossman, SUNY Stony Brook
  • “Creating a Customer: Stereotypes and Sale Charts in the American Comic Industry,” Moisés Hassan Bendahan, SUNY Stony Brook


Panel 2b: Reimagining Horror and the Gothic (HUM 2052)

Faculty Respondent: Dr. Susan Scheckel
Chair: Stephen Pallas

  • ‘Ugly Roots’: The American Ecogothic of Lovecraft’s Cosmic Horror” Caitlin Duffy, SUNY Stony Brook
  • “Social Technology, Commercial Interests, and High Art in The Conjuring Universe,” Kyna A. McClenaghan, Columbia University


Panel 2c: Playing with High and Low  (HUM 2094)

Faculty Respondent: Dr. Peter Manning
Chair: Bernard Krumm  

  • ‘The Connoisseur: Contextualizing the Debate Between Norman Rockwell and Clement Greenberg” Matthew Ward, SUNY Stony Brook
  • “Third Wave Minstrelsy: A Nineteenth-Century Reading of a Twenty-First Century Drag Mogul,” Lea Borenstein, SUNY Stony Brook


Panel 3a: Television and Film (HUM 2052)

Faculty Respondent: Dr. Justin Johnston
Chair: Jessica Hautsch 

  • “‘Women’s Film as Process: Trauma and Temporality in Arrival,” Ashley Barry, SUNY Stony Brook
  • “Grotesque and pathetic”: Troping Disfigurement in Wonder Woman,” Ashley Johnson, SUNY Stony Brook
  • “‘The Straight Way was Lost’: Reading ABC’s Lost as an Adaptation of the Divine Comedy,” Brenna Sherrill, University of Cincinnati


Panel 3b: Pedagogy: Teaching in and from the Margins (HUM 2094)

Faculty Respondent: Dr. Peter Khost
Chair: Andrew Rimby

  • Comics in the Curriculum,” Hannah Hunt, Christopher Newport University
  • “‘Between the (Text) and Me’: Cut-Ups and Remix in the Writing Classroom,” Sara Deniz Akant, CUNY Grad Center


Panel 3c: Undergrad Honors (HUM 2030)

Faculty Respondent: Dr. Brandi So
Chair: Sohini Kumar  

  • Misreading Dracula: Queerness and the Problem of Highbrow/Lowbrow,” Courtney Taylor, SUNY Stony Brook
  • “Notes Towards a Semiotic Analysis of Emoji,” Alijan Orkiral, SUNY Stony Brook
  • “The Employment of the Narrative to Mend the Fragmented Patient-Physician Relationship,” Deanna DePeau, SUNY Stony Brook
  • “‘Choosing to Tweet: Hamlet on Twitter,” Andy Brauchler, SUNY Stony Brook


Poetry Center (HUM 2001)

Dr. Jonathan W. Gray, CUNY Grad Center & John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Chair: Jessica Hautsch

Black Girl Magic? Representations of Innocence and Innovation in Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther and Jeremy Love’s Bayou.

This talk considers how Shuri in Ryan Coogler’s 2017 film Black Panther and Lee Wagstaff in 2009’s graphic novel Bayou embody feminine resilience and ingenuity. Building on the work of Nazera Sadiq Wright and Robin Bernstein I argue that these fictional young women revise the Topsy stereotype that treats Black feminine inventiveness as simultaneously incompatible with black girlhood and also threatening to white supremacy. Shuri and Lee and other figures (Riri Williams and Lunella Lafayette for example) point to new representational possibilities in comics and its related media.



Print Friendly, PDF & Email

© 2020 Re-Imagining Space: Stony Brook English Graduate Student Conference

Theme by Anders Norén

Skip to toolbar