(Expired) The 26th Annual Intra-Student Faculty Forum on Comparative Literature (CLIFF)

How are our affective encounters with literature, art and the media temporally bound, and how are we also, in such encounters, temporally unbound? If literary texts have been variously formulated as anticipating, disturbing, conforming to, producing, inhabiting and/or responding to the axes of time (such as “timely”, “untimely”, “ahead of their time”, “nostalgic” or “avant-garde”), they were also understood as objects of pure fascination, aesthetic experience and enchantment.

Enchantment, in particular, is often understood as an ephemeral experience, unique to the moment of our encounter with enchantment. We are enchanted by things for brief passing moments; we sometimes return to a once enchanting object only to find that the glamor it once threw at us has shattered; and at other times, this rediscovery itself – rediscovering a text or encountering it in a new form (translated, adapted) – provokes our re-enchantment.

To mark its 26th anniversary, the University of Michigan’s Intra-Student Comparative Literature Forum (CLIFF) is hosting a virtual graduate conference that critically and creatively explores the intersection of world literatures, temporalities, and enchantment. We welcome works that investigate literary and artistic constructions and responses to notions of temporality and enchantment from an aesthetic, historical, industrial, material, technological, speculative, post/colonial, feminist, queer, religious perspective. , translational, local and/or global.
CLIFF 2022 received submissions from graduate students (UM and beyond) and was open to academic papers from all disciplines that address a wide variety of languages ​​and time periods as well as creative and experimental genres.

Michael Allan’s research focuses on debates in world literature, postcolonial studies, literary theory, as well as film and visual culture, primarily in Africa and the Middle East. In his research and teaching, he links textual analysis to social theory and draws on methods from anthropology, religion, queer theory and area studies. He is the author of In the Shadow of World Literature: Sites of Reading in Colonial Egypt (Princeton 2016, co-winner of the MLA Prize for a first book) and articles in places such as PMLA, Modernism/Modernity, Comparative Literature Studies, Early Popular Visual Culture, The International Journal of Middle East Studies and the Journal of Arabic Literature. He is also guest editor of a special issue of Comparative Literature (“Reading Secularism: Religion, Literature, Aesthetics”), and with Elisabetta Benigni, of an issue of Rencontres philologiques (“Lingua Franca: Toward a Philology of the Sea” ). He is working on a second book, Picturing the World: The Global Routes of Early Cinema, 1896-1903, which traces the transnational history of cameramen working for the film company Lumière Brothers.

CLIFF 2022 program

May 20, Friday

10:00 – 11:15 EST Panel 1: Fictions of Magic
Respondent: Cameron Cross

Himani Wadhwa, “Res(crip)ting the Gaze: Envisioning Disability through the Lens of Magical Realism”
Janine Hsiao Sobers, “”The Terrifying Map of Faith: “Decolonial Syncretism and the Enchanted Worldview in Alejo Carpentier’s The Kingdom of This World”
Lee Czerw, “The Tyrant as Witch in Modern German Tragedy”

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. EST Panel 2: Metamorphoses
Respondent: Supriya Nair

Anthony Revelle, “Where Did the Meat Go? Empty skins in the kitchen and the clothing body of the werewolf »
Daniela Crespo-Miro,[Trans]modify the body [Politic]: Queer Embodiment and Puerto Rican Self-Making in Raquel Salas Rivera’s ‘notas sobre las temporadas/notes on the seasons’”
Jahnabi Barooah Chanchani, “Stories of Enchantment and Ethics of a Talking Parrot”

12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST Lunch

2 – 3:15 PM EST Panel 3: The Poetics
Respondent: Aaron Coleman

Tom Abi Samra, “Circumstantial Poetics: “Epigrams” in the Travelogues of ʿAbd al-Ghanī al-Nābulusī (d. 1143 AH / 1731 AD)”
Griffin Shoglow-Rubenstein, “‘The voice / of a falling drop’: NH Pritchard and the temporalization of the page”
Marianna Hagler, “How to Live Completely: Lyn Hejinian’s Gertrude Stein”

3:30 – 4:45 p.m. EST Graduate Student Event (TBD)

May 21, Saturday

10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. EST Panel 4: Reception and Representation
Respondent: Will Stroebel

Chandrica Barua, “Anachronistic Attachments: Timeless Darkness and Browning in Bridgerton”
Katherine Ponds, “Tragic Enchantment: Rethinking Adrienne Kennedy’s Electra”
Alexander K. Sell, “Reenchanting the Void: Ontological Shifts Between Strange Fiction and Fantasy”

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. EST Panel 5: Nostalgia and Utopias
Respondent: Caryl Flinn

Qingyi Zeng, “The Poetics of Elsewhere in the City 24 by Jia Zhangke”
Júlia Irion Martins, “All Trad is Cope: Nostalgic Futures + American Empire in ‘Retvrn’ Twitter”
‘Gbenga Adeoba, “‘There the Calendar Was Useless’: Ishion Hutchinson’s Ambivalent Temporalities”

12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST Lunch

2 – 3:15 p.m. EST Panel 6: Imagined Americas
Respondent: Antoine Traisnel

Blythe Lewis, “‘My Life is a Withered Tree’: Empire, Ships and Deforestation in Georgian Drama”
Ben Larsen, “Disenchanting the banjo: temporal recovery through spatial practice”
Ziyang Li, “The Enchanting Gold Overflowing: Gold Rush, Ecology, and Asian American Identity in How Many of These Hills Are Gold by C Pam Zhang”

3:30 – 4:45 p.m. EST Keynote

Michael Allan, “Imagining Enchantment: Archival Views and Cinematic Worlds”

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