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New Narrative IV: Image and Spectacle

New Narrative IV: Image and Spectacle
JHB 100
Time: May 5th, 9:00 am End: May 6th, 5:00 pm
Interest Categories: Visual Studies (UTM), Urban, English and Drama (UTM), English (UTSC), English (FAS), Critical Theory, Comparative Literature (FAS), Communications, Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (UTM), Art (FAS), 2000-
Fourth Annual New Narrative conference on the topic of Image and Spectacle

The Jackman Humanities Institute Program for the Arts is pleased to present

The Fourth Annual New Narrative Conference

Image and Spectacle

Featuring Diane Obomsawin (author of Kaspar)

Co-Sponsored by the Department of English

Conference website:  click here

Contact organizer Andrew Lesk: click here

Download poster: click here

All presentations and forums take place in JHB 100, 1st floor, 170 St George

Thursday 5 May

Panel 1    Conflict, Alienation and the Spectacle        9:00 – 10:20       

Chair: Andrew Lesk (Toronto)

  • Anjali Manivannan (Missouri State) and Vyshali Manivannan (Montclair State): “‘We Are Sri Lankan Civilians Plz Save Our Life’: Photography and Spectacle in Sri Lanka’s Civil War”
  • Katie Mullins (Toronto): “Images of Suffering: Animals and Affect in Morrison and Quitely’s WE3”
  • Barbara Postema (Ryerson): “Illustration against Alienation? Comics Without Sequential Images”

Panel 2    Gender and Female Bodies            10:35 – 12:00

Chair: Barbara Postema (Ryerson)

  • J. Andrew Deman (Waterloo): “Unsettling Spectacle: Disrupting Sexualization in Sam Kieth’s The Maxx”
  • Frederik Byrn Køhlert (Montréal): “Working it Through: The Traumatized/ Traumatizing Comics of Phoebe Gloeckner”
  • Marie-Jade Menni (Concordia): "‘One Low Blow, Two Body Slams, and One Atomic Piledriver: Female Wrestling and Gender in Jaime Hernandez's Love and Rockets”


Panel 3    Self/constructions                    12|:45 – 2:05

Chair: J. Andrew Deman (Waterloo)

  • Diane Derr (Virginia Commonwealth): "Constructed: Fictional Realisms"
  • Paul M. Malone (Waterloo): “Schaulust: Self-Representation and Being Seen/Unseen in Ulli Lust’s Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life.”
  • Theresa Rojas (Ohio State): “Illuminated Bodies: Kat Von D and the Borderlands of Tattoo Culture.”

Panel 4    “East Asia”                        2:15 – 3:35

Chair: Katie Mullins (Toronto)

  • Atsuko Sakaki (Toronto): "Image and Spectacle in Yukio Mishima’s Spring Snow after Jeff Wall"
  • Nicholas Theisen (Michigan): “Rakuten Kitazawa, or You Don’t Know How to [Read] a Comic”
  • Sylvain Rheault (Regina): "Reading Mechanical Bodies in Manga and Anime"

Panel 5    Animation/Film                    3:45 – 4:45

Chair: Sylvain Rheault (Regina)

  • Joanne Leow (Toronto): “Magical Realism in Hayao Miyazaki’s Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea”
  • Federico Pagello (Limoges): “True to The Spirit? Film, Comics and the Problem of Adaptation”

Film Animation: presenting Diane Obomsawin’s work    5 – 5:30

  • “Here and There” (2006) 9 min. (“Ici par ici”)  . . . “un film autobiographique”
  • “Walk in the Forest” (2009) 3 min 9 sec. (“Marche-dans-la-forêt”)
  • “un film inspirer d’un conte amèrindien”
  • “Des petits clip maison” approx. 5 min (home-made shorts)

Friday 6 May

Panel 6    Therapy, Satire, and . . . Bat-Lacan!!        9:00 – 10:30       

Chair: Glenn Willmott (Queen’s)

  • Michel Levesque (Concordia) and Lisa Davis (Carleton): “Making Comics and Self-Reflection through Narrative Therapy and Strength-based Approaches”
  • Edward Hornick (Kenyon): "Lonely at the Bottom: Jon Adams' Cynical Superheroes"
  • Kalervo Sinervo (Concordia): “Bat-Lacan: Psychoanalysis and the Caped Crusader”

Panel 7    Art and other -ologies                10:30 – 12:00

Chair: Kalervo Sinervo (Concordia)

  • Lisa Levesque (Ottawa): “A Poisonous Book”: Oscar Wilde and the Subject of Art’s Influence”
  • Glenn Willmott (Queen’s): “Re-Imagining Nature in Comics.”
  • Yoam Yoreh (Queen’s): “The Divine Feline-The Cat as the Modern God: A Study of Theology in Joann Sfar's The Rabbi's Cat”


Panel 8    The Graphic Novel                    12|:45 – 2:15

Chair: Edward Hornick (Kenyon)

  • Sean Rogers (York): “'I Thought You Were Supposed to Be the Smartest Kid on Earth': Jimmy Corrigan as Comic Strip Protagonist”
  • David Hains (Independent scholar/artist): “David Collier’s Gellnerian Nationalism in Chimo”
  • Jordan Young (“the comic book guy,” New York): “Digging through the sand in Dash Shaw’s Bottomless Belly Button: Style, Codes, and the Parallax View.”

Panel 9    Roundtable: Images and Spectacles            2:30 – 3:15

  • David Hains (Sequential): Moderator
  • R. Sikoryak (Masterpiece Comics)
  • Michael DeForge (Lose)

Keynote!    Diane Obomsawin                    3:30 – 4:30

Closing words: Andrew Lesk    4:30

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