Truth, Memory, Imagination & Fiction

Conference Program

March 17-18, 2000
Boston College
 

 Friday, March 17

 
2:30 Registration   Fulton Hall 145
3:00 Welcome and Preliminary remarks
Elena IVANOVA (Boston College), Editor, Romance Review
Fulton Hall 145
3:15 - 4:15 Keynote Address
Professor Tom CONLEY (Harvard University) 
"Between Memory and Imagination: The Rise of Cartographic Fictions" 
Introduced by Dennis GILBERT (Boston College)
 
Fulton Hall 145
4:15 - 6:00
Roundtable discussion 
Literary Theory: A Resistance to History? 
Moderator: Kevin NEWMARK (Boston College) 
"Paul de Man's Resistance to Theory" 
Discussants: 
Nathalie DROUGLAZET (Boston College) 
"Echo's Wounded Tongue: From Derrida's Theory to Kateb's Aesthetics" 
Matthew KINEEN (University of Wisconsin, Madison) 
"Borges and the Freudian Unconscious: El Caso Zahir" 
Marion LIGNANA ROSENBERG (City University of New York) 
"Il gattopardo and the Labyrinth of Desire"

 

Fulton Hall 145
6:00 - 7:00 Reception    Fulton Hall
Saturday, March 18
 
8:30 - 9:00 - Coffee and muffins, Foyer, Fulton Hall
 

Session 1
9:00 - 10:30

 
French Studies 

Fulton Hall 230

The Representation of Historical and Geographical Realities in Fiction 
 
 
Chair: Lisa LOBERG (Boston College)
 
 
 
 
 
 

Patricia LEPAGE (University of Maryland, College Park) 
"Fictional Reality  in the Early Novels of Jean Giono" 

Michael CALL (Brigham Young University) 
"Dressing up the Peasants: Narrating History in Adieu and 1830 France" 

Anne Martine PARENT (Université de Québec, Canada) 
"La fiction au service de  la vérité: l'exemple de Jorge Semprun" 

 

Hispanic Studies 

Fulton Hall 235

¿Voces de los márgenes? 
 
Chair: Cristina SCHULZE (Boston College)
 
 
 
 
 
 

Jaione MARKAIDA  (University of Cincinnati) 
"The Survival of Basque Literature and the Birth of Basque Ethnic Identity in Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Spain" 

Anke BIRKENMEIER (Yale University) 
"'El pacto testimonial' o lo que cree el lector de memorias. Los casos Menchú y Wilkomirski" 

Marisa PEREYRA (Temple University) 
"Utopias femeninas: la recuperación de la memoria en Antigua vida mía de Marcela Serrano" 
 

Italian Studies 
 
 

Fulton Hall 240

Words as Signs: Truth, Memory and Illusion 
 
Chair: Elena IVANOVA (Boston College)
 
 
 
 
 

Ombretta FRAU, Cristina GRAGNANI (Harvard University) 
"Pirandello e la Sicilia: ritorni ad Akragante" 

Federico SCHNEIDER (Yale University) 
"Il Pastor Fido: the Pastoral as Musical Pharmakon for the Heartbroken" 

Riccardo BOGLIONE (Boston College) 
"Esplorazione di due esplorazioni del "se": Vico e Doria" 

 

 
 
 

Session 2
10:45 - 12:45

 
French Studies 
 

Fulton Hall 230

The Powers and Paradoxes of Memory in the Literary Text 
 
Chair: Kristina CRISTOFOLI (Boston College)
 
 
 
 
 
 

Brett KAPLAN (University of California, Berkeley) 
"Le pire délicieux" 

Ari BLATT (University of Pennsylvania) 
"Les petites madeleines de Georges Perec: Technologies of Memory and W ou le souvenir d'enfance

Wanda KLEE (Marburg University, Germany) 
"The body of memory and truth: A different reading of A Rebours
 

Hispanic Studies 

Fulton Hall 235

Redesarticulación de la memoria en la narrativa post-nacional sudamericana 
 
Chair: Eduardo ESCALLÓN (Boston College)
 
 
 
 
 
 

Luis MARTIN-CABRERA (Yale University) 
"La reescritura parodica como resolución del trauma: una lectura de Historia argentina de Rodrigo Fresan" 

Claire SOLOMON (Yale University) 
"Con la desilusión a todo volumen: De 'señor matanza' a 'señor cobranza'" 

Daniel NOEMI (Yale University) 
"El sujeto neoliberal inexistente en una literatura tardía de mercado alegórico" 
 

Italian Studies 

Fulton Hall 240

Imagination as a Tool for Memory and Knowledge 
 
Chair: Emilio LOCILENTO (Boston College)
 
 
 
 
 

Ilaria SCOLA (Boston College) 
"Memoria, immaginazione e verità nella Vita di Vittorio Alfieri" 

Inga PIERSON (New York University) 
"On Building the Camera Obscura: the mechanism of the imagination in 13th century poetry" 
 

 
 
 

Lunch  12:45 - 2:00  Potluck at  Maison Française/Casa Hispánica, Gabelli Hall (80 Comm. Ave.) Main Lounge, 2nd floor
 

Session 3
2:00 - 3:30

 
French Studies 
 

Fulton Hall 230

Truths and Realities in Theatre and Speech 
 
Chair: Laura SMIRNOVA (Boston College)
 
 
 
 
 

Dennis GILBERT (Boston College) 
"'Enfin Sartre vint': D'un théâtre de la fatalité à un théâtre de la liberté" 

Christine CARRERE-SAUCEDE (Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France) 
"La réalité dans le recueil de Gherardi ou comment l'invraisemblable devient vraisemblable" 

De B'beri BOULOU EBANDA (Concordia University, Montreal, Canada) 
"Death Occultation of Anamnesia Through Verb Acts in Black African Tradition" 

 

Hispanic Studies 

Fulton Hall 235

Signos, sueños, identidad y realidad 
 
Chair: José RAMOS (Boston College)
 
 
 
 
 

Katherine GOLDMAN  (Rutgers, The State University of New 
Jersey) 
"Reflections on Cortazar's Libro de Manuel: Collage, Identity and Displacements" 

Olga RIOS (University of New Mexico) 
"La ruptura de lo semiótico y lo simbólico en La ultima niebla de Maria Luisa Bombal" 

Elena MACHADO SÁEZ (State University of New York, Stony Brook) 
"La violencia del olvido: History as Memory in Los recuerdos del porvenir

Beth BERNSTEIN  (University of New Mexico) 
"On Shaky Ground: the Merging of Dream and Reality in the Works of Shakespeare and Calderon" 
 

 

Session 4
3:45 - 5:15

 
French Studies 
 

Fulton Hall 230

Revealing and Concealing: Telling the Truth Across the Literary Landscape 
 
Chair: Brooke GENTILE (Boston College)
 
 
 
 
 

Victoria A. LODEWICK (Duke University) 
"Truth or Lies? Ethnography as Fiction/Fiction as Ethnography in Maryse Conde's Segou

Anne QUINNEY (Duke University) 
"True Blue: Affect and the Limits of Philosophy in Emil Cioran" 
 

Hispanic Studies 

Fulton Hall 235

Construcción de identidades, construcción del tiempo 
Chair: Ali BURK (Boston College)
 
 
 
 
 
 

Liana EWALD MOORADIAN  (Boston University) 
"La fetichización de la mujer guerrera en La Araucana de Alonso de Ercilla" 

Frank Robert LOVELAND SMITH (Universidad Iberoamericana Golfo-Centro, Puebla 
México) 
La construcción del tiempo en Naufragios de Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca" 

Pedro CEBOLLERO (Boston University) 
"El doble discurso de mitificación del indígena en Naufragios de Cabeza de Vaca" 
 

 
 
 
5:30 - 7:30 - Banquet Dinner
Mediterranean Tapas Restaurant & Bar
1610 Commonwealth Avenue, Brighton, Tel: (617) 730- 8002, By T on the B line, Washington Street stop
 
 
 


Address all inquiries to:
Organizing Committee
Annual Graduate Conference on Romance Studies
Dept. of Romance Languages and Literatures, Lyons 304
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA 02167
tel: (617) 552-3820
fax: (617) 552-2064
romrev@bc.edu
 



 

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