12th Annual Miami English Graduate and Adjunct Association (MEGAA) Symposium – March 13, 2015


MEGAA 2015



Registration and Breakfast


Panel A


Panels B, C, D


Keynote 1


Panels E, F, G


Keynote 2


Panels H, I, J

8:00-8:45 Reading Room 337 Registration and Breakfast

8:45-9:45 Session I: Panel A

Panel A-Room 258 Queer Acts, Experimental Stages: Selling, Consuming, Surveiling

Chair: Jason Palmeri, Associate Professor of English Director of College Composition

  • Risking Method, Risking Queer Ruralism
    Caleb Pendygraft, Composition and Rhetoric
  • Relationality, Gender Policing, and Trans Diversity in Montesquieu and Balzac
    Jacob Raterman, French Literature, Queer Theory
  • Avant-garde Theatre in the Consumer Society: Virtual Existence and Space Discretization in Punchudrunk’s Sleep No More
    Xie Keke, English, Drama

10:00-11:00 Session II: Panels B, C, and D

Panel B-Room 250 American Dreams: Prose and Poetry

Chair: Cathy Wagner Professor of English Director of Creative Writing

  • The Doctors’ Daughter
    Christopher Maggio, Creative Writing/Fiction
  • Dream Space & Poetic: Traveling the Unconscious Through Images
    Emily Corwin, Creative Writing/Poetry

Panel C-Room 256 The Anxious Past: (Re)Assessing the Archive in Perilous Times and Spaces

Chair: Nalin Jayasena Associate Professor of English

  • Alternate Archives and Competing Histories: The Search for Historical Meaning During the Postwar Years
    Tyler Groff, Late Victorian and Modernist Literature
  • Revamping the Archive: Theda Bara, Film History, and the Queer Politics of Loss
    Tory Lowe, American Literature/Film Studies
  • Mnemonic Arhives and Post-War Sri Lankan Art of Resistance
    Dinidu Karunanayake, Memory Studies/Cultural Studies

Panel D-Room 258 Unquiet Silence: Rhetorics and Ontologies

Chair: Katie Taylor, Assistant Professor of English, Composition & Rhetoric

  • “Crazy Theory”: Neuroatypicality as Ontology
    Patrick Harris, Composition and Rhetoric
  • Digital Dangers: Edwin Snowden, Parrhesia, and Online Space
    Renea Frey, Composition and Rhetoric
  • Western and Chinese Rhetoric of Silence
    Yebing Zhao, Contrastive Rhetoric

11:15-12:15 Room 102 -- Keynote 1: Associate Professor Andrew Hebard, Director of Literature Program

Naturalist Fiction, Global Space, and the Biopolitical Aesthetic

This paper explores how naturalist novels represented globalization as a problem of spatial scale.  More specifically these novels query how one might aesthetically apprehend political agency in relation to systems that operate at a global scale.  Using Frank Norris’s unfinished trilogy on global wheat trade as an example, the paper argues that Norris seeks an aesthetic solution to the problem of representing American territorial and economic expansion in the early 20th century.  Rather than a formalist aesthetic that valued coherence and its ability to mediate between part and whole, the Octopus forwards the aesthetic values of ambiguity and complexity.  It does this because it reproduces the ambiguous spatial imaginary of American imperial sovereignty as well as the biopolitical imaginary of American imperial governance. 

12:15-1:15 Lunch (box lunches are provided for speakers, presenters, chairs, and registered guests in the Reading Room)

1:15-2:15 Session III: Panels E, F, and G

Panel E–Room 256 Three Cultural Narratives: The Dangers of Race and Nationality

Chair: Brian Roley, Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing

  • Happy Hair Day
    Corey Burdine, Creative Writing
  • They Lived Along the Baseline Road
    Sammani Perera, Creative Writing
  • Awakening the Gods
    Cynthia Smith, Literature

Panel F–Room 258 A Place of One's Own: Navigating Hostile Spaces

Chair: Erin Edwards Assistant, Professor of English

  • Dual Antithesis and Broken Symmetry: Native American Indian Complicated and Conflicted Spatial Existence in N.Scott Momaday, James Welch and Louise Erdrich’s Narrative
    Wanxin Mao, Native American Literature
  • Tame Sparrows, Dangerous Streets: The Urban Aesthetic in Woolf and Loy
    Catherine Tetz, English Literature
  • No Country for Diasporic Men
    Zehra Yousofi, Postcolonial Literature

Panel G–Room 341 Getting Real: Branding, Living, and Dying

Chair: Cynthia Klestinec Associate Professor of English
  • Shifting Topographies: New Borderlands in Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year
    Clint Rodgers, English
  • Consuming Cities: The Urban Branding(s) of Reality TV by Bravo
    Allison Nettnin, English
  • A ‘Critical-Dramatistic’ Analysis of Representations of Mainland China in News Reports
    Hua Zhu, English

2:30-3:30 Room 101 -- Keynote 2: Assistant Professor Linh Dich

"The News of the Street”: What can Transnational Literacies (Re)Teach us about Race and the Public Sphere 

Examining transnational and digital literacies may help us reconceive of multiple and alternative spaces (Fraser), specifically public spaces, as overlapping, geopolitical ecologies and as sites of symbolic/rhetorical resources for addressing inequity. In examining Nah, a Vietnamese rapper and his movement between Vietnam and America, this talk maps Nah’s transnational literacy acts that borrow from American-based rap and hip-hop’s political potential to challenge government corruption in Vietnam. Nah’s simultaneous existence in multiple transnational and local public spheres gestures to a different model of the public that may be more conducive to interrogating unequal power dynamics. Nah’s transnational literacies construct a framework for us to address race and racism in America by challenging how popular media represents itself as an ideologically and materially white public through the visual rendering of whiteness as power and difference as objects of subjugation. As such, transnational digital literacies prompts us to (re)consider the role that alternative public spaces can play in providing needed symbolic resources and identity​ formation for challenging dominant public spaces and systemic inequality in America.

3:45-4:45 Session IV: Panels H, I, and J

Panel H–Room 250 Conflict at Home and Abroad: The Fight Within and Without

Chair: Jody Bates, Lecturer

  • “Annika” A Chapter Alone
    Andrew Bergman, Creative Writing/Fiction
  • After Action: Things I Learned During the War
    Matthew Young, Creative Writing/CNF

Panel I–Room 256 Rethinking Trauma of the Other: Things, Bodies, Freaks

Chair: Katie Johnson, Associate Professor of English
  • We Thought Her Sorrows Ordinary”: Domesticity, Materiality, and Ordinary Trauma
    Mosisah Mavity, English Literature
  • Castrating the Femme Fatale: Elsa Mars as the Monster/Freak Human
    Michelle Christensen, English Literature
  • Becoming Animal
    Evan Fackler, English Literature

Panel J-Room 258 Challenging Concepts of Community

Chair: Michele Simmons Associate Professor of English

Navigating Student Collaborative Spaces
Ellen Cecil, Rhetoric and Composition

Navigating Student Collaborative Spaces
Laura Tabor, English

8:45-4:45 Room 343 
Poster Session: “Expanding the Physical Space of the Classroom with Digital Tools, Practices, and Pedagogies”