As part of the 2012 Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association Conference, I’ll be on this awesome-looking panel:
Joshua Jensen, Claremont Graduate University
Michael Miller, University of Louisville
The paper describes the ways in which Tom McCarthy’s Remainder functions as an anti-realist novel. Its deployment of non-descriptive language, flat characters, and spatially-driven narrative establishes the novel in the avant-garde category. I argue that its redefinition of the real through its emphasis on unreality makes Remainder a contemporary “realist” novel.
Bryan Hurt, University of Southern California
The aim of the talk is to expand our understanding of experimental fiction beyond the idea of aesthetic gameplay, something that has to do with originality or innovations in technique and style. By turning our gaze back to the 18th century, a time credited as the “birthplace” of both novel and experimental science, I plan to show that both fiction and experiment are deeply intertwined.
Edward Gauvin, University of Southern California
A “criti-fiction” of Calvino-esque whimsy and Borgesian paradox, in seventeen numbered sections, examining our cultural obsession with futures that never came to pass.