Ethnic and Third World Literature
Ethnic and Third World Literature

13th Annual Sequels Symposium

Thu, April 10, 2014 | Eastwoods Room (UNB 2.102), Texas Union

The 13th Annual Sequels Symposium will take place on April 10 & 11, 2014, at the University of Texas at Austin. Sequels is an annual event that features E3W alumni and their recently published books. The symposium also includes graduate student panels, highlighting research that intersects with the work of our featured keynote speakers. This year's guests are Eve Dunar and Kenneth Kidd.
















Keynote Address - Thursday, April 10, 7pm

  • Welcome: Dr. Martin Kevorkian, Associate Chair, Department of English
  • Speaker Introductions: Sequoia Maner & Aubri Plourde
  • Speakers: Dr. Eve Dunbar & Dr. Kenneth Kidd

Eve Dunbar

Eve Dunbar graduated from UT in 2004.  She is currently Associate Dean of the Faculty and Associate Professor in the Department of English at Vassar College, where she is also an active contributor to the Africana Studies, Women’s Studies, and American Culture programs.  Her areas of specialization include African American literature and cultural expression, black feminism, and theories of black diaspora.

Her recent book, Black Regions of the Imagination: African American Writers Between the Nation and the World (Temple UP 2012), explores issues of national belonging and constructions of blackness in works by Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, James Baldwin, and Chester Himes.  Looking at the experiences of these writers both inside and outside of the United States, Dunbar examines how they use “techniques of fiction and ethnography to confound black objectification” and resist pressure to “translate” black experience for white America.

Kenneth Kidd

Kenneth Kidd graduated from UT in 1994.  He is currently a Professor and Chair of the Department of English at the University of Florida. His areas of specialization include children’s literature studies, nineteenth- and twentieth century American literature, psychoanalysis, queer theory, and cultural studies.  

His most recent book, Freud in Oz: At the Intersections of Psychoanalysis and Children’s Culture (U Minnesota P 2011) traces the complex and often ignored relationship between children’s literature and psychoanalysis, from early psychoanalytic readings of fairy tales to recent debates over Where the Wild Things Are.  His argument not only concerns psychoanalytic readings of stories written for children, but also demonstrates the significance of children’s literature to popularizing psychoanalytic frameworks and, in turn, the role psychoanalysis has played in creating new literary forms for young readers.

Panels - Friday, April 11, 9am-12:45pm      

History, Family, Failure: 9:00-10:45am

Moderator: Regina Mills

  • Rubi Sanchez (Asian Studies), Ghettonerds and Bollywood Heroes: Reading Diaspora, Masculinity and Failure in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and Kal Ho Naa 
  • Laura Fish (Middle Eastern Studies), Un-Obstructing Love: Palestinian Film and the Visualization of Experience
  • Keith Leisner (English), “Consulting the Oracle”: The History and Effects of Literary Biography as a Marginalized Genre
  • Chienyn Chi (Comparative Literature), Taiwanese Museums: a Space of History and Fiction

Nation, Folklore, Culture: 11:00am-12:45pm

Moderator: Robin Riehl

  • Lucia Palmer (Radio-Television-Film), The 1491s “Represent”: YouTube Comedy as a Third Space for American Indian Counter-Discourse
  • Lauren Grewe (English), “To bid his people rise”: Political Renewal and Spiritual Contests at Red Jacket's Reburial
  • Jason Escandell (English), Inconvenient Artifacts: Destroying the Saxons and Disintegrating the Past in Saint Erkenwald
  • Caroline Pinkston (American Studies), Figments of the Folk Imagination: Fantasy and Authenticity in Beasts of the Southern Wild 

Professionalization Roundtable - Friday, April 11, 2:30-3:30pm

  • Moderator: Dr. Helena Woodard, Assoc. Prof. Dept. of English, UT Austin
  • Panelists: Dr. Eve Dunbar & Dr. Kenneth Kidd


Sponsored by: Ethnic & Third World Literatures, Department of English

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