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Panels & Conferences - The Beat Studies Association

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2017

American Literature Association Annual Conference

The Beat Studies Association will present two panels at the American Literature Association annual conference scheduled for May 25-28, 2017 in Boston, MA. We hope to see you there!

“New Directions in Beat Studies”
Chair: Ronna Johnson, Tufts University

  1. “Michael McClure and Independent Film,” Jane Falk, University of Akron
  2. “‘Now My Garden is Gone’: Allen Ginsberg’s nostos,” Anna Aublet, Universite de Paris
  3. “Re-Orienting the Beats,” Matthew Packer, Buena Vista University

“Kerouac and Kerouac: Legacies”
Chair: Nancy Grace, College of Wooster

  1. “Le Club Jack Kerouac,” Sara Villa, John Abbott College
  2. “Kerouac’s Fathers and Sons: Masculine Lineage in Jack Kerouac’s The Sea is My Brother and The Haunted Life,” Daniel Dissinger, Univ. of Southern California
  3. “A Road of Her Own: Jan Kerouac’s Trilogy,” Laura Kuhlman, University of Iowa

The 45th Annual Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900, February 23-25, 2017, Louisville, Kentucky

Sponsored by the Beat Studies Association

Presiding: Deborah Geis, DePauw University

  1. Deborah Geis, DePauw University, ” ‘Highs! Epiphanies! Despairs!’: The Beats as Performance Poets”
  2. Alan Gravano, Shawnee State University: “Challenging Conventional Definitions of Multiethnic Writing in Ferlinghetti and di Prima”
  3. Aimee Allard, University of Nebraska-Lincoln: “From the Soiled to the Sacred: Dust in Jack Kerouac’s On the Road”
  4. Erik Mortenson, Wayne State University: “Making a Case for Reception in Beat Studies: The Beats in Turkey”

2014

Beat Writing and the American Counterculture Organized by the Beat Studies Association

Chair: Tatum Petrich, Montclair State University

  1. “Countercultural Writers’ Love/Hate Relationships with the USA: The Case of Gary Snyder,” John Whalen-Bridge, National University of Singapore
  2. “Kool-Aid Reality: Shaping the Subject of Trout Fishing in America,” Sean Bolton, National Chiao Tung University
  3. “`One Plus One Equals Three’: William S. Burroughs, Brion Gysin, and The Third Mind,” William Nesbitt, Beacon College

Audiovisual Equipment Required: Computer Hookup for Power Point

Requested slot: Friday afternoon

The Beats and Public/Private Identities Organized by the Beat Studies Association

Chair: John Whalen-Bridge, National University of Singapore

  1. “`I Have Got Plenty of Nothing’: Brenda Frazer’s Troia: Mexican Memoirs, Beat Motherhood, and the Poetics of Loss,” Laura Kuhlman, University of Iowa
  2. “`The Usual Public Attraction’: Interracial Motherhood in Hettie Jones’ Short Fiction,” Tatum Petrich, Montclair State University
  3. “Written and Exhaled in One Breath: Bob Dylan’s ‘60s Trilogy as Beat Poetry,” Deanna Rodriguez, Texas State University

Audiovisual Equipment Required: Computer Hookup for Power Point

Requested slot: late Friday or early Saturday

2013

New Beat Archaeologies : Friday, May 24, 2013: 9:40-11:00AM, Session 8-J; (North Star 7th floor)

Organized by the Beat Studies Association

Chair: Ronna C. Johnson, Tufts University

1.     “Trial by Fire: Animating Ginsberg’s Howl,” Deborah R. Geis, DePauw University

2.     “On the Notion of ‘After-Beats’: Maxine Hong Kingston Considered,” John Whalen-Bridge, National University of Singapore.

3.     “Antonin Artaud, Black Power, and the Worldling of Beat Literature,” Jimmy Fazzino, University of California, Santa Cruz.

New England Beat Writers and Poetics: Friday, May 24, 2013: 5:10-6:30 PM; Session 13-F; (Defender 7th Floor)

Organized by the Beat Studies Association

Chair, Deborah R. Geis, DePauw University

  1. “John Wieners in Boston’s Institutional Matrix,” Maria Damon, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
  2. “Sketching as Mythic Structure in Kerouac’s ‘Home at Christmas,’” Fiona Paton, State University of New York at New Paltz.
  3. “The Failed Visual Materiality of The Subterraneans (1961): When Film Adaptation Becomes Cultural Betrayal,” Sara Villa, University of Montreal
  4. “Unraveling Kerouac’s Doctor Sax,” Jessica M. Jarvis McHale, Salem State University.

2012

Beat Writing Beyond Borders

Chair: Tony Trigilio, Columbia College

Linda Russo, Washington State University, “on my hands and knees’: The Differing Poses of Gary Snyder and Joanne Kyger in the Mythopoetic Terrain of Kyoto, Japan.”

Erik Mortenson, Koc University, Istanbul, “The Turkish Trial of William S. Burroughs’s “The Soft Machine.”

Joanna Pawlik, University of Manchester, UK, “Honorary Beats, Honorary Surrealists.” >

Naropa’s Legacies: North American Buddhism, Beat, and Post-Beat Poetics

Chair: Matt Theado served as chair in Tim Hunt?s absence

Tony Trigilio, Columbia College, “‘On a Confrontation at a Buddhist Seminary’: Naropa, Guru Devotion, and a Poetics of Resistance.”

2011

Session 11-F Transnational Beats

Organized by the Beat Studies Association

Chair: Jennie Skerl, West Chester University

  1. ―Cain’s Book and the Mark of Exile: Alexander Trocchi as Transnational Beat‖ Fiona Paton, State University of New York at New Paltz
  2. ―The Beat Fairy Tale as Transnational Spectacle, Nancy Grace, Wooster College
  3. ―An ‘Invasion of Poets’: Allen Ginsberg and Literary Solidarity in Sandinista Nicaragua,‖ Michele Hardesty, Hampshire College

Session 12-G New Directions in Beat Studies

Organized by the Beat Studies Association

Chair: Ronna Johnson, Tufts University

  1. ―Kerouac‘s Quest for Identity: Satori in Paris,‖ Hassan Melehy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  2. ―The Ghost in the Soft Machine: William S. Burroughs‘s Nova Trilogy as Posthuman Gothic,‖ Michael Sean Bolton, East Tennessee State University
  3. ―Dean Moriarity Can‘t Change,‖ Jay McHale, Salem State University

2010

Session 21-C Reconceptualizing “Literature”: The Beat Generation (Pacific I)

Organized by the Beat Studies Association

Chair: Tony Trigilio, Columbia College

  1. “William S. Burroughs and the Cyborg Reader,” Michael Sean Bolton, Arizona State University
  2. “Radical Jewish Humor: Allen Ginsberg and Abbie Hoffman v. Their Jewish “Fathers,” Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State College of Denver
  3. “’Not literature but definitely something living’: Kerouac and the Subversion of Modern Print Textuality,” Tim Hunt, Illinois State University

Session 23-G   Without Skipping a Beat: Beat Authors who Deserve More Attention

(Pacific K)

Chair: Tim Hunt, Illinois State University

  1. “Did Beatniks Kill John F. Kennedy?,” Rob Johnson, The University of Texas-Pan American
  2. “Seymour Krim: Jewish, not Beat,” Mark Cohen, Independent Scholar

2009

Session 11-E     The Beat Generation: Contexts, Traditions & Transformations I (St George A)
Organized by the Beat Studies Association

Chair:        Nancy Grace, Wooster College

1.  “A Queer Beat Love Affair: The Queer Relationship of William S. Burroughs and Joan Vollmer,” Christopher Carmona, Texas A&M University
2.  “Women Beats and a Rewriting of the Relationship between the City, Community, and Subjectivity,” Tatum Petrich, Temple University
3.  “The Flag Upside Down: Robert Frank’s Pull My Daisy and Jack Kerouac’s The Beat Generation,” Matthew Kelley, University of Michigan

Session 20-C   The Beat Generation: Contexts, Traditions & Transformations II (St George A)

Organized by the Beat Studies Association

Chair: Tim Hunt, Illinois State University

  1. “Gregory Corso and Walt Whitman: Corso’s Song of Himself,” Walter Raubicheck, Pace University
  2. “Beatniks and Chameleons: The Philosophy of Benjamin DeCasseres and Beat Counterculture,” Janna Stotz, Texas Tech University
  3. “Constructions and Misconstructions: The Lessons of Kerouac’s Reception in the 1980s.” Ronna C. Johnson, Tufts University

2008

Session 2-I     Beats West: Reassessments (Seacliff B)

Organized by the Beat Studies Association

Chair: Jennie Skerl, West Chester University

  1. “Zen and the Poetry of Philip Whalen: In Search of ‘Real self’,” Jane Falk, University of Akron
  2. “Joanne Kyger: Feminist-Epic-Buddhist Selves,” Linda V. Russo, University of Oklahoma
  3. “The Chinatown and the City: Kingston, Kerouac, and the Bohemian Bay Area,” Jason Arthur, Central Methodist University

Session 3-J   Beats East: Revision   (Seacliff B)

Organized by the Beat Studies Association

Chair: Ann Charters, University of Connecticut

  1. “Beating Scholarship: On the Unspoken Truth about Editing and Publishing,” Oliver Harris, Keele University
  2. “The Francophone Limits of English: Jack Kerouac’s Nomadic Quebec-ness,” Hassan Melehy, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  3. “Brenda Frazer’s Troia: How Can the Prostitute be the (Beat) Subject?” Ronna C. Johnson, Tufts University

2007

Session 1-A East Coast Beats: New Scholarship (St George A)

Organized by the Beat Studies Association

Chair: Jennie Skerl, West Chester University

  1. “Selfhood in a Culture of Surveillance: Language and Vision in Ginsberg’s ‘Mugging’,” Tony Trigilio, Columbia College, Chicago
  2. “‘They caught the kid doing something disgusting’: What William S. Burroughs Learned from Theodore Sturgeon,” Fiona Paton, State University of New York, New Paltz
  3. “Jaz ImagiNations: LeRoi Jones on Havana,” Todd F. Tietchen, South Dakota State University

Session 5-H Beyond On the Road: New Scholarship on Kerouac (St George D)

Organized by the Beat Studies Association

Chair: Ann Charters, University of Connecticut

  1. “Jack Kerouac’s Spontaneous Prose: Redefined,” Nancy Fox, Stephen F. Austin State University
  2. “Tristessa’s Surplus: The Disclosure of Being in Jack Kerouac’s Conception of Digging,” Erik Mortenson, Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey
  3. “The End of the Road: Nadir and Prophecy in Kerouac’s Final Novels,” Thomas Bierowski, Alvernia College

2006

Session 3-H West Coast/San Francisco Beats (Pacific Concourse L)

Organized by the Beat Studies Association

Chair: Ann Charters, University of Connecticut

  1. “Take One: Joanne Kyger on Camera for the National Center for Experiments in Television,” Jane E. Falk, University of Akron
  2. “Philip Lamantia: Poet of Orthodoxy and Heresy,” Jonah Raskin, Sonoma State University
  3. “East Coast/West Coast Beat Films: Robert Frank and Alfred Leslie’s Pull My Daisy and ruth weiss’s The Brink,” Nancy M. Grace, College of Wooster

Session 7-H Roundtable: Beat Contexts: Bay Area Poetry Communities (Pacific Concourse L)

Organized by the Beat Studies Association

Chair: Tim Hunt, Illinois State University

  1. Steven Axelrod, University of California, Riverside
  2. Kelly T. Holt, University of California, Santa Cruz
  3. Ronna C. Johnson, Tufts University
  4. Ben Mazer, Boston University

2005 (not a BSA program)

Session 8-F Border-crossing Beats:  Genre and Gender

Organized by the Beat Studies Association

Chair:  Ann Charters, University of Connecticut

  1. “The Comic Oratory of Allen Ginsberg and Kenneth Koch,” Terence Diggory, Skidmore College
  2. “Joanne Kyger: Still In Step with the Beat?” Amy L. Friedman, Ursinus College
  3. “Kerouac’s Dialogue of the Aural and the Visual,” Tim Hunt, Illinois State University

Respondent:  Jennie Skerl, West Chester University