HomeContemporary American Fiction in the Face of Technical Innovation

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Published on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by Céline Guilleux

Summary

Cette conférence se propose d'interroger les relations de la fiction américaine aux innovations qui ont marqué les premières décennies du XXIe siècle : internet, médias sociaux, objets et environnements intelligents, intelligence artificielle, nanotechnologies, ingénierie génétique et autres biotechnologies, transhumanisme. Ces innovations techniques redéfinissent la manière dont nous habitons notre monde, interagissons les uns avec les autres et appréhendons l'humain dans son rapport de plus en plus étroit à la machine, non plus, comme autrefois, soigné ou réparé, mais désormais augmenté ou remplacé. Qu'en est-il alors de nos pratiques artistiques et culturelles ? Ces avancées récentes modifient-ils la langue et la littérature ?

Announcement

Institut du monde anglophone / École normale supérieure

Paris · January 23-25, 2020

Informations

immersions.hypotheses.org

Event open to all public!

A joint initiative from

Program

Thursday January 23

19:00 · Projection of art film Welcome to Erewhon (Gwenola Wagon Stéphane Degoutin, Pierre Cassou-Noguès, 2018)

Cinémathèque (room 49)

Sorbonne Nouvelle University – Censier Campus

13 rue Santeuil, Paris

Friday January 24

Institut du monde anglophone (Grand amphithéâtre)

5 rue de l'École de médecine, Paris

Metro: Odéon

10:15 · Opening Session

10:30 - 12:00 · Panel 1 · Twitter Fiction

  • Sophie Chapuis (Saint-Etienne University) Taipei (2013), a Pseudo-Autobiography: Tao Lin's Digital Inquiry into the Self
  • Daniella Gati (Brandeis University) The novel in the Age of Twitter
  • Virginia Pignagnoli (University of Zaragoza) Audiences’ Extensions of Storyworlds on Instagram: Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life, #alittlelife and @alittlelife

12:00 - 13:30 · Lunch

13:30 - 15:00 · Panel 2 · Experimental Writing

  • Jason Shrontz (Gogebic Community College, Michigan)Losing Touch: The Coupling of Media Forms in Contemporary American Fiction
  • Yves Abrioux (Paris 8) Towards an Uncreative Poetics. Kenneth Goldsmith’s reframed audio archives

15:00 - 15:15 · Coffee break

15:15 - 16:15 · Panel 3 · Wallace & DeLillo

  • Gabriel Smith (University of Edinburgh)‘Imagining an Imprint’: Embodied Language and Posthumanist Gender in Don DeLillo’s Zero K and David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King
  • Jessica Allen Hanssen (Nord University, Bodø, Norway) David Foster Wallace’s Oblivion and the Limits of Technology

16:15 - 16:30 · Coffee break

16:30 - 17:30 · Panel 4 · Postmodernism in the 21st Century

  • Aliette Ventejoux (University Paris II Panthéon – Assas) Techne and logos: a study of the American Zeitgeist in “Hammer and Sickle” by Don DeLillo
  • Saloua Karoui-Elounelli (Ecole Normale Supérieure / University of Tunis) Poetics of representation and the artifact of the Postmodern Sublime in the American Experimental novel

17:30 - 17:45 · Coffee break

17:45 - 18:45 · Keynote Stephen Burn (University of Glasgow) The American Novel in the Age of Neuroscience 18:45 - 19:45 · Cocktail

Saturday January 25

École normale supérieure (salle des Actes)

45, rue d'Ulm, Paris

10:30 - 12:30 · Panel 5 · Data Worlds and the Return of Cyberpunk

  • Olga Thierbach McLean (independent researcher, author, and literary translator) Updating the Future to the Present: The Reboot of Cyberpunk as Social Criticism
  • Curtis Carbonell (Khalifa University) Theorizing Fiction within a Virtualized Gameist Mode: the Promise of VR and its Imaginary Worlds
  • Naomi Mandel (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) Anatomy of a Hacker: Deciphering The Circle

12:30 - 14:00 · Lunch

14:00 - 15:30 · Panel 6 · Pornography, Anxiety, Touch

  • Camélia Raghinaru (Concordia University, Irvine)Technological Anxiety in Jonathan Lethem’s Chronic City
  • David Buehrer (Valdosta State University, Georgia, USA) A Pilgrim’s Progress for the Digital, Post-Human(ist) Age? : Computer Technology, Pornography, and Allegorical Representation in Russell Banks’s Lost Memory of Skin
  • Rebecca Mazumdar (City University of New York)“Immediately dismissed as fiction”: Technology Mediates the Graphic in Sabrina

 15:30 - 16:00 · Coffee break

16:00 - 17:00 · Panel 7 · Biotech and Bioart: Affective Futurity

  • Lejla Kucukalic (Khalifa University)American Fiction, Hybridity and Biotechnology
  • Miriam Fernandez-Santiago (University of Granada) Random Design: Aesthetic and Ethical Implications of Bioart in Richard Powers’ Orfeo

17:00 - 17:15 · Coffee break

17:15 - 18:15 · Panel 9 · New Epistemologies

  • Héloïse Thomas (Bordeaux Montaigne University) Schrödinger’s Hello Kitty Lunchbox: Time, Technology, and the Future of Humanity in Contemporary American Literature
  • Stefania Iliescu (Rennes 2 University) "Do the math on that" – The Undermining of the Scientificity Criteria in The Echo Maker (2006) and The Flame Alphabet (2012)

Places

  • Institut du monde anglophone, grand amphithéatre - 5, rue de l'Ecole de médecine
    Paris, France (75006)

Date(s)

  • Thursday, January 23, 2020
  • Friday, January 24, 2020
  • Saturday, January 25, 2020

Keywords

  • littérature américaine, technologie, innovation

Contact(s)

  • Pierre-Louis Patoine
    courriel : pierre-louis [dot] patoine [at] sorbonne-nouvelle [dot] fr

Reference Urls

Information source

  • Pierre-Louis Patoine
    courriel : pierre-louis [dot] patoine [at] sorbonne-nouvelle [dot] fr

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« Contemporary American Fiction in the Face of Technical Innovation », Conference, symposium, Calenda, Published on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, https://calenda.org/729536

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