Three members of the English Department recently presented at the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association 2012 conference, held October 18–21 at Seattle University.
Assistant Professor Tanya Heflin, who specializes in 19th- and 20th-century American literature, presented on “‘Yet What Is Any Ocean but a Multitude of Drops?’: Isolation, Connectivity, and the Transhuman in David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas.” Heflin also organized three separate PAMLA sessions on autobiography, her primary research area.
At a session devoted to classical traditions in modern fantasy, Associate Professor Christopher Kuipers delivered a paper entitled “Mark Smylie’s Artesia: The Female Alexander and Post-Classicizing Fantasy.” In addition to classics, fantasy and science fiction, and the contemporary graphic novel, Kuipers’ areas of interest include comparative literature and the history of literary canons and anthologies.
Doctoral candidate Diana Leach presented “’Tis Nobler in the Mind to Suffer’: Resisting Patriarchal Ideology in Shakespeare’s Hamlet” for a session on Shakespeare and related topics. A specialist in Renaissance studies, Leach is planning a dissertation on representations of Queen Elizabeth from the early modern era to the present.