Heflin Organizes Three Panels on Autobiography at Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association

Posted on 11/29/2014 4:23:13 PM

Tanya Heflin (Department of English) served as presiding officer of Autobiography for the fourth year at the 112th annual PAMLA conference in Riverside, California.

Heflin organized three panels focusing on contemporary topics in autobiography. By locating the panels concurrently in the same room on the first full day of the conference, PAMLA organizers have successfully supported a mini-conference on autobiographical topics within the larger conference.

The three autobiography panel topics for 2014 were as follows:

  • Autobiography I: “Big Stories, Little Stories: New and Old Modes of Self-Narrative”
  • Autobiography II: “What is This Self?: Interrogating Subjectivity in Autobiographic Narrative”
  • Autobiography III: “Crossing Culture and Language: Narratives of Émigré and Exile”

Heflin moderated the first panel, and she invited recent IUP Department of English MA graduate Ali Almajnooni to moderate the third panel.

Featured essays covered topics ranging from 18th-century Italian women’s spiritual autobiography to Blitz memoir, the marketing of Middle Eastern memoir, and online digital storytelling codes.

Department of English