Pennsylvania College English Association Conference, March 10–11

Posted on 3/9/2017 11:56:07 AM

The Pennsylvania College English Association conference will take place at IUP on March 10–11, 2017, at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex.

Serving English professionals since before 1970, the Pennsylvania College English Association provides a forum for the debate and discussion of ideas surrounding literature and literacy studies. It strives to promote and foster inquiry into our world as it is presented in literature of all genres. The PCEA also actively strives to give voice to those who endeavor to create new kinds of literacies.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Comics and/as Rhetoric: (Anti)Static Narratives,” featuring panel presentations on the literary, historical, and cultural analysis of comics and the use of comics as teaching tools.

In collaboration with IUP’s Theater Department, the conference also features a live-action performance of the popular comic book series Kill Shakespeare at 5:00 p.m. in McVitty Auditorium.

The conference keynote speaker, Conor McCreery, will talk about his work co-creating the comic books series Kill Shakespeare at at 7:00 p.m. in the Kovalchick Complex, Room 6. 

Registration Fee

$10 for IUP students; $20 for IUP faculty, staff, and visitors

Complete Conference Schedule

Friday, March 10

7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Registration, KCAC Lobby

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Comic Book Sale, KCAC Lobby

8:30–8:45 a.m.

Opening Remarks, KCAC Room 6

9:00–10:15 a.m. 

Session A1: Race, Politics, and Visual Satire

10:30–11:45 a.m.

KCAC Room 1

Chair: Alan Baumler

  • Julie Pavlick, “The Union of Graphic Novel and Poetry: How Matt Johnson’s Incognegro and Claude McKay’s ‘Lynching’ Introduce New Methods of Analysis Regarding the Era of Jim Crow”
  • Ryan Costanzo and Nathan Magee, “Ra’s al Ghul and the Politics of Pronunciation”
  • Alan Baumler, “Zhang Guangyu's Manhua Xiyouji (Manhua Journey to the West) (1945) and the Chinese Tradition of Visual Satire”

Session A2: Comic Book Romanticism, Nostalgia, and Necessity

10:30–11:45 a.m.

KCAC Room 4

Chair: Gian Pagnucci

  • Nicholas Katsiadas, “The Unwritten: Within a Romanticism of Comics?”
  • Gian Pagnucci, “Why We Need a Free Academic Comic Book Day”

Session A3: Teaching with Comic Books, Graphic Novels, and Social Media

10:30–11:45 a.m.

KCAC Room 5

Chair: Brandon Galm

  • Christopher Burlingame, “Not Just the Funny Pages Anymore: How Graphic Novels Can Prepare Freshmen for College Success”
  • Mohamed Yacoub, “The Rhetoric of Social Media Comics and the Making of Teaching ESL funnier”

Session B1: Behind the Bullet Holes: Triggering Critical Thinking through Graphic Novels

10:30–11:45 a.m.

KCAC Room 1

Chair: Daniel P. Anderson

  • Daniel P. Anderson
  • Christopher Burlingame
  • Jessica Jost-Costanzo

Session B2: Comic Reiteration and Appropriation

10:30–11:45 a.m.

KCAC Room 4

Chair: Oriana Gatta

  • Christopher McGunnigle, “Imperfect Iteration and the Superhero Origin Story in Grant Morrison’s Animal Man
  • Robert Welch, “Homosocial Adventures in Victorian Appropriation: Black Butler”
  • Oriana Gatta, “Epic Reiteration in The Life and Times of Martha Washington in the 21st Century”  

Session B3 (Workshop): Archival Collaborations: Working with Your Institution’s Archivist to Enhance Creative Writing Instruction

10:30–11:45 a.m.

KCAC Room 5

  • Judith L. Silva
  • Marilyn Parrish
  • Dave Obringer

Lunch, KCAC Room 6

12:00–1:15 p.m. 

Session C1: Genre and Rhetorical Persuasion 

1:30–2:45 p.m.

KCAC Room 1

Chair: Jessica Jost-Costanzo

  • Jessica Jost-Costanzo, “Recontextualizing the Plague Survival Narrative: Mary Shelley’s The Last Man and Brian K. Vaughn’s Y: The Last Man
  • Paul Lucas, “The Arena Narrative as Rhetorical Genre”
  • Mark DiMauro, “When ‘Going Viral’ Went Presidential: What Hulk Hogan, Donald Trump, and Waldo Can Teach us About Playing ‘Heel’ to Win”

Session C2: Gender, Sexuality, Patriarchy, Nationality, and the (Undead) Body

1:30–2:45 p.m.

KCAC Room 4

Chair: Meghan Hurley

  • Mary Reading, “The Danish Girl: An Exploration in Feminist Heroism in a Transgender and Heteronormative Society”
  • Meghan Hurley, “‘My Body is My Own”: The Rhetorical Function of Feminist Science Fiction Narratives”
  • Renae Ruth Shawgo, “National Insecurities: Exploring Images of Contemporary American Zombie Lore”

Session C3: Comic Fan Art Production and Commercialization

1:30–2:45 p.m.

KCAC Room 5

Chair: Michael Dittman

  • Brandon McDonald, “The Canon of the Modern-Day Superhero”
  • Michael Dittman, “The Desire Line: The Rhetoric of Comic Fan Production”
  • Brian P. Burke, “Continuity, Mythology and Commercialism in Comics”

Session D1: Creative Writing Performance

3:00–4:15 p.m.

KCAC Room 1

Chair: John Marsden

  • Antonio Vallone, “‘On the Death of the Original Jimmy Olsen’s Alter-ego’ and other poems
  • John Marsden, “Is That All?: Reflections on a Life Half-Lived”
  • Michael W. Cox, “Eve”
  • Itzi Meztli, “Excerpt from My Memoirs-Novel Manuscript: Surviving South Texas’ ‘Bodega Social Sorting Machine’”

Session D2: Social, Communal, and Personal History, Retold

3:00–4:15 p.m.

KCAC Room 4

Chair: Justus Humphrey

  • Thomas J. Slater, “Bringing the Past to Light:  Drama, Art, and History in Max Brooks’s The Harlem Hellfighters
  • Michael T. Williamson, “New Communal Memories: Jewish Interwar Literary Culture, Johann Sfar’s Graphic Novel The Rabbi’s Cat, and Alternatives to Maus”
  • Justus Humphrey, “David Small Down the Rabbit Hole”

Session D3: Comics and Mythology

3:00–4:15 p.m.

KCAC Room 5

Chair: Nicole Goulet

  • Nicole Goulet, “Priya’s Shakti: Reinvention of the Goddess and Social Activism”
  • Stephen Zimmerly, “Comics, Greek Mythology, and Young Adult Literature: Recontextualizing The Lightning Thief into a Graphic Novel”
  • Jonathan Long, “Grimm Fandangos: Fairy Tale Mythologies and World-Building Narratologies in Contemporary Comics and Graphic Novels”

Kill Shakespeare Live-Action Performance

5:00–6:30 p.m. 

McVitty Auditorium, Sprowls Hall

Keynote Address: Kill Shakespeare’s Conor McCreery

7:00–8:15 p.m.

KCAC Room 6

Saturday, March 11

Registration, KCAC Lobby

8:00–10:00 a.m.

Comic Book Sale, KCAC Lobby

9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Session E1: Building a Digital Magazine in an Undergraduate Writing Course

9:00–10:15 a.m.

KCAC Room 1

Chair: Michael W. Cox

  • Ashley Grego 
  • Victoria Kelly

Session E2: Comic Course Designs

9:00 a.m.–10:15 a.m.

KCAC Room 4

Chair: Tim Hibsman

  • Kelli Jo Kerry-Moran, “What I Learned in the Gutter: Comic Making as Reflection in Teacher Education”
  • Tim Hibsman, “Comic Development for Korean Sports Project”
  • Daniel J. Weinstein, “Design for a Course in Digital Composing”
  • Tammie Merino, “Storyboarding for Critical Thinking and Drafting in the Composition Classroom”

Session E1 (Workshop): Warning: Graphic Information Literacy Instruction

10:30–11:45 a.m.

KCAC Room 1

  • Maria Barefoot 

Session E2: Creative Prose by Pitt-Johnstown Undergrads

10:30–11:45 a.m.

KCAC Room 4

Chair: Michael W. Cox

  • Victoria Kelly 
  • Jaclyn Reed

Closing Remarks

12:00–12:30 p.m.

KCAC Room 6


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