Literature and Criticism PhD candidates Alexandra Lykissas, who is also a part-time faculty member in the English Department, and Eliza Albert-Baird presented their research on April 13 and 14, 2017, at the 47th annual Popular Culture Association-American Culture Association National Conference in San Diego, California.
Lykissas’s presentation, “When Fairy Tales Collide: Postmodern Feminist Fairy Tale Adaptations in the Novels Indexing and Winter,” focused on how 21st-century popular culture fairy tale adaptations incorporate a new type of fairy tale—collaborative stories where characters work together to overcome the “evil” character—which offers possible solutions to dealing with contemporary issues and concerns. This presentation was a condensed version of the first chapter of her dissertation, which she is currently working on.
Albert-Baird’s presentation, “‘I Sometimes Feel as if I’ve Given Birth to this Island’: Death, Rebirth, and the Body in Dear Esther,” focused on the embodied nature of video gaming and games, as related to the video game Dear Esther, where the setting of the game (an island) parallels the landscape of the disembodied character’s body. This presentation is related to her dissertation area of embodied games/gaming.
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