This year's UCF English Symposium, “Becoming (De)Familiarized,” is open to the public


Tomorrow (Friday, Feb. 20) marks the fourth annual English Symposium held at University of Central Florida. Though this event is mainly focused on the contribution of current students, alumni and faculty of the school, it is completely free and open to the public. Each year's symposium offers a different theme, and this year the theme is “Becoming (De)Familiarized” – which could include being de-familiarized with the self, other and/or world.

“By making ourselves familiar with the unfamiliar and reimagining our perspectives on the normal, we may come to understand subjects more fully and widen our intellectual

This symposium will serve as a safe haven for writers and anyone interested who swerves away from the norm. Speakers from the university will address aspects of the craft such as different writing techniques, constructing the self, navigating magical realism and gaming, depictions of gender and more in seminar panels.

This symposium begins at 9 a.m. in Colbourn Hall. The first panel kicks off at 10:15 a.m., but arrive early if you’d like to enjoy a cup of coffee while registering. Though this event is open to the public, non-UCF students or staff who would like to attend will need to purchase a one-day parking permit ($5) in the Visitor and Parking Information Center at the corner of Central Florida Boulevard and Gemini Boulevard South.

With more than 25 participating speakers, visitors will leave with knowledge, and perhaps even new influences. The event comes to a close around 5 p.m., but a reception follows from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in CNH (Colbourn Hall) 401, where guests will have the opportunity to socialize and ask questions. Panels and further reading are listed below; see the full pamphlet here.

First Session: 10:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Panel 1: Growing Pains: Sexuality and the Bildungsroman
Moderator: Patricia Angley
“The Masculine—Feminine and Feminine—Masculine: Successful and Failed Gender Role Reversal in Margaret Oliphant’s Miss Marjoribanks,” Ashleigh Ann Gardner
“Experiencing the Artfulness of the Object: The Function of the I, Off- Colored Seasons, and Defamiliarized Sexuality in Carson McCullers’s The Member of the Wedding,” Sarah-Marie Horning
“Deep Inside the Cobwebby Caves: A Creative Reading,” Danielle Armstrong “Defamiliarizing the Bildungsroman Through Specific Language Forms in Julia
Alvarez’s Novel How the García Girls Lost Their Accents,” Victoria Polk
CNH, Suite 146—Graduate Student Center, Presentation Room

Panel 2: Skirting the Issue: Depictions of Gender
Moderator: Kathleen Oliver
“Deleuze, Derrida, and Defamiliarization: Sadomasochism and the Female Voice in Lady Mary Roth’s Pamphilia to Amphilanthus,” Nazeer Bacchus
“Distortion and Gender Terror in The Mysterious Mother,” Melina Stewart
“Bringing It On Home: Gender and Sexuality in Led Zeppelin,” Sasha Strelitz
“‘She Had Reminded Me of Plants’: Proto-ecofeminism in Nathaniel Haw- thorne’s The Blithedale Romance,” Bryan Williams
CNH Suite 146—Graduate Student Center, Conference Room

Second Session: 1:30 – 3:15 p.m.
Panel 3: Press Start: Navigating the Landscape of Magical Realism and Gaming
Moderator: Ashleigh Ann Gardner
“Humanoid, Yet Inhuman: The ‘Othering’ of Goblins and other Sentient Hu- manoid Races,” Tyler Chatelain
“The Shattered Minds of Kingdom Hearts,” Eric Murnane
“The History of Flight, ” Jamie Poissant
“Alice Estranged: Global Neo-Victorianism, Graphic Novels, and the Ethics of Appropriation,” Anna Maria Jones
CNH 401

Panel 4: Constructing the Self: Familiarized and Defamiliarized Identity
Moderator: Patrick D. Murphy
“The Embodiment and Identity of Diaspora in the Graphic Narrative Maus, ” Brett Schwartz
“The Fractured Narrative’s Impact on Nationalism, Gender, and Time in Con- temporary Fiction,” Benjamin Buckingham
“Defamiliarizing the Self: Black Swan and the Infinite Regress of the Mirror Image,” Sara Raffel
CNH, Suite 146—Graduate Student Center, Presentation Room

Third Session: 3:30 – 5:15 p.m.
Panel 5: A Method of Madness: Pedagogical and Writing Techniques
Moderator: James Campbell
“Complicity: Defamiliarizing and Alienating the University,” Barry Mauer
“A Chance Encounter: A Surrealist Research Approach to Zusak’s The Book Thief,” Amanda Hill
“The Self on the Page: Creating ‘I’ as Character in Memoir,” Laurie Uttich
CNH 401

Panel 6: Coffee with Orwell and Huxley: Alternate & Dystopic Realities
Moderator: Sasha Strelitz
“The Sacred Engine: Class, Revolution and Thinking Outside the Tube in Snow- piercer,”Amandalin Valentine
“Neal Stephenson: Excavating Epochs from Eden for Cyber Cynics in Snow Crash,” Jenna Miller
“We are the Terrorists,” Pearson Bolt
The Grotesque: A Philosophical Inquiry on the Defamiliarization of Tor- ture and the Grotesque
Moderator: Bryan Williams
“The Aesthetics of Torture in Flannery O’Connor’s ‘A Temple of the Holy Ghost,’” John Ottinger
“Eating the Slippery Liver: Why the Grotesque & Vulgar in Poetry is a Beauti- ful Thing,” Judith Roney
CNH, Suite 146—Graduate Student Center, Presentation Room

For Further Reading
Bahbha, Homi. The Location of Culture. London: Routledge, 2004. Print.
Best, Steven and Douglas Kellner. Postmodern Theory. New York: Guilford Press, 1991. Print.
Derrida, Jacques. Writing and Difference. Trans. Alan Bass. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1980. Print.
Faris, Wendy. Ordinary Enchantments: Magical Realism and the Remysti- fication of Narrative. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2004. Print.
Freud, Sigmund. Civilization and Its Discontents. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2010. Print.
—-. The Interpretation of Dreams. New York: Basic Books, 2010. Print.
—-. The Uncanny. New York: Penguin, 2003. Print.
Gilbert, Sandra M. and Susan Gubar. The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Ninteenth Century Literary Imagination. London: Yale University Press, 2000. Print.
Lacan, Jacques. Écrits: The First Complete Edition in English. Trans. Bruce Fink. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2007. Print.
Levinas, Emmanuel. Alterity and Transcendence. New York: Colum- bia University Press, 2000. Print.
Mulvey, Laura. Fetishism and Curiosity (Perspectives). Bloomington: Indiana University Press. 1996. Print.
—-. Visual and Other Pleasures (Language, Discourse, Society). 2nd ed. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. Print.
Said, Edward. Orientalism. London: Vintage, 1979. Print.
Shklovsky, Viktor. Theory of Prose (Russian Literature Series). London: Dalkey Archive Press, 1991. Print.

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