Coloring Outside the Lines

April 7, 2014

13th Annual Sequels Symposium


E3W invites you to attend the 13th Annual Sequels Symposium “Coloring Outside the Lines: Development, Deviance, and the Domestic.” Sequels is an annual graduate student conference sponsored by the Department of English and the Ethnic and Third World (E3W) literatures group. The conference centers around the recent work of UT-Austin alumni and showcases the research of current graduate students. This year’s conference features Dr. Eve Dunbar, Associate Dean of the Faculty & Associate Professor in the Department of English at Vassar College, and Dr. Kenneth Kidd, Chair of the Department of English at the University of Florida.

Crossing genres and borders, Dunbar and Kidd both engage with the ways that literary imaginations inform twentieth century American culture. Dunbar’s work in Black Regions of the Imagination: African American Writers Between the Nation and the World (2012) is a “study in representations of belonging” which traces black authors’ uses of ethnographic and anthropological tropes to imagine the United States as “a third narrative space…the region.” Kidd examines the relationship between children’s literature and psychoanalysis in Freud in Oz: At the Intersections of Psychoanalysis and Children’s Literature (2011), describing his subject as “neither children’s literature nor psychoanalysis but rather their interactions and odd offspring…the ‘Betwixt-n-Between.'” Together, the marginalized genres, the scientific discourses, and the regions Betwixt-n-Between explored by our speakers inspire this year’s Sequels Symposium.


Keynote Address – Thursday, April 10, 7 p.m.

The Texas Union, Eastwoods Room

  • Welcome: Dr. Martin Kevorkian, Associate Chair, Department of English
  • Speaker Introductions: Sequoia Maner and Aubri Ploudre
  • Speakers: Dr. Eve Dunbar and Dr. Kenneth Kidd

Panels – Friday, April 11, 9 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

The Texas Union, Eastwoods Room

History, Family, Failure: 9:00-10:45am

Moderator: Regina Mills

  • Rubi Sanchez (Asian Studies), Ghettonerds and Bollywood Heroes: Reading Diaspora, Masculinity and Failure in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and Kal Ho Naa
  • Laura Fish (Middle Eastern Studies), Un-Obstructing Love: Palestinian Film and the Visualization of Experience
  • Keith Leisner (English), “Consulting the Oracle”: The History and Effects of Literary Biography as a Marginalized Genre
  • Chienyn Chi (Comparative Literature), Taiwanese Museums: a Space of History and Fiction

Nation, Folklore, Culture: 11:00am-12:45pm

Moderator: Robin Riehl

  • Lucia Palmer (Radio-Television-Film), The 1491s “Represent”: YouTube Comedy as a Third Space for American Indian Counter-Discourse
  • Lauren Grewe (English), “To bid his people rise”: Political Renewal and Spiritual Contests at Red Jacket’s Reburial
  • Jason Escandell (English), Inconvenient Artifacts: Destroying the Saxons and Disintegrating the Past in Saint Erkenwald
  • Caroline Pinkston (American Studies), Figments of the Folk Imagination: Fantasy and Authenticity in Beasts of the Southern Wild

Professionalization Roundtable – Friday, April 11, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

The Texas Union, Eastwoods Room

  • Moderator: Dr. Helena Woodard (Associate Professor, Dept. of English, UT Austin)
  • Panelists: Dr. Eve Dunbar & Dr. Kenneth Kidd


Sequels Co-Chairs: Allison Haas and Brianna Hyslop

Sponsors: The Department of English and Ethnic & Third World Literatures

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