ALA 2017

American Literature Association Annual Conference

May 25-28

Westin Copley Place, Boston

I:   Adapting/Performing/Framing Vonnegut: Film, Television, and Beyond in Context

Chaired by Thomas Hertweck, University of Nevada, Reno

  1. “Forty-second Street in Vonnegut: Viewing Slaughterhouse-Five and Breakfast of Champions in the Context of Exploitation Films,” R. Brent McNeely, Bob Jones University
  2. “Queer Performance and Spectacle in Breakfast of Champions: From Novel to Film,” Nicole Lowman, University at Buffalo
  3. “Crashing the World of Kurt Vonnegut: Fanfiction as Adaption,” Jim O’Loughlin, University of Northern Iowa
  4. “From ‘The Fur-Lined Bouillon Cup’ to Happy Birthday, Wanda June: Penelope’s Odyssey,” Christina Jarvis, The State University of New York at Fredonia

II:  Community Building and Social Narratives in the Work of Kurt Vonnegut

Chaired by Zach Perdieu, Texas State University

  1. “Granfalloonery Hits Home: Vonnegut and the Family Romance,” Robert T. Tally, Jr., Texas State University
  2. “Not All Untruths Are Harmless: Minor Characters’ Narratives in Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five,” Kevin Brown, Lee University
  3. “Mapping Midland: Kurt Vonnegut and Small Town, USA,” Zach Perdieu, Texas State University
  4. “Matter That Complains So – The Posthuman Solar System of The Sirens of Titan,” Andy Hicks, University of Bristol