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2019 Brandeis Novel Symposium – Talk on Sonny Liew

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    Weihsin Gui

    I’ll be giving a talk on Sonny Liew’s Eisner Award-winning The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye at the 2019 Brandeis Novel Symposium, and there are other fascinating talks on graphic novels lined up too. The event takes place on Friday April 12 at the Mandel Humanities Center, Brandeis University.

    Below is the program and a link to the BNS website. Registration is required but it’s *free*.

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    Friday, April 12

    10-12pm (Mandel 128 and 228)––Seminars: open to graduate and undergraduate students alike (lunch provided to all seminar participants; by prior registration only).

    ––Comics: Theory and History. With readings from Scott McCloud, etc. (Katie Trumpener and John Plotz)

    ––Fun Home. (Robin Miller and Sarah Wall-Randall)

    1pm––Plenary kickoff in the Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library building

    Welcome Address by John Plotz)

    Plenary talk by Katie Trumpener

    2:15––Coffee in Mandel

    2:30––Panel 1 (Mandel G3)

    Weihsin Gui, “Politics, Biofiction, and Autographics in Sonny Liew’s The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye”

    Daniella Gati “Drawing the Self, Erasing the Other: Oppressive Reality Effects in Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home”

    Eva-Sabine Zehelein, “Visualizing the Unspeakable – Self-Life-Drawing as Autotherapy in Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home and Sonja Schlappinger’s Die Kraft der Heil(ig)en Familie, vonChristl [The Power of the Whole/Holy Family, by Christl]”


    4:45––Panel 2 (Mandel G3)

    Jon Najarian,”Literary and Pictorial Narrative from Modernism to Comics”

    Daniel Worden, “Reading, Looking, Feeling: Comics After Legitimacy”

    6-7––Reception (Mandel Atrium) including a discussion of possible novels for next year

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