Taking literature “On The Road”

C.A.L.L. Festival travels through Dawson

by Bianca Brais

The Creative Arts Literature and Languages (C.A.L.L) festival launched on Tuesday April 27 where the first two panel of graduating students presented their end-of-term projects influenced by the 1958 American novel, On the Road, at The Literature Profile Academic Conference (LPAC).

The first three students who presented their topics in the first panel were moderated by Alessia Faustini, Plant Editor. Faustini introduced Justin Pulice who did a lecture on space travel in literature, analysing Ray Bradbury’s Mars is Heaven, Kurt Vonnegut’s The Siren of Titan, and Douglas Adam’s The Hitchhicker’s Guide to the Galaxy. He expands on the fact that while reading these novels; the reader discovers that “without a question, there is no answer.”

Following Pulice, Domenica Martinello discussed the necessity of the unattainable American dream through selected classics such as The Great Gatsby, Fight Club and On the Road. Martinello presented all three literary novels saying they had different styles but the same formula. “(The novels) glorified the American Identity, they glorified the American dream.”

Alicia Schneider then presented her topic which included an analysis of constructed language in Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange. She explains that this novel brainwashes the reader, pointing out how easy brainwashing is. Schneider then elaborated on the fact that “the medium becomes the message.”

The second panel of students were moderated by Jade Melnick who introduced the next few speakers, starting with Courtney Purcell. Homosexual identity in literature was analysed by Purcell. She examined In Society, The Picture of Dorian Gray and Invisible Monster.

Furthermore, Sean Tepper, future Ryerson Journalism student discussed New Journalism in Sports Literature, linking it to Michael Lewis’ The Blind Side. Tepper explained that New Journalism is about channelling a characters’ thought and getting emotionally attached to them.

Amanda Hooper ended the conference with a detailed analysis on Allen Ginsberg’s Howl. Hooper talked about the Beat Generation. She involved the values and the developed beat generation theory.

The panel of scholars who presented their topic were graduating students who were required to write a 15-page paper for Liana Bellon’s Integrating Activity Course. The students who had a strong thesis had the opportunity to present their papers to the Dawson community.

The final panel of students will present their papers on Friday, April 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m., in 5B16. A variety of topics will be explored from the effect of politics on Russia to the analysis of certain characters in literature.

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