Works-in-Progress: A Graduate Student Symposium Series

At this Works-in-Progress event, two graduate students will present work: Thai Kaewkaen and Thomas Scholz

Thai's presentation is entitled To the Buddha's Footprint: Conveying Phu's Poetry in English: What makes a world poet? Noh Anothai surveys the history of making Phu available to international readers, then calls for new approaches to translating and finding audiences for Thailand's national poet based on his work translating Journey to the Buddha's Footprint.

Thomas's presentation is entitled It's all about perspective: The next step in world-building theory  World-building is considered to be a creative act leading to a static product, i.e. an abstract concept of a fictional world that is "downloaded" via the narrative to the audience. Looking at different kinds of narrative, from novels to video games, I want to show why there is more to building a narrated world than current theorists acknowledge. World-building is, in fact, not so much about building a world than about telling it. 

Professor Gerhild Williams will facilitate the presentations and a Q&A.

Light refreshments will be served; everyone is welcome!

About the series: “Works-in-Progress” is a series of events for graduate students in Comparative Literature to share their work.  Each event will consist of two graduate students who will each present a paper and then allow for time for questions.  If you have a paper you’d like to present at a future “Works-in-Progress” event, please let Rebecca O'Laughlin know. Students who are presenting at a conference (or who are considering submitting a paper for consideration at a conference) are especially encouraged to use this forum to practice and get feedback, but everyone is welcome to share your work.