Joanna Caytas: “The Strong and Weak Forces of Otherness in Struggles for Social Control as Reflected in Jerzy Pilch’s Inne Rozkosze.”
Emily Austin Traverse: “What a Bloody Mess! Bodily Functions and Social Critique in Contemporary Polish and Russian Literature.”
Bartlomiej Zelajtys: “Generation “NO” and Lack of Minorities’ Influence in Modern Literature.”
The literary panel gathered truly unprecedented interest among conference participants. Its attendance substantially exceeded any of the preceding sessions at the conference. The ensuing discussion with Polish-American academics was so lively and engaged that it continued long after the official conclusion in the hallways. The literary panel session ended with an impassioned and well-received appeal by Professor Frajlich-Zając to PIASA to support and encourage young scholars in a systematic and sustained fashion.