112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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African American Literature I

Session Chair: 
Carlton Floyd, University of San Diego
Session 5: Saturday 8:45-10:15am
Marriott Embassy


  1. Stephanie Luke, Indiana University, Bloomington
    Hopkins drew inspiration from William James’s “The Hidden Self,” an essay that explores the connections between “mysticism” and identity. This paper explores the novel’s representation of racial heritage in relation to James’s psychological theories of fractured consciousness. It also theorizes how this duality of self fails to provide the novel with a sense of resolution.
  2. Cheri Carter, Alamo Colleges District
    This paper explores the ways in which Toni Morrison’s Beloved relies on conventions of the American and Female Gothic to reflect upon the repressed historical, cultural and familial legacies that continue to influence Afro American communities. I contend that because Beloved’s author and protagonist are  Afro American women, the novel both deviates from and adheres to conventions found in other works of the American and of the Female Gothic. 
  3. Vivianna Orsini, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
      Studying women and culture in correlation to one another in Toni Morrison’s Beloved can reveal women as the foundation of a strong, cultural identity. This essay will examine women as culture bearers, and motherhood as both identity and resistance by juxtaposing the ghost of Beloved  of Baby Suggs.
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