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

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African American Literature II

Session Chair: 
Jerry Rafiki Jenkins, Palomar College
Session 6: Saturday 10:30am-12:00pm
Marriott Embassy


  1. Tim Randell, University of San Diego
    Nigger Heaven can be viewed as a practical symposium conducted by Carl Van Vechten in which many black artists participated, including Countee Cullen, Aaron Douglas, Langston Hughes, and the many black voices that appeared in the more idealistic theoretical symposium that W. E. B. Du Bois initiated in The Crisis in 1924 on how blackness should be portrayed. 
  2. Michael McGee Jr., University of California, Berkeley
    This paper reevaluates the commemorations of the racial victories of the 1860s and 1960s, arguing that while narratives of progress suggest the achievement of freedom, they advance an idealism that displace freedom as daily practices of lived experience in favor of celebrating markers of racial resolution.
  3. Martin Japtok, Palomar College
    While Everett's novel My Name Is Not Sidney Poitier has a light, ironic touch and is full of puns, jokes, and playful allusions, its implications prove gloomy: Not Sidney's journey ends in frustration as he cannot find a model for an identity that allows him both to be black and simply be.
  4. Carlton Floyd, University of San Diego
    Set in Washington DC, Mengestu’s text offers a rare literary glimpse of the complexities of gentrification and a deft appraisal of the racial and socioeconomic intersections therein. This paper extricates aspects of this complexity to argue that gentrification often creates spaces where racial and socioeconomic differences cannot reasonably coexist.   
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