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

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American Literature after 1865 II

Session Chair: 
Clarissa Castaneda, University of California, Riverside
Session 2: Friday 10:45am-12:15pm
RCC Meeting Room 2


  1. Dino Kladouris, University of Washington - Seattle
    I shall explore two gaps in current scholarship of Henry James’ The Bostonians. I argue that the novel’s lesbian pairing between Olive Chancellor and Verena Tarrant is informed by maternal absence in the political sphere; each suffer from hysteria partly due to their desire to recreate maternal bonds. Because the novel’s protagonist, Olive Chancellor, was based on Alice James, this reading may reveal that James blamed their mother for his sister’s hysterical nature and queerness.
  2. Vana Derohanessian, California State University, Northridge
    In “Little Girls Lost”, the theory of intertextuality will prove crucial to the reader’s comprehension of ways in which Vladimir Nabokov creates a sympathetic reader for such an unsavory, unsympathetic character like Humbert Humbert in Lolita. Reader responses, as well as a critical intertextual approach, will be integrall to understanding the connection between the familiar, comforting images from Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, and the consenting reaction the reader has towards Humbert Humbert. 
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