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

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American Literature after 1865 III

Session Chair: 
Colin Drumm, University of California, Riverside
Session 3: Friday 2:00-3:30pm
RCC Meeting Room 2


  1. Anni Aslanian, California State University, Los Angeles
    Our material obsessed culture, used to mask our true identities and intentions, are explored in an in-depth analysis of American Psycho’s well-dressed murderer in order to define society and who we are as a result. 
  2. David Puthoff, Minnesota State University, Mankato
    In this paper, I look at how William Gibson depicts two female protagonists doing social and technological work in the post-9/11 world of business, raising questions about the hidden work of exploiting new technologies and the ways women are used to facilitate networking on behalf of multinational corporations.
  3. Akiva Gottlieb, University of Michigan
    This paper will study the effects of narcissism on a dialectic of racial shame and pride in Percival Everett's 2001 novel Erasure. Everett’s satirical novel engages and purposefully exaggerates the epistemological bind facing the contemporary African-American novelist: either write with the express purpose of educating the public about “the African-American experience,” or risk complete invisibility and isolation. I will argue that Everett’s author protagonist, Thelonious “Monk” Ellison, fights for the right to his own narcissism.
  4. Colbert Root, Temple University
    This presentation will be a literary analysis of David Foster Wallace's late work. Focusing particularly on the stories from the short story collection, Oblivion, and his unfinished third novel, The Pale King, I will demonstrate how these works fit into a larger civic philosophy Wallace developed throughout his life.
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