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

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Autobiography III: Crossing Culture and Language: Narratives of Émigré and Exile

Session Chair: 
Ali Almajnooni, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Session 3: Friday 2:00-3:30pm
RCC Meeting Room 4
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  1. Ulrich Bach, Texas State University
    During the Blitz in 1940, London was subjected to German air raids. The attacks also produced some of the most awe-inspiring memoires, diaries and life-writings in British literature. The autobiography of Austrian Hilde Spiel and other émigré writers sheds light on the life of the exile community in London. 
  2. Atef Laouyene, California State University, Los Angeles
    This paper argues that the popularity of narratives about Middle Eastern violence in the afterm of 9/11, especially the testimonial genre, cannot be fully understood unless read through the market-oriented exoticist paradigms of the metropolitan culture industry in which those narratives circulate. 
  3. Dulce de Castro, Collin College
    This paper examineshow language, translation, and literacy are used as the sites for self-exploration, identity re-creation, and analysis of the effects of crossing cultural and linguistic boundaries in Lost in Translation, Eva Hoffman’s autobiography. 
  4. Heejung Sim, Independent Scholar
    This paper examines how minority writers falls victim to the postcolonial conditions and internalize the struggle, but also stands as a symbol of resistance to both hegemonic powers and in-group expectations on how one "ought" to represent one's memoir as a voice of the collective rather than the individual's.  
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