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

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Comparative American Ethnic Literature

Session Chair: 
Melanie Hernandez, California State University, Fresno
Session 4: Friday 3:45-5:15pm
RCC Meeting Room 3


  1. Saskia Fuerst, University of Salzburg (Austria)
    Within literature, black women authors have used elements of the fantastic to address systems of oppression in Western society. Both Paule Marshal and Gloria Naylor incorporate the fantastic into Praisong for the Widow and Mama Day, repsectively, (re)discovering African religious practices as a source of self-development, empowerment and independence for their older female characters.
  2. Jennifer Lopez-Lam, Cal Poly Pomona
    In her revisionary novel, Love Medicine, Louise Erdrich spins an intricate web of storiesmeant to mirror her characters’ equally complex and enigmatic ties to kin andcommunity and to assert memory’s material and unifying presence throughout thenarrative.
  3. Hao J. Tam, University of Pennsylvania
    Using “critical interethnicity” as a framework, this paper examines how the state seeks to incorporate Vietnam War refugees and veterans of color through the concepts of “the gift of the life” and “the gift of death” respectively. Analyzed here is the politics of “saying no to thanks” in lê thi diem thúy’s The Gangster We Are All Looking For (2003) and Yusef Komunyakaa’s “Thanks” from Dien Cai Dau (1988).
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