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

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East-West Literary Relations

Session Chair: 
Matthew James Bond, University of California, Riverside
Session 7: Saturday 1:45-3:15pm
RCC Meeting Room 5


  1. Kristen Waha, University of California, Davis
    This paper examines Toru Dutt’s under-studied French novel, Le Journal de Mlle d’Arvers (1878) as a work which mediates between Catholic and Protestant notions of female piety and intervenes in controversies on child marriage in India. The reception of Dutt’s novel in the British and French periodical press also demonstrates the ways in which English and French languages and nationalist identities vied for dominance in colonial cultural contexts.
  2. Lise-Helene Smith , California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
    Bach Mai’s Of Ivory and Opium stages the filming of the opium caravan in the golden triangle to question the role of a Vietnamese Canadian journalist whose mixed-race heritage thematizes the contentious relationship between East and West. Of Ivory asks whether global capitalism can dictate the erasure of the self grounded in an absent Việt Nam and in ghostly memories of the lost Vietnamese mother.
  3. Teresa Rinaldi, National University
    In 1908, the first Japanese immigrants arrived in Brazil. In this moment, this group accustomed to a single race in their home country faced a multiracial society. They  confronted a multi-ethnic reality with differences of all kinds. For the first time, they had to rethink their sense of identity and belonging. 
Session Cancelled: