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

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English Literature and Culture: 20th and 21st Century

Session Chair: 
Kevin Swafford, Bradley University
Session 3: Friday 2:00-3:30pm
Marriott Salon II


  1. Megan Cannella, University of Nevada, Reno
    Nick Hornby’s  A Long Way Down showcases four adults, three British and one American, who gather on a London rooftop, with the common goal of ending their lives. This paper will explore the commodification of national identity as these characters negotiate the liminality of the rooftop and their relationship with each other.
  2. Teresa Boyer, California State University, Northridge
    This project discusses Septimus Warren Smith, the shell-shocked veteran of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, as a representative of the British struggle to reconcile pre-war ideals of masculinity, nationalism, and class, with the undeniable prevalence of shell-shocked soldiers returning from the Great War.
  3. Albert Battistelli, Kent State University
    This essay responds to the suggestion that Rebecca West's The Return of the Soldier places female trauma next to male trauma through the character Kitty. Through an examination of West's intentional language in charactreizing Margaret, readers will find a more compelling female trauma placed directly alongside the male trauma Chris experiences.
  4. AJ Burgin, University of Washington, Seattle
    This paper argues that the leather jacket, as a cultural artifact, signifies a distinct masculine aesthetic movement of the inter-war period. As both material and affective armor, the leather jacket represents the necessary interpolation of anxiety and violence into shifting conceptions of masculinity.
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