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

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Geocritical Approaches to 20th and 21st Century Literatures I

Session Chair: 
Megan Cannella, University of Nevada, Reno
Session 5: Saturday 8:45-10:15am
RCC Meeting Room 7


  1. Anna Hiller, Idaho State University
    This is a comparative study that examines New York City as a space of exile for the Spanish poet Federico García Lorca, writing in 1929-30, and Chilean poet Enrique Lihn, writing in the 1970s. The two poets construct the city as a place of witness, but not of participation, and use the overpowering presence of NYC as a vehicle for reflections on their expatriation, demonstrating an ambivalence toward, and friction with, the city that accepts them and rejects them by turns, and vice versa.
  2. Lydia Heberling, University of Washington, Seattle
    This paper explores the possibility of reading Doris Pilkington Garimara's three books, Caprice, A Stockman's DaughterRabbit-Proof Fence, and Under the Wintamarra Tree, as a songline that decolonizes Australia's dominant colonial narrative and asserts a new narrative that strives to re-suture indigenous communities back to the land. 
  3. Paulina M. Gonzales, University of California, San Diego
    Thomas S. Whitecloud’s “Blue Winds Dancing” (1938) is a short story that represents a protagonist’s journey home to his tribal nation in Wisconsin. In my paper, I investigate Whitecloud’s short story from a geo- and eco-critical perspective that draws on Mishuana Goeman’s concept of (re)mapping. 
  4. Kyle Bladow, University of Nevada, Reno
    Combining ecocriticism with Native literary criticism, this paper examines literary representations of coalitional activism in the Upper Great Lakes, which draws on cultural traditions, the rhetoric of prophecy, and attachment to place to resist environmental degradation and to acknowledge the lively “spirit” of land and water.
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