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 II

Session Chair: 
Karen Heinemann, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
Session 6: Saturday 10:30am-12:00pm
Marriott Orangecrest


  1. Jane Correia, Pitzer College
    This paper explores global cities through through visual and literary depictions, illuminating each city’s character. I consider how these visions inform, romanticize, enhance, and darken our perceptions of the present globalizing world. I ask how global cities such as New York, Mumbai, Paris and Tokyo become characters in the stories rather than mere settings. I argue that global cities, while similar in many ways, retain cultural idiosyncrasies that resist erasure in the globalization process.
  2. Amanda Smith, University of California, Santa Cruz
    This paper analyzes the Guayana region of Venezuela in the early twentieth-century through a geocritical lens. I examine how both narrative and school geography manuals compete to define the meaning of one of Venezuela’s peripheries at a time when petrodollars were restructuring both Venezuela’s economy and geography.
  3. Morani Kornberg, University at Buffalo, State University of New York
    This paper engages with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through an examination of protest poetry written by Mizrahi poets, also defined as “Arab-Jews.” By reconsidering the Mizrahi, the paper argues that identities conflate and collapse and the territory of Israel/Palestine becomes one spatial unit that obliterates the boundaries of the conflict entirely.
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