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 III

Session Chair: 
Anna Hiller, Idaho State University
Session 7: Saturday 1:45-3:15pm
Marriott Orangecrest


  1. Belinda Peterson, Lehigh University
    This paper advances the question of agency in Toni Cade Bambara’s depiction of wellness in relation to urban and rural landscapes in The Salt Eaters. Bambara’s situates her main character, Velma at the intersection of western allopathic medicine and alternative healing practices in order to fully engage the question of agency beyond the tethers of western medical constructions of illness/wellness.
  2. Andrew Lyndon Knighton, California State University, Los Angeles
    This project challenges critical accounts of Thomas McGrath as chiefly a Midwestern regionalist poet, and argues that his work, informed by the intensity of his experiences in a 1950s Los Angeles he described as “demonic,” must be understood as reconfiguring boundaries between the local and global, and the personal and political.
  3. Karen Heinemann, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
    Amy Waldman’s novel The Submission tackles questions of identity and space through the use of a memorial. Because trauma is a fracturing event, the characters must rebuild their understanding of themselves as well as their fractured landscape. I would argue that all of the people within the novel have been personally affected by the terrorist , thus altering their personal identities as well as their sense of national identity. Additionally, questions of sacred spaces are considered. 
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