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

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Global Diasporas: Spectrality and the Uncanny

Session Chair: 
Weihsin Gui, University of California, Riverside
Session 5: Saturday 8:45-10:15am
RCC Meeting Room 8


  1. William Arighi, Independant Scholar
    This paper examines two Philippine-North American novels for the constitutive role of forgetting in the construction of diaspora.
  2. Lauren Brown, Occidental College
    This paper explores the influences on the Negritude movement including the Harlem Renaissance writers and the Martinican intellectuals Paulette and Jane Nardal. I argue that any discussion of the precursors to Negritude must also include an examination of the transnational encounters which nourished the movement.
  3. Ljiljana Coklin, University of California, Santa Barbara
    This paper examines Marianne Hirsch’s notion of postmemory as it applies to memoir writing in Gary Shteyngart’s Little Failure (2014). The particular focus will be on the ways in which postmemory can be accommodated into the life of the postgeneration and translated culturally and aesthetically.
  4. Vanessa Nelsen, Emory University
    In Papí (2005), the Dominican singer and writer, Rita Indiana Hernández redefines the Caribbean father-figure and the ghost story. Borrowing from Derrida's Specters of Marx (1993), I conclude that Indiana renders phallocentric ideology of consumerism and dictatorships) as a concrete system appropriate for dispossession.
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