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

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Postcolonial Literature

Session Chair: 
Lorna Hutchison, Metropolitan State University of Denver, First Year Success
Session 7: Saturday 1:45-3:15pm
RCC Meeting Room 9


  1. Sarah DeYoreo, Portland State University
    Looking at Helon Habila’s 2010 novel Oil on Water, a fictional account of the ongoing oil crisis in Nigeria, this paper explores the relationship between legacies of human and geographical violence, trauma, memory, and the role of the journalist as recuperative witness and bearer of testimony. 
  2. Laura Macarewich, "California State University, Fullerton"
    In this short story, set in nineteenth century British India, a disturbing and violent conflict occurs when a British soldier insults the Hindu religion, challenging the natives to respond according to the Indian proverb: “Your gods and my gods – do you or I know which are the stronger?” 
  3. Robert Kyriakos Smith, University of California, Los Angeles
    Through readings of her novels Abeng (1984) and No Telephone to Heaven (1987), and essay "Caliban's Daughter" (1991), my presentation finds untenable, and redirects scholarship out of, the unexamined and uncritical preoccupation with mixed-race Jamaican novelist, poet, and essayist Michelle Cliff's body and the fetishization of her light skin.
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