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

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Western American Literature I

Session Chair: 
Stanley Orr, University of Hawai'i, West O'ahu
Session 9: 9:00-10:30am
RCC Raincross E


  1. Tim Luther, California Baptist University
    There are spirits haunting Eastwood’s Westerns. This paper conducts a hauntology on High Plains Drifter (1973) and Pale Rider (1985) in order to identify and exorcise their ghosts. Specters of Derrida--deconstructive thinking of the trace, of iterability, différance--exceed the traditional givens of Eastwood’s discourse that yearns for justice.
  2. David Arnold, "University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point"
    Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger re-examines several key tropes surrounding revisionism in film westerns.  But while the eponymous “hero” elicits important speculation on received notions of heroism and civilization, the film’s primary focus lies with Johnny Depp’s idiosyncratic portrayal of Tonto as a trickster figure.  This frame story does much to define the film’s outlook, aligning it thematically if not ideologically with an important but largely forgotten early representative of the genre, Arthur Penn’s Little Big Man (1970).
  3. Eleanor Byrne, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
    This paper will discuss contemporary critical debates around and between post-colonial  and globalisation theory as they  relate to  contemporary American cultural production of a globalisable Hawai'i. Using Gayatri Spivak's term Globalisability it will try to mobilise the nuances of her term as it relates to a political understanding of globalisation as impossible on the level of aesthetic production.    
  4. Leanne Day, University of Washington
    This paper explores how Hawai’i has been imagined through Hollywood in the last decade. I question how these Hollywood iterations of film and television as grounded in financial success and audience investment in pleasure provide a possible escape from encountering the complex histories of U.S. imperialism, Asian immigration, and the colonial past and present of Hawai’i.
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