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

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"A (Wo)Man in the Mirror": Immigrant Transitions I

Session Chair: 
Ljiljana Coklin, University of California, Santa Barbara
Session 9: 9:00-10:30am
RCC Meeting Room 6


  1. Jeffrey Herlihy-Mera, University of Puerto Rico
    The scholarly treatment of immigration in American Literatures often concerns the writings of newcomers to the US, but there is also a rich corpus of literature from emigrant Americans (that is, authors from the US who moved elsewhere). Ernest Hemingway is often labeled an “expatriate” but he did not intend to return to the US from Cuba (and did so under threat of violence), making him an immigrant to Cuba. This paper examines how Hemingway’s immersion in Cuban culture influenced the literary devices in his writing. 
  2. Katherine Steelman, California State University Long Beach
    LA’s oldest operating Latin@ gay bar, La Plaza, is a paradox –  at once frozen in time, and yet embodying physical and national transition. I interrogate the relationship between drag performance, transgender identity and migration as it manifests itself in the physical location of La Plaza through the scholarly works of Jose Muñoz and others, as well as through interviews with people who inhabit the space of La Plaza.
  3. Cara Busch, National Chengchi University, Taiwan
    Much has been written about the Othering of bodies and groups of people, but the Othering of places themselves has received little attention. This paper connects the research of real-world Chinatowns to its representations in American film and TV. When the borders of Chinatown on screen are breached by outsiders, visitors will find alien eatables, self-Orientalism, and violence. This border also delineates different generations of Chinese immigrants on either side.
  4. Daniel Chaskes, LIM College
    This essay argues that sexual transgression in  contemporary U.S. immigration narratives represents a rejection of conventional assimilatory practices rooted in consumerism and class mobility.      
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