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 II

Session Chair: 
Daniel Chaskes, LIM College
Session 10: Sunday 10:45am-12:15pm
RCC Meeting Room 6


  1. Mary-Catherine Breed, Independent Scholar
    The path of migration in Middlesex, when viewed alongside the unique heteroglots of is many cities, provides commentary on the dialectical nature of gender identity and development.
  2. Danielle Cofer, University of Rhode Island
    The television figure, the Bionic Woman, provides Thanh and Mai in Lan Cao’s Monkey Bridge with a hybrid figure to communicate desires that otherwise seem to run counter to one another. This western media figure encodes ideal conceptions of heroism and is utilized to bond them when communication breaks down.
  3. Claire Pelonis, California State University, Long Beach
    This paper demonstrates the relationship between Cherríe Moraga’s Giving Up the Ghost and a recent progression towards understanding Chicana identities in a global sense rather than as a product of Mexican migration. Moraga credits globalization for positive developments in the feminist movement and acknowledges the potential for nations of women that do not recognize national boundaries. Despite lamenting a trend towards multiculturalism, Moraga’s play embodies Suman Gupta’s theory that globalization is inescapably entangled with literature. 
  4. Katie Frye, Pepperdine University
    Kate Chopin's novel proposes three representations of postbellum motherhood—Edna, Adèle Ratignolle, and Edna’s unnamed nurse—and in so doing, it offers two different registers of the grotesque, one of aesthetics and one of the nineteenth-century legal system, complete with its none-too-subtle racial codification of black women as both human and animal.  This paper focuses on the latter, and in its examination, it will dialogue with notions of identity politics, cultural contexts, and family dynamics.   
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