114th Annual Conference - Pasadena, California
Friday, November 11 - Sunday, November 13, 2016

African American Literature II

Session Chair: 
Adrian Arancibia, San Diego Miramar College
San Rafael


  1. Erika Wenstrom, Diablo Valley College
    My paper analyzes Literary Concord’s embrace of Douglass as a new-and-improved Emerson in the late 1840s. Emerson’s audience was feeling increasingly underserved by his resistance to social activism.  Douglass offered Emerson’s fans more of what they loved about the Concord Sage, but also much of what Emerson appeared to lack. 
  2. Cassandra Galentine, University of Oregon
    In this paper, I will explore how in The Cancer Journals, Audre Lorde helps establish what would later be considered a pillar of ecofeminist theory: the importance of understanding the intersectionality of oppression. I will use scholars such as Greta Gaard and Val Plumwood to illustrate how Lorde's memoir was ahead of the curve and provides an archive of personal knowledge and experiences that fully embody the field of ecofeminism which developed shortly after its publication.
  3. Chereka Dickerson, Metropolitan State University of Denver
    Ntozake Shange's for colored girls, can be read as life narrative by understanding how her text is autobiographical while simultaneously subverting autobiography. In particular, this paper will examine how language is used subversively, specifically using Henry Louis Gates, Jr's theory of signifyin(g) as a means of subverting language. 
Session Cancelled: