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

African American Literature III

Session Chair: 
Carlton Floyd, University of San Diego
San Rafael


  1. Jack Taylor, University of Hawai'i, Manoa
    This paper analyzes the sense of touch in Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room and Another Country. I argue that the sense of touch is a key component in both novels. In both of these texts—and perhaps throughout Baldwin’s entire corpus—touching functions as a means to bridge gaps between different social groups. 
  2. Grant Palmer, University of California, Riverside
    Historically, queerness has been rejected by a dominant version of African American uplift projects operating under the leadership of a heteronormative and patriarchal ideology. I understand Alice Walker's The Color Purple as challenging this dominant ideology by offering a positive view of a queered family structure. 
  3. David Rose, Humboldt University (Germany)
    Donald Bakeer’s CRIPS (1987) posits traditional families and street gangs as contending units of social belonging. Paying special attention to the aspect of violence, my paper will outline how gangs are constructed in the text as substitute familial structures, exhibiting an allure the biological family has difficulties keeping up with.
  4. Set-Byul Moon, Ewha Womans University, South Korea
    This paper explores how a black war vet protagonist is described as a victim in Toni Morrison’s tenth novel, Home, and how readers should understand this victim’s murder during the Korean War. Face it--your hero may not be a hero and you may not be the only victim here.
Session Cancelled: