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

East-West Literary Relations

Session Chair: 
Mike Sugimoto, Pepperdine University
San Gabriel


  1. Jean Amato, Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York
    In this study I focus primarily on Amy Tan’s 1995 novel, The Hundred Secret Senses, to probe cultural expressions of desire and significance assigned to the imagined space of an ancestral homeland. 
  2. Melody Yunzi Li, Washington University of St. Louis
      This paper explores how contemporary Chinese immigrant writers show the complicated formulation of Chinese immigrants’ home and identities through their romantic relationships. It hopes to demonstrate that the importance of the vicissitudes of romantic love in diasporic experience shows us that it is the affectionate relationships and attachments that determine diasporic identities. 
  3. Nataliya Pratsovyta, University of Maryland, College Park
    The paper looks at Hemingway’s use of English and Spanish in his novel For Whom the Bell Tolls in relation to Tolstoy’s use of Russian and French in his War and Peace. These different models of bilingualism in the novels help the authors negotiate different philosophies of history.
  4. Michele Stornello, Independent Scholar
    This presentation details the need for widespread curriculum that guides students to appreciate how authors utilize key literary theories to deconstruct the power and hatefulness of extremism and illuminate the common core beliefs of humans. Furthermore, the work addresses the inherent challenges with this type of project; justification for why the English classroom is an ideal platform; and a breakdown of theories, potential texts, and interdisciplinary possibilities.
Session Cancelled: