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

Oceanic Literatures and Cultures

Session Chair: 
Kelema Moses, Occidental College
Sierra Bonita


  1. Hallie Marshall, The University of British Columbia
    This paper seeks to use the annual competitive choral dance of the Cook Island’s Te Maeva Nui festival as a generative model to ask new questions about choral performance at the City or Greater Dionysia festival of fifth-century Athens. It will explore questions of genre, gender, and regional variation.
  2. Joyce Pualani Warren, University of California - Los Angeles
    This paper reads Native Hawaiian Samuel Nainoa’s 1912 letters as an indigenization of the American tradition of the travel narrative, and argues that his affirmation of diasporic bodies as an extension of the Hawaiian lāhui (people, nation) opens up conversations of identity and belonging in our contemporary moment.
  3. Kara Hisatake, University of California, Santa Cruz
    Kiana Davenport’s House of Many Gods (2006) takes up the legacy of militarization in the Pacific and Hawai‘i. This paper explores the novel’s interlocking lives and afterlives, of generations and genealogies of families, militarization, and the environment, arguing that it shows a connective sense of the Pacific. 
Session Cancelled: