115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

21st Century Literature I

Session Chair: 
John D. Schwetman, University of Minnesota, Duluth
Session 7: Saturday 1:15 – 2:45 pm
Eiben 202


  1. Nicole Kenley, Simpson University
    A Bakhtinian reading of David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas demonstrates the novel's formal evolution in the 21st Century.
  2. Shannon Walton, University of Michigan
    When we read a story like “Ironhead,” at what point do we know that the boy’s visible difference—having a household iron for a head—is a metaphor for a disability? Consequently, at what point in the story do we get a sense of the specific disability it represents? And, when do we begin to question this sense and the knowledge that informs it? This paper looks at short stories written in the 21st century by authors like Abby Geni, Aimee Bender, and George Saunders to discover how disability emerges from images and narratives of difference and distress.
  3. John P. Rosa, University of Hawai'i, Manoa
    The fiction and non-fiction works of Mark Panek (UH Hilo) and Chris McKinney (Honolulu Community College) portray a gritty, 21st-century Hawai ‘i vastly different from that found in Michener's best-selling Hawaii (1959). More than being stories of underworld crime, their works critique residential and commercial developments funded by outside investors that displace Native Hawaiian and other local residents.
Session Cancelled: