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

21st Century Literature II

Session Chair: 
John P. Rosa, University of Hawai'i, Manoa
Session 8: Saturday 3:05 – 4:35 pm
Eiben 202


  1. Justin Wyble, Chaminade University of Honolulu
    Against the recent predominance of dystopias in 21st-century literature and culture, I argue that there is emerging a new phase of utopian literary production.  My reading of Kim Stanley Robinson’s New York 2140 and Cory Doctorow’s Walkaway shows how these texts imagine a better future by anticipating a post-capitalist society.      
  2. Heidi Stoffer, Baldwin Wallace University
    In this paper, I examine the theme of seeing in the 2016 novel 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad and  how it is connected to identity on a collective and personal level and the consequences of an identity shaped exclusively by the superficial assumptions of others. I argue that the novel reveals how it becomes necessary to resist societal expectations that focus on the surface imagesin order to acknowledge that sense of self that is invisible  to the outside world and is crucial in sustaining self-worth. 
  3. Christopher Leise, Whitman College
    This paper reads The Underground Railroad as a prequel to Whitehead’s Apex Hides the Hurt. It concludes with its antagonist babbling exceptionalist rhetoric about America being a “shining beacon”: language that recalls the infamous “city upon a hill” tying UR to Apex, which is set in a town called "Winthrop."
  4. Hollie Adams, Red Deer College
    My paper analyzes Graeme Simsion’s novel The Rosie Project (2013) and its portrayal of Asperger’s Syndrome as it is embodied by Don Tillman, the novel’s protagonist. Using the work of disability theorists, my paper questions the ethics of using a fictional character’s neurodevelopmental disorder as a source of humor.
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