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

African American Literature I

Session Chair: 
Carlton Floyd, University of San Diego
Session 7: Saturday 1:15 – 2:45 pm
Henry 207


  1. Sondra Washington, University of Alabama
    This paper interrogates the visibility of black girls in African American literature from early representations to more contemporary portrayals of these characters. It also explores the impact that these portrayals might have had on current literary trends and American society at-large.
  2. Nicole Corrigan, Independent Scholar
    With a feminist-psychoanalysis reading, Toni Morrison’s novel The Bluest Eye asks readers to explore the tragic mulatto as a symptom that does not necessarily align with racial ambiguity but is, more or less, a symptom of racial-hegemony and white supremacy.
  3. Mayuki Nagao, Osaka University (Japan)
    This paper will discuss the politics of “education” in light of printed texts and a motif of seeds in Toni Morrison’s first novel The Bluest Eye. It also examines the utility of this novel as educational material in English classes, considering what has been explored through the analysis of the text.
  4. Christopher J Varela, University of California, Irvine
    This project adopts a black feminist visual studies lens, adapting the concepts of “avatar” and ‘black iconicity,” to place James Baldwin’s second novel, Giovanni’s Room, in conversation with Sedat Pakay’s film and photograph work of Baldwin to explore how these works stage authorial and subject performance to shift discursive foci from binary constructions of race and sexuality to complex accounts of such through the canny use of space, movement, and variousness.
Session Cancelled: