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

African American Literature II

Session Chair: 
Sondra Washington, University of Alabama
Session 8: Saturday 3:05 – 4:35 pm
Henry 207


  1. Kalei Wang, University of Hawaii, Manoa
    While Frances Ellen Watkins Harper’s 1892 novel, Iola Leroy, has been critiqued for supporting hegemonic societal values, I argue that it addresses important concerns of the late nineteenth century in a subversive way, emphasizing the agency and ability of black Americans to build a life for themselves in the midst of the prejudice, violence, and instability of the Reconstruction era. 
  2. Veronica Freeman, University of Hawai'i, Manoa
    In this essay I will demonstrate the effectiveness of Ida B. Wells’ collection, The Light of Truth: Writings of an Anti-Lynching Crusader, as a result of her ability to tap into the evolving American mindset, altering her rhetorical strategies as she moved throughout the United States and abroad. 
  3. Kaela Clapp, University of Hawaii, Manoa
    This presentation explores the psychoanalytic framework present throughout Ann Petry’s The Street. By mobilizing Freud’s work on the structural model of the psyche, fantasy, and wish fulfillment, this paper demonstrates how Petry’s text functions as a piece of protest to highlight violent cycles of oppression present in 1940s Harlem.  
  4. B. Elizabeth Underwood, University of California, Los Angeles
    J. California Cooper’s Family provides the context to better interpret the kinds of feelings that the haunting figures of neo-slave narratives experience beyond the body. I argue that neo-slave narratives, with their ubiquitous haunting motifs, offer promising sites to investigate depictions of feelings associated with visual memory and African American Postmemory.  
Session Cancelled: