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

American Literature after 1865 I

Session Chair: 
Andrew Howe, La Sierra University
Session 3: Friday 1:15 – 2:45 pm
Henry 223


  1. Sarah Buckner, University of California, Riverside
    This paper explores how Gwendolyn Brooks' Maud Martha crafts a kind of alternative resistance which is rooted in quiet, interior life and the domestic space. Brooks' work resists oversimplified narratives which cast the domestic as wholly oppressive and voiced opposition as most favorable.  I argue that Maud Martha unveils the domestic space as a place, hidden from public visibility, which is always already concerned with the public.
  2. Katherine Kinney, University of California, Riverside
    The Wooster Group’s The Town Hall Affair restages moments from D.A. Pennebaker’s documentary film, Town Bloody Hall, about a 1971 forum on women’s liberation moderated by Norman Mailer before an audience of New York literati. I explore the ways the play captures the tensions between different mediums and modes of literary expression that have shaped American literature since the 1960s.
Session Cancelled: