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

British Literature and Culture: 20th and 21st Century

Session Chair: 
Beth Ptalis Hough, Independent Scholar
Session 6: Saturday 10 – 11:30 am
Henry 107


  1. Genevieve Brassard, University of Portland
    Framing a British Women Writers course with Woolf's A Room of One's Own foregrounds the essay's feminist rhetorical strategies and invites students to engage in "speculative literary criticism" in an assignment designed to read authors such as Jeanette Winterson and Zadie Smith through Woolf's hopes, dreams, and ideas about future female authors. The assignment encourages students to read Woolf's essay for its own insights, as well as to test the rhetorical validity of its claims about somen and fiction.
  2. Michelle Runyan, College of Western Idaho
    E.M. Forster wrote that Maurice was “unpublishable until my death or England’s.” Maurice is a tale about a queer citizen hiding in plain sight. My analysis focuses on fear of surveillance and the gaze of the “normal” British citizen, each a means of isolating and making invisible queer citizens not considered a legitimate part of the national identity, forcing them to create performative identities to evade detection of their “otherness”.
  3. Suejeong Kim, Ewha Womans University, South Korea
    Julian Barnes’s A History of the World in 10½ Chapters suggests an alternative mode of historical writing which manifests the participation of imagination. The metaphors in the novel demonstrate the possibility for us to achieve a historical truth by means of literary imagination which is denied by traditional historical approaches.
Session Cancelled: