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

Caribbean Literature and Film: Global Visions

Session Chair: 
Stephanie Hankinson, University of Washington
Session 1: Friday 8:15 – 9:45 am
Eiben 202


  1. Janet Graham, University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa
    In this paper, I argue that Derek Walcott settles his quarrel with the colonial narrative of Caribbean history by complicating naming practices reliant upon Judeo-Christian origin myths and through poetic and narrative disruption and invention in Omeros. Employing Édouard Glissant’s theory of relationality and the Kanaka Maoli (native Hawaiian) concept of Wahi Pana (storied place), I show how Walcott decolonizes epistemologies of place in his epic.
  2. Liz Janssen, University of Washington
    This paper takes Jamaican writer Marlon James as a case study to examine the role of literary prizes to legitimate recent Caribbean fiction, in relation to historically overdetermined receptive frameworks for Caribbean literature, and current re-negotiations of entrenched value terms within the international receptive field. 
  3. Grant Palmer, University of California, Riverside
    Mayra Santos-Febres’ novel Sirena Selena examines how the power of drag performance operates differently between the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. Santos-Febres examines the shifting contextualization that geographic localities place upon performances of gender, race, class, and identity in these two Caribbean Islands through Sirena’s drag identity. 
Session Cancelled: