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

Coalitional Feminisms

Session Chair: 
Melanie Hernandez, California State University, Fresno
Session 8: Saturday 3:05 – 4:35 pm
Henry 227


  1. Julia Taylor, University of Oregon
      This paper applies ecocritical theory to Marilyn Chin’s Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen to show how it counters narratives of yellow peril and colonization. Female homosocial relationships and sexualities serve as potential sites of resistance to these queered, gendered, and racialized power dynamics, challenging racialized notioans of female sexual desire and purity. 
  2. Sarita Cannon, San Francisco State University
    Critically unpacking Beyoncé's film Lemonade in the classroom brings to life the dynamic, playful, and vital black feminist theoretical tradition and encourages students to consider culture as a series of dynamic, ongoing dialogues that manifest across various media. Beyoncé, in dialogue with black feminist critics like Christian, urges us to “get in formation” by bridging the gap between theory and praxis.
  3. Melanie Hernandez, California State University, Fresno
    This paper offers a semiotic analysis of Chicana Feminist visual culture – in particular within picture books -- to explore how meaning re-appropriations within multi-layered sign systems often occur without a clearly articulated signifiers.  This paper asks what stands to be gained by deploying an epistemology that resists attaching itself to fraught language?
Session Cancelled: