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

Drama and Society I

Session Chair: 
Kimberly Jew, University of Utah
Session 5: Saturday 8:15 – 9:45 am
Henry 102
Topic Area: 


  1. Jenna Gerdsen, University of Maryland, College Park
    This paper analyzes Philip Kan Gotanda’s play I Dream of Chang and Eng by synthesizing Muñoz’s queer of color critique with McRuer’s queer disability theory. The play imagines the ‘Siamese Twins’ self-display as disidentifying with their race and disability. Analyzing how Gotanda imagines their movement between nations, racial categories, and (dis)ablility, I argue that Gotanda’s use of movement shows the liminality of the contemporary Asian American experience. 
  2. Judith Saunders, Independent Scholar
    Truth can, at times, be apprehended more effectively through appeal to the imagination rather than visual representation. This is exquisitely demonstrated in the “politico-aesthetics” of Harold Pinter’s later plays One for the Road, New World Order and Mountain Language, wherein artistry of language effectively communicates the violence endemic to imperial aggression.
  3. Chun-Yi Shih, National Taiwan University
    This paper will attempt to employ Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari’s notion of the Body without Organs (BwO) to explore the representation of the disabled body/sexuality in Gretty Good Time (1999) by the American disabled playwright, John Belluso (1969-2006). 
Session Cancelled: