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

Epistemologies of Sight and Touch in American Literature

Session Chair: 
Emily Butler-Probst, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Session 9: Sunday 8:15 – 9:45 am
Ching 253


  1. Molly Hiro, University of Portland
    A commonly-expressed desire among those who write about American slavery is to make palpable the lived experience of slaves. In this paper, I propose that literary scholars might benefit from considering what is at stake for writers and editors in their strivings to materialize the stuff of slavery. 
  2. Gabriel Mehlman, UCLA
    In Chandler the link between vision and interpretation is broken. He creates an alternate vision: the detective sees style, an incoherent world as coherent as artwork. Posthumanisms detect unmediated clues in the world, seeking to revise his solution to the same problem.
  3. Ashley Kimura, San Francisco State University
    This paper centers on moments of sight and touch in Audre Lorde’s Zami: A New Spelling of My Name. I argue that both senses operate in her novel to give the author new recognition of her identity both by herself and in relation to others.
Session Cancelled: