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

Postcolonial Literature II

Session Chair: 
Jack Taylor, University of Hawai'i, Manoa
Session 4: Friday 3 – 4:30 pm
Henry 109


  1. David N. Odhiambo, University of Hawai'i, West O'ahu
    My paper offers an alternative to Ngugi wa Thiong'o's vision of an indigenous African novel and argues that minor literature, a deterritorializing text, is a legitimate site for subversive work written in European languages by postcolonial African writers.
  2. Sean Weaver, Louisiana State University
    Through a queer postcolonial reading of Hasan Namir’s God In Pink: A Novel, this paper examines the ways Namir creates an imagined collectivity that establishes visibility for homosexual Muslims in the Middle East and offers an alternative to the model of the national allegory that has dominated postcolonial studies for decades.
  3. Aaron Kiilau, University of Hawai'i, Manoa
    This paper discusses crime fiction television series set and filmed in Hawaii, from the shows that Peter Britos described as the "first cycle" of Hawaiian paramilitary programs, Hawaiian Eye, Hawaii Five-O, and Magnum P.I., to later, less successful iterations. Placing the Hawaiian cop show within its economic, historical, and political contexts demonstrates the genre's inherent problems, especially its tendency to strategically misrepresent Hawaiians and perpetuate patriarchal colonial and Orientalist myths.
Session Cancelled: