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

Science Fiction

Session Chair: 
Justin Wyble, Chaminade University of Honolulu
Session 10: Sunday 10 – 11:30 am
Henry 109
Topic Area: 


  1. Lupina Hossain, California State University
    In a post-colonial, post-genocide and post-war 1950s America, Ray Bradbury’s “Usher II” provides us with a mirror image of ourselves, forcing us to confront a range of social issues through the process of displacement. The alternative is full self-recognition, which ultimately may be too traumatic to bear. 
  2. Elizabeth Lockard, Chaminade University of Honolulu
    Of the fantastical depictions of aliens in science fiction lore, the least realistic depiction is that of the human being of the future—who are almost always represented identically to the human of the present. Yet humankind will undoubtedly have evolved in ways that we cannot apprehend. But unlike biological processes which span millennia, evolutionary change through our incorporations with technology will lead to revolutionary, abrupt, transformative possibilities. We will not remain human in the conventional sense—but what does it mean then to be ‘posthuman’?
  3. John Rieder, University of Hawaii, Manoa
    I argue that Franco Moretti's theory of world literature does not offer an adequate place to understand or evaluate the writing of indigenous artists because it incorporates the view that literature becomes significant to “the world” only when it is recognized by European or American audiences. My reading of Wendt’s The Adventures of Vela demonstrates both the value and importance of Wendt’s work and the pertinence of his own satire in Vela against both colonial and nativist ideologies.
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