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

Western American Literature

Session Chair: 
Cheryl Edelson, Chaminade University of Honolulu
Session 10: Sunday 10 – 11:30 am
Henry 102


  1. Suzanne Arakawa, California State University, San Bernardino
    A character narrator is seldom needed in Hollywood blockbusters. I will examine the role of Tonto as storyteller in Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger (2013) and how by amending the visuality of the Old West, Tonto reshapes how it was won in this neo-Western blockbuster.
  2. Stanley Orr, University of Hawai'i, West O'ahu
    I survey the science fiction teleplays of Pasifika dramatist John Kneubuhl, directing particular attention to “The Night of the Surreal McCoy” (The Wild Wild West, 1967). Kneubuhl here presents a coda for his seminal steampunk villain, Dr. Miguelito Loveless, and he dramatizes his own postcolonial modernist interventions into midcentury American television.
  3. Michelle Brittan Rosado, University of Southern California
    The pantoum is a common form within American formalist poetry today, though its history is underexplored in scholarship: from its origins in the Malay archipelago, to its adaptation by European poets in the nineteenth century, and its subsequent employment by American poets. This paper examines “Pantoun for Chinese Women” by Shirley Geok-lin Lim and “Sea Incantation” by Barbara Jane Reyes, and argues that their hybrid poetics demonstrate a postcolonial history that comes full circle, looking back across the Pacific to the form’s cultural origins.
Session Cancelled: