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

Women in Literature

Session Chair: 
Diana Rose Newby, Columbia University
Session 4: Friday 3 – 4:30 pm
Ching 254


  1. Jessica Somers, California State University, Los Angeles
    Using Hélène Cixous's gendered conceptions of différance as well as Cheryl Glenn's Unspoken: A Rhetoric of Silence, this paper explores the significance and unlikely empowerment of the silent, invisible women that permeate Christopher Isherwood's A Meeting by the River.
  2. Brittany Starr, University of Maryland
    In its oft baffling, a-logical linguistic forms, Stein’s Tender Buttons (1914) defies patriarchal, phallogocentric, and even capitalist values and births an écriture feminine, “the impregnable language that will wreck partitions, classes and rhetorics, regulations and codes” that Cixous exhorts six decades later in “The Laugh of the Medusa.” Stein, however, invents a counter-patriarchal language that transcends gender essentialism.
  3. Alexandra Meany, University of Washington
    This paper argues that in her novella Passing, Nella Larsen relies on urban architecture to reveal the spatial implications of “passing” and to create cathartic moments, like the scene at the Drayton Hotel, and the final scene of Clare’s death, where racial hierarchies undergirded by space are disrupted and an arbitrating power is restored to the black female subject through a modern, aerial gaze.
  4. Christin Marie Taylor, Shenandoah University, Christy Graham, Shenandoah University
    This paper examines the works of black women writers from the Harlem and Black Women's Renaissance. Though some 40 years apart, the narratives of Larsen and Wright use the migratory black woman, or her attempts at movement, to not only show the gendered limitations of their respective times, but to also question the limits of black nationalism itself. 
Session Cancelled: