116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

21st-Century Literature I

Session Chair: 
Christopher Leise, Whitman College
Session 5: Saturday 1:25 pm – 2:55 pm
Miller Hall 135


  1. Morgane Flahault, Indiana University, Bloomington
    This paper explores the use of myth by Cal, the intersexed narrator in Jeffrey Eugenides’ Middlesex. I analyze how, by blurring the boundaries between genres, the fictional memoir make sense of Cal’s own hybrid or fluid identity both as a third generation ethnic American and as an intersexed narrator.
  2. Dino Kladouris, University of Washington - Seattle
    In American Woman, Jenny Shimada's cultural history as a second-generation survivor of the Japanese American internment is co-opted by white radicals, who disavow her "negative" minoritized feelings, and dispossess her of the very history that has traumatized her. It is only through the renunciation of radicalism that Jenny reverses the exploitation of her subjectivity by actively confronting her racial past.
  3. Michael Tratner, Bryn Mawr College
    The 21st century brings two opposed critical theories: immateriality--consciousness free of the physical body (connected to financialization); and new materialism--humans embedded in the physical world (connected to ecocriticism).  But these theories merge together in The Corrections, Cryptonomicon, and Avatar: pure consciousness appears only when the body becomes nonhuman.
Session Cancelled: