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

21st-Century Literature II

Session Chair: 
Michael Tratner, Bryn Mawr College
Session 6: Saturday 3:15 pm – 4:45 pm
Miller Hall 135


  1. Sini Eikonsalo, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
    This paper focuses on the characteristics and issues related to the subgenre of 9/11 novel. It illustrates the different ways novels can explicitly or implicitly be “about” 9/11 and details the recurring tropes and themes of this subgenre. The paper offers a definition for the term 9/11 novel and criticizes how the label 9/11 has been overapplied to twenty-first-century novels.
  2. Justin Wyble, Chaminade University of Honolulu
    In this paper, I propose to consider how certain literary texts of the early-21st century represent the longue durée of the capitalist mode of production, and, in so doing, open up the possibility of imagining the end of capitalism and the emergence of a radically different future.
  3. Theo Finigan, Vancouver Island University (Canada)
    This paper discusses two recent American novels--Lydia Millet’s Oh Pure and Radiant Heart (2005) and Stephen King’s 11/22/63 (2011)--that depict characters traveling in time between the Cold War period and the 21st century. Both novels center on attempts to change the trajectory of Cold War history, thereby altering the significance of that period's events for the contemporary moment. Millet and King thus also seek to interrogate the uses to which the Cold War has been put in  21st-century cultural memory.
Session Cancelled: