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

African American Literature II

Session Chair: 
Derek Price, Independent Scholar
Session 7: Sunday 8:15 am – 9:45 am
Miller Hall 17


  1. Jade Becker, Oregon State University
    This paper attends to the racialized performance of Hominy Jenkins in Paul Beatty's The Sellout in order to reconsider the purpose of black satire in twenty-first century. The paper considers how Hominy's performance demonstrates the novel's concern for theorizing ways of black being in the aftermaths of slavery, rather than for resolving black exclusion through assimilation.
  2. Carlton Floyd, University of San Diego
    In the paper, I consider takes on the American Dream evident in the creative and critical work of several Black writers, in which the United States might be considered a stage upon or within which black lives (among others) are staged, with disturbingly similar reviews.
  3. Gema Ludisaca, California State University at Northridge
    Jordan Peele’s film, Get Out, explores issues of racism and violence against black bodies through the use of hypnotism or mesmerism in the “sunken place.” Looking at the performance of mesmerism in American culture during the Antebellum period as a backdrop, this paper will analyze mesmerism as a gothic trope that subverts historical narratives around race and class. Focusing on mesmerism as a performance of racial discourses in literature and film, Get Out ultimately exposes cultural anxieties around contemporary American racism.
Session Cancelled: