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

African American Literature III

Session Chair: 
Carlton Floyd, University of San Diego
Session 8: Sunday 10 am – 11:30 am
Miller Hall 17


  1. Kamryn Masters, Western Washington University
    An attempt to explain the actions taken by the protagonists of Olaudah Equiano’s The Interesting Narrative and Other Writings and James Weldon Johnson’s The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man through the prism of survivor’s guilt.
  2. Tim Randell, University of San Diego
    Aaron Douglas directly intervenes in the condemnation of propaganda in black art in Carl Van Vechten's Nigger Heaven by creating two advertising images for the novel that serve as exemplars of a dialectical and didactic black aesthetic that points the way to authenticity and ideological liberation while schooling the white gaze of Van Vechten and the white reading public.
  3. Heather L. Ramos, Washington State University
    Focusing on the role of Rob Nixon’s concept of “slow violence” within breast cancer activism, this essay will map the continued slow violence committed against African American women with breast cancer from the 1970s to today while emphasizing the invisibility of pain and visibility strategies depicted by Audre Lorde.
Session Cancelled: