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

American Literature 1865 to 1945

Session Chair: 
David Wolf, Portland State University
Session 7: Sunday 8:15 am – 9:45 am
Miller Hall 105


  1. Maude Hines, Portland State University
    This essay reads Faulkner's Light in August as a second-hand tragedy, a repeated trial of the racial experiment Twain conducts in The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson. By examining the aborted legal trials of the protagonists of both texts as simultaneously about racial identity and murder, I explore both authors' attempts to come to terms with a refigured whiteness under Jim Crow.
  2. Hsinmei Lin, University of Washington - Seattle
    Examining the poetic stage on which multispecies actors perform via the repetition of bodily movements and gestures, my paper illustrates how Dickinson's and Whitman's poems can be re-enacted in our multispecies world against the anthropocentric use of metaphors adhering to the epistemological constructs in 19th-century U.S. social and cultural scenes.
  3. Allison Giffen, Western Washington University
    Allison Giffen, English professor at Western Washington University, focuses on 19th-century U.S. literature and culture, girlhood, and the 19th-century popular writer Martha Finley. She has published in Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, Legacy, and Women’s Studies. Co-editor of Saving the World: Girlhood and Evangelicalism in 19th-Century Literature (Routledge 2017), she is currently at work on Afflicted Girls: Religion, Girlhood, and the Representation of Disability in 19th-Century Popular Literature.
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