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

American Literature 1945 to the Present I

Session Chair: 
Lauren White, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Session 8: Sunday 10 am – 11:30 am
Miller Hall 105


  1. Milena Messner, UC Santa Barbara
    A text plagued with conspiracy theories, apocalypse narratives and a prevailing fear that at any moment, the narrator may dissect to death; Ben Lerner’s 10:04 explicitly concerns itself with human mortality. The sublime body of New York City offers the best hope for human connection: in sickness and in health.
  2. Megan Cannella, University of Nevada, Reno
    Using both critical understandings of witnessing and place, this paper will explore the evolution of An Untamed State’s Mireille’s resistance to and restoration through her time in the Midwest, personified best through her relationship with Lorraine. This opens up an important discussion about trauma and place as well, as the relationship between restoration and recovery and place, especially in the Midwest.
  3. Stephanie Redekop, University of Toronto
    This paper argues that Hamilton: An American Musical allows us to envision the affordances of aesthetic space for what Derrida has called the “democracy to come,” which continually innovates new democratic formations. Hamilton’s stage thus becomes the space of American democracy’s becoming, as Hamilton performs an America that protects the possibility of reading, and re-reading, as essential to democratic work.
Session Cancelled: