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

American Literature 1945 to the Present II

Session Chair: 
Kimberly Honda, City College of San Francisco
Session 9: Sunday 11:45 am – 1:15 pm
Miller Hall 105


  1. Angel Garduno, Fresno
    This paper will delve into the restructuring of power in the familal unit in contemporary U.S. society as it is caused by the consumer-driven ethos and inundation of information via technology, i.e. the television. Jack and Babette Gladney are parents who, in the face of the technological ubiquity in the U.S., find themselves in a shared existential crises which has them turning to thier children for guidence. 
  2. Tom Trzyna, Seattle Pacific University
    MacArthur Genius Fellow Danielle Allen recently published CUZ, a biography of her cousin Micheal, who was killed by his trans lover in South Central Los Angeles. Her book is a case study of an author trying to find a role for herself in a story that juxtaposes two stages, that of her own life, now holder of a Chair at Harvard, and her cousin's life as an ex-con. Reviews of the book describe its jaggedness; this paper examines CUZ in the context of another work that tries to bridge cultures and stages far apart.
  3. Lauren White, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
    Laila Halaby’s Once in a Promised Land draws attention to the cultural and ethnic dimension of an American identity. Jasbir Puar’s Terrorist Assemblages provides a historical perspective through which to read the portrayals of the Muslim terrorist figure, as depicted in Halaby’s novel, as a means to justify the race-based patriotism taking place in the post 9/11 moment.  My paper explores the performance of nationalism, as it is variously enacted by white or non-white bodies.
Session Cancelled: