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

Asian Literature and Culture

Session Chair: 
Scott Pearce, Western Washington University
Session 6: Saturday 3:15 pm – 4:45 pm
Miller Hall 239


  1. Frances H. O'Shaughnessy, University of Washington at Seattle
    The paper will analyze the representations of enslavement, Blackness, and Indigeneity within José Rizal’s novels Noli Me Tángere (1887) and El Filibusterismo (1891), with attention being on Rizal’s shifting descriptions of the Filipinx condition under Spanish colonization. I will argue that Rizal oscillating moves between Filipino-as-indio-as-prehuman-as-prehistorical and Filipino-as-enslaved-as-antihuman-as-antihistorical was because of Spain-as-inhuman-yet-as-Historical.
  2. Iqra Shagufta, University of North Texas
    This paper analyzes the cinematic representation of the transmisogynistic character of Pakistan’s deeply patriarchal society in the film Bol to argue that these portrayals can invoke empathy.
  3. Sandya Maulana, University of Kansas
    This paper seeks to compare and contrast the depiction of colonial legacies through representations of the feminine posthuman in three speculative fiction texts from three different locations: Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl (USA), Olivia Ho’s “Working Woman” (Singapore), and Pear Nuallak’s “The Insects and Women Sing Together” (England/Thailand), with the more critically acclaimed The Windup Girl serving as a springboard for the discussion of the two other texts written from the periphery.
Session Cancelled: