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

Comparative American Ethnic Literature

Session Chair: 
Soh Yeun (Elloise) Kim, University of Washington
Session 3: Saturday 8:15 am – 9:45 am
Miller Hall 114


  1. Monica Shaar, La Sierra University
    In The Round House, the theoretical framework of colonizers raping both the native land and body and how this resulting trauma affects familial kinship is expressed through the novel’s thematic progression. The difficulties the family faces in assimilating to the mother's trauma shows how the pain of one family member forces the entire family unit to adapt and change. This reading suggests that kinship is an ever-adaptive community that must remain balanced in order to survive.
  2. Christopher Leise, Whitman College
    This paper considers two markedly divergent literary responses to dams and their ill effects on American Indian communities. Both Elizabeth Woody’s (Warm Springs / Yakama / Navajo) and Eric Gansworth’s (Tuscarora) best-recognized works address the extent to which dams brought significant changes to the lives of people on and near their reservation communities.
  3. So-Yeon Kim, Sogang University (South Korea)
    This paper uses Gilles Delueze's concept of "becoming-" in Difference and Repetition (1968) and A Thousand Plateaus (1980) to see how the narratives used in Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior (1976) can be a way of undoing patriarchy. Becoming-Shaman in The Woman Warrior will be discussed in terms of embracing ambiguous bodies and narratives, thereby challenging what is normatively human. 
  4. Melanie Hernandez, California State University, Fresno
    This paper explores the racial representations of Mexicans and Mexican-descended US citizens from the early-nineteenth century through the turn of the twenieth century; it focuses on the shift away antebellum Mexican “whiteness” to US-based Mexicans into a proletarian non-white racial formation.
Session Cancelled: