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

Playing Our Part: Social Hierarchy and the Performance of Class in Literature

Session Chair: 
John D. Schwetman, University of Minnesota, Duluth
Session 6: Saturday 3:15 pm – 4:45 pm
Miller Hall 105


  1. Juan Delgado, California State University, San Bernardino
    In this poetic essay, I focus on the multigenerational migrations of my Mexican family, focusing on their border crossings into the United States. My family’s struggles and my growth as a poet are read through a larger political and cultural framework that calls attention to Latin American movements such as Nueva Canción and Liberation Theology. I wrestle to understand what it means to be a resident in a pluralistic and multicultural continent stitched up by its border crossings.
  2. Adwoa A. Opoku-Agyemang, University of Toronto (Canada)
    This paper will examine Kobina Sekyi’s The Blinkards. It will discuss how crossing class boundaries can be both humorous and complex. The function of colonial mimic characters will be analyzed by considering humor theory and language, as well as the prominence and validity of performance in the play.
  3. Lucy Granroth, Eastern Washington University
    Men are “obliged to defend [their honor] against any affront” through dueling, which lower class males could not participate in. Metaphorical duels, however, are fought by all men, regardless of class and the male character’s autonomy suffers in performing his familial role. I propose a Dueling Males genre to cover the diaspora of literature that portrays this suffering of male autonomy through compulsory dueling.
Session Cancelled: