113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

21st Century Literature I

Session Chair: 
John D. Schwetman, University of Minnesota, Duluth
Session 6: Saturday 8:30-10:00am
Salon III (ET)


  1. Brittany Cotton, Mills College
    This paper focuses on the plight of vulnerable communities, namely women, children, and the elderly, in the consumer-based world of Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy. By drawing attention to these group’s susceptibility and consumeability in the marketplace, Atwood simultaneously illustrates their power and symbolic importance in our contemporary world. 
  2. Alden Wood, University of California, Irvine
    This paper will attempt elucidate the ways in which Colson Whitehead’s 2004 novel, Apex Hides the Hurt, depicts the intersection and contradiction between the supposed immateriality of labor within the shift towards service-based New Economy models of capitalist accumulation and the literal and psychic displacement of African-Americans within this schema.
  3. Ryleigh Nucilli, University of Oregon
    This paper poses the concept of the anti-wilderness adventure narrative to account for Luis Alberto Urrea’s troubling of the tropes of the wilderness adventure narrative in his reconstruction of a failed US/Mexico border crossing in The Devil’s Highway. This troubling, in turn, forces the reader to confront the overdetermining forces that enable some to scale Everest while others die of hyperthermia in pursuit of the capital to purchase their children school uniforms.
Session Cancelled: