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

21st Century Literature II

Session Chair: 
Ryleigh Nucilli, University of Oregon
Session 7: Saturday 10:20-11:50am
Salon III (ET)


  1. Anna Veprinska, York University (Canada)
    Borrowing a phrase from Dionne Brand’s 2006 long poem Inventory, this paper proposes that twenty-first-century literature emerges as an “atomic opening”  ̶  a space of both empathy and crisis, and also of empathy in crisis. Concentrating on Inventory, I examine the ways in which this text variously invites and deters empathy, a gesture that question the place and possibility of empathy in the face of the catalogued chaos that this work confronts.
  2. Russell Backman, UC Davis
    This paper reads the short stories of George Saunders through his predominant early figure of the amusement park. Read through this structuring metaphor, all of Saunders's stories reveal an investment in coming to terms with alternate worldviews. Saunders develops an ethics of encountering the other, which enables a true encounter with experiential variety. 
  3. Aislinn McDougall, Queen's University, Kingston
    This paper suggests how Digital Humanities discourse offers a valuable, critical lens for investigating the status of literature in the post-postmodern, twenty-first century, as the computer both studies and creates literature. Challenging Alan Kirby's claim that a post-postmodern, "digimodernist" literature is yet to exist, this paper engages with print, digital and hybrid literature to propose a digitally-influenced, post-postmodern literature.
  4. Kathryn M Schlosser, Miami University
    Assia Djebar’s La femme sans sepulture (2002)and Natacha Appanah-Mouriquand’s Le dernier frère (2007)are two texts that shed light on the categorization of 21st century literature through the conscious deployment and integration of silences into the narratives, which exemplifies the innovative contribution to francophone literary production hailing from Algeria and Mauritius.  
Session Cancelled: