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

American Families

Session Chair: 
Martin W Kevorkian, University of Texas, Austin
Session 2: Friday 10:40am-12:10pm
McKenzie (PMCC)
Topic Area: 


  1. Russell McDermott, University of Southern California
    Representations of dads in the films of Disney and Pixar have certainly changed over time. Gone are the days, for the most part, of dead dads, forgotten dads, lost dads, and non-existent dads. Contemporary Pixar/Disney fathers are dynamic, different, and, this paper will contend, designed for didactic purposes. This paper will argue that contemporary constructions of masculinity in Disney and Pixar may be viewed as a response to looming and lingering anxieties about "the fatherhood crisis" of the 80s and 90s.
  2. Robin Riehl, University of Texas at Austin
    This paper explores how fatherhood becomes an organizing principle for two landmark novels of the nineteenth century: Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter and Susan Warner’s The Wide, Wide World, both of which are literally structured around a quest for finding and understanding fatherhood.
  3. Sandra Maresh Doe, Metropolitan State University of Denver
    Combining memoir, personal reflection, and scholarly analysis, this paper will look at the author's relationship to her great uncle, the artist Ray Boynton, using her personal quest to discover Boynton as a jumping off point for thinking about the artist's or writer's complex relationship to family.
  4. Tikva Hecht, University of California - Riverside
    Robert Frost’s “Home Burial” and David Lindsay-Abaire’s Rabbit Hole both portray couples struggling to communicate with each other while grieving the premature loss of a child. Through comparative readings, I argue that, for both couples, it is their entanglement and interconnectivity that is driving them apart as they balance the weight of mourning between them. 
Session Cancelled: