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

American Literature before 1865 II

Session Chair: 
Amanda Kong, University of California, Davis
Session 2: Friday 10:40am-12:10pm
Senate Suite (PH-ET)


  1. Kyle Kamaiopil, Tufts University
    This essay investigates Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick in relationship to temporary labor spaces and residential sites from Nantucket to Maui. Using C.L.R. James’ anticolonial reading, I interpret the text as a decentering of U.S. national/genocidal space towards a more just spatiality for global Indigenous and Black laborers.
  2. Amy Parsons, California Maritime Academy
    Through readings of Cooper’s The Red Rover and periodical literature about the many vices of sailors, this paper examines the relationship between maritime labor, queer sexualities, and the biopolitics of reform movements in the early nineteenth century that sought to contain the unruly energies of sailors on and off shore in the service of a racially pure nation.
  3. Nicole Arslan, "California State University, Los Angeles"
    The nineteenth-century whaling industry may not, on the surface, seem the most appropriate context for the representation of “fellow-feeling” between men, and more interestingly, between speciesBut there are special circumstances in Moby Dick which allow for such representation.  This paper will examine such conditions, as well as Melvillean “fellow-feeling” as a political force.
Session Cancelled: