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

American Literature after 1865

Session Chair: 
Gabriela Valenzuela, California State University, Los Angeles
Session 10: Sunday 8:30-10:00am
Galleria III (PH-ET)


  1. Amanda Kong, University of California, Davis
     “A Song for Occupations” centers around the paradoxical relationships between objects as value and poet and audience as Whitman struggles to invoke the spirit of the artisan economy in 1891-92, when workers were beginning to identify more as wage-earners rather than the artisan- producers of the antebellum period. This paper illuminates the complicated relationship between the new nineteenth-century mass audience, the rhetoric of the American republic, and literary object.
  2. Amy May, Washington State University
    I argue that in The Awakening a subtle duality within the narrator’s remarks, stated early in the novel, is a narrative device used by Chopin to strategically uncover a duality within the character of Edna Pontellier--a duality which leads to Edna's awakening.
  3. Molly Ball, Eureka College
    This paper examines representations of neurasthenia – a nervous condition prevalent amongst turn-of-the-century elites – in naturalist writing. I read Dreiser’s An Amateur Laborer and Norris’s Vandover and the Brute, arguing that these texts deploy neurasthenia to shore up the traditional privileges of whiteness in response to industrial capitalism’s unsettling, accelerating potential.
  4. Brynnar Swenson, Butler University
    Henry James’s The American Scene (1905) can be read as a map of an emergent economic and social assemblage. By locating James’s literary and economic themes within the philosophy of space and cartography, this essay reads James’s text as a map of an emergent corporate America’s effect on the “new world” of the twentieth century.
Session Cancelled: