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

British Literature and Culture: 20th and 21st Century I: Nation and Identity

Session Chair: 
AJ Burgin, University of Washington, Seattle
Session 10: Sunday 8:30-10:00am
Skyline I (PH-ET)


  1. Emily Marsh, California State University, Los Angeles
    This paper will explore and illustrate how the Seamus Heaney’s poetry uses Ireland and its history –both the “actual” and the created— as a symbol of continuity for Heaney to contextualize his exploration of the self. In this way, Heaney’s poetry does much more than memorialize and glorify; rather, by attempting to re-imagine the fractured pieces of a mythological time and place, Heaney’s poetry asserts the power of the individual to create a new identity by the self, for the self in a decentralized Modern world.
  2. Lisa Brown Jaloza, University of California, Riverside
    Far from simply avant-garde artistic flairs, Irvine Welsh’s typographical innovations function as violent textual interventions, thus mirroring and emphasizing the violent episodes depicted throughout Welsh’s oeuvre as deliberate instantiations of the all-too-real violence that both prefigures and ultimately comprises decolonial struggles, as noted by Frantz Fanon in “On Violence.”
  3. David Paddy, Whittier College
    Although setting and nationality seem integral to the work of Kazuo Ishiguro, he has claimed that location may be the last thing he chooses, selected almost as an afterthought. Using the uncertain locality of The Unconsoled as an anomalous guide to his work, this paper claims that Ishiguro is thinking through a notion of nation and national identity that is grounded in doubt, anxiety and uncertainty.
  4. Mi Jeong Lee, Indiana University Blooomington
    In this paper, I argue that Rhys shows transnational mobility to be a threat to the organization of center and periphery in an imperial mapping of global and national space, focusing on the various passages portrayed between England and the West Indies in Voyage in the Dark.
Session Cancelled: