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

Comparative American Ethnic Literature II

Session Chair: 
Sandra Maresh Doe, Metropolitan State University of Denver
Session 11: Sunday 10:20-11:50am
McKenzie (PMCC)


  1. Bryan Yazell, University of California, Davis
    This paper compares representations of migrant labor in Carlos Bulosan’s America is in the Heart and Helen María Viramontes’ Under the Feet of Jesus. If Bulosan and Viramontes depict different ethnic communities in their texts, they nonetheless agree that migrancy provides a space for reevaluating and revising the family units that circulate in these communities. I examine the distinct forms of these familial revisions to reveal counterparts in ethnic literature to Steinbeck’s white migrant families in Grapes of Wrath
  2. Allison E. Paynter Francis, Chaminade University of Honolulu
    Through Sherley Anne Williams’ Dessa Rose and Octavia Butler’s Kindred, I will explore how neo-slave narrative authors are able to create intriguing but unsettling accounts of how a slave achieves her freedom, contextualizing and complicating the process of escape through a discursive tradition of sentiments, racial politics, psychology and self-reflexivity. 
  3. Jennifer Backman, Palomar College
    This paper examines the symbolic geography of Devil in a Blue Dress, arguing for the importance of locations within the novel. In particular, I suggest that images surrounding public and private space work to establish the identities of individual characters and to highlight the racial and economic inequalities of post-WWII Los Angeles. 
Session Cancelled: