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

Postcolonial Literature I

Session Chair: 
Ron Milland, Independent Scholar
Session 6: Saturday 8:30-10:00am
Parlor B (PH-ET)


  1. Satoko Kakihara, California State University, Fullerton
    This paper argues that, the weaving of multiple narratives and points of view, embodied in the form of the four men involved in the plot of the novella Men in the Sun (1962) by Ghassan Kanafani, presents an allegory that represents a subordinated history of statelessness and minoritization of the Palestinian people.
  2. Shefali Rajamannar, University of Southern California
    Drawing on a range of literary and other textual tools of empire -- hunting narratives, short stories, photographs, journals, paintings, and cartoons – this paper examines the imperial mechanisms of the British Raj through a posthumanist critique; using postcolonial deconstruction in conjunction with animal studies and an eco-critical perspective, I argue that race, class, gender, age, and species do not exist in isolation, but emerge in intimate relation to one another, as part of an intricate pattern of power dictating the way the world is formulated.
  3. Patrick Herald, University of Kentucky
    An examination of authenticity in expertise in Abdulrazak Gurnah's By the Sea, this presentation will argue that the novel depicts an ambivalence about professional experts; creators of maps who are imagined alternatingly as summarizing colonizers and as authentic keepers of cultural knowledge.
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