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

Postcolonial Literature II

Session Chair: 
Satoko Kakihara, California State University, Fullerton
Session 8: Saturday 1:45-3:15pm
Forum Suite (PH-ET)


  1. Sarah Huddleston, Portland State University
    Using Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things, this paper will assess the ways in which racial identity acts as a type of toxic identity. Rather than simply arguing this toxic identity for the sake of being allegorical, this paper wishes to examine the racialized body as a potentially “productive-toxin.” That is, though the racialized body, within the context of the novel, is a suspended body, it is also a body capable of unsuspension, of reanimation, a body (identity) through the very process of decay.
  2. Stephanie Hankinson, University of Washington
    This paper explores the use of the literary parable in Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth and Ayi Kwei Armah’s The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born as a way to crystallize the colonial experience and highlight the implicit violence, racism, as well as economic injustices of colonial occupation through poetic and narrative innovations of form.      
  3. Rebecca K. Burgesser, Western Washington University
    This paper examines modern day relegation of heroism back to its archaic meaning and explores the consequences of conflating heroism and masculinity. Through a critical analysis of Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air, the author finds that not only does mountaineering provide humans (primarily men) with the opportunity to exert dominance over nature, but also leads to imperialistic appropriations of both Mount Everest and the Sherpa people. 
  4. Shane Abrams, Portland State University
    Using Chris Abani's GraceLand, a 2004 novel following a Nigerian Igbo boy's struggle growing up in extreme poverty, this project explores the use of Walter Benjamin's historical materialism to reimagine the histories of a postcolonial nation-state.
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