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

Postnational and Transnational American Studies

Session Chair: 
Lysa Rivera, Western Washington University
Session 12: Sunday 12:10-1:40pm
Salon II (ET)


  1. Lydia Heberling, University of Washington, Seattle
    This paper seeks to use a material analysis of the harpoon line in Melville's 1851 novel, Moby-Dick, to explore the complex relationship between races, species, and American nationalism within the context of the whaling industry and the ocean as a developing economic space.
  2. Bernadine Hernandez, University of California at San Diego
    This paper examines comparative sexual economies in the hemispheric Southwest and engages two elite land-holding narratives, one by Hispana Fabiola Cabeza de Baca and the other by Tejana Jovita González.  I contrast these two narratives with recovered WPA stories regarding debt peonage in New Mexico.  I argue that sexual relations and wealth reproduce and negotiate how racialized sex, gender and sexuality are used in production of the nation and as a function of U.S. capitalist structures.
  3. Laura Finch, University of Pennsylvania
    Reading American Psycho alongside Tash Aw’s Shanghai-set Five-Star Billionaire, this paper disrupts the dominant narrative of finance as a postmodern abstraction that takes the same shape across all global cities. Arguing that this abstract form has been theorized in a US context and is therefore location specific, this paper considers the transnational finance novel as an essential archive for theorizing the economy in a global context. 
Session Cancelled: