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

Time Travel and Speculative History

Session Chair: 
Allison E. Paynter Francis, Chaminade University of Honolulu
Session 4: Friday 3:50-5:20pm
Winery (PMCC)


  1. Benjamin Foster, Portland Community College
    Alexie’s use of time travel in Flight enables the main character to gain a closer perspective on the historical creation of difference by inhabiting the body of both the oppressor and oppressed.
  2. Tonia Turner, University of North Alabama
    Time travel can affect material consequences by way of metaphorical intervention, decolonizing the present through the narrative reclamation of history.  My presentation examines narrative reclamation through time travel in LeAnne Howe’s novel, Miko Kings. Howe’s time travelling Choctaws transcend time to right what has gone wrong and reclaim history. 
  3. Dan Reade, Norco College
    As a genre, time travel narratives often contain echoes of hope and optimism generated by opportunities to explore unexamined eras or to address past wrongs. Ted Chiang's "What's Expected of Us" challenges this norm, reconceptualizing time travel as a source of existential despair. This paper reconsiders time travel stories as a genre of despair, one frequently marked by the loss of agency and unitary time lines unalterable by character actions or desires.
  4. Brooke A. Carlson, Chaminade University of Honolulu
    Not that long ago, science fiction was the twenty-first century.  What, then, is science fiction in the twenty-first century?  Chang-rae Lee’s On Such a Full Sea re-visits a fallen America in the not so distant future, at a time when the question of history, along with the notion of the individual, has been relegated to the select few.  Exploring the ways by which Lee revises and reconstructs history, race, and society, I argue that freedom is the uncomfortable present. 
Session Cancelled: