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

Transpacific Literary History

Session Chair: 
Michiko Shimokobe, Seikei University, Japan
Session 7: Saturday 10:20-11:50am
Winery (PMCC)


  1. Zelideth Rivas, Marshall University
    Transpacific literary history stands alongside transatlantic narratives, becoming Afro-Asian contributions: a term that scholars use as an alternative means of understanding the contradictions and like-mindedness of two distinctive regions across a south-south forum. Indeed, Latin America, since the 16th century Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade, has served as a location in which Africans and Asians shared histories, labor, and bodies. 
  2. Fuhito Endo, Seikei University
    This paper foregrounds the ambivalence of pro/anti-Americanism shared by postwar Japanese nationalists, most uniquely represented by Mishima. Psychoanalytically, this dilemma is symptomatic of their fetishism, a compromise of acceptance/rejection of castration. Hence the postwar "Symbolic Emperor" as the sublime and fetishist object of ideology.
  3. Takayuki Tatsumi, Keio University, Japan
    The literary and cultural context will convince us that Karen Tei Yamashita's short story "Siamese Twins and Mongoloids" serves as a kind of singular point between modernist twins and postmodernist twins.  Influenced by Twain's twins, Yamashita re-figures the conjoined twins not only as freaks but also as representative men of multicultural America.
Session Cancelled: