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

Western American Literature

Session Chair: 
Eleanor Byrne, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
Session 8: Saturday 1:45-3:15pm
Rogue (PMCC)


  1. Stanley Orr, University of Hawai'i, West O'ahu
    With recourse to Edward Said’s theories of contrapuntalism, this paper analyzes two television Westerns written by Samoan-American dramatist John Kneubuhl: “The Andrew Elliot Story” (Wagon Train, 1964) and “Stopover” (The Virginian, 1969).
  2. Ann Marie Fallon, Marylhurst University
    My paper will look at the arrival of the Armory show in Portland, Oregon in 1913 as a way to view the dissemination of Modernist aesthetics in the American West. I am especially concerned with how the ideology of the West intersects and runs counter to the narratives of Modernism.
  3. Elizabeth Olmos, California State University, Los Angeles
    Focusing on discursive practices, I explore how Helena Viramontes’ Their Dogs Came with Them uses the image of disease to expose the discourse that materially shaped East Los Angeles into a marginal community and how such discourses enter the private home to further subjugate the women in their own community.
  4. David Arnold, "University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point"
    Joel and Ethan Coen’s take on Charles Portis’s True Grit represents an interesting development in the brothers’ history with the rhetoric of adaptation inasmuch as it follows both Portis’s  novel and George Stevens’s film version with surprising faithfulness. The Coens’ chief interest lies in the revisionist thrust of Portis’s novel, and their film shares more aesthetically and rhetorically with Jim Jarmusch’s  Dead Man and other 21st century explorations of the genre.
Session Cancelled: