115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Comparative American Ethnic Literature

Session Chair: 
Tracee Howell, University of Pittsburgh, Bradford
Session 5: Saturday 8:15 – 9:45 am
Education (Brogan) 102


  1. Rose Engelfried, Western Washington University
    “‘I,’ ‘You,’ ‘We’: Narrating Beyond the Other” explores the ways nontraditional narrative styles such as second-person and first-person plural can be used to dismantle conceptions of the Other. By including readers in the texts, authors permeate the wall between “self” and “other,” allowing readers intimate experiences with characters whose backgrounds are very different from their own. 
  2. Soh Yeun (Elloise) Kim, University of Washington
    Focusing on Kamara’s multi-faceted status of a Nigerian immigrant, a young wife, and a black nanny in the multicultural and multiracial family, this paper will read how the protagonist in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s short story “On Monday of Last Week” (2009) is produced as an “invisible, unknowable, yet somehow still there, dark matter.” 
  3. Dashiell Moore, University of Sydney, Australia
    ​I examine the poetry of Sudanese-American Safia Elhillo as a young poet requiring more critical attention in the years to come. As an immigrant writer coming from Slam Poetry circles, African-American poetry groups, and as ​a woman embedded in the cultural metropolis of New York, Elhillo's refusal of identity politics is worth further discussion. 
  4. Megan Nieto, University of Texas at San Antonio
    By examining Latina/o-Asian consumption and production in twenty-first century literature and performance, I argue that writer Karen Tei Yamashita and performer Virginia Grise illustrate the emancipatory potential of the critical, active, and agentive consumption and production of (im)material goods.
Session Cancelled: