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

Oceanic Literatures and Cultures II

Session Chair: 
Stanley Orr, University of Hawai'i, West O'ahu
Session 8: Saturday 3:05 – 4:35 pm
Henry 107


  1. Monica LaBriola, University of Hawaii, West Oahu
    This presentation contends that an 1877 deed of sale signed by a Marshallese chief and a Portuguese copra trader unleashed the gradual usurpation of oral traditions including stories, genealogies, and proverbs with written documentation as proof of landownership, sovereignty, and history in the Marshall Islands.
  2. Kimberly Jew, University of Utah
    This paper will explore the emerging gothic aesthetic in contemporary Pacific Islander theatre. After a brief overview of selected postcolonial-gothic Pacific Island plays, Dianna Fuemana’s short drama, Mapaki, will be analyzed for its deployment of gothic tropes of horror, fright, imprisonment, threat, chaos and the supernatural. While Fuemana clearly embraces the gothic to depict her lead character’s postcolonial malaise, she also troubles gothic enticements by using metatheatrical techniques to alienate her audience members.
  3. Rebecca Hogue, University of California, Davis
    Through a digital mapping project, this presentation will examine what regions within and around the Pacific frame Oceanic Literature. What are the environmental, political, social, and aesthetic factors that lead to these definitions and connections? What are the stakes of these coalitions and circulations?
Session Cancelled: