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

Postcolonial Literature I

Session Chair: 
Carmen Nolte-Odhiambo, University of Hawaii, West Oahu
Time: 
Session 3: Friday 1:15 – 2:45 pm
Location: 
Henry 109

Presenters/Papers:

  1. Kristine Kotecki, Hawaii Community College
    In this presentation, I analyze how Nnedi Okorafor’s speculative novels Who Fears Death (2010)and Lagoon (2014) imagine an apocalyptic millennialism premised on a clean break with the polluting legacies of the past. They jumble up this linear and developmental model of time, however, in favor of a mélange that brings otherwise suppressed plots and possibilities to the forefront.   
  2. Coralie de Mazancourt, UCLA
    The documentary fiction The Silence of the Chagossians by Shenaz Patel gives visibility to a little known episode of history, that of the displacement of the Chagossians from their native island. By enacting struggles around modes of seeing and knowing, the text makes the human rights of the Chagossians more legible.
  3. Jack Taylor, University of Hawai'i, Manoa
    In this paper I argue that Waberi In the United States of Africa uses speculative fiction to challenge the reader’s social and moral commitments by imagining a world where Africa is a host country to often unwanted European and American immigrants.  By doing so the author poses complex political and moral questions to rethink the politics of immigration from an inverted perspective to show how racial and ethnic tensions often place limits on hospitality and concern for the other. 
  4. Stephanie Hankinson, University of Washington
    This paper argues that authors of the 2010 Haitian earthquake make creative use of historical catastrophes as symbolic rupture points in forming the modern post-quake Haitian literary identity. Haitian earthquake literature is not about creating artistic coherence from destruction but rather about using the chaos to explore the historical, political and literary formations of catastrophe that precede the event itself. This paper applies the catastrophe temporality analytic in a reading of Dimitry Elias Léger’s novel God Loves Haiti (2015).
Session Cancelled: 
No