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AMERICAN

LITERATURE

ASSOCIATION


A Coalition of Societies Devoted to the Study of American Authors


17th Annual Conference

on American Literature


May 25-28, 2006


Hyatt Regency San Francisco in Embarcadero Center

5 Embarcadero Center

San Francisco, CA 94111


415-788-1234


Conference Director

Maria Karafilis

California State University, Los Angeles

American Literature Association



I would like to thank the society representatives and all of the participants for their contributions to the conference. Special thanks also go to the following individuals at the California State University, Los Angeles for their support of the ALA: Jeanne Gee and Yolanda Galvan for their invaluable administrative assistance; Steven Jones and John Cleman, Chairs of the English Department; Carl M. Selkin, Dean of the College of Arts and Letters; and President James R. Rosser.


Alfred Bendixen, Executive Director of the American Literature Association, wishes to express his appreciation to California State University, Los Angeles, and Texas A&M University for their support of the ALA.


Best wishes for a successful conference and thank you for your support of the American Literature Association.


Maria Karafilis

Conference Director


Please join us next year for the


18th Annual Conference


May 24-27, 2007


Westin Copley Place

10 Huntington Avenue

Boston, MA 02116


Details forthcoming on the ALA website

www.americanliterature.org


American Literature Association
A Coalition of Societies Devoted to the Study of American Authors



17th Annual Conference on American Literature

May 25-28, 2006

Hyatt Regency San Francisco in Embarcadero Center

5 Embarcadero Center

San Francisco, CA 94111

415-788-1234


Registration Desk (Pacific Concourse): Thursday, 7:30-5:30; Friday, 7:30-5:30; Saturday, 7:30-5:30; Sunday, 8-10:30


Book Exhibit (Seacliff Room—Bay Level): Thursday, 9-5; Friday, 9-5; Saturday, 9-1


Business Meeting of ALA Society Representatives (Pacific Concourse D): Saturday, 5-6:20


Receptions and Readings


Welcome Reception (Atrium): Thursday, 7-8pm


Reception sponsored by the Society of Early Americanists, Society for the Study of American Women Writers, and Studies in American Fiction (Atrium): Friday, 6-8pm


Reading and Book Signing by Al Young, Poet Laureate of California (Pacific Concourse I-K): Friday, 6:30-7:30. Reading followed by a reception hosted by the African American Literature and Culture Society, the Toni Morrison Society, the Charles Chesnutt Association, the John Edgar Wideman Society, and the Charles Johnson Society.


Closing Reception (Seacliff CD): Saturday, 6:30-7:30


Thursday, May 25, 2006


Registration (Pacific Concourse): open 7:30am – 5:30pm

Book Exhibits (Seacliff Room—Bay Level): open 9:00am – 5:00pm


Thursday, May 25, 2006

8:30am – 9:50am


Session 1-A The Matrix: A Roundtable Discussion (Pacific Concourse B/C)


Moderator/Participant: Birgit Brander Rasmussen, University of Wisconsin, Madison


1. “The Matrix and the Discourse of Racial Mixing,” LeiLani Nishime, Sonoma State University

2. “Overcoming versus Redemption: Humanity Figured as Outside of Utopia in The Matrix and Ghost in the Shell,” Ellen Rigsby, St. Mary’s College

3. “How Deep Does the Rabbit Hole Go? The Matrix, Slave Narrative Conventions and the Political Unconscious of the Prison-Industrial Complex,” Birgit Brander Rasmussen, University of Wisconsin, Madison

4. “‘NEO’ Slaves: African American Poetics and Apotheosis in The Matrix and Candyman,” Kim Hester-Williams, Sonoma State University


Session 1-B Gendered Accounts and Literary Renderings (Pacific Concourse D)

Organized by the Society of Early Americanists


Chair: Susan Imbarrato, Minnesota State University, Moorhead


  1. “Cartography Mobilized: A Sentimental Journey through Early America,” Lauren Coats, Duke University

  2. “Sisters in Distress: The Indian Captivities of Barbara and Regina Leininger,” Katrin Fischer, Harvard University

  3. “Colonizing the Child: John Locke and New World Plantation Discipline,” Lucia Hodgson, University of Southern California


Respondent: Chris Phillips, Stanford University


Session 1-C Intimate Geographies: Women Making Space (Pacific Concourse E)


Chair: Janice McIntire-Strasburg, Saint Louis University


1. “Women Have Got to Hold Their Tongues,” Jan Roselle, University of California, Riverside

2. “Unpacking ‘Sanctuary’: Nella Larsen’s Psychic Carpetbag,” Susan Fanetti, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

3. “‘Radical’ Re-Envisionings: Space, Place, and Home in Elizabeth Spencer’s The Night Travellers,” Catherine Seltzer, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville


Session 1-D Roundtable: American Visions of Europe: Closer or Wider Apart? (Pacific Concourse F)


Moderator: Elaine B. Safer, University of Delaware


1. Patrick Badonnel, Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris

2. David Buehrer, Valdosta State University

3. Susan Goodwin, University of Delaware

4. Andrew Gordon, University of Florida

5. Daniel Royot, Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris


Session 1-E Beyond Multiculturalism (Pacific Concourse L)

Organized by The Circle for Asian American Literary Studies (CAALS) and the Society for Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS)


Chair: Jeffrey F.L. Partridge, Capital Community College


1. “Multiculturalism to Cosmopolitanism: A New Approach to Diversity,” Sandy Hartwiger, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

2. “Return from the Beyond,” Michael Borgstrom, San Diego State University

3. “(How) Can Feminism Be Good for Multiculturalism?,” Marilyn Edelstein, Santa Clara University

4. “Postethnicity as Groundless Solidarity,” Christian Schmidt, Erlangen University, Germany


Session 1-F Performance and Self-Fashioning (Pacific Concourse M)


Chair: Judith Hamera, Texas A&M University


1. “Jazz and Jazz Autobiography: Authenticity, Improvisation, Racialization, Reflexivity,” Willis A. Salomon, Trinity University

2. “The Madwomen in the Basement: Heteroglossia, Performance, and the Archeology of Culture in Linden Hills,” Caroline Brown, Université de Montréal

3. “‘See Carrie Frown’: The Dynamics of Gender in the Theater of Sister Carrie,” Liza Zitelli, Fordham University


Session 1-G Domesticity and the Family (Pacific Concourse N)


Chair: Roberta Maguire, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh


1. “Writing/Righting Family in Frederick Douglass’s My Bondage and My Freedom (1855),” Linda Chandler, University of California, Berkeley

2. “‘When it come time to hold up the evidence, we got to have evidence to hold up’: Maternity as Retribution and Reparation in Gayl Jones’s Corregidora (1975),” Susana M. Morris, Emory University

3. “Domestic Reality as Humanitarian Narrative in Uncle Tom’s Cabin and The Grapes of Wrath,” Jan Goggans, University of California, Merced


Session 1-H Contemporary African American Fiction (Pacific Concourse 0)

Organized by the African American Literature and Culture Society


Chair: Loretta Woodard, Marygrove College


1. “Re-visions of Difference in Danzy Senna’s Caucasia,” Tru Leverette, University of North Florida

2. “Suzan-Lori Parks’ Neo-Segregation Narrative,” Brian Norman, Idaho State University

3. “The Narrative Complexities of Mama Day,” Christina Farnsworth, Walsh University

4. “The Cultural Ambivalence of Post-Brown Babies in ZZ Packer’s Drinking Coffee Elsewhere,” Edward L. Robinson, Claremont Graduate University


Thursday, May 25, 2006

10:00am – 11:20am


Session 2-A The Sociological Impact of Selected Arthur Miller Works (Pacific Concourse B/C)

Organized by The Arthur Miller Society


Chair: Carlos Campo, Community College of Southern Nevada


  1. “Ibsen’s The Wild Duck and Miller’s All My Sons: Social Realism without a Centering Raissonneur,” Lewis Livesay, Saint Peter’s College

  2. “Using Family Systems Theory to Understand the Film Versions of The Crucible,” Nancy Feyl Chavkin and Allan R. Chavkin, Texas State University, San Marcos

  3. “Mining the ‘Beauty’ of “Homely Girl”: Why Miller’s Small Masterpiece Deserves More Recognition,” Ellyn Lem, University of Wisconsin, Waukesha



Session 2-B Roundtable on Teaching Transcendentalism: Problems and Possibilities (Pacific Concourse D)

Organized by the Thoreau Society


Moderator: Laura Dassow Walls, University of South Carolina


1. Joel Myerson, University of South Carolina

2. Phyllis Cole, Penn State Delaware County

3. David M. Robinson, Oregon State University

4. Barbara Packer, University of California, Los Angeles

5. Ronald A. Bosco, University of Albany, State University of New York




Session 2-C Henry James and the Other Women (Pacific Concourse E)

Organized by the Henry James Society


Chair: Pierre A. Walker, Salem State College


  1. “Alice in Jamesland,” Susan E. Gunter, Westminster College

  2. “Another Love letter: Fanny Kemble, Henry James, and ‘The Aspen Papers’,” Tamara Follini, Clare College, Cambridge University

  3. “Sarah Butler Wister,” Greg W. Zacharias, Center for Henry James Studies, Creighton University

  4. “A Little Woman and an Other Woman: Alice Bartlett Abroad with Alcott and James,” Sarah Wadsworth, Marquette University


Session 2-D Utopia/Dystopia: Visions of American Progress (Pacific Concourse F)


Chair: Laraine Fergenson, Bronx Community College, CUNY


1. “Even Male Bonding Fails: John Dos Passos’s Three Soldiers and the Conflict Between Individual and Society,” Miguel Carrasqueira, University of South Carolina

2. “Fast Books, Slow Readers: Spatial Modernist American Narrative and Speed Culture,” Sam See, University of California, Los Angeles

3. “‘A Motley Load’: Reweighing the Comic Burden in Louisa May Alcott’s ‘Transcendental Wild Oats’,” Angela Mills, Brock University


Session 2-E New Directions in Wright Scholarship (Pacific Concourse G)

Organized by the Richard Wright Circle


Chair: Bruce Allen Dick, Appalachian State University


  1. “Richard Wright and the Game of Life in Lawd Today,” Stephan Wender, University of Louisville

  2. “Sexual Diversity in Wright’s Characterization of Bigger Thomas: Homosocialism, Homoeroticism, and the Feminine,” Yvonne Robinson Jones, Southwest Tennessee Community College

  3. “Of Rats and Men: A Reading of Wright’s ‘The Man Who Lives Underground’,” Laura Quinn, Alleghany College

  4. “White Women as Dream Commodity—Overcommodified: The Hyper-Sale and the Surreal in Richard Wright’s The Long Dream,” Sandy Alexandre, Massachusetts Institute of Technology



Session 2-F La Reconquista: The Application of Latina/o Studies to U.S. Literature(s) & Criticism (Pacific Concourse L)

Organized by the Latina/o Literature and Culture Society


Chair: Maria De Guzmán, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


  1. “Havana to Harlem: Afro-Cuban/African-American Cultural Negotiations,” Antonio López, George Washington University

  2. “Globalization & Modernity in Caballero,” Javier Rodriguez, Notre Dame University

  3. “Teaching American Literature: A Latina/o Look,” Tanya González, Kansas State University


Session 2-G Textual Frost (Pacific Concourse M)

Organized by the Robert Frost Society


Chair: Tyler Hoffman, Rutgers University, Camden


  1. “Frost’s ‘Mending Wall’ as a Text Between,” David Sanders, St. John Fisher College

  2. “Textual Tree: The Prefatory Poems of A Witness Tree,” Timothy O’Brien, U.S. Naval Academy

  3. “Frost’s Children’s Texts,” Tyler Hoffman, Rutgers University, Camden



Session 2-H Philip Roth’s Everyman: A Roundtable Discussion (Pacific Concourse N)

Organized by the Philip Roth Society


Chair: Bernard F. Rodgers, Jr., Simon’s Rock College of Bard


  1. Debra Shostak, The College of Wooster

  2. David Brauner, University of Reading, UK

  3. Mark Shechner, State University of New York, Buffalo

  4. Ranen Omer-Sherman, University of Miami



Session 2-I Opening Closed Doors: Women (Re)writing Home (Pacific Concourse O)

Organized by the Society for the Study of American Women Writers


Chair: Karen Weyler, University of North Carolina, Greensboro


  1. “Life Behind Closed Doors: E.D.E.N. Southworth, Domesticity, and Wife Abuse in the 1850s,” Jeffory Clymer, University of Kentucky

  2. “Sorting Dirty Laundry: Race, Gender, and Domestic Space in Ruth Stuart’s Fiction,” Kathryn McKee, University of Mississippi

  3. “The Stories Her Body Tells: Judith Ortiz Cofer’s ‘The Story of My Body’,” Jacqueline Doyle, California State University, East Bay


Respondent: Karen Weyler, University of North Carolina, Greensboro


Thursday, May 25, 2006

11:30am – 12:40pm


Session 3-A Business Meeting: Robert Frost Society (Pacific Concourse A)


Session 3-B Business Meeting: John Edgar Wideman Society (Pacific Concourse H)

Session 3-C Periodical Comics and Cartoons (Pacific Concourse B/C)

Organized by the Research Society for American Periodicals


Chair: Jared Gardner, Ohio State University


  1. “The Ethnics of Comics: Mechanisms of Ethnic Containment in Early Hearst Newspaper Comics,” Tad Suiter, University of Massachusetts, Boston

  2. “Illustrating Sophistication: Esquire, Illustration and the ‘Art of Living’,” Stefan K. Cieply, University of Virginia

  3. “Interlacing Temporalities: Sequence and Seriality in Speigelman’s In the Shadow of No Towers,” Hillary Chute, Rutgers University



Session 3-D American Gothic, North and South (Pacific Concourse D)

Organized by the International Gothic Association


Chair: Benjamin F. Fisher, University of Mississippi


  1. “The Gothic of the Normal in Hawthorne’s Tales,” Elaine Hartnell, Liverpool Hope University

  2. “Domesticating the Gothic: Realism and Romance in Simm’s Richard Hurdis,” Travis Montgomery, University of Mississippi

  3. “Dr. Seward’s ‘Savage Delight’: Dracula and American Racial Hatred,” Daniel Walden, University of Mississippi

  4. “Satire in the Ghost Stories of Turn-of-the-Century American Women Writers,” Nancye J. McClure, Southwest Missouri State University, West Plains

  5. “Southern Gothic Fiction and Borden Deal’s Dragon’s Wine,” Justin R. Wert, College of Charleston


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