The AALCS at the 28th American Literature Association Conference, Boston, May 25-28, 2017

African American Literature and Culture Society Panels – American Literature Association 2017

THURSDAY, MAY 25, 2017
9:00  to 10:20am


Session 1-A: Emotional Archives: Trauma, Memory and African American Literature
Chair: Belinda Waller-Peterson

  1. “The Afterlife and Legacy of Trauma in James Baldwin’s Fiction,” Benjamin Batzer, University of Iowa
  2. “‘Hurt You into Tenderness Finally’: Erotic Submission/Masochism and Black Female Subjectivity in Gayl Jones’s Corregidora,” Anna Ziering, University of Connecticut
  3. “‘Let Me Sing my Song’: Finding a Voice in Helene Johnson’s Pastoral Poetry,” Robert Fillman, Lehigh University

THURSDAY, MAY 25, 2017
1:30 to 2:50
pm

Session 4-: Black Activism, Black Resistance
Chair:Aldon Nielsen

  1. “Black Arts Women Poets as Warriors AND Queens: Intersectional Identity on Public Television’s Black Journal in 1970,” Sarah Rudewalker, Spelman College
  2. “Embodied Spaces of Transformative Change in the ‘Homeless’ City: Affective Possibilities of Becoming Black in Daniel Black’s Listen to the Lambs,” Lâle Demirtürk, Bilkent University, Turkey
  3. “‘The Evil of the One Room Cabin’: Black Clubwomen Apprehending the Problem of Black Female Sexuality and Transforming it into Possibility in The Woman’s Era 1894-1897,” Erica Richardson, Columbia University
  4. “The Question of Community Building, Spectacle, and Progress,” Sarai Johnson, American University

FRIDAY MAY 26, 2017
9:40 to 11:00am


Session8-H: Politics of Care in African American Women’s Writing
Chair:Shirley Moody-Turner

  1. “Our Mothers’ Creole Gardens: Uprooting the Conjure Woman in the Work of Toni Morrison,“ Rachel Carr, University of Kentucky
  2. “Care Networks as the Locus of Social Change in Toni Cade Bambara’s Early Fiction,” Susan Edmunds, Syracuse University.
  3. “The Persistently Pedagogical and Ever Ecological Mama Day,” Asha Tall, Tufts University
  4. “Toni Cade Bambara’s Alternative Models of Disability,” Anna L. Hinton, Southern Methodist University

 FRIDAY MAY 26, 2017
3:40 to 5:00
pm


Session 12-H: Trails of History: Colson Whitehead, Lauret Savoy and George Fortman
Chair: Loretta Woodard

  1. “‘The Long, Dark Trail’: Travel, Trauma, and Identity in the Narrative of George Fortman,” Rosetta R. Haynes, Indiana State University
  2. “ ‘No One Wanted to Hear It’: The Underground Railroad and the Perilous Preservation of Black Literary History,” Iain Bernhoft, Rhode Island School of Design
  3. “Reimagining History: The Question of Authenticity in Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad,” Sonia Weiner, Tel Aviv University
  4. “Memorializing the Land, Memorializing the Archive: Exploring the Unidentified and Unidentifiable in Lauret Savoy’s Trace,” Leah Barlow, University of Pennsylvania

         

 FRIDAY MAY 26, 2017
7:15 TO 9:00PM


READING BY JAMAICA KINCAID, RECIPIENT OF THE 2017 STEPHEN E. HENDERSON AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN PROSE

PRESENTATION OF THE DARWIN T. TURNER AWARD TO HENRY LOUIS GATES JR.
AND OF THE INAUGURAL OCTAVIA E. BUTLER AWARD TO CHERYL WALL

PRESENTATION OF THE PAULINE E. HOPKINS AWARDS

SATURDAY MAY 27, 2017
11:10 to 12:30am

SESSION 16-R: AALCS BUSINESS MEETING
ROOM: ESSEX SOUTH

 

SATURDAY MAY 27, 2017
2:10 to 3:30
pm

 

Session 18-G: Genre Crossings in African American Literature
Chair:Grégory Pierrot

  1. “David Walker, Black Pamphleteering, and the First African American Novel,” Eric Curry, Independent Scholar
  2. “‘Days of my childhood I woo you not back’: Dislocating Childhood in Frances E.W. Harper’s Iola Leroy,” Shannon Brennan, Carthage College
  3. “The Death Spaces—Homewood and Prison: John Edgar Wideman’s Brothers and Keepers, JuYoun Jang, University of Mississippi
SUNDAY, MAY 28, 2017
8:30 TO 9:50am
Session 21-A: African American Theory, Chinese Perspectives: A Roundtable
 Chair: Wilfred D. Samuels, University of Utah
Participants:
1.Yunqiu Wang, Huangzhou Dianzi University, China
2.Kai Kang, Huangzhou Dianzi University, China
3.Yanlin Xu, Huangzhou Dianzi University, China
4.Huijuan Tan, Huangzhou Dianzi University, China

 

Full program of the 28th ALA Conference

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