Panels for ALA 2015, Boston

We’ve got a full slate of panels this year! Please come join us for some excellent scholarship and dialogue.

(From the final program. View more conference information at the American Literature Association Annual Conference website.)

American Literature Association
26th Annual Conference
May 21-24, 2015

The Westin Copley Place
10 Huntington Avenue
Boston MA 02116-5798

Friday, May 22, 2015, 3:40 – 5:00 pm
Session 12-F Trauma and the Asian Diasporic Literary Imagination (Part I)
(Great Republic 7th Floor)
Organized by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies
Chair: Jinah Kim, Northwestern University

  1. “Education as Trauma: Reinforcing Hegemony through Violence in Persaud’s Daughters of Empire,” Krupal Amin, Ohio State University
  2. “Postmemory and Its Undoing: Denegation in A Feather on the Breath of God,” Christine Maksimowicz, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  3. “From Trauma to Catharsis: Performing the Asian Avant Garde,” Sean Labrador y Manzano, Independent Scholar

Friday, May 22, 2015, 5:10 – 6:30pm
Session 13-G Trauma and the Asian Diasporic Literary Imagination (Part II)
(Great Republic 7th Floor)
Organized by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies
Chair: Lynn Mie Itagaki, The Ohio State University

  1. “‘Another Locus of Inscription’: Dislocation and Trauma in Aimee Phan’s We Should Never Meet,” Justine Dymond, Springfield College
  2. “Writing Oneself into Being: The Affect and Aesthetics of Repetition in Jane Jeong Trenka’s Adoption Autobiographies,” Joseph Kai Hang Cheang, University of California, Riverside
  3. “‘A Dark Flower of Memory’: Scabbing Trauma in Russell Charles Leong’s ‘Where Do People Live Who Never Die?,'” Elise Auvil, University of Maryland, College Park

Saturday, May 23, 2015, 9:40 – 11:00am
Session 15-D Critical Perspectives on Ha Jin
(Essex North West 3rd Floor)
Organized by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies
Chair: Lynn Mie Itagaki, The Ohio State University

  1. “The Immigrant Sensibility: Locating Hope in Ha Jin’s Waiting and A Free Life,” Sharon Tang-Quan, Westmont College
  2. “A Free Life or a Journey of Odysseus?––Reading Ha Jin’s A Free Life,” Guo Rong, China University of Mining and Technology, Beijing
  3. “Doubling or Tripling in A Map of Betrayal by Ha Jin,” King-Kok Cheung, University of California, Los Angeles

Saturday, May 23, 2015, 11:10 – 12:30 am
Session 16-Q Business Meeting: Circle for Asian American Literary Studies
(Essex Center 3rd Floor)

Saturday, May 23, 2015, 3:40 – 5:00 pm
Session 19-B Roundtable on Asian American Literary and Visual Cultures
(Essex North East 3rd Floor)
Organized by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies
Moderator: Caroline Kyungah Hong, Queens College, City University of New York

  1. Monica Chiu, University of New Hampshire
  2. Cathy J. Schlund-Vials, University of Connecticut
  3. Min Hyoung Song, Boston College
  4. Lai Ying Yu, Tufts University

Saturday, May 23, 2015, 6:40 – 8:00 pm
Closing Reception
Organized by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies

Featured Speaker: Ha Jin
Novelist, Short Story Writer, and Poet
Author of A Map of Betrayal, Waiting: A Novel, War Trash, Ocean of Words,
The Bridegroom, and Wreckage
(Essex South, Third Floor)