ALA 2009 Boston Conference Panels

The Circle for Asian American Literary Studies is presenting four panels for the American Literature Association conference, to be held May 21-24, 2009, in Boston. Here is the schedule: 

Thursday, May 21, 2009
1:30 – 2:50pm
“Margins within the Margins: Underrepresentation in Asian American Literary Criticism”
Chair: Catherine Fung, UC Davis
1. “Linh Dinh’s ‘The Most Beautiful Word’ as Vietnam War Poetry,” Merton Lee, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
2. “The Homeland in Hmong American Literature,” Trevor Lee, Queens College
3. “Patricia Chao’s Monkey King: Subverting Incest and Race,” Amy Manning, University of New Hampshire
4. “Remapping Allegiances: Christianity, Confession, and the Existential Turn in Richard Kim’s The Martyred,” Sueyeun Juliette Lee, Temple University

Friday, May 22, 2009
8:00 – 9:20 am
“Hemispheric Approaches to Asian American Literature”
Chair: Timothy Yu, University of Toronto
1. “Bharati Mukherjee and North American Immigrant Subjectivities,” Walter S. H. Lim, National University of Singapore
2. “An American Ideal and A Canadian Imaginary: Tracing the North-South Axis from Aiiieeeee! to Inalienable Rice,” Yvonne Wong, McMaster University
3. “Going Native?: Japanese Internment Narratives and the Politics of Cross-racial Identification,” Iyko Day, Mount Holyoke College

Friday, May 22, 2009
12:30 – 1:50 pm
“Critical Perspectives on Jhumpa Lahiri”
Chair: Betsy Huang, Clark University 
Respondent: Rani Neutill, Harvard University
1. “Adultery and Interracial Sex in the Stories of Jhumpa Lahiri,” Stephanie Li, University of Rochester
2. “Nothingness at the Center of the Wheel: Reading Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake,” Joonok Huh, University of Northern Colorado
3. “A Space of One’s Own: Jhumpa Lahiri, Arundhati Roy, and the Value of Borders,” Pranav Jani, The Ohio State University

Friday, May 22, 2009
3:30 – 4:50 pm
Round Table Discussion 1
“New Directions in Asian American Literature and Criticism”
Moderator: Nicky Schildkraut, University of Southern California
1. Catherine Fung, UC Davis
2. Qian Hua Ge, University of Rochester
3. Betsy Huang, Clark University
4. Greta Aiyu Niu, University of Rochester
5. Caroline Yang, Wesleyan University
6. Timothy Yu, University of Toronto

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