Congratulations to Coley Summerlin upon successfully defending her thesis “A Shift in the Perception of Native American and Asian American and the Emergence of the Trickster Figure in Graphic Books: A Comparison of Political Cartoons from the 1800’s to Trickster, American Born Chinese, and Level Up,” directed by Dr. Huang. Keep in touch, Coley!
Our first successful thesis defense of the semester: Bryan McMillan’s “The Tonic of Wildness”: Thoreau’s Critique of Industrial Capitalism,” directed by Dr. Helena Feder. We wish Bryan well as he pursues doctoral studies in English.
Patti May Parsons successfully defended her thesis “Dramatic Historicizing of Hawaii: The Juxtaposition of Indigenous Culture Colonization/Americanization, and 21st- Century Issues in the Island Plays and Writings of Victoria Nālani Kneubuhl,” directed by Dr. Bardill.
Congratulations on behalf of the MTL faculty to Kellie French upon her successful defense of her thesis, “Remembering, Eating, Cooking, and Sharing: Identity-Shaping Activities in Ethnic American First-Person Food Writings,” directed by Dr. Huang.
I would like to congratulate Anne Benenhaley upon the successful defense of her thesis “’Darkness, Dirt, Deviance’—and Daddy: Patrilineal Relationships and the Negotiation of Womanhood in the Literature of Middle Eastern and Arab-American Women.”
We just just got word from the grad school that Jennifer Burcham’s thesis “An Appetite for Metaphor : Food Imagery and Cultural Identity in Indian Fiction” has been “viewed or downloaded more than 1000 times through ECU’s online repository, The Scholarship.” It’s one of the most Viewed theses in the repository: http://thescholarship.ecu.edu/handle/10342/3535.
The 29th Annual MELUS Conference
Arrivals and Departures in U.S. Multi-Ethnic Literatures
April 9-12, 2015
Werner Sollors, Harvard University, author of Beyond Ethnicity; Ethnic Modernism; Neither White Nor Black But Both and many other scholarly texts.
Cristina García, novelist, author of Dreaming in Cuban, The Agüero Sisters, Monkey Hunting and other creative works
Natasha Trethewey, Poet Laureate of the United States, author of Thrall; the Pulitzer Prize winning Native Guard; Belloq’s Ophelia and other works.
Call for Abstracts/Panel Proposals for the 2015 MELUS Conference
We all scan arrival and departure boards at airports to get a sense of future movements; for centuries, however, arrivals and departures have been critically important in a broader and more meaningful way in the lives and narratives of ethnically defined peoples. This conference will interrogate all the many interpretations of these terms, concentrating on immigration, mobility, exile, diaspora, disruptions, career moves, family separations, and family reunions; modes of transportation and their depictions, be it boats, ferries, horse or mule drawn wagons, airplanes, or spaceships; scenes of arrival and departure; births; deaths; upward or downward mobility; historic events that herald innovation or a farewell to past traditions.
As always, paper and panel proposals are also welcome on any aspect of the multicultural literature of the United States.
DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS/PANEL PROPOSALS:
December 15, 2014
Email to email@example.com. To be considered for the graduate student travel award and the contingent faculty award cc: firstname.lastname@example.org. All presenters, chairs, and moderators must be members of MELUS. Membership information is available here.
Athens, Georgia, has been ranked as one of the most beautiful and exciting college towns in the nation. Its vibrant music scene has launched groups like the B-52s and REM, from venues like the fabled Georgia Theater. Athens is also home to the Georgia Museum of Art and the Georgia Botanical Garden, which will be in bloom during the conference. The compact downtown, adjacent to the historic and charming University of Georgia campus, is chock-a-block with funky boutiques, excellent local restaurants, and historic sites. Accommodations have been reserved at hotels either in or near the beautifully appointed Classic Center, the location for the conference meetings. We will also have an opening reception on campus at the architectural masterpiece, the Jackson Street building. While all of these locations are within walking distance of each other, the campus and town are served by excellent bus systems, which make frequent stops; the campus system is free. Come experience an Athens Spring!
Bryant Scott successfully defended his thesis “Mohsin Hamid and the Novel of Globalization” and is preparing for doctoral study in the field at the University of Miami.
Congratulations to Katie Sinor, who has successfully defended her thesis “Finding Displacement Through Incest in Salman Rushdie’s Novels.” Katie, we wish you the best in all future endeavors and hope you’ll keep in touch with us.
Congratulations to Paula Hardy upon successfully defending her thesis, “Hungarian Identity: Constancy and Change in the Fatherland, Mother Tongue, and Family Lines.”