WLA at the ALA

The Western Literature Association sponsored several panels at the 2013 American Literature Association conference in Boston.

Word from the African American West

“Revolt from the Provinces: Wallace Thurman, the West, and Black Sexual Politics,” Emily Lutenski, Saint Louis University

“Hoo-Doo Cowboys in Ishmael Reed’s Yellow-Back Radio Brokedown and Taylor Gordon’s Born to Be,” Michael K. Johnson, University of Maine-Farmington

“Women and Children First!: The American West as Public Sphere in Pearl Cleage’s Flyin’ West,” Kalenda Eaton, Arcadia University

“‘Word from the Far West’: The Black West in the Christian Recorder, 1861-1890,” Eric Gardner, Saginaw Valley State University

(No photo available of the panelists, alas)

Truer West: Western Authenticity and Unsettling the Literary West, Ten Years After

“License to Work: ‘Authentic Cowboys’ and the Legal Battle Over American Labor,” Kiara L. Kharpertian, Boston College

“Affecting Western American Nature Writing,” Andrew Husband, Texas Tech University

“Joan Didion’s Haphazard Suburban Ranchos: Claims to Property and Authenticity in Run River, Slouching Towards Bethlehem, and Where I Was From,” Kaitlin Walker, University of California at Davis

“What Would Mabel Dodge Luhan Do? Celebrity Culture and Cultural Tourism in the Southwest,” Carrie Johnston, Southern Methodist University

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Periodicals, Print Culture, and the Late 19th/Early-20th-century

“Mr. Hickock, I presume? Wild Bill, Harper’s, and Henry Stanley’s Western Adventures,” Nicolas Witschi (Western Michigan)

“Material Culture in Turn-of-the-Century, West Coast Bibelots,” Matthew Lavin (Nebraska-Lincoln)

“Capturing the Land of Sunshine: Local Color, Vanishing Indians, and the Marketing of the Southwest,” Sigrid Anderson Cordell (Michigan).

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