Lingyan Yang, associate professor in the English Department and director of Women’s Studies, and Kaitlin Tonti and Meghan Hurley, doctoral students in the graduate English program in Literature and Criticism, presented scholarship on American multiethnic women’s literature in the national MELUS conference (Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S.) in Athens, Ga. on April 9–12, 2015.
Yang presented “Asian American Feminist Postmodernism of Decolonization in Jessica Hagedorn’s Dogeaters.” Tonti presented “Adolescent Rebellion and the Mother in Tsitsi Dangarembgas’ Nervous Conditions.” Hurley presented “A Voice of Her Own: Mother-Daughter Resistance, Identity, and Empowerment in Jessica Hagedorn’s Dogeaters.” This was part of the panel “Voice, Identity, and Resistance in Multi-Ethnic Women Writers,” which Tonti and Hurley co-organized with the advice from Yang and that Tonti chaired.
Tonti and Hurley are excellent first-year doctoral students in the graduate English program in Literature and Criticism. Their conference papers resulted from revisions of their terrific final research papers that they wrote for Yang’s graduate class, Comparative Postcolonial and American Multiethnic Women’s Literature and Feminisms, in fall 2014. All presentations went very well.
Yang was also an invited panelist in the MELUS Women of Color Caucus round table session on how to teach American multiethnic women’s literature. She particularly focused on the pedagogical challenges and rewards of teaching Asian American women’s literature at undergraduate and graduate levels. Additionally, Yang attended the MELUS Executive Committee meeting and reported in the MELUS membership meeting. Yang ended her one term/three years of leadership services as MELUS vice president and program chair from 2012–15 at the end of this MELUS conference.
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