ALA 2018

American Literature Association Annual Conference

May 24-27, 2018

Hyatt Regency, San Francisco

Session 1:  Vonnegut and Trump’s America

Chair: Nicole Lowman, State University of New York at Buffalo

  1. “Kurt Vonnegut’s Apocalyptic Masculinities,” Sanna Melin Schyllert, Independent Scholar
  2. “Only Winners and Losers: Vonnegut’s Political Anthropology in Trump’s Dystopia,” Francis X. Altomare, University of Miami
  3. “Machines and the Loss of Moral Agency: Why Trump’s America Should Frighten Everyone,” Richard Coronado, South Texas College

Session 2:  Trauma, Masculinity, and the Human Condition in the Work of Kurt Vonnegut 

Chair: Zachary Perdieu, University of Georgia

  1. “The Masculinity of Labor in Kurt Vonnegut’s Player Piano,” Esteban Rojas Castro, Independent Scholar
  2. “Kurt Vonnegut & Carl Sagan: A Tale of Two Assholes,” Ben Reed, Texas State University
  3. “Tethered, Untethered: Coping and the Mythic Collective in Ceremony and Slaughterhouse-Five,” Zachary Perdieu, University of Georgia
  4.  “‘I’ll Call it the Children’s Crusade’: Historical Trauma in Slaughterhouse-Five,” Kerstin Tuttle, University of South Dakota