ALA 2019

American Literature Association Annual Conference

May 23-26, 2019

Westin Copley Place, Boston

Session 1:  Vonnegut and Race 

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

  1. “Technological Progress and Anatomical Regression in Galapagos,” Julia Lindsay, University of Georgia
  2. “Vonnegut and the Space Aliens,” Susan Farrell, College of Charleston
  3. “’Bringing Chaos to Order’: Kurt Vonnegut and a Postmodern Resistance to Settler Colonialism in the United States,” Scott Nelson, University of Minnesota
  4. “The Almost End-Times: The Threshold of Annihilation in Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle,” Zachary Perdieu, University of Georgia

Session 2: Vonnegut in Crisis and Tranquility 

Chair: Zachary Perdieu, University of Georgia

  1. “Bad Chemicals and Toxic Masculinity: The Post-War Crisis of Manhood in Breakfast of Champions,” Miranda Corcoran, University College Cork
  2. “The Tranquility of Influence: Mark Twain and Kurt Vonnegut,” Richard Coronado, South Texas College
  3. “Germs of Some Loathsome Disease: Kurt Vonnegut and Guns,” Chuck Augello, Independent Scholar
  4. “Vonnegut the Economist: Jailbird and the Economic Crisis of the 1970s,” William M. Etter, Irvine Valley College