Maxine Hong Kingston and Protest

deadline for submissions: 
January 20, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
The Maxine Hong Kingston Society
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Call for Papers

American Literature Association Annual Conference

May 21-24, 2020

San Diego, CA

Panel Topic: “Maxine Hong Kingston and Protest”

"Bush says Code Red; we say Code Pink." In 2003 Kingston was arrested along with writers such as Alice Walker for marching in front of George H. W. Bush’s White House, protesting Bush’s own march toward war. This panel will explore the varieties of protest in Kingston’s work, including historical representation, fictional reconstruction, and formalist rebellion. Her work frequently asks how protest, peace, and imagination relate. Papers discussing connections between Kingston’s work and protest will be considered. Here are some possible points of entry:

  • MHK at Berkeley in the 60s, the Sanctuary Movement
  • MHK and the Women’s Movement
  • Code Pink and the Iraq War
  • Related writers, e.g., Grace Paley, Jim Stafford, Alice Walker
  • Veteran Writers Group, Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace, The Fifth Book of Peace

Please send your presentation title, an abstract of 250 words, a CV, and a short bio to John Whalen-Bridge at by January 20, 2020. Please specify if audio/visual equipment is required.