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11:30AM 01:00PM Erica Kalnay Job Talk: Department / Organization: English DepartmentMeeting Organizer/Sponsor: Department of EnglishSpeaker/Presenter: Erica KalnayCost: FreeContact Name: Eric CanosaContact Email: ecanosa@emory.eduLove and Mutilation: Soft Toys and Transpacific Archives This presentation maps childhood object relations onto transpacific race relations to consider how infantilization intersected with feminization and queering in the construction of American Orientalism. Alongside rising anti-Asian sentiment at the turn of the century, Japanese dolls became cherished playthings that could be found in many white, middle-class American homes. By examining this form of interracial intimacy in children’s literature and popular culture, this presentation uncovers how children’s play created a protected space for staging racialized erotic fantasies that would otherwise have been considered taboo. Childhood’s minor archives carry what the poet Cathy Park Hong calls Asian American “minor feelings,” recalling early experiences of transpacific contact in which love and mutilation became intricately entwined. Erica Kanesaka Kalnay is a Ph.D. Candidate in English Literary Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she teaches in the Asian American Studies Program. She received the “Best Graduate Student Paper Award” from the Association for Asian American Studies in 2019. Her articles have appeared or are forthcoming in Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, Journal of Asian American Studies, Oxford Literary Review, positions: asia critique, and Victorian Studies. + Online with Zoom Campus Events
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