Krista Comer With minor editing for publication, I have let this piece stand largely as it was delivered in 2015. It seemed fi tting, however, to amend a postscript . Th ere I re fl ect on what I learned from the reception of this talk and others like it that I gave shortly a ft erward . Th e intervening presidential election of 2016, and the new worldwide feminist resistance set in motion by it, o ff er one answer to a central question posed here: What will it take to bring feminism out of the shadows? Th e need for less “stuck” and predictable conversations about feminism is a priority . Th e times call out to all feminist killjoys! — K.C. Th e charge of this genealogical plenary is an “anniversary charge,” to take the long view and ask ourselves: What critical works and theoretical approaches have been important to the fi eld of western American literary and culture study, what is important currently, and what could or should we do in the future? Th ose questions ask us to think about but also beyond the Western Liter- ature Association as an organizational and intellectual enterprise.
Western American Literature – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Jun 1, 2018