Professor to present paper at national conference

Published on
May 20, 2014

Katie Egging, Assistant Professor of English at Union College, has been selected to present a paper at the American Literature Association in Washington, D.C.

The annual national conference is being held May 22-25 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.

Dr. Egging is participating in the session entitled “Racing Places: African American Memory and Politics” and will be presenting her paper on “Arlington National Cemetery in May Miller’s Stragglers in the Dust.”

“The conference draws scholars from across the U.S. and abroad to share research and pedagogy about American literature,” said Egging.

The session is being chaired by Wilfred D. Samuels of University of Utah, and the other panelists include Hannah Baker Saltmarsh of Dillard University, Lale Demirturk of Bilkent University and Eric Atkinson, University of California, Riverside.

In her presentation, Egging will argue Miller’s play points out there are fractures in who we consider is an American. Set in the 1930s, Stragglers in the Dust takes place in Arlington National Cemetery and poses a radical question for its day: could the “Unknown Soldier” be African American? Egging explained Miller’s play brings to light those aspects of American identity and history war monuments such as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier attempt to erase and strives to illuminate African Americans’ central role in not only World War I but also the larger development of the nation.

“My hope is to get useful feedback on the project and meet other scholars in my field of study," Egging said of her goals for presenting at the conference. "The ultimate goal is to use the feedback to revise the paper in order to submit it as an article for publication.”