Conversations About Our Scholarly Lives

12:00 PM  - 1:00 PM
Monday Oct 28, 2013
Jan Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching (Room 338), DeWitt Wallace Library

Juliana Pegues, American Studies, will present “Fictions of the Last Frontier: Alaska’s Gold Rush Era and the Legend of China Joe." This presentation focuses on the folklore archive of Alaskan historical figure China Joe, who appears in two widely reiterated tales: in his generous role as a baker to sustain gold prospectors during a winter freeze, and as the exceptional Chinese who is allowed to stay in Alaska when Chinese miners are driven out.  Gold rushes transformed early Alaska, both in terms of economic development and ushering in the first major wave of settlers. Gold Rush stories are essential to Alaska’s frontier identity, celebrating white heroic masculinity while minor Native and Asian characters depict the negative consequences of modernity generally and industrialism specifically. Pegues reconfigures China Joe’s tale in juxtaposition with Alaska Native antagonisms and affinities, in order to address the different but contingent violences that colonialism both engenders and disavows.  All faculty are welcome.  Lunch will be provided.

Contact: Adrienne Christiansen, ext. 6714

This event is for: Faculty

Sponsored By: Jan Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching (CST)

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