Calls for Papers

Modern Language Association Convention, January 5-8, 2017, Philadelphia, PA

Faulkner and World Literature

The William Faulkner Society is planning a panel for MLA 2017 in Philadelphia that will focus on Faulkner in the context of world literature. The expansive scope is designed to reveal a range of possibilities for reading Faulkner individually or in comparison to other figures. Papers topics might include but are not limited to the following:

--Faulkner’s international reception, reputation, and influence
--Translations and adaptations of Faulkner worldwide
--Constructions and expressions of literary nationalism
--Global modernism influencing and influenced by Faulkner
--Issues of empire and (de)colonization
--Reading Faulkner in North American, Latin American, transatlantic, Pacific, or Global North/South contexts
--Questions of world literature canon formation, curriculum development, and pedagogy
--Depictions of (uneven) economic development
--Approaches shaped by rethinking and redefining “world literature” (Damrosch), distant reading (Moretti), world systems theory (Wallerstein), globalization studies, or other critical theories and practices

Send a 250-word abstract and brief bio to Ted Atkinson ( by March 15, 2016.          

Faulkner and Hemingway, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, October 20-22, 2016

This “Faulkner and Hemingway” conference invites proposals for twenty-minute papers on any topic related to William Faulkner and/or Ernest Hemingway.  All critical approaches, including theoretical and pedagogical, are welcomed.  We are particularly interested in inter-textual approaches that treat both authors. Proposals for organized panels are also encouraged. Possible topics could include: race, gender, class, biography, history, World War I, the Great Depression, the Global South, religion, the natural environment, hunting, myth, humor, language, trauma, disability, and modernism.

In addition to the paper sessions, the conference will include a keynote address by Joseph Fruscione, author of Faulkner and Hemingway: Biography of a Literary Rivalry, a tour of the University’s renowned L. D. Brodsky Collection of Faulkner materials, and a literary-themed art exhibition. Expanded versions of the papers will be considered for possible publication in a collection of essays to be published by Southeast Missouri State University Press.

E-mail a 200-300-word abstract by May 15, 2016, to:  Inquiries can be directed to Christopher Rieger at or (573) 651-2620.

FAULKNER AND HEMINGWAY UNDERGRADUATE WRITING CONTEST: Undergraduate students from any institution are encouraged to submit papers for this conference.  These papers (7-10 pages) may be on Faulkner, Hemingway, or both.  The authors of the top two undergraduate submissions will receive cash prizes respectively of $150 and $100; a waiver of the conference registration and banquet fees; and an invitation to present the winning entries at the conference (winners must participate in the conference to qualify for the cash award).  Contest submissions may be submitted by e-mail attachment to and must be received by May 15, 2016.  Undergraduate submissions not awarded cash prizes will be considered for inclusion among the presentations at the conference.   NOTE: To be eligible for this contest, a student must be enrolled as an undergraduate during all or part of the 2016 calendar year.

Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference

Faulkner and Money, July 23-27, 2017

To gain a fuller understanding of William Faulkner’s literary career and fictional oeuvre, a reader could do worse than to follow the proverbial money.  Faulkner delighted in the intricate maneuverings of financial transactions, from poker wagers, horse trades, and auctions to the seismic convolutions of the New York Cotton Exchange.  Moreover, whether boiling the pot with magazine stories, scraping by on advances from his publishers, flush with cash from Hollywood screenwriting labors, or basking in financial security in the wake of the Nobel Prize, Faulkner was at every moment of his personal and professional life thoroughly inscribed within the economic forces and circumstances of his era.  The forty-fourth annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha conference will explore the relationship between Faulkner and “money,” construed broadly to encompass the economic dimensions of the author’s life and work.  Topics could include but are by no means limited to: 

--the economics of authorship and the literary marketplace;
--the role of value, specie, currency, credit, debt, barter, wages, contracts, property, the commodity, capital, finance, investment, gambling, production, consumption, circulation, distribution, and other forms of economic activity or exchange in Faulkner’s writings;
--the philosophy, psychology, or anthropology of money in Faulkner’s world;
--applications of economic theory to Faulkner’s texts (from classical political economy to the recent work of Thomas Piketty, David Graeber, Niall Ferguson, and others);
--material economics, or the economy of things;
--money and the modern state;
--the politics of economic development;
--general, restricted, gift, or symbolic economies in Faulkner;
--poverty in Yoknapatawpha and other Faulkner locales;
--Faulkner in the economic context of slavery, agrarian capitalism, consumerism, Wall Street, Prohibition, the Great Depression, the New Deal, Breton Woods, globalization, neoliberalism, etc.

            The program committee especially encourages full panel proposals for 75-minute conference sessions. Such proposals should include a one-page overview of the session topic or theme, followed by two-page abstracts for each of the panel papers to be included. We also welcome individually submitted two-page abstracts for 15-20-minute panel papers. Panel papers consist of approximately 2,500 words and will be considered by the conference program committee for possible expansion and inclusion in the conference volume published by the University Press of Mississippi.
            Session proposals and panel paper abstracts must be submitted by January 31, 2017, preferably through e-mail attachment. All manuscripts, proposals, abstracts, and inquiries should be addressed to Jay Watson, Department of English, The University of Mississippi, P.O. Box 1848, University, MS 38677-1848. E-mail: Decisions for all submissions will be made by March 15, 2017.


William Faulkner Society Scholarships

The John W. Hunt Memorial Scholarship and the Faulkner Journal Scholarship

The William Faulkner Society offers scholarships for as many as two graduate students to attend the annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference in Oxford, Mississippi. These awards are funded by generous donations in memory of Faulkner scholar John W. Hunt, author of William Faulkner: Art in Theological Tension, by the Faulkner Journal, and by annual dues from members of the Society. The scholarships cover the cost of conference registration, with the possibility of additional funding depending on available resources.

Graduate students may apply directly for the Huntl Scholarships or be nominated by a faculty member. Each application should include: a letter from the student explaining how the student's work can be enhanced by attending the Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha conference; a current curriculum vitae; and at least one letter of recommendation from a faculty member familiar with the student's work--a letter of nomination satisfies this requirement. Send applications to Ted Atkinson, President, William Faulkner Society, by email ( or by mail: P.O. Box 5272, Mississippi State, MS, 39762. The application deadline is March 15, 2016.