Calls for Papers
Modern Language Association, January 7-10, 2016
Posthuman Possibilities in Faulkner
In accepting the Nobel Prize, Faulkner famously lamented that young writers had forgotten the only topic worth pursuing in the interest of great literary achievement: “the problems of the human heart in conflict with itself.” The fixed anthropocentric frame applied in the speech belies the wider view that emerges in Faulkner’s own literary pursuits as he opens up perspectives that go beyond the human. The purpose of this panel is to explore this dimension of Faulkner’s vision by bringing his work into contact with the emergent, and at times contentious, critical theory of posthumanism. How might readings of Faulkner contribute to debates about the nature and validity of posthumanism, particularly in relation to humanism? What figures, themes, and scenes in Faulkner resonate with posthuman possibilities by destabilizing or decentering the human relative to the nonhuman? How does Faulkner represent the various humanist distinctions targeted for posthumanist critique (human and animal, human and machine, living and [un]dead, etc.)? Please send 250-word abstracts for papers exploring these or other questions related to the panel topic to Deborah Clarke (Deborah.Clarke@asu.edu). Deadline: March 15, 2015.
Faulkner and Postcolonialism
In recent years, scholars have brought Faulkner studies and postcolonial studies into productive engagement. The design of this panel aims to advance this line of critical inquiry by considering how current approaches and practices in postcolonial studies apply to Faulkner. Paper topics might include, but are not limited to, the following: colonial/postcolonial/decolonized periods and places in Faulkner; pedagogical approaches informed by postcolonial studies; imperialism; issues of historical representation; intersections between Faulkner and other national or transnational literatures; Faulkner, postcolonialism, and Global South studies. Diverse theoretical and geographical frameworks are welcome, as are comparative studies. Please send 250-word abstracts to Deborah Clarke (Deborah.Clarke@asu.edu). Deadline: March 15, 2015.
American Literature Association, May 21-26, Boston, Massachussets
Faulkner and the 19th Century
In so many ways
the quintessential modern writer, William Faulkner also has strong connections to the 19th century. We seek papers that situate Faulkner in a 19th century context. In what ways is it useful to consider Faulkner in conversation with 19th century authors and/or culture? Some possible avenues might include the following: setting Faulkner against other American writers (Hawthorne, Melville, Poe, Stowe, Douglass, or Twain are obvious possibilities) or against writers representing other nationalities; exploring his response to 19th century tropes and paradigms; representations of U.S. slavery or the transatlantic slave trade; the rise of industrial capitalism; regionalism and sectionalism; Faulkner’s Civil War.Please send 500 word abstracts to Deborah.Clarke@asu.edu by January 15, 2015.
Faulkner and the North
It’s hard to identify a writer more thoroughly “Southern” than William Faulkner. In this panel, however, we hope to explore how the North resonates in his work. Topics might include the following: the actual and imagined geographies of the North; definitions or characterizations of the North; characters whose journeys, experiences, or identities read as “Northern”; Northern colonization; the application and implications of space/place theory on Faulkner’s construction of North and South. We also welcome papers that explore how Faulkner’s work constructs and contests boundaries between “North” and “South” drawn in the U.S. and in broader hemispheric and global contexts. Please send 500 word abstracts to Deborah.Clarke@asu.edu by January 15, 2015.
Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference
Faulkner and the Native South, July 17-21, 2016
From his earliest stories to his late novels, William Faulkner returned repeatedly to the Native American origins and histories of his imaginary landscape, Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi. Faulkner’s fictional representations include the pre-modern tribal past, first contact with European settlers, southern systems of slavery (including native slavery), and the trauma of removal that Choctaws and Chickasaws experienced.
When Native American Studies began to achieve recognition in the 1970s, scholars began to investigate Faulkner’s fictional constructions of “Indians.” Questions of authenticity, stereotyping, local history, and cultural knowledge—questions that remain relevant—were at the forefront of these investigations. More recently, scholars in a variety of disciplines including history, literature, anthropology, and cultural studies are undertaking a “reconstruction” of the Native South, a landscape both imagined and real, regional and global. This new entwining of Native and Southern Studies has shifted the discussion in freshly productive directions: what roles does the U.S. South, and Faulkner’s work more specifically, play in the Native American imagination? What relations of influence or confluence exist between Faulkner and Native American writers?
What new lines of aesthetic, thematic, or political affiliation emerge between Native Studies and Southern Studies, and how do Faulkner’s writings help illuminate, clarify, or complicate these connections? How does the concept of a “Native South” break with the bi-racial culture myth on which so much scholarship on southern literature (including Faulkner scholarship) is based? What other ideological interventions does the notion of a Native South produce and provoke, and how might these interventions reshape an understanding of Faulkner’s work? What tropes, themes, narrative techniques, plot structures, figurations of character, or genre features become newly or differently visible upon comparing Faulkner and native Southern writers? How do Native American critical frameworks open up new interpretive directions in Faulkner Studies? What can we learn from Faulkner’s work about the southern regional space and its complex relationship to native tribal identities and landscapes—or how might we take a fuller understanding of this relationship back to Faulkner’s work?
We especially encourage 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 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, 2016, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Decisions for all submissions will be made by March 15, 2016.
Faulkner and Print Culture, July 19-23, 2015
William Faulkner’s first published works were drawings that appeared in his high school and college yearbooks and poems and stories that appeared in newspapers. His first book, The Marble Faun, was published in 1924 by a vanity press. His artistic forays into print culture, in other words, began far from the world of highbrow literary publishing with which he is usually associated—the world of New York publishing houses like Boni and Liveright or Random House and little magazines like The Double-Dealer—though with time they would come to encompass that world as well. With this in mind, the 42nd annual Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha conference will explore Faulkner’s multifaceted engagements, as writer and reader, producer and consumer, with the print cultures of his era, along with the ways in which these cultures have mediated his relationship with a variety of twentieth- and twenty-first-century readerships.
Topics could include, but are by no means limited to: Faulkner as reader and book collector; Faulkner on the periodical market (in the pulps, the “slicks,” little magazines, college literary magazines, and newspapers); Faulkner and his publishers (Boni and Liveright, Cape and Smith, Random House, the Modern Library, Signet, and later reprint ventures, from pulp and mass market paperback to trade and Book-of-the-Month Club adaptations and scholarly editions); Faulkner in the history of the book (cover art and jacket matter, book design and layout, advertising campaigns, publishing tie-ins, and other marketing strategies); Faulkner’s engagement with popular literary trends and genres (detective novels, bootlegger novels, World War I protest novels, novels of the soil, race problem novels, “backwoods” fiction, etc.); Faulkner’s relationships with literary tastemakers and cultural arbiters like William Stanley Braithwaite, Charles Henri Ford, Alexander Woolcott, Clifton Fadiman, Malcolm Cowley, Oprah Winfrey, and so on; Faulkner’s translations and other transformations in international print cultures; his diverse and changing readerships, during his lifetime and beyond; and the many afterlives of Faulkner in print: at libraries, in book clubs and reading groups, and via ebooks and other digital resources.
We especially encourage 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 20-minute panel papers and individually submitted manuscripts for 40-minute plenary papers. Panel papers consist of approximately 2,500 words and will be considered by the conference program committee for possible inclusion in the conference volume published by the University Press of Mississippi. Plenary papers, which should be prepared using the 16th edition of the University of Chicago Manual of Style as a guide, consist of approximately 5,000-6,000 words and will appear in the published volume.
Session proposals, panel paper abstracts, and plenary paper submissions must be submitted by January 31, 2015, preferably through e-mail attachment. Authors whose plenary papers are selected for presentation at the conference will receive a conference registration waiver. 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: email@example.com. Decisions for all submissions will be made by March 15, 2015.