Calls for Papers

American Literature Association Conference, May 25-28, 2017, Boston, MA

Reading Faulkner in the Age of Trump(ism)
The past year and a half has seen the rise of the anti-Progressive, anti-establishment, and pro-authoritarian movement embodied in the person of Donald J. Trump. Many have speculated that even if Trump had not won the presidential election, the movement known as “Trumpism” would continue to thrive, but with his election this movement is now fixed in history as deeply connected with its champion. Although the duration and full impact of this movement remain to be seen, it seems appropriate and important to begin discussing the questions the age of Trump brings and what exactly is the relation of literature and literary criticism to it. This panel invites papers that consider the role of Faulkner scholarship in the age of Trump(ism). Does Faulkner’s writing shed light on the dynamics of the current political and cultural moment? How does this moment reorient or reintroduce critical lines of inquiry? Are the responsibilities, techniques, and/or positions of Faulkner scholars altered? Please send 250-word abstracts for papers that address these and other questions to Ted Atkinson at wfsociety@gmail.com by January 9, 2017.

Faulkner and the Position of the Public Intellectual
The trajectory of William Faulkner’s career involved a post-Nobel rise in reputation that secured his status as a public intellectual. Faulkner’s statements on racial injustice, civil rights, totalitarianism, and the threat of nuclear war, among other issues, evinced a willingness to spend some of the cultural capital he had earned from literary achievements on meaningful engagement with the pressing issues of the day and the broader concerns of human inquiry. What might we gain from revisiting or revising what it means to think of Faulkner as a public intellectual? How does the Faulkner on the page speak to the figure who appeared on the public stage—or vice versa? How do we situate Faulkner in relation to other figures who have assumed the mantle of public intellectual? What can Faulkner’s experience tell us now as intellectuals, especially in the humanities, face diminished influence in the public sphere? The plan for this session is to consider these and other related questions in the format of a roundtable discussion. Please send 250-word proposals for ten-minute presentations to Ted Atkinson at wfsociety@gmail.com by January 9, 2017.

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 (wfsociety@gmail.com) by March 15, 2016.          

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: jwatson@olemiss.edu. 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 (TAtkinson@english.msstate.edu) or by mail: P.O. Box 5272, Mississippi State, MS, 39762. The application deadline is April 15, 2016.