Calls for Papers

PAMLA Conference, October 31-November 2, Riverside, California

Proposals invited for papers addressing any aspect of William Faulkner's literary production for a panel at the 2014 PAMLA Conference, October 31-November 2, in Riverside, California. Please submit proposals before May 15th, 2014, using the on-line submission system at "".

You must become a member of or renew your membership in the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association by June 10th, 2014, in order to be eligible to present a paper at the 2014 conference. PAMLA requests that people do not submit the same proposal to more than one session at the conference.

For additional guidelines, please visit the PAMLA submissions page at ""

Please contact John Schwetman at "" if you have inquiries regarding this panel.


American Literature Association Conference, May 22-25, 2014, Washington, D.C

"William Faulkner and Mark Twain"

A Joint Session sponsored by the Mark Twain Circle and the William Faulkner Society American Literature Association Conference May 22-25, 2014, Washington, D.C.

Faulkner and Twain: an often-overlooked but intriguing pairing. The William Faulkner Society and the Mark Twain Circle invite proposals for papers that bring together Faulkner and Twain in creative and thought-provoking ways. The possibilities are endless for productive dialogues, and we anticipate a fun and interesting session.Please send 250-300 word proposals to Deborah Clarke ( and to Linda Morris ( Deadline: January 13, 2014.

 “Teaching Faulkner”

A session sponsored by the William Faulkner Society
American Literature Association Conference May 22-25, 2014, Washington, D.C.

The William Faulkner Society seeks proposals for a roundtable on teaching Faulkner. We welcome any aspect of the experience of dealing with a difficult writer, but are particularly interested in how people may have integrated undergraduate research and/or digital media in the teaching of Faulkner, as well as such topics as Faulkner and the Global South. Please send 250-300 word proposals to Deadline: January 13, 2014.

"William Faulkner and Eudora Welty"

A Joint Session sponsored by the Eudora Welty Society and the William Faulkner Society American Literature Association Conference May 22-25, 2014 Washington, D.C.

When William Faulkner sent Eudora Welty a postcard in 1943 from Hollywood praising her book, The Robber Bridegroom, and offering to help her, Welty acknowledged that getting fan mail from Faulkner was "strange stuff." Welty for her part praised and defended Faulkner in interviews and print, answering the question of his influence with "it was like living near a mountain." As Noel Polk points out, however, "unspoken in her image, and perhaps even unthought, is the simple fact that what most often lives near a mountain is another mountain." We seek papers exploring or revisioning any aspect of the relations, confluences, and divergences between these two Mississippi "mountains" and/or their work. Please send 250 word proposals to and to Deborah Clarke ( by December 15th, 2013.

Modern Literature Association Conference January 8-11, 2014, Vancouver, B.C.

"Faulkner and Foodways"
A session sponsored by William Faulkner Society

The production, purchase, packaging and consumption of food are staples of Faulkner’s work. We seek papers that explore the relevance of foodways, defined broadly, in shaping his fictional world. What role, for example, does the food industry play in establishing a social and/or commercial space? What does food in Faulkner reveal about domesticity and the social constructions of gender and race? How does food illuminate the economic constraints of Faulkner’s South? These are just some of the questions one might consider in exploring the intersection between Faulkner and foodways. Please send 250-300 word proposals to Deborah Clarke ( by March 10, 2014.

“Faulkner and Education”
(non-guaranteed session)

While higher education brings little glory in Faulkner’s work—always beware of characters with PhDs—the idea of education permeates his fictional enterprise. We seek papers that investigate the role of education, and are particularly interested in those approaching it from an interdisciplinary perspective including, but not limited to, the educational system of the rural South, teacher-training, educational developments, and teachable moments in Faulkner. How does a broader angle on education open up new ways of thinking about Faulkner’s presentation of a rural southern community and how it may be shaped by the educational system? How does education—at all levels—prompt us to think about what is taught and learned (or unlearned) in Faulkner’s world? Please send 250-300 word proposals to Deborah Clarke ( by March 10, 2014.

Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference

Faulkner and History, July 20-24, 2014

The 41st annual Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha conference will be devoted to an interdisciplinary conversation between literary scholars and historians exploring the rich relationship between history and the life and art of William Faulkner.  How do specific histories—of Mississippi, of the U.S. South, of the nation, of the Americas, of the Atlantic or Pacific regions, of modernity, of technology, of private or everyday life, of the environment, of ideas and intellectual work, of the senses or affects, of underrepresented populations, groups, or societies, of colonialism and empire, of global movements, migrations, and exchanges, and so on—illuminate, challenge, complicate, or otherwise situate Faulkner’s imaginative writings and public performances?  What in turn can Faulkner’s life and work contribute to a deeper understanding of such historical moments, problems, or domains?  How should we understand and assess the historiographic imagination we so frequently encounter in Faulkner and his characters, the historical enterprise as practiced by such characters, the historical archives they consult or construct in pursuit of this enterprise, and the historical remains they encounter or leave behind?  What can we learn from Faulkner’s experiences as a historical figure in his own right—his own participation in specific historical moments, crises, events—or from his impact on historians?  What can Faulkner teach us about the links between memory, trauma, and the practices of material history, and what can that nexus of problems teach us about his work?  How should we assess Faulkner’s legacy as an artistic chronicler of the Civil War and World War One, historical crises (themselves observing milestone anniversaries in 2014) that were imaginatively formative for him? What might contemporary theoretical reconceptualizations of temporality and the past contribute to the ongoing reconceptualization of Faulkner’s work, or vice versa?  How and where do Faulkner and/or Faulkner scholarship shed light on the challenges and rewards of using archival materials to understand history or reframe key historical questions, especially as historical and literary archives are themselves undergoing significant transformation in the digital era?  How and where else might historians and literary critics meet over Faulkner to interrogate the questions that guide and shape their disciplines today?

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 and panel paper abstracts must be submitted by January 31, 2014, preferably through e-mail attachment.  For plenary papers, three print copies of the manuscript must be submitted by January 31, 2014.  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: Decisions for all submissions will be made by March 15, 2014.

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 costs of registration for the conference and of the students' choice of an organized day trip during the week.

Graduate students may apply directly for the Hunt / Faulkner Journal 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 Deborah Clarke, President, The Faulkner Society, Department of English, Box 870302, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ  85287-0302; Deadline for applications is March 15, 2014.