CFP: [20th] CFP––National PCA––Southern Literature and Culture

full name / name of organization: 
Dr. Christoopher Bloss
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Call for Papers: Contemporary Southern Literature
PCA, national conference
MARCH 19 - 22, 2008
Conference location: SAN FRANCISCO MARRIOTT
Contemporary Southern literature remains a growing area for
discussion(s) and criticism(s) within the context of society. This CFP
seeks contributors offering a wide variety of interpretations and
criticisms of contemporary Southern literature and culture against the
backdrop of popular culture and postmodern society, although other
approaches are also solicited. Presentations covering a broad
range of Southern literature pieces, critical approaches, and cultural
interpretations are welcome;
presentations should be developed for a 15-minute reading.
Possible topics include (but are not limited to) the following:
* Any new and rising Southern literary work
* Contrasts between Flannery O'Connor's and other contemporary
author's work
• Film and television work depicting Southern Culture
* Southern literature in the age of postmodernism
* Gender roles in contemporary work
* Religion and/or feminist themes
* Creative writing in context of the Southâ€"whether you are a Southern
writer or writing in the Southern nostalgia.
* New readings of traditionally-accepted Southern literature
* Film explications (discussion of traditionally “southern” elements)
* Anything dealing with Southern literature or culture
* Comparative readings.
These are only suggestions, and all approaches and subjects are welcome
Please be open and creative with the items you propose; all submissions
concerning popular culture are considered. Additionally, if you have a
panel that deserves special attention, please let me know in your letter
or email so I can recommend it to the PCA administration. Basically,
anything dealing with the South is fair gameâ€"film, novels, stories,
poetry, theory, recipes, etc., anything remotely Southern fits the
Please submit a no more than a 250-word abstract to Christopher Bloss,
Area Chair, by September 15, 2007. Contributors will be notified by email
within two days of submission. The conference takes place March 19-22.
Please submit an email abstract (Word or RTF only) to: Submissions must be by email. Creative pieces
must be complete pieces--no abstracts.
Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or require
• Graduate students are encouraged to apply. This is not simply a
forum for seasoned professionals, although they are also welcome and
needed, but a place to experience the art of presentation.
Information about hotel reservations is forthcoming. Check the
conference web-site as the time grows closer at

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