The End of the South as We Know It: Southern Apocalyptic Narrative

deadline for submissions: 
August 20, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Society for the Study of Southern Literature 2018 Biennial Conference, Austin, TX
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CFP: Society for the Study of Southern Literature 2018 Biennial Conference, Austin, TX

 

The End of the South as We Know It: Southern Apocalyptic Narrative

 

In Apocalypse South (2012), Anthony Dyer Hoefer writes that the region has historically been characterized by “either a dread or a dream that something fundamental about community may be irrevocably torn asunder and something new will replace it,” leading to a state of being in which “the South is always already at a moment of sublime, often cataclysmic transformation.” Indeed, we need not look far to find apocalyptic imagery and sentiment in Southern literature and other media, from the exaggerated, frequently satirical portraits of O’Connor’s short stories and Percy’s Love in the Ruins to more modern tales of postapocalyptic survival in The Walking Dead and McCarthy’s The Road, among many others. Why is apocalyptic thought so prevalent in the South? Why is the South so frequently represented as the epicenter of apocalyptic events? How do visions of the end of the world speak to corresponding anxieties toward Southern history, religion, politics, and culture?

 

This panel invites abstracts on the Southern apocalypse broadly conceived; possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

*Representations of apocalyptic and postapocalyptic regions in literature, film, and other media

*Millenarian thought in Southern religious congregrations

*Environmental collapse and catastrophe in the South

*Large-scale pseudo-apocalyptic Southern social and cultural changes

*Reimaginations of Southern texts as apocalyptic narratives

*Southern responses to global events believed to presage the end of human existence

*Future or potential apocalypses as they relate to the contemporary South

*The end of the South as a concept or region

 

Please send abstracts (approximately 250 words) to Daniel Spoth at spothdf@eckerd.edu by August 20th.