Faulkner's Transgressive Fictions: A Faulkner Studies in the UK Research Network Panel

deadline for submissions: 
November 1, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Faulkner Studies in the UK Research Network/Royal Holloway, University of London

Faulkner’s Transgressive Fictions

A Faulkner Studies in the UK Research Network Panel

 

The 64th Annual British Association for American Studies (BAAS) Conference at

the University of Sussex (25-27 April, 2019)

 

William Faulkner (1897-1962) is often considered to be America’s foremost modernist writer. Faulkner’s authorial obsessions have been typically characterised as including time, history, and the fraught definition of “Southernness”. However, Faulkner has not typically been read as a “transgressive” author, whose work explores the darker side of humanity. Recent work by critics such as Laurel Bollinger, Alicia Bones, David A. Davis, and Ben Robbins have begun to challenge this assessment, exploring Faulkner’s depictions of and repeated emphasis on the nature of sexuality, racial identity, and violence. This panel builds upon these developing scholarly concerns, working to show that Faulkner is no mere regional author who is fixated solely upon his “postage stamp of native soil”. The panel, to be presented at the 64th Annual British Association for American Studies (BAAS) Conference at the University of Sussex (25-27 April, 2019) invites 20-minute papers on any of the following topics:

 

— Faulkner’s presentations of murder, lynching, and violence

— Rape and sexual violence in Faulkner’s work

— Incest in Faulkner’s novels

— Faulkner’s depictions of race and racism

— Faulkner’s emphasis on sexuality and/or sexually deviant behaviour

— Faulkner’s depictions of mental illness

— Faulkner’s evolving attitude towards suicide in his work

— Faulkner’s obsession with death, decomposition, and necropolitics

 

The Network is particularly interested in soliciting papers from scholars which reflect the diversity of Faulkner Studies in terms of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and institutional affiliation. The panel aims to include a mix of participants from across the career spectrum (from postgraduate students to full professors). All are welcome to apply.

 

Please submit a 250 word proposal, along with a brief CV, to ahmed.honeini.2015@live.rhul.ac.uk by November 1st, 2018. Chosen participants will be informed that their proposals will be submitted for consideration as part of the panel to the conference organisers by the 8th of November.

 

For further information on the BAAS conference, please see: https://www.baas.ac.uk/project/call-for-papers-the-64th-british-association-for-american-studies-conference/