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A Panel for the Annual Conference of the
American Literature Association
Boston, May 21-24, 2009
Capote Revisited: Panel Proposal
Due to the overlapping film productions of _Infamous (2006) and _Capote
(2005), as well the 2005 Random House publication of the â€œlostâ€ _Summer
Crossing manuscript, Truman Capote is receiving yet another wave of attention
amongst academic and popular American audiences. For this panel proposal, we
welcome a variety of different critical approaches to understanding Capoteâ€™s
literature and his complex evolution as an American literary icon. We are
particularly interested in papers that reflect critically upon the recent surge of
interest in Capoteâ€™s work, offer innovative new interpretations of his texts, or
analyze the influence of _Summer Crossing, _Infamous and/or _Capote on our
understanding of his life and work.
Panelists might explore the following topics, among others:
- Issues of authorship in _Capote or _Summer Crossing.
- Approaches to teaching Capoteâ€™s work and/or _Infamous and _Capote.
- Comparative analysis of _Infamous and _Capote.
- New Orleans and Truman Capote.
- Issues of celebrity and Capoteâ€™s vexed literary relationships.
- Harper Lee and Capote.
- Violence in Capoteâ€™s fiction and recent films about his life.
- Sexuality in Capoteâ€™s work and/or the recent films.
- Analysis of the 1967 film version of _In Cold Blood, perhaps in
conjunction with the recent films.
Please send a 250-500 word abstract and 1-page CV to both Kristen B. Proehl
and John D. Miller, College of William and Mary, kbproe_at_wm.edu and
jdmil4_at_wm.edu. Due by January 1, 2009.
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