CFP: [American] White Southern Writers and the Civil Rights Movement (SAMLA 11/6-8/09; deadline 3/15/09)

full name / name of organization: 
Thomas F. Haddox
contact email: 
thaddox@utk.edu

CALL FOR PAPERS

Society for the Study of Southern Literature Panel
South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference
November 6-8, 2009
Atlanta, Georgia

WHITE SOUTHERN WRITERS AND THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT, 1948-1972

In historical studies of the Civil Rights Movement, the connections
between the literary production and political activism of African
American southerners have been painstakingly examined and debated. Yet
with a few conspicuous exceptions, there has been little investigation of
the way white southern writers of fiction and poetry represented and
engaged with the Civil Rights movement and the cause of racial justice
more generally. Just as historians such as Jason Sokol have begun to
examine the white southern response to the Movement, this panel seeks
papers on less-examined white southern writers of fiction and poetry
(including but not limited to Elizabeth Spencer, William Styron, Lillian
Smith, Shirley Ann Grau, James Dickey, Peter Taylor, and Jesse Hill Ford)
who either represented the movement directly or engaged with it
indirectly in their work during the period from 1948 to 1972.

Please send 250-500 word abstracts to Thomas Haddox (thaddox_at_utk.edu) by
March 15, 2009.

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