CFP: [American] Comics and the American South (11/30/07; SSSL, 4/18/07-4/20/07)

full name / name of organization: 
Qiana Whitted
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Abstracts are invited for a proposed panel on "Comics and the American
South" for the Society for the Study of Southern Literature (SSSL)
Conference in Williamsburg, VA, April 18-20, 2008.

In keeping with the conference's theme of "Southern Roots and Routes:
Origins, Migrations, Transformation," this panel hopes to take advantage of
recent strides in comics criticism to demonstrate how familiar debates in
southern literature surrounding race, class, and regional identity find new
expression in the medium of comics and graphic novels.

While academic papers from the wide range of genres and creative approaches
in comics are welcome, this panel aims to focus, in particular, on how
comics re-imagine historical and political legacies (e.g. Anderson's King:
A Comic Biography, Baker's Nat Turner), explore folk culture, religion, and
myth, (e.g. Towle's Farewell, Georgia, Vollmar and Callejo’s Bluesman), or
use southern settings to frame vivid plots and characterizations (e.g.
Moore’s Swamp Thing, Ennis and Dillon’s Preacher). Papers exploring recent
stories on New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina are especially welcome.

Please send one-page abstracts via email to Prof. Qiana Whitted, U of South
Carolina ( by November 30, 2007 (for submission to
conference organizers by December 15).

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