CFP: [American] SAMLA: White Southern Writers and the Civil Rights Movement, 1948-1972 (3/15/09; 11/6-8/09)

full name / name of organization: 
Thomas 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 and literary-
historical examinations of the Black Arts 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 (Faulkner’s Intruder in the Dust, a few
stories by Welty and O’Connor, and of course To Kill a Mockingbird),
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
Civil Rights Movement, this panel seeks papers on less-examined white
southern writers of fiction and poetry (including but not limited to
Elizabeth Spencer, William Styron, 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 crucial years 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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