CFP: [American] The South and the Sublime (MLA 3/5/09; 12/27–30/09––Philadelphia, PA)

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Thomas Haddox
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thaddox@utk.edu

THE SOUTH AND THE SUBLIME (MLA 3/5/09; 12/27-30/09---Philadelphia, PA)
Society for the Study of Southern Literature
Modern Language Association Conference
December 27-30, 2009—Philadelphia, PA

The horrors and cruelties of slavery and genocide; gothic fantasies of
unspeakable acts, perverse sexualities, and naked power; the brutalities
and visions of incommensurability produced by isolation, poverty,
ignorance, or religious fanaticism; even the uncanniness of the
landscapes against which these things transpire—few things about southern
literature and culture have proven more durable (or more vehemently
denied) than its association with the sublime. True or false,
ideological projections or rigorous critiques, these intimations of
sublimity continue to proliferate, taking newer or newly worked forms:
the totality of global capitalism and what it so impersonally wreaks on
southern peoples, places, and things; the dystopian vision of the South
as “red America,” perpetually on the tipping point into fascism or
bloodshed. Why are such representations so constant? What do they tell
us about the South, and what political valences do they have?
This panel seeks papers that address the changing, contested, but
nevertheless persistent association of the South with different versions
of the sublime. Papers that explore both the historical specificity of
texts and contexts and the theoretical underpinnings of different
sublimes are especially welcomed. Abstracts of 250-500 words, along with
any requests for a-v support, due to Thomas Haddox at thaddox_at_utk.edu by
5 March.

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