CFP: [American] Fictions of Honor and Violence in the Old South (PAMLA)
This special session of the November 2008 PAMLA Conference at Pomona College,
Claremont, CA seeks papers that address fictional literary representations of the colonial and
antebellum South as a region and culture characterized by a traditional conflation of codes of
honor and the enactment of violence. Proposals are solicited on antebellum authors like A.B.
Longstreet as well as post-Civil War texts by authors like Mark Twain, George W. Cable, or
Charles Chesnutt,. In addition, twentieth-century treatments of this theme by such authors as
Thomas Dixon, William Faulkner, Margaret Mitchell, or Arna Bontemps are also welcome.
Possible topics might include:
* the "Plantation myth" of the late nineteenth century
* gendered conceptions of honor and violence against women
* the influence of Old Southern conceptions of honor on the practices of lynching, the Ku Klux
Klan, and Jim Crow segregation
* literary representations of the grand "Lost Cause" of the Civil War
* satires of Old Southern honor and its violence
* literary representations of Old Southern honor as a "fiction"
* the role of conceptions of the Old South in shaping literary regionalism
* the romanticization of Old Southern honor in the 20th century
* the Southern Gentleman as fictional character
* Southern honor and notions of racial superiority
Please e-mail proposals of 500 words to William Etter (better_at_ivc.edu) no later than March 15,
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