CFP: [American] CFP: ALA Panel, Capote Revisited
A Panel for the Annual Conference of the
American Literature Association
San Francisco, CA, May 22-28, 2008
Panel Proposal: Capote Revisited
Due to the overlapping film productions of Infamous (2006) and Capote (2005), as well the 2005
Random House publication of the â€œlostâ€ Summer Crossing manuscript, Truman Capote has
received yet another wave of attention amongst academic and popular American audiences. For
this panel proposal, I welcome a variety of different critical approaches to understanding
Capoteâ€™s literature and his complex role as an American literary icon. I am particularly interested
in papers that reflect critically upon the recent surge of interest in Capoteâ€™s work, offer
innovative new interpretations of his texts, or analyze the influence of Summer Crossing,
Infamous and/or Capote to our understanding of his life and work.
Panelists might explore the following topics, among others:
- Issues of authorship in Capote or Summer Crossing.
- Approaches to teaching Capoteâ€™s work and/or Infamous and Capote.
- Comparative analysis of Infamous and Capote.
- New Orleans and Capote.
- Issues of celebrity and Capoteâ€™s vexed literary relationships.
- Harper Lee and Capote.
- Violence in Capoteâ€™s work and/or Capote.
- Sexuality in Capoteâ€™s work and/or the recent films.
- Analysis of the 1967 film version of In Cold Blood, perhaps in conjunction with the recent
By January 1, 2008, please send a 250 word abstract and a brief CV/bio to Kristen B. Proehl,
College of William and Mary, kbproe_at_wm.edu.
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