[UPDATE] CFP: [American] White Southern Writers and the Civil Rights Movement (SAMLA 11/6-8/09; deadline 4/5/09)
CALL FOR PAPERS
Society for the Study of Southern Literature Panel
South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference
November 6-8, 2009
NEW DEADLINE: April 5, 2009
WHITE SOUTHERN WRITERS AND THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT, 1948-1972
In historical studies of the Civil Rights 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, 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 Movement, this panel seeks papers on less-examined white southern writers of fiction and poetry (including but not limited to Elizabeth Spencer, William Styron, Lillian
Smith, 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 period from 1948 to 1972.
Please send 250-500 word abstracts to Thomas Haddox (thaddox_at_utk.edu) by April 5, 2009.