The Inward Gaze: Multimedia Literatures of the South (SAMLA, Nov 5-7, 2010, Atlanta)

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South Atlantic Modern Language Association
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amullis@moc.edu

CALL FOR PAPERS
Society for the Study of Southern Literature (SSSL)
South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference
November 5-7, 2010
Atlanta, GA

Society for the Study of Southern Literature (SSSL)
The Inward Gaze: Multimedia Literatures of the South

With the special focus of SAMLA’s upcoming convention being “The Interplay of Text and Image,” this session welcomes submissions of proposals regarding the connections between text and image in Southern literatures. Many Southern narratives have become quintessential American stories, while retaining their unique regional characteristics. Increasingly, Southern writers and artists are utilizing multiple lenses of new media to understand the South in conceptually different ways. Burgeoning media representations are allowing for more intense and fascinating critiques from within. For example, the journal Southern Spaces provides cutting edge scholarship and original art (short films, photo essays) from contemporary Southern artists. The fiction of canonical Southern writers like Eudora Welty is enriched by further attention to her photography and understanding of place. And, film interpretations of novels like All the King’s Men, Cold Mountain, or The Secret Life of Bees offer a layering of genres and intertextuality that deserve further exploration. This session invites academic papers, multimedia, or digital pieces on any intersection of text and image in Southern literatures, which may include: film, art, illustration, photography, and/or visual rhetorics. By May 30, 2010, please email (no regular mail) 300-word abstracts with the requisite information as noted in the SAMLA call for papers guidelines, to Angela Mullis, Department of Language and Literature, Mount Olive College at amullis@moc.edu.

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american