CFP - "Faulkner Studies and The Diary of Francis Terry Leak: A Reconsideration" Atlanta Feb 17-19, 2011. (Due September 1, 2010)

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[SASA 2010 Conference] Atlanta, Georgia, February 17-February 19, 2011. (Due September 1, 2010)

CFP - Panel title: "Faulkner Studies and The Diary of Francis Terry Leak: A Reconsideration."
We seek submissions (300 word-abstracts) for papers that consider new directions in Faulkner studies. This panel will investigate and extend issues first raised by Dr. Sally Wolff-King's new book, Ledgers of History: William Faulkner, an Almost Forgotten Friendship, and an Antebellum Plantation Diary, forthcoming in mid-September from LSU Press. In the meantime, scholars are invited to peruse her article in The Southern Literary Journal entitled "William Faulkner and the Ledgers of History" (Sally Wolff, Vol. 42, Number 1, Fall 2009, pp. 1-16), which presents her basic findings: that William Faulkner perused over many years and transmuted into fiction some of the material he found in the "Diary of Francis Terry Leak," which at the time was in the possession of his childhood friend, Edgar Wiggin Francisco,Jr
Papers for this panel may address topics in Faulkner studies that are pertinent to Wolff-King's new research on the Leak diaries, including information that Faulkner used that appears in the "Diary," such as names, architecture, legal terminology, clothing records, financial records, borrowed phrases and events; the similarity of Faulkner's stories to the Francisco family stories; more generally, the use of history and understanding of the past; and Faulkner's affiliative connections with other authors of historical fiction.
We are especially interested in submissions that consider these works of fiction: The Sound and the Fury, Absalom, Absalom!, Go Down, Moses, As I Lay Dying, Sanctuary, The Unvanquished, Requiem for a Nun, Light in August, The Hamlet, Intruder in the Dust, The Town, The Mansion, The Reivers, Sartoris, "Barn Burning," "Shingles for the Lord," "Dry September," and "There Was a Queen." Submissions should have a clear thesis and should exhibit a knowledge of and willingness to rethink older paradigms in Faulkner studies in light of the Leak diaries. New research on the relationship between Faulkner's fictional oeuvre and the Francis Terry Leak diaries, now housed at The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, is welcome and encouraged.
Submissions should include name, institutional affiliation, paper title, abstract, and a short CV, in one file. Send file to, by September 1, 2010

For more information on Dr. Wolff-King's work, follow this link:
The SASA 2011 conference, "Peoples, Publics, and Places of the Souths," will take place in downtown Atlanta, February 17 - February 19, 2011