Faulkner and Consumer Culture--MLA 2012, January 5-8, Seattle

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Jay Watson / William Faulkner Society
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The William Faulkner Society invites proposals for a planned session on "Faulkner and Consumer Culture" at MLA 2012 in Seattle. Topics could include, but are not limited to, the following subjects: Faulkner as an imaginative historian of the rise of consumer society and culture in the U.S. Primary sites and primal scenes of consumption in Faulkner's work. Reflections on the politics of consumption, including its racial, gender, and/or class politics. Examples of buying, using, and spending as modes of resistance or critique. Accounts of emergent modes of subjectivity and selfhood tied to new products, pleasures, and experiences available to modern consumers. 300-500-word abstracts or complete panel proposals to Jay Watson (jwatson@olemiss.edu) by March 1, 2011.