Fifty Years After Faulkner: Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha, July 7-11, 2012

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Jay Watson / University of Mississippi
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July 6, 2012, will mark the 50th anniversary of the death of William Faulkner. This milestone presents an opportunity to reexamine and perhaps reappraise Faulkner's life, his work, and his place in U.S., southern, and 20th-century literary studies. The 39th annual Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference welcomes submissions that pursue such reflections, "Fifty Years after Faulkner."

Topics could include, but are by no means limited to: reassessments of Faulkner's later writings; new appraisals of Faulkner's relationship to the Cold War, the civil rights movement, and other midcentury historical, political, and social contexts; examinations of Faulkner's many "afterlives" in popular, print, and academic cultures between 1962 and 2012; critical reflections on Faulkner's canonical status in various literatures, or on issues of canonicity with respect to his own oeuvre; excavations or explorations of unsuspected or "other" Faulkners; new approaches to questions of aging and death in Faulkner's life and works; critical analysis of the scholarly repositionings and reinflections of author, career, and work that have informed Faulkner studies since his death; and reflections on Faulkner's oeuvre in light of other developments (in the humanities, publishing, education, the archive, or broader social currents) that have shaped the reading, teaching, and scholarly study of literature for the half-century after 1962.

This year, we especially want to encourage full panel proposals for 75-minute conference sessions. Such proposals should include a one-page overview of the session topic or theme, followed by two-page abstracts for each of the panel papers to be included. We also welcome individually submitted two-page abstracts for 20-minute panel papers and individually submitted manuscripts for 40-minute plenary papers. Panel papers consist of approximately 2,500 words and will be considered by the conference program committee for possible inclusion in the conference volume published by the University Press of Mississippi. Plenary papers, which should be prepared using the 16th edition of the University of Chicago Manual of Style as a guide, consist of approximately 5,000 words and will appear in the published volume.

Session proposals and panel paper abstracts must be submitted by January 31, 2012, preferably through e-mail attachment. Panelists selected for the conference program will receive a reduction of the registration fee to $100. For plenary papers, three print copies of the manuscript must be submitted by January 31, 2012. Authors whose plenary papers are selected will receive a conference registration waiver and lodging at the Inn at Ole Miss from Friday, July 6, through Wednesday, July 11. All manuscripts, proposals, abstracts, and inquiries should be addressed to Jay Watson, Department of English, The University of Mississippi, University, MS 38677-1848. E-mail: Decisions for all submissions will be made by March 15, 2012.

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