The Works of Percival Everett (sponsored by The Percival Everett Society) Sumbit Abstracts by Dec. 9, 2011

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The Percival Everett Society, The 22nd Annual Mardi Gras Conference
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Panel Chair: Andrew H. Banecker (

"If Percival Everett isn't already a household name, it's because people are more interested in politics than truth."—Madison Smartt Bell, author of The Washington Square Ensemble

The Percival Everett Society is sponsoring a panel on Everett's works at The 22nd Annual Mardi Gras Conference on the campus of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA on February 16th and 17th, 2012. Papers on any of Everett's eighteen novels (including Glyph, Erasure, and I am Not Sidney Poitier), three collections of short stories, or two collections of poems are welcome.

The theme of the conference is "Major Minors: Neglected and New Issues in Literary Studies." Though Everett has been and continues to be a wildly prolific writer, he's largely unknown outside of academic and literary circles. Perhaps this is due to his fondness for writing experimental narratives—Glyph, for instance, is written from the perspective of a non-verbal infant genius and assumes an advanced knowledge of Semiotics in the reading audience—or his utter disdain for a publishing industry which is more focused on the potential marketability of a work than it's literary merit, but those who do find his works will appreciate Everett for his literary talent and unparalleled brilliance.

Submit abstracts of approximately 250 words along with contact information, including name, institutional affiliation, degree level, email and phone number to Andrew H. Banecker ( with EVERETT SOCIETY PANEL in the subject line by December 9, 2011.

Particularly intriguing papers will be considered for publication in the upcoming issue of Percival Everett Studies, the official journal of the Percival Everett Society.

The CFP for the Conference at large is posted below:

Major Minors: Neglected and New Issues in Literary Studies
The 22nd Annual Graduate Student Mardi Gras Conference
at Louisiana State University
LSU Student Union
February 16th & 17th, 2012
Keynote Address by Meredith L. McGill, Rutgers University
The literary canon, that sacred body of texts and genres that we deem high art, stands surrounded today by rapidly expanding interests in newer or long-neglected works. A major form, a major author, or a major style of analysis often dominates and overshadows the lesser known and more obscure. Meanwhile, archival efforts and the expanding resources of the internet have made available works and authors otherwise inaccessible, opening study to vast materials heretofore unknown or ignored. Furthermore, popular culture has entered the field, as video games, romance novels, and comic books have all permeated our classrooms and our scholarly endeavors. Whether texts buried by time and tradition or new genres expanding the very concept of literature, these materials provide a significant point of access to cultural, social, and critical discourses.
With this in mind, the 22nd annual Mardi Gras Graduate Student Conference aims to explore areas that are often neglected in the critical discourse: works deemed low art, works and authors that have fallen out of critical favor, popular works or those deemed simply not as significant as the major works by major authors. Panels will explore these "major minors" in a myriad of ways, including but not limited to:
Authors: minor authors of any era, authors that were once deemed significant but who are no longer studied, major authors of an era who are deemed too "popular" to be part of the canon, etc.
Works: minor works by a major author, works of any era that have been little studied, works by major authors that have received little critical attention, major works that have fallen out of favor, minor characters in major novels, juvenilia, new or neglected critical approaches, etc.
Genres: any genre from any period that seems to be neglected by the critical tradition, for example: periodicals, theatre (especially Victorian), musical theatre, video games, comic books, science fiction, fantasy, popular music, television, pornography, material culture, fan culture, etc.
We are pleased to announce Meredith L. McGill, Director of the Center for Cultural Analysis at Rutgers University and author of American Literature and the Culture of Reprinting, 1843-1853, as this year's keynote speaker.
We encourage papers from a variety of disciplines. Proposals for individual 15-minute papers as well as hour-long panel proposals organized by topic will be considered. Please submit an abstract of 250 words as an attachment along with contact information, including name, institutional affiliation, degree level, email and phone number, by December 9, 2011 to If you are proposing a panel, please also include a 250-word abstract for the panel itself in addition to the essay abstracts.
Below is a list of our current special topics panels. If you would like to apply to one of these panels, please include the panel topic/title in your e-mail subject line.
Special Topic Panels:
Comic Relief: Comic Figures in Literature, panel chair: Andrew H. Banecker
Minor Moderns, panel chair: Mitch Frye
Revenge Tragedies, panel chair: Catherine Riley
Video Game Studies, panel chair: Catherine Riley
Rhetoric and Composition, panel chair: David Riche
Theatre and Adaptation, panel chair: Doris Raab
Victorian Literature & Folklore, panel chair Corrie Kiesel
Genre Fiction, panel chair: Kris Mecholsky
Anarchist Studies, panel chair: Kris Mecholsky
Food & Literature, panel chair: Helana Brigman
The Works of Denis Johnson, panel chair: Amanda Wicks
The Works of Percival Everett, panel chair: Andrew H. Banecker
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Conference Co-Chairs: Doris Raab & Catherine Riley