[UPDATE] Percival Everett Panel at the Mardi Gras Conference--Abstracts due 12/9/11

full name / name of organization: 
The Percival Everett Society/EGSA Mardi Gras Conference
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"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 its 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 (abanec1@tigers.lsu.edu) 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.