MLA 2013: The Undead South: Beyond the Gothic (SSSL Session)

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Special Session for MLA 2013 Boston, MA, Jan 3-6, 2013

The Society for the Study of Southern Literature issues a call for papers for the 2013 Modern Language Association Conference held on January 3-6, 2013 in Boston. The session will consider cultural artifacts from a spectrum of media (literature, cinema, music, comics, photography, painting, digital art, video games, funeral rites, burial practices, etc.) that explore representations of death and deathways, including (but not limited to) forms of southern haunting and horror in multiethnic, hemispheric, global, and/or U.S. southern contexts. Special attention will be given to proposals that uncouple "southern" and "gothic" in the interests of developing more expansive notions of southern horror and (un)deadness. Relevant creative work is also welcomed. Please email (as an attachment and copied into the text of your message) an abstract (250-500 words) and either a cover letter or two-page CV by March 12, 2012, to Eric Gary Anderson at and Daniel Cross Turner at All panel participants must be members of MLA before April 1, 2012.