Southern Short Fiction: Representation and Rewriting of Myth

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Centre de Recherche Interdisciplinaire en Langue Anglaise (Angers, France); Suds d’Amériques (Versailles, St Quentin en Yvelines, France); Catholic University (Lille, France).

Call for papers: Lille, FRANCE June 20-22, 2013

Southern Short Fiction: "Representation and Rewriting of Myth"

In Mythologies, Roland Barthes defines myth as a "language and a system of communication" which has developed a primal and residual space in the architecture of human memory. Following Barthes' conception of myth as a reservoir in which memory ebbs and flows from culture to culture, we can detect the presence of this system of communication in the South of the United States, a region imbricated with a profound and singular sense of myth. As a result, rereading literature through the prism of myths allows us to better understand how the Southerners have integrated myth so as to affirm or negate their cultural heritage in the country, as well as social-economic relationships and gender roles. As such, the South's discourse with myth formulates a condition, sine qua non, for creating its specific identity. This is why myths can inform paradigms of marginality, disruption and clan conflict encoded within southern short stories. By engaging in the study of the representation and rewriting of myth in short stories from the South, we will endeavor to grasp the extent to which myths tap into the resources of short fiction. We will consider how they are inherent to, and formative of the literary genre of brevity, which draws on parabolic sources.

Authors for papers should submit anonymous proposals. They should give a clear analytical framework linked to the topic of the conference, the corpus under investigation and a brief list of references, and indicate whether they will be using audio-visual material. Please send your abstract in the form of anonymous attachments (word.doc or PDF). Presentation of papers will be allocated 20 minutes. Please email your abstracts (250 words) by January 30, 2013 to the organizers: Emmanuel Vernadakis , Alice Clark and Gérald Préher Specify subject of the message: CFP June 2012: "Southern Short Fiction: Representation and Rewriting of Myth." In body of message stipulate: name of author, title of paper, institution.