Other Archives, Other Souths -- MLA Chicago 2014
The Society for the Study of Southern Literature seeks paper proposals for a sponsored panel at the 2014 MLA Convention in Chicago, January 9-12.
Recent southern literature has trended toward revisionist depictions of the historical U.S. South, expanding our understandings of the numerous cultures that have created the region as well as the boundaries of the region itself. How do southern writers use alternative archival sources (oral, visual, print, etc.), and how do the recovered histories that these sources reveal broaden representations of a multicultural south in literature? How have authors challenged or expanded traditional considerations of numerous souths, whether cultural, geographic, or otherwise? We welcome proposals that address these issues in works by contemporary authors as well as papers that consider earlier writers of the region.