CFP: Interdisciplinary Approaches to (Re)examining Southern Canonical Texts

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The Society for the Study of Southern Literature Biennial Conference Arlington, Virginia, March 27-29, 2014
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As southern literary studies continue to expand beyond regional borders, it is important to examine not only contemporary southern texts but also to (re)envision the significance of canonical texts. The "old" is, therefore, not overshadowed by the "new" but reinvigorated by research outside of traditional literary scholarship. This research becomes a springboard for creating a new space of relevance for the past in the present, while simultaneously attracting new audiences.

By looking at the connections between literary studies and other disciplines, this panel seeks to explore the connections between interdisciplinary research and literary scholarship on "reviving" southern canonical texts. How does interdisciplinary research help to (re)examine our understanding of canonical texts? What is the role (or potential role) of interdisciplinary studies in extending the meaning of canonical texts beyond literary studies, and how might this repositioning help to redefine the significance of southern literature? Additionally, it might also be useful to discuss the implications of utilizing an interdisciplinary approach to southern literary studies. In other words, when we examine southern narrative through a "new" lens and expand its significance for a wider audience, how do we preserve the integrity of the text? Should we continue to differentiate between interdisciplinary and literary studies, or is this distinction becoming increasingly unnecessary in the changing
field of southern literary studies?

Please send a 250-300 word abstract and 150 word biography to Heather Fox at by November 30, 2013. The Society for the Study of Southern Literature (SSSL) Biennial Conference is scheduled for March 27-29, 2014, in Arlington, Virginia.