The Sustainability of Flannery, 50 Years Later--SAMLA 86 (Nov. 7-9, 2014), Atlanta
Fifty years after the death of the Flannery O'Connor, this panel looks to the future as well as the past to explore the possibilities for sustaining the focus and relevance of O'Connor for coming generation of students and other readers. How do we keep readers interested in a writer whose themes and lifestyle might appear to be increasingly antiquated? How do we approach the charges of racism in a culture in which any recorded use of "nigger" is considered taboo? How has O'Connor influenced other writers in ways that have not been explored? What lies in the future of O'Connor studies? This panel seeks presentations that offer insights into new ways to approach O'Connor. Email abstracts to Michael Schroeder at email@example.com by June 18, 2014.