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The William Faulkner Society
Calls for Papers for 2009
Calls for papers for two panels each at the American Literature Association
Conference in Boston (May 21-24, 2009) and the Modern Language Association
Conference in Philadelphia (December 27-30, 2009).
We encourage submissions of 250 word abstracts for individual papers or
proposals for entire panels on open topics for either conference.
Deadline for ALA submissions: January 15, 2009.
Deadline for MLA submissions: March 1, 2008.
Proposals should be sent to:
John T. Matthews
President, The Faulkner Society
Department of English
236 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215
jtmattws_at_bu.edu. Electronic submissions preferred.
In addition to unrestricted proposals, we are interested in papers or
panels that might address the following topics:
Faulkner and disability studies
Faulkner and the African Diaspora
Faulkner and environmental studies
Faulkner in the 1950s
The organizer of a panel for ALA on the following topic, â€œFaulkner and the
Metropolis,â€ also wishes to solicit abstracts. Please send inquiries and
abstracts by January 15, 2009 to Peter Lurie (plurie_at_richmond.edu).
Faulkner and the Metropolis
American Literature Association 2009
What is the role of both the real and the imagined city in Faulkner? What
impact did time that he spent in cultural centers and capitals such as New
York, New Orleans, Paris, and Hollywood have on his life and writing? What
cities figure prominently in his work, and what role do those locations
play in readersâ€™ understanding of his writing? What are the connections
between the cosmopolitan and urban modernism of the nineteen-teens and
twenties and Faulknerâ€™s formal experimentation? What thematic issues such
as commercialism, industrialization, or the rise of media technology (all
facets of urban modernity) figure in his work? What racial, ethnic, or
cultural biases follow from attitudes about the city (such as Jason
Compsonâ€™s distrust of â€œNew York jewsâ€)? What urban types or institutions
figure in his work such as prostitution, the newspaper, the gangster, or
the detective? How do real cities such as Memphis and New Orleans figure
in his writing and at various stages of his career? What differences are
there between these Southern cities and Northern ones like Detroit or
Chicago? What do we make of representations of rural space that comes to
resemble the city (such as the industrial-seeming Utah mine in â€œThe Wild
Palms,â€ or the â€œproletarianâ€ swampers who watch the hunt for Old Ben in
â€œThe Bearâ€ and are explicitly compared to the audiences for prizefighting)?
How do we understand the influence on Faulkner of the metropolis as a
mental construct, an imagined and constructed space, as well as a fact of
social and material history?
This topic welcomes a range of methodological approaches: biographical,
historical, theoretical, cultural. Some questions these approaches might
prompt include the following: what kinds of experiences did Faulkner have
in different major cities and in connection to his romantic, artistic, and
professional life? How does Faulknerâ€™s work bear a relation to largely
urban phenomena such as the cinema, mass spectacle, mass politics, or the
newspaper? How were changes in demographics and urban development in the
South in the modern period reflected in his worksâ€™ narratives, structures,
or style? Might we consider that Faulknerâ€™s verbal textures are related to
rhythms that are meaningfully understood as urban? Do Faulknerâ€™s texts
(like those of other modernists) resemble or operate like â€œcitiesâ€? How do
various definitions of the city obtain in his novelsâ€”for example, in what
ways does Jefferson or the very idea of â€œtownâ€ function for his rural
characters or Faulknerâ€™s narrators?
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