Abstracts are requested for a proposed special session on W. J. Cash and the
idea of progress for the South Atlantic Modern Language Association
conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, November 10-12, 2006.
Author of The Mind of the South (1940), Cash launched an iconoclastic attack
on the New South's infatuation with progress and economic development. The
papers on this panel will look back on Cash's impact on southern culture and
his influence on the literature of the U.S. South. Topics might include
contemporary representations of the man in the middle, the cult of
gyneolatry since the feminist movement, and the emergence of the Sunbelt.