CFP: Contemporary Southern Literature and Culture (11/1/06; PCA/ACA, 4/4/07-4/7/07)

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Chris Bloss
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Call for Papers: Contemporary Southern Literature
*April 4 - 7, 2007*

*Conference location: Boston Marriott Copley Place,* * Boston,

Contemporary Southern literature remains a growing area for further/future
discussion(s) and criticism(s) within the context of society. This CFP seek=
contributors offering a wide variety of interpretations and
criticisms of contemporary Southern literature and culture against the
backdrop of popular culture and postmodern society, although other
approaches are also solicited. Presentations covering a broad
range of Southern literature pieces, critical approaches, and cultural
interpretations are welcome;
presentations should be developed for a 15-minute reading.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to) the following:
* Any new and rising Southern literary work
* Contrasts between Flannery O'Connor's and other contemporary
authors' work --compare and contrast.
*New readings of Faulkner.
* Film and television work depicting Southern Culture
* Southern literature in the age of postmodernism
* Gender roles in contemporary work
* Religion and/or feminist themes
* Creative writing in context of the South=97whether you are a Southern wri=
or writing in the Southern nostalgia.
* New readings of traditionally-accepted Southern literature
* Film explications (compare and/or contrast, for example)
* Anything dealing with Southern literature or culture

These are only suggestions, and all approaches and subjects are welcome and

Please be open and creative with the items you propose; all submissions
concerning popular culture are considered. Additionally, if you have a pane=
that deserves special attention, please let me know in your letter or email
so I can recommend it to the PCA administration. Basically, anything dealin=
with the South is fair game=97film, novels, stories, poetry, theory, recipe=
etc., anything remotely Southern fits the bill!

Please submit a 100 to 250-word abstract to Christopher Bloss, Area Chair,
November 1, 2006. Contributors will be notified by email within two days of
submission. The conference takes place April 4-7.

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or require additional
information. You may also contact Sam Starnes, Assistant Chair for
additional information at; Sam handles the creative
writing submissions for Southern Literature and Culture.

*Graduate students are strongly encouraged to apply*.

Information about the hotel follows:

*Information about hotel reservations is forthcoming*. For now, the
information is as follows: *BOSTON MARRIOTT COPLEY PLACE**, *


All best,


Christopher Bloss
Assistant Professor
Southern Literature and Culture, area chair/ National PCA
Columbus State University
Columbus, GA 31909
Office: (706) 565-3685
Home: (706) 341-7447

Christopher R. Bloss
PCA, Area Chair, Southern Literature and Culture
Coordinator of Instruction and
Assistant Professor of Library Science
Columbus State University
Columbus, GA 31907

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