CFP: Faulkner, Labor, and the Critique of Capitalism (1/15/07; collection)

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CFP: Faulkner, Labor, and the Critique of Capitalism


Articles are sought for an edited collection of essays tentatively =
titled "Faulkner, Labor, and the Critique of Capitalism." Prominent =
scholars are committed to this project and will be part of the =
anthology. In addition, several prominent University Presses have =
solicited this project and expressed support for the collection.=20


The deadline for abstracts or essays is 01/15/07


The decades in which Faulkner wrote were marked by large scale economic =
transformations as well as class and political struggle, and yet =
surprisingly, scholarship on representations of labor in literature =
either exclude references to Faulkner, or quickly dismiss him as an =
aristocrat who stereotyped and feared the working classes. After decades =
of formalist readings, and recent treatments of race and gender issues, =
scholars are beginning to consider Faulkner as a writer concerned with =
and critical of his social milieu rather than detached from it.


This collection hopes to contribute further to this important new =
direction in Faulkner studies by bringing together essays that focus on =
how Faulkner examined critically his own class and regional positioning =
and challenged new and emerging class structures in the South, and more =
broadly. This collection will start from his concern with the =
intersection of class struggle and new social conditions on all aspects =
of life and culture during the Depression years and their aftermath. We =
are especially interested in essays that suggest a more radical Faulkner =
than current scholarship is willing to consider, although we are willing =
to consider essays that suggest ways that Faulkner may have, willingly =
or not, absorbed and reproduced dominant ideologies.


Submissions might deal with, but are not limited to:


Faulkner's engagement with and critique of capitalism either throughout =
his oeuvre or in particular works.

Faulkner's attitude towards Marxism and/or the radical movements of his =

The depiction of class struggle, "hidden or open" in his fiction.

The treatment of economic transformations and their sociological and =
psychological effects in Faulkner's writing.=20

Labor unions and other forms of collective resistance treated in =
Faulkner's novels.

Faulkner's attitude towards the changing nature of the working class in =
the South created by the repercussions of the Civil War and/or the =
defeat of Radical Reconstruction.

The spectre of revolution and Faulkner's response.

The possibility of black/white solidarity in Faulkner's America.

The Politics of Faulkner's Modernism.

Political and ethical vision in Faulkner's work.


Send submissions by email or post to:


Caroline Miles and David Anshen

Department of English

University of Texas-Pan American

1201 West University Drive

Edinburg, TX 78541-2999


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