CFP: Cormac McCarthy & Southern Literature (2/15/07; 4/25/07-4/28/07)

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Cormac McCarthy's Imaginative Return To The South – Hosted By The English
Department At The University Of Tennessee, Knoxville.

 Conference Dates – April 25th –April 28th 2007

Cormac McCarthy is one of the major authors of contemporary Southern and
American literature. After twenty years of novels set in the southwest
borderlands, McCarthy has revisited the Appalachian setting of his first four
novels in his new work The Road. In response, this conference will reconsider
the relationship of the McCarthy canon to the contemporary Southern and
American literary tradition. Please note that the conference will be held at
the UT conference center in downtown Knoxville.

Guidelines for Submitting Your Paper and/or Panel Proposals
 To ensure speedy and affirmative consideration of your proposal, we suggest
•You clearly define the topic, scope, approach and significance of your
•Place your paper within the context of previous literary, cultural or
McCarthy scholarship: how does your work engage, extend or supersede previous
work? In what ways does it constitute an original contribution?
•Individual papers should be readable within 15 to 20 minutes. Panels should
consist of three to four papers on a single or related set of topics, and
should plan for a session time of 90 minutes.
•Please specify any audio-visual or IT requirements, if any, at the time you
submit your proposal.

Topics and Subjects:
•How does the new work affect McCarthy's standing within contemporary Southern
and Appalachian literature? Can The Road even be discussed as a Southern
novel? We would especially welcome papers which discuss McCarthy's role as a
Tennessee writer.
•Papers would also be welcome offering comparative analysis between The Road
and McCarthy's new play The Sunset Limited.
•Please identify other secondary texts, theories or sources that you will use
in a significant way. Summarize as best you can what you expect your major
points, findings or conclusions will be.
•We are happy to hear from scholars, graduate students or general readers of
McCarthy who would be interested in submitting paper or panel proposals
individually or collectively.

All proposals or completed papers should be sent to the following address:
Dr Chris Walsh
1108A McClung Tower
University Of Tennessee
Knoxville TN 37916

You may also submit proposals and papers by email to Please
submit all proposals or papers as Microsoft Word attachments only. Please also
note that the deadline for submissions is February 15 2007; the conference
review committee will consider all submissions and confirm acceptance within
two weeks of that date.

Dr Chris Walsh
English Department
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN
(865) 974-8888

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