CFP: [American] Expatriate Literature of the American South (1/20/08; ALA 5/22-5/25/08)

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Tara Powell
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Session Title: Expatriate Literature of the American South

American Literature Association Conference, San Francisco; May 22-25, 2008
Deadline for proposals: January 20, 2008

The Society for the Study of Southern Literature issues a call for papers for a session on
"Expatriate Literature of the American South" to be held at the 2008 American Literature
Association Conference in San Francisco. The conference will be held May 22-25, 2008, at the
Hyatt Regency San Francisco in Embarcadero Center. Session description follows. Please email
abstracts and either a cover letter or 2-page CV by January 20, 2008, to Tara Powell at, or send hard copies to Tara Powell at the USC Institute for Southern Studies;
University of South Carolina at Columbia, Gambrell Hall 107; Columbia, SC 29208. Emailed
submissions preferred. For further information about this session or SSSL, contact Tara Powell,
or for information about the conference, please consult the ALA website at

SSSL #1: Expatriate Literature of the American South.

The southerner who leaves the South to pursue his or her literary
career is one of the major tropes of southern writing, dating back to
slave narratives and Edgar Allan Poe and continuing into the present
with the work of such writers as Percival Everett, Gail Godwin, and
others--some of whom don't seem to look back to the South at all for
their art. Well-established, too, is the tradition of writers and
scholars from other places trying to "tell about the South" after
their visits or relocations. What does it mean, then, for literature
to be "southern," if it neither has to be written about the South nor
in the South nor even necessarily by a southerner? Possible paper
topics might include: studies of individual authors and works,
thematic considerations of southerners writing in the North or
northerners writing the South, expatriate southern writing broadly
defined that does not engage the dichotomy of North and South,
examinations of "regional" or "southern" as useful terms, or ways that
films and the film industry complicate this question in their
representations of southernness.

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