Multiple and Intersecting Identities in Southern Literature and Culture

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The Association of College English Teachers of Alabama
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ACETA'S 63rd Annual Conference
Tuskegee University
Tuskegee, AL
February 18-19, 2011

Multiple and Intersecting Identities in Southern Literature and Culture

When Ralph Ellison was asked if he considered the search for identity "primarily an American theme," he replied, "It is the American theme." Issues of identity, in one form or another, have found expression in all facets of American life and literature, including Southern writing. ACETA invites presentations that explore the diversity and complexity of identity in Southern literature and culture, which, like American literary and cultural traditions, represent a broad range of racial, ethnic, social, and political attitudes and perspectives. How have identities centered on race, ethnicity, class, gender, and/or religion shaped the literature of the South? How do the multilayered identities of individual Southern writers influence their work? How is the notion of Southern identity complicated by the social, cultural, economic, and political changes of the 20th and 21st centuries? How successfully have new populations adapted to Southern life and culture, and how well are they represented in the region's literature? To what degree do Southern identities reflect the richness and variety of American society? To what extent are intersecting identities in Southern life and letters smoothly blended, and to what extent do they remain conflicted and unreconciled?

Please submit presentation proposals ranging from three hundred to five hundred words by October 25, 2010, to Dr. Steve Hubbard, Executive Secretary, ACETA, Lurleen B. Wallace Community College, P.O. Box 1418, Andalusia, AL 36420; e-mail: Electronic submissions are preferred. Students, both graduate and undergraduate, are also invited to submit proposals.

Conference presentations will be given on the afternoon of February 18, 2011. Each presentation will be limited to fifteen minutes. All presenters must join ACETA and register for the conference; undergraduates will not be charged membership and registration fees. For more information about ACETA, visit our website at