panel on writing in Faulkner's work for Faulkner Conference (Oxford, MS, 7/21-25)
deadline for submissions: January 28th
panel title: "Write Home: Writing, Representation, and Family in Faulkner" for Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference, University of Mississippi, July 21-25, 2019.
description: It is obvious to the point of cliche that Faulkner's world features families bound together and sundered by orality, by embodied modes of storytelling that are iterative, collective, embodied, and evanescent. This panel explores the more subtle relationship between family and writing, as seen both in Faulkner's own literary production and within the world of Yoknapatwpha County. How do Faulkner's families store their stories in durable form? Who has access to the "means of production" of writing in Faulkner's world, and how does his work thematize issues of gender, race, class, and sexuality through depictions of writing? How are the media of these communicative acts, from stove polish and French paper to repurposed curtains to double-account ledger books, related to their messages? How did Faulkner constitute his own family, living and dead, through the act of writing? How does a focus on acts of writing illuminate issues of center and periphery that have emerged with such force in Faulkner studies?
Please send 400-500 word abstract to Jeff Allred (firstname.lastname@example.org) by January 28th.