The 2nd Faulkner Studies in the UK Colloquium

deadline for submissions: 
April 7, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Faulkner Studies in the UK Research Network/Royal Holloway, University of London

The 2nd Faulkner Studies in the UK Colloquium

Call for Papers

Royal Holloway, University of London

11 Bedford Square, Room 1-01, May 30th, 2019.

Keynote speaker: Dr Gavan Lennon, Canterbury Christ Church University

(Author of Living Jim Crow: The Segregated Town in Mid-Twentieth Century Southern Fiction [Forthcoming])  

This colloquium, the second in the history of the Faulkner Studies in the UK Research Network, invites proposals for twenty-minute papers on any topic related to American modernist author William Faulkner (1897-1962). Panel and/or roundtable proposals are also welcome. All critical approaches to Faulkner’s work are encouraged, including but not limited to the following:

  • Faulkner in relation to the UK, Europe, and the World.
  • The influence of European and/or Anglophone literature on Faulkner.
  • Faulkner in relation/comparison to other American writers.
  • Faulkner and the notion of “Southernness.”
  • The presence of race, slavery, and/or the Jim Crow South in Faulkner.
  • The impact of war and/or trauma on Faulkner’s characters.
  • Faulkner’s representations of murder, lynching, and violence
  • Faulkner’s narrative voices.
  • Faulkner’s reflections on disability in his novels.
  • Issues of sexuality, gender, and/or sexually deviant behaviour in Faulkner. 
  • Queer readings of Faulkner texts.
  • Faulkner’s depictions of mental illness.

The Network is particularly interested in soliciting papers from scholars which reflect the diversity of Faulkner Studies in terms of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and institutional affiliation. The panel aims to include a mix of participants from across the career spectrum (from postgraduate students to full professors). All are welcome to apply.

Abstract proposals of 250–300 words, accompanied by a short bio, should be sent to the organiser, Ahmed Honeini, at by Sunday April 7th, 2019. Presenters will be notified of acceptance of their papers by Sunday April 14th, 2019.

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