Superheroes, Science Fiction, and Southern Futurism: University of Central Arkansas Graduate Conference (April 10-11, 2014)

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University of Central Arkansas Graduate Conference on Literature

The notion that southern literature is defined by an emphasis on the continuity between past and present has long been found in southern literary studies. This conference will explore the idea of the South as a region forever a step or two behind the modern nation, as well as reconsider the backward temporality of the South by taking its cue from poet and novelist Jack Butler's claim that "The future doesn't erase the past; it colonizes it."

Though the conference theme centers on southern literature and culture, we also welcome submissions on any topic related to all genres of literature, theory, culture, and film, as well as creative submissions of poetry, fiction, and drama.

250-word abstracts or panel proposals must be emailed by March 20, 2014 to ucaenglishgradconference@gmail.com with "Conference Submission" in the subject line.

Keynote Speaker:
Brandon Costello, Associate Professor of English, Louisiana State University
Author of PLANTATION AIRS: RACIAL PATERNALISM AND THE TRANSFORMATIONS OF CLASS IN SOUTHERN FICTION (LSU Press, 2007), Editor of HOWARD CHAKIN: CONVERSATIONS (UP of Mississippi, 2011), Co-editor of COMICS AND THE U.S. SOUTH (UP of Mississippi, 2012).

Sponsored by the University of Central Arkansas Department of English and Sigma Tau Delta.