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2002 Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference to focus on ‘Faulkner and His Contempories’

February 28, 2002

OXFORD, Miss. — Information is now available about an annual conference that brings together critics, readers, and fans of the life and works of Nobel Prize-winning novelist William Faulkner.

The 29th annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference, which will be held July 21-26, 2002, at the University of Mississippi, will address the topic “Faulkner and His Contempories” through six days of lectures and discussions by literary scholars and critics.

In addition to formal lectures, there will be a performance of the folk opera As I Lay Dying, by the Nashville singer-songwriters group Reckon Crew, discussions by Faulkner friends and family, and sessions on “Teaching Faulkner” directed by James Carothers (University of Kansas), Robert W. Hamblin (Southeast Missouri State University), Arlie E. Herron (University of Tennessee at Chattanooga), and Charles Peek (University of Nebraska at Kearney).

The University’s John Davis Williams Library will display Faulkner books, manuscripts, photographs, and memorabilia; and the University Press of Mississippi will exhibit Faulkner books published by university presses throughout the United States. Films relating to the author’s life and work will be available for viewing during the week. Ms. Booth’s Garden, an exhibition of photographs by Jack Kotz, will be on display in the Gammill Gallery at Barnard Observatory.

The conference will begin on Sunday, July 21, with a reception at the University Museums for Paradox in Paradise, an exhibition of mixed media artworks by Lea Barton. This will be followed by an afternoon program of readings from Faulkner and the announcement of the winners of the thirteenth Faux Faulkner Contest. The contest, coordinated by the author’s niece, Dean Faulkner Wells, is sponsored by Hemispheres Magazine/United Airlines, Yoknapatawpha Press and its Faulkner Newsletter, and the University of Mississippi.

Other events will include a Sunday buffet supper served at the home of Dr. and Mrs. M. B. Howorth Jr., “Faulkner on the Fringe” — an “open-mike” evening at Southside Gallery, guided day-long tours of North Mississippi on Tuesday, a picnic served at Faulkner’s home, Rowan Oak, on Wednesday, and a closing party Friday afternoon at Square Books.

Among the invited speakers are Michel Gresset, Houston A. Baker Jr., Deborah Clarke, W. Kenneth Holditch, Thomas S. Rankin, Merrill Maguire Skaggs, Peggy Whitman Prenshaw, Danièle Pitavy-Souques, Grace Elizabeth Hale, and George Monteiro, along with other presenters to be announced later.

The conference is sponsored by the University of Mississippi’s Department of English and the Center for the Study of Southern Culture and is coordinated by the university’s Institute for Continuing Studies.

The registration fee for the conference before July 1 is $150 for students, $175 for Friends of the Center, and $200 for other participants. The fee after July 1 is $175 for students, $200 for Friends, and $250 for others. The fee includes admission to all program events, a buffet supper on opening day, a reception on Tuesday, a picnic at Rowan Oak, conference session refreshments, and a closing reception. The fee does not cover lodging, the optional tours of Faulkner Country, and meals, except for those aforementioned.

More information about the conference, including a printable registration form, is available at the Center for the Study of Southern Culture web site,

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