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29th Annual Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference, ‘Faulkner and His Contemporaries,’ starts Sunday, lasts through Friday, July 26

July 18, 2002

OXFORD, Miss. — The 29th Annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference starts Sunday at the University of Mississippi, and if you’re not yet registered, it’s not too late to be a part.

The annual conference devoted to Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner this year will feature 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-songwriter 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 authorís life and work will be available for viewing during the week. Ms. Boothís 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 authorís niece, Dean Faulkner Wells, is sponsored by Hemispheres Magazine/United Airlines, Yoknapatawpha Press, 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 Faulknerís home, Rowan Oak, on Wednesday, and a closing party Friday afternoon at Square Books.

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 is $175 for students, $200 for Friends of the Center, 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,

If you would like to attend but have not pre-registered, you can still register in person beginning at 10 a.m. on Sunday at the Yerby Conference Center on the University of Mississippi campus. Once the opening program begins at 2:30, you may register in the Johnson Commons foyer anytime during the week that the conference is being held.

Even if you don’t wish to attend the entire conference, a number of individual events are free and open to the public, including all scholarly lectures and panel discussions in Johnson Commons, the “Faulkner on the Fringe” open-mike night, and gallery exhibitions at University Museums, the J. D. Williams Library, and Barnard Observatory.

In addition, tickets to the performance of As I Lay Dying are available for purchase.

Following is a complete schedule of events for this year’s conference. Unless otherwise noted, all events will be held in Johnson Commons on the University of Mississippi campus.

Sunday, July 21
10:00 a.m.Registration, Yerby Conference Center
1:00 p.m.

Receptions for exhibitions:
Kate Freeman Clark: A Southern Treasure, paintings by Kate Freeman Clark, University Museums
Ms. Booth’s Garden, photographs by Jack Kotz, Barnard Observatory

2:30 p.m.Opening Session:
Welcome from Oxford Mayor Richard Howorth and Department of English chair Joseph Urgo
Rowan Oak Society, Campbell McCool
Presentation of Eudora Welty Awards in Creative Writing by Charles Reagan Wilson
Faux Faulkner Contest Announcement of Winner by Selby Baterman and Lisa Fann of Hemispheres Magazine/United Airlines
“Days of Yoknapatawpha,” by V.P. Ferguson, a reading by George Kehoe
Dramatic Readings from Faulkner’s Fiction, Voices of Yoknapatawpha, selected and arranged by George Kehoe and Betty Harrington
5:30 p.m.Buffet Supper, Howorth Home/Old Taylor Road (requires registration)
8:00 p.m.Lecture: “Traveling with Faulkner,” by Houston Baker
Monday, July 22
9:00 a.m.Lecture: “‘Getting Good at Doing Nothing’: Faulkner, Hemingway, and the Fiction of Gesture,” by Donald M. Kartiganer
10:30 a.m.Lecture: “Invisible Men: Faulkner, His Contemporaries, and the Politics of Loving and Hating the South,” by Grace Elizabeth Hale
1:30 p.m.Lecture: “Fixing the Southern Vernacular: The Contemporaneous Art of William Faulkner and Walker Evans,” by Thomas S. Rankin
3:00 p.m.

“Turn to the Right: Sentimental Foil for The Sound and the Fury?,” by Eoin F. Cannon
“Parrotlike Underworld Epithet: The Hard-Boiled Language of Sanctuary,” by Peter J. Ingrao
Light in August and Faulkner’s Sweet Man,” by Steven Weisenburger

8:00 p.m.Lecture: “Surveying the Postage-Stamp Territory: Eudora Welty, Elizabeth Spencer, and Ellen Douglas,” by Peggy Whitman Prenshaw
10:00 p.m.“Faulkner on the Fringe,” Open Mike at Southside Gallery, hosted by Colby Kullman and Milly Moorhead
Tuesday, July 23
9:00 a.m.Guided tours of north Mississippi. (requires registration)
5:00 p.m.Noyes/Smith/Kullman Party, 604 Tyler Place
8:00 p.m.Lecture: “Cather’s War and Faulkner’s Peace: A Comparison of Two Novels and More,” by Merrill Skaggs
Wednesday, July 24
8:30 a.m.Teaching Faulkner I, “Faulkner and His Contemporaries, Influences, and Parallels: The Sound and the Fury,” led by James B. Carothers and Robert W. Hamblin. (Johnson Commons)
Teaching Faulkner II, “Faulkner, Writing, and Other Writers: Getting to and from ‘That Evening Sun,’” led by Arlie Herron and Charles A. Peek. (Bondurant Auditorium)
10:30 a.m.Lecture: “Faulkner, Ford and Automobility,” by Deborah Clarke
1:30 p.m.Discussion: Deborah Clarke, Donald M. Kartiganer, Thomas S. Rankin, Peggy Whitman Prenshaw, and Merrill Skaggs
3:00 p.m.Panel: “Faulkner in Oxford,” by M. C. Falkner (moderator), Will Lewis Jr. and Elizabeth Nichols Shiver
4:40 p.m.Walk through Bailey’s Woods (Meet in the parking lot of University Museums)
5:30 p.m.Picnic at Rowan Oak (registration required)
8:00 p.m.Performance: As I Lay Dying, a Folk Opera, by Reckon Crew, Education Auditorium. (Ticket required)
Thursday, July 25
9:00 a.m.Lecture: “Blacks and Other Very Dark Colors: Faulkner and Welty,” by Danielle Pitavy-Souques
10:30 a.m.Lecture: “William Faulkner and Other ‘Famous Creoles’: Writers and New Orleans,” by W. Kenneth Holditch
1:30 p.m.Panel:
“Faulkner’s Modernism from the Inside Out,” by Sean K. Kelly
“Consciously Adapted to French Taste: What the Existentialists Learned from Faulkner,” by Holly Hutton
“This Time, Maybe This Time: Asynchronous Faulknerian Narratives, Confederate Epitaphs and the American Iconoclastic Tradition,” by Timothy S. Sedore
8:00 p.m.Lecture: “The Hemingway-Faulkner Log,” by George Monteiro
Friday, July 26
8:30 a.m.Teaching Faulkner, led by James B. Carothers, Robert W. Hamblin, Arlie Herron, and Charles A. Peek (Johnson Commons)
10:30 a.m.Lecture: “William Faulkner and Guimarães Rosa: A Brazilian Connection,” by M. Thomas Inge
1:30 p.m.Discussion: W. Kenneth Holditch, M. Thomas Inge, George Monteiro, and Danielle Pitavy-Souques
3:00 p.m.“Faulkner and North Mississippi,” slide show presentation by Arlie Herron
5:00 p.m.Closing Party, Off Square Books (registration required)

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