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Call for Papers: Faulkner in the 21st Century

September 8, 2003

In 1992, the English Department of Peking University, together with the Institute of American Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, held the first international conference on William Faulkner to discuss Faulkner’s sense of tragedy and history, his narrative techniques and stylistic devices, his influence on Chinese writers and issues in teaching Faulkner and translating his works into Chinese. In 1997, in commemoration of his centennial, the second international conference was co-sponsored by the English Department of Peking University, the English Department of Hong Kong Baptist University, and the American Studies Center at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Partly funded by the D.C.Lam East-West Center of Hong Kong Baptist University, the proceedings, William Faulkner: Achievement and Endurance, was published by Peking University Press in 1998. The two conferences had positive effect on the teaching and study of Faulkner in China.

With the coming of the new century, will Faulkner continue to keep his place in the history of American and world literature? Will his themes continue to touch the souls of the readers and open their eyes to reality? Will his techniques continue to fascinate the readers and influence a new generation of writers? Are the “new” theories and critical methodologies that have now become prevalent helpful in understanding or in discovering new meanings or new values of his work? Are the “old” theories outdated and valid no more? Have we found new ways in teaching him or in bringing him to more readers in China?

To explore these questions and to promote the study of Faulkner from all perspectives, the English department of Peking University and the Center for the Study of Humanism of Sichuan International Studies University will hold a Third International Conference on William Faulkner toward the end of May 2004. The theme of the conference is “Faulkner in the 21st Century.” The conference will be held at Sichuan International Studies University in Chongqing, a municipality directly under the control of the Central Government, which is located on the Yangtse River and is well known for its beautiful scenery. The working languages are both English and Chinese. Any one who is interested is to hand in a one-page abstract by the end of November, 2003 and the complete text by the end of March 2004 to Li Ling by mail, fax, or e-mail.

Mail address: Ms Li Ling, Center for the Study of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Sichuan International Studies University, Chongqing, China
Fax (Phone) number: 011-86-23-65385080
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