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Call for Papers: Faulkner’s Inheritance

July 31, 2004

The 32nd Annual Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference:
“Faulkner’s Inheritance”
July 24-28, 2005

As much as the fictional character closest to him — Quentin Compson — William Faulkner was “an empty hall echoing with sonorous defeated names … a commonwealth … a barracks filled with stubborn back-looking ghosts.” The names and ghosts, of course, were not just those of the Old South and the war fought on its behalf, but the world that grew up in the wake of their passing: a New South still harboring some of the values of the Old, a Falkner family history fostering comparably divided loyalties, a Modernist revolution in thought and art prepared to challenge all loyalties, North and South.

The 32nd annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference will attempt to take the measure of Faulkner’s “inheritance”: the varied elements that went into his making and the making of his work. Obviously the range is great. What events of Southern and North Mississippi history, what aspects of the personal life, what ideas in the intellectual ferment of Modernism, figure most strikingly in the fiction he wrote? What do we as readers most need to know of the world Faulkner inhabited — political, social, cultural — in order to best understand that fiction? In commenting once on his work, he spoke, uncharacteristically, of “the amazing gift I had,” and wondered “where it came from … why God or gods or whoever it was, selected me to be the vessel.” The aim of this conference will be to explore, in somewhat more mundane terms, “where it came from” and what — given that “amazing gift” — Faulkner made out of what he was given.

We are inviting both 50-minute plenary addresses and 15-minute papers for this conference. Plenary papers consist of approximately 6,000 words and will be published by the University Press of Mississippi. Conference papers consist of approximately 2,500 words and will be delivered at panel sessions.

For plenary papers the 15th edition of the University of Chicago Manual of Style should be used as a guide in preparing manuscripts. Three copies of manuscripts must be submitted by January 15, 2005. Notification of selection will be made by March 1, 2005. Authors whose papers are selected for presentation at the conference and publication will receive (1) a waiver of the conference registration fee and (2) lodging at the University Alumni House from Saturday, July 23, through Thursday, July 28.

For short papers, three copies of two-page abstracts must be submitted by January 15, 2005. Notification will be made by March 1, 2005. Authors whose papers are selected for panel presentation will receive a waiver of the $275 conference registration fee.

All manuscripts and inquiries should be addressed to Donald Kartiganer, Department of English, The University of Mississippi, University, MS 38677. Telephone: 662-915-5793, e-mail: Panel abstracts may be sent by e-mail attachment; plenary manuscripts should only be sent by conventional mail.

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