The 29th Annual Faulkner
& Yoknapatawpha Conference
Faulkner and His Contemporaries
The University of Mississippi
July 21-26, 2002
The time of Faulkners life and
career was one of the most momentous in Western history, especially with
regard to intellectual ferment and the response to it in arts and letters.
The aim of the 2002 conference is to address the literary and intellectual
relations Faulkner shares with other writers and artists as well as the
extent to which his work is a reflection of, and a commentary on, the
major intellectual movements of the day. Although he spent the large bulk
of his life in the small North Mississippi town of Oxford physically
isolated from the various schools and coteries of modern art and thought
we have come to realize the extent to which Faulkner possessed
either a direct or an intuitive knowledge of the leading ideas of his
time and a significant reading acquaintance with many of the writers espousing
Here are some of the issues that might
be addressed: Who are those writers with whom Faulkner can be most usefully
compared, in terms either of similarity or opposition? What are the artistic
and intellectual movements that most pervade Faulkner's work? Are there
any movements or schools with which Faulkner is not normally
linked such as the Lost Generation, the Harlem Renaissance, Proletarian
Literature that might reveal unexpected insights into Faulkner,
or that might themselves be altered by being viewed through a Faulknerian
lens? To what extent is Faulkner truly a writer of his age reflecting
and responding to the written world around him and to what extent
is he the iconnoclast, going his unique way?
We are inviting 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.
Short papers consist of approximately 2,500 words and will be delivered
at panel sessions.
For plenary papers the 14th 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, 2002. Notification of selection will be made
by March 1, 2002. Authors whose papers are selected for presentation at
the conference and for publication will receive (1) a waiver of the conference
registration fee, (2) lodging at the University Alumni House from Saturday,
July 20, thorugh Friday, July 26, and (3) reimbursement of travel expenses,
up to $500 ($.345 a mile by automobile or tourist class airfare).
For short papers, three copies of two-page
abstracts must be submitted by January 15, 2002. Notification will be
made by March 1, 2002. Authors whose papers are selected for panel presentation
will receive a waiver of the $200 conference registration fee. In addition
to commercial lodging, inexpensive dormitory rooms are available.
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:
should only be sent by conventional mail, not e-mail or fax.