Faulkner and Ward Conference | SEMO

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Nobel laureate William Faulkner and two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward both come from small-town Mississippi, gaining international acclaim for their use of poor, rural Southern spaces and people to portray “the human heart in conflict with itself.

A conference sponsored by the Center for Faulkner Studies
Southeast Missouri State University
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
October 27-29, 2022

Call for Papers

This “Faulkner and Ward” conference invites submissions for 15-20 minute papers on any subject related to William Faulkner and/or Jesmyn Ward. All critical approaches, including pedagogical, are welcome. We are particularly interested in intertextual approaches that deal with both authors. Proposals for organized panels are also encouraged.

Nobel laureate William Faulkner and two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward both come from small-town Mississippi, gaining international acclaim for their use of poor, rural Southern spaces and people to portray “the human heart in conflict with itself. This conference aims to bring together the different points of view, techniques and paths of the authors. Possible topics could include: race/racism, gender, class, sexuality, psychology, biography, history, violence, economics, poverty, the South, religion, urban divides /rural, regional/national divides, nature, environmental justice, trauma, family, myth, incarceration, language, narrative technique and gender.

In addition to the paper sessions, the conference will include a keynote address by Dr. Aliyyah Abdur-Rahman (Associate Professor of American Studies and English at Brown University), an opening banquet, a visit from the famous LD Brodsky collection of William Faulkner Materials, and a Faulkner and Ward-themed art exhibition and reception.

Extended versions of the papers will be considered for possible publication in a collection of essays to be published by Southeast Missouri State University Press as part of their Faulkner Lecture Series.

Submit a 200-300 word abstract by email by May 1, 2022 to: [email protected] 651-2620. Limited attendance/presentation via Zoom may be available.

Faulkner and Ward Undergraduate Writing Competition

Undergraduate students from any institution are encouraged to submit papers for this conference. These articles (about 7-10 pages) can be about William Faulkner, Jesmyn Ward, or both. Authors of the top two undergraduate submissions will receive cash prizes of $300 and $200, respectively; waiver of conference registration fees and banquet fees; and an invitation to present the winning works at the conference (winners must attend the conference to qualify for the cash prize). Competition submissions may be submitted by email attachment to [email protected] and must be received by May 15, 2022. Undergraduate submissions not awarded cash prizes will be considered for inclusion in conference presentations.

NOTE: To be eligible for this competition, a student must be enrolled in undergraduate studies for all or part of the 2022 calendar year.

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