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Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference 2020: Faulkner\'s Modernisms

This CFP IS NOT for a MSA Conference

Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha 2020
“Faulkner’s Modernisms”
July 19-23, 2020
University of Mississippi
Announcement and Call For Papers

Could anything be more uncontroversial than to identify William Faulkner as a modernist writer? And yet, in a contemporary moment characterized by the renewal, expansion, diversification, and general flourishing of modernist studies scholarship, we can no longer take for granted what that modernism was, is, or might have been, or in what it might have inhered. Where was Faulkner’s modernism—-amidst what competing or nested geographies of modernity should we locate it? When was that modernism—-how should we periodize it? Within or against what temporal scales? Were there specific periods or texts when Faulkner wasn’t a modernist, or when he was no longer one, and if so, what exactly was he then, how can we tell, and what might that mean for a better understanding of his work? Which literary, artistic, or intellectual contemporaries, precursors, or successors best illuminate what Faulkner’s modernism was, and wasn’t? And what new approaches to modernist aesthetics might be generated by taking Faulkner as Exhibit A? What did the modernization process, the modernizing of his various worlds, look like to Faulkner? Sound like? Feel like? And how might the new questions raised, conceptual tools employed, and cultural contexts highlighted by “new modernist studies” scholarship help shed light on these and other issues? The forty-seventh annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha conference will take up the venerable but also excitingly new question of Faulkner’s literary and other modernism(s). Topics might include but are not limited to:

--Faulkner’s place and achievement amidst “high,” “middlebrow,” “pop,” “pulp,” “mass,” or other print modernisms
--racial and ethnic modernisms/modernities in, against, or around Faulkner
--Faulkner’s writings as a window onto the modernity of chattel slavery, Jim Crow segregation, mass incarceration, and their concomitant modernisms
--Faulkner’s Hollywood work in the context of aesthetic and/or cinematic modernisms
--Faulkner’s creative life and work in the context of “media-made” modernisms
--Faulkner in light of other material modernities or modernisms
--modernist perception, the modernized sensorium, and Faulkner
--epistemologies or ontologies of Faulknerian modernism
--“melancholy,” “sensational” or other affective modernisms in Faulkner
--the modernization of gender in/and Faulkner; the gender of Faulknerian modernity
--modernisms, sexualities, Faulkners
--the modern/modernized/modernist family in Faulkner; modern/ist childhood, the modern/ist child
--rural modernization in Faulkner’s life and writings; the modernity of Yoknapatawpha County
--regional, national, transnational, global, or planetary scales of modernity in and around Faulkner’s work
--environmental modernization or “ecological” modernism as a Faulknerian problematic
--Faulkner’s modernism from/in Anthropocene perspective
--the modernization of politics in Faulkner’s life and world

The program committee especially encourages full panel proposals for 60-minute conference sessions. Such proposals should include a one-page overview of the session topic or theme, followed by 400-500-word abstracts for each of the panel papers to be included. We also welcome individually submitted 400-500-word abstracts for 15-20-minute panel papers. Panel papers consist of approximately 2,500 words and will be considered by the conference program committee for possible expansion and inclusion in the conference volume published by the University Press of Mississippi.

Session proposals and panel paper abstracts must be submitted by January 31, 2020, preferably through e-mail attachment. All manuscripts, proposals, abstracts, and inquiries should be addressed to Jay Watson, Department of English, C-135 Bondurant Hall, University of Mississippi, P.O. Box 1848, University, MS 38677-1848. E-mail: Decisions for all submissions will be made by March 15, 2020.

Conference Location: Oxford, MS, USA
Conference Starts: July 19, 2020
Conference Ends: July 23, 2020

CFP Submission Deadline: January 31, 2020

For more information, contact: Jay Watson

Networking May Sinclair

This CFP IS NOT for a MSA Conference

Networking May Sinclair / Les réseaux littéraires de May Sinclair
Université de Nantes, 18th-19th June 2020

Keynote speaker: Professor Suzanne Raitt, College of William & Mary

This international conference explores the diversity of connections, inspirations and influences in the work of modernist writer, May Sinclair (1863-1946). It will be held at the University of Nantes (France) on Thursday 18th and Friday 19th June 2019.

In the first two decades of the twentieth century, May Sinclair was one of the most successful and widely known of British women novelists (Wilson, 2001). She produced over twenty novels and six collections of short stories and collaborated with many modernist writers and poets, including Ford Madox Ford, Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot, H.D. and Richard Aldington. Her life was also exceptionally rich. She took an active part in the women’s suffrage movement and published several pamphlets for women’s rights between 1908 and 1917. In the early 1910s, she got involved in medico-psychological research, and wrote half a dozen psychoanalytical research papers. In 1915, she spent two weeks near the Belgian front with an ambulance unit and her Journal of Impressions in Belgium was one of the first wartime women’s diaries published in Britain (Raitt 2000, 163). She was also the acclaimed author of two major philosophical essays on idealism (1917 and 1922) that led to her election to the Aristotelian Society. Last, she was an influential literary historian and literary critic and wrote several much-quoted articles and prefaces on the stream of consciousness, the Brontë sisters and imagist poetry.

Many reviewers and critics have shown that May Sinclair’s modernism was not so much a derivation of other contemporary aesthetics but was rather a product of her idiosyncratic articulation of her many research interests and experiences. In addition, “the interdisciplinarity of Sinclair’s output […] eludes straightforward categorisation and this has arguably contributed to the traditional critical neglect of her writing” (Bowler & Drewery 2016, 1).

As May Sinclair is now “gaining critical legitimacy” (Raitt 2016, 23), this conference seeks to explore Sinclair’s texts and contexts and aims to shed light on her place in literary history and on her contribution to “the radical modernist challenge to traditional assumptions about what it means to be human” (Bowler & Drewery 2016, 14). Papers comparing Sinclair and other writers are thus particularly welcome; suggested topics might include (but are not limited to):
- May Sinclair and her contemporaries: Thomas Hardy, Henry James, H. G. Wells, D. H. Lawrence, Ford Madox Ford, Charlotte Mew, H. D., Richard Aldington, T S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Virginia Woolf, Dorothy Richardson, Katherine Mansfield, Elizabeth Bowen, Mary Butts, Olive Moore etc.
- May Sinclair and modernity/the modern/modernism
- May Sinclair & WW1 writers
- May Sinclair and Victorian and late nineteenth-century authors: the Brontë sisters, George Eliot, George Meredith etc.
- May Sinclair and romantic poets: Shelley, Byron etc.
- May Sinclair and philosophy: Henri Bergson, Bertrand Russell, Baruch Spinoza, T. H. Green, Arthur Schopenhauer, Samuel Butler, Francis Herbert Bradley etc.
- May Sinclair and psychology: William James, Sigmund Freud, C. G. Jung, Pierre Janet, Melanie Klein, Ella Sharpe, Joan Riviere, Alfred Adler, Charles Myers etc.
- May Sinclair and mysticism: Evelyn Underhill, the Society for Psychical Research, etc.
- May Sinclair and first-wave feminism
- Contemporary reception of May Sinclair
- May Sinclair and her literary legacy
- May Sinclair in translation
- May Sinclair and music
- May Sinclair and films or TV adaptations

Proposals no longer than 350 words, together with a 200-word biography, should be sent to the conference organisers before January 15th, 2020.

Conference organisers:
Leslie de Bont, Université de Nantes
Isabelle Brasme, Université de Nîmes
Florence Marie, Université de Pau

Conference Location: Nantes, France
Conference Starts: June 18, 2020
Conference Ends: June 19, 2020

CFP Submission Deadline: January 15, 2020

For more information, contact: Leslie de Bont