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CFP: Carson McCullers Society Panel at American Literature Association

14 Dec

CALL FOR PAPERS

Carson McCullers Society

American Literature Association

28th Annual Conference

May 25-28, 2017 ~ Boston, MA

The Westin Copley Center

 

The Carson McCullers Society welcomes abstracts for a panel on tolerance in Carson McCullers’ life and work. The panel call is broad; however, papers that place McCullers’ treatment of issues of diversity, plurality, non-conformity, and difference into dialogue with the contemporary, post-Trump moment or within the shifting currents of the early Civil Rights, pre-Stonewall, and pre-Women’s Liberation Movements are especially encouraged. For instance, panelists might discuss the political bandying about of the phrase “the leftover people” in the most recent presidential election in terms of its multiplex meanings in McCullers’ life and work and in media parlance today. McCullers’ handling of racial anger and white male political rage through the characters of Dr. Copeland and the itinerant drifter Jake Blount in The Heart is a Lonely Hunter might bear interesting comparisons to political, social, and labor tensions of her age, as well as our own. Novelist Sarah Schulman’s claim in a recent New Yorker article that “Carson McCullers was able to inhabit any kind of person” with “’ease’” (qtd. Richard Wright) because she possessed a “transgender . . . identity that history had not yet discovered” might also be fruitful to tease out in relation to issues of sexual, racial, gender, and/or class recognition, tolerance, and intolerance in McCullers’ fiction, drama, and poetry. Paper proposals along these and any topics in McCullers’ life and work are welcome.

 

Interested scholars can email a 250-300 word abstract and a short bio to Alison Graham-Bertolini and Isadora J. Wagner, panel organizers, at alison.bertolini@ndsu.edu and iwagner@go.olemiss.edu by January 21st, 2017.

The American Literature Association’s 28th annual conference will meet at the Westin Copley Place in Boston on May 25-28, 2017 (Thursday through Sunday of Memorial Day weekend). The deadline for proposals is January 30, 2017. For further information, please consult the ALA website at www.americanliterature.org or contact the conference director, Professor Olivia Carr Edenfield at carr@georgiasouthern.edu with specific questions.

 

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CFP: Carson McCullers Society Prize for Outstanding Conference Paper

14 Dec

The Carson McCullers Society invites submissions for an annual scholarly Prize for Outstanding Conference Paper, to be awarded to an essay on the life and work of Carson McCullers presented at a conference in the past year. Entries should provide evidence that the paper was presented at a regional, national, or international academic conference during the previous calendar year (January to December 2016) and that the winner is eligible for the award as an active member of the Society. See the Society’s website at https://carsonmccullerssociety.wordpress.com/  for membership information. Submissions are welcome from graduate students and all levels of scholars. Judging will be a blind process, and the award carries a $100 honorarium. Please send submissions to Carson McCullers Society President Alison Graham-Bertolini (alison.bertolini@ndsu.edu) by February 1, 2017. The winner will be announced in early March.