The Fourth Faulkner Studies in the UK Colloquium: Faulkner, Transgressive Fiction, Postmodernism

Страна: Великобритания

Город: Online

Тезисы до: 16.11.2020

Даты: 29.01.21 — 30.01.21

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Организаторы: University of London



William Faulkner (1897-1962) has long been considered one of the foremost modernist authors to emerge from the United States. Faulkner’s authorial obsessions have typically been described as including time, history, and the fraught definition of “Southernness” in the aftermath of the Civil War, emancipation, and the quest for Civil Rights. However, starting with the publication of the edited volume Faulkner and Postmodernism (1997), critics have sought to recontextualise Faulkner as a “postmodernist” and even “transgressive” author, whose work explores the darker side of humanity and sets a precedent for writers including William S. Burroughs and Cormac McCarthy to explore the nature of sexuality, racial identity, violence, and much more. This conference builds upon these developing scholarly concerns, working to show that Faulkner is no mere regional or even traditionally modernist author who is fixated solely upon his “postage stamp of native soil.”

We invite 20-minute papers on any topic related to Faulkner, transgressive fiction, and postmodernism (in whichever way the applicant chooses to define or interpret those terms), including but not limited to:

  • Faulkner’s presentations of murder, lynching, and violence
  • Incest in Faulkner’s novels
  • Faulkner’s depictions of race and racism
  • Faulkner’s emphasis on sexuality and/or sexually “deviant” behaviour
  • Faulkner’s depictions of mental illness and/or the asylum
  • Criminality and incarceration in Faulkner’s later novels and short stories
  • Faulkner’s evolving attitude towards death, suicide, and necropolitics in his work and life
  • Faulkner, religion, and the afterlife
  • Faulkner, Hollywood, popular culture, and/or new technologies
  • Faulkner and the Grove and/or Olympia Presses
  • Faulkner and literary theory (Foucault, Lacan, Derrida, etc)
  • New readings of As I Lay Dying, Sanctuary, and Light in August
  • Comparisons between Faulkner and: Samuel Richardson; Laurence Sterne; the Marquis de Sade; Radclyfe Hall; Georges Bataille; Djuna Barnes; Samuel Beckett; Henry Miller; Jean Rhys; William S. Burroughs; Hubert Selby, Jr.; Vladimir Nabokov; Yukio Mishima; Toni Morrison; Kathy Acker; Cormac McCarthy; Kazuo Ishiguro; David Foster Wallace; Bret Easton Ellis; Chuck Palahniuk; Tracy Letts; Ali Smith, and countless more.

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