Academic journal article The Mississippi Quarterly

Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha 2019: "Faulkner's Families" July 21-25, 2019

Academic journal article The Mississippi Quarterly

Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha 2019: "Faulkner's Families" July 21-25, 2019

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The forty-sixth annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha conference will examine Faulkner's many families--actual and imagined--as especially revealing windows onto his work and his world. Topics could include:

* original biographical scholarship on the Faulkner, Falkner, Butler, Oldham, Stone, Thompson, Summers, or other families that figure significantly in William Faulkner's life and work

* the family as a crucible for heteronormative power relations and identity formations; or as a site for resistant performances of gender and sexuality * queer(ed) family arrangements, kinship networks, lines of affiliation or intersectionality, alternate "bloodlines"

* new insights into or models for Faulkner's genealogical imagination

* the visual or material culture of family in Faulkner

* the poetics and politics of family space(s) the sociology of family structures and relations

* new approaches to the interracial or multiracial family

* the family under slavery, postslavery, colonialism, or empire

* anthropological approaches to family

* family-systems or other psychologically informed approaches to family difficulties or difficult families; intergenerational transmission of trauma, affect, memory

* experiences or representations of illness, aging, disability within the family ecology

* representations of childhood or the social construction of childhood family and the workings of affect the family as an economic formation

* the family and the state; family as site and vehicle of modern biopower; the politicization of reproduction by eugenics, blood quanta, and other social discourses

* the impact of modernization on family arrangements, identities, affairs

* war and the family

* approaches to Faulkner through family law

* interspecies families; posthuman kinship and affiliation

* comparative readings of family in Faulkner and other writers, artists, or intellectuals; Faulkner in the literary history of family

Full panel proposals for 75-minute conference sessions should include a one-page overview of the session topic or theme, followed by 400-500-word abstracts for each paper. …

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