The 38th Annual Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference
SOUTHERN LITERARY GEOGRAPHIES
July 17–21, 2011
The 2011 Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference will examine the topic “Faulkner’s Geographies/Southern Literary Geographies” through five days of lectures and discussion by literary scholars and critics. In addition to formal lectures, there will be several shorter panel presentations, guided daylong tours of North Mississippi, the Delta, and Memphis, and sessions on “Teaching Faulkner” by James B. Carothers, University of Kansas, Terrell L. Tebbetts, Lyon College, Charles Peek, University of Nebraska at Kearney, and Theresa M. Towner, University of Texas at Dallas.
In keeping with the conference theme, a special panel, “The Curators of Rowan Oak,” will focus on one of the key locales of the Faulkner story, namely, the place where he lived and wrote for 32 years. Faulkner’s carefully chosen antebellum home, whose surrounding woods he had played in as a boy and whose relative remoteness later gave him the combination of isolation from, yet membership in, the community of Oxford, is known best by four curators of Rowan Oak spanning the years from 1980 to the present: Howard Bahr, Keith Fudge, Cynthia Shearer, and William Griffith. Together they will tell the story of their experiences in what is perhaps the most famous literary home in the United States.
Learn more about this Faulkner conference, as well as the SOUTHERN WRITERS, SOUTHERN WRITING GRADUATE STUDENT CONFERENCE, by visiting: http://www.outreach.olemiss.edu/events/faulkner/