In the US, Faulkner is among the most widely read and taught modernists. Two major academic conferences are dedicated to his work: the annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference, organised by the Faulkner Society in collaboration with the University of Mississippi; and the biannual Faulkner and… Conference, organised by the Centre for Faulkner Studies at Southeast Missouri State University. However, the focus on Faulkner’s work has been comparatively less pronounced in the UK.
Faulkner Studies in the UK seeks to fill this gap, building upon the foundation of interest in Faulkner and Southern Studies in Britain established in recent years, along with serving as a key counterpoint to the abundant focus on Faulkner in the US. The Network formalises an upsurge in critical material on Faulkner emerging from both British scholars and the wider public, advocating increased interest in and readership of his work across the UK.
Our inaugural colloquium in May, 2018, served as the launching event for the Network. It was supported by the Department of English at Royal Holloway, the British Association for American Studies (BAAS), and the US Embassy, London, and featured a keynote by Professor Tim Armstrong (author of The Logic of Slavery ). See our Inaugural Colloquium page for further information.
Our second colloquium took place May 30th, 2019, at 11 Bedford Square, London, Room 1-01, with a keynote, ‘”We’re Going to Have a Town”: Anthropology, Racial Etiquette, and Faulkner’s Jefferson’, by Dr Gavan Lennon.
The Network consists of-
Dr Ahmed Honeini: Founding director and administrative lead (Visiting Tutor and NET Representative), Department of English, Royal Holloway, University of London).
Francis Gene-Rowe: Co-founder and assistant administrator (Doctoral candidate/Visiting Tutor, Department of English, Royal Holloway, University of London).
We wish to thank-
The Department of English at Royal Holloway, University of London, in particular:
Dr Katie McGettigan (Senior Lecturer in American Literature).
Professor Tim Armstrong (Professor of Modern Literature).
Dr Will Montgomery (Reader and former Director of Graduate Studies).
Professor Robert Hampson (Professor of Modern Literature).
Dr Vicky Greenaway (Head of Department).
Professor Juliet John (Head of School of Humanities).
Professor Judith Hawley (Director of Research).
Genna Clark (Faculty Administrator [Marketing and Communications]).
Lisa Dachuna (Faculty Administrator [Postgraduate]).
Dr Gavan Lennon (Lecturer, Canterbury Christ Church University).
The British Association for American Studies (BAAS), in particular Dr Lydia Plath, Dr Matthew Shaw, and Dr Katie Edwards.
The Estate of William Faulkner, in particular Lee Caplin, Executor.
The William Faulkner Society, in particular Professor Taylor Hagood, Professor Sarah Gleeson-White, Dr Jenna Sciuto, and Dr Ted Atkinson.
Professor Robert Hamblin, Dr Christopher Rieger, and the Center for Faulkner Studies (Southeast Missouri State University).
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