Royal Holloway, University of London
May 28th, 2020, *ONLINE*
Keynote address by Professor Jay Watson
(author of William Faulkner and the Faces of Modernity, Oxford University Press, 2019)
*Having taken into account the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided that it would be in the best interests of our applicants to cancel our upcoming Faulkner Studies in the UK Colloquium from occuring face to face.
However, the event itself is still going ahead as planned on May 28th, though it will now take place on a digital platform (the exact platform to be decided).*
The 1920s were defined by the innovation of European modernists such as James Joyce (Ulysses), T. S. Eliot (The Waste Land), Virginia Woolf (Mrs Dalloway), and D. H. Lawrence (Lady Chatterly’s Lover). In that same decade, American modernism converged rapidly with its European counterpart, thanks largely to the expatriate movement in Paris, where American writers such as Ezra Pound (Hugh Selwyn Mauberly), F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby), and Ernest Hemingway (The Sun Also Rises) each published ground-breaking examples of modernist literature.
The literary career of William Faulkner emerged from this modernist fervour that was preoccupied with experimentation. Faulkner’s own innovative narrative techniques are reflected in the form and content of his best known novel of the period, The Sound and the Fury (1929). The novel’s four distinct sections interpolate various different voices and perspectives, to become what Roland Barthes terms as ‘a tissue of quotations drawn from the innumerable centers of culture.’ In his literary output of the decade, Faulkner confronted issues of fragmentation, dislocation, mortality, morality, race, and sexuality.
This colloquium, the third in the history of the Faulkner Studies in the UK Research Network, invites proposals for twenty-minute papers on any topic related to Faulkner’s writing in the 1920s and his relationship to modernism. Topics include but are not limited to:
• New critical approaches to New Orleans Sketches, Soldiers’ Pay, Mosquitoes, Sartoris, and/or The Sound and the Fury
• The early formation of Yoknapatawpha County
• Faulkner’s relation to European and American modernism (Joyce, Pound, Eliot, Woolf, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Stein, etc)
• Faulkner’s experiences in Paris (as documented in Thinking of Home)
• Faulkner’s literary influences of the time (Shakespeare, Keats, Melville, Conrad, etc)
• Faulkner as poet, essayist, short story writer, and/or artist
• Faulkner’s experiments with medieval and early modern literature and culture
• Faulkner’s foray into pulp fiction
• Faulkner’s literary relationships with Sherwood Anderson, Phil Stone, Ben Wasson, and others
The Network is particularly interested in papers from scholars which reflect the diversity of Faulkner Studies in terms of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and institutional affiliation. We aim to include a mix of participants from across the career spectrum (from postgraduate students to full professors). All are welcome to apply.
Abstract proposals of c. 300 words, along with a short biographical sketch, should be sent to the organiser, Dr Ahmed Honeini, at email@example.com by April 17th, 2020. Presenters will be notified of acceptance of their papers by April 24th, 2020.
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