Faulkner, the Twenties, and Modernism

Some presenters and attendees of the Faulkner, the Twenties, and Modernism colloquium: Frédérique Spill, Ahmed Honeini, Bernard Joy, James Stannard, Scotti Parrish, Astrid Maes, Jay Watson, Jacques Pothier, Randall Wilhelm, Pip Gordon, David A. Davis, Michał Choinski, Harriet Pollack, Julie-Beth Napolin, Autumn Frykholm Damann, Wallis Tinnie, Solveig Dunkel, Helen Turner, Mary-Kate Azcuy, and Laura Wilson.

Online (via Zoom), May 28th and 29th, 2020


Day One: May 28th

11:15-12:30 – Panel 1: Cosmo-Modernisms: Faulkner in the World

Dr Jacques Pothier (Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin en Yvelines), ‘When the Center Failed: Faulkner and the Mythical Method

Dr Helen Turner (Linnaeus University), ‘Odd Man Out: Faulkner, Travel and His American Contemporaries’

Chair: Francis Gene-Rowe (Royal Holloway, University of London)

12:30-13:15 – Lunch

13:15-14:30 – Panel 2: The Sound and Fury of Interpretation

Dr Temitope Abisoye Noah (University College London), ‘Nietzsche, Faulkner and Existential Theodicy’

Dr James Stannard (University of Essex), ‘Folk Modernism in The Sound and the Fury

James Wills (University of Warwick), ‘“April 7th 1928” and the Sound and Fury of Interpretation’

Chair: Heather Moss (University of Durham)

14:30-14:50 – Break

14:50-16:00 – Keynote Address

Professor Jay Watson (University of Mississippi), ‘Fossil-Fuel Faulkner: Energy, Modernity, and the US South’

Chair: Dr Ahmed Honeini (Royal Holloway, University of London)

16:00-16:20 – Break

16:20-17:35 – Panel 3: Faulkner’s Medieval Modern- Water, Words, and Women

Heather Moss (University of Durham), ‘Static Storytellers: Women and Time in Malory’s Le Morte Darthur and Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!

Dr Randall Wilhelm, (Anderson University), ‘Scrambling the Image-Text: Breaking Code in Faulkner’s Mayday

Dr Laura Wilson (University of Mississippi), ‘“She would quit whatever water battles”: Encountering Aqueous Echoes of The Sound and the Fury in Faulkner’s Marionettes, Mayday, and “Nympholepsy”’

Chair: Siân Round (University of Cambridge)

17:35 – End of Day One


Day Two: May 29th

11:15-12:30 – Panel 1: Viscerality and Feeling in Early Faulkner

Bernard Joy (University of Glasgow), ‘Two Solipsisms: Soldiers’ Pay and Sartoris as Typical Faulkner Novels of the 1920s’

Astrid Maes (University of Picardy Jules Verne), ‘Beyond “infatuation with words”: Unnaming Love in Faulkner’s Early Fiction’

Liza Tishchenko (University of Michigan), ‘“We got to go somewheres”: Navigating Space, Mediating Historical Narrativity in Soldiers’ Pay and The Sound and the Fury

Chair: Solveig Dunkel (University of Picardy Jules Verne)

12:30-13:15 – Lunch

13:15-15:15 – Panel 2: Of Time and Flesh: Romance, Death, and the Fantastic Faulknerian Gothic

Dr Michał Choinski (Jagiellonian University), ‘Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” as a Hyperbolic Drama of Time’

Solveig Dunkel (University of Picardy Jules Verne), ‘Dislocating Reality in “The Leg”’

Dr Ahmed Honeini (Royal Holloway, University of London), ‘Quentin, Caddy, and the Kingdom by the Sea: William Faulkner, Edgar Allan Poe, and Transgressive Desires’

Dr Mary Kate Azcuy (Monmouth University), ‘Hauntology and Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily”’

Chair: Dr Peter Lurie (University of Richmond)

15:15-15:30 – Break

15:30-16:40 – Keynote Address

Professor Frédérique Spill (University of Picardy Jules Verne), ‘On the way up “The Hill”: Faulkner’s poetic beginnings as a fiction writer’

Chair: Dr Ahmed Honeini (Royal Holloway, University of London)

16:40-17:00 – Break

17:00-18:15 – Panel 3: Making It New: Novel Readings of Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha County

Dr David A. Davis (Mercer University), ‘Faulkner’s War Stories’

Dr Pip Gordon (University of Wisconsin Platteville), ‘Faulkner’s Modernism as a Gay Sensibility’

Dr Julie Beth Napolin (The New School), ‘Unrecordable Sound: Media History and the Racial Unconscious in Faulkner and Grimké’

Chair: Dr James Stannard (University of Essex)

6:15-6:30 – Closing remarks/end of colloquium

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