Announcements

SSSL 2018 Biennial Conference

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American Literature Association

SSSL will sponsor two panels at the upcoming American Literature Association Conference in May. These have been curated by our ALA liaison, Todd Hagstette (University of South Carolina, Aiken)

American Literature Association
27th Annual Conference
May 26-29, 2016
Hyatt Regency San Francisco
5 Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA

Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman: Responses and Assessments
Organized by the Society for the Study of Southern Literature

Chair: Lesa Carnes Shaul, University of West Alabama

1. “From Watchman to Mockingbird — The Narrowing of Possibilities,” Sam McGuire Worley, Arkansas Tech University
2. “Reading the Palimpsest of Go Set a Watchman and To Kill a Mockingbird,” James B. Kelley, Mississippi State University—Meridian
3. “’What Will the Folks Back Home Say?’: Local and National Responses to the Publication of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman,” Lesa Carnes Shaul, University of West Alabama

Regional and Global Southern Visions
Organized by the Society for the Study of Southern Literature

Chair: Andrea Dimino, New College of Florida

1. “Deeply Unsettled: Robert Penn Warren’s Flood and the Regional Designs of the TVA,” Ted Atkinson. Mississippi State University
2. “Moments of Revelation: Achieving Global Vision in Lila Quintero Weaver’s Darkroom,” Andrea Dimino, New College of Florida
3. “Rebel Yells and Restless Spirits: Literary Resistance via the Grotesque, Magic Realism, and Carnival in Pan-America,” Crystal Spears, Gannon University

SSSL Panels at MLA 2017

Straddling the Dividing Line: Reconsidering the Civil War
In Quentin Tarantino’s neo-Western, The Hateful Eight (2015), a British hangman [Tim Roth] settles a dispute between Union and Confederate veterans stranded together in a remote tavern during a Wyoming blizzard by drawing a line down the middle of the room: one side is the South and the other is the North. The ploy fails, as regional schema often do. For all of the insistence on boundaries, the movie and its characters find themselves straddling the dividing line.

This MLA session commits itself to new readings of the Civil War that dwell on the negotiations and paradoxes that emerge when we straddle the dividing lines of periods, regions, and disciplines. We are interested in contemporary representations such as the neo-Southern approach of Quentin Tarantino, but also in fresh perspectives on nineteenth-century cultural workers as various as William Gilmore Simms and Matthew Brady. To include a broad range of perspectives on the Civil War, we plan a roundtable with 6 -8 scholars offering 5-7 minute presentations.

By March 15, 2016 please submit 250-word abstracts along with A/V requirements and a 2-page CV to Katie Burnett, Fisk University (kburnett@fisk.edu); Jennie Lightweis-Goff, Tulane University (jlightwe@tulane.edu); and Monica Miller, Georgia Tech (monica.miller@lmc.gatech.edu). All panel participants must be MLA members before April 1, 2016.

The Fantastic South
More than a decade ago, science fiction author and physicist Gregory Benford pointed out in his essay, “The South and Science Fiction” (2000), that the U.S. South very rarely appears in discussions of the genre. For a region that is so often characterized by its fixation on the past, looking to the future or alternative worlds seems counterintuitive. This panel aims to take up this gauntlet and feature work that engages with the U.S. South in science fiction, fantasy, and all forms of speculative fiction. Papers could consider speculative fiction by southern authors, texts that represent the South and conceptions of southern identity, or explore how the genre allows for a more complicated redefinition of regional, national, or interplanetary boundaries. To include a broad range of perspectives, we plan a roundtable with 6 -8 scholars offering 5-7 minute presentations.

By March 15, 2016 please submit 250-word abstracts along with A/V requirements and a 2-page CV to Katie Burnett, Fisk University (kburnett@fisk.edu) and Monica Miller, Georgia Tech (monica.miller@lmc.gatech.edu). All panel participants must be MLA members before April 1, 2016.