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Faulkner and Hurston: A Conference
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10/23/2014 to 10/25/2014
When: 10/23/2014
Where: Southeast Missouri State University
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 
United States
Contact: Christopher Rieger

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This “Faulkner and Hurston” conference invites proposals for twenty-minute papers on any topic related to William Faulkner and/or Zora Neale Hurston. All critical approaches, including theoretical and pedagogical, are welcomed.  We are particularly interested in inter-textual approaches and papers treating such topics as race, gender, class, history, politics, religion, environment, myth, humor, and technique. Proposals for organized panels are also encouraged.

In addition to the paper sessions, the conference will include a keynote address by a noted scholar, a tour of the University’s renowned Brodsky Collection of Faulkner materials, and a literary-themed photography exhibition at the University’s River Campus.

Expanded versions of the papers will be considered for possible publication in a collection of essays to be published by Southeast Missouri State University Press.

E-mail a 250-word abstract by May 30, 2014, to:

Inquiries should be directed to Christopher Rieger at or (573) 651-2620.


Undergraduate students from any institution are encouraged to submit papers for this conference. These papers (15-20-minutes) may be on Faulkner, Hurston, or both. The authors of the top three undergraduate submissions will receive cash prizes respectively of $100, $75, and $50; a waiver of the conference registration fee; and an invitation to read the winning entries at the conference (winners must participate in the conference to qualify for the cash award). Contest submissions may be submitted by e-mail attachment (in Microsoft Word format) to and must be received by August 1, 2014. Undergraduate submissions not awarded cash prizes will be considered for inclusion among the presentations at the conference. NOTE: To be eligible for this contest, a student must be enrolled as an undergraduate during all or part of the 2014 calendar year.

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