The 1997 Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference will celebrate the centennial
of Faulkner’s birth — Faulkner at 100: Retrospect and Prospect —
through six days of lectures and panel discussions by literary scholars and
creative writers. Among the program events will be an exhibition at the
University Museums: Faulkner’s World: The Photographs of Martin J. Dain,
a slide presentation by J. M. Faulkner and Meg Faulkner DuChaine, and sessions
on "Teaching Faulkner." Exhibitions and films related to Faulkner’s
life and work will be available for viewing during the week. Also, the
University Press of Mississippi will exhibit Faulkner books published by
university presses throughout the United States.
The conference will begin on July 27 with a reception at the University
Museums for the opening of the Dain photographs exhibition. There will be
dramatic and musical presentations based on Faulkner’s work. These will be
followed by the announcement of the winners of the eighth annual Faux
Faulkner Contest. Coordinated by the author's niece, Dean Faulkner Wells,
the contest is sponsored by Jack Daniels
Press and its Faulkner Newsletter, and the University
of Mississippi. Other events on Sunday will include a buffet supper served
at the home of Dr. and Mrs. M. B. Howorth Jr. Tours of north Mississippi are
scheduled for Tuesday, and a picnic will be served at Faulkner’s home, Rowan
Oak, on Wednesday. The conference will end with a reception on Friday evening
at Faulkner’s childhood home, now owned by Betty Jane Gary.
The conference is sponsored by the University of Mississippi Department
of English and the Center for the
Study of Southern Culture (CSSC) and is coordinated by the Center for
Public Service and Continuing Studies. Using a credit card you can register
online for the conference at the CSSC's Faulkner
conference web page.
André Bleikasten, University of Strasbourg; author of Faulkner’s
"As I Lay Dying," The Most Splendid Failure: Faulkner’s "The
Sound and the Fury," and The Ink of Melancholy.
Thadious M. Davis, Vanderbilt University; author of Faulkner’s
"Negro": Art and the Southern Context and Nella Larsen:
Novelist of the Harlem Renaissance.
General Joseph L. Fant, coeditor of Faulkner at West Point.
Doreen Fowler, University of Kansas; author of Faulkner’s
Changing Vision: From Outrage to Affirmation and Faulkner: The Return
of the Repressed (forthcoming).
Lothar Hönnighausen, University of Bonn; author of William
Faulkner: The Art of Stylization and Masks and Metaphors (forthcoming);
editor of Faulkner’s Discourse: An International Symposium.
Arthur Kinney, University of Massachusetts; author of Faulkner’s
Narrative Poetics: Style as Vision and "Go Down, Moses": The
Miscegenation of Time; coeditor of Approaches to Teaching Faulkner’s
"The Sound and the Fury."
John T. Matthews, Boston University; author of The Play of
Faulkner’s Language and "The Sound and the Fury": Faulkner
and the Lost Cause.
Michael Millgate, Emeritus, University of Toronto; author of The
Achievement of William Faulkner, Thomas Hardy: His Career as a Novelist,
and Thomas Hardy: A Biography.
David Minter, Rice University; author of William Faulkner: His
Life and Work and A Cultural History of the American Novel: Henry James
to William Faulkner; associate editor of The Columbia Literary History
of the United States.
Albert Murray, author of The Omni-Americans: New Perspectives on
Black Experience and American Culture, The Hero and the Blues, Train Whistle
Guitar, Stomping the Blues, The Spyglass Tree, and The Seven-League
Boots: A Novel.
Noel Polk, University of Southern Mississippi; author of Faulkner’s
"Requiem for a Nun": A Critical Study, Eudora Welty: A Bibliography
of Her Work, and Children of the Dark House: Text and Context in
Carolyn Porter, University of California at Berkeley; author of
Seeing and Being: The Plight of the Participant Observer in Emerson, James,
Adams, and Faulkner.
Judith L. Sensibar, Arizona State University; author of The
Origins of Faulkner’s Art; editor of Faulkner’s Poetry: A
Bibliographical Guide to Texts and Criticism.
Warwick Wadlington, University of Texas; author of The Confidence
Game in American Literature, Reading Faulknerian Tragedy, and "As
I Lay Dying": Stories Out of Stories.
Judith Wittenberg, Simmons College; author of Faulkner: The
Transfiguration of Biography.
For more information about past Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha conferences and the
published proceedings, check out the general Faulkner
conference page at this site.