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The 1997 Faulkner and
Yoknapatawpha Conference

"Faulkner at 100: Retrospect and Prospect"
July 27-August 1, 1997

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 Distillery, Yoknapatawpha 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 Faulkner.

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.

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