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Call for Papers    



Place, Grace and Race in Southern Literature
Deadline: November 1, 2003

SSSL Conference in Chapel Hill, N.C.
March 26-28, 2004

Papers welcome on any one of these three pivotal subjects in southern
literature, past and present. Investigations of the intersections of two
or three of these subjects are especially solicited. Place should be
understood to include a specific locality or region, whether southern or
non-southern, or an imagined variant of a locality or region. Grace may be
interpreted in a specifically religious or spiritual sense, or in a more
metaphorical fashion. Race may pertain to peoples typically identified by
color or national heritage (African Americans, European Americans, Native
Americans, Asian Americans, etc.) or to peoples identified typically by
ethnicity (Cajun, Creole, Jew, Irish, etc.) or both.  

Sample issues to explore at the conference: redefining place, grace, or
race in the work of southern writers; the intersections of locality and
racial and/or ethnic identities in southern literature; similarities or
differences in the portrayal of grace in writing about place or race in
southern literature; portrayals of regional identities in accordance with
racial or ethnic identities, or vice versa; changing ideas of grace in
southern literature as a function of changing ideas about race, or vice
versa; how an ethnic writer or writers at any juncture of southern
literary history have affected the sense of place in southern writing, past
or present; the advantages and/or disadvantages of reading a particular
southern writer or group of writers in terms of place, grace, or race.

In addition to papers or panels discussing literature, we welcome
proposals, for papers or panels, that deal with film, music, and other
media, consistent with the topic of the conference.  

Proposals for papers should be no more than 250 words in length. Proposals
for panels or sessions should include the names of all participants and an
abstract of no more than 250 words of each of the papers proposed for the
panel or session. The deadline for submissions is November 1st, 2003.  

Submit proposals to Scott Romine, Chair of the SSSL Program Committee,
either electronically, or in hard copy in care of the
Department of English, UNC-Greensboro, 133 McIver Bldg., Greensboro, NC