Call for Papers
The concept of ecology has come to have a dual focus, referring to the systems of relations that exist both in the natural world and the constructed world. These systems, one pertaining to the relationships between natural organisms and their physical environments, the other with human groups and their social, as well as physical, environments, are increasingly regarded as interdependent. As Lawrence Buell has recently put it, one of the major tasks of ecocriticism "is to put 'green' and 'brown' landscapes, the landscapes of exurbia and industrialization, in conversation with each other."
One of the aims of the 2003 conference is
to explore that "conversation" as it exists in Faulkner's fiction.
Throughout his career Faulkner was attentive to the dynamics of specific
human groupings--ranging from the communities of Jefferson and Frenchman's
Bend and the distinct African-American and Native-American groups within and
without those communities, to the complex family structures of Sartoris,
Compson, Bundren, and
Some of the questions that might be
addressed: How does Faulkner's fiction develop and change in its depiction
of the ecological situation? Do ecological issues become moral and
We are inviting both 50-minute plenary addresses and 15 minute conference papers for this conference. Plenary papers consist of approximately 6,000 words and will be published by the University Press of Mississippi. Conference papers consist of approximately 2,500 words and will be delivered at panel sessions.
For plenary papers the 14th edition of the
University of Chicago Manual of Style should be used as a guide in preparing
manuscripts. Three copies of manuscripts must be submitted by January 15,
2003. Notification of selection will be made by March 1, 2003. Authors whose
papers are selected for presentation at the conference and publication will
receive 1) a waiver of the conference registration fee, 2) lodging at the
For short papers, three copies of two-page abstracts must be submitted by January 15, 2003. Notification will be made by March 1, 2003. Authors whose papers are selected for panel presentation will receive a waiver of the $200 conference registration fee. In addition to commercial lodging, inexpensive dormitory rooms are available. Panel papers may be submitted to Journal x for possible publication.
All manuscripts and inquiries should be addressed to:
Manuscripts should only be sent by conventional mail, not e-mail or fax.