- American Literature Conference
- "A Reconsideration of the Work of Caroline Gordon"
- Deadline: November 18, 2000
I would like to propose a panel on Caroline Gordon for the 2001 American
Literature Conference in Boston, with a special (though not exclusive)
emphasis on her short fiction. Particular topics to consider might include:
* Gordon's work (both her fiction and her critical writings) in relationship
to the work of Allen Tate and the other Fugitive Poets
* Gordon in comparison to some of her better known female contemporaries
(Welty, O'Connor, McCullers, etc.)
* Gordon's revision/endorsement of the trope of the "Southern woman"
* Gordon's vision of the South and/or the Southern nation
* Gordon and theory
* Representations of violence in Gordon's works
* Representations of the body in Gordon's works
Clearly other topics are possible. I would be especially interested in
essays that position Gordon's work historically, though all approaches are
Please submit a 250-500 word abstract by November 18 to:
Dr. David Russell
Penn State York
1031 Edgecomb Ave.
York, PA 17403
E-mail submissions are welcome as well (preferably in a Word format) at:
If selected, participants will be asked to submit a final draft of the
paper and a short biographical sketch by early May 2001.
Please direct all inquiries to the above e-mail address.