Call for Papers
Faulkner lived and wrote at a time when models of normative and deviant
identity were increasingly racialized, even as models of racial identity
were increasingly biologized. This is one among many reasons why whiteness
in Faulkner--and the whiteness of Faulkner--deserve our critical attention.
Topics could include, but are by no means limited to, the following:
• perspectives on white masculinity and femininity; the role played by whiteness in delineating gender identity and vice versa
• intersections between Faulkner’s writings and contemporaneous discourses of whiteness, including eugenics, nativism, nationalism, colonialism, and Jim Crow
• new approaches to poor-white characterization in Faulkner: individuals, families, communities
• analyses of the material practices and privileges that confer whiteness in (or on) Faulkner
• how whiteness is interpreted, enforced, awarded, or withheld in or by Faulkner
• performances of whiteness that destabilize the color line
• comparisons between Faulkner’s works and other significant literary explorations of whiteness
• the whiteness of Faulkner himself, as performed (or misperformed) by the author and/or constructed by the academy
• materialist, postcolonial, psychoanalytic, historicist, gender studies, performance studies, or critical race studies perspectives on whiteness as identity and/or ideology in Faulkner
• relations between whiteness and modernism; the whiteness of Faulkner’s modernism
• the economics, politics, ethics, poetics, psychology, spirituality, geography, or “queerness” of “trash” in Faulkner’s work
• “primal scenes” of whiteness in Faulkner’s novels and stories
• the retreat of blackness/hegemony of whiteness in late Faulkner
Deadline for submission is September 24, 2005 (Faulkner’s birthday).
Direct inquiries to Jay Watson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please follow submission guidelines in the current issue of The Faulkner