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Meeting Place

The conference will be held in the University Center (on Normal Avenue) on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. Paper sessions will meet in the Missouriana Room, Indian Room, the Board Room (all on the third floor), and Room 205 (on the second floor). The Banquet and Keynote Address will be held in the Ballroom (on the third floor).


The conference banquet is scheduled for 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 2, with a buffet dinner followed by the keynote address. Tickets to the banquet are $15, and paid reservations must be received by Sept. 1.

Keynote Address: "Storm Stories: Chopin and Faulkner in New Orleans"

Photo of Barbara C. Ewell.

The keynote speaker will be Barbara C. Ewell, Dorothy Harrell Brown Professor of English at Loyola University New Orleans. Professor Ewell is the author of a critical study of Chopin and numerous articles on Chopin, Faulkner, and other Southern writers.

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This conference will feature scholarly presentations on a variety of topics related to William Faulkner and/or Kate Chopin. Topics will include Faulkner's and Chopin's narrative techniques as well as their treatments of race, gender, class, family, the South, New Orleans, and the role of the artist. There will also be papers on Faulkner and Chopin in the classroom. Sessions are scheduled for all day Friday (beginning at 8:30), and Saturday morning.

Faulkner/Chopin Exhibits

Books, manuscripts, and other memorabilia from Southeast Missouri State University's Louis Daniel Brodsky Collection of William Faulkner materials will be on exhibit throughout the conference. Also available for viewing (arranged by Kathleen Nigro of the University of Missouri--St. Louis) will be Kate Chopin materials from the Missouri Historical Society library archives and the Chopin collection at Maryville University. Both exhibits will be mounted in the Rare Book Room of Kent Library, next door to the University Center. Louis Daniel Brodsky, the Curator of the Brodsky Collection; Dr. Lisa Speer, Head of Kent Library's Special Collections; and Dr. Nigro, Assistant Director of the Institute for Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Missouri--St. Louis, will host a special showing of the exhibits from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Friday, October 3. A reception for conference registrants will accompany that event.

"A Salon with Kate Chopin and William Faulkner"

7 p.m., Friday, October 3, University Center Ballroom
(public invited, free admission)

A readers' theater presentation based on the writings of Faulkner and Chopin. Scripted and directed by Roseanna Whitlow.

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Historical Tour

On Saturday afternoon, Oct. 4, from 1:30 to 3:30, Dr. Frank Nickell, director of Southeast Missouri State University’s Center for Regional History, will conduct a bus tour of the Mississippi River riverfront and other historic sites in and around Cape Girardeau. Seating is limited, so please register in advance. Cost is $12 per person. (For those not taking the historical tour, the conference will conclude at noon on Saturday.)


Kent Library 406
Center for Faulkner Studies
One University Plaza, MS 4600
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701