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faulkner & morrison conference

Welcome to the Web site for "Faulkner and Morrison," a conference sponsored by the Center for Faulkner Studies at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Mo., to be held Oct. 28-30, 2010.

Call for Papers
Faulkner and Morrison
A Conference Sponsored by the Center for Faulkner Studies
Southeast Missouri State University
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
October 28-30, 2010

This “Faulkner and Morrison” conference invites proposals for twenty-minute papers on any topic related to William Faulkner and/or Toni Morrison.  All critical approaches, including theoretical and pedagogical, are welcomed.  We are particularly interested in inter-textual approaches and papers treating such topics as race, gender, class, history, humor, and technique.  Proposals for organized panels are also encouraged.

In addition to the paper sessions, the conference will include a keynote address by John N. Duvall, Professor of English at Purdue University and Editor of MFS Modern Fiction Studies, a dramatic presentation based on the works of Faulkner and Morrison, exhibits from the University’s Faulkner and Morrison collections, and a guided tour of the historical downtown Cape Girardeau and riverfront.

Expanded versions of the papers will be considered for possible publication in a collection of essays. Southeast Missouri State University Press has expressed an interest in such a collection.

E-mail a 250-word abstract by May 31, 2010, to:

Inquiries should be directed to Robert Hamblin at or (573) 651-2628, or Christopher Rieger at or (573) 651-2620.


Undergraduate students from any institution are encouraged to submit papers for this conference.  These papers (15-20-minutes) may be on Faulkner, Morrison, or both.  The authors of the top three undergraduate submissions will receive cash prizes respectively of $100, $75, and $50; a waiver of the conference registration fee; and an invitation to read the winning entries at the conference (winners must participate in the conference to qualify for the cash award).  Contest submissions may be submitted by e-mail attachment (in Microsoft Word format) to and must be received by August 1, 2010.  Undergraduate submissions not awarded cash prizes will be considered for inclusion among the presentations at the conference.   NOTE: To be eligible for this contest, a student must be enrolled as an undergraduate during all or part of the 2010 calendar year.


(573) 651-2620
Kent Library 406
Center for Faulkner Studies
One University Plaza, MS 4600
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701