2020 Conference Program

Could anything be more uncontroversial than to identify William Faulkner as a modernist writer? And yet—in a contemporary moment characterized by the renewal, expansion, diversification, and general flourishing of modernist studies scholarship, we can no longer take for granted what that modernism was, is, or might have been, or in what it might have inhered. Where was Faulkner’s modernism— amidst what competing or nested geographies  of  modernity  should we locate it?   When was that modernism—how should we periodize  it?  Which literary, artistic, or intellectual contemporaries, precursors, or successors best illuminate what Faulkner’s modernism was and wasn’t? And what new approaches to modernist aesthetics might be generated by taking Faulkner as Exhibit A? The forty-seventh annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference will take up the venerable but also excitingly new question of Faulkner’s literary and other modernisms. In addition to five keynote lectures, the conference program will include panel presentations, guided daylong tours of North Mississippi and the Delta, and sessions on “Teaching Faulkner” led by James B. Carothers (University of Kansas), Terrell L. Tebbetts (Lyon College), Brian McDonald (Lancaster, Pennsylvania School District), and Theresa M. Towner (University of Texas at Dallas).

The conference will begin on Sunday, July 19, with a reception at the University Museum, after which the academic program of the conference will open with a keynote address and the program’s first scholarly panel, followed by a buffet supper on the grounds of Faulkner’s home, Rowan Oak. Over the next four days, a busy schedule of lectures and panels will also make room for an afternoon cocktail reception, a picnic served at Rowan Oak, the guided tours, and a closing party on Thursday afternoon, July 23. This year the conference is proud to host the official launch of Digital Yoknapatawpha, an extensive database and visualization project that has been under development at the University of Virginia since 2011. Throughout the conference, the University’s J. D. Williams Library will display Faulkner books, manuscripts, photographs, and memorabilia. The University Press of Mississippi will exhibit Faulkner books published by university presses throughout the United States, and there will be a display, with books for sale, by Faulkner collector Seth Berner, who will also give a brown bag lunch presentation on “Collecting Faulkner.”


The 26th Annual Southern Writers, Southern Writing Graduate Conference is set for July 16-18, 2020,  at the University of Mississippi. Both critical and creative submissions will be accepted, dealing with all aspects of southern culture. Submissions to the conference are not limited to literary studies—we are interested in all disciplinary approaches. Deadline for submissions is Sunday April 1, 2020.  Email swswgradconference@gmail.com for more information.

2020 Keynote Speakers

Patricia E. Chu is lecturer in English at Harvard University and temporary assistant professor of English at Framingham State University.  She is the author of Race, Nationalism, and the State in British and American Modernism (2007) and several articles on twentieth-century and contemporary literature and art, including “William Faulkner and Biopolitics” (from The New Cambridge Companion to William Faulkner [2015]), “Dog and Dinosaur: The Modern Animal Story” (2007), and most recently, “Sea Urchins and Circuses: The Modernist Natural Histories of Jean Painlevé and Alexander Calder” (2018).

Leigh Anne Duck is associate professor of English at the University of Mississippi, where she also serves as editor of The Global South. Duck is author of The Nation’s Region: Southern Modernism, Segregation, and US Nationalism (2006) and over two dozen essays and chapters in publications including American Literary History, Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies’, CR: New Centennial Review, William Faulkner in Context, Global Faulkner, Faulkner in the Twenty-First Century, Keywords for Southern Studies, and American Cinema and the Southern Imaginary.

Susan Stanford Friedman is Hilldale Professor of English and Virginia Woolf Professor of English and Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin.  An international authority on modernism and in gender studies, she is author of Psyche Reborn: The Emergence of H.D. (1981), a Choice Outstanding Academic Books award winner; Penelope’s Web: Gender, Modernity, H.D.’s Fiction (1990); Mappings: Feminism and the Cultural Geographies of Encounter, winner of the Perkins Prize for Best Book in Narrative Studies for 1998; Planetary Modernisms: Provocations on Modernity Across Time (2015); and most recently Contemporary Revolutions: Turning Back to the Future in Twenty-first Century Literature and Art.  She is also editor or coeditor of four books, and author of over eighty articles across the fields of twentieth-century world literature and film.

Sarah Gleeson-White is associate professor of English at the University of Sydney.  A veteran of the 2015 conference on “Faulkner and Print Culture” and last summer’s “Faulkner’s Families” conference, she is author of Strange Bodies: Gender and Identity in the Novels of Carson McCullers (2003) and editor of William Faulkner at Twentieth-Century Fox: The Annotated Screenplays (2017).  Her forthcoming books include a monograph, Literature in Motion: Film and the Formation of American Literature, 1890s–1930s (2022) and a coedited collection, New Faulkner Studies (2021).

Julian Murphet is Jury Chair of English Language and Literature at Adelaide University.  Murphet is author of Literature and Race in Los Angeles (2001), Bret Easton Ellis’s “American Psycho” (2002), Narrative and Media (coauthored with Helen Fulton, Rosemary Huisman, and Anne Dunn, 2005), Multimedia Modernism: Literature and the Anglo-American Avant-Garde (2009), Todd Solondz (2019), and most pertinent to this summer’s conference, Faulkner’s Media Romance (2017).  He is also editor or coeditor of ten scholarly collections, including Faulkner in the Media Ecology (2015), a volume of proceedings from an international conference of the same name that he organized at the University of New South Wales in 2011.

Additional speakers and panelists will be selected from the “Call for Papers” competition.

2020 Registration Information

The registration fee for the conference is $150 for students and $300 for other participants. The fee includes admission to all program events, a buffet supper on Sunday, lunches on Monday and Tuesday, a reception on Tuesday, a picnic at Rowan Oak on Wednesday, conference session refreshments, and a closing reception on Thursday. The fee does not cover lodging, the optional guided tours of Faulkner Country, and meals, except for those aforementioned.

Please note that conference registration is now online. See instructions below.

We hope that you will find the online registration process to be easy and convenient. Annual commemorative posters and T-shirts can now be pre-ordered online as well. We understand that this is still a change from the past registration procedures. Should you have any questions or encounter any issues during the registration process just give us a call and we will be glad to assist. Contact Mary Leach at 662-915-7847 or Griffin Stroupe at 662-915-3121.


  • Please have your credit card available when you begin the registration process. You will pay at the end of the registration process.
  • We only accept Visa and MasterCard credit card payments
  • Only one participant can register at a time.
  • If you do not want to pay at this time, you can choose the “Bill Me Later” option and you will receive electronically a bill for your registration.
  • Commemorative posters and T-shirts can be ordered separately or as an add-on to your registration.


TO PAY BY CREDIT CARD: The University of Mississippi only accepts MasterCard and Visa. (American Express, Discover, etc. are not accepted.) Please have your card in hand. If the system is idle for periods of time, it will time you out for security purposes and you will have to begin the registration process again.

TO PAY BY CHECK, MONEY ORDER OR OTHER FORM OF PAYMENT: Choose the “Bill Me Later” option in the billing section. You will receive an invoice via email from our billing department.

Student Group Discount Package. A special package is available for five or more students who attend the conference as a group. The package includes a reduced conference registration fee of $100 for all student members; the designated group leader will receive a complimentary registration. Accommodations, travel, and meals (other than those covered by the conference registration fee) are the responsibility of the individual. To initiate a group registration, please contact Mary Leach, mleach@olemiss.edu, or 662-915-7847.

A limited number of waivers of the registration fee are available for graduate students who are not presenting work at the conference but are interested in attending. Contact Jay Watson at jwatson@olemiss.edu for details.

Refunds: A refund will be made, less a $20 service charge per registration, for conference registrants who cancel their plans no later than July 9. No refunds will be made after that date. To initiate a cancellation request, please contact Mary Leach, mleach@olemiss.edu, or 662-915-7847.

Registration Instructions

  1. Click the blue box labeled “Register Now” to begin the registration process.
    NOTE: (This was previously the link to download the paper registration form. Paper registrations are no longer available. All registrants must register through this online process.)
  2. Click the title “Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference”
  3. Select registration type (Standard, 1-Day, Student) and click “Add to Cart”.
    NOTE: If you are a speaker or other reduced cost participant and have been given a “Promo Code” you will have an opportunity to enter your code later in the registration process prior to payment.
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Accommodating Special Needs

If you require assistance relating to a disability or have special dietary requirements, please contact Mary Leach, (662) 915-7847 or email at mleach@olemiss.edu prior to the conference.

Lodging and Transportation

On-campus lodging is available at the Inn at Ole Miss, which offers special conference rates. Lodging in and near Oxford is available at motels and other facilities. Conference participants should make their own reservations. Phone numbers are listed below.

Conference participants should make their own reservations.

The Barnloft at Willowdale Farm: (662) 801-8600
Blue Creek Cabin: (662) 238-2897
Castlehill Resort: (662) 234-3735
Chancellor’s House: (662) 371-1400
The Nests Bed and Breakfast: (662) 239-7733
Farmstead on Woodson Ridge: (662) 701-7748
The Graduate: (662) 234-3031
Hampton Inn Conference Center: (662) 234-5565
Hampton Inn West: (662) 232-2442
Holiday Inn Express: (662) 236-2500
Home2Suites: (662) 238-3400
Inn at Ole Miss: (662) 234-2331
Little Q Ranch: (662) 801-5764
Marriott Courtyard: (662) 638-6014
Marriott TownePlace Suites: (662) 238-3522
Oak Hill Stables: (662) 234-8488
Quality Inn and Suites: (662) 234-6000
The Ravine Bed and Breakfast: (662) 234-4555
Super 8 Motel: (662) 234-7013
Wall Doxey State Park: (662) 252-4231
The Z Bed and Breakfast: (832) 259-0088

Housing in University of Mississippi Contemporary Halls is also available. These residence halls feature in-room bathrooms as well as amenities such as community kitchens, lounges, and study rooms. Rates are as follows:

  • Single: $55/night with linens provided
  • Double: $45/night with linens provided

Reservations should be submitted to Mary Leach via e-mail at mleach@olemiss.edu or by calling 662-915-7847. Dormitory reservations are required by June 18 to ensure rooms.

Those who plan to fly to the conference should book their flights to and from Memphis (Tennessee) International Airport (MEM). From Thursday, July 16, to Sunday, July 26, the Division of Outreach offers a shuttle service for conference participants who arrive at the Memphis International Airport (approximately 75 miles or 1 hour and 15 minutes’ drive). The cost of the shuttle is $135 round trip or $85 one way. Shuttle reservations must be made and paid for in advance.

If you would like to use the Division of Outreach shuttle service, please fill out our online shuttle reservation form, which you can find through the Outreach Department website (http://www.outreach.olemiss.edu/conferencecenter/airport_shuttles.html). Please fill this form out no later than noon on July 10, 2020, in order to make your reservation.

The information you will need to complete the online form is:

  • Subject line: Faulkner Conference
  • Name of Passenger(s)
  • Flight Date(s)
  • Flight Number(s)
  • Flight Arrival/Departure Time(s)
  • Passenger’s Cell Phone #
  • Passenger’s e-mail
  • Location at which to be Dropped Off or Picked Up in Oxford

If you have any questions, please contact the Transportation Coordinator in the Division of Outreach and Continuing Education, via email at shuttle@olemiss.edu. Shuttles will be confirmed via email by Wednesday, July 15, 2020. Please meet your shuttle driver outside of Baggage Claim, Area B doors.

Memphis Shuttle Departures
*(Shuttle leaves the airport at these times.)
10:00 a.m. • 2:00 p.m. • 6:00 p.m.

Oxford Shuttle Departures
**(Shuttle leaves the Inn at Ole Miss at these times.)
8:00 a.m. • Noon  • 4:00 p.m.

*Schedule your flight arrival 30–40 minutes (or more) before these shuttle departure times from Memphis.
**Schedule your flight departure 3 hours (or more) after these shuttle departure times from Oxford.
***Should your arriving flight be delayed, please call a member of the transportation team at 662-915-5132 during normal business hours (8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) or 662-816-7165 after 5:00 p.m. or on the weekend. If necessary leave a voice mail message with your name and new arrival time. If you are unable to meet the next shuttle(s) you will be required to stay over in Memphis and take the 10:00 a.m. shuttle the next day or rent a car.
**** All unfilled shuttles will be canceled on July 10, after 12:00 p.m. CST/CDT

2020 Schedule and Details

All registrants, whether they are teachers or not, are welcome at these sessions.

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE (Location and Time Correction – please note)
 Conference registration opens Sunday, July 19, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. at the David H. Nutt Auditorium. A reception at the University Museum is set for 1:00 p.m., followed by the first keynote speaker at 2:30. The conference will conclude with the closing party scheduled for the afternoon of Thursday, July 23. A detailed program will be provided with the conference registration packet.


  • A registration discount is offered for student groups of five or more attending the conference.
  • The student or student group leader should contact Mary Leach at 662-915-7847 or mleach@olemiss.edu to register.

OPTIONAL TOURS: Thursday, July 23
You will be given an opportunity to spend a day touring one of the areas listed below. All tours depart from Oxford at 9:00 a.m. and return around 3:30 p.m. except where noted. The tours are optional and are available for an additional fee of $110, which includes lunch.

  • African American Heritage Tour of Lafayette County:  Faulkner famously said, “to understand the world, you must first understand a place like Mississippi.” In Mississippi, the state with the largest Black population in the U.S, the presence and impact of African Americans on the culture and history of the Hill Country region has often been marginalized or misrepresented. Faulkner’s writings are flush with representations of personalities and places in Lafayette County’s Black communities. Come and discover the African American context for Faulkner’s literature and the black history hidden in plain sight. Learn more about the Boles, the Barrs, Freedmentown and much more.
  • Oxford/Lafayette County: This tour, led by Jay Watson, moves throughout Oxford/Jefferson and Lafayette/Yoknapatawpha County to visit a number of homes, buildings, and other sites associated with Faulkner’s life and writings. Some walking is required.
  • New Albany and Ripley: The Falkners came to Oxford from Ripley and New Albany. The tour travels to the New Albany Museum and then on to the Ripley City Library, where participants will hear about the Ripley/Faulkner background. The tour will go to the Ripley cemetery, where Faulkner’s great-grandfather, “The Old Colonel” and model for John Sartoris, is buried beside his impressive statue.
  • The Mississippi Delta: This tour, led by Scott Barretta, consists of a circuitous drive to Clarksdale by way of Charleston, Sumner, and Tutwiler. The tour focuses not only on the hunting camps of Faulkner’s fiction but also on the music of the Delta, the Mississippi blues. The Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale is the centerpiece of our visit there. After lunch, we wind our way back to Oxford and usually return between 4:30 and 5:00 p.m.

Flat copies of Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference posters  with illustrations by Glennray Tutor (1989, 1990, 1993, 2017), John McCrady (2003, 2005), and William Faulkner (2007) and with photographs by Martin Dain (1996, 2009), Jack Cofield (1997, 2000), Bern Keating (1998, 2014), William Odiorne (1990), Budd Studios (2002), Phyllis Cerf (2008), Alfred Eris (2010), Henri Cartier-Bresson (2011), and from the Cofield Collection (2001, 2019), the Memphis Commercial Appeal (2006), and the Library of Congress (2018), are available for $5 each (or 3 for $10) plus shipping and handling.  Contact Mary Leach at (662) 915-7847 to purchase a poster.

The 2020 Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference poster is produced through the generous support of the City of Oxford and the Oxford Partnerships Program of Visit Oxford.

For tourist information, contact:

Oxford Visitors Center

Oxford Visitors Center
1013 Jackson Avenue East • Oxford, Mississippi 38655
Telephone 800-758-9177 • Fax 662-513-6104
Email tourism@visitoxfordms.com


Contact Information

For more information concerning the conference, contact:
Division of Outreach and Continuing Education
Office of Professional Development and Lifelong Learning
P.O. Box 1848 • The University of Mississippi
University, MS 38677
Telephone 662-915-7283
Fax 662-915-5138


About Outreach

The mission of the Division of Outreach and Continuing Education is to serve the University and the community by facilitating and providing high-quality learning experiences.

The Division values integrity, quality, and efficiency in the creation and implementation of innovative educational strategies to engage minds, to transform lives, and to serve others. We seek to inspire change and growth by building relationships and working collaboratively with University students, faculty, staff, alumni, and partners from the region, state, nation, and beyond.

Contact Outreach

(662) 915-7283

Fax: (662) 915-5138

Outreach Staff