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  • Amos J Wright
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      From: U.S. Southern Literature [mailto:H-SOUTHERN-LIT@...] On
      Behalf Of Martyn Bone
      Sent: Thursday, June 07, 2007 4:04 AM
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      Subject: CONF, CFP: "South or Souths? The American South and the shaping
      o f its singular or plural identity/ies"

      From: Jacques Pothier <jacques.pothier@...>

      Subject: CONF CFP: "South or Souths? The American South and the shaping
      of
      its singular or plural identity/ies"

      Date: 07-06-2007 09:49



      CFP: "South or Souths? The American South and the shaping of its
      singular or
      plural identity/ies"



      EAAS conference, Oslo, Norway, May 9-12, 2008

      <http://www.eaas.eu/events/oslo08.htm
      <http://www.eaas.eu/events/oslo08.htm>
      >

      Workshop #10 (Southern Studies Forum)



      Conventional wisdom long considered individualism a distinctive feature
      of
      southern identity. The vastness of the region identified as "the South",
      its
      geographic diversity and fragmentation supported this view, and the
      confederative model embraced by Southerners in 1861 seemed to confirm
      it. In
      the half century when the South developed an identity that flared into
      the
      secession of the Confederate States of America from the Union, the
      Southern
      States claimed that their idea of the nation involved a continuing
      regard
      for the individual identity of its component states -branching away from
      e
      pluribus unum into e pluribus plura (or plures)? The Constitution of the
      Confederacy seemed to reflect the tensions between an ideal respect for
      diversity and the need to build efficiency through some measure of
      coordination and homogeneity.



      Yet, historical records and literary sources as well seem to suggest
      that
      the individualism undoubtedly present in southern culture tends to be
      combined with a strong sense of belonging to a larger community - be it
      sub-regional, or regional. Diversity within the South, in its various
      dimensions--geographic, economic, social, racial, cultural--constitutes
      today a firm point of departure for scholarly investigation. However,
      the
      many interactions between the individual and the collective spheres in
      the
      shaping of (a) Southern identity(ies) need to be explored exhaustively.



      The papers eligible for presentation at this workshop will have to
      address
      one of the questions raised by the above description. For example:



      - The relationship between the cult of privacy and the
      cultivation
      of community values in southern culture.



      - Community values vs. social pressure



      - The role of geographic fragmentation in the shaping of
      southern
      individual and collective identities.



      - In what sense it is possible to speak of one South vs. many?



      - African-Americans, ethnic minorities, gender and Southern
      identity.



      - The New South (or new new South) vs. the old one-21st century
      literary identities dissenting (or not) from twentieth century (or
      earlier)
      traditions.



      Please send proposals by Aug. 31 to both Susanna Delfino
      <susanna.delfino@...> & Jacques Pothier
      <jacques.pothier@...> Thank you. This CFP is posted at
      http://www.sudam.uvsq.fr/Oslo2008-WK10-SSF_CFP1.htm
      <http://www.sudam.uvsq.fr/Oslo2008-WK10-SSF_CFP1.htm>



      Jacques Pothier



      Jacques.Pothier@...

      Universite de Versailles St Quentin

      Laboratoire "Suds d'Ameriques"

      47, bd Vauban, F-78047 Guyancourt Cedex http://www.sudam.uvsq.fr/
      <http://www.sudam.uvsq.fr/>
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