2019 Conference Program

If it seems almost outrageous to suggest that one of the twentieth century’s most important literary cartographers of the private recesses of consciousness is also among its great novelists of family, William Faulkner nonetheless fits the bill on both counts. Family played an outsized role in both his life and his writings, often in deeply problematic ways. A key organizational and scalar unit of his creative work, family surfaces across his oeuvre in a dazzling range of distorted, distended, defamiliarized, demystified, and transgressive forms, while on other occasions it is a crucible for crushing forces of conformity, convention, and tradition. The forty-sixth annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha conference will examine Faulkner’s many families—actual and imagined—as especially revealing windows onto his work and his world. 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; Charles Peek, University of Nebraska at Kearney; and Theresa M. Towner, University of Texas at Dallas.

The conference will begin on Sunday, July 21, 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 25. 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.” In addition, collaborators on the Digital Yoknapatawpha Project, a database and digital mapping project at the University of Virginia, will present updates on its progress at a special conference session.


The twenty-fifth annual Southern Writers, Southern Writing Graduate Conference is set for July 18–20, 2019, 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 14, 2019.  Email swswgradconference@gmail.com for more information.

2019 Keynote Speakers

John N. Duvall is Margaret Church Distinguished Professor of English at Purdue University, where he is also the editor of MFS: Modern Fiction Studies. Author of Faulkner’s Marginal Couple: Invisible, Outlaw, and Unspeakable Communities (1990), The Identifying Fictions of Toni Morrison: Modernist Authenticity and Postmodern Blackness (2000), Don DeLillo’s “Underworld” (2002), and Race and White Identity in Southern Fiction (2008), he is also editor or coeditor of seven volumes of literary scholarship, including Faulkner and His Critics (2010) and Faulkner and Postmodernism (2002). Duvall has keynoted at several Faulkner conferences, including “Faulkner and Women” (1985), “Faulkner and Gender” (1994), “Faulkner and Postmodernism” (1999), and “Faulkner’s Sexualities” (2007). His most recent appearance was at the “Faulkner and Money” conference in 2017.

Katherine Henninger is associate professor of English at Louisiana State University. A keynoter at the “Faulkner and Material Culture” conference in 2004, Henninger is author of Ordering the Façade: Photography and the Politics of Representation in Contemporary Southern Women’s Fiction (2007). Her essays have appeared in American Literature, Arizona Quarterly, Southern Quarterly, Mississippi Quarterly, the Faulkner Journal, The Oxford Handbook of Southern Literature, and the Faulkner and Material Culture volume. She is currently working on a book project entitled, “Made Strangely Beautiful: Southern Childhood in US Literature and Film.”

John Howard is emeritus professor of arts and humanities at King’s College, London, where he taught from 2001 to 2017. Now visiting professor of American studies at the University of Alabama, Howard is the author of Men Like That: A Southern Queer History (1999), Concentration Camps on the Home Front: Japanese Americans in the House of Jim Crow (2008), and Whited Sepulchres (2016), and editor of Carryin’ on in the Lesbian and Gay South (1997). His essays have appeared in Modern American Queer History, Southern Masculinity: Perspectives on Manhood in the South since Reconstruction, Creating and Consuming the American South, Stories of Oprah: The Oprahfication of American Culture, and Southern Quarterly. Howard’s documentary photography has appeared in solo and group exhibitions in Europe and the US and been featured in numerous online and print publications.

Caroline Levander is Carlson Professor in the Humanities and Vice President for Global and Digital Strategy at Rice University, where she is also professor of English. A prolific scholar of American literature, she is author of Voices of the Nation: Women and Public Speech in Nineteenth-Century American Culture and Literature (1998), Cradle of Liberty: Race, the Child, and National Belonging from Thomas Jefferson to W. E. B. Du Bois (2006), Where Is American Literature? (2013), and, most recently, Hotel Life: The Story of a Place Where Anything Can Happen, coauthored with Matthew Pratt Guterl (2015). A fifth book length study, “Laying Claim: Imagining Empire on the U.S./Mexico Border,” is currently under contract with Oxford University Press. A leading figure in the digital humanities and online education in the US, Levander serves on the advisory council for the Coursera consortium and the high-level policy committee for the edX platform.

Hortense J. Spillers is Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor in the Department of English at Vanderbilt University. A veteran of the 1998 and 2012 Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha conferences, Spillers is author of Black, White, and in Color: Essays on American Literature and Culture (2003), which brings together such paradigm-shifting essays as “Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe: An American Grammar Book,” “Interstices: A Small Drama of Words,” and “‘The Permanent Obliquity of an In(ph)allibly Straight’: In the Time of the Daughters and the Fathers,” which have become classics in the field of African American studies. Spillers is also coeditor of the pioneering essay collection, Conjuring: Black Women, Fiction, and Literary Tradition (1985), and Comparative American Identities: Race, Sex, and Nationality in the Modern Text (1991). Her essays on Faulkner have appeared in Faulkner and America, Fifty Years after Faulkner, and Mississippi Quarterly.

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

2019 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 Master Card 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 11. 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.)
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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
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
Ole Miss Motel: (662) 234-2424
Quality Inn and Suites: (662) 234-6000
The Ravine Bed and Breakfast: (662) 234-4555
Super 8 Motel: (662) 234-7013
University Inn: (662) 234-9500
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: $50/night with linens provided
  • Double: $42/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 20 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 18, to Sunday, July 28, 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 contact the Transportation Coordinator, Division of Outreach and Continuing Education, via email at shuttle@olemiss.edu no later than July 17, 2019, in order to make your reservation.

Your email must include the following information:

  • 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

Shuttles will be confirmed via email by Wednesday, July 17. Please meet your shuttle driver inside the airport at Baggage Claim, Area B escalator.

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 the Transportation Coordinator at 662-915-5132 and 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 either to stay over in Memphis and take the 10:00 a.m. shuttle the next day or to rent a car.

2019 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 21, 2019, 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 25. 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 25
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 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 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 $10 each plus shipping and handling.

Contact Mary Leach at (662) 915-7847 to purchase a poster.

The 2019 Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference poster is produced through the generous support of the City of Oxford and the Oxford Partnerships Program of Visit Oxford.

Photo: William Faulkner's first home in Oxford. Cofield Collection, Archives and Special Collections, University of Mississippi Libraries.

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

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


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