The conference will be held in the University Center (on Normal Avenue) on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. Events will be held in the Ballroom, Missouriana Room, and Indian Room, all located on the third floor of the University Center.
The conference will open at 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 19, with a buffet dinner followed by the keynote address by Robert Brinkmeyer. Tickets to the banquet are $15, and paid reservations must be received by Oct. 1.
"South x West: Faulkner and Twain at the Crossroads"
7 p.m., Thursday, October 19, University Center Ballroom (public invited, free admission)
Robert Brinkmeyer is Professor and Chair of English at the University of Arkansas. He is widely published in twentieth-century Southern literature and culture, including four books: Three Catholic Writers of the Modern South; The Art and Vision of Flannery O'Connor; Katherine Anne Porter's Artistic Development: Primitivism, Traditionalism, and Totalitarianism; and Remapping Southern Literature: Contemporary Southern Writers and the West. Currently, Professor Brinkmeyer is finishing up a study of Southern writing in the 1930s and 1940s, focusing on the impact of European fascism on Southerners' conceptions of race and culture, a project for which he received a Guggenheim Fellowship.
This conference will feature presentations by thirty-nine scholars representing six countries and thirteen American states. Topics will include Faulkner's and Twain's treatments of the river, the frontier, humor, race, class, gender, and history. There will also be papers on Faulkner and Twain in the classroom.
Books, manuscripts, and other memorabilia from the Louis Daniel Brodsky Collection of William Faulkner materials and the Charles L. Harrison collection of Mark Twain books will be on exhibit throughout the conference in Kent Library, next door to the University Center. Library Dean Sarah Cron; Louis Daniel Brodsky, the Curator of the Brodsky Collection; and Dr. Lisa Speers, Special Collections Librarian, will host a special showing of the Rare Book Room from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Friday, October 20. A reception for conference registrants will accompany that event.
7:00 p.m., Friday, October 20, University Center Ballroom (public invited, free admission)
"Mr. Twain, Meet Mr. Faulkner," a readers' theater presentation based on the writings of Twain and Faulkner, is scripted and directed by Dr. Roseanna Whitlow, Instructor of Communications Studies at Southeast Missouri State University. Dr. Whitlow, a published playwright, has written and directed a number of local and regional shows, including Thistle Blossoms, The Mighty Mississippi River Melodrama, and Young Louis Lorimier.
Of her Twain/Faulkner work Dr. Whitlow says: "Spending the past many weeks making friends, or at least better acquaintance, with William Faulkner and Mark Twain has been an adventure--a sometimes joyful, sometimes sorrowful, and always too hurried journey through their writings, their lives, their rascality, and their passion for mankind."
On Saturday afternoon, Oct. 21, 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. A sign-up sheet will be available at the registration desk. Cost is $12 per person. (For those not taking the historical tour, the conference will conclude at noon on Saturday.)