Faulkner and Twain Conference Set for Southeast

Image of Mark Twain and William Faulkner

The conference, “Faulkner ad Twain”, will be held in the University Center at Southeast Missouri State University and will open at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 11, 2006 — “Faulkner and Twain,” a conference sponsored by Southeast Missouri State University’s Center for Faulkner Studies and the Missouri Humanities Council will be held on the Southeast campus Oct. 19-21.

The conference, which will be held in the University Center, will open at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, with a keynote address by Dr. Robert Brinkmeyer, professor and chair of English at the University of Arkansas.

A leading scholar in 20th-century Southern literature and culture, Brinkmeyer has authored four books, the latest of which is Remapping Southern Literature: Contemporary Southern Writers and the West

At 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20 in the University Center Ballroom, a readers’ theater presentation titled “Mr. Twain, Meet Mr. Faulkner” will be presented. Scripted and directed by Dr. Roseanna Whitlow, instructor of communications studies at Southeast, the dramatic presentation is based on the writings of both Faulkner and Twain.  

Whitlow, a published playwright and director, has written and directed a number of local and regional history plays, including Thistle Blossoms, The Mighty Mississippi River Melodrama, and Young Louis Lorimier.

The three-day conference also will feature papers presented by 39 scholars representing six countries and 13 American states. Papers will treat such topics as the river, the frontier, humor, race, class, gender, history, and Faulkner and Twain in the classroom.

The conference also will include an exhibit of the University’s Faulkner and Twain materials from the Louis Daniel Brodsky and Charles L. Harrison Collections.

The main events of the conference are open to the public and are free. For more information, contact the Center for Faulkner Studies at Southeast Missouri State University at (573) 651-2628 or by e-mail at cfs@semo.edu.