Faulkner and Slavery Conference and Forthcoming Essay

Home of Caroline Barr, William Faulkner’s “Mammy Callie,” on Rowan Oak estate, Oxford Mississippi
Rowan Oak, William Faulkner’s home in Oxford, Mississippi

U.S. Studies Online: Forum for New Writing reviews the program for last summer’s annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha conference, the theme of which was slavery. My own presentation is mentioned. The corresponding essay, “Ritual Architectures: Doorless and Makeshift Boundaries in Faulkner’s Slave Quarters” is forthcoming in Faulkner and Slavery, published by the University Press of Mississippi. See the article for last year’s highlights:  

Read my recent publication, “An ‘Austere, Whispering Power’: An Interview with Colm Tóibín” in Columbia Journal

This interview developed after following Tóibín’s work through various stages of my own interest in British and Irish fiction, beginning with my early graduate reading of his short fiction collection Mothers and Sons. This experience was intensified after attending his reading and having dinner with Tóibín at Monroe Community College in 2010. After having written about his novel The Testament of Mary, and having talked with him at AWP in Seattle in 2014, I wrote an article about Tóibín’s spatial configurations and his relationship with postmodernism. This interview is a culmination of my questions pertaining to the distinct political and aesthetic textures of his work.