A Panel for the Annual Conference of the
American Literature Association
Boston, May 21-24, 2009
Capote Revisited: Panel Proposal
Due to the overlapping film productions of _Infamous (2006) and _Capote
(2005), as well the 2005 Random House publication of the “lost” _Summer
Crossing manuscript, Truman Capote is receiving yet another wave of attention
amongst academic and popular American audiences. For this panel proposal, we welcome a variety of different critical approaches to understanding Capote’s literature and his complex evolution as an American literary icon. We are particularly interested in papers that reflect critically upon the recent surge of interest in Capote’s work, offer innovative new interpretations of his texts, or analyze the influence of _Summer Crossing, _Infamous and/or _Capote on our understanding of his life and work.
Panelists might explore the following topics, among others:
- Issues of authorship in _Capote or _Summer Crossing.
- Approaches to teaching Capote’s work and/or _Infamous and _Capote.
- Comparative analysis of _Infamous and _Capote.
- New Orleans and Truman Capote.
- Issues of celebrity and Capote’s vexed literary relationships.
- Harper Lee and Capote.
- Violence in Capote’s fiction and recent films about his life.
- Sexuality in Capote’s work and/or the recent films.
- Analysis of the 1967 film version of _In Cold Blood, perhaps in
conjunction with the recent films.
Please send a 250-500 word abstract and 1-page CV to both Kristen B. Proehl
and John D. Miller, College of William and Mary, firstname.lastname@example.org and
email@example.com. Due by January 1, 2009.
Kristen B. Proehl
American Studies Program
College of William and Mary
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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