The popularity of the novel and film versions of Kathryn Stockett’s The Help has drawn attention to cross-racial depictions of characters in Southern texts. Discussions of texts like The Help, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Kaye Gibbons’s Ellen Foster, Charles W. Chesnutt’s The Goophered Grapevine, Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees, Zora Neale Hurston’s Seraph on the Suwanee, and William Faulkner’s Intruder in the Dust raise questions about the depiction African American characters by white authors or, conversely, of white characters by African American authors. Papers for this panel might explore approaches to cross-racial depictions in texts from diverse Southern authors; papers examining films are also welcome. By June 1, 2012, please submit abstracts to Sharon Colley, Macon State College, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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