Literature and language scholars from Mississippi and throughout the nation will gather at The University of Southern Mississippi on Feb. 19-20 for the annual conference of the Mississippi Philological Association.
“The MPA brings together faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students in English departments from across the state,” said Dr. Michael Mays, chair of the Southern Miss Department of English.
Original research, literary criticism and works of fiction and poetry will be presented at the conference, which is sponsored by the Southern Miss Department of English and the English Graduate Organization. Conference attendees will engage in discussion on topics such as Gender and Landscape in 18th Century Literature; Shakespeare: Authorship and Adaptation; Space, Semiotics and Spirituality in 19th Century British Literature and much more.
“We have speakers from all levels – undergraduates, graduate students and faculty,” said Dr. Felicity Palmer, conference organizer and professor of English. “Presenters will benefit from sharing their work with an audience of their peers, and attendees will get a chance to hear about new developments in scholarship in their field.
“The conference is a unique opportunity for scholars and creative writers in Mississippi and beyond to come together to present their work in a convivial and supportive atmosphere.”
Both young and established scholars will have the opportunity to network and socialize with their peers and members of the community. A special banquet will take place at The Pastry Garden at Gordon Creek in downtown Hattiesburg at 7 p.m. on Feb. 19.
Dr. Angela Ball, poet and professor of English in the Southern Miss Center for Writers, will serve as capstone speaker for the conference. Her poems and translations have appeared in widely known journals including “Atlantic Monthly,” “Colorado Review,” “Denver Quarterly,” “Field, Partisan Review,” “Ploughshares,” “Poetry,” and “The New Yorker.” She currently serves as poetry editor for “Mississippi Review.” Her latest work poetry book, “Night Clerk at the Hotel of Both Worlds” won the Donald Hall Prize from the Association of Writers and Writing Programs in 2007. Ball will address conference attendees in a public reading during the closing reception Saturday, Feb. 20 at 1:30 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center room 216.
For the complete conference schedule or registration information, visit the conference Web site at http://www.usm.edu/english/mpa/index.php.
Dr. Angela Ball is an award-winning poet and professor of English at The University of Southern Mississippi Center for Writers. She will serve as capstone speaker for the Mississippi Philological Association annual conference, which takes place on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus Feb. 19-20.
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