The St. George Tucker Society (SGTS) is seeking applicants to participate in its Brooks Forum. Held each year in conjunction with the Society’s annual meeting, the Brooks Forum is composed of graduate students engaged in the early stages of doctoral research and dissertation writing; by design, it affords emerging scholars with an opportunity to present original work on the American South—focused on any time period, any sub-region, any methodological approach—in a rigorous but collegial academic setting. The Forum is named in memory of Cleanth Brooks, noted literary critic, Gray Professor of Rhetoric at Yale University, and one of the original members of the St. George Tucker Society. Brooks studied with the Fugitives and Agrarians at Vanderbilt University, received a Master’s degree from Tulane University, and studied at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. As a professor in the English Department at Louisiana State University, he collaborated with his friend and colleague Robert Penn Warren in founding The Southern Review. Brooks is best known for his contributions to the New Criticism, a careful, textualist approach to understanding poetry. He published several books of literary criticism.
All application materials (1-page abstract and vita) are due by 5pm EST on March 30, 2020. Three selected panelists will submit one chapter of the dissertation to be pre-circulated among Tucker Society members. At the annual meeting, each panelist will provide a brief presentation (7 to 10 minutes) of their research and interpretations, followed by an open period of discussion and workshopping with the audience. Selected panelists will be informed of acceptance no later than May 1, 2020. Full dissertation chapters to be workshopped must be ready and submitted for pre-circulation no later than June 1, 2020.
Please see the SGTS website for further information and updates.
Date of Conference: July 22-24, 2020
Location of Conference: Savannah, GA; Springhill Suites Historical Savannah
Travel Reimbursement: Up to $500 (and conference registration fee waiver) for Forum Participants
Required Materials: (1) Current CV
(2) Abstract of dissertation (one, single-spaced page)
Deadline for Application: ** 5pm EST on (Monday) March 30, 2020 **
Submit via Email to: Matthew C. Hulbert, Hampden-Sydney College, Brooks Forum Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org