Everett News – Spring 2019

New Everett Publication Forthcoming

NEWS_New Everett Publication ForthcomingEverett fans won’t want to miss his genre-bending Book of Training by Colonel Hap Thompson of Roanoke, VA, 1843: Annotated From the Library of John C. Calhoun, which Red Hen Press is scheduled to release on January 15, 2019.


First Everett Monograph Due out in May 2019

NEWS_First Everett Monograph Due Out in 2019A long awaited Everett monograph will appear in April 2019. Authored by Derek Maus, Jesting in Earnest: Percival Everett and Menippean Satire(U of South Carolina Press) offers a detailed overview of Everett’s long and varied career prior to the critic’s examining 14 of the author’s novels and several of his shorter works. Maus uses the lens of Menippean satire as a vehicle to support his analysis of Everett’s aim to stimulate thoughtful interpretation unfettered by presumptions, including those involving “race,” in his writing.

Special Journal Issue Devoted to Everett Appearing Soon

The Spring 2019 number of the journal AfricanAmericanReviewwill be devoted to Everett scholarship. Guest-edited by Joe Weixlmann and Anthony Stewart, and introduced by Stewart, the issue features seven essays which range broadly across the Everett canon. In “Retracing the Hype about Hyper into Percival Everett,” Zach Linge deploys the work of François-Marie-Charles Fourier by way of discussing both the heavily allusive nature of Everett’s stories and the complex relationship between hypertext and the function of the narrator. Judith Roof and Joe Weixlmann follow with very different takes on Everett’s most recent novel, So Much Blue, although both focus on the book’s painterly dimensions as they work to plumb its depth of feeling and meaning. Leah Milne’s “Intimate Realities and Necessary Fictions in Percival Everett by Virgil Russell” then confronts the challenge of one of Everett’s most moving novels, taking on the under-discussed notion of intimacy as it is represented in the novel, and how this sometimes ineffable emotional capacity contributes to broader understandings of African American identity. Also carrying an undertone of intimacy, although in this case between mother and toddler, Johannes Kohrs tackles what might arguably be described as Everett’s most dizzying novel in “Notes of a Native Novelist: Institutional Blackness and Critical Uplift in Percival Everett’s Self-Help Satire Glyph.” Next, James Donahue offers a compelling reading of an early Everett text, God’s Country, by way of “laying a foundation to read not only this one novel, or even Everett’s body of work as a whole, but perhaps all fiction that consciously engages race.” And this worthwhile, ambitious enterprise is then followed by respected Everett scholar Michel Feith’s “Philosophy Embedded in Space: Rethinking the Frontier in Percival Everett’s Western Novels,” in which Feith puts Frederick Jackson Turner’s theory of the frontier into conversation with John Locke’s thinking about individualism and Colonial America in order to examine what Everett’s representations of the frontier in his Western novels might have to tell us about familiar claims of manifest destiny and American identity.




2018 Western Literature Association CFP

CALL FOR PAPERS : 2018 Western Literature Association Conference Indigenous Hubs, Gateway Cities, Border States
CFP 2018 Western Literature Association
The 2018 annual conference of the Western Literature Association will take place October 24–27 at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri. “Indigenous Hubs, Gateway Cities, Border States” is derived from this location. This region, at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, has been urban for thousands of years. Cahokia, known for its impressive earthen mounds, is directly across the river from today’s St. Louis and once housed the largest pre-Columbian civilization north of Mexico, a hub for trade, communication, and transportation throughout indigenous North America. Long before St. Louis was known as the “Gateway to the West,” it was nicknamed “Mound City.”

St. Louis is also a borderland, shaped by French, Spanish, and U.S. contact and conquest. With Missouri’s 1821 entry into the nation as a slave state, St. Louis became envisioned as a gateway to western freedom even while it maintained southern bondage. During the Exoduster movement, St. Louis indeed became a gateway to freedom for many African Americans migrating away from postbellum southern oppression. Today St. Louis continues to serve as a microcosm of the United States’ racial histories, and of both stub- born divisions and promising coalitions across lines of race, class, region, and nation. “Indigenous Hubs, Gateway Cities, Border States” is meant to evoke these confluences and crosscurrents.

We welcome proposals on any aspect of the literatures of the North American West, but especially encour- age panels and papers that explore the following topics:

  • St. Louis (or other western places) as Indigenous Hubs, Gateways, or Borderlands
  • The African American West
  • Jazz and Blues and the American West
  • The Art and Literature of Black Lives Matter
  • St. Louis Freedom Suits
  • The Work of Distinguished Achievement Award Winner Percival Everett
  • The Critical Legacy of Distinguished Achievement Award Winner José E. Limón

The deadline for proposal submissions is June 15, 2018. Please submit questions to Michael K. Johnson or Emily Lutenski at WLAConference2018@westernlit.org.

For more information, see http://www.westernlit.org/wla-conference-2018/


ALA 2017 PEIS Panel Schedule

Thursday, May 259 – 10:20am
Session 1-H
Percival Everett’s Writing: Identity, Motifs and Meaning Organized by the Percival Everett International Society
Chair: Anthony Stewart, Bucknell University
1. “Damned Meanings: The Molar and the Molecular in Everett’s Post-Structuralism,” Paul Ardoin, The University of Texas at San Antonio
2. “Hypernarrative Fourierism in Percival Everett’s Stories,” Zach Linge, The University of Texas at Austin
3 . “Postblack Aesthetics and the Rewriting of African American Experience in the Novels of Percival Everett,” Ahlam Soltani, Université de Maine, Le Mans
4. “Survival and Creation in Percival Everett’s Zulus,” Clément Ulff, Université de Versailles
Thursday, May 25, 10:30 – 11:50am
Session 2-H
Percival Everett’s Writing: Emblematic Places and Journeys Organized by the Percival Everett International Society
Chair: Anne-Laure Tissut, Université de Rouen
1. “South by West: Percival Everett’s American Regions,” Matthew Dischinger, Georgia Institute of Technology
2. “Philosophy Embedded in Space: Percival Everett’s Western Novels,” Michel Feith, Université de Nantes
3. “Journeying back to the Self in Percival Everett’s Walk Me to the Distance,” Marie-Agnès Gay, Université Jean Moulin – Lyon 3, Institute of Transtextual and Transcultural Studies
Thursday, May 2512 – 1:20pm
Session 3-M
Business Meeting: Percival Everett International Society
Thursday, may 253 – 4:20pm
Session 5-H
Organized by the Western Literature Association
Chair: Michael K. Johnson, University of Maine-Farmington
1. “Voicing His Objections: Narrative Voice as Racial Critique in Percival Everett’s God’s Country,” James J. Donahue, The State University of New York, College at Potsdam
2. “‘Is it different where you come from?’: Percival Everett’s Western Fiction and Menippean Satire,” Derek C. Maus, The State University of New York at Potsdam
3. “Civil Rights and the American West: Percival Everett’s Watershed and the Dakota Access Pipeline,” Matthew Mullins, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
4. “Percival Everett and the Problem of Not: The Inconvenience of Race and Region in Erasure and I Am Not Sidney Poitier,” Joshua Smith, Biola University

“The Desire for the End of Race” : New study on Everett’s Assumption published

Anthony Stewart’s “The Desire for the End of Race: Barthes, Everett, and the Belief in the Postracial” deploys Roland Barthes’s theories of myth and mythology to draw a distinction between the desire for the end of racism, against which there can be little argument, and the desire for the end of race, which brings with it no commitment to social justice, but instead a simple and perhaps strategic negation of the realities that come with racial injustice. A desire for the end of race means merely that fewer Americans will be required to think or talk about race and its consequences.

Barthes’s notion of myth enables a consideration of how perpetual the desire for the end of race as a topic of discussion has been in twentieth and now twenty-first century American history. Myth is the overarching story by which all other individual stories are subsumed, and the end of race is that story. The “postracial” is merely the latest expression of this perpetual American desire. But once we recognize the perpetual nature of this story, Americans may be better positioned to engage with the story critically and constructively.

Stewart applies his reading of the desire for the end of race to an analysis of Percival Everett’s 2011 novel, Assumption, in which the understandable readerly desire for order and the ability to rely upon conventional archetypes fall prey to the novelist as mythologist, the position Barthes proposes as the opponent of the workings of myth. The concluding revelation of Assumption demonstrates just how comprehensive and limiting our desires for counterfactual states of being—like the postracial—can be.

The American Literature Association Annual Conference Boston May 25-28 2017 / Percival Everett International Society call for papers

The Percival Everett International Society requests submissions for its panels at the annual conference of the American Literature Association. Submissions will present fresh perspectives on any aspect of Everett’s work, with an emphasis on, but not limited to, his earliest or most recent work.

Please submit brief proposals of no more than 250 words to Anne-Laure Tissut (anne-laure.tissut@univ-rouen.fr) by January 6, 2017, so that they can be reviewed before the conference proposal deadline. Selections will be made by the end of January 2017.

Percival Everett and the American West (CFP; ALA 2017)

Call for Papers for a Panel on Percival Everett and the American West at the 2017 American Literature Association Meeting (Boston; May 25-28)

NPR’s All Things Considered, as part of an interview about his latest collection of short stories Half an Inch of Water (set mostly in Wyoming), introduced Percival Everett as “a man of the West: the region, for him, is a place of calm and comfort, danger and extremes.” He is a two-time winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards for Fiction, a recent recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction, the author of around 30 books (novels, short stories, poetry), including the parodic genre western God’s Country, as well as multiple books set in the American West, including Suder, Walk Me to the Distance, Watershed, Wounded, The Water Cure, and Assumption. No other contemporary African American author has accomplished as extensive (and complex) a representation of African American western experience.

This panel will consider and explore Percival Everett’s writing about the American West. Individual papers might examine the relationship between race and region in Everett’s writing; Everett as a (western) genre writer; landscape and environment in Everett’s writing; erasure in Everett’s western texts; or other topics that examine the relationship between Percival Everett’s work and the American West or the western genre.

For consideration for this panel, please submit an abstract (250-500 words) to Michael K. Johnson (michael.johnson@maine.edu) by December 30, 2016

The American Literature Association’s 28th annual conference will meet at the Westin Copley Place in Boston on May 25-28, 2017 (Thursday through Sunday of Memorial Day weekend).

For further information about the American Literature Association conference, please consult the ALA website at www.americanliterature.org.

New Everett Texts Forthcoming

Percival Everett once more provides evidence of being not only one of America’s best authors but also one of its more prolific. Due out in September from Graywolf Press is a collection of stories entitled Half an Inch of Water, and a new poetry collection will follow in November from Red Hen Press. The working title for the poetry tome was “Against Sense,” but it will be published as Trout’s Lie. So be prepared for the act of fishing to experience yet another collision on the printed page of an Everett text with matters philosophical.