Southern lit conference to examine 'The Help'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Books and movies including "The Help" and "Deliverance" will be topics at the three-day biannual conference of the Society for the Study of Southern Literature in Nashville.

"The Help" will be evaluated as a fair representation of the civil rights experience. "Deliverance" will be discussed within the framework of whether Burt Reynolds is "the last Southern man."

Topics also will include Southern music, Southern food in Southern literature, Tennessee poets, new Southern women, country music and the legacies of Robert Penn Warren.

The conference, Thursday through Saturday, meets at the Scarritt-Bennett Center and Vanderbilt University's Buttrick Hall.

Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus


6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 144896675 -
Gray Television, Inc.