William Gaddis at a reading
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Call for Papers for William Gaddis Centenary Conference

On October 20-22, 2022, Washington University Libraries will host Beyond the ‘Very Small Audience’: Centenary, Archive, and Futures, a conference on novelist William Gaddis (1922-1998), in celebration of his centenary year.

Willliam Gaddis aboard the SS Bacchus
William Gaddis aboard the SS Bacchus, from the William Gaddis Papers.

Gaddis’s legacy and influence will be celebrated and explored by scholars, curators, fiction writers, artists, and others with paper presentations, discussions, readings, performances, and exhibitions. Among other things, the conference will focus on the prospects for the next 100 years of studying Gaddis’s life and work.

Call for Papers

You can read more on the conference website, including the call for papers, which has a deadline of April 30, 2022. If you are interested in attending or participating, be sure to bookmark and revisit the site as it will be updated periodically.

William Gaddis at a reading
William Gaddis at an unidentified reading, from the William Gaddis Papers.

The Gaddis conference is organized by Joel Minor, curator of the Modern Literature Collection at Washington University, and Ali Chetwynd, assistant professor of English at the American University of Iraq Sulaimani and author of multiple articles on the Gaddis archive.