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Eudora Welty Society Conference--Academic Panels Fri. 2.22

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Eudora Welty Society Conference--Academic Panels Fri. 2.22


The Eudora Welty Society conference “'The Continuous Thread of Revelation': Eudora Welty Reconsidered" is February 21 to 23, 2019 at the College of Charleston. Over 40 scholars will present papers on Welty's fiction, photography, memoir, archival materials, and more. Thursday panels: Stern Center Ballroom. Friday and Saturday panels: EHHP Alumni Hall. 

Please register here using your C of C email address. No charge to C of C faculty, staff, and students. Others who wish to attend may register online for the entire conference or pay a prorated daily rate in person at the registration table. 

Friday Academic Presentations

10:15-11:30 Using the Eudora Welty Collection at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History: A Roundtable   [Chair, Julia Eichelberger, College of Charleston]


Forrest Galey & Betty Uzman, Mississippi Department of Archives and History  

Julia Eichelberger, Mary Scott Gilbert, Stella Rounsefell, College of Charleston


1:15-2:45 Welty and Mystery [Chair: Jacob Agner, University of Mississippi]


Eudora Welty’s Career in Mystery Fiction. Harriet Pollack, College of Charleston

Chester Himes, Harper Lee, Eudora Welty: The Civil Rights Movement on a Crime Fiction Continuum. Jacob Agner, University of Mississippi

M**der, Mystery, and Motivation: Eudora Welty’s The Optimist’s Daughter and Agatha Christie’s The Body in the Library. Sarah Ford, Baylor University

Wanted Dead or Alive: Last Year’s Dead Branches. Rebecca Mark, Tulane University

“The Writer as Detective Hero”: Eudora Welty and Her Late Fiction. Suzanne Marrs, Millsaps College


3:00-4:15 Reconsidering Welty & Place [Chair, Stephen Fuller, Middle Georgia University]


Eudora Welty and the House of Fiction. Michael Pickard, Millsaps College

Welty at the University of Cambridge: Beginnings of “Place in Fiction.” Debra Dobkins, Brenau University

The Soundscape of The Golden Apples: The Beat of Time and the Melody. Matthew D. Sutton, East Tennessee State University

Precarious Memory: The Mississippi Lunatic Asylum. Keri Watson, University of Central Florida


4:30-5:30 Teaching Welty in the High School Classroom: A Student/Teacher Roundtable [Chair, Rebecca Harrison, University of West Georgia]


Paisley Sloan Burklow, Morgan Murphy, Susie Chestnut Sewell, Abigail Smith, and Arielle Vaughan, University of West Georgia



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