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Eudora Welty Society Conference--Academic Panels Sat. 2.23

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Eudora Welty Society Conference--Academic Panels Sat. 2.23


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. 

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

Saturday Academic Presentations

10:00-11:30 Welty on Gender: Femininity, Subversion, and Escape 

Chair: Peggy Prenshaw, Millsaps College


 Women!! Make Husband in Own Home!: Welty’s Use of Sewing as Subversive Practice.   Monica Miller, Middle Georgia University

“A lady couldn’t expect to travel without a hat”: Disembodied Cultural Capital, Gender, and Sexuality in Welty’s Short Fiction. Laura Patterson, Seton Hill University

“All new things in life were meant to come like that”: Women’s Mobility in Welty’s Fiction. Allison Rittmayer, Northwestern Louisiana State University

“The birds that flew were caged . . . and could not fly out”: Delta Wedding and the Politics of Travel, Khirsten Doolan, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

The Post Office and the Pedestal: Sexual Tyranny in Welty’s Fiction. Donnie McMahand and Kevin Murphy, Towson University


 11:45-12:45 Welty, Gender, and Craft [Chair, Pearl McHaney, Georgia State University]


The Experimental Welty: Eudora’s Forms Realize the Novel. Candace Waid, University of California, Santa Barbara

Revisions and Revelation in A Curtain of Green and Other Stories. Caroline Brandon, Mississippi State University

The Bride of the Innisfallen and Welty’s Battles with Discourse, Carol Ann Johnston, Dickinson College


12:45-2:45 LUNCH BREAK

 2:45-4:45 Reconsidering Welty, Whiteness, and Race  [Chair, Rebecca Mark, Tulane University]


 Performing Blackness/Revealing Whiteness: Eudora Welty’s Stories of Race. Suzan Harrison, Eckerd College

Crusading Is for the Birds. Elizabeth Crews, Blue Mountain College

White Loyalty and the Politics of Author Societies. Jean C. Griffith, Wichita State University

Losing Battles and the School-to-Pr*son Pipeline. Adrienne Akins Warfield, Mars Hill University 

Turning to Stone: Reading ‘Old Mr. Marblehall’ and ‘Petrified Man’ as Meditations on White Anxiety in the Jim Crow South. Katie Berry Frye, Pepperdine University

 Making Whiteness Visible: Violence, Hate Speech, and Eudora Welty’s Civil Rights Stories. Susan Donaldson, William and Mary College




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