SAMLA 90: Fighters from the Margins: Socio-Political Activists and Their Allies
November 2–4, 2018 | Sheraton Birmingham | Birmingham, Alabama

Panel Title: Eudora Welty: Art, Activism, and Allegiances

It’s been seventeen years since Harriet Pollack and Suzanne Marrs published Eudora Welty and Politics: Did the Writer Crusade? in 2001. The conference theme of this year’s South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference, “Fighters from the Margins: Socio-Political Activists and Their Allies,” provides an excellent opportunity to revisit Welty’s engagement with politics, activism, and messages of social justice. The conference theme encourages scholars to consider how art forms “draw from ideologies as an indispensable platform of communication to strengthen and diffuse socio-political movements.” This panel welcomes abstracts around 250 words in length. Papers for this panel might consider themes such as: politics, identity, community, activism, commitments and their negotiation, ethics, conceptions of “margin” and the power therein, as well as many others. This panel welcomes arguments on both Welty’s art as well as position papers on the state of Welty scholarship. Harriet Pollack will be the respondent for this panel. Please send abstracts, a brief bio, and any A/V requirements to Jill Fennell at

Calls for papers

SCMLA 2018 Eudora Welty—Open Topic

The Eudora Welty Society panel at SCMLA 2018 invites papers on any aspect of Welty’s work, life, or critical reception, especially approaches that address the conference theme of “CROSSROADS OF CULTURES.” Send 250-word abstracts and a short bio to Sarah Peters at by March 31, 2018.

The 75th annual South Central Modern Language Association conference will be held in San Antonio, TX, October 11-14, 2018. Conference information is available at

Sarah L. Peters, Ph.D.
Department of English and Languages
East Central University

1100 E. 14th St. Box H5

Ada, OK 74820

Society for the Study of Southern Literature – Welty sessions

Friday Feb 16 4:20-5:40 pm: Eight Ways of Looking at Eudora Welty in 21st-Century Classrooms
Moderators: Julia Eichelberger, College of Charleston, and Mae Miller Claxton, Western Carolina University
-“Teaching Welty’s Narrative Strategies in Delta Wedding” by Sarah Ford, Baylor University
-“Queering Welty’s Male Bodies in the Undergraduate Classroom” by Gary Richards, University of Mary Washington
– “Teaching Welty and/in Modernism” by David McWhirter, Texas A&M University
-“Transcontinental Welty: Teaching Welty with South African Writers Nadine Gordimer and Sindiwe Magona” by Pearl Amelia McHaney, Georgia State University
– “‘Something Beautiful, Something Frightening’: Using Welty’s Stories to Teach Critical Thinking in Undergraduate Writing Courses” by Laura Sloan Patterson, Seton Hill University
– “Teaching Welty to Future Teachers: The Wide Net, The Golden Apples, and Inquiry-Based Learning” by Rebecca L. Harrison, University of West Georgia
-“Indigenizing Welty” by Mae Miller Claxton, Western Carolina University
-“Teaching the Art of Welty’s Letters” by Julia Eichelberger, College of Charleston
– “Why Welty? Why Now?: Lessons the Editors Learned from this Project” by Julia Eichelberger, College of Charleston, and Mae Miller Claxton, Western Carolina University

Saturday Feb 17 10:30-11:50 am: Eudora Welty By and By
Chair: Harriet Pollack, College of Charleston
– “‘Whose music was it?’: Unaccountable Art and Uncontainable Sex in Eudora Welty’s ‘June Recital’ and Hughes’ ‘Home’” by Donnie McMahand, Towson University and Kevin Murphy, Towson University
–“Sidelights on Memory in Eudora Welty and William Wordsworth” by Michael Pickard, Millsaps College
– South by Westminster: Reflections on the Mundane Ghosts of Eudora Welty’s ‘The Purple Hat’ and Virginia Woolf’s ‘A Haunted House’” by Cindy L. Taylor, Independent Scholar
–“Underfoot Politics of Form in Eudora Welty’s Leftist Allegory The Shoe Bird” by Stephen Fuller, Middle Georgia State University

Saturday Feb 17 1:30-2:30 pm: Eudora Welty Society Business Lunch
Lunch provided.
Agenda: Proposals for Panel Topics at ALA 2019; Discussion of a possible 2019 or 2020 Welty Conference (possibly in Charleston SC).

Also of interest Saturday afternoon: Adrienne Akins Warfield and Harriet Pollack are both talking about Welty’s work in this roundtable session: Saturday February 17 4:10-5:30 pm: Let’s Get Physical: Where Disability Studies & Medical Humanities Meet Southern Studies

Sunday Feb 18 10:30- 11:50 am Nasty Women in the Fiction of Eudora Welty
Chair: Harriet Pollack, College of Charleston
– “The Purrs of Others: Real Ghosts and Nasty Women in Welty’s ‘The Purple Hat’” by Dawn Trouard, University of Central Florida
–“‘Now are we a circle?’: The Necessity of Dynamic Sisterhood in Eudora Welty’s Losing Battles” by Courtney Kunkel Salinas, Baylor University
– “‘Nasty’ Women Going Zig Zag: Hatchets, Scissors, and Sharp Blades in Eudora Welty’s The Ponder Heart” by Rebecca Mark, Tulane University

There are also three Welty papers in early sessions:
Friday 10:30-11:50 am: Of Woman Born: Gender and Maternity in the U.S. South
–“Mirroring Blackness/Mirroring Whiteness: Reproductive Politics and Maternity in Eudora Welty’s ‘The Burning’ and Toni Morrison’s A Mercy” by Carlye Schock, Georgia State University
–“Mothers and Mother Figures in Welty’s The Golden Apples” by Jill Goad, Shorter University

Friday 2:50-4:10 pm: Marginalized Bodies and Alternative Affects
–“‘She Was Almost a Big Freak’: Representations of ‘Female Freaks’ in the Fiction of Carson McCullers, Eudora Welty and Flannery O’Connor” by Anneliese Heinisch, University of Graz

Eudora Welty Research Fellowship 2018

The Eudora Welty Foundation and the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) are delighted to announce the 2018 Eudora Welty Research Fellowship, to encourage and support research use of the Eudora Welty Collection and related materials at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History by graduate students.

This competitive fellowship of $2,000 will be offered for research conducted in summer 2018. The stipend may be used to cover travel, housing, and other expenses during the recipient’s two-week stay in Jackson, Mississippi.

The deadline for applications is February 23, 2018. Additional information and the application form are available on the MDAH website at

ALA 2017

American Literature Association Conference, 2017

Thursday, May 25 12:00-1:20 PM
Session 3-D New Welty Work in Progress: Articles and Dissertations on Eudora Welty
Organized by the Eudora Welty Society
Chair: Julia Eichelberger, College of Charleston
1. “Hell Hath No Wrath: Angry Women in Eudora Welty’s Fiction,” Rebecca Mark, Tulane University
2. “The Dance of the Seven Veils: Captivity Narratives and Narrative Dissent in Eudora Welty’s The Robber Bridegroom,” Rebecca L. Harrison, University of West Georgia
3. “A Curtain of Blue: The Blues Aesthetic in Eudora Welty’s A Curtain of Green” Alicia Marie Venchuk, University of Mississippi
4. “Subversive Voices and Limits of Creativity: History, Gender, and Narrative Structures in Eudora Welty’s Delta Wedding and William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying,” Michaela Plicková, Fulbright-Masaryk Scholar, Boston University & Charles University, Prague
5. “Smoking Guns: Welty, Whiteness, and the Chiaroscuro of Racism in 1960s Country Noir,” Jacob Agner, University of Mississippi

Thursday May 25 1:30-2:50 PM
Session 4-D New Welty Work in Progress: Planned Books on Eudora Welty
Organized by the Eudora Welty Society Chair: Harriet Pollack, Bucknell University
1. “A Visual Mind: Welty’s Photography,” Annette Trefzer, University of Mississippi
2. “The Still-Existing Parts of a Life”: The Friendship of Eudora Welty and Mary Louise Aswell, Elizabeth Crews, Blue Mountain College
3. “Reading the Past, Imagining the Future: Welty, Segregation, and Education,” Adrienne Akins Warfield, Mars Hill University
4. “Eudora Welty: Southern Modernism, Southern Modernity,” David McWhirter, Texas A&M University

Thursday May 25 4:30-5:50 PM
Business Meeting of the Eudora Welty Society


October 2016 – Please consider this Call for Papers for the American Literature Association Conference to be held in Boston, May 25-28 2017, and please share with anyone you know who is undertaking work on Welty: “Work-in-Progress on Eudora Welty.” The Eudora Welty Society invites short papers that present a section of, or otherwise introduce, your current Welty work-in-progress. Make your case and perhaps also place it among thoughts about what is needed in Welty Studies in the 21st Century. We hope to hear about books underway, articles forming, and dissertations being proposed. We might request a double session, depending on the number of responses to this CFP. Please send preliminary news of your interest in writing for it now to Harriet Pollack,, and please follow with 250 word proposals by Dec. 15, 2016.

July 2016 – Harriet Pollack’s book on Welty is out from Georgia Press: Eudora Welty’s Fiction and Photography: The Body of the Other Woman. “Drawing on the context in which the protection of the white female body is linked with guarding the U.S. southern body politic, Harriet Pollack traces a pattern in Eudora Welty’s fiction in which a sheltered middle-class daughter is disturbed or delighted by an other-class woman who takes pleasure in ‘making a spectacle’ of her corporeal self.” The second part of Harriet’s book covers “Controversies in Welty scholarship.”

May 2016 – Announcing the 2016 recipient of the Phoenix Award, given bi-annually for distinguished achievement in Eudora Welty scholarship, is Julia Eichelberger, College of Charleston. Her publications help us to better comprehend Welty’s cultural critiques and the histories that contextualize her fiction, as well as to apprehend the importance of Welty’s correspondence and the revelations of archival work. Congratulations, Julia.