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.