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