Conferences

Upcoming Conferences:
2017 American Literature Association
See CFP in the announcements

Past Conferences:

2016 American Literature Association

Eudora Welty and Modernism, May 28, 9:40-11:00 (Session 16-B Pacific F)
Chair: Julia Eichelberger, College of Charleston
1. “Discovering Welty’s First Novel and the Origins of Her Signature Modernism,” Harriet Pollack,
Bucknell University
2. “Covert Relation: Eudora Welty’s Indebtedness to Henry James,” Li Cui, Yan’an University and
Renmin University of China
3. “Losing Battles as Modernist Epic,” Stephen Fuller, Middle Georgia State University
4. “The Modernist Miraculous: Teaching Welty in the Hong Kong Classroom,” Stuart Christie, Hong
Kong Baptist University

Welty and Multimedia, May 28, 11:10-12:30 (Session 17-B Pacific F)
Chair: Harriet Pollack, Bucknell University
1. “Eudora Welty as photography critic of Kertész, Cartier-Bresson, Riefenstahl, and Eggleston,”
Géraldine Chouard, University Paris-Dauphine
2. “Eudora Welty in the Era of Social Media: Must the Novelist Tweet?,” Jacob Agner, University of
Mississippi
3. “1930s and 40s Radio and Recordings in Welty’s Letters and Fiction,” Julia Eichelberger, College
of Charleston

2016 Society for the Study of Southern Literature Conference

Welty, the North, and the South
Chair: Sarah Ford, Baylor University
1. “Quentin Compson in Reverse: A Northerner’s South in ‘No Place for You, My Love’”
Laura Patterson, Seton Hill University
2. “Welty on the Interstate: New Networks of North-South Literary Exchange”
Daniel Spoth, Eckerd College
3. “Dematerializing the South in Eudora Welty’s The Golden Apples”
Stephen M. Fuller, Middle Georgia State University
4. “Welty, the South, the North, and the 1960’s”
Harriet Pollack, Bucknell University

Honoring Noel Polk’s Legacy: New Directions in Archival, Bibliographic, and Textual Studies of Welty
Chair: Mae Miller Claxton, Western Carolina University
1. “The Maid of Orléans at the Palace of Pleasure: Welty’s ‘The Purple Hat’ and The Emblematic Nature of Violence”
Rebecca L. Harrison, University of West Georgia
2. “Archive Treasures: Welty’s 1985 Reading of As I Lay Dying, Sanctuary, and Light in August”
Pearl Amelia McHaney, Georgia State University
3. “Let’s Hope Noel (dis)Approves This Paper: the (un)Forgiving Nature of Noel Polk’s Editorial-ship”
Dina Smith, Drake University
4. “Writer and Editor: Eudora Welty and Robert Giroux”
Patrick Samway, S.J., St. Joseph’s University

2015 American Literature Assocation Conference

Eudora Welty and Social Class: Session I
Chair: Julia Eichelberger, College of Charleston
1. “‘Out of a Fit of Pure-D Jealousy’: Re-Deployment of ‘Southern’ Class Under the Cold War in The
Ponder Heart,” Shinji Ohno, University of Mississippi
2. “Welty’s Classism,” Jolene Hubbs, University of Alabama
3. “’Because we live here, don’t we, Miss Jenny?’: Geographic Uncertainty in Welty’s ‘At the Landing,’”
David Russell, Lock Haven University

Eudora Welty and Social Class: Session II
Chair: Barbara Ladd, Emory University
1. “The Issue of Class in Welty’s Autobiographical Girl Stories,” Harriet Pollack, Bucknell University
2. “Transformative Performances: Eudora Welty’s Parade Photographs,” Annette Trefzer, University of
Mississippi
3. “Middle-Class Welty,” David McWhirter, Texas A&M University

2014 American Literature Association Conference

Considering Eudora Welty and African American Literature: Lines of Dialogue
Chair: Harriet Pollack, Bucknell University
1. “Eudora Welty and Langston Hughes: In Search of Blues Form in ‘Powerhouse,’” Jacob Agner,
University of Mississippi
2. A Twice Worn Path: Eudora Welty and Sarah E. Wright,” Christin Taylor, University of Maryland
3. “The Waiting Room: Race and Medical Ethics in Works by Ernest Gaines and Eudora Welty,”
Adrienne Akins Warfield, Mars Hill University
4. “The Lynched Earth: Landscapes as Buried Histories in Welty’s ‘A Worn Path’ and Morrison’s Home,”
Donnie McMahand and Kevin Murphy, West Georgia University

William Faulkner and Eudora Welty
Chair: Deborah Clarke, Arizona State University
1. “Whiteness Reading Race: Welty’s ‘The Demonstrators’ as a response to Faulkner’s ‘That Evening
Sun,’” Harriet Pollack, Bucknell University
2. “Staircase to the Gothic: William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! and Eudora Welty’s Delta
Wedding,” Sarah Ford, Baylor University
3. “Welty, Faulkner, and the Nexus between Segregation and White Southern Womanhood,” Susan
Donaldson, College of William and Mary

Extravagant Welty
Chair: Adrienne Akins Warfield, Mars Hill University
1. “Intimate Friendship and Extravagant Performance: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and Frank
Lyell,” Julia Eichelberger, College of Charleston
2. “‘The bird that flies within your heart’: Race, Nature and Decapitation in Eudora Welty’s ‘A Curtain of
Green,’” Cliff Hudder, Lone Star College-Montgomery
3. “And Then He Was a She: A Critical Analysis of Eudora Welty’s ‘The Purple Hat’,” Allison Castle
Combs, University of Mississippi

2014 Society for the Study of Southern Literature Conference

“Other Weltys” [session one]
Chair: Harriet Pollack, Bucknell University
1. “Another Memory: Welty’s Reconceptualization of Joyce’s ‘Araby’,” Alison Graham Bertolini, North
Dakota State University
2. “Comparing ‘Big Houses,’ Comparing ‘Souths’: Eudora Welty’s Delta Wedding and Elizabeth Bowen’s
The Last September,” Isadora J. Wagner, University of Mississippi
3. “Eudora Welty as American Playwright,” Stephen M. Fuller, Middle Georgia State College
4. “Otherness, Sexuality, and Alternative Public Spheres in Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway and Eudora
Welty’s ‘June Recital’,” Boosung Kim, Texas A&M University

“Other Weltys” [session two]
Chair: David McWhirter, Texas A&M University
1. “Queer Welty in The Golden Apples,” Ikuko Takeda, Louisiana State University
2. “Blues Welty: Uranus Knockwood and Black Oral Poetry in ‘Powerhouse’,” Jacob Agner, University of
Mississippi
3. “Other Weltys, Other Winds,” Julia Eichelberger, College of Charleston
4. “The Late Eudora Welty, Undead,” Harriet Pollack, Bucknell University