2014 American Literature Association Conference, Washington D.C., May 22-25

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