CFP: [American] Eudora Welty

full name / name of organization: 
Rebecca Harrison
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Convention Call for Papers
2009 South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference
Renaissance Atlanta Hotel Downtown
Atlanta, GA
November 6-8, 2009

Type of Session: Affiliated Group (Eudora Welty Society)

Session Name: Welty: The Intersection of Human Rights and the Female

Chair: Rebecca Harrison, University of West Georgia

Session Secretary: Open

CFP Details:

As a WPA Junior Publicity Agent, society column writer, and photographer,
Welty was involved in the literal process of documenting the
socioeconomic culture of the American South. As such, she bore direct
witness to racial injustice, gender inequality, and labor disputes. Her
experiences with issues of human rights included her witnessing of the
civil unrest of the 1950s and 60s. These experiences as a documentarian
with the people and the landscape of the world around herâ€"one she loved
but couldn’t fully reconcileâ€"influenced her creative work where she
questioned and explored the ramifications of conservative attitudes
toward gender, race, and ethnicity. On the 100th anniversary of Eudora
Welty’s birth, the Welty Society requests papers on the writing of Eudora
Welty in its connection to the question of human rights and/or its use
and import in her female, creative aesthetic.

Please send 250-500 word abstracts to Rebecca Harrison
( ) by March 15, 2009

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