Influence and Exchange: The Connected Worlds of Eudora Welty and Robert Penn Warren
Eudora Welty and Robert Penn Warren enjoyed a lengthy association in the landscape of twentieth-century Southern letters. Beginning as Welty's editor and critic during his time with the Southern Review, Penn Warren and Welty developed a literary friendship that significantly impacted each other's writing. This panel, a joint venture with the Robert Penn Warren Circle, seeks to investigate the multifaceted connections, complexities, and cross-fertilizations between the writing of Eudora Welty and Robert Penn Warren. Possible presentations might consider the intertextual engagement of Welty's "A Still Moment" with Penn Warren's review, "Love and Separateness," and his own addressing of the subject in ""Audubon"; their treatment of similar themes and/or issues such as history, region, race, and gender; as well as common spiritual and mythical undercurrents in their writing that speak to the complexities, beauty, and tragedy of the human condition and the connectedness of life and truth in art.
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