Intersections and Parallels between the Worlds of Eudora Welty and Flannery O'Connor at SAMLA (Durham, NC, 9-11 November 2012)

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Eudora Welty Society
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Readers and critics have long compared the writings of Eudora Welty and Flannery O'Connor, especially in terms of their uses of "the grotesque." This panel, a joint venture with the Flannery O'Connor Society, aims to put Welty and O'Connor's works (both visual and literary) in conversation with each other in ways that are not commonly seen in criticism. While papers dealing with more familiar conversation points between Welty and O'Connor's works will be considered, the session's specific goal is to expand our understanding of the authors' thematic intersections and parallels. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, Welty and O'Connor's treatments of region, race, gender, and class.

Preference will be given to papers that seek creative connections between Welty and O'Connor's works.

Please e-mail abstracts (250 to 500 words) to Amy K. King at akking at before Monday, 14 May 2012.