Welty & The Art of Travel
Throughout her adult life, Welty traveled widely, soaking in art and history and circulating in a number of intellectual circles afforded by her adventures, especially those in New York and abroad. These experiences of independence and revelation outside of her native Jackson, Mississippi, home captivated and informed the writer's imagination. Though only two of Welty's works directly center around events from her travels abroad, her canon is peppered with influences derived from these international sojourns, as well as from her experiences in different locales in the U.S. As such, this panel seeks papers that focus on Welty and her work in the context of traveling broadly. While papers may address the author's time abroad and/or "Going to Naples" and "The Bride of Innisfallen," panelists may also consider how her cosmopolitan experiences and influences appear in and affect her works centered in Southern locales. Or, panelists might examine Welty in the context of other artists, especially those working in different media, whom she came into contact with while outside the South. Papers from interdisciplinary perspectives—history, art, multimedia, philosophy, comp. lit.—are especially encouraged.
Send abstracts of no more than 600 words by September 30th to Rebecca Harrison at firstname.lastname@example.org.