ALA - May 22-25, 2014, "William Faulkner and Eudora Welty"

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Eudora Welty Society and William Faulkner Society
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Call for Papers
"William Faulkner and Eudora Welty"
A Joint Session sponsored by the Eudora Welty Society and the William Faulkner Society
American Literature Association Conference
May 22-25, 2014
Washington, D.C.

When William Faulkner sent Eudora Welty a postcard in 1943 from Hollywood praising her book, The Robber Bridegroom, and offering to help her, Welty acknowledged that getting fan mail from Faulkner was "strange stuff." Welty for her part praised and defended Faulkner in interviews and print, answering the question of his influence with "it was like living near a mountain." As Noel Polk points out, however, "unspoken in her image, and perhaps even unthought, is the simple fact that what most often lives near a mountain is another mountain." We seek papers exploring or revisioning any aspect of the relations, confluences, and divergences between these two Mississippi "mountains" and/or their work.
Please send 250 word proposals to by December 15th, 2013.