Reading Environment(s) in the Works of Eudora Welty; SCMLA 2014

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The Eudora Welty Society
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In her autobiography, One Writer's Beginning, Eudora Welty recounts the disappointment she felt as a child when she first learned that "books had been written by people, that books were not natural wonders, coming up of themselves like grass." Looking to unpack the implications of this youthful conception of literature, one that blurs the lines between natural phenomenon and cultural production, the Eudora Welty Society invites paper proposals that explore the significance of "nature" in Welty's work and/or life. Possible topics might include, but are by no means limited to, the significance of agrarian production and its changing character in the 20th century south, the environmental dimension of regional mythologies and folkways, or the impact of the Natchez Trace and similar spaces on Welty's literary imagination. Papers that trouble the boundaries separating nature and culture are particularly welcome.

Please send proposals of 250 – 500 words, along with institutional affiliation, to Joshua Lundy at Final deadline for submissions is March 31, 2014.