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

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South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)/Flannery O’Connor Society
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Readers and critics have long compared the writings of Flannery O'Connor and Eudora Welty, especially in terms of their uses of "the grotesque." This panel, a joint venture with the Eudora Welty Society, aims to put O'Connor and Welty'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 O'Connor and Welty'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, O'Connor and Welty's treatments of region, race, gender, and class.

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

Please e-mail abstracts (250-500 words) to Ebony O. McNeal at before Sunday, July 1, 2012.