Eudora Welty and Performance

deadline for submissions: 
December 1, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Eudora Welty Society/ American Literature Association
contact email: 

Eudora Welty Society at the  American Literature Association Conference, May 26-29, 2022 / Palmer House, Chicago, Illinois 

Eudora Welty and Performance 

This panel will consider any of the many relationships between Eudora Welty and performance. Topics include but are not limited to 1) Welty’s own artistic interactions with performance, 2) performances and technologies of performance such as film that influenced her work, 3) performances of Welty’s work in theatre or on film, 4) Welty’s performance of self in letters, lectures, book covers, and selfies. Papers might, for example, consider Welty’s flirtations with writing for theater (The Robber Bridegroom, Bye-Bye Brevoort), her attendance at theaters in London and New York, the plays she saw, or her role in founding and supporting New Stage Theatre. They could mull the work of adapting her texts for performance (for instance, “Moon Lake” “Asphodel,”  “A Fire Was In My Head,” “Sister and Miss Lexie”), the process of adaptation, and/or adaptation and performance as interpretation. Or they might consider specific film and stage performances of her work (such as “The Wide Net,” “Why I Live at the P.O,” The Robber BridegroomThe Ponder Heart). Productive framings include more than theatre. Subjects such as the influence of film performance and technology, the development of television, or histories of dance, song, and music on Welty’s writing are most welcome. Papers also might consider her photographs displayed, framed, understood and re-interpreted in varying performance venues. Or investigate Welty’s habit of creating amusing alternate identities in her letters, selfies, etc. Performance theory might be relevant across the board.

Papers appropriate for this session might also be developed for the planned volume Welty, Modernism, and Media, anticipated for inclusion in the University of Mississippi series, Critical Perspectives on Eudora Welty.

Please send 250-word abstracts to pollackh@cofc.edu by Dec.1, 2021. Early expressions of interest requested.