Welty and Ecology at ALA 2022

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

Call For Papers
American Literature Association Conference
May 26-29, 2022, Chicago, IL

Welty and Ecology

Eudora Welty’s stories attest to her acute attention to the natural world, an interest fed in part by her devotion to her garden. Always careful, as she puts it, to depict “the moon in the right part of the sky,” Welty portrayed nature as both setting and agent. The Eudora Welty Society is seeking papers that examine the intersection of Welty’s work with ecology, ecocriticism, ecofeminism, and the ecogothic. Also of interest are papers exploring environmental concerns in Welty’s fiction, from the clear-cutting of farmland in the Delta to the logging in the hills of Mississippi. We welcome papers that compare Welty’s works with those of other writers as well.
Please send 250 word abstract to sarah_ford@baylor.edu by December 1st.