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Call for Papers: Eudora Welty in/and America

Dec. 24, 2003

For a special session to be proposed for the annual MLA Convention, December 27-30, 2004, Philadelphia, paper proposals are welcomed on any topic examining the impact — on Welty studies and/or on constructions of American literature — when Eudora Welty’s works (the first by a living author to be published in the Library of America series) are accorded their long-overdue centrality in the twentieth-century canon.

What happens to Welty, and to American literature, when/as she takes her rightful place as a major author? Topics might include Welty as southern vs. Welty as American writer; Welty and literary history; Welty’s influence on postmodern American writing; Welty not Faulkner; changing ideas and valuations of regionalism; etc.

The session is being organized and proposed on behalf of the Eudora Welty Society.

Inquiries or 500-word abstract plus brief vitae by 1 March 2004 to David McWhirter, Dept. of English, Texas A&M University, 4227 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-4227, or email to

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