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Eudora Welty at Jackson Place, Mississippi, USA. Photo by /\ \/\/ /\

Eudora Welty at Jackson Place, Mississippi, USA. Photo by /\ \/\/ /\

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The Study Sessions: Women Writers in the US South

“They better not call me that!”: Eudora Welty and the Southern Gothic, by Stephanie Palmer

24 Oct 2017

The Study Sessions are a series of informal reading and discussion groups. This series will focus on different versions of the American South as realised in the work of four of its authors. More>>
Welty didn’t like being associated with the Southern Gothic any more than she enjoyed the association between the U.S. South and the grandstanding voice of William Faulkner. Her quiet short stories and novels, though, hint at the kinds of social conflicts and pressure points associated with the Gothic. Instances of injustice against African Americans haunt the fiction and in subtle ways the fiction resists this injustice. Her fiction portrays the entrapment of white Americans, particularly women, within claustrophobic families and situations. The humour, variety, and depth of her fiction reward rereading. 
For this session Stephanie Palmer would like us to read:
- Eudora Welty, 'Clytie' (1941)
- Eudora Welty, 'Shower of Gold' (1948)
- Eudora Welty, 'Where Is the Voice Coming From?' (1963)
- Jenn Williamson, ‘Traumatic Recurrences in White Southern Literature: O’Connor’s “Everything That Rises Must Converge” and Welty’s “Clytie,”’ Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 38.7 (2009 Oct-Nov), 747-764.
Please note; this session is now fully booked.
Free, The Studio
Stephanie Palmer is a Senior Lecturer of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Subject Leader of English at Nottingham Trent University. She received her PhD in English Literature from the University of Michigan, after writing her undergraduate honours thesis on Eudora Welty’s The Golden Apples. Her book, Together by Accident: American Local Color Literature and the Middle Class (Lexington Books, 2009), traces a motif of regional travel accident through the works of writers like Sarah Orne Jewett and William Dean Howells, illustrating that regional literatures use underhanded literary strategies to focus readers’ attention on the serious and uncomfortable issue of social class. Her current research focuses on the reception of American women writers in the British fin-de-siècle and concepts of female transmission and influence.



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