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Eudora Welty, whiteness, and race

Author: Harriet Pollack
Publisher: Athens : University of Georgia Press, cop. 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Faced with Eudora Welty's preference for the oblique in literary performances, some have assumed that Welty was not concerned with issues of race, or even that she was perhaps ambivalent toward racism. This collection counters those assumptions as it examines Welty's handling of race, the color line, and Jim Crow segregation and sheds new light on her views about the patterns, insensitivities, blindness, and  Read more...
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Named Person: Eudora Welty
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Harriet Pollack
ISBN: 9780820344331 0820344338
OCLC Number: 892950322
Description: 1 vol. (viii, 275 p.) : ill.couv.ill. ; 24 cm
Contents: Reading Welty on whiteness and race / Harriet Pollack --
Welty, race, and the patterns of a life / Suzanne Marrs --
Parting the veil: Eudora Welty, Richard Wright, and the crying wounds of Jim Crow / Susan V. Donaldson --
Eudora Welty's Making a Date, Grenada, Mississippi: one photograph, five performances / Keri Watson --
"The Little Store" in the segregated South: race and consumer culture in Eudora Welty's writing and photography / Mae Miller Claxton --
Secret agents: Welty's African Americans / David McWhirter --
Laughing in the dark: race and humor in Delta Wedding / Sarah Ford --
"I Knowed Him Then Like I Know Me Now": whiteness, violence, and interracial male intimacy in Delta Wedding and "Where Is the Voice Coming From?" / Jean C. Griffith --
Bodies on the brink: vision, violence, and self-destruction in Delta Wedding / Donnie McMahand --
"Black Men Dressed in Gold": racial violence in Eudora Welty's "The Burning" / Patricia Yaeger --
Ice picks, guinea pigs, and dead birds: dramatic Weltian possibilities in "The Demonstrators" / Rebecca Mark --
Rethinking the unthinkable: tracing Welty's changing view of the color line in her letters, essays, and The Optimist's Daughter / Julia Eichelberger.
Responsibility: edited by Harriet Pollack.
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"Faced with Eudora Welty's preference for the oblique in literary performances, some have assumed that Welty was not concerned with issues of race, or even that she was perhaps ambivalent toward racism. This collection counters those assumptions as it examines Welty's handling of race, the color line, and Jim Crow segregation and sheds new light on her views about the patterns, insensitivities, blindness, and atrocities of whiteness. Contributors to this volume show that Welty addressed whiteness and race in her earliest stories, her photography, and her first novel, Delta Wedding. In subsequent work, including The Golden Apples, The Optimist's Daughter, and her memoir, One Writer's Beginnings, she made the color line and white privilege visible, revealing the gaping distances between lives lived in shared space but separated by social hierarchy and segregation. Even when black characters hover in the margins of her fiction, they point readers toward complex lives, and the black body is itself full of meaning in her work. Several essays suggest that Welty represented race, like gender and power, as a performance scripted by whiteness. Her black characters in particular recognize whiteface and blackface as performances, especially comical when white characters are unaware of their role play. Eudora Welty, Whiteness, and Race also makes clear that Welty recognized white material advantage and black economic deprivation as part of a cycle of race and poverty in America and that she connected this history to lives on either side of the color line, to relationships across it, and to an uneasy hierarchy of white classes within the presumed monolith of whiteness."--Publisher's website.

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