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The Resource Eudora Welty, Whiteness, and race, edited by Harriet Pollack

Eudora Welty, Whiteness, and race, edited by Harriet Pollack

Label
Eudora Welty, Whiteness, and race
Title
Eudora Welty, Whiteness, and race
Statement of responsibility
edited by Harriet Pollack
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"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
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
813/.52
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3545.E6
LC item number
Z675 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Pollack, Harriet
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Welty, Eudora
  • Whites in literature
  • Race relations in literature
Label
Eudora Welty, Whiteness, and race, edited by Harriet Pollack
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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: dramatuc 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
Control code
792884032
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 275 pages
Isbn
9780820344331
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012024176
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)792884032
Label
Eudora Welty, Whiteness, and race, edited by Harriet Pollack
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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: dramatuc 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
Control code
792884032
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 275 pages
Isbn
9780820344331
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012024176
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)792884032

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