Eudora Welty, Whiteness, and Race (Hardback)Harriet Pollack (editor), Donnie McMahand (author of contributions), Jean C. Griffith (author of contributions), Julia Eichelberger (author of contributions), Keri Watson (author of contributions), Mae Miller Claxton (author of contributions), Patricia Yaeger (author of contributions), Rebecca Mark (author of contributions), Sarah Ford (author of contributions), Susan V. Donaldson (author of contributions)
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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.
Contributors: Mae Miller Claxton, Susan V. Donaldson, Julia Eichelberger, Sarah Ford, Jean C. Griffith, Rebecca Mark, Suzanne Marrs, Donnie McMahand, David McWhirter, Harriet Pollack, Keri Watson, Patricia Yaeger.
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 558 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
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