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Faulkner, Welty, Wright - A Mississippi Confluence

Faulkner, Welty, Wright

A Mississippi Confluence

Edited by Annette Trefzer, Jay Watson, and James G. Thomas Jr.
Series: Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Series

Hardcover : 9781496851086, 286 pages, 18 b&w illustrations; 4 tables, July 2024
Paperback : 9781496851093, 286 pages, 18 b&w illustrations; 4 tables, July 2024
Expected to ship: 2024-07-15
Expected to ship: 2024-07-15

Table of contents

Note on the Conference
Annette Trefzer and Jay Watson
“What There Is to Say”: Looking Back at My Friendship with Eudora Welty
Suzanne Marrs
Visionary and Incomplete: Comparing Cultural Landscapes of Faulkner, Wright, and Welty
Julia Eichelberger
Witnessing Jim Crow: Three Mississippi Writers and the Politics of Critical Race Theory
Susan V. Donaldson
Kiese Laymon, Jesmyn Ward, and Natasha Trethewey: Writers of Our Mississippi Moment Showing How to Read Those We Had Read Before
Harriet Pollack
Life in the Permanent War: Faulkner, Welty, and Wright and the Nuclear Arms Race
Ryoichi Yamane
Welty and Wright and the Visual Idea of the American South
W. Ralph Eubanks
Literary Dispatches from the Postal South
Donnie McMahand and Kevin Murphy
“Burning in His Own Heart”: Contrasting Visions of Blindness and Invisibility as Social Death in Wright’s Native Son and Faulkner’s Light in August
Bernard T. Joy
Criminality, Sexuality, and Violence in Faulkner and Wright: Sanctuary and The Long Dream
John Wharton Lowe
William Faulkner, Richard Wright, and the Writing of African American Consciousness
Anita DeRouen and Anne MacMaster
The Transit of Memory: William Faulkner, Jesmyn Ward, and Eudora Welty
Sarah Gilbreath Ford
“We Listen for What the Waves Intone”: Writing Black Women’s Liberatory Voices as Dialectical Ghosting in Eudora Welty’s “The Burning,” Margaret Walker’s Jubilee, and Natasha Trethewey’s Native Guard
Rebecca Mark
About the Contributors

An engaging, diverse collection that considers together a trio of Mississippi literary giants


Contributions by Anita DeRouen, Susan V. Donaldson, Julia Eichelberger, W. Ralph Eubanks, Sarah Gilbreath Ford, Bernard T. Joy, John Wharton Lowe, Anne MacMaster, Rebecca Mark, Suzanne Marrs, Donnie McMahand, Kevin Murphy, Harriet Pollack, Annette Trefzer, Jay Watson, and Ryoichi Yamane

Working closely in each other’s orbit in Mississippi, William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, and Richard Wright created lasting portraits of southern culture, each from a distinctly different vantage point. Taking into consideration their personal, political, and artistic ways of responding to the histories and realities of their time and place, Faulkner, Welty, Wright: A Mississippi Confluence offers comparative scholarship that forges new connections—or, as Welty might say, traces new confluences—across texts, authors, identities, and traditions.

In the collection, contributors discuss Faulkner’s Light in August; Sanctuary; Go Down, Moses; As I Lay Dying; “A Rose for Emily”; and “That Evening Sun”; Welty’s One Writer’s Beginnings; One Time, One Place; The Optimist’s Daughter; Losing Battles; “Why I Live at the P.O.”; “Livvie”; “Moon Lake”; “The Burning”; “Where Is the Voice Coming From?”; and “The Demonstrators”; and Wright’s Native Son; The Long Dream; 12 Million Black Voices; Black Boy; Lawd Today!; “The Man Who Lived Underground”; “The Ethics of Living Jim Crow”; and “Long Black Song.”

Acknowledging that Mississippi ground was never level for any of the three writers, the fourteen essays in this volume turn from the familiar strategies of single-author criticism toward a mode of analysis more receptive to the fluid mergings of creative currents, placing Wright, Welty, and Faulkner in comparative relationship to each other as well as to other Mississippi writers such as Margaret Walker, Lewis Nordan, Natasha Trethewey, Jesmyn Ward, Steve Yarbrough, and Kiese Laymon. Doing so deepens and enriches our understanding of these literary giants and the Mississippi modernism they made together.