Tuesday, November 2 at 7 p.m. in the Stern Center Great Room
A presentation by Professor Harriet Pollack, Bucknell University
The Mississippi writer Eudora Welty is most well-known for her prize winning stories and novels. But as a Junior Publicity Agent for the WPA during the depression, she also took a number of stunning photographs. This talk considers Welty's photographic representations of the African-American woman's body in the context of the history of that body in photography generally. The comparison suggests how Welty's images are of her time and yet also innovative, presenting us with some new ways to see.
Harriet Pollack, Professor (Ph.D. University of Virginia), is currently writing about and teaching courses that consider the body in Southern Literature and photography in the contexts of Southern history and cultural trauma. She recently co-edited, with Christopher Metress, Emmett Till in Literary Memory and Imagination, a book about the racial murder that began the civil rights movement.