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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.
American literature with specializations in Southern literature, William Faulkner and Eudora Welty, American women writers, visual culture, modernism, cultural studies, and reading theory.
Current Projects and Research Interests
The Body of the Other Woman in The Fiction and Photography of Eudora Welty.
Prof. Pollack is also planning and directing the conference that will help to celebrate Welty’s centennial birthday in 2009 (Jackson, MS). See the conference program here. She will convene a Welty at 100 Bucknell series and is co-chairing the Centennial sessions that will be part of the 2009 American Literature Association Meetings (Boston). In addition, she serves on the board of the Society for The Study of Southern Literature (SSSL)
Emmett Till in Literary Memory and Imagination (w/ Christopher Metress, LSU, 2007).
Eudora Welty and Politics; Did the Writer Crusade (w/ Suzanne Marrs, LSU, 2001).
Having Our Way: Women Rewriting The Tradition in Twentieth-Century America (1995).
"On Welty’s Use of Allusion" in Eudora Welty, ed. Harold Bloom (Bloom Biocritques Series, 2004, also reprinted in The Critical Response To Eudora Welty, ed Laurie Champion).
"Reading John Robinson.” Welty And Sexuality, Mississippi Quarterly, Spring 2003.
“Photographic Convention And Story Composition: Eudora Welty's Use of Detail, Plot, Genre, And Expectation From "A Worn Path" Through Bride of The Innisfallen,” South Central Review, Summer 1997.
"From Shiloh to In Country to Feather Crowns: Bobbie Ann Mason, Women's History and Southern Fiction" in Southern Literary Journal, Spring 1996.
"Words Between Strangers: On Welty, Her Style, and Her Audience" in Eudora Welty: A Life in Literature, ed. Albert Devlin, U Press Mississippi.
Named recipient of the Phoenix Award for 2008, "given on occasion to an individual whose contributions to Welty studies have been exceptional."
1998 Kirby Essay Prize from the South Central Modern Language Association.