April 28, 2008

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Posted April 28, 2008

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Harriet Pollack, professor of English at Bucknell, has received the 2008 Phoenix Award for her contributions to Welty scholarship.

The award, given on occasion by the Eudora Welty Society to an individual whose contributions to Welty studies have been exceptional, was presented recently at the bi-annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Southern Literature.
"In selecting Harriet for this year's award, the officers of the Welty Society and past recipients of the Phoenix Award extend appreciation for her contributions to Welty scholarship, the Society, and to the larger community of Welty's students and admirers," said Society President Barbara Ladd, professor of English at Emory University.
"Harriet's has been a major shaping voice in all things Weltean with two important edited collections of essays, Having Our Way: Women Rewriting Tradition in Twentieth-Century America (1995) and, with Suzanne Marrs, Eudora Welty and Politics: Did the Writer Crusade? (2001).

"This award also recognizes the invaluable contribution of her own essays and, in particular, the 1998 Kirby Award-winning essay, "Photographic Convention and Story Composition: Eudora Welty's Use of Detail, Plot, Genre and Expectation From 'A Worn Path' Through 'Bride of The Innisfallen'" (1997), a ground-breaking study of the intersection of photographic and narrative ways of seeing in Welty's work," Ladd said.
Pollack's most recent book is Emmett Till in Literary Memory and Imagination (2007), a book about the racial murder that began the civil rights movement, edited with Christopher Mestress.

Southern literature specialization
Pollack, who joined the Bucknell faculty in 1987, teaches American literature with specializations in Southern literature, William Faulkner and Eudora Welty, American women writers, visual culture, modernism, cultural studies, and reading theory.

She is writing about and teaching courses that consider the body in Southern literature and photography in the contexts of Southern history and cultural trauma.

A board member of the Society for The Study of Southern Literature, Pollack is planning and directing the conference celebrating Welty’s centennial birthday in 2009 in Jackson, Miss.

Eudora Welty, who is known as the First Lady of Southern Literature, was a six-time winner of the O. Henry Award for Short Stories. Her many awards include the National Medal for Literature, the American Book Award, and, in 1972, a Pulitzer Prize for The Optimist's Daughter.

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Posted April 28, 2008