(De)Coding the Church: Christian Performance and White Southern Girlhood in Welty's One Writer's Beginnings

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dc.contributor White, Heather
dc.contributor Simmons, K. Merinda
dc.contributor.advisor Crank, James A.
dc.contributor.author Perschall, Abigail
dc.date.accessioned 2021-11-23T14:34:37Z
dc.date.available 2021-11-23T14:34:37Z
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.identifier.other http://purl.lib.ua.edu/181526
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0003965
dc.identifier.other Perschall_alatus_0004M_14517
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/8197
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Eudora Welty’s memoir One Writer’s Beginnings conveys the author’s childhood enchantment with reading and education. Critical engagement with the text often centers its impact on readings of her fiction or Welty’s relationship to other memoirists. I argue, however, that One Writer’s Beginnings also reveals a departure from southern belle-styled femininity through Welty’s interactions with formal schooling and the Church. Her family’s comparatively secular position in such a conservative, Christian population distinguishes Welty’s positionality from many of her immediate peers, making her a unique example of Christianity’s secular reach throughout the South. Her memoir is of particular interest because it presents historical verisimilitude as negotiated through the author’s self-definition, which adds another dimension to existing studies of Welty’s life. Examining the ways Welty narrates the extremes of women’s publicly available identities and the class performance inherent in church membership, I trace the young author’s abandonment of the southern belle archetype through her critique of her childhood Jackson, Mississippi and its religious practices.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject autobiography en_US
dc.subject christianity en_US
dc.subject memoir en_US
dc.subject religion en_US
dc.subject south en_US
dc.title (De)Coding the Church: Christian Performance and White Southern Girlhood in Welty's One Writer's Beginnings en_US
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Department of English
etdms.degree.discipline American literature
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level master’s
etdms.degree.name M.A.

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