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“Visible, Unfamiliar, Remarkable”: Private Bodies and Public Policy in Eudora Welty’s Losing Battles

“Visible, Unfamiliar, Remarkable”: Private Bodies and Public Policy in Eudora Welty’s... StePhanie r ountree “ visible, unfamiliar, remarkable ” Private Bodies and Public Policy in Eudora Welty’s Losing Battles In the opening line of her tribute to Patricia Yaeger at MLA’s 2015 memorial session, Katherine Henninger recalled the late and great scholar’s legendary At st proc- ake in lamation: “‘I want to dynamite the rails’; this sen- exploding tence launched a fl eet of dissertations.” Henninger’s the barrier estimation of Yaeger’s infl uence is no exaggera- tion; indeed, my own dissertation sails among that between public armada of scholarship that owes its impetus to the and private, brazen boundary-blasting work Yaeger achieved in Dirt and Desire. Her book became a rallying cry for between scholars to consciously and vigorously integrate ideology southern studies across all sorts of ideological boundaries. For me, her emphasis on the interre- and bodily lation between public politics and private spaces experience, inspired a methodological approach to southern lit- erature that continually guides my scholarship. then, is the In her chapter “Politics in the Kitchen: Roosevelt, opportunity McCullers, and Surrealist History,” Yaeger demon- strates how: to more the pressures connecting everyday life with large- eff ectively scale economies suggest another register for interrogate negotiating a traditional http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Southern Literary Journal University of North Carolina Press

“Visible, Unfamiliar, Remarkable”: Private Bodies and Public Policy in Eudora Welty’s Losing Battles

The Southern Literary Journal , Volume 48 (2) – Nov 17, 2016

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University of North Carolina Press
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StePhanie r ountree “ visible, unfamiliar, remarkable ” Private Bodies and Public Policy in Eudora Welty’s Losing Battles In the opening line of her tribute to Patricia Yaeger at MLA’s 2015 memorial session, Katherine Henninger recalled the late and great scholar’s legendary At st proc- ake in lamation: “‘I want to dynamite the rails’; this sen- exploding tence launched a fl eet of dissertations.” Henninger’s the barrier estimation of Yaeger’s infl uence is no exaggera- tion; indeed, my own dissertation sails among that between public armada of scholarship that owes its impetus to the and private, brazen boundary-blasting work Yaeger achieved in Dirt and Desire. Her book became a rallying cry for between scholars to consciously and vigorously integrate ideology southern studies across all sorts of ideological boundaries. For me, her emphasis on the interre- and bodily lation between public politics and private spaces experience, inspired a methodological approach to southern lit- erature that continually guides my scholarship. then, is the In her chapter “Politics in the Kitchen: Roosevelt, opportunity McCullers, and Surrealist History,” Yaeger demon- strates how: to more the pressures connecting everyday life with large- eff ectively scale economies suggest another register for interrogate negotiating a traditional

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The Southern Literary JournalUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Nov 17, 2016

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