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Carson McCullers in the Twenty-First Century

14 Dec

Carson McCullers Society Board Members Alison Graham-Bertollini and Casey Kayser have co-edited the new collection of essays, Carson McCullers in the Twenty-First Century. book-coverThe collection includes chapters about McCullers’ fiction, autobiographical writing, and dramatic works, and is groundbreaking because it includes the first detailed scholarly examination of new archival material donated to Columbus State University after the 2013 death of Dr. Mary Mercer, McCullers’ psychiatrist and friend, including transcripts of the psychiatric sessions that took place between McCullers and Mercer in 1958. Further, the collection covers the scope of McCullers’ canon of work, such as The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1940), The Member of the Wedding (1946), and Ballad of the Sad Café (1943), through lenses that are of growing interest in contemporary literary studies, including comparative transatlantic readings, queer theory, disability studies, and critical animal theory, among others.



14 Dec

The Carson McCullers Society and the Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians sponsored a panel at this year’s South Atlantic Modern Language Association conference, held November 4-6 in Jacksonville, Florida:
Chair: Casey Kayser, University of Arkansas
Cousin Lymon: A Portrait of Dwarfism in Carson McCullers’ The Ballad of the
Sad Café   –John David Harding, Saint Leo University

“The Worlds at the End of the Long, Stale Afternoons”: Gender Fluidity and
Utopian Vision in Carson McCullers’s The Member of the Wedding  –Cameron Williams, University of North Georgia

As Freud Likes It: The Oedipal Complex in Carson McCullers’ The Ballad of the
Sad Cafe  –Tara Dybas, California State University Stanislaus

Reading Androgynous Bodies: Vision, Gender, and the Reproductive Politics of
Miss Amelia in Carson McCullers’ The Ballad of the Sad Cafe –Sarah-Marie Horning