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New Essays on Eudora Welty, Class, and Race$
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Harriet Pollack

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781496826145

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2020

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496826145.001.0001

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The Boogie in the Bush

The Boogie in the Bush

The Boundaries of Race, Nature, and Desire in Eudora Welty’s The Golden Apples

(p.103) The Boogie in the Bush
New Essays on Eudora Welty, Class, and Race

Christin Marie Taylor

, Harriet Pollack
University Press of Mississippi

This essay considers Welty’s engagement with race through the lenses of nature and space. Through seemingly insignificant references to manmade outdoor space, Welty points to nature as an essential aspect of race making. Natural boundaries come to symbolize the separations of Jim Crow as well as associated iterations of the “black beast rapist” myth that include tropes of “oriental” and Native American masculine others. But, Welty’s African American characters overturn these dominant myths, signifying on white masculine violence and feminine desire.

Keywords:   Race, Nature, rape myth, desire, African American

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