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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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Demonstration of Life

Demonstration of Life

Signifying for Social Justice in Eudora Welty’s “The Demonstrators”

(p.171) Demonstration of Life
New Essays on Eudora Welty, Class, and Race

Ebony O. Lumumba

, Harriet Pollack
University Press of Mississippi

This chapter engages racial discourse by linking the concept of signifying to the men and women in “The Demonstrators” who represent the African American community. The interaction between the black characters in “The Demonstrators,” especially when individuals who do not bare a cultural kinship to them are present, possesses an ancestral link to the African heritage in which the community is inherently steeped. In a textual moment that appears anticlimactic, members of the African American community of Holden demonstrate resistance to the intrusion of dominant culture through use of the age-old concept of signifying.

Keywords:   Welty The Demonstrators, signifying, African American, black, identity

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