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  • Mourning Medgar: Justice, Aesthetics, and the Local

    Minrose Gwin, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    11 March 2008

    Speaking at Emory University on February 19, 2008, Dr. Gwin considers how attention to historical location and to locally-embodied experiences raises questions about justice, aesthetics, and memory. She examines the 1963 assassination of Medgar Evers in Jackson, Mississippi, through writings by James Baldwin, Anne Moody, Eudora Welty, and Margaret Walker.


    Use the scroller to the right of the playlist to watch all six parts of the talk.


    Texts Referenced

    James Baldwin, Excerpt from Blues for Mister Charlie (1964)

    Margaret Walker, "Micah" (1970)

    Eudora Welty, Excerpt from "Where is the Voice Coming From?" (1963)

    Anne Moody, Excerpt from Coming of Age in Mississippi (1968)

    About Minrose Gwin

    Dr. Minrose Gwin is Kenan Eminent Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and co-editor of the Southern Literary Journal. She received both her MA and PhD in English from the University of Tennessee and is the author of Wishing for Snow: A Memoir (2004), The Woman in the Red Dress: Gender, Space, and Reading (2002), and The Feminine and Faulkner: Reading (Beyond) Sexual Difference (1990), and Black and White Women of the Old South: The Peculiar Sisterhood in American Literature (1985), and numerous essays, and coeditor of The Literature of the American South: A Norton Anthology (1997). Currently, she is working on multiple projects about racial violence, trauma, and cultural memory situated in the period of the civil rights movement. Dr. Gwin also writes creative nonfiction, poetry, and fiction, and has taught many courses related to her interests in race and gender, history and memory, location and cultural space, women's writing, American literature, and the US South.

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    Recommended Resources

    Print Materials
    Baldwin, James. Blues for Mister Charlie (a play). New York: Dial Press, 1964.

    Gwin, Minrose. Black and White Women of the Old South: The Peculiar Sisterhood in American Literature. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1985.

    ——— "Did Ernest Like Gordon? Faulkner's Mosquitoes and the Bite of 'Gender Trouble'" in Faulkner and Gender: Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha, 1994, eds. Donald M. Kartiganer and Ann J. Abadie. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1996: 120–144.

    ———. The Feminine and Faulkner: Reading (Beyond) Sexual Difference. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1990.

    ——— "Feminism and Faulkner: Second Thoughts or, What's a Radical Feminist Doing with a Canonical Male Text Anyway?" Faulker Journal 4 (Fall 1988–Spring 1989): 55–65.

    ——— (ed.). The Literature of the South: A Norton Anthology. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1997.

    ———. Wishing for Snow: A Memoir. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2004.

    ———. The Woman in the Red Dress: Gender, Space, and Reading. Champaign, Ill.: University of Illinois Press, 2002.

    Moody, Anne. Coming of Age in Mississippi. New York: Dell, 1968.

    Walker, Margaret. Prophets for a New Day. Detroit: Broadside Press, 1970.

    Welty, Eudora. The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty. New York, Harvest Books, 1982.

    Elaine Davenport, "Guilty as Charged." An overview of the Evers murder trial. Southern Changes. Volume 16, Number 1, 1994.

    Elaine Davenport, "The Six New Witnesses." Excerpts from testimony in the Evers trial. Southern Changes. Volume 16, Number 1, 1994.

    The Movement Remembered: "Like A Banked Fire" Southern Changes. Volume 5, Number 6, 1983.
    Worth Long interviews Aurelia Norris Young about the freedom struggle in Jackson, Mississippi. Included are her memories of Medgar and Myrlie Evers.

    Southern Literary Journal
    Gwin co-edits this scholarly journal about southern literature.

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