Color and texture are often percetive as "wallpaper" -- a humdrum backdrop against which the action of a literary work unfolds. Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper; Ntozake Shange's For Colored Girls...; and Alice Walker's The Color Purple, among many others, purposely and effectively challenge such perception. This creative session (re)considers the author as artist, (re)casting color and texture as deliberate, meaningful components of literary experience. Open to considering a variety of authors and genres in relation to its theme, this creative session (Conference Session 18778, Northeast Modern Language Association 2021) particularly welcomes papers highlighting color and/or texture as relate to either Gilman, or Shange, or Walker.
Lisa Pertillar Brevard, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Center for General Education