The Critical Response to Eudora Welty's Fiction

The Critical Response to Eudora Welty's Fiction

by Laurie Champion


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Eudora Welty holds a prominent position among Southern writers, receiving critical attention in publications that scan a wide range of interests. Journals that specialize in American literature, journals that publish general essays, and journals that focus on Southern literature frequently include articles about her works. Her writings have been included in anthologies and have been adapted for the stage and television. This book traces the evolving critical response to her fiction.

In a lucid introductory essay, Champion presents an overview and summarizes the body of criticism on Welty's fiction. The rest of the volume presents representative selections of criticism from the initial reception of Welty's work to the present day. The selections are grouped in chapters devoted to Welty's principal writings. Her fiction is treated chronologically, and the selections within each chapter are also arranged in chronological order. Thus the book charts the development of Welty criticism over an extended period of time. A bibliography of works for further reading completes the volume.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313285967
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/30/1994
Series: Critical Responses in Arts and Letters , #12
Pages: 392
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 1370L (what's this?)

About the Author

Laurie Champion is a PhD candidate at the University of North Texas. Her articles have appeared in The Southern Literary Journal and The Explicator, and she is the editor of The Critical Response to Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn (Greenwood Press, 1991).

Table of Contents

Series Foreword by Cameron Northouse


A Curtain of Green and Other Stories 1941

Full-Length Portrait by Kay Boyle

The Gothic South by Louise Bogan

Life for Phoenix by Neil D. Isaacs

Why Sister Lives at the P.O. by Charles E. May

The Robber Bridegroom 1942; The Violent Country by John Peale Bishop

American Fairy Tale by Lionel Trilling

The Uses of Enchantment in Frontier Humor and The Robber Bridegroom by Merrill Maguire Skaggs

Eudora Welty's Dance with Darkness: The Robber Bridegroom by Barbara Harrell Carson

The Wide Net and Other Stories 1943

Fiction in Review by Diana Trilling

Consolations of Poetry by Issac Rosenfield

Persephone in Eudora Welty's "Livvie" by Peggy W. Prenshaw

Delta Wedding 1946

Eudora Welty by Mary Alice Bookhart

Fiction in Review by Diana Trilling

Look Away, Look Away, Look Away by Hamilton Basso

The Problem of Time in Welty's Delta Wedding by Douglas Messerli

The Golden Apples 1949

Main Street in Dixie by Lee E. Cannon

Notes by the Way by Margaret Marshall

Five Southerners by Louis D. Rubin, Jr.

The Thematic Unity of Welty's The Golden Apples by Wendell V. Harris

The Ponder Heart 1954

Bossy Edna Earle Had a Word for Everything by V.S. Pritchett

Witless on the Delta by John Chapman

Edna Earle Ponder's Good Country People by John L. Idol, Jr.

Ponder Heart Now out in Dramatic Version by Frank Hains

Eudora Welty's The Ponder Heart Gets Rave Notices at Broadway by Bette E. Barber

The Bride of the Innisfallen and Other Stories 1955

The Bride of the Innisfallen by Fred Bornhauser

Miss Welty Magnificent in Newest Short Pieces by Frank Hains

"The Sharp Edge of Experiment": The Poetics of "No Place for You, My Love" by Albert J. Devlin

General Criticism 1955-1969

Name and Symbol in the Prose of Eudora Welty by William M. Jones

Losing Battles 1970

Eudora Welty Talks about Her New Book, Losing Battles by Frank Hains

Eudora Welty's Losing Battles Is Magnificent Feast by Louis Dollarhide

Everything Brought out in the Open: Eudora Welty's Losing Battles by Louis D. Rubin, Jr.

Miss Welty's Wide World by Robert Drake

Speech and Silence in Losing Battles by James Boatwright

The Optimist's Daughter 1972

The Continuity of Love by James Boatwright

The Past Reexamined: The Optimist's Daughter by Cleanth Brooks

"The Freed Hands": The Power of Images in Eudora Welty's The Optimist's Daughter by Kim Martin Long

General Criticism 1972-1979

Eudora Welty and the Use of Place in Southern Fiction by Elmo Howell

Eudora Welty: The Three Moments by John A. Allen

The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty 1980

The Fine, Full World of Welty by Anne Tyler

Songs of the South by Walter Clemons

Journeys out of Separateness by Jennifer Uglow

A Visit with Eudora Welty by Anne Tyler

The Loving Vision by Robert Drake

General Criticism 1980-1993

Family in Eudora Welty's Fiction by Sara McAlpin BVM

On Welty's Use of Allusion: Expectations and Their Revision in "The Wide Net," The Robber Bridegroom and "At The Landing" by Harriet Pollack

Diverting Swine: The Magical Relevancies of Eudora Welty's Ruby Fisher and Circe by Dawn Trouard

Selected Other Readings


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