Most critics of southern novelist Eudora Welty have analyzed her work with a primary focus on her southern background. In Serious Daring from Within, Franziska Gygax instead uses a gender-specific approach to analyze Welty's novels, illustrating how Welty's narrative techniques establish female authority and frequently undermine patriarchal values.
From this unique perspective, Gygax examines Delta Wedding, The Golden Apples, Losing Battles and The Optimist's Daughter, and argues that Eudora Welty indirectly and subtly created a radical vision of a female world. The study applies feminist literary theory when considering the various narrative structures of each novel. Scholars of literary criticism, southern literary studies and/or women's studies will find Serious Daring from Within enlightening and rewarding.
About the Author
FRANZISKA GYGAX is a Research Fellow of the Swiss Foundation for the Sciences and Humanities in Switzerlandand a Visiting Fellow at the English Department at Princeton University. Her publications include Gertrude Stein and the Deconstruction of the Family: The Making of Americans in Women in Search of Literary Space, ed Katrina Bachinger, Gudrun Grabher, and Maureen Lange-Devine, (forthcoming).
Table of Contents
Delta Wedding: Point of View and Matriarchal Order
The Golden Apples: Female Myths and the Woman Artist
Losing Battles: Talking, Hiding, and Revealing, or Community and the Female Outsiders
The Optimist's Daughter: A Woman's Memory