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This collection of complementary and interrelated essays by ten well-known Welty critics brings welcome clarification to the controversial subject of Eudora Welty and the political, a topic once presumed to be closed tight. As the essays prove, Welty has been inaccurately assessed by critics from Diana Trilling in the Nation (1943) to Claudia Roth Pierpont in the New Yorker (1998) as a writer who avoids political, historical, or cultural engagement in her fiction. The better question these essayists explore is not whether but how Welty's work is to be understood as political.<P>Harriet Pollack, Suzanne Marrs, Peggy Prenshaw, Noel Polk, Suzan Harrison, Ann Romines, Rebecca Mark, Barbara Ladd, Sharon Baris, and Daniele Pitavy-Souques place Welty's seeming rejection of the political in her 1961 essay "Must the Novelist Crusade?" into the cultural and historical context of 1940-1960, when "individualism" was a code word for political and personal freedom and was defined in contrast to totalitarianism as represented by Mussolini, Hitler, and Stalin. Welty, they show, though she repudiated the concept of fiction as editorial, wrote stories that were inherently and unavoidably political.<P>The essayists look closely at how surprisingly often Welty's fiction, criticism, and photographs are oblique responses to public political issues — political corruption, racial apartheid, poverty, McCarthyism and the Rosenberg trials, violent resistance to the civil rights movement, integration of schools, and filial piety and southern reverence for identities of the cultural past. The deceptive opposition of the terms private and political may be most at fault for misreading Welty.<P>As the only livingauthor to be reedited by the Library of America, Eudora Welty deserves a sound appreciation of her complex oeuvre. Eudora Welty and Politics provides just that, approaching Welty's work from an all-new point of view to reveal how the writer repeatedly registered a political vi

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807126189
Editor:
Marrs, Suzanne
Editor:
Pollack, Harriet
Editor:
Marrs, Suzanne
Editor:
Pollack, Harriet
Author:
Marrs, Suzanne
Publisher:
Louisiana State University Press
Location:
Baton Rouge
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Women Authors
Subject:
Politics and literature
Subject:
American - Southern
Subject:
Political fiction, American.
Subject:
Politics and literature -- United States.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Southern Literary Studies
Series Volume:
106-72
Publication Date:
20010331
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
268
Dimensions:
8.88x6.37x1.06 in. 1.17 lbs.

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