our site has been in operation, the EWR staff has received several questions
per week from students and scholars of Eudora Welty's work. In response
to this avid interest in Welty, we have compiled a list of frequently
asked questions to help encourage the continuation of Welty scholarship.
If you have a question about Eudora Welty that is not listed below, please email us, and we will be do our best to field your questions and direct you
to the appropriate resources.
is Welty's writing influenced by, and how does it reflect, "places" in
Mississippi and the South. --Jennifer Thornton
Where to find it: Albert
Devlin, Eudora Welty's Chronicle.
What distinctly "personal" elements are submerged in Welty's writing:
what triggered her to write a given piece, what beliefs or curiosities
lurk beneath the surface of invented character and story, what "participation"
does she require from the reader, and what does she expect the reader
to share with her? --Sabine Hollstein
Where to find it: Peggy Prenshaw, ed., Conversations with
Eudora Welty & More Conversations with Eudora Welty; Paul Binding, The Still Moment: Eudora Welty, Portrait of a Writer.
Question: How does the reader become more adept at making connections between the
pieces of a writer's work, finding patterns among themes, images, characters,
etc., that add up to a coherent vision of the writer's career? --Pat
Where to find it: Peter Schmidt, The Heart of the Story: Eudora
Welty's Short Fiction. Gail L. Mortimer, Daughter of the
Swan: Love and Knowledge in Eudora Welty's Fiction.
does the reader come closer to apprehending the writer's work as the writer
apprehended it, in a linear or exploratory or even suddenly explosive
and retrospective "discovery," rather than by using the backward look
of the critic ("hanging upside down"). --Shannon McLendon
Where to find it: Michael Kreyling, Author and Agent. Suzanne
Marrs, The Welty Collection.
How does the reader find a critical perspective and language to talk about
Welty's vision of humanity's place in the universe and the interrelations
among human beings? --Sherry Fowler
Where to find it: Carol Manning, With Ears Opening Like Morning
Glories: Eudora Welty and the Love of Storytelling; Rebecca
Mark, The Dragon's Blood: Feminist Intertextuality in Eudora Welty's
'The Golden Apples.'
Question: How does one research an author in such a way that a publishable paper
is the result? --Daryl O'Hare
Where to find it: W. Craig Turner and Lee Emling Harding, Critical
Essays on Eudora Welty.
Question: How do Welty's portrayals of "southern experience" capture,
transcend, and possibly occasionally misrepresent the culture and traditions
of the south, leading to the perception elsewhere in the world that her
work is indeed universal? --Derrick Harris
Where to find it: Ruth Weston, Gothic Traditions and Narrative
Techniques in the Fiction of Eudora Welty.
Question: How does the reader learn more about text and subtext in fiction and also
increase personal sensitivity to the creative work? --Gala Rachele
Where to find it: Franziska Gygax, Serious Daring from Within:
Female Narrative Strategies in Eudora Welty's Novels.
Question: How does the reader get inside Welty's world and discover the best sense
of what is "southern" about her perspective? --Susan McIntire
Where to find it: Louise Westling, Sacred Groves and Ravaged Gardens:
The Fiction of Eudora Welty, Carson McCullers, and Flannery O'Connor. Will
Brantley, Feminine Sense in Southern Memoir: Smith, Glasgow, Welty,
Hellman, Porter and Hurston.
Question: Can I learn more about Welty's personal life?
Where to find it: Welty's own One Writer's Beginnings. Ruth
Vande Kieft's Eudora Welty, rev. edition (Twayne, 1987). ALbert
Devlin's Eudora Welty's Chronicle: A Story of Mississippi Life.
Michael Kreyling's Author and Agent: Eudora Welty and Diarmuid Russell.
Question: One Writer's Beginnings and The Eye of the Story: Selected Essays
and Reviews are not indexed. How can I access this information?
Where to find it: Indexes for One
Writer's Beginnings and The
Eye of the Story: Selected Essays and Reviews and Author and Agent: Eudora Welty and Diarmuid are now available
online through the EWN. Click the title of the book to view its
index. As the EWN publishes more indexes, these too will become
more questions, please email EWN at firstname.lastname@example.org.