Eudora Welty’s Delta Wedding


Presenting the first full-length collection of essays on Eudora Welty’s novel, Delta Wedding (1946), this volume is the fourth book in Rodopi Press’s Dialogue Series. Within these pages, emerging and experienced literary critics engage in an exciting dialogue about Welty’s noted novel, presenting a wide range of scholarship that focuses on feminist concerns, pays tribute to the rhetoric of exclusion and empowerment, examines the role of outsider and boundaries, explores meaning-making, and highlights the novel’s humor and musicality. This volume will no doubt be of interest to Welty aficianados as well as southern studies and feminist scholars and to those who are interested in the craft of writing fiction.

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General Editor’s Preface
Music and Humor
Barbara SYLVESTER: The Delta Wedding Blues
Tereza MARQUES de OLIVEIRA LIMA: Delta Wedding: an Intricate Design of Humor and Celebration
Julia EICHELBERGER: “The Way for Girls in the World”: Laura’s Escape from Drowning in Delta Wedding
Elizabeth CREWS: “Cixous’ New Woman: Laura and Shelley in Eudora Welty’s Delta Wedding
Meaning making
Cecilia DONOHUE: “. . . nothing really, nothing really so very much happened”: Indeterminate Meaning in Eudora
Welty’s Delta Wedding
Imola BÜLGÖZDI: Probing the Limits of the Self
Paula Elyseu MESQUITA: “The anger, the love, the pride, and rest of marriage”: Women and Wedlock Ideology in Eudora Welty’s Delta Wedding
Outsiders and Insiders
Mae MILLER CLAXTON: Outlaws and Indians: Eudora Welty’s “Border” Characters in Delta Wedding
Liza KRAMER: “Seeing Things as They Really Are in Mississippi”: Delta Wedding’s Anatomy of Pure White Womanhood
Reine Dugas BOUTON: Knowledge, Power, and Rhetoric in Eudora Welty’s Delta Wedding
Notes on Contributors