A widely acclaimed appraisal of Welty's famed "sense of place"
In this study of the particular place from which Eudora Welty's writing arises, Jan Nordby Gretlund argues for the importance of considering the historical and cultural background for Welty's literary achievement. Contending that her writing represents the South's collective experience from the Depression to the present, he demonstrates that Welty's realistic fiction reveals an aesthetic allegiance to agrarian values. According to Gretlund, her "sense of place" ultimately reflects a sense of how to live. By focusing on her native place, remembering its past, identifying with it, and expressing its essence, Welty discovers and rediscovers herself.
Jan Nordby Gretlund is a lecturer in American literature at Odense University, Denmark, who has held Fulbright Scholarships at the University of South Carolina and University of Southern Mississippi. He is an editor of Realist Distances: Flannery O'Connor Revisited, Walker Percy: Novelist and Philosopher, and Southern Landscapes.
"A book that should be the standard for readers, writers, and the intelligent public."—Barry Hannah
"All thanks to Jan Nordby Gretlund for this new perspective on the writing of Eudora Welty."—Josephine Humphreys
"A study I would recommend to reader, writer, and critic alike—anyone interested in the outstanding fiction of Eudora Welty."—Thomas E. Kennedy, Hollins Critic
"The most useful study of Eudora Welty's oeuvre that has yet been published."—Ashley Brown, Chattahoochee Review