The Eye That Is Language

ebook A Transatlantic View of Eudora Welty · Critical Perspectives on Eudora Welty

By Danièle Pitavy-Souques

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Danièle Pitavy-Souques (1937–2019) was a European powerhouse of Welty studies. In this collection of essays, Pitavy-Souques pours new light on Welty's view of the world and her international literary import, challenging previous readings of Welty's fiction, memoir, and photographs in illuminating ways. The nine essays collected here offer scholars, critics, and avid readers a new understanding and enjoyment of Welty's work. The volume explores beloved stories in Welty's masterpiece The Golden Apples, as well as "A Curtain of Green," "Flowers for Marjorie," "Old Mr. Marblehall," "A Still Moment," "Livvie," "Circe," "Kin," and The Optimist's Daughter, One Writer's Beginnings, and One Time, One Place. Essays include "Technique as Myth: The Structure of The Golden Apples" (1979), "A Blazing Butterfly: The Modernity of Eudora Welty" (1987), and others written between 2000 and 2018. Together, they reveal and explain Welty's brilliance for employing the particular to discover the universal.
Pitavy-Souques, who briefly lived in and often revisited the South, met with Welty several times in her Jackson, Mississippi, home. Her readings draw on the visual arts, European theorists, and styles of modernism, postmodernism, surrealism, as well as the baroque and the gothic. The included essays reflect Pitavy-Souques's European education, her sophisticated understanding of intellectual theories and artistic movements abroad, and her passion for the literary achievement of women of genius. The Eye That Is Language: A Transatlantic View of Eudora Welty reveals the way in which Welty's narrative techniques broaden her work beyond southern myths and mysteries into a global perspective of humanity.
The Eye That Is Language