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Eudora Welty and Surrealism$
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Stephen M. Fuller

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781617036736

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617036736.001.0001

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Surrealism and Welty’s Early Years in New York1

Surrealism and Welty’s Early Years in New York1

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Eudora Welty and Surrealism

Stephen M. Fuller

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter establishes Eudora Welty’s “Place in Fiction,” and how it announced her subscription to a parallel view with regard to fiction. Most of the stories collected in A Curtain of Green demonstrate defiance of the tyranny of actuality, and illustrate Welty’s shuttling between actuality and abstraction. It also shows the early orientation of Welty’s artistic prejudices, which would guide her during much of her career. Over the years, Welty’s view of imaginative transformation and the strategies required to realize the principle would develop and intensify, but in this first volume of short stories she holds to her fundamental conviction that fiction’s point of view should glow, illuminating the surreality of the waking life in dream and vice versa.

Keywords:   tyranny of actuality, Eudora Welty, Place in Fiction, abstraction, artistic prejudices

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