Time in the novels of Eudora Welty

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Phillip Lamar Owens (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Charles E. Davis

Abstract: In her essays and stories, and particularly in her novels, Eudora Welty examines how human beings relate to time. Miss Welty's concern with time is reflected in the imagery, structure, and theme of her novels, and indeed should be viewed as crucial to her artistic vision. To Miss Welty, time is quite different from chronology—man's rather futile attempts to measure and control time. Although her novels are filled with references to clocks, watches, pendulums, and other such devices, Welty always endeavors to demonstrate the inaccuracy and perversity of these contrivances. She portrays time as often dilated or compressed, and she regards the past, present, and future as one continuous flux. Her characters, however, usually fragment time and become preoccupied with the past, or with the present, or with the future. Consequently, Welty's characters seldom live in harmony with the world around them.

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Language: English
Date: 1980
Welty, Eudora, $d 1909-2001 $x Criticism and interpretation
Welty, Eudora, $d 1909-2001 $x Characters
Welty, Eudora, $d 1909-2001 $x Philosophy

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