Economic Enchantment in Eudora Welty's A Curtain of Green

Moore, Elizabeth (2016) Economic Enchantment in Eudora Welty's A Curtain of Green. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Annette Trefzer from English, University of Mississippi.

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Abstract

This thesis analyzes Eudora Welty’s short story collection, A Curtain of Green, and the interactions between its characters and the Mississippi economy. The paper takes into account Eudora Welty’s work with the WPA during the Great Depression and her experiences photographing Mississippians throughout the state. Additionally, this thesis uses Welty’s terminology when describing her experience of shopping as a child, specifically the “enchantment” of goods. This material is used to argue that Eudora Welty does address economic elements in her early short stories. Furthermore, this collection demonstrates a difference between gender participation in the economy, particularly among salesmen and female consumers. The male figures who transport goods across the state become disenchanted by their constant interaction with the economy, whereas female characters use their enchantment with the economy as an opportunity to exploit it. These women fulfill their hopes for economic security and social equality through consumerism. They use goods, entertainment, and travel to satisfy their desires for independence or marital stability. In A Curtain of Green, Welty presents a perspective on the Mississippi economy in which gender participation takes divergent routes for men and women.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Moore, Elizabeth
Student's Degree Program(s): B.A. in Political Science, English, French
Thesis Advisor: Annette Trefzer
Thesis Advisor's Department: English
Institution: University of Mississippi
Subjects: A General Works > AC Collections. Series. Collected works
F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F001 United States local history
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PS American literature
Depositing User: Elizabeth Moore
Date Deposited: 25 May 2016 16:50
Last Modified: 25 May 2016 16:50
URI: http://thesis.honors.olemiss.edu/id/eprint/660

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