The essays collected in this volume examine the range of Welty's talent. Originally prepared for the Eye of the Storyeller Conference on Eudora Welty held at the University of Akron, 17-19 September 1987, these essays bring together work by some of the Welty scholars writing today. The originating idea of the conference was power - a topic not often linked to Welty. But power, subtle and overt, demonstrated by technique and vision, is central to most of the analyses. Some critics elected to treat technical manifestations of power as revealed through Welty's experiments in voice and style. Others chose to view power as it is exercised in communities or by the individual in conflict with that community.
Part 1 Language and culture: American folk art, fine art, and Eudora Welty - aesthetic precedents for "Lily Daw and the Three Ladies, Ruth D.Weston; June Recital" - Virgie Rainey saved, Carey Wall; Contradictors, Interferers, and Prevaricators - opposing modes of discourse in Eudora Welty's losing battles, Susan V.Donaldson; the "Assault of Hope" - style's substance in Welty's "the Demonstrator", Suzanne Ferguson. Part 2 Women: Eudora Welty and the dutiful daughter, Elizabeth Evans; the strategy of Edna Earle Ponder, Marilyn Arnold; sibyis in Eudora Welty's stories, Peter Schmidt; how not to tell a story - Eudora Welty's first-person tales, Ann Romines. Part 3 Visible connections: the terrible and the marvellous Eudora Welty's Chekhov, Jan Nordby Gretlund; realities in "Sir Rabbit" - a frame analysis, Daun Kendig; from metaphor to manifestation - the artist in Eudora Welty's "A Curtain of Green", Cheryll Burgess; of suffering and joy - aspects of storytelling in Welty's short fiction, Daniele Pitavy-Souques. Part 4 Endurance and change: going to Naples and other places in Eudora Welty's fiction, Noel Polk; from civil war to civil rights - race relations in Welty's "A Worn Path", Nancy K Butterworth; falling into cycles - "The Golden Apples", Thomas McHaney; "Where Is The Voice Coming From? - teaching Eudora Welty, Ruth.M.Vande Kieft.