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Sacred groves and ravaged gardens : the fiction of Eudora Welty, Carson McCullers, and Flannery O'Connor

Author: Louise Hutchings Westling
Publisher: Athens : University of Georgia Press, ©1985.
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In Sacred Groves and Ravaged Gardens, Louise Westling explores how the complex, difficult roles of women in southern culture shaped the literary worlds of Eudora Welty, Carson McCullers, and Flannery O'Connor. Tracing the cultural heritage of the South, Westling shows how southern women reacted to the violent, false world created by their men-a world in which women came to be shrouded as icons of purity in atonement  Read more...
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Named Person: Eudora Welty; Carson McCullers; Flannery O'Connor; McCullers; O'Connor; Welty; Eudora Welty; Carson McCullers; Flannery O'Connor
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Louise Hutchings Westling
ISBN: 0820307467 9780820307466
OCLC Number: 11044872
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xi, 217 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
The Blight of Southern Womanhood --
Growing Up in the Modern South --
The Enchanted Maternal Garden of Delta Wedding --
Venturesome Daughters --
Tomboys and Revolting Femininity --
Good Country People --
O'Conner's Sacred Landscapes --
Place, Freedom, and Feminine Identity.
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In Sacred Groves and Ravaged Gardens, Louise Westling explores how the complex, difficult roles of women in southern culture shaped the literary worlds of Eudora Welty, Carson McCullers, and Flannery O'Connor. Tracing the cultural heritage of the South, Westling shows how southern women reacted to the violent, false world created by their men-a world in which women came to be shrouded as icons of purity in atonement for the sins of men. Exposing the actual conditions of women's lives, creating assertive protagonists who resist or revise conventional roles, and exploring rich matriarchal traditions and connections to symbolic landscapes Welty, McCullers, and O'Connor created a body of fiction that enriches and complements the patriarchal version of southern life presented in the works of William Faulkner, John Crowe Ransom, Allen Tate, and William Styron. -publisher description.

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