Appropriating Space: Place in Eudora Welty’s Fiction
Place is the space we know, a physical and psychological appropriation of space. Space influences the characters in the choices they make. The sense of place is evident in almost all works of Eudora Welty who hails from the American South. According to her, place is where we put our roots and for her family symbolizes an order rooted in an ethic defined by the economic factors associated with place, the history of place and that place in time. One of the main concerns in her fiction is the relationships within family and family’s relationship with community through various historical periods. Her novels focus on family gatherings, the influence of war on the people, the after effects of the Great Depression, the intensities and complexities of family relations, the life in the Natchez Trace, class divisions, racial violence and many other such events connected with the South. The readers also get a visual imagery of the landscape of the South. The main contention in her works is that attachment of the individual to place gives him definition and detachment from place diminishes human integrity.