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ENGL 1A03 Final: Why I live at the P.O Notes.docx

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Eugenia Zuroski Jenkins
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Eudora Welty: Why I live at the P.O 1941
Unique voice compared to other previous fiction
mid 20th century American writer from the deep South (Mississippi)
regional writing (southern writing) writing from American south
the Swimmer – regional traits- references to regional culture (social class, racial groups, etc.) but
generally universal
specialized in short story writing; was a documentary photographer – taking photos of everyday
lives of working class people in the south
inspired by photograph of a young woman in the backroom of a post office in a small town
similar to Mavis Gallant’s method- bring a story to an image in mind
How fiction supplements documentation
Fiction is technology for capturing an imaginated truth (Storyline)
Fiction is not opposed to fact; supplements facts and brings to life
Fiction able to turn observable info into cultural material (narratives that have significance to
communities); makes readers aware of the world they live in
The Colloquial Voice
Language that mimics or approximates the way people talk in everyday life as opposed to formal
language (language that you try to write in for official purpose)
Colloquial voice varies amongst communities, regions
Story is in first person perspective like the yellow wallpaper; also short paragraphs like in yellow
“so as soon as she got married” (196) “so the first thing stella..did”(197) “so that’s the way the land
lies, says … Rondo”(202)
common use of ‘So’ – colloquialism
she begins so many lines with so because many characters talk that way. It’s a communal tick
Why’… I understand…” (197)
says ‘I says’ instead of ‘I said’
also a colloquial construction
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