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Eudora Welty, “Petrified Man” - Welty – Northern writer writing about the South - 200 changes to original to make it funnier - Open – awash in voices – voices important in her writing - She felt it was American, NOT regional (Southern) o But she’s situation us in a particular place with specific voices - Description at opening is grotesque and cruel - Gossip – women nasty to each other - Women being made into freaks o Freakshow on other side of wall o Ugly in appearance and in actions - All references are reversed – not what typically think about being pregnant o Think about being pregnant Description of Mrs. Montjoy in labour but wanting to look good - Sexually perverse connotations throughout - Freakshow – common – o In vacant lot o Grotesque descri
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