Title

To the Trees: Sex and Escape in Welty's The Golden Apples

Faculty Mentor(s)

Mary Carney

Campus

Gainesville

Proposal Type

Presentation - completed/ongoing

Subject Area

English/Communications

Location

Nesbitt 3101

Start Date

25-3-2016 2:45 PM

End Date

25-3-2016 4:00 PM

Description/Abstract

While many scholars and critics have evaluated Eudora Welty’s stories through a feminist lens, including comparisons of plant imagery to female genitalia or characteristics, I intend to argue that Welty’s plant imagery in The Golden Apples transcends gender and instead represents what Michael Kreyling describes as a “call to growth, a summons to fulfillment” for the legitimate and illegitimate children, both male and female, of the story’s mysterious legendary figure, King MacLain. (Kreyling, Achievement 79).

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To the Trees: Sex and Escape in Welty's The Golden Apples

Nesbitt 3101

While many scholars and critics have evaluated Eudora Welty’s stories through a feminist lens, including comparisons of plant imagery to female genitalia or characteristics, I intend to argue that Welty’s plant imagery in The Golden Apples transcends gender and instead represents what Michael Kreyling describes as a “call to growth, a summons to fulfillment” for the legitimate and illegitimate children, both male and female, of the story’s mysterious legendary figure, King MacLain. (Kreyling, Achievement 79).