Reconstructing Southern Women's Literature

A literary critic says it's more than sugar and honey

"I don't write historically or anything," Eudora Welty once told an interviewer. "Most of the things that I write about can be translated into personal relationships." Welty's self-deprecating statement could stand in for the prevailing critical take on fiction by Southern women. In contrast to the sweep of a William Faulkner or a Robert Penn Warren, their works have long been considered more folksy than