The Theme of Isolation in Selected Short Fiction of Kate Chopin, Katherine Anne Porter, and Eudora Welty Page: 1
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Arima, Hiroko, The Theme of Isolation in Selected Short Fiction of Kate Chopin.
Katherine Anne Porter, and Eudora Weltv. Doctor of Philosophy (English), August,
1998,185 pp., references, 50 titles.
"The Theme of Isolation in Selected Short Fiction of Kate Chopin, Katherine
Anne Porter, and Eudora Welty" examines certain prototypical natures of isolation as
recurrent and underlying themes in selected short fiction of Chopin, Porter, and Welty.
Despite the differing backgrounds of the three Southern women writers, and despite the
variety of issues they treat, the theme of isolation permeates most of their short fiction. I
categorize and analyze their short stories by the nature and the treatment of the varieties
of isolation. The analysis and comparison of their short stories from this particular
perspective enables readers to link the three writers and to acknowledge their artistic
talent and grasp of human psychology and situations.
The chapters are divided by classifying the nature of isolation in their selected
fiction by certain situational categories such as "Passion and Isolation," "Family and
Isolation," "Feminine Independence and Isolation," "Social Issues and Isolation," and
"Isolation and Writing as Resistance." "Passion and Isolation" and "Family and
Isolation" examine how the general illusion of togetherness in heterosexual relationships
and in the family is deceiving and undermines the hope of escape from isolation in many
of the works of short fiction of the three authors. "Feminine Independence and Isolation"
discusses how isolation can be a positive, fostering factor as well as a negative,
destructive element, especially when it comes to feminine independence. "Social Issues
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Arima, Hiroko, 1959-. The Theme of Isolation in Selected Short Fiction of Kate Chopin, Katherine Anne Porter, and Eudora Welty, dissertation, August 1998; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc278060/m1/2/: accessed November 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .