Can Eudora Welty's "Why I Live at the P.O." be classified as Southern Grotesque literature?
Most of the elements of Southern Gothic are present and correct in "Why I Live at the P.O." For one thing, Sister lives at the post office in order to escape her eccentric family, a common feature of the genre. Then there are the somewhat grotesque portrayals of her family, warts and all. These strange characters are depicted by Sister as larger-than-life to the point of being cartoonish. And the situations that Sister recounts are suitably absurd and overblown, such as the bizarre incident in which Uncle Rondo wears one of Stella-Rondo's flesh-colored kimonos. All this is grist...
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