Historical Context

The Great Depression
Within two years of the 1929 stock market crash, economic depression was worldwide. In the United...

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Literary Style

Losing Battles is filled with similes, all of them fresh and inventive, some wildly unexpected. The...

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Bibliography and Further Reading

Bailey, Paul, "Gloriously Ordinary," in Times Literary Supplement, June 4, 1982, p. 608.


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(Masterpieces of American Fiction)

Bass, Eben E. “The Languages of Losing Battles.” Studies in American Fiction 21 (Spring, 1993): 67-82. Bass explores the opposing feminine modes of communication which serve the common goal of challenging male authority in Welty’s novel. Bass compares the effectiveness of Julia’s written and bookish modes of communication to Granny Vaughn’s spoken word.

Champion, Laurie, ed. The Critical Response to Eudora Welty’s Fiction. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1994. In her introduction, Champion presents an overview of the criticism on Welty’s fiction. Five separate essays by different scholars are devoted to...

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Compare and Contrast

1930s: The United States is in a severe economic depression triggered by a stock market crash. Poverty and unemployment are...

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Topics for Further Study

A primary theme of the novel is the struggle between individual identity and family identity. Which do you think is more important: a strong...

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