“You were never anything ...you were never born!” El papel de la memoria en una selección de textos de Eudora Welty and Alice Munro

Main Article Content

Ellen Matlok-Ziemann


Este artículo aborda cómo, en los relatos cortos de Eudora Welty "Visit of Charity " y en los de Alice Munro, "Asphodel" y "Bear Came over the Mountain", se utiliza la memoria para socavar el sentido de identidad de un personaje; o cómo el acceso a "nuevos" recuerdos puede fortalecer a los personajes diagnosticados con demencia. Los relatos demuestran no solo cómo el acceso a la memoria permite a los personajes comprometerse en un futuro, sino también cuáles son los peligros si un personaje parece estar bloqueado en el pasado. Estos textos muestran además cómo la negación de las memorias compartidas se emplea de diferentes maneras. En Welty, esto se convierte en el medio desesperado de una anciana para mantenerse cuerda en un hogar de ancianos. En Munroe, la anciana que sufre de demencia y no puede acceder con fiabilidad al pasado, socava el sentido de identidad de su esposo.


La descarga de datos todavía no está disponible.

Article Details

Cómo citar
Matlok-Ziemann, E. (2020). “You were never anything .you were never born!”. VERBEIA. Revista De Estudios Filológicos. Journal of English and Spanish Studies, 6(5), 50-68. https://doi.org/10.57087/Verbeia.2020.4174

Métricas alternativas



The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition Boston, New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000.

Brough, J. B. and Blattner, W. “Temporality.” A Companion to Phenomenology and Existentialism. Eds. Dreyfus, Hubert L. and Mark A. Wrathhall. Blackwell P, 2006, 127-134.

Buonomano, D. Your Brain Is a Time Machine. The Neuroscience and Physics of Time. New York, W. W. Norton and Company, 2017.

Chivers, S. From Old Woman to Older Women; Contemporary Culture and Women’s Narration. Columbus: Ohio State UP, 2003.

Cline, R. M. “Aging and the Public Schools: Visits of Charity–The Young Look At the Old.” Aging and Identity: A Humanities Perspective. Eds. Deats, Sarah Munson and Lagretta Tallent Lenker. Westport, CT: Praeger P, 1999, 169-180.

Cohoon, L. B. “‘A Woman’s Serious Foot’: Feet and Shoes in Delta Wedding, ‘Asphodel,’ and ‘The Winds’.” Eudora Welty Review Vol 3 (2011), 33-49.

Dainton, B. Time and Space. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s UP, 2015.

DeFalco, A. “Uncanny Witnessing. Dementia, Narrative, and Identity in Fiction by Munro and Franzen.” Alive and Kicking at All Ages. Cultural Constructions of Health and Life Course Identity. Eds. Kriebennegg, Ulla, Maierhofer, Roberta and Barbara Ratzenböck. Bielefeld: transcript, 2014, 221-242.

Einstein, A. “Zur Elektrodynamik bewegter Körper.” Annalen der Physik 17. 1905, 891-921.

Freeman, M. H. “Crossing the boundaries of time: Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenology and cognitive linguistic theories.” Fenomenologia e Filosofia de Mente. Linguagem, Cultura e Cognição: Estudos de Lingustica Cognitiva 2. 2004, 643-655.

Hodgins, A. “The Narrator as Ironic Device in a Short Story of Eudora Welty.” Twentieth Century Literature 1.4 (January 1956), 215-219.

Hustved, S. “Trauma Talk.” Sillages Critiques. 19 (2015): 1-13.

Jamieson, S. “Reading the Spaces of Age in Alice Munro’s ‘The Bear Came Over the Mountain’.” Mosaic. 47/3 (September 2017), 1-17.

Lakoff, G and Johnson, M. Philosophy in the Flesh. The Embodied Mind and Its Challenge to Western Thought. New York: Basic Books, 1999.

Life, P. “Shacking Off Shackles.” Alive and Kicking at All Ages. Cultural Constructions of Health and Life Course Identity. Eds. Kriebennegg, Ulla, Maierhofer, Roberta and Barbara Ratzenböck. Bielefeld: transcript, 2014, 243-257.

Manning, J. “The Sociology of Hair. Hair Symbolism among College Students.” Social Sciences Journal. Volume 10, Issue 1. 2010, 35-48.

McGill, R. “No Nation but Adaptation ‘The Bear came Over the Mountain,’Away From Her, and What It Means to Be Faithful.” Canadian Literature Vancouver 197 (Summer 2008), 98-111.

Merleau-Ponty, M. Phenomenology of Perception. London: Routledge Classics, 2002.

Mittelstaedt, P. Der Zeitbegriff in der Physik. Mannheim; B. I. Wissenschaftsverlag,1976.

Munro, A. “A Bear Came over the Mountain.” Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage. London: Vintage Books, 2001, 275-323.

Reichenbach, H. The Philosophy of Space and Time. New York: Dover Publications, 1958.

Simal, B. “Memory Matters: Alice Munro’s Narrative Handling of Alzheimer’s in ‘The Bear Came Over the Mountain’and ‘In Sight of the Lake’.” Miscelána: A Jounal of English and American Studies. 50 (2014), 61-78.

Smolin, L. Time Reborn. From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe. London: Penguin Books, 2013.

Toole, III, W. B. “The Texture of ‘A Visit of Charity’.” The Mississippi Quarterly. 20.1 (Winter 1966-1967), 43-46.

Warren, R. P. “The Love and Separateness in Miss Welty.” The Kenyon Review. 6.2 (Spring 1944): 246-259.

Welty, E. “Asphodel.” The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1980, 200-208.

Welty, E. “A Visit of Charity.” The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty. New York: Harcourt

Wilkerson, W. “Time and Ambiguity: Reassessing Merleau-Ponty on Sartrean Freedom.” Journal of the History of Philosophy 48.2 (2010), 207-34.