Mlle. Dias de Corta

Foreignness and Familiarity in Mavis Gallant’s “Mlle. Dias de Corta”

Foreignness and Familiarity in Mavis Gallant’s “Mlle. Dias de Corta”

Mavis Gallant’s “Mlle. Dias de Corta” unfolds more like a novel than a short story. It’s a second-person address to a tenant the narrator, an aging, xenophobic French widow, had twenty years before—a young actress, Alda Dias de Corta, whom the widow took in “for companionship rather than income.”