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Too often Eudora Welty is known to the general public as Miss Welty, a "perfect lady" who wrote affectionate portraits of her home region. Yet recent scholarship has amply demonstrated a richer complexity. Welty was an innovative artist with cosmopolitan sensibilities and progressive politics, a woman who maintained close friendships with artists and intellectuals throughout the world, a writer as unafraid to experiment as she was to level her pen at the worst human foibles. The essays collected in Teaching the Works of Eudora Welty seek to move Welty beyond a discussion of region and reflect new scholarship that remaps her work onto a larger canvas. The book offers ways to help twenty-first-century readers navigate Welty's challenging and intricate narratives. It provides answers to questions many teachers will have: Why should I study a writer who documents white privilege? Why should I give this "regional" writer space on an already crowded syllabus? Why should I teach Welty if I do not study the South? How can I help my students make sense of her modernist narratives? How can Welty's texts help me teach my students about literary theory, about gender and disability, about cultures and societies with which my students are unfamiliar?
Mae Miller Claxton, Asheville, North Carolina, is associate professor at Western Carolina University.Julia Eichelberger, Charleston, South Carolina, is Marybelle Higgins Howe Professor of Southern Literature at the College of Charleston. In 2016 she was honored with the Phoenix Award for her contributions to scholarship on Eudora Welty.
Release date NZ
December 30th, 2017
Edited by Julia Eichelberger
Edited by Mae Miller Claxton
Country of Publication
University Press of Mississippi
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