Teaching the Works of Eudora Welty
Twenty-First-Century Approaches

Edited by Mae Miller Claxton
and Julia Eichelberger

224 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 19 b&w illustrations, introduction, bibliography, index

9781496814531 Printed casebinding $85.00S

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Thoughtful, practical essays on teaching a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer's work to a wide range of classes

Contributions by Jacob Agner, Sharon Baris, Carolyn Brown, Lee Anne Bryan, Keith Cartwright, Stuart Christie, Mae Miller Claxton, Virginia Ottley Craighill, David A. Davis, Susan Donaldson, Julia Eichelberger, Kevin Eyster, Dolores Flores-Silva, Sarah Ford, Stephen Fuller, Dawn Gilchrist, Rebecca L. Harrison, Casey Kayser, Michael Kreyling, Ebony Lumumba, Suzanne Marrs, Pearl Amelia McHaney, David McWhirter, Laura Sloan Patterson, Harriet Pollack, Gary Richards, Christin Marie Taylor, Annette Trefzer, Alec Valentine, Adrienne Akins Warfield, Keri Watson, and Amy Weldon

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.

224 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 19 b&w illustrations, introduction, bibliography, index