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Teaching the Works of Eudora WeltyTwenty-First-Century Approaches$
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Mae Miller Claxton and Julia Eichelberger

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781496814531

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496814531.001.0001

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Some Notes on Teaching Welty

Some Notes on Teaching Welty

(p.3) Some Notes on Teaching Welty
Teaching the Works of Eudora Welty

Suzanne Marrs

University Press of Mississippi

A scholar and a friend of Welty who became her biographer, Suzanne Marrs offers suggestions based on her scholarly expertise and over forty years of teaching. Key quotations from Welty’s nonfiction and interviews provide guidance for students who should be prepared to find “everything but a clear answer” in Welty’s fiction. Welty’s remarks provide valuable starting points for preparing students to read and discuss Welty’s work, reminding them that they will not find explicit political critiques, exact replicas of Welty’s experiences in the South, or plots that lead to a clear external resolution. These Welty quotations also demonstrate that Welty expects her readers to be deeply attentive to language and to identify with her characters’ mortality, fallibility, and humanity. Film versions of Welty’s works, historical resources, and excerpts from Marrs’ own past syllabi are provided as further resources for teachers as they begin planning their own classes.

Keywords:   Welty biography, Fictional techniques, Metaphor, Syllabi, Teaching aids

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