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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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Teaching Welty’s Narrative Strategies in Delta Wedding

Teaching Welty’s Narrative Strategies in Delta Wedding

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(p.32) Teaching Welty’s Narrative Strategies in Delta Wedding
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Teaching the Works of Eudora Welty
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Sarah Gilbreath Ford

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496814531.003.0005

This essay explores the challenge of teaching Eudora Welty’s Delta Wedding because of its experimental form, subtle allusions, and seeming lack of plot. Given that students are typically adept at reading for character, the essay describes a technique of assigning every student a character in the novel to follow. Though rather simple in execution, this strategy has had very positive results. Students became experts on their characters, allowing them a feeling of mastery even on a first reading of the text. When engaging in discussion, the students reenacted and then understood the novel’s experiment in deploying multiple perspectives through free indirect discourse. This technique also works well in other Welty works, such as The Golden Apples.

Keywords:   Student engagement, Modernist narrative, Delta Wedding, character, free indirect discourse

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