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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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Indigenizing Welty

Indigenizing Welty

(p.55) Indigenizing Welty
Teaching the Works of Eudora Welty

Mae Miller Claxton

University Press of Mississippi

This essay argues for including an “indigenous perspective” in teaching all literature, but especially works by Eudora Welty. Welty’s knowledge of the indigenous history of Mississippi and especially the Natchez Trace suggests the need to provide this context for students. Teaching LeAnne Howe’s Shell Shaker along with Welty’s Natchez Trace stories and The Robber Bridegroom provides new ways to view complex cultural and historical issues associated with these works. In her fiction, Welty constructs her own “tribalography,” an alternative American narrative strongly influenced by her understanding of Native American history and culture.

Keywords:   Native Americans, The Robber Bridegroom, Natchez Trace, Shell Shaker, tribalography

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