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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 “A Curtain” in the Thick of Things

Teaching “A Curtain” in the Thick of Things

Welty and Race in Diverse Classrooms

(p.71) Teaching “A Curtain” in the Thick of Things
Teaching the Works of Eudora Welty

Christin Marie Taylor

University Press of Mississippi

This essay discusses approaches to teaching Eudora Welty's subtle race and gender protest in "A Curtain of Green." Calling upon “the thick,” a term Welty once used in another context, the paper considers the challenges of cultivating student appreciation for the story in diverse classroom settings given the seemingly odd handling of race in the narrative. Yet Welty’s elusive portrayal of a widow in a garden captures the thickness of privilege, gender, and race, suggesting the need for a kind of protest that educators may use to help students think outside of binary oppositions and expected narratives of privilege and oppression. The essay suggests activities such as free writing, group work, and the jigsaw method for teaching socio-historic contexts related to race, gender, segregation culture, and civil rights that overlap with Welty's complicated representation of protest and complicity.

Keywords:   Race, African American, Gender, Women, Civil Rights

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