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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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Welty’s Place in the Undergraduate Theory Classroom

Welty’s Place in the Undergraduate Theory Classroom

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(p.122) Welty’s Place in the Undergraduate Theory Classroom
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Teaching the Works of Eudora Welty
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Annette Trefzer

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496814531.003.0017

This essay suggests how literary theory can help students confront the textual complexity and subtlety of Welty’s short stories, and how the stories, in turn, can offer a range of questions and problems for reexamination as they highlight the blind spots of various theoretical “lenses.” Students begin with the formalist method of “close reading” and Welty’s “A Piece of News,” followed by theories of gender and sexuality paired with “A Curtain of Green,” and “Petrified Man” and end up with disability studies as illustrated in Welty’s first short story collection. The essay shows with examples from Welty’s work the intersections where theory meets practical criticism and where fiction articulates positions that help students understand theory in turn.

Keywords:   Literary theory, Disability studies, Gender and sexuality, Formalism, A Curtain of Green and Other Stories

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