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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 in Dialogue with Other Artists in a Social Justice Course

Teaching Welty in Dialogue with Other Artists in a Social Justice Course

(p.195) Teaching Welty in Dialogue with Other Artists in a Social Justice Course
Teaching the Works of Eudora Welty

Adrienne Akins Warfield

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter explores the potential for teaching Welty’s works in conjunction with works by other authors, musicians, and filmmakers in an interdisciplinary class on Social Justice in Literature and Culture. Strategies are examined for teaching “A Worn Path” alongside Ernest Gaines’s story “The Sky is Gray” and the film The Great Debaters and for teaching “Where is the Voice Coming From?” in conjunction with other artistic responses to the Medgar Evers murder by James Baldwin, Bob Dylan, and Margaret Walker. When teaching Welty’s works alongside literary and cultural texts that have played key roles in American civil rights and social justice movements, Welty’s voice emerges as one among many diverse voices concerned with these causes; and her unique methods of engaging with the political through her fiction are perhaps better understood as one thread within a tapestry of artists dedicated, each in their own way, to the cause of justice.

Keywords:   Social Justice, Interdisciplinary, Medgar Evers, Music, Film

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