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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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Folk and Fairy Tales, Opera, and YouTube

Folk and Fairy Tales, Opera, and YouTube

Teaching Welty’s Fiction in a Folklore and American Literature Course

(p.208) Folk and Fairy Tales, Opera, and YouTube
Teaching the Works of Eudora Welty

Kevin Eyster

University Press of Mississippi

This essay considers teaching Eudora Welty’s “Why I Live at the PO” and The Robber Bridegroom in a folklore and American literature course. Students’ understanding of the short story and the novella is enhanced by learning about the interplay of each discipline, folklore and literature. “PO” lends itself to what folklorists refer to as “performance analysis,” and Robber Bridegroom to genre analysis as part of a unit on the folktale and fairy tale. Overall, the learning experience is enriched by reading, discussing, and writing about Welty’s fiction.

Keywords:   folklore and literature, performance analysis, genre analysis, folktale, fairy tale

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