Umbrellas and Bottles: Teaching Welty’s Mythology in the Hong Kong Classroom

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Abstract

Few critics acknowledge Eudora Welty’s work as world literature and as accessible to readers from outside the United States. As the author and his students learned while reading Welty in Hong Kong, the People’s Republic of China, her core literary values—the imagination at play, creative inspiration, and moral independence—correlate to local predicaments facing readers in vastly different times and places. The author’s experience teaching Eudora Welty in Hong Kong also offered a specific example of how her writing transculturates capably beyond the historical context of the American Civil Rights movement she wrote within, and as applicable to a variety of global contexts and contemporary issues. The students’ shared “realization” of the mythical properties of everyday objects Welty stories depict activated a collective search for consensus in the classroom, a search that builds community rather than divides it.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTeaching the Works of Eudora Welty
Subtitle of host publicationTwenty-First-Century Approaches
EditorsMae Miller Claxton, Julia Eichelberger
PublisherUniversity Press of Mississippi
Pages147-157
Number of pages11
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9781496814579
ISBN (Print) 9781496814531
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jan 2018

User-Defined Keywords

  • Hong Kong
  • world literature
  • myth
  • consensus
  • classroom community

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