A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American South / Edition 1

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From slave narratives to the Civil War, and from country music to Southern sport, this Companion is the definitive guide to the literature and culture of the American South.

  • Includes discussion of the visual arts, music, society, history, and politics in the region
  • Combines treatment of major literary works and historical events with a survey of broader themes, movements and issues
  • Explores the work of Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, William Faulkner, Zora Neale Huston, Flannery O'Connor and Eudora Welty, as well as those - black and white, male and female - who are writing now
  • Co-edited by the esteemed scholar Richard Gray, author of the acclaimed volume, A History of American Literature (Blackwell, 2003)
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From the Publisher

“The latest volume in Blackwell's "Companions toLiterature and Culture" series features 33 brief essays thatrun the gamut of the Southern experience, from the Jamestownsettlers to the contemporary era…Like Blackwell guides, thequality of the essays is high, and the authors cover as many pointsas possible within the space limits given them. Highly recommended.All academic and public libraries.”

"[T]he many contributors, British and American, to this splendidcompendium of fact and opinion demonstrate the rich variety ofliterature and music that has emanated from the South in the past150 years [...] The Companion is methodical in its overallstructure and is comprehensive, informative and clearly writtenthroughout. Each chapter has extensive lists of references andfurther reading and the index is full and accurate. This is a workthat will remain a vital source for students of the subject andthat can be profitably used by readers in general."
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Meet the Author

Richard Gray is Professor in the Department of Literature atthe University of Essex. His books include The Literature ofMemory: Modern Writers of the American South, Writing the South:Ideas of an American Region (which won the C. Hugh Holman Awardfrom the Society for the Study of Southern Literature), AmericanPoetry of the Twentieth Century, The Life of William Faulkner: ACritical Biography, Southern Aberrations: Writers of the AmericanSouth and the Problems of Regionalism, and A Historyof American Literature. He is also editor of a number ofcollections and anthologies, and a regular reviewer for variousnewspapers and journals, including the Times LiterarySupplement and the Literary Review. He is the firstspecialist in American literature to be elected a Fellow of theBritish Academy.

Owen Robinson is Lecturer in American Literature at theUniversity of Essex. He is the author of several articles on thenovels of William Faulkner, and is editing A Routledge Guide toLight in August. He is currently working on writing centred onNew Orleans, and on reader-writer relations in African Americanliterature.

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Table of Contents


Notes on Contributors.

List of Plates.

Part I: Introduction.

1. Writing Southern Cultures: Richard Gray (University ofEssex).

Part II: Themes and Issues.

2. The First Southerners: Jamestown’s Colonists asExemplary Figures: Mary C. Fuller (Massachusetts Institute ofTechnology).

3. Slave Narratives: Jerry Phillips (University ofConnecticut).

4. Plantation Fiction: John M. Grammer (University of the South,in Sewanee).

5. The Slavery Debate: Susan-Mary Grant (University ofNewcastle-upon-Tyne).

6. Southern Writers and the Civil War: Susan-Mary Grant(University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne).

7. Visualizing the Poor White: Stuart Kidd (University ofReading).

8. Southern Appalachia: Linda Tate (Shepherd College).

9. The Southern Literary Renaissance: Robert J. Brinkmeyer, Jr.(the University of Arkansas).

10. The Native-American South: Mick Gidley (University of Leeds)and Ben Gidley (Goldsmiths College, University of London).

11. Southern Music: John White (University of Hull).

12. Country Music: Barbara Ching (University of Memphis).

13. The Civil Rights Debate: Richard H. King (NottinghamUniversity).

14. Southern Religion(s): Charles Reagan Wilson (University ofMississippi).

15. African-American Fiction and Poetry: R. J. Ellis (NottinghamTrent University).

16. Southern Drama: Mark Zelinsky (Saint Joseph College) and AmyCuomo (State University of West Georgia).

17. Sports in the South: Diane Roberts (University ofAlabama).

18. The South Through Other Eyes: Helen Taylor (University ofExeter).

19. The South in Popular Culture: Allison Graham (University ofMemphis).

Part III: Individuals and Movements.

20. Edgar Allan Poe: Henry Claridge (University of Kent).

21. Southwestern Humor: John M. Grammar (University of theSouth, in Sewanee).

22. Mark Twain: Peter Stoneley (Queen’s University,Belfast).

23. Ellen Glasgow: Julius Rowan Raper (University of NorthCarolina, Chapel Hill).

24. Fugitives and Agrarians: Andrew Hook (University ofGlasgow).

25. William Faulkner: Richard Godden (University of Sussex).

26. Literature of the African-American Great Migration: KateFullbrook (deceased).

27. Zora Neale Hurston: Will Brantley (Middle Tennessee StateUniversity).

28. Flannery O’Connor: Susan Castillo (King’sCollege, London).

29. Eudora Welty: Jan Nordby Gretlund (University of SouthernDenmark).

30. Oral Culture and Southern Fiction: Jill Terry (UniversityCollege Worcester).

31. Recent and Contemporary Women Writers in the South: SharonMonteith (Nottingham University).

32. The South in Contemporary African-American Fiction: A.Robert Lee (Nihon University, Tokyo).

33. Writing in the South Now: Matthew Guinn (University ofAlabama at Birmingham).

Part IV: Afterword.

34. Searching for Southern Identity: James C. Cobb (Universityof Georgia).


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