Critical Regionalism: Connecting Politics and Culture in the American Landscape [NOOK Book]

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The idea of "region" in America has often served to isolate places from each other, observes Reichert Powell. He proposes using more nuanced strategies that identify distinctive aspects of particular geographically marginal communities without turning them into peculiar "hick towns." He enacts a new methodology of critical regionalism in order to link local concerns and debates to larger patterns of history, politics, and culture. To illustrate his method, in each chapter of the book Reichert Powell juxtaposes ...
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Critical Regionalism: Connecting Politics and Culture in the American Landscape

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Overview


The idea of "region" in America has often served to isolate places from each other, observes Reichert Powell. He proposes using more nuanced strategies that identify distinctive aspects of particular geographically marginal communities without turning them into peculiar "hick towns." He enacts a new methodology of critical regionalism in order to link local concerns and debates to larger patterns of history, politics, and culture. To illustrate his method, in each chapter of the book Reichert Powell juxtaposes widely known texts from American literature and film with texts from and about his own Appalachian hometown of Johnson City, Tennessee.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781469606743
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 3/19/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 4 MB

Table of Contents


Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction. There's Something about Mary: The Practice of Critical Regionalism

Chapter 1. Rhetorics of Place and Region: An Appalachian Trail

Chapter 2. From the Playground to the Dumping Ground: Making Regional Connections in Unlikely Places

Chapter 3. Panoramas of Gore and Other Social Inventions: Region on Film

Chapter 4. We Have Only Words Against: Toward a Critical Regionalist Literature

Chapter 5. Scholar Holler: Critical Regionalism and the University

Epilogue. There's Something about Mary (Reprise): Mrs. Edwards and Me

Appendix: Durham Stories

Works Cited

Index

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