The Future of Southern Letters

The Future of Southern Letters

by Jefferson Humphries
     
 

The New South -- home of shopping malls, hub airports, HooDoo, "Good Ole Boys," empowered African Americans, and immigrants from Vietnam, Cambodia, and Haiti -- is still haunted by the Gothic ghosts of its past. Does this collision of past and present account for America's fascination with new Southern writers like Bobbie Ann Mason, Ernest Gaines, Rita Mae Brown,… See more details below

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The New South -- home of shopping malls, hub airports, HooDoo, "Good Ole Boys," empowered African Americans, and immigrants from Vietnam, Cambodia, and Haiti -- is still haunted by the Gothic ghosts of its past. Does this collision of past and present account for America's fascination with new Southern writers like Bobbie Ann Mason, Ernest Gaines, Rita Mae Brown, Robert Olen Butler, Cormac McCarthy, Dorothy Allison, and Allan Gurganus? Or does this popularity stem from their clinging to a stereotypical past that a national audience requires? Jefferson Humphries and John Lowe have assembled a remarkable team of scholars and writers to address topics such as the past, humor, black autobiography, ethnicity, and female oral traditions in an attempt to define Southern culture today and ask who will be writing Southern literature tomorrow. The answers they give will interest readers of Southern literature and history, creative writers, and scholars and students of Southern culture.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195097818
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/28/1996
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.31(w) x 9.44(h) x 0.73(d)
Lexile:
1380L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Introduction3
1Southern Writing and the Problem of the Father20
2Still Southern after All These Years33
3Writing on the Cusp: Double Alterity and Minority Discourse in Appalachia41
4The Shape of Appalachian Literature to Come: An Interview with Wil Hickson54
5Porch-Sitting and Southern Poetry61
6Of Canons and Cultural Wars: Southern Literature and Literary Scholarship after Midcentury72
7.... And Ladies of the Club87
8An Interview with Brenda Marie Osbey93
9The Discourse of Southernness: Or How We Can Know There Will Be Such a Thing as the South and Southern Literary Culture in the Twenty-First Century119
10Autobiographical Traditions Black and White134
11Speculations on a Southern Snipe143
12Robert Olen Butler: A Pulitzer Profile155
13The Rhetoric of Southern Humor170
Index187

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