The Future of Southern Letters / Edition 1

The Future of Southern Letters / Edition 1

by Jefferson Humphries
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195097823

ISBN-13: 9780195097825

Pub. Date: 08/28/1996

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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,

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195097825
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/28/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

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

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