Southern Accents: The Fiction of Peter Taylor

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This book is a thorough critical analysis of the novels and short stories of Peter Hillsman Taylor. The focus is upon the identification and exploration of Taylor's major themes: the effects of heritage upon the individual, the initiation experiences that lead to self-discovery, the conflict between tradition and change, the struggle for power and identity, and the influence of place and the past. The author demonstrates how the fiction articulates Taylor's identity as a modern Southerner from a traditional, ...
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Overview

This book is a thorough critical analysis of the novels and short stories of Peter Hillsman Taylor. The focus is upon the identification and exploration of Taylor's major themes: the effects of heritage upon the individual, the initiation experiences that lead to self-discovery, the conflict between tradition and change, the struggle for power and identity, and the influence of place and the past. The author demonstrates how the fiction articulates Taylor's identity as a modern Southerner from a traditional, affluent family, and she defines Taylor's place in the Southern literary tradition. Students, teachers, and fans of American literature and particularly of contemporary Southern fiction will appreciate this insightful book.
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Table of Contents

Introducing Mr. Peter Taylor 1
Ch. 1 Heritage and Heirs 9
In the Miro District 12
Dean of Men 30
The Old Forest 37
Ch. 2 Women and Power 51
A Long Fourth 53
Cookie 56
Two Ladies in Retirement 60
A Fancy Woman 64
The Instruction of a Mistress 70
The Hand of Emmagene 74
Ch. 3 Initiation and Discovery 85
A Spinster's Tale 85
At the Drugstore 93
A Woman of Means 103
Ch. 4 Tradition and Change 113
Their Losses 114
What You Hear from 'Em? 120
Venus, Cupid, Folly and Time 124
Miss Leonora When Last Seen 129
Ch. 5 Place and the Past 135
A Summons to Memphis 135
Works Cited 163
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2001

    Outstanding critical survey of Taylor's work.

    This is an excellent book that spans the career of Peter Taylor. I really enjoyed the author's analysis of A Summons to Memphis. It is obvious that the writer is an outstanding researcher, but also one who truly enjoys the genre.

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