The Enduring Legacy of Old Southwest Humor

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807130865
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2006
  • Series: Southern Literary Studies
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Ed Piacentino is the author of T. S. Stribling: Pioneer Realist in Modern Southern Literature and coeditor of The Humor of the Old South. He is a professor of English at High Point University in North Carolina.

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Table of Contents

Intersecting paths : the humor of the old southwest as intertext 1
Al Jackson, Ernest V. Trueblood, and "Mr. Faulkner, a member in good standing of the ancient and gentle profession of letters" 39
Camp meetings, comedy, and Erskine Caldwell : from the preposterous to the absurd 52
Not such high-falutin' company : Flannery O'Connor's southern folk 73
From Texas with love : Welty's collateral snopeses 86
Talkin' world revolution : Woody Guthrie's Seeds of man as socialist parable 102
George Washington Harris and Harry Crews 119
From tap root to branch : the humor of William Price Fox 131
Assuming the mantle of storyteller : Fred Chappell and frontier humor 156
Barry Hannah's "high lonesome" humor : new voices for old grotesqueries 174
Cormac McCarthy's frontier humor 190
Signifying : the African-American trickster and the humor of the old Southwest 210
"American life is rich in lunacy" : the unsettling social commentary of The Beverly Hillbillies 229
Intertextual rednecks : Griffith, Gardner, Wilson, Clower, and Foxworthy 248
Rednecks, bluenecks, and hickphonics : southern humor on the electronic frontier 261
Southern humor : a selected checklist of criticism 279
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