Understanding Tim Gautreaux

Understanding Tim Gautreaux

by Margaret Donovan Bauer
     
 

"In Understanding Tim Gautreaux, Margaret Donovan Bauer presents the first book-length study of the Louisiana storyteller, who injects a seldom heard Cajun voice into southern literature and offers a rare optimistic vision among other contemporary writers of the blue-collar American South." Bauer surveys Gautreaux's three novels and two collections of short fiction

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"In Understanding Tim Gautreaux, Margaret Donovan Bauer presents the first book-length study of the Louisiana storyteller, who injects a seldom heard Cajun voice into southern literature and offers a rare optimistic vision among other contemporary writers of the blue-collar American South." Bauer surveys Gautreaux's three novels and two collections of short fiction to indentify his major themes, character types, and structures. She views his chief contribution to southern letters to be an authentic insider's view of Cajun culture, one resulting in a skillful, realistic, and sympathetic vision of historical and contemporary Acadiana in flux. Bauer addresses how Gautreaux's hopeful vision distinguishes him from his fellow Catholic writer Flannery O'Connor and from other contemporary writers of the blue-collar South such as Larry Brown and Dorothy Allison. She also views Gautreaux's distinctive approach to fiction as contrasting significantly with that of the heirs to the Faulknerian tradition of bearing the burden of an ever-present past. Instead Gautreaux's poor white protagonists are action-oriented characters who, while trapped by circumstances, still strive to effect positive change in their hardscrabble surroundings.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570038594
Publisher:
University of South Carolina Press
Publication date:
01/31/2010
Series:
Understanding Contemporary American Literature Series
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.20(d)

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