The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Volume 9: Literature

The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Volume 9: Literature

by M. Thomas Inge (Editor)


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Offering a comprehensive view of the South's literary landscape, past and present, this volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture celebrates the region's ever-flourishing literary culture and recognizes the ongoing evolution of the southern literary canon. As new writers draw upon and reshape previous traditions, southern literature has broadened and deepened its connections not just to the American literary mainstream but also to world literatures—a development thoughtfully explored in the essays here.

Greatly expanding the content of the literature section in the original Encyclopedia, this volume includes 31 thematic essays addressing major genres of literature; theoretical categories, such as regionalism, the southern gothic, and agrarianism; and themes in southern writing, such as food, religion, and sexuality. Most striking is the fivefold increase in the number of biographical entries, which introduce southern novelists, playwrights, poets, and critics. Special attention is given to contemporary writers and other individuals who have not been widely covered in previous scholarship.

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An essential reference book for students and scholars who need a single, contemporary volume from which they can begin their research.—Southern Literary Journal

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ISBN-13: 9780807858752
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 04/07/2008
Series: The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture , #9
Edition description: 1
Pages: 536
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

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