In this major reassessment of the American South and its literature, Richard Gray explores the idea of regionalism by focusing on those writers whose relationship with the South has been particularly problematical. Asking just what it means to belong to a place, a regionand, more speciﬁcally, what it implies for certain Americans to call themselves Southernershe analyzes conﬂicting notions of the South that have evolved over the past two centuries. In the process, Grayone of the leading scholars in the field of Southern studiesoffers a provocative new reading of many Southern writers and of the whole notion of a Southern tradition.
About the Author
Richard Gray is professor of literature at the University of Essex and editor of the Journal of American Studies. His books include Writing the South: Ideas of an American Region, The Literature of Memory: Modern Writers of the American South, and The Life of William Faulkner: A Critical Biography.
What People are Saying About This
Gray explodes the cannon of southern literature invented by the Nashville Agrarians and others to reveal [a] rich galaxy of both new and long-neglected southern writers. Fresh and fascinating appraisals leap from nearly every page.
( Charles Joyner, author of Shared Traditions)