Lang cites the North Carolina Appalachian Mountains of Chappell�s youth and the writer�s wide reading in the Western literary tradition as two dominant influences on his far-ranging oeuvre. Describing the writer�s work as grounded in the region but in no sense provincial, Lang insists on the significance of the wider Western literary tradition in the allusions and Dantean structure of Midquest, in the prologue and epilogue poems of First and Last Words, and in the epigrams of C. Chappell�s implicit and explicit confidence in the past as a resource is made clear in this examination of his writings.
About the Author:
John Lang is a professor of English at Emory & Henry College in Emory, Virginia, where he has taught since 1983. The editor of the Iron Mountain Review, he has published essays on Fred Chappell, William Styron, Doris Betts, Ernest Gaines, Wendell Berry, Cormac McCarthy, Robert Morgan, and other contemporary Southern writers. Lang lives in Emory, Virginia.
|Publisher:||University of South Carolina Press|
|Series:||Understanding Contemporary American Literature Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.20(d)|