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A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American South


A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American South


Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture, Band 44 1. Aufl.

von: Richard Gray, Owen Robinson

43,99 €

Verlag: Wiley-Blackwell
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 15.04.2008
ISBN/EAN: 9780470756690
Sprache: englisch
Anzahl Seiten: 672

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From slave narratives to the Civil War, and from country music to Southern sport, this Companion is the definitive guide to the literature and culture of the American South. Includes discussion of the visual arts, music, society, history, and politics in the region Combines treatment of major literary works and historical events with a survey of broader themes, movements and issues Explores the work of Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, William Faulkner, Zora Neale Huston, Flannery O'Connor and Eudora Welty, as well as those - black and white, male and female - who are writing now Co-edited by the esteemed scholar Richard Gray, author of the acclaimed volume, A History of American Literature (Blackwell, 2003)
Acknowledgments x Notes on Contributors xii List of Plates xviii PART I Introduction 1 1 Writing Southern Cultures 3Richard Gray PART II Themes and Issues 27 2 The First Southerners: Jamestown’s Colonists as Exemplary Figures 29Mary C. Fuller 3 Slave Narratives 43Jerry Phillips 4 Plantation Fiction 58John M. Grammer 5 The Slavery Debate 76Susan-Mary Grant 6 Southern Writers and the Civil War 93Susan-Mary Grant 7 Visualizing the Poor White 110Stuart Kidd 8 Southern Appalachia 130Linda Tate 9 The Southern Literary Renaissance 148Robert H. Brinkmeyer, Jr. 10 The Native-American South 166Mick Gidley and Ben Gidley 11 Southern Music 185John White 12 Country Music 203Barbara Ching 13 The Civil Rights Debate 221Richard H. King 14 Southern Religion(s) 238Charles Reagan Wilson 15 African-American Fiction and Poetry 255R. J. Ellis 16 Southern Drama 280Mark Zelinsky and Amy Cuomo 17 Sports in the South 297Diane Roberts 18 The South Through Other Eyes 317Helen Taylor 19 The South in Popular Culture 335Allison Graham PART III Individuals and Movements 353 20 Edgar Allan Poe 355Henry Claridge 21 Southwestern Humor 370John M. Grammer 22 Mark Twain 388Peter Stoneley 23 Ellen Glasgow 403Julius Rowan Raper 24 Fugitives and Agrarians 420Andrew Hook 25 William Faulkner 436Richard Godden 26 Literature of the African-American Great Migration 454Kate Fullbrook 27 Zora Neale Hurston 472Will Brantley 28 Flannery O’Connor 486Susan Castillo 29 Eudora Welty 502Jan Nordby Gretlund 30 Oral Culture and Southern Fiction 518Jill Terry 31 Recent and Contemporary Women Writers in the South 536Sharon Monteith 32 The South in Contemporary African-American Fiction 552A. Robert Lee 33 Writing in the South Now 571Matthew Guinn PART IV Afterword 589 34 Searching for Southern Identity 591James C. Cobb Index 608
A CHOICE ‘OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC TITLE’ “The latest volume in Blackwell's "Companions to Literature and Culture" series features 33 brief essays that run the gamut of the Southern experience, from the Jamestown settlers to the contemporary era…Like Blackwell guides, the quality of the essays is high, and the authors cover as many points as possible within the space limits given them. Highly recommended. All academic and public libraries.” Choice "[T]he many contributors, British and American, to this splendid compendium of fact and opinion demonstrate the rich variety of literature and music that has emanated from the South in the past 150 years [...] The Companion is methodical in its overall structure and is comprehensive, informative and clearly written throughout. Each chapter has extensive lists of references and further reading and the index is full and accurate. This is a work that will remain a vital source for students of the subject and that can be profitably used by readers in general." Reference Reviews
Richard Gray is Professor in the Department of Literature at the University of Essex. His books include The Literature of Memory: Modern Writers of the American South, Writing the South: Ideas of an American Region (which won the C. Hugh Holman Award from the Society for the Study of Southern Literature), American Poetry of the Twentieth Century, The Life of William Faulkner: A Critical Biography, Southern Aberrations: Writers of the American South and the Problems of Regionalism, and A History of American Literature. He is also editor of a number of collections and anthologies, and a regular reviewer for various newspapers and journals, including the Times Literary Supplement and the Literary Review. He is the first specialist in American literature to be elected a Fellow of the British Academy. Owen Robinson is Lecturer in American Literature at the University of Essex. He is the author of several articles on the novels of William Faulkner, and is editing A Routledge Guide to Light in August. He is currently working on writing centred on New Orleans, and on reader-writer relations in African American literature.
From slave narratives to the Civil War, and from country music to Southern sport, this Companion is the definitive guide to the literature and culture of the American South. Consisting of over 30 original contributions, each of them written by an acknowledged authority in their field, the Companion reveals the diversity of the Southern region, as expressed in different forms of thought, work, and imaginative play. The first major section, concentrating on themes and issues, looks at the distinctive cultural characteristics of the American South and includes discussion of the visual arts, music, society, history and politics. The second focuses on writers who have made significant contributions to Southern thinking and the imaginative reinvention of the South. These include Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, William Faulkner, Zora Neale Hurston, Flannery O’Connor and Eudora Welty, and range from the earliest writers in the region to all those – black and white, male and female – who are writing now.
A CHOICE ‘OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC TITLE’ “The latest volume in Blackwell's "Companions to Literature and Culture" series features 33 brief essays that run the gamut of the Southern experience, from the Jamestown settlers to the contemporary era…Like Blackwell guides, the quality of the essays is high, and the authors cover as many points as possible within the space limits given them. Highly recommended. All academic and public libraries.” Choice "[T]he many contributors, British and American, to this splendid compendium of fact and opinion demonstrate the rich variety of literature and music that has emanated from the South in the past 150 years [...] The Companion is methodical in its overall structure and is comprehensive, informative and clearly written throughout. Each chapter has extensive lists of references and further reading and the index is full and accurate. This is a work that will remain a vital source for students of the subject and that can be profitably used by readers in general." Reference Reviews

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