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The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture

Volume 9: Literature

M. Thomas Inge, Charles Reagan Wilson

Publication Year: 2014

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.

Published by: The University of North Carolina Press


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Title Page, Copyright, Quote

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pp. ix-xii

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General Introduction

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pp. xiii-xviii

In 1989 years of planning and hard work came to fruition when the University of North Carolina Press joined the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi to publish the Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. While all those involved in writing, reviewing, editing, and producing the volume believed it would be received as a vital contribution to our understanding of the American South, ...

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pp. xix-xx

Any assessment of the creative contributions of the American South must take its literature into account. Literary historians and critics have written much about the flowering of literary talent in the Southern Literary Renaissance of the early to mid-20th century, and the national culture still recognizes the writings of contemporary southerners. ...

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pp. 1-18

One could argue that literature in the American South began as early as 1608, when the explorer and adventurer Captain John Smith published his promotional pamphlet, A True Relation of Occurrences and Accidents in Virginia, the first of a series of accounts, each of which became more embellished, to include finally the story of his rescue by Pocahontas. ...

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pp. 19-162

The African American southern literary tradition is rooted in the voices of enslavement. Writers such as Oladuah Equiano, Frederick Douglass, Harriett Jacobs, Henry Box Brown, William Wells Brown, and Sojourner Truth set the foundation for a tradition that analyzes the climate of the South, describes the distinct cultural practices found among African American southerners, ...

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pp. 163-480

Born in Knoxville, Tenn., in 1909, James Agee was to remain a dedicated southerner until his death in New York City in 1955. His childhood in Knoxville and his adolescence at St. Andrew’s School, later evoked in two of his novels, A Death in the Family (1957), which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1958, ...

Index of Contributors

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pp. 481-484


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pp. 485-511

E-ISBN-13: 9781469616650
E-ISBN-10: 1469616653
Print-ISBN-13: 9780807831908
Print-ISBN-10: 0807831905

Page Count: 536
Publication Year: 2014

OCLC Number: 899261275
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  • American literature -- Southern States -- Encyclopedias.
  • Southern States -- In literature -- Encyclopedias.
  • Southern States -- Intellectual life -- Encyclopedias.
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