Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Quote

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Contents

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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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Introduction

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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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Literature

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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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I

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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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II

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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

Index

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pp. 485-511