Southern Literature and National Periodical Culture, 1870–1900
Publication Year: 2013
Drawing on tourist literature, travelogues, and local-color fiction about the South, Bill Hardwig tracks the ways in which the nation's leading interdisciplinary periodicals, especially the Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, and the Century, translated and broadcast the predominant narratives about the late-nineteenth-century South. In many ways, he attests, the national representation of the South was controlled more firmly by periodical editors working in the Northeast, such as William Dean Howells, Thomas Bailey Aldrich, and Richard Watson Gilder, than by writers living in and writing about the region. Fears about national unity, immigration, industrialization, and racial dynamics in the South could be explored through the safe and displaced realm of a regional literature that was often seen as mere entertainment or as a picturesque depiction of quaint rural life. The author examines in depth the short work of George Washington Cable, Charles Chesnutt, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Lafcadio Hearn, Mary Noailles Murfree, and Thomas Nelson Page in the context of the larger periodical investment in the South. Arguing that this local-color fiction calls into question some of the lines of demarcation within U.S. and southern literary and cultural studies, especially those offered by identity-based models, Hardwig returns these writers to the dynamic cultural exchanges within local-color fiction from which they initially emerged.
Published by: University of Virginia Press
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Appalachian literary imaginings of_ten turn to the symbol of the freshwa-ter mountain spring. In this literature, the spring stands as a vital source necessary for both survival and daily routines, providing both succor and comfort. This book, and its focus on southern spaces and routines, I would first like to thank the University of Tennessee English ...
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Local-color writing concerning the southern United States from 1870 until 1900 reveals as much about national readers and editors as it does about the region itself. That is the central claim of this book. The final three decades of the nineteenth century represent the height of the popu-larity of local-color literature, and the excitement and clamor for south-...
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At the same moment that southern local-color fiction was exploding onto the national literary scene in the final few decades of the nineteenth cen-tury, travel writing about the South experienced an unprecedented spike in popularity. This chapter argues that these parallel histories are not coincidental and explores the intersection of these trends, particularly ...
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Two vignettes that emerge from the of_f_ices of the Atlantic Monthly reveal the nationâs obsession with regional dif_ference, yoking the nationâs thirst for regional authenticity to the authorâs body. Both scenes demonstrate that while local-color writing may have served as leisure literature for its readers, it proved necessary for the reading public to feel as if they were ...
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One of the common narratives about the postwar South is that of the âlost causeââthe crises of meaning that emerged within the former white aristocracy, or at least the landowners, who gave so much to the Confederacy and were lef_t with so little. This narrative focuses on the ways in which the South is haunted by its pastâthe loss of the war and ...
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In chapter 3, I discussed the fact that George Washington Cable is gen-erally seen as the writer who conjured the uniqueness of New Orleans for the postwar national literary market. Though less well known both then and now, his friend and colleague Lafcadio Hearn shared many of the same literary and cultural values as did Cable. Whereas Cable was ...
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Upon Provincialism has examined local colorâs depiction of the South in the most prominent national periodicals. In this literature, the trope of the outside traveler visiting a foreign South became the central means of bridging the imaginative gap between the national audience and the local subject matter. I have argued that charting the nexus of reader, ...
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Publication Year: 2013