Judgment, Cataclysm, and Resistance in the Regional Imaginary
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: The Ohio State University Press
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During the years that I’ve been thinking about the questions and problems addressed in this book, I’ve been fortunate to belong to several intellectu-ally rich communities and to have the friendship, guidance, and support of many kind, smart people. Without their generosity, insight, advice, men-toring, feedback, poking, prodding, and cajoling, this book would not exist....
Tracing theApocalyptic Imaginary
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...1936, the same year that Dorothea Lange photographed “Migrant Mother” and that James Agee and Walker Evans first began the project that would become Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. Though the song was a selec-tion from a popular shaped-note songbook rather than an original com-position, it remains among their most notable and frequently covered.1 ...
Southern Jeremiad,American Jeremiad
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...“DOES A coherent system of religious values and thought inform Faulk-ner’s novels?” Doreen Fowler asks (ix). Given William Faulkner’s position as the preeminent chronicler of a culture dominated by evangelical Prot-estantism, her question is all but unavoidable. The New Critics, always among some of Faulkner’s earliest and most ardent proponents, looked ...
“Tearing Down the Temple”
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THROUGHOUT his life and his works, writes his biographer Michel Fabre, Richard Wright “attempted to reject what the South stood for in his mind but he also kept reaffirming, repeatedly and compulsively, what it had meant for him and how he had been molded by it” (78). If the word “religion” were replaced with “the South” in this sentence, the accuracy ...
“Some SayAin’t No Earthly Explanation”
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THROUGHOUT this book, I have argued that expressions of a southern “sense of place,” aiming for something just short of prophesy, are inextri-cably bound up with the apocalyptic world view offered by southern reli-gion. “[A]n overdeveloped eschatological sense is one of the more enduring characteristics of the southern literary tradition,” writes Scott Romine. ...
“An’t It Time the LordDid Something?”
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IN A 1993 conversation published in the Village Voice Literary Supple-ment, Randall Kenan and Dorothy Allison held forth on a wide-range of topics, including snakes, their shared Carolina backgrounds, and ulti-mately, the political imperatives of their work. “What can you write about more urgently than some 70-year-old woman depending on her social secu-...
pocalypse South, Redux—Searching for Meaning afterthe Flood
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WRITING IN the aftermath of the hurricane and flood that nearly destroyed his city, the New Orleans poet Peter Cooley struggled mightily Cooley is hardly alone in his frustration to articulate something coherent and meaningful about Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent deluge; the sentiment of poetic inadequacy that is expressed in “I See a City in Tears” ...
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Page Count: 208
Publication Year: 2012
Series Title: Literature, Religion, and Postsecular Studies
Series Editor Byline: Lori Branch