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Since the end of World War II, the South has experienced a greater awareness of growth and of its accompanying tensions than other regions of the United States. The rapid change that climaxed with the war in Vietnam, the Cold War, civil rights demonstrations, and Watergate has forced the traditional South to come to terms with social upheaval. As the essays collected in Southern Writers at Century's End point out, southern writing: since 1975 reflects the confusion and violence that have characterized late-twentieth-century public culture.

These essays consider the work of twenty-one of the foremost southern writers whose most important fiction has appeared in the last quarter of this century. As the region's contemporary writers have begun to gain a wide audience, critics have begun to distinguish what Hugh Holman has called "the fresh, the vital, and the new" in southern literary culture. Southern Writers at Century's End is the first volume to take an extensive look at the current generation of southern writers.

Authors considered include: James Lee Burke, Fred Chappell, Robert Drake, Andre Dubus, Clyde Edgerton, Richard Ford, Kaye Gibbons, John Grisham, Barry Hannah, Mary Hood, Josephine Humphreys, Randall Kenan, Richard Marius, Bobbie Ann Mason, Cormac McCarthy, Tim McLaurin, T.R. Pearson, Lee Smith, Anne Tyle,r Alice Walker, and James Wilcox.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. vii
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  1. Foreword
  2. James H. Justus
  3. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Introduction
  2. James H. Justus, James A. Perkins
  3. pp. 1-6
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  1. Part I. New Faces
  2. pp. 7-8
  1. Randall Garrett Kenan: Myth and Reality in Tims Creek
  2. Doris Betts
  3. pp. 9-20
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  1. Mary Hood: The Dark Side of the Moon
  2. David Aiken
  3. pp. 21-31
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  1. James Wilcox: The Normality of Madness
  2. Hugh Ruppersburg
  3. pp. 32-43
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  1. John Grisham: Obsessive Imagery
  2. Randolph Paul Runyon
  3. pp. 44-59
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  1. James Lee Burke: ". . . always the first inning"
  2. William Bedford Clark, Charlene Kerne Clark
  3. pp. 60-69
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  1. T.R. Pearson: Debatable Heroes
  2. Mary Bozeman Hodges
  3. pp. 70-81
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  1. Tim McLaurin: Keeper of the Moon
  2. Sue Laslie Kimball
  3. pp. 82-88
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  1. Richard Marius: "The Brooding Mystery"
  2. Carroll Viera
  3. pp. 89-103
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  1. Robert Drake: The Railroad as Metaphor
  2. James A. Perkins
  3. pp. 104-111
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  1. Kaye Gibbons: Her Full-Time Women
  2. Nancy Lewis
  3. pp. 112-122
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  1. Part II. Old Friends
  2. pp. 123-124
  1. Barry Hannah: Geronimo Rex in Retrospect
  2. David Madden
  3. pp. 125-133
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  1. Anne Tyler: Wrestling with the "lowlier angel"
  2. James Grove
  3. pp. 134-150
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  1. Bobbie Ann Mason: Searching for Home
  2. pp. 151-163
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  1. Cormac McCarthy: Restless Seekers
  2. John G. Cawelti
  3. pp. 164-176
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  1. Alice Walker: The Color Purple as Allegory
  2. Winifred Morgan
  3. pp. 177-184
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  1. Fred Chappell: Midquestions
  2. Randolph Paul Runyon
  3. pp. 185-200
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  1. Josephine Humphreys: "Hope's last stand"
  2. Elizabeth A. Ford
  3. pp. 201-211
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  1. Richard Ford: Postmodern Cowboys
  2. Jeffrey J. Folks
  3. pp. 212-225
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  1. Andre Dubus: "Never Truly Members"
  2. Lucy Ferriss
  3. pp. 226-237
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  1. Clyde Edgerton: Death and Dying
  2. James A. Grimshaw Jr.
  3. pp. 238-246
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  1. Lee Smith: Ivy Rowe as Woman and Artist
  2. Elizabeth Pell Broadwell
  3. pp. 247-261
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 262-272
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 273-275
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 276-290
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813157269
Related ISBN(s)
9780813120324, 9780813130972, 9780813189512
MARC Record
OCLC
605174762
Pages
304
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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