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There are many anthologies of southern literature, but this is the ï¬rst companion. Neither a survey of masterpieces nor a biographical sourcebook, The Companion to Southern Literature treats every conceivable topic found in southern writing from the pre-Columbian era to the present, referencing speciï¬c works of all periods and genres. Top scholars in their ï¬elds offer original deï¬nitions and examples of the concepts they know best, identifying the themes, burning issues, historical personalities, beloved icons, and common or uncommon stereotypes that have shaped the most signiï¬cant regional literature in memory.
Read the copious offerings straight through in alphabetical order (Ancestor Worship, Blue-Collar Literature, Caves) or skip randomly at whim (Guilt, The Grotesque, William Jefferson Clinton). Whatever approach you take, The Companionâs authority, scope, and variety in tone and interpretation will prove a boon and a delight. Explored here are literary embodiments of the Old South, New South, Solid South, Savage South, Lazy South, and âSahara of the Bozart.â As up-to-date as grit lit, K Mart ï¬ction, and postmodernism, and as old-fashioned as Puritanism, mules, and the tall tale, these ï¬ve hundred entries span a reach from Lady to Lesbian Literature.
The volume includes an overview of every southern stateâs belletristic heritage while making it clear that the southern mind extends beyond geographical boundaries to form an essential component of the American psyche. The Southâs lavishly rich literature provides the best means of understanding the regionâs deepest nature, and The Companion to Southern Literature will be an invaluable tool for those who take on that exciting challenge.
Description of Contents
500 lively, succinct articles on topics ranging from Abolition to Yoknapatawpha
250 contributors, including scholars, writers, and poets
2 tables of contents â alphabetical and subject â and a complete index
A separate bibliography for most entries
About: 'Solidly authoritative and comprehensive, The Companion to Southern Literature spans the genres, languages, ideologies, events, culture, literary history, works, and writers that comprise the literature of the South.
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