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The Companion to Southern Literature: Themes, Genres, Places, People, Movements, and Motifs
By Lucinda Hardwick MacKethan (editor), Joseph M. Flora (editor) and Todd W. Taylor (editor)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Louisiana State Univ Pr
Publication date November 1, 2001
Pages 1144
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780807126929
ISBN-10 0807126926
Dimensions 2.50 by 8 by 10 in.
Weight 5 lbs.
Original list price $79.95
Other format details university press
Summaries and Reviews
'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. From incest to grits, topics are wide-ranging and eclectic. It features alphabetical and topical tables of contents and a thorough index that allows users to find important names that may lack an entry. With more than 500 entries by 200 contributors, the book contains signed essays that are critical and complete with cross-references and a brief bibliography. This companion's affordability and comprehensiveness make it a value and a prized reference work.'--'The Best of the Best Reference Sources,' American Libraries, May 2003. (view table of contents) description: Product Description:

Selected as an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice

Selected as an Outstanding Reference Source by the Reference and User Services Association of the American Library Association

There are many anthologies of southern literature, but this is the first 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 specific works of all periods and genres. Top scholars in their fields offer original definitions 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 significant 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 Companion’s 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 “Sahara of the Bozart.” As up-to-date as grit lit, K Mart fiction, and postmodernism, and as old-fashioned as Puritanism, mules, and the tall tale, these five hundred entries span a reach from Lady to Lesbian Literature.

The volume includes an overview of every southern state’s belletristic heritage while making it clear that the southern mind extends beyond geographical boundaries to form an essential component of the American psyche. The South’s lavishly rich literature provides the best means of understanding the region’s 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 ― alphabetical and subject ― and a complete index
A separate bibliography for most entries

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