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1. The Imagined Civil War: Popular
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2. Flannery O'Connor and the Christ-Haunted
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3. A Companion to the Literature
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4. Alias Bill Arp: Charles Henry
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5. Dirt and Desire : Reconstructing
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6. Cavalier and Yankee: The Old South
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7. The Humor of the Old South
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8. South : Modern Southern Literature
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9. Eudora Welty and Politics: Did
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10. Richard M. Weaver 1910-1963: A
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11. Southern Writers in the Modern
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12. To Hell and Back: Race and Betrayal
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13. Shelby Foote and the Art of History:
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14. Tell About the South: The Southern
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15. Race Mixing: Southern Fiction
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16. Haunted Bodies: Gender and Southern
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17. Inventing Southern Literature
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18. Scarlett Slept Here : A Book Lover's
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19. Writing the South: Ideas of an
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20. The Narrative Forms of Southern

1. The Imagined Civil War: Popular Literature of the North & South, 1861-1865 (Civil War America (Hardcover))
by Alice Fahs
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Asin: 0807825816
Catlog: Book (2001-01-01)
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Sales Rank: 897415
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In this groundbreaking work of cultural history, Alice Fahs explores a little-known and fascinating side of the Civil War--the outpouring of popular literature inspired by the conflict. From 1861 to 1865, authors and publishers in both the North and the South produced a remarkable variety of war-related compositions, including poems, songs, children's stories, romances, novels, histories, and even humorous pieces. Fahs mines these rich but long-neglected resources to recover the diversity of the war's political and social meanings.

Instead of narrowly portraying the Civil War as a clash between two great, white armies, popular literature offered a wide range of representations of the conflict and helped shape new modes of imagining the relationships of diverse individuals to the nation. Works that explored the war's devastating impact on white women's lives, for example, proclaimed the importance of their experiences on the home front, while popular writings that celebrated black manhood and heroism in the wake of emancipation helped readers begin to envision new roles for blacks in American life.

Recovering a lost world of popular literature, The Imagined Civil War adds immeasurably to our understanding of American life and letters at a pivotal point in our history. ... Read more


2. Flannery O'Connor and the Christ-Haunted South
by Ralph C. Wood
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Asin: 0802821170
Catlog: Book (2004-03-01)
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Sales Rank: 31826
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3. A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American South (Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture)
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Asin: 0631224041
Catlog: Book (2004-06-30)
Publisher: Blackwell Publishers
Sales Rank: 611801
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4. Alias Bill Arp: Charles Henry Smith and the South's Goodly Heritage
by David B. Parker
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Asin: 0820313106
Catlog: Book (1991-07-01)
Publisher: Univ of Georgia Pr
Sales Rank: 1357265
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5. Dirt and Desire : Reconstructing Southern Women's Writing, 1930-1990
by Patricia Yaeger
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Asin: 0226944913
Catlog: Book (2000-07-01)
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Sales Rank: 340761
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The story of southern writing--the Dixie Limited, if you will--runs along an iron path: an official narrative of a literature about community, about place and the past, about miscegenation, white patriarchy, and the epic of race. Patricia Yaeger dynamites the rails, providing an entirely new set of categories through which to understand southern literature and culture.

For Yaeger, works by black and white southern women writers reveal a shared obsession with monstrosity and the grotesque and with the strange zones of contact between black and white, such as the daily trauma of underpaid labor and the workings of racial and gender politics in the unnoticed yet all too familiar everyday. Yaeger also excavates a southern fascination with dirt--who owns it, who cleans it, and whose bodies are buried in it.

Yaeger's brilliant, theoretically informed readings of Zora Neale Hurston, Harper Lee, Carson McCullers, Toni Morrison, Flannery O'Connor, Alice Walker, and Eudora Welty (among many others) explode the mystifications of southern literary tradition and forge a new path for southern studies.

The book won the Barbara Perkins and George Perkins Award given by the Society for the Study of Narrative Literature.


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6. Cavalier and Yankee: The Old South and American National Character
by William Robert Taylor
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Asin: 0195082842
Catlog: Book (1993-02-01)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Sales Rank: 741793
Average Customer Review: 2 out of 5 stars
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William Taylor's Cavalier and Yankee was one of the most famous works of American history written in the 1960s.The book is an intellectual history of the South before the Civil War, the perception of it in the North, and the effect it had upon the nation in the years from 1800 to 1860.First published in 1961 and out of print for several years, Taylor's classic study remains essential to the study of the pre-Civil War South. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
If you think this book details the divurgence of American culture in the 1800s, you will be disappointed. Author spends too much time encapsulating the plots of dozens of novels, some of them rather obscure. His main point of the south as a declining culture and thus a culture winding its way to secession out of frustration is dubious. Author spends a lot of time detailing the decline of Virginia's worn out tobacco plantations but chooses not to discuss the spectacular economic growth of the South's western cotton plantations. ... Read more


7. The Humor of the Old South
by M. Thomas Inge, Edward J. Piacentino
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Asin: 0813121949
Catlog: Book (2001-07-01)
Publisher: Univ Pr of Kentucky
Sales Rank: 1696333
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The humor of the Old South—tales, almanac entries, turf reports, historical sketches, gentlemen’s essays on outdoor sports, profiles of local characters—flourished between 1830 and 1860. The genre’s popularity and influence can be traced in the works of William Faulkner, Erskine Caldwell, Eudora Welty, Flannery O'Connor, and Harry Crews, as well as in Al Capp’s Li’l Abner comic strip, the stand-up comedy of Jerry Clower and Jeff Foxworthy, and The Beverly Hillbillies.

This collection of essays includes some of the most significant writing on the topic to have appeared over the past twenty-five years, much of it revised and updated, as well as newly commissioned articles that bring fresh insights and employ new approaches to the subject.

“Forward-looking and intelligent. Rather than accepting the genre as an effusion of the region, the essays approach the materials as literary evocations of social and civil life.”—David E. E. Sloane, Executive Director of the American Humor Studies Association ... Read more


8. South : Modern Southern Literature in Its Cultural Setting
by Louis Decimus Rubin
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Asin: 0837172241
Catlog: Book (1974-10-24)
Publisher: Greenwood Press Reprint
Sales Rank: 631085
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9. Eudora Welty and Politics: Did the Writer Crusade? (Southern Literary Studies)
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Asin: 0807126187
Catlog: Book (2001-03-01)
Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
Sales Rank: 755280
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10. Richard M. Weaver 1910-1963: A Life of the Mind
by Fred Douglas Young
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Asin: 0826210309
Catlog: Book (1995-11-01)
Publisher: University of Missouri Press
Sales Rank: 1474755
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11. Southern Writers in the Modern World
by Donald Davidson
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Asin: 0820301663
Catlog: Book (1958-06)
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Sales Rank: 2233973
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12. To Hell and Back: Race and Betrayal in the Southern Novel
by Jeff Abernathy
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Asin: 0820325783
Catlog: Book (2003-12-01)
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
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This study of the construction of race in American culture takes its title from a central story thread in Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Huck, who resolves to "go to hell" rather than turn over the runaway slave Jim, in time betrays his companion.

Jeff Abernathy assesses cross-racial pairings in American literature following Huckleberry Finn to show that this pattern of engagement and betrayal appears repeatedly in our fiction--notably southern fiction--just as it appears throughout American history and culture. He contends that such stories of companionship and rejection simultaneously express opposing tenets of American culture: a persistent vision of democracy and the racial hierarchy that undermines it.

Abernathy traces this pattern through works by William Faulkner, Carson McCullers, Harper Lee, Kaye Gibbons, Sara Flanigan, Elizabeth Spencer, Padgett Powell, Ellen Douglas, and Glasgow Phillips. In contrast, African American writers pointedly contest the pattern.Abernathy looks at Ralph Ellison, Alice Walker, and Richard Wright as exemplars whose works "portray autonomous black characters and white characters who must earn their own salvation, or gain it not at all."

Looking at the "hell and back" pattern within a broader cultural context, Abernathy argues that it signifies our willingness to engage repeatedly in the fiction of racial parity. Just as American readers return to Huckleberry Finn, our authors rewrite and revise it in an ongoing conversation about white America's inability to confront the cultural incongruities that deny "the place of black identity in the formation of the American self." To Hell and Back makes a strong case for a distinct literary tradition that unites writers across boundaries of race, period, and region. ... Read more


13. Shelby Foote and the Art of History: Two Gates to the City
by James Panabaker
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Asin: 1572333189
Catlog: Book (2004-11-30)
Publisher: University of Tennessee Press
Sales Rank: 195910
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14. Tell About the South: The Southern Rage to Explain (Southern Literary Studies)
by Fred C. Hobson
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Asin: 0807111317
Catlog: Book (1998-03-01)
Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
Sales Rank: 623914
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15. Race Mixing: Southern Fiction Since the Sixties
by Suzanne W. Jones
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Asin: 0801873932
Catlog: Book (2004-04-09)
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Sales Rank: 436358
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In the southern United States, there remains a deep need among both black and white writers to examine the topic of race relations, whether they grew up during segregation or belong to the younger generation that graduated from integrated schools. In Race Mixing, Suzanne Jones offers insightful and provocative readings of contemporary novels, the work of a wide range of writers—black and white, established and emerging. Their stories explore the possibilities of cross-racial friendships, examine the repressed history of interracial love, reimagine the Civil Rights era through children's eyes, herald the reemergence of the racially mixed character, investigate acts of racial violence, and interrogate both rural and urban racial dynamics.

Employing a dynamic model of the relationship between text and context, Jones shows how more than thirty relevant writers—including Madison Smartt Bell, Larry Brown, Bebe Moore Campbell, Thulani Davis, Ellen Douglas, Ernest Gaines, Josephine Humphreys, Randall Kenan, Reynolds Price, Alice Walker, and Tom Wolfe—illuminate the complexities of the color line and the problems in defining racial identity today. While an earlier generation of black and white southern writers challenged the mythic unity of southern communities in order to lay bare racial divisions, Jones finds in the novels of contemporary writers a challenge to the mythic sameness within racial communities—and a broader definition of community and identity.

Closely reading these stories about race in America, Race Mixing ultimately points to new ways of thinking about race relations. "We need these fictions," Jones writes, "to help us imagine our way out of the social structures and mind-sets that mythologize the past, fragment individuals, prejudge people, and divide communities." ... Read more


16. Haunted Bodies: Gender and Southern Texts (The American South Series)
by Anne Goodwyn Jones, Susan Van D'Elden Donaldson
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Asin: 0813917263
Catlog: Book (1998-02-01)
Publisher: University Press of Virginia
Sales Rank: 863616
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars An excellent reference for students of Southern literature
Students of Southern literature will find this examination of race and gender in the South valuable. ... Read more


17. Inventing Southern Literature
by Michael Kreyling
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Asin: 1578060451
Catlog: Book (1998-05-01)
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Sales Rank: 885427
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18. Scarlett Slept Here : A Book Lover's Guide to the South
by Joy Dickinson
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Asin: 0806520922
Catlog: Book (2001-03)
Publisher: Citadel Press
Sales Rank: 989359
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A great take on the South
Joy Dickinson's "Scarlett Slept Here" is funny, informative and finally answers the age-old question: What IS it with Southern writers and mules? It's a good book for someone who plans to hit the road in search of the literary South, or for those who'd rather settle into an easy chair to experience it vicariously through the author. The lists of "Literary Lures" with each section, and the suggested reading and Internet sources are particularly helpful. Indexed by author and literary character. ... Read more


19. Writing the South: Ideas of an American Region
by Richard J. Gray, Richard Gray
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Asin: 0807122173
Catlog: Book (1998-02-01)
Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
Sales Rank: 774774
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This book is a major reassessment of an American region and a regional consciousness. Concentrating on moments of crisis in Southern history, as well as on major literary figures, Richard Gray shows how generations of Southerners have been engaged in 'writing the South', in reinventing their place even as they describe it. The first half of the book focuses on the colonial period, when the first white settlers tried to understand an unfamiliar land by seeing it in terms of familiar mythology; the years immediately prior to the Civil War, when the South had to defend its 'peculiar institution' of slavery; and the later nineteenth century, when Southerners were struggling to justify their past, explain the present, and prophesy the future. In the second half Dr Gray looks in detail at the twentieth-century South, and particularly at major writers of the Southern renaissance, such as William Faulkner and the Nashville Agrarians. ... Read more


20. The Narrative Forms of Southern Community (Southern Literary Studies)
by Scott Romine
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Asin: 080712527X
Catlog: Book (1999-09-01)
Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
Sales Rank: 1528168
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