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Rough South, Rural South: Region and Class in Recent Southern Literature

Jean W. Cash and Keith Perry (eds)

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781496802330
eISBN:
9781496804990
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496802330.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This book describes and discusses the work of southern writers who began their careers in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. They fall into two categories. Some, born into the ... More


The Rough South of Ron Rash

Thomas Ærvold Bjerre

in Rough South, Rural South: Region and Class in Recent Southern Literature

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781496802330
eISBN:
9781496804990
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496802330.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter discusses the fiction of Ron Rash, who sets almost all of his work—poems, short stories, and novels—in the Carolinas and focuses on the people who live or have lived there. Rash was born ... More


Jill McCorkle: The Rough South from One Remove

Barbara Bennett

in Rough South, Rural South: Region and Class in Recent Southern Literature

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781496802330
eISBN:
9781496804990
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496802330.003.0017
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter discusses Jill McCorkle's fiction, which reflects the whole South, rather than just its middle class. McCorkle did not grow up amid poverty, and in fact calls her upbringing in 1960s ... More


“Rough South”: Beginnings

Gary Hawkins

in Rough South, Rural South: Region and Class in Recent Southern Literature

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781496802330
eISBN:
9781496804990
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496802330.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter discusses the beginnings of the Rough South designation. The chapter's author reflects on meeting Larry Brown, a largely self-educated writer who was born into a working-class family and ... More


On The Rough South of Larry Brown: An Interview with Filmmaker Gary Hawkins

Katherine Powell

in Larry Brown and the Blue-Collar South

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781934110751
eISBN:
9781604736366
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781934110751.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter presents the transcript of an interview with independent filmmaker Gary Hawkins, who talks about his award-winning documentary The Rough South of Larry Brown (2002). Conducted in 2003, ... More


Twenty-First-Century Writers: The Rural Southern Tradition Continues

Jean W. Cash

in Rough South, Rural South: Region and Class in Recent Southern Literature

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781496802330
eISBN:
9781496804990
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496802330.003.0021
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter focuses on twenty-first-century writers who carry on the rural southern tradition in their work. Since 2000, several young southern writers, nearly all born after 1975 and from ... More


“Recover the Paths”: Salvage in Tom Franklin’s Fiction

Joan Wylie Hall

in Rough South, Rural South: Region and Class in Recent Southern Literature

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781496802330
eISBN:
9781496804990
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496802330.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter discusses Tom Franklin's fiction. Franklin was born in Dickinson, Alabama, in 1963. Growing up, he watched horror films, created stories for toy action figures, and wrote and illustrated ... More


“Everything Worth Doing Hurts Like Hell”: The Rough South of Tim Gautreaux

L. Lamar Nisly

in Rough South, Rural South: Region and Class in Recent Southern Literature

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781496802330
eISBN:
9781496804990
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496802330.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter discusses the work of of Tim Gautreaux. Born in 1947, Gautreaux grew up in Morgan City, Louisiana, which during his childhood was “an oil-patch town with kind of a Wild West flavor” and ... More


Kaye Gibbons: Tough Women in a Rough South

Rebecca Godwin

in Rough South, Rural South: Region and Class in Recent Southern Literature

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781496802330
eISBN:
9781496804990
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496802330.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter discusses Kaye Gibbons's work, which portrays wise and hardworking women whose gumption improves the lot of the suffering lower class. Born Bertha Kaye Batts on May 5, 1960, Kaye Gibbons ... More


Elevated above the Real: The Poor White Southerner in Cormac McCarthy’s Early Novels

Marcus Hamilton

in Rough South, Rural South: Region and Class in Recent Southern Literature

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781496802330
eISBN:
9781496804990
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496802330.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter discusses the work of Cormac McCarthy, whose early novels depicted the poor white southerner. In The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture, Robert Benson praises McCarthy for his ... More


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