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Introduction: The “Contradictory” Legacy of Corra Harris

Catherine Oglesby

in Corra Harris and the Divided Mind of the New South

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813032474
eISBN:
9780813038728
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813032474.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

Corra Harris was the most widely published and one of the most nationally popular woman writers in the United States during the twentieth century. Critics during her day and since have had a ... More


Southern Writers: Notes Toward a Definition of Terms

Thadious M. Davis

in The Past Is Not Dead: Essays from the Southern Quarterly

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617033032
eISBN:
9781617033056
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617033032.003.0010
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter attempts to provide a definition for a Southern woman writer. It asks: Who or what is a Southern woman writer? Should the emphasis be placed on Southern or on woman, or equally on both? ... More


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


A Knock at Midnight: The Agrarian Plea for the South

Angie Maxwell

in The Indicted South: Public Criticism, Southern Inferiority, and the Politics of Whiteness

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9781469611648
eISBN:
9781469614519
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469611648.003.0006
Subject:
History, Social History

This chapter considers the response of southern writers, including John Crowe Ransom, Robert Penn Warren, Allen Tate, and Donald Davidson, to public criticism of the South and negative associations ... More


Alice Walker Matters: The Fruits of Gendered Space

Thadious M. Davis

in Southscapes: Geographies of Race, Region, and Literature

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807835210
eISBN:
9781469602554
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807869321_davis.9
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This final chapter deals with the vast body of Alice Walker's literary and political work. All her novels, especially The Color Purple, Meridian, and The Third Life of Grand Copeman are discussed in ... 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


“The Influence of William Faulkner”

George Garrett

in The Dixie Limited: Writers on William Faulkner and His Influence

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781496803382
eISBN:
9781496806789
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496803382.003.0030
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter discusses the influence of William Faulkner on young writers, arguing that no contemporary writer can ignore his work. It contends that it is especially difficult to be a “southern” ... More


Unlinking Race and Gender: The Awakening as a Southern Novel

Barbara C. Ewell

in The Past Is Not Dead: Essays from the Southern Quarterly

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617033032
eISBN:
9781617033056
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617033032.003.0017
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter explores the writing of Kate Chopin, focusing on her novel The Awakening. It argues that while Chopin is not technically a southerner and The Awakening does not always “feel” like a ... More


“The Faulkner Thing”

John Grisham

in The Dixie Limited: Writers on William Faulkner and His Influence

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781496803382
eISBN:
9781496806789
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496803382.003.0040
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

In this chapter, John Grisham talks about William Faulkner and what a female reporter called “the Faulkner thing”. Grisham was in Dallas, or some other city, for a book tour for The Firm. A TV beat ... More


From “The Rise of Southern Redneck and White Trash Writers”1

Erik Bledsoe

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/9781496802330.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter discusses the emergence of a new generation of southern writers who are giving voice to a different group of southerners, forcing their readers to reexamine long-held stereotypes and ... More


Natchez and Richard Wright in Southern American Literature

Margaret Walker Alexander

in The Past Is Not Dead: Essays from the Southern Quarterly

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617033032
eISBN:
9781617033056
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617033032.003.0015
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter discusses how the South is depicted in literature as both a historical region and a mythical place. It considers the work of Richard Wright, including how he was influenced by Natchez ... More


“Emerging as a Writer in Faulkner’s Mississippi”

Elizabeth Spencer

in The Dixie Limited: Writers on William Faulkner and His Influence

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781496803382
eISBN:
9781496806789
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496803382.003.0036
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

In this chapter, the author reflects on William Faulkner's influence on her and on other Southern writers. The author says it would be impossible to think of Oxford, Mississippi without thinking of ... More


Larry Brown: A Writer's Life

Jean W. Cash

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604739800
eISBN:
9781604739862
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604739800.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Larry Brown was unique among writers who started their careers in the late twentieth century. Unlike most of them—his friends Clyde Edgerton, Jill McCorkle, Rick Bass, Kaye Gibbons, among others—he ... 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


Mary Edwards Bryan: Her Early Life and Works

Canter Brown Jr. and Larry Eugene Rivers

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780813061146
eISBN:
9780813051420
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813061146.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This book examines the life of popular Victorian-era writer Mary Edwards Bryan up to publication of her first novel Manch. Its purpose is twofold. First, it aims to document the fascinating story of ... More


A World Almost Rotten: The Fiction of William Gay1

William Giraldi

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/9781496802330.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter discusses the fiction of William Gay, one of American literature's most authentic chroniclers of life in the Rough South. Gay died at his home in Hohenwald, Tennessee, on February 23, ... More


Lee Smith: A Diamond from the Rough

Linda Byrd Cook

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/9781496802330.003.0015
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter discusses Lee Smith's fiction, which consistently probes the crises of identity that plague so many contemporary Americans, particularly women. Born on November 1, 1944, in the ... More


True and False Things: Faulkner and the World of Goods

T. j. Jackson Lears

in Faulkner and Material Culture

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617037122
eISBN:
9781604731637
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617037122.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter describes Faulkner as the quintessentially canonical Southern writer. Faulkner is prominent among an extraordinary group of writers and thinkers referred to as anti-modern modernists. ... More


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