A Question of Class: The Redneck Stereotype in Southern Fiction

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Popular Press, 1996 - Literary Criticism - 188 pages
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"Rednecks" have long been subjects of scorn and ridicule, especially in the South because of an antebellum caste and class system, parts of which persist to this day. In A Question of Class, Carr probes the historical and sociological reasons for the descent of "rednecks" into poverty, their inability to rise above it, and their continuing subjugation to a stereotype developed by others and too often accepted by themselves. Carr also records the progress in southern fiction of this negative stereotype - from antebellum writers who saw "rednecks" as threats to the social order, to post-Civil War writers who lamented the lost potential of these people and urged sympathy and understanding, to modern writers who reverted, in some sense, to Old South attitudes, and finally, to contemporary writers who point toward a more democratic acceptance of this much maligned group.
 

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Contents

The New South and the Forgotten People
35
The Persistence of the Stereotype
75
The Beginnings of Something Positive
141
Notes
173
Index
185
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