The Oxford Handbook of the Literature of the U.S. South

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Fred Hobson, Barbara Ladd
Oxford University Press, Jan 4, 2016 - Literary Criticism - 584 pages
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The Oxford Handbook of the Literature of the U.S. South brings together contemporary views of the literature of the region in a series of chapters employing critical tools not traditionally used in approaching Southern literature. It assumes ideas of the South--global, multicultural, plural: more Souths than South--that would not have been embraced two or three decades ago, and it similarly expands the idea of literature itself. Representative of the current range of activity in the field of Southern literary studies, it challenges earlier views of antebellum Southern literature, as well as, in its discussions of twentieth-century writing, questions the assumption that the Southern Renaissance of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s was the supreme epoch of Southern expression, that writing to which all that had come before had led and by which all that came afterward was judged. As well as canonical Southern writers, it examines Native American literature, Latina/o literature, Asian American as well as African American literatures, Caribbean studies, sexuality studies, the relationship of literature to film, and a number of other topics which are relatively new to the field.

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Richard Weaver Lillian Smith the South and the World
Arts of Abjection in James Agee Walker Evans and Luis Buñuel
Tennessee Williams and the Burden of Southern Sexuality Studies
The AntiProtest
LetterWriting Authorship and Southern Women Modernists
Mourning Mockery and the PostSouth in Lars von Triers
Structuring Modernity in Southern Poetry
Four Contemporary Latinao Writers Ghost the U S South

Locality and the Serial South
The Long Shadow of Torture in the American South
Masculine Sentiment Racial Fetishism and SameSex Desire
Narrative and Counternarrative in The Leopards Spots and
African American Women and the Affective
Asian Americans Racial Latency Southern Traces
The Woundedness of Southern Literature Looking Away

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Fred Hobson is Lineberger Professor of Humanities Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Barbara Ladd is Professor of English at Emory University in Atlanta.

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