I'll Take My Stand: The South and the Agrarian Tradition

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LSU Press, Nov 1, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 416 pages

First published in 1930, the essays in this manifesto constitute one of the outstanding cultural documents in the history of the South. In it, twelve southerners-Donald Davidson, John Gould Fletcher, Henry Blue Kline, Lyle H. Lanier, Stark Young, Allen Tate, Andrew Nelson Lytle, Herman Clarence Nixon, Frank Lawrence Owsley, John Crowe Ransom, John Donald Wade, and Robert Penn Warren-defended individualism against the trend of baseless conformity in an increasingly mechanized and dehumanized society. In her new introduction, Susan V. Donaldson shows that the Southern Agrarians might have ultimately failed in their efforts to revive the South they saw as traditional, stable, and unified, but they nonetheless sparked debates and quarrels about history, literature, race, gender, and regional identity that are still being waged today over Confederate flags, monuments, slavery, and public memory.


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Extremely interesting views of the mythical South. Sometimes I felt like Stephen Colbert was writing the text and other times I felt like it was quoting The Matrix (kill the machines!). It also ... Read full review

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The Southern Agrarians and Their Cultural Wars
A Statement of Principles
Reconstructed but Unregenerate
A Mirrior for Artists
The Irrepressible Conflict
Education Past and Present
A Critique of the Philosophy of Progress
Remarks on the Southern Religion
Whither Southern Economy
The Hind Tit
The Briar Patch
The Life and Death of Cousin Lucius
A Study in Individualism
Not In Memoriam But In Defense

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Susan V. Donaldson is National Endowment for the Humanities Professor of English at the College of William and Mary. She is the author of Competing Voices: The American Novel, 1865--1914, selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Book, and coeditor of Haunted Bodies: Gender and Southern Texts.

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