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The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the American South

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Sharon Monteith, Kathryn B. McKee, Judie Newman, Will Kaufman, Scott Romine, Ernest Suarez, David A. Davis, Sarah Robertson, John T. Matthews, Pearl McHaney, Sarah Gleeson-White, Gary Richards, Michael Bibler, Nahem Yousaf
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  • Date Published: August 2013
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107610859

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  • This Companion maps the dynamic literary landscape of the American South. From pre- and post-Civil War literature to modernist and civil rights fictions, and writing by immigrants in the 'global' South of the late-twentieth and twenty-first centuries, these newly commissioned essays from leading scholars explore the region's established and emergent literary traditions. Touching on poetry and song, drama and screenwriting, key figures such as William Faulkner and Eudora Welty, and iconic texts such as Gone with the Wind, chapters investigate how issues of class, poverty, sexuality, and regional identity have textured Southern writing across generations. The volume's rich contextual approach highlights patterns and connections between writers while offering insight into the development of Southern literary criticism, making this Companion a valuable guide for students and teachers of American literature, American studies, and the history of storytelling in America.

    • Each essay extends students' understanding of the South beyond traditional conceptions of regionalism
    • Essays demonstrate how literary forms that were established in one period - like the slave narrative or the Civil War novel - resonate in others
    • By tracing different paths through the history of Southern literature, the volume also tracks significant changes in the literary criticism of the South
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    "This collection has strengths in its essays treating the chronological divisions of this field, but it also considers newly developed approaches, including queer and transnational ones … A helpful bibliographical guide to the various divisions is independent of the essays’ notes … Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty."
    T. Bonner, Jr, Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107610859
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: mapping the figurative South Sharon Monteith
    1. Region, genre, and the nineteenth-century South Kathryn B. McKee
    2. Slave narratives and neo-slave narratives Judie Newman
    3. Literature and the Civil War Will Kaufman
    4. Literature and Reconstruction Scott Romine
    5. Southern verse in poetry and song Ernest Suarez
    6. Southern modernists and modernity David A. Davis
    7. Poverty and progress Sarah Robertson
    8. The Southern renaissance and the Faulknerian South John T. Matthews
    9. Southern women writers and their influence Pearl McHaney
    10. Hollywood dreaming: Southern writers and the movies Sarah Gleeson-White
    11. Civil rights fiction Sharon Monteith
    12. Southern drama Gary Richards
    13. Queering the South Michael Bibler
    14. Immigrant writers: transnational stories of a 'worlded' South Nahem Yousaf.

  • Editor

    Sharon Monteith, University of Nottingham
    Sharon Monteith is Professor of American Studies at the University of Nottingham.


    Sharon Monteith, Kathryn B. McKee, Judie Newman, Will Kaufman, Scott Romine, Ernest Suarez, David A. Davis, Sarah Robertson, John T. Matthews, Pearl McHaney, Sarah Gleeson-White, Gary Richards, Michael Bibler, Nahem Yousaf

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