The Humor of the Old South

The Humor of the Old South

The emergence of the Old South's humor remains a puzzle that will never be completely explained. More pieces, however, are constantly being discovered, so that the whole design is gradually taking on an elusive shape.

Author: M. Thomas Inge

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813185453

Category: Humor

Page: 336

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The humor of the Old South -- tales, almanac entries, turf reports, historical sketches, gentlemen's essays on outdoor sports, profiles of local characters -- flourished between 1830 and 1860. The genre's popularity and influence can be traced in the works of major southern writers such as William Faulkner, Erskine Caldwell, Eudora Welty, Flannery O'Connor, and Harry Crews, as well as in contemporary popular culture focusing on the rural South. This collection of essays includes some of the past twenty five years' best writing on the subject, as well as ten new works bringing fresh insights and original approaches to the subject. A number of the essays focus on well known humorists such as Augustus Baldwin Longstreet, Johnson Jones Hooper, William Tappan Thompson, and George Washington Harris, all of whom have long been recognized as key figures in Southwestern humor. Other chapters examine the origins of this early humor, in particular selected poems of William Henry Timrod and Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," which anticipate the subject matter, character types, structural elements, and motifs that would become part of the Southwestern tradition. Renditions of "Sleepy Hollow" were later echoed in sketches by William Tappan Thompson, Joseph Beckman Cobb, Orlando Benedict Mayer, Francis James Robinson, and William Gilmore Simms. Several essays also explore antebellum southern humor in the context of race and gender. This literary legacy left an indelible mark on the works of later writers such as Mark Twain and William Faulkner, whose works in a comic vein reflect affinities and connections to the rich lode of materials initially popularized by the Southwestern humorists.
Categories: Humor

The Enduring Legacy of Old Southwest Humor

The Enduring Legacy of Old Southwest Humor

Southern Humor A SELECTED CHECKLIST OF CRITICISM Ed Piacentino T HIS checklist of criticism focuses on the humor of the Old Southwest and modern and contemporary southern literary humor and popular culture .

Author: Edward Piacentino

Publisher: LSU Press

ISBN: 0807130869

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 336

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The Old Southwest flourished between 1830 and 1860, but its brand of humor lives on in the writings of Mark Twain, the novels of William Faulkner, the television series The Beverly Hillbillies, the material of comedian Jeff Foxworthy, and even cyberspace, where nonsoutherners can come up to speed on subjects like hickphonics. The first book on its subject, The Enduring Legacy of Old Southwest Humor engages topics ranging from folklore to feminism to the Internet as it pays tribute to a distinctly American comic style that has continued to reinvent itself. The book begins by examining frontier southern humor as manifested in works of Faulkner, Erskine Caldwell, Flannery O’Connor, Eudora Welty, Woody Guthrie, Harry Crews, William Price Fox, Fred Chappell, Barry Hannah, Cormac McCarthy, and African American writers Zora Neale Hurston, Ralph Ellison, Alice Walker, Ishmael Reed, and Yusef Komunyakaa. It then explores southwestern humor’s legacy in popular culture—including comic strips, comedians, and sitcoms—and on the Internet. Many of the trademark themes of modern and contemporary southern wit appeared in stories that circulated in the antebellum Southwest. Often taking the form of tall tales, those stories have served and continue to serve as rich, reusable material for southern writers and entertainers in the twentieth century and beyond. The Enduring Legacy of Old Southwest Humor is an innovative collaboration that delves into jokes about hunting, drinking, boasting, and gambling as it studies, among other things, the styles of comedians Andy Griffith, Dave Gardner, and Justin Wilson. It gives splendid demonstration that through the centuries southern humor has continued to be a powerful tool for disarming hypocrites and opening up sensitive issues for discussion.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Civilization of the Old South

The Civilization of the Old South

Southern humor. In this state a remarkable contrast developed between the yeomen of the red hills and the planters of the long-settled tidewater region. Indeed, the frontier had only recently been erased in the 1830's with the removal ...

Author: Clement Eaton

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813194493

Category: History

Page: 328

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Exhibiting a clear, straightforward style, his many works are marked by a comprehensiveness and a catholicity of view. There is hardly an element of southern thought or society, hardly a major movement of any kind or an event of any significance that has escaped his penetrating thought and discerning analysis. This volume of Eaton's selected writings forms a rich and provocative mosaic of southern life from the years of Thomas Jefferson to the close of the Civil War. These selections, perceptively edited by Albert D. Kinvan, 'show the wide range of Eaton's interests, including the impact of slavery, the influence of religion, and the art of politics, and they demonstrate the depth of his insight into the civilization of the Old South.
Categories: History

Southern Frontier Humor

Southern Frontier Humor

The widespread continuity between this older southern humor and the modern and contemporary varieties suggests that the tradition of Old Southwest humor not only has become but also continues to be the dominant strain of American humor.

Author: Thomas Inge

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

ISBN: 9780826272201

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 360

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If, as some suggest, American literature began with Huckleberry Finn, then the humorists of the Old South surely helped us to shape that literature. Twain himself learned to write by reading the humorists’ work, and later writers were influenced by it. This book marks the first new collection of humor from that region published in fifteen years—and the first fresh selection of sketches and tales to appear in over forty years. Thomas Inge and Ed Piacentino bring their knowledge of and fondness for this genre to a collection that reflects the considerable body of scholarship that has been published on its major figures and the place of the movement in American literary history. They breathe new life into the subject, gathering a new selection of texts and adding Twain—the only major American author to contribute to and emerge from the movement—as well as several recently identified humorists. All of the major writers are represented, from Augustus Baldwin Longstreet to Thomas Bangs Thorpe, as well as a great many lesser-known figures like Hamilton C. Jones, Joseph M. Field, and John S. Robb. The anthology also includes several writers only recently discovered to be a part of the tradition, such as Joseph Gault, Christopher Mason Haile, James Edward Henry, and Marcus Lafayette Byrn, and features authors previously overlooked, such as William Gilmore Simms, Ham Jones, Orlando Benedict Mayer, and Adam Summer. Selections are timely, reflecting recent trends in literary history and criticism sensitive to issues of gender, race, and ethnicity. The editors have also taken pains to seek out first printings to avoid the kinds of textual corruptions that often occur in later versions of these sketches. Southern Frontier Humor offers students and general readers alike a broad perspective and new appreciation of this singular form of writing from the Old South—and provides some chuckles along the way.
Categories: Literary Collections

Southern Frontier Humor

Southern Frontier Humor

Studies in American Humor 3.19 (2009): 45–61. Print. Inge, M. Thomas, and Ed Piacentino, eds. The Humor of the Old South. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2001. Print. ———, eds. Southern Frontier Humor: An Anthology.

Author: Ed Piacentino

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781617037696

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 237

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Since its inception in the early 1830s, southern frontier humor (also known as the humor of the Old Southwest) has had enduring appeal. The onset of the new millennium precipitated an impressive rejuvenation of scholarly interest. Southern Frontier Humor: New Approaches represents the next step in this revival, providing a series of essays with fresh perspectives and contexts. First, the book shows the importance of Henry Junius Nott, a virtually unknown and forgotten writer who mined many of the principal subjects, themes, tropes, and character types associated with southern frontier humor, followed by an essay addressing how this humor genre and its ideological impact helped to stimulate a national cultural revolution. Several essays focus on the genre’s legacy to the post-Civil War era, exploring intersections between southern frontier humor and southern local color writers—Joel Chandler Harris, Charles W. Chesnutt, and Sherwood Bonner. Mark Twain’s African American dialect piece “A True Story,” though employing some of the conventions of southern frontier humor, is reexamined as a transitional text, showing his shift to broader concerns, particularly in race portraiture. Essays also examine the evolution of the trickster from the Jack Tales to Hooper’s Simon Suggs to similar mountebanks in novels of John Kennedy Toole, Mark Childress, and Clyde Edgerton and transnational contexts, the latter exploring parallels between southern frontier humor and the Jamaican Anansi tales. Finally, the genre is situated contextually, using contemporary critical discourses, which are applied to G. W. Harris’s Sut Lovingood and to various frontier hunting stories.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Humor of the Old Deep South

Humor of the Old Deep South

Author: Arthur Palmer Hudson

Publisher: New York, The Macmillam Company

ISBN: IND:39000005907642

Category: American wit and humor

Page: 548

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Categories: American wit and humor

Humor of the Old Southwest

Humor of the Old Southwest

“ The Cowardly ' Lion of the [ Old South ] West : Mike Hooter of Mississippi , " Mississippi Folklore Register 18 ( 1984 ) , 3-18 . - . “ How Mike Shouter ' Cotch the Bar ' : Another ' Yazoo Sketch , ' ” Southern Folklore Quarterly 41 ...

Author: Hennig Cohen

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 0820316059

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 493

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One of the most entertaining genres of American literature is the bold, masculine, wildly exaggerated, and highly imaginative frontier humor of the Old Southwest, produced between 1835 and 1861 in an area that extended from Virginia, the Carolinas, and Georgia westward to Lousiana, Arkansas, Missouri, and Texas. Hennig Cohen and William B. Dillingham have tapped the wealth of this region to produce a collection that over the last three decades has become the standard anthology of Old Southwestern humor. This new, extensively revised edition includes an expanded introduction, a dozen replacement sections, an updated bibliography, and works by three new writers--Phillip B. January, Matthew C. Field, and John Gorman Barr. Most generously represented are George Washington Harris, Augustus Baldwin Longstreet, Johnson Jones Hooper, and Thomas Bangs Thorpe. Selections from twenty-five authors are featured along with brief biographical essays that combine historical and political analysis with perceptive literary criticism. These selections document important facets of antebellum American culture and provide the background of the literary achievement of Mark Twain and William Faulkner.
Categories: Literary Collections

Southern Manhood

Southern Manhood

Perspectives on Masculinity in the Old South Craig Thompson Friend, Lorri Glover ... There is a huge body of work on southern humor . ... See especially the essays in Inge and Piacentino , Humor of the Old South . 13.

Author: Craig Thompson Friend

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 082032423X

Category: History

Page: 234

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Spanning the era from the American Revolution to the Civil War, these nine pathbreaking original essays explore the unexpected, competing, or contradictory ways in which southerners made sense of manhood. Employing a rich variety of methodologies, the contributors look at southern masculinity within African American, white, and Native American communities; on the frontier and in towns; and across boundaries of class and age. Until now, the emerging subdiscipline of southern masculinity studies has been informed mainly by conclusions drawn from research on how the planter class engaged issues of honor, mastery, and patriarchy. But what about men who didn’t own slaves or were themselves enslaved? These essays illuminate the mechanisms through which such men negotiated with overarching conceptions of masculine power. Here the reader encounters Choctaw elites struggling to maintain manly status in the market economy, black and white artisans forging rival communities and competing against the gentry for social recognition, slave men on the southern frontier balancing community expectations against owner domination, and men in a variety of military settings acting out community expectations to secure manly status. As Southern Manhood brings definition to an emerging subdiscipline of southern history, it also pushes the broader field in new directions. All of the essayists take up large themes in antebellum history, including southern womanhood, the advent of consumer culture and market relations, and the emergence of sectional conflict.
Categories: History

Encyclopedia of Humor Studies

Encyclopedia of Humor Studies

The humor of the old South. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky. Inge, M., & Piacentino, E. (2010). Introduction: The humor of the old South; or, transgression he wrote. In M. Inge & E. Piacentino (Eds.), Southern frontier humor: An ...

Author: Salvatore Attardo

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 9781483346175

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 984

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The Encyclopedia of Humor: A Social History explores the concept of humor in history and modern society in the United States and internationally. This work’s scope encompasses the humor of children, adults, and even nonhuman primates throughout the ages, from crude jokes and simple slapstick to sophisticated word play and ironic parody and satire. As an academic social history, it includes the perspectives of a wide range of disciplines, including sociology, child development, social psychology, life style history, communication, and entertainment media. Readers will develop an understanding of the importance of humor as it has developed globally throughout history and appreciate its effects on child and adult development, especially in the areas of health, creativity, social development, and imagination. This two-volume set is available in both print and electronic formats. Features & Benefits: The General Editor also serves as Editor-in-Chief of HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research for The International Society for Humor Studies. The book’s 335 articles are organized in A-to-Z fashion in two volumes (approximately 1,000 pages). This work is enhanced by an introduction by the General Editor, a Foreword, a list of the articles and contributors, and a Reader’s Guide that groups related entries thematically. A Chronology of Humor, a Resource Guide, and a detailed Index are included. Each entry concludes with References/Further Readings and cross references to related entries. The Index, Reader’s Guide themes, and cross references between and among related entries combine to provide robust search-and-browse features in the electronic version. This two-volume, A-to-Z set provides a general, non-technical resource for students and researchers in such diverse fields as communication and media studies, sociology and anthropology, social and cognitive psychology, history, literature and linguistics, and popular culture and folklore.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Dueling in the Old South

Dueling in the Old South

A manuscript in the Yates Snowden Papers at the South Caro- liniana Library, University of South Carolina, lists fourteen "un- gazetted" Charleston duels. 11 Hudson, Humor in the Old South, p. 410. 12 Gamble, Savannah Duels, p. 135.

Author: Jack K. Williams

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 089096193X

Category: History

Page: 109

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This history of the social custom of pistol dueling in the antebellum South documents the rules for its conduct, its causes, and its typical participants. Also included is a popular dueling code from the year 1838 by John Lyde Wilson, one-time governer of South Carolina.--From publisher description.
Categories: History

Conservatism and Southern Intellectuals 1789 1861

Conservatism and Southern Intellectuals  1789 1861

The humor implies a common cultural and social vision (not necessarily reality) of civilization and frontier. ... The quotations are from M. E. Bradford, review of With the Bark On: Popular Humor of the Old South, edited by John Q.

Author: Adam L. Tate

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

ISBN: 9780826264329

Category: History

Page: 402

View: 361

Categories: History

The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture

The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture

... eds., The Humor of the Old South (2001), Southern Frontier Humor: An Anthology (2010); James H. Justus, Fetching the Old Southwest: Humorous Writing from Longstreeet to Twain (2004); Florence King, Confessions of a Failed Southern ...

Author: Larry J. Griffin

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 9780807882542

Category: Reference

Page: 528

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This volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture offers a timely, authoritative, and interdisciplinary exploration of issues related to social class in the South from the colonial era to the present. With introductory essays by J. Wayne Flynt and by editors Larry J. Griffin and Peggy G. Hargis, the volume is a comprehensive, stand-alone reference to this complex subject, which underpins the history of the region and shapes its future. In 58 thematic essays and 103 topical entries, the contributors explore the effects of class on all aspects of life in the South--its role in Indian removal, the Civil War, the New Deal, and the civil rights movement, for example, and how it has been manifested in religion, sports, country and gospel music, and matters of gender. Artisans and the working class, indentured workers and steelworkers, the Freedmen's Bureau and the Knights of Labor are all examined. This volume provides a full investigation of social class in the region and situates class concerns at the center of our understanding of Southern culture.
Categories: Reference

The Frontier Roots of American Realism

The Frontier Roots of American Realism

With the Bark On : Popular Humor of the Old South . Nashville : Vanderbilt University Press , 1967 . Arnold , Edwin T. “ Introduction . ” Odd Leaves from the Life of Louisiana Swamp Doctor . Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University ...

Author: Gretchen Martin

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 0820488119

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 136

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In the antebellum South, the «plain folk» maintained social norms, ideals of honor, justice, gender, and liberty that were significantly distinct from town and planter gentility, and the humorists of the Old South captured this important distinction. Southwest humor flourished from the 1830s through the Civil War and this book provides a thorough investigation of the unique and innovative contributions of these humorists to the field of American literary realism, such as use of vernacular authenticity, complex character portraits, and the narrative technique of disclosure. Thus, when the Southwest humorists «tell about the South, » they provide an endlessly entertaining and realistic representation of the vast complexities of the antebellum South and illustrate that the roots of literary realism were sown and nurtured on the southwestern frontier.
Categories: Literary Collections

Hunting in the Old South

Hunting in the Old South

While it is hardly consonant with the main purpose of the present volume , it nevertheless illustrates an important development in the evolution of the Southern hunting yarn . We can see in it how the humorous exaggerations of Davy ...

Author: Clarence Gohdes

Publisher: LSU Press

ISBN: 0807125172

Category: History

Page: 200

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Sportsmen will find pleasant reading in this rich collection of authentic tales of hunting in the Old South. The book will be of particular interest to those enthusiasts who savor a good hunting yarn for its own sake and enjoy hearing of the old days when the supply of game seemed endless and the field sports were an integral part of everyday life. The volume, which includes some forty illustrations, should also provoke interest among students of Southern history and folklore, for until now the subject has been given sparse attention by scholars. These accounts were penned by planters, journalists, naturalists and sportsmen—from the South, the North, and Europe. The original style of the accounts has been kept, so that the spirit and charm of the old regime, with its devotion to guns and dogs, horses and juleps, is retained. The editor has even included a couple of choice recipes for cooking of game. The selections included are not only delightful entertainment but are authentic narratives and descriptions which will afford the reader a reliable picture of a phase of the Old South that is absent in ordinary social histories of the region.
Categories: History

Fetching the Old Southwest

Fetching the Old Southwest

Humorous Writing from Longstreet to Twain James H. Justus. The economy of that summary would seem to obviate the necessity for any long - winded rehashing in books about southern humor , including this one .

Author: James H. Justus

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

ISBN: 0826264174

Category: Cooking

Page: 591

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"For more than a quarter-century, despite the admirable excavations that have unearthed such humorists as John Gorman Barr and Marcus Lafayette, the most significant of the humorists from the Old Southwest have remained the same: Crockett, Longstreet, Thompson, Baldwin, Thorpe, Hooper, Robb, Harris, and Lewis. Forming a kind of shadow canon in American literature that led to Mark Twain's early work, from 1834 to 1867 these authors produced a body of writing that continues to reward attentive readers." "James H. Justus's Fetching the Old Southwest examines this writing in the context of other discourses contemporaneous with it: travel books, local histories, memoirs, and sports manuals, as well as unpublished private forms such as personal correspondence, daybooks, and journals. Like most writing, humor is a product of its place and time, and the works studied herein are no exception. The antebellum humorists provide an important look into the social and economic conditions that were prevalent in the southern "new country," a place that would, in time, become the Deep South." "While previous books about Old Southwest humor have focused on individual authors, Justus has produced the first critical study to encompass all of the humor from this time period. Teachers and students of literary history will appreciate the incredible range of documentation, both primary and secondary."--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Categories: Cooking

Mark Twain Unsanctified Newspaper Reporter

Mark Twain  Unsanctified Newspaper Reporter

Frank Owsley, Plain Folk of the Old South;Clement Eaton, “The Humor of the Southern Yeoman” and “The Southern Yeoman: The Humorist's View and the Reality”; John Q. Anderson, “Scholarship in Southwestern Humor—Past and Present.

Author: James Edward Caron

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

ISBN: 9780826266279

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 464

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Before Mark Twain became a national celebrity with his best-selling The Innocents Abroad, he was just another struggling writer perfecting his craft-but already "playin' hell" with the world. In the first book in more than fifty years to examine the initial phase of Samuel Clemens's writing career, James Caron draws on contemporary scholarship and his own careful readings to offer a fresh and comprehensive perspective on those early years-and to challenge many long-standing views of Mark Twain's place in the tradition of American humor. Tracing the arc of Clemens's career from self-described "unsanctified newspaper reporter" to national author between 1862 and 1867, Caron reexamines the early and largely neglected writings-especially the travel letters from Hawaii and the letters chronicling Clemens's trip from California to New York City. Caron connects those sets of letters with comic materials Clemens had already published, drawing on all known items from this first phase of his career-even the virtually forgotten pieces from the San Francisco Morning Call in 1864-to reveal how Mark Twain's humor was shaped by the sociocultural context and how it catered to his audience's sensibilities while unpredictably transgressing its standards. Caron reveals how Sam Clemens's contemporaries, notably Charles Webb, provided important comic models, and he shows how Clemens not only adjusted to but also challenged the guidelines of the newspapers and magazines for which he wrote, evolving as a comic writer who transmuted personal circumstances into literary art. Plumbing Mark Twain's cultural significance, Caron draws on anthropological insights from Victor Turner and others to compare the performative aspects of Clemens's early work to the role of ritual clowns in traditional societies Brimming with fresh insights into such benchmarks as "Our Fellow Savages of the Sandwich Islands" and "Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog," this book is a gracefully written work that reflects both patient research and considered judgment to chart the development of an iconic American talent. Mark Twain, Unsanctified Newspaper Reporter should be required reading for all serious scholars of his work, as well as for anyone interested in the interplay between artistic creativity and the literary marketplace.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Still in Print

Still in Print

It can be argued that the humor of the Old South is without the true wit of Cervantes, without the refined Swiftian existentialist satire, and lacks the intelligent stinging mockery of Alexander Pope. In fact a modern reader might think ...

Author: Jan Nordby Gretlund

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 9781611172645

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 296

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In Still in Print, eighteen Southern novels published since 1997 fall under the careful scrutiny of an international cast of accomplished literary critics to identify the very best of recent writings in the genre. These essays highlight the praiseworthy efforts of a pantheon of novelists celebrating and challenging regionality, unearthing manifestations of the past in the present, and looking to the future with wit and healthy skepticism. Organized around shared themes of history, place, humor, and malaise, the novels discussed here interrogate Southern culture and explore the region's promise for the future. Four novels reconsider the Civil War and its aftermath as Charles Frazier, Kaye Gibbons, Josephine Humphreys, and Pam Durban revisit the past and add fresh insights to contemporary discussions of race and gender through their excursions into history. The novels by Steve Yarbrough, Larry Brown, Chris Offutt, Barry Hannah, and James Lee Burke demonstrate a keen sense of place, rooted in a South marked by fundamentalism, poverty, violence, and rampant prejudice but still capable of promise for some unseen future. The comic fiction of George Singleton, Clyde Edgerton, James Wilcox, Donald Harington, and Lewis Nordan shows how Southern humor still encompasses customs and speech reflected in concrete places. Ron Rash, Richard Ford, and Cormac McCarthy probe the depths of human existence, often with disturbing results, as they write about protagonists cut off from their own humanity and desperate to reconnect with the human race. Diverse in content but unified in genre, these particular novels have been nominated by the contributors to Still in Print for long-term survival as among the best modern representations of the Southern novel.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture

The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture

Inge (1975); M. Thomas Inge and Edward J. Piacentino, eds., The Humor of the Old South (2001); James H. Justus, Fetching the Old Southwest: Humorous Writing from Longstreet to Twain (2004); J. A. Leo Lemay, Men of Letters in Colonial ...

Author: M. Thomas Inge

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 9781469616643

Category: Reference

Page: 536

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Offering a comprehensive view of the South's literary landscape, past and present, this volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture celebrates the region's ever-flourishing literary culture and recognizes the ongoing evolution of the southern literary canon. As new writers draw upon and reshape previous traditions, southern literature has broadened and deepened its connections not just to the American literary mainstream but also to world literatures--a development thoughtfully explored in the essays here. Greatly expanding the content of the literature section in the original Encyclopedia, this volume includes 31 thematic essays addressing major genres of literature; theoretical categories, such as regionalism, the southern gothic, and agrarianism; and themes in southern writing, such as food, religion, and sexuality. Most striking is the fivefold increase in the number of biographical entries, which introduce southern novelists, playwrights, poets, and critics. Special attention is given to contemporary writers and other individuals who have not been widely covered in previous scholarship.
Categories: Reference

Nineteenth Century Southern Women Writers

Nineteenth Century Southern Women Writers

New York and London: W. W. Norton, 1977. 30–113. Lemay, J. A. Leo. “The Origins of the Humor of the Old South.” The Southern Literary Journal 23.2 (1991): 3–13. McReynolds, Douglas J. “Passion Repressed: The Short Fiction of Grace King.

Author: Melissa Walker Heidari

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000586947

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 200

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The essays in this book explore the role of Grace King’s fiction in the movement of American literature from local color and realism to modernism and show that her work exposes a postbellum New Orleans that is fragmented socially, politically, and linguistically. In her introduction, Melissa Walker Heidari examines selections from King’s journals and letters as views into her journey toward a modernist aesthetic—what King describes in one passage as "the continual voyage I made." Sirpa Salenius sees King’s fiction as a challenge to dominant conceptualizations of womanhood and a reaction against female oppression and heteronormativity. In his analysis of "An Affair of the Heart," Ralph J. Poole highlights the rhetoric of excess that reveals a social satire debunking sexual and racial double standards. Ineke Bockting shows the modernist aspects of King’s fiction through a stylistic analysis which explores spatial, temporal, biological, psychological, social, and racial liminalities. Françoise Buisson demonstrates that King’s writing "is inspired by the Southern oral tradition but goes beyond it by taking on a theatrical dimension that can be quite modern and even experimental at times." Kathie Birat claims that it is important to underline King’s relationship to realism, "for the metonymic functioning of space as a signifier for social relations is an important characteristic of the realist novel." Stéphanie Durrans analyzes "The Story of a Day" as an incest narrative and focuses on King’s development of a modernist aesthetics to serve her terrifying investigation into social ills as she probes the inner world of her silent character. Amy Doherty Mohr explores intersections between regionalism and modernism in public and silenced histories, as well as King’s treatment of myth and mobility. Brigitte Zaugg examines in "The Little Convent Girl" King’s presentation of the figure of the double and the issue of language as well as the narrative voice, which, she argues, "definitely inscribes the text, with its understatement, economy and quiet symbolism, in the modernist tradition." Miki Pfeffer closes the collection with an afterword in which she offers excerpts from King’s letters as encouragement for "scholars to seek Grace King as a primary source," arguing that "Grace King’s own words seem best able to dialogue with the critical readings herein." Each of these essays enables us to see King’s place in the construction of modernity; each illuminates the "continual voyage" that King made.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Human Tradition in the Old South

The Human Tradition in the Old South

Shields, Johanna Nicol. “A Sadder Simon Suggs: Freedom and Slavery in the Humor ofJohnson Hooper.” journal ofSouthern History 56 (1990): 641— 64. Wyatt-Brown, Bertram. Southern Honor: Ethics and Behavior in the Old South.

Author: James C. Klotter

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 9781461601647

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 225

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In The Human Tradition in the Old South, Professor James C. Klotter has gathered twelve insightful essays that explore the region's past and ponder its place in the broader story of the nation. This highly readable volume presents the South's rich and varied history through the lives of a wide range of individuals-men and women, African Americans, whites, and Native Americans from many different Southern states. Written by well-established scholars these mini-biographies collectively range in time from the late colonial/early national period to the present.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography