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The postsouthern sense of place in contemporary fiction

Author: Martyn Bone
Publisher: Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, ©2005.
Series: Southern literary studies.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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For generations, southern novelists and critics have grappled with a concept that is widely seen as a trademark of their literature: a strong attachment to geography, or a ""sense of place."" In the 1930s, the Agrarians accorded special meaning to rural life, particularly the farm, in their definitions of southern identity. For them, the South seemed an organic and rooted region in contrast to the North, where real  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Bone, Martyn.
Postsouthern Sense of Place in Contemporary Fiction.
Baton Rouge : LSU Press, 2014
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Martyn Bone
ISBN: 9780807156353 0807156353 0807130532 9780807130537
OCLC Number: 869092125
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 275 pages).
Contents: Cover; Contents; Preface; PART 1. Capital, Land, and Place from Agrarianism to Postsouthernism; 1. "Not a Mere Real Estate Development": Capital, Land, and the Agrarians' Proprietary Ideal; 2. (Re)inventing the (Post)southern "Sense of Place"; PART 2. The Postsouthern Turn: Warren, Percy, Ford, and the Redevelopment of Place; 3. Toward a Postsouthern Sense of Place: Robert Penn Warren's A Place to Come To and Walker Percy's The Moviegoer; 4. Neo-Faulknerism or Postsouthernism?: Labor, Parody, and the Problem of Place in Richard Ford's A Piece of My Heart. 5. Land and Literary Speculations: The Postsouthern World-as-Text in Richard Ford's The Sportswriter6. New Jersey Real Estate and the Postsouthern Sense of Place: Richard Ford's Independence Day; PART 3. Placing the Postsouthern "International City": The Atlanta Conundrum; 7. Locating a Nonplace: Atlanta's Absence from Southern Literature and the Emergence of a Postsouthern "International City"; 8. Urban Renewal and Mixed-Use Developments: Place and Race in Anne Rivers Siddons's Peachtree Road and Downtown; 9. Placing the Postsouthern "International City": Atlanta in Tom Wolfe's A Man in Full. 10. Capitalist Abstraction and the Body Politics of Place: Toni Cade Bambara's Those Bones Are Not My ChildEpilogue: Against the Agrarian Grain, Taking the Transnational Turn; Bibliography; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y; Z.
Series Title: Southern literary studies.
Responsibility: Martyn Bone.

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For generations, southern novelists and critics have grappled with a concept that is widely seen as a trademark of their literature: a strong attachment to geography, or a ""sense of place."" In the 1930s, the Agrarians accorded special meaning to rural life, particularly the farm, in their definitions of southern identity. For them, the South seemed an organic and rooted region in contrast to the North, where real estate development and urban sprawl evoked a faceless, raw capitalism. By the end of the twentieth century, however, economic and social forces had converged to create a moderniz.

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