Bridging Southern Cultures : An Interdisciplinary Approach :
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These essays, by the South's leading historians, anthropologists, literary critics, musicologists, and folklorists provide a panorama of past and contemporary southern society. They demonstrate the energies revitalizing southern studies, spanning the chasms of race, gender, class, academic disciplines, art forms, and "high" and popular culture. Bookseller Inventory # 85348
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Virtually every dimension of southern identity receives attention here. William Andrews, Thadious Davis, and Ywone Edwards-Ingram explore, respectively, the interstices of life writing, race and region, and the growth of African American archaeology in the South. Sue Bridwell Beckham peruses the role of gender in the creation of Depression-era post office murals. Richard Mewgraw looks at the influence of region in defining innovative art forms, specifically Newcomb pottery developed at Tulane University. Joyce Marie Jackson sings the praises of black quartets as a high achievement in both black and southern popular cultures. Bertram Wyatt-Brown offers a startling reading of Faulkner in a meditation on art, alienation, and alcohol that speaks to the tangled history of southern modernism. Daniel C. Littlefield, Henry Shapiro, and Charles Reagan Wilson provide important assessments of Africanisms in southern culture, the trajectory of Appalachian studies, and the blessing and burden that southern culture bestows. John Shelton Reed probes the humorous and awkward aspects of the South’s midlife crisis. John Lowe shows how the myth of the biracial southern family complicated the development of plantation school narratives for both white and black writers.
Showcasing the thought of preeminent southern intellectuals, Bridging Southern Cultures is a heady mix of observations that draw new lines of connection between eras, groups, races, and subregions. It is a timely assessment of the state of southern studies as it enters a new century.
About the Author: John Lowe is a professor of English at Louisiana State University, the author of Jump at the Sun: Zora Neale Hurston’s Cosmic Comedy, and the editor of Conversations with Ernest Gaines and The Future of Southern Letters.
Title: Bridging Southern Cultures : An ...
Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
Publication Date: 2005
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