The Southern state of mind /
edited by Jan Nordby Gretlund.
Columbia : University of South Carolina Press, c1999.
xvii, 233 p. ; 24 cm.
1570033129 (alk. paper)
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Columbia : University of South Carolina Press, c1999.
1570033129 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Author Affiliation
Jan Nordby Gretlund is a professor of American literature at the University of Southern Denmark. He has held American Council of Learned Societies or Fulbright fellowships at Vanderbilt University, the University of Southern Mississippi, and the University of South Carolina's Institute for Southern Studies. He was a visiting professor at the University of South Carolina, Beaufort, in 1998-1999.
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Historians and literary critics address contemporary Southern history and its expression in fiction, the first group tending to consider the origin of the present ideas of Southern identity and the latter to speculate about its present and future. They primarily ponder whether modernization has erased inherited Southern values, and find that the ideological self-identification there has a powerful potential for shaping national attitudes.
Table of Contents
Editor's Introduction: Present States of Southern Mindp. vii
The Biracial South
The Myth of the Biracial Southp. 3
The Rise and Fall of Biracial Politics in the Southp. 23
After Jim Crow: Civil Rights as Civil Wrongsp. 36
A World Turned Upside Down: Southern Politics at the End of the Twentieth Centuryp. 49
The Changing State of Mind
Recorded and Unrecorded Histories: Recent Southern Writing and Social Changep. 67
The Southern Heritage and the Semiotics of Consumer Culturep. 80
Beyond the Tumult and the Shouting: Black and White in South Carolina in the 1990sp. 95
Refighting Old Wars: Race Relations and Masculine Conventions in Fiction by Larry Brown and Madison Smartt Bellp. 107
"After Freedom"--Blacks and Whites in the 1990s: The Facts and the Fictionp. 121
Reconstructing Southern Identity
"We Ain't White Trash No More": Southern Whites and the Reconstruction of Southern Identityp. 135
A Native Son Led the Way: Jimmy Carter and the Modern New Southp. 147
Let Us Now Praise Famous Women: Kaye Gibbons's Song for a Deceased Motherp. 161
Lies as the Structural Element in the Fiction of Lewis Nordanp. 175
Dancers and Angels: Communication in the Fiction of Josephine Humphreysp. 185
Looking West and Back
Westward, Ho!: Contemporary Southern Writing and the American Westp. 203
Post-Reconstruction Periods Compared: 1890s and 1990sp. 212
Indexp. 225
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