Southern Literature and Literary Theory

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Pages: 400

Trim size: 6.000in x 9.000in



Pub Date: 08/01/1992

ISBN: 9-780-8203-1486-0

List Price: $34.95


Pub Date: 04/01/2017

ISBN: 9-780-8203-5259-6

List Price: $92.95

Southern Literature and Literary Theory

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In this stimulating collection of essays, twenty scholars apply new theoretical approaches to the fiction and poetry of southern writers ranging from Poe to Dickey, from Faulkner to Hurston. Departing from earlier traditions of southern literary scholarship, this book seeks not to create a new orthodoxy but to suggest the diversity of critical tools that can now be used to explore the literature and culture of the South.

Including essays based on deconstructionist, feminist, and Marxist theory, the book features contributions from such critics as Henry Louis Gates, Harold Bloom, Fred Chappell, and Joan DeJean. Yet, for all their variety, the essayists share the same central concern. "We have in common," writes Jefferson Humphries, "one thing that sets us apart from our elders in our conception of the South and our approach to southern literature: the basic assumption that the meaning and significance of literature is not in the immanence of the literary object, or in history, but in the complex ways in which the literary, the historical, and all the 'human sciences' that study both, are interrelated."

Instead of simply taking "the South" for granted, the contributors to this volume see it as a text and an idea--as something whose ideological underpinnings, complexities, and contradictions must be subjected to close reading and questioning. Southern Literature and Literary Theory represents a major effort to redefine the relationship of southern writing and the South itself to the larger world.

About the Author/Editor

JEFFERSON HUMPHRIES is a professor of English, French, and comparative literature at Louisiana State University. He is the author of The Otherness Within, Metamorphoses of the Raven, The Puritan and the Cynic, and Losing the Text.