The Nation's Region: Southern Modernism, Segregation, and U.S. Nationalism - New Southern Studies (Paperback)
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The Nation's Region: Southern Modernism, Segregation, and U.S. Nationalism - New Southern Studies (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 30/12/2009
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How southern writers challenged the nation's view of their region's exceptionalism? How could liberalism and apartheid coexist for decades in our country, as they did during the first half of the twentieth century? This study looks at works by such writers as Thomas Dixon, Erskine Caldwell, Zora Neale Hurston, William Faulkner, and Ralph Ellison to show how representations of time in southern narrative first accommodated but finally elucidated the relationship between these two political philosophies. As she moves from the Depression to the nascent years of the civil rights movement to the early cold war era, Leigh Anne Duck explains how experimental writers in each of these periods challenged ideas of a monolithically archaic South through innovative representations of time.

Publisher: University of Georgia Press
ISBN: 9780820334189
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 517 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm


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The Nation's Region is a brilliant study of Southern regionalism, U.S. nationalism, and American literary modernism. It is exhaustively and meticulously well-informed, bristling with cutting-edge reformulations and recastings of established problems and solutions. It is also beautifully written, with prose that is unfailingly lucid, lean, and exact. This book will be a leading contribution to new Southern studies.

--John T. Matthews "Boston University "

Readers interested in political history, as well as literature, will find the book to be revealing. . . . The overall thesis, that the nation as a whole found southern exceptionalism, backwardness, and even apartheid to be at times convenient and even alluring, is fresh and provocative.

--Kathryn Lee Seidel "H-Net "

Duck has made a worthwhile contribution to studies of the South by focusing on the constructedness of the region's backwardness.

--Keith E. Byerman "Journal of American History "

Most readers will find The Nation's Region to be a provocative and thoughtful book that offers some new ways of looking at southern literature.

--Robert L. Dorman "Register of the Kentucky Historical Society "

Leigh Anne Duck expertly situates and analyzes a wide range of literary, dramatic and filmic texts. Commanding an impressive mastery of primary and secondary sources, she synthesizes disparate methodologies, including historiography, narratology, cultural studies, sociology, political theory, and psychoanalysis.

--Scott Romine "University of North Carolina, Greensboro "

Scrupulously researched and critically lively . . . an elegant piece of work that deserves to be added to models for future work in the field.

--Michael Kreyling "Southern Cultures "

Demonstrate[s] some of the possibilities of regional geography in literary studies as we attempt to develop a local sense of the global.

--David A. Davis "Modern Fiction Studies "

The Nation's Region offers a series of sustained analyses not of sectional difference but of the idea of sectional difference--the South as national exception, as Derridean supplement, as imaginary geography, as chronotope, as toxic dump. Her argument that 1930s debates about the social character of the South opened up a space for narrative experimentation in the work of Caldwell, Hurston, Agee, Faulkner, Wright, and others is extremely cogent and enormously useful.

--Eric Lott "University of Virginia "

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