Thomas Wolfe and Lost Children in Southern Literature (Hardback)
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Thomas Wolfe and Lost Children in Southern Literature (Hardback)

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Hardback 242 Pages / Published: 30/08/2016
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First published in 1937, Thomas Wolfe's The Lost Boy gives name to the theme of lost children that has permeated much of southern literature and provides a template for telling their stories. In Thomas Wolfe and Lost Children in Southern Literature, which grew out of many years of teaching The Lost Boy and other works of southern literature, Paula Gallant Eckard uses Wolfe's novel as a starting point to trace thematic connections among contemporary southern novels that are comparably evocative in their treatment of lostness.

Eckard explores six authors and their works: Fred Chappell's I Am One of You Forever, Mark Powell's Prodigals, Kaye Gibbons's Ellen Foster, Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees, Bobbie Anne Mason's In Country, Robert Olmstead's Coal Black Horse, and Lee Smith's On Agate Hill. Though each novel is unique and a product of its own time period, all the novels explored here are cast against the backdrop of the South during eras of conflict and change. Like The Lost Boy, these novels reflect a sense of history, a sense of loss associated with that history, and an innate love of story and narrative, as well as representations of work that historically have defined the lives of individuals and families throughout the South.

In its artistic treatment of lostness, The Lost Boy creates a significant literary legacy. As Eckard demonstrates, that legacy continues in the form of these six contemporary authors who, in writing about the South, perpetuate Wolfe's efforts as they also create or find the lost child in new ways.

Publisher: University of Tennessee Press
ISBN: 9781621902454
Number of pages: 242
Weight: 522 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm


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"Paula Gallant Eckard not only explores the utterly teachable The Lost Boy, she also provides substantive and provocative readings of a wide variety of contemporary Southern fiction. Through her critical analysis and admirable focus on "lost" children and children suffering loss, Eckard examines how some contemporary writers provide new stories of the Civil War, the role of other wars in Southern lives, and the centrality of family."
--Margaret M. Bauer, Rivers Chair of Southern Literature at East Carolina University

"From the Civil War to the civil rights era and the war in Vietnam, Paula Gallant Eckard examines with starling clarity the "intersections between individual lives and public history" and helps restore Thomas Wolfe to his central place in the southern canon. With a voice equal to her subject--one that piles insight upon insight--this is the sort of seminal study that transforms our latent understanding into clear vision."
--George Hovis, author of Vale of Humility: Plain Folk in Contemporary North Carolina Fiction

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