Chapter 7. Southern Fiction

  1. David Seed Professor
  1. Sharon Monteith Professor

Published Online: 5 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch7

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

How to Cite

Monteith, S. (2009) Southern Fiction, in A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction (ed D. Seed), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch7

Editor Information

  1. University of Liverpool, UK

Author Information

  1. University of Nottingham, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 16 OCT 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405146913

Online ISBN: 9781444310108

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Keywords:

  • Southern fiction;
  • The Lasting South (Kilpatrick and Rubin 1957), The Enduring South (Reed 1974);
  • The Narrative Forms of Southern Community (Romine 1999);
  • critical shift from American South to “global” U.S.;
  • history and myth-making narratives;
  • William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom! (1936) - epitomizing qualities of Southern storytelling;
  • best-selling fictions of twentieth-century South - the “two-class” South;
  • Southern Gothic and a Sense of Place - “the South” nation's backward cousin;
  • race, the South, and the nation;
  • Hurricane Katrina - U.S. South remaining symbolically estranged

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • History and Myth-Making Narratives

  • The Southern Gothic and a Sense of Place

  • Race, the South, and the Nation

  • References and Further Reading