Delivering a accomplished view of the South's literary panorama, earlier and current, this quantity of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture celebrates the region's ever-flourishing literary tradition and acknowledges the continued evolution of the southern literary canon. As new writers draw upon and reshape prior traditions, southern literature has broadened and deepened its connections not only to the yankee literary mainstream but additionally to international literatures--a improvement thoughtfully explored within the essays here.

Greatly increasing the content material of the literature part within the unique Encyclopedia, this quantity contains 31 thematic essays addressing significant genres of literature; theoretical different types, resembling regionalism, the southern gothic, and agrarianism; and topics in southern writing, akin to foodstuff, faith, and sexuality. such a lot remarkable is the fivefold bring up within the variety of biographical entries, which introduce southern novelists, playwrights, poets, and critics. exact consciousness is given to modern writers and different people who haven't been generally coated in past scholarship.

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