The Postsouthern Sense of Place in Contemporary Fiction
by Martyn Bone (9780807130537)

The Postsouthern Sense of Place in Contemporary Fiction
Martyn Bone
Release Date: 01 June 2005
Format: Hardback
Pages: 275
Category: Literature & Literary Studies
ISBN: 9780807130537
ISBN-10: 0807130532

For generations, southern novelists and critics have grappled with a concept that is widely seen as a trademark of their literature: a strong attachment to geography, or a "sense of place." Martyn Bone innovatively draws upon postmodern thinking to consider how late-twentieth-century southern writers have viewed this concept in a modernized South as he looks at the fate of "place" in a national and global context. Bone begins with a revisionist assessment of the Agrarians, who failed in their attempts to turn their proprietary ideal of the small farm into actual policy but whose broader rural aesthetic lived on in the work of neo-Agrarian writers, including William Faulkner and Eudora Welty. By the 1950s, adherence to this aesthetic was causing southern writers and critics to lose sight of the social reality of a changing South. Bone then turns to more recent works that do respond to the impact of capitalist spatial development on the South--and on the nation generally--including that self-declared "international city" Atlanta. Close readings of novels by Robert Penn Warren, Walker Percy, Richard Ford, Anne Rivers Siddons, Tom Wolfe, and Toni Cade Bambara illuminate evolving ideas about capital, land, labor, and class while introducing southern literary studies into wider debates around social, cultural, and literary geography. Bone concludes his remarkably rich book by considering works of Harry Crews and Barbara Kingsolver that suggest the southern sense of place may be not only post-Agrarian or postsouthern but also transnational.

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