The South in Perspective

The South in Perspective : An Anthology of Southern Literature

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For courses in Southern Literature, Southern History, Southern Women Writers, American Literature, The South in Literature and Film, and Appalachian Literature.Unique in both content and approach, this anthology of Southern literature gives voice to numerous southern writers and places them in historical, cultural, and geographical contexts, and demonstrates the on-going richness, diversity, and distinctiveness of Southern literature. Focusing on six historically significant chronological periods-ranging from 1585 to the present-it makes a distinction between the literature of the Upper and Lower South, offers a special section on the literature of Appalachia, and features selections from a broad diversity of genres and writers, including many works anthologized here for the first time, especially literature from early periods. Comprehensive section introductions and headnotes place the selections in historical and cultural context.
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  • Paperback | 1386 pages
  • 152.4 x 220.98 x 43.18mm | 1,111.3g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 0130114901
  • 9780130114907

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I. THE COLONIAL PERIOD (1585-1815). Upper South.Richard Beale Davis, from Intellectual Life in the Colonial South.Robert Beverley, from The History and Present State of Virginia.Ebenezer Cook, The Sot Weed Factor, or A Voyage to Maryland.William Byrd II, from Secret History of the Line and History of the Dividing Line.Samuel Davies, "How Great, How Terrible That God." "Welcome to Earth, Great Son of God."Robert Munford, The Candidates; or The Humours of a Virginia Election.Thomas Jefferson, from The Autobiography: Notes on the State of Virginia.William Wirt, from The Old Bachelor, Essay Number XIX.Mason Locke Weems, from The Life of Washington with Curious Anecdotes. Lower South.Patrick Tailfer, from A True and Historical Narrative of the Colony of Georgia.Joseph Dumbleton, "A Rhapsody on Rum."Eliza Lucas Pinckney, from The Letterbook of Eliza Lucas Pinckney. II. THE RISE OF THE CONFEDERACY AND THE CIVIL WAR (1815-1865). Upper South.St. George Tucker, "For the Washington Federalist: A New Federal Song." "The Tobacco Pipe." "The Faithful Mastiff: A True Story." "The Author's Muse to the Reader: A Monitory Tale." "The Cynic."David Crockett, from A Narrative of the Life of David Crocket: "Hunting in Tennessee."William Alexander Caruthers, from The Kentuckian in New York: or the Adventures of Three Southerns.Edgar Allan Poe, from "The Philosophy of Composition." "Sonnet To Science." "Sonnet-Silence." "Dream Land." "William Wilson."Harriet Jacobs, from Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, "The Church and Slavery" "Continued Persecutions" "The Children Sold."George Fitzhugh, from Ante-bellum Writings of George Fitzhugh and Hinton Rowan Helper on Slavery: Cannibals All! Or, Slaves without Masters: The Universal Trade.Henry Kyd Douglas, from I Rode with Stonewall: Being Chiefly the War Experiences of the Youngest Member of Jackson's Staff from the John Brown Raid to the Hanging of Mrs. Surratt: "Wounded and in Prison."Edward Pollard, from Southern History of the War.Robert E. Lee, from Lee's Dispatches: Unpublished Letters of General Robert E. Lee, CSA.Asia Booth Clarke, from John Wilkes Booth: A Sister's Memoir.Elizabeth Keckley, from Behind the Scenes: Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House. Lower South.Caroline Howard Gilman, from Recollections of a Southern Matron: "Old Jacque."William Gilmore Simms, "Confessions of a Murderer."Augustus Baldwin Longstreet, from Georgia Scenes: "The Fight."Angelina Emily Grimke, from Appeal to the Christian Women of the South.John C. Calhoun, from A Disquisition on Government.Joseph Glover Baldwin, from The Flush Times of Alabama and Mississippi: A Series of Sketches: "Squire A. and the Fritters."Augusta Jane Evans Wilson, from Macaria; or Altars of Sacrifice.Jefferson Davis, from The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, "Introduction."Henry Timrod, "Charleston." "Literature and the South."Kate Cumming, from A Journal of Hospital Life in the Confederate Army of Tennessee: Okolona-Corinth.Mary Boykin Chesnut, from The Private Mary Chesnut: The Unpublished Civil War Diaries. III. RECONSTRUCTION AND THE RISE OF THE NEW SOUTH (1865-1925). Upper South.Frederick Douglass, from Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave.Nathan Bedford Forrest, "Speech to the African-American Community of Memphis," 1875.George Washington Harris, from Sut Lovingood: Yarns Spun by a "Nat'ral Bo'rn Durn'd Fool; Warped and Wove for Public Wear"; "Parson John Bullen's Lizards."Thomas Nelson Page, "Unc' Edinburg's Drowndin'": A Plantation Echo.Samuel Langhorn Clemens, from Life on the Mississippi: "Castles and Culture." "City Sights." "Southern Sports."Amelie Rives, from The Quick or the Dead?Mary Noailles Murfree, "The `Harnt' that Walks Chilhowee."Anna Julia Cooper, from A Voice from the South: By a Black Woman of the South.William P. Trent, from William Gilmore Simms; from "The War."James Lane Allen, from The Reign of Law: A Tale of the Kentucky Hemp Fields.Will N. Harben, "The Heresy of Abner Calihan."John Spencer Bassett, "Stirring Up the Fires of Race Antipathy."William Sydney Porter, "A Municipal Report."Walter Hines Page, from The Southerner; "The Flower of the South."Lower South.African American Folk Tales: "When Brer Deer and Brer Terrapin Runned a Race." "Why Mr. Dog Runs Brer Rabbit." "How Sandy Got His Meat."Joel Chandler Harris (Tales told by Harbert & George Terrell), "The Wonderful Tar-Baby Story." "How Mr. Rabbit Saved His Meat." "Mr. Terrapin Shows His Strength." "Brother Rabbit and the Mosquitos."Sidney Lanier, "The Symphony." "Song of the Chattahoochee." "The Marshes of Glynn."George Washington Cable, "Jean-ah Poquelin." From The Negro Question, "The Answer."Henry W. Grady, "The New South."Kate Chopin, "Desiree's Baby."Booker T. Washington, from Up from Slavery, "The Atlanta Exposition Address."Grace Elizabeth King, "La Grande Demoiselle."Corra Harris, from The Recording Angel. IV. RENAISSANCE (1925-1960). Upper South.Tennessee Evolution Statutes.State of Tennessee vs.John Scopes: from the Scopes Trial Transcripts.H.L. Mencken "The Sahara of the Bozart."John Crowe Ransom, "Necrological." "Antique Harvesters." "The Equilibrists." "Janet Waking."Donald Davidson, "Lee in the Mountains." "The Last Charge."Allen Tate, "Ode to the Confederate Dead." "Aeneas at Washington." "The Swimmers."Paul Green, Hymn to the Rising Sun: A Drama of Man's Waste in One Act.Ellen Glasgow, from The Battle-Ground; "The Ragged Army."Olive Tilford Dargan; "Her Family." From Call Home the Heart.Caroline Gordon, "Old Red."Cleanth Brooks, "The Hidden God."Katherine Anne Porter, "Rope."Sterling Brown, "Slim in Atlanta." "Southern Cop."W.J. Cash, from The Mind of the South, "The Man at the Center."Robert Penn Warren, "Blackberry Winter." "Founding Fathers, Early Nineteenth Century Style: Southeast USA."Andrew Lytle, "Jericho, Jericho, Jericho."Lower South.Jean Toomer, from Cane, "Prayer." "Harvest Song." "Portrait in Georgia." "Cotton Song."James Weldon Johnson, "Preface" from God's Trombones. "Listen, Lord."Julia Peterkin, "Ashes."Margaret Mitchell, from Gone with the Wind.William Faulkner, from Absalom! Absalom! "Pantaloon in Black."Stark Young, essay from I'll Take My Stand, "Not in Memoriam, but in Defense."Zora Neale Hurston, from Their Eyes Were Watching God.Carson McCullers, "A Tree, A Rock, A Cloud."William Alexander Percy, from Lanterns on the Levee, "Sewanee."Eudora Welty, "A Worn Path." "A Piece of News."Tennessee Williams, Portrait of a Madonna.Richard Wright, from Black Boy.Truman Capote, "A Diamond Guitar."Lillian Smith, from Killers of the Dream, "The Women."V. TRADITION AND IDENTITY REEVALUATED (1960-1980). Upper South.Malcolm X (Interview with Robert Penn Warren) in Who Speaks for the Negro. "Interview with Malcolm X." "Note on the Assassination of Malcolm X."Louis D. Rubin, Jr., Introductions to 1962 and 1977 editions of I'll Take My Stand, Torchbook Edition. Library of Southern Civilization Edition.Peter Taylor, "Cousin Aubrey."Ishmael Reed, "Chattanooga."John Egerton, from The Americanization of Dixie: The Southernization of America, "Culture: Reexploring the Sahara of the Bozart."Lower South.Thomas Merton, "Flannery O'Connor: A Prose Elegy."Flannery O'Connor, "The Catholic Novelist in the Protestant South." "Revelation."Shirley Ann Grau, "The Black Prince."Harper Lee, from To Kill a Mockingbird.Martin Luther King, Jr., "I've Been to the Moutaintop."Walker Percy, from The Last Gentleman.Shelby Foote, "Rain Down Home."John Kennedy Toole, from A Confederacy of Dunces, "Foreword" (Walker Percy).Margaret Walker, from Jubilee.James Dickey, "The Bee." "The Strength of Fields."VI. APPALACHIA RECOGNIZED. Cherokee Myths and Legends, "How the World Was Made." "Kana' ti and Selu: The Origin of Game and Corn." "How the Terrapin Beat the Rabbit." "The Rabbit and the Tar Wolf." Rebecca Harding Davis, "The Black North." Elizabeth Madox Roberts, "On the Mountainside." Anne Bethel Spencer, "Substitution." "For Jim, Easter Eve." Thomas Clayton Wolfe, from Of Time and the River. Jesse Stuart, "Kentucky Is My Land." "Her Work Is Done." "Prayer for My Father." "Stand Out and Count." "Modernity." "Summer Has Faded." James Agee, "Knoxville, Summer 1915" from A Death in the Family. George Scarbrough, "The Winter Mole." "Death Is a Short Word." "Blackberry Winter." Gurney Norman, from Kinfolks, "The Revival." Harriet Simpson Arnow, from The Dollmaker. James Still, "Farm." "Pattern for Death." "When the Dulcimers Are Gone." Jim Wayne Miller, from Newfound. Lee Smith, from Saving Grace. Wendell Berry, "Why I Am Not Going to Buy a Computer." From Sabbaths, 1979-I, 1979-VII, 1984-III, 1984-IV. Fred Chappell, "Third Base Coach." "Fast Ball." "Spitballer." "Junk Ball." "Strike Zone." "Song of the Seven." VII. THE POSTMODERN SOUTH (1980-PRESENT). Upper South.Lisa Alther, from Kinflicks, "The Art of Dying Well."Maya Angelou, from "On the Pulse of Morning."A.R. Ammons, "Classic." "Periphery." "Clarity."Richard Marius, from After the War.Cormac McCarthy, from Suttree.Reynolds Price, from Tongues of Angels.Doris Betts, "Daughters, Southerners, and Daisy."William Styron, from Tidewater Morning, "Shadrach."John Shelton Reed, from My Tears Spoiled My Aim, "The South: What Is It? Where Is it?"Bobbie Ann Mason, "Still Life with Watermelon."Will Campbell, from The Glad River. Lower South.Dorothy Allison, from Bastard Out of Carolina.Larry Brown, from Facing the Music.Pat Conroy, from The Prince of Tides.Harry Crews, from A Childhood: The Biography of a Place.Barry Hannah, "Knowing He Was Not My Kind, Yet I Followed."Willie Morris, from The Courting of Marcus Dupree.Elizabeth Spencer, "First Dark."Alice Walker, "Women." "Eagle Rock." "J, My Good Friend (Another Foolish Innocent)."Ernest J. Gaines, "The Sky Is Gray."Ann Rivers Siddons, from Hill Towns. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS. INDEX.
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