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Southern literature, Cold War culture, and the making of modern America

Title
Southern literature, Cold War culture, and the making of modern America / Jordan J. Dominy.
ISBN
9781496826404
149682640X
9781496826411
1496826418
9781496826428
9781496826435
9781496826442
9781496826459
Publication
Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, [2020]
Physical Description
xxvii, 159 pages ; 23 cm
Summary
"During the Cold War, national discourse strove for unity through patriotism and political moderation to face a common enemy. Some authors and intellectuals supported that narrative by casting America's complicated history with race and poverty as moral rather than merely political problems. Southern Literature, Cold War Culture, and the Making of Modern America examines southern literature and the culture within the United States from the period just before the Cold War through the civil rights movement to show how this literature won a significant place in Cold War culture and shaped the nation through the time of The Hillbilly Elegy. By placing such key southern writers as William Faulkner, Lillian Smith, Robert Penn Warren, Eudora Welty, Ralph Ellison, Alice Walker, and Walker Percy in dialogue and in context with the major international and national political landscape, author Jordan J. Dominy showcases how twentieth-century southern writing resonated-and continues to resonate-far beyond the region. Tackling cultural issues in the country through subtext and metaphor, the works of these authors redefined "South" as much more than a geographical identity within an empire. The "South" has become a racially coded sociopolitical and cultural identity associated with white populist conservatism that breaks geographical boundaries and, as it has in the past, continues to have a disproportionate influence on the nation's future and values"-- Provided by publisher.
Other formats
Online version: Dominy, Jordan J., 1982- Southern literature, Cold War culture, and the making of modern America Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, 2020.
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
May 11, 2020
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Southern culture, US nationalism, late modernism, and the Cold War
Part I: Southern canons and the vital center. Reviewing the South: competing canons in South Today and the Kenyon Review ; Southern studies as area studies: Faulkner and provincial nationalism during the Cold War ; American canons, southern fiction, and the institution of literary prizes
Part II: The return to politics. Eudora Welty and the problem of crusading ; Suburbs, civil rights, and southern identities
Epilogue: white working-class identity and US nationalism in twenty-first-century popular texts
Notes
Bibliography
Index.
Citation

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