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A Reply from a Mississippi Sharecropper’s Son

William Alexander Percy’s Lanterns: A Reply from a Mississippi Sharecropper’s Son Hodges, John O William Alexander Percy’s life (1885-1942) comprises an epoch in our national life that is often referred to as the “New South.” But the Delta,1 with its large white-owned cotton plantations and ready supply of impoverished farm labor, became a symbol for […]

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Negotiating boundaries of Southern Womanhood: Dealing with the Powers That Be

Negotiating boundaries of Southern Womanhood: Dealing with the Powers That Be Petry, Alice Hall Negotiating Boundaries of Southern Womanhood: Dealing with the Powers That Be. Edited by Janet L. Coryell, Thomas H. Appleton,Jr., Anastatia Sims, and Sandra Gioia Treadway. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2000. 251 pp. $34.95. Among the most unevenly rewarding of scholarly […]

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Blues Inscribing Black Space in White Stories

“That Evening Sun(g)”: Blues Inscribing Black Space in White Stories Peek, Charles A FAULKNER’S “THAT EVENING SUN” seems a simple enough story: Drawing on the Compson family from The Sound and the Fury and telling his story through a nostalgic reflection by Quentin fifteen years after the events the story recalls, Faulkner focuses on a […]

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Approaching Community in Carson McCullers’s The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

Approaching Community in Carson McCullers’s The Heart is a Lonely Hunter Murray, Jennifer THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER gives us a day, a year, and a day in the lives of five distinct characters: Singer, Mick, Brannon, Blount, and Dr. Copeland. Their lives are shot through with frustration and discouragement and the intense privacy […]

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Listen Here: Women Writing in Appalachia

Listen Here: Women Writing in Appalachia Wells, Sean Listen Here: Women Writing in Appalachia. Edited by Sandra L. Ballard and Patricia L. Hudson. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 2003. 712 pp. By listing alphabetically from Sheila Kay Adams’s Come Go Home with Me (1995) to Mary Elizabeth Witherspoon’s The Morning Cool (1972) and chronologically from […]

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Preface

Preface Folks, Jeffrey J RICHARD MARIUS, who died in November 1999, less than six months after his retirement from Harvard, was a passionately committed writer, biographer, and theorist of writing. As the author of The Coming of Rain (novel and play), Bound for the Promised Land, After the War, An Affair of Honor, Thomas More: […]

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The cost of desire (is death)

Suicide and sex: The cost of desire (is death) Levitsky, Holli G “Mrs Snopes killed herself last night. . . ” “What did she do it with?” I said … “With a pistol, “she said. I’m sorry, I didn’t think to ask whose. ” -The Town WHEN IN WILLIAM FAULKNER’S THE TOWN, the second novel […]

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Flush Panel Armoires in Saint-Domingue and Louisiana

Echoes of an Island Past: Flush Panel Armoires in Saint-Domingue and Louisiana Holden, Jack D The French West Indies and Louisiana belong to a cultural continuum, witnessed in the island inflections present in early Louisiana-made furniture. Saint-Domingue (Haiti), the richest of the French Caribbean colonies, gave rise to a distinctive style – particularly evident in […]

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Gothic undercurrents in the novels of Lewis Nordan

Gothic undercurrents in the novels of Lewis Nordan Carney, Mary The island where Mr. Raney had his fishcamp was a strip of high ground far out in a strange bayou, the vast, unbounded backwaters of many lakes and rivers; from underground, somewhere, salt water, brackish at least, mineral salts, filled up the swamp and broadened […]

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Reinventing Dinner in 1950s America

Something from the Oven: Reinventing Dinner in 1950s America Cantrell, Kelly Something from the Oven: Reinventing Dinner in 1950s America. By Laura Shapiro. (New York: Viking, 2004. 306 pp. Cloth, $24.95 ISBN: 0670871540; Paper, 2005, $15.00, ISBN 014303491X.) Laura Shapiro begins her study of post-World War II American food culture by asking the provocative question, […]