A Companion to the Regional Literatures of America by Charles Crow

By Charles Crow

The Blackwell better half to American local Literature is the main finished source but released for examine of this renowned box.

  • The such a lot inclusive survey but released of yank local literature.
  • Represents a large choice of theoretical and ancient approaches.
  • Surveys the literature of particular areas from California to New England and from Alaska to Hawaii.
  • Discusses authors and teams who've been very important in defining neighborhood American literature.

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Jackson Lears calls “antimodernism” (1981: xiii), which, in the early twentieth century, recoiled from “overcivilized” modern existence and looked for more intense and more authentic forms of physical and spiritual experience. Yet contemporary regionalism is not best thought of by excluding writers who write about urban areas. No longer can we claim that when we are discussing regional writers we are “really” talking about, say, Ivan Doig or Louise Erdrich or Mary Oliver or Wendell Berry, and not Walter Mosley or Amy Tan or Tom Robbins or Gwendolyn Brooks or Joan Didion, all of whom write with loving detail about specific urban areas.

It doesn’t make me nervous. It’s just that it’s superfluous. Any Kansan knows that Oregon is a little too lavish” (Stafford 1987: 235). If there is a unity to Northwest writing, Stafford says, it is attributable less to “scenery and a mystique” and more to the kind of company writers keep. “If Theodore Roethke hadn’t moved to Seattle,” Stafford says, “the scene would be the same, but the literary scene wouldn’t be the same. I think he had a great effect on that. But I hit all that too late for it to do anything to me.

In American culture, liquidity often takes shape as “freedom in the form of license, the right to do anything one wishes, free of background, race, kinship, place, and fate” (Bevis 1996: 31). ” Rather, they often originate in “marginal but informed cultural points of view” (Bevis 1996: 35) that show the problems of capitalist modernity to be not only problems of multinational corporations and global profits, but problems of identity that arise from conflicting conceptions of the self. 1). 1 Map of Native California.

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