Twenty-First-Century Southern Writers: New Voices, New Perspectives


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University Press of Mississippi
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.49 inches | 0.71 pounds

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About the Author

Jean W. Cash is professor emerita of English at James Madison University, where she taught a variety of courses in southern literature for thirty-seven years. She is author of biographies of Flannery O'Connor and Larry Brown and editor (with Keith Perry) of two previous collections of essays (on Larry Brown and "Rough South" literature). She has published a number of essays on southern writers and given numerous conference presentations. Richard Gaughran is associate professor of English at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where he teaches American literature and film studies. Recent publications include work on the Coen Brothers, an article on contemporary films of the American South, and another on Don DeLillo's The Names.


Reading this collection is a good time to consider what the term Southern literature means, and to whom it applies. . . . I hope that this collection of nineteen inspired essays spurs future discussion of Southern writers of our contemporary moment.--Matthew Duffus "Southern Review of Books"
Twenty-First-Century Southern Writers: New Voices, New Perspectives is an important addition to the study of literature, in particular contemporary southern literature. It provides a valuable introduction to nineteen novelists who began their careers in the twenty-first century and who are likely to establish significant reputations in the coming decades.--David Jeffrey, professor emeritus of English at James Madison University
Jean Cash and Richard Gaughran have assembled a rich collection of critical essays that refresh and replant the terrain of our evolving understanding of southern literature. Revealing the veracity, geography, and wonder of our newest and best voices, their book probes the long shadows and new edges of the southern literary imagination through a compelling collection of essays. Twenty-First-Century Southern Writers illuminates the nuanced diversity and meaning among this group of writers and their works, expanding our understanding of southern fiction and the American South.--Tom Rankin, Duke University