MacKethan, Lucinda Hardwick.

The Dream of Arcady : Place and Time in Southern Literature - 1 - Baton Rouge : LSU Press, 1999. - 1 online resource (240 p.) - eBooks on Demand .

Cover; Contents; List of Abbreviations; ONE: The South as Arcady: Beginnings of a Mode; TWO: Sidney Lanier: The Scythe of Time, The Trowel of Trade; THREE: Thomas Nelson Page: The Plantation as Arcady; FOUR: Joel Chandler Harris: Speculating on the Past; FIVE: Charles Chesnutt''s Southern World: Portraits of a Bad Dream; SIX: Jean Toomer''s Cane: The Pastoral Return; SEVEN: Agrarian Quarrel, Agrarian Question: What Shall This Land Produce?; EIGHT: Faulkner''s Sons of the Fathers: How to Inherit the Past; NINE: To See Things in Their Time: The Act of Focusing in Eudora Welty''s Fiction TEN: The South Beyond ArcadyBibliography; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y

"This is a well-organized, gracefully written account of a significant aspect of Southern fiction, and it contains information and incisive commentary that one can find nowhere else." --Thomas Daniel YoungMany southern writers imagined the South as a qualified dream of Arcady. They retained the glow of the golden land as a device to expose or rebuke, to confront or escape the complexities of the actual times in which they lived.The Dream of Arcady examines the work of post-Civil War southern writers who criticize the myth of the South as pastoral paradise. Sooner or later in all their idealized worlds, the idyllic vision fades in an inescapable moment of awakening. This moment, which is central to MacKethan''s study, produces an atmosphere pastoral in mood and implications.Her perspective analysis juxtaposes the responses of Sidney Lanier, Joel Chandler Harris, and Thomas Nelson Page, who contributed to yet hope to transcend sectionalism, with the ambivalent views of black writers Charles Chesnutt and Jean Toomer. Considering the writings of the Agrarians, William Faulkner, and Eudora Welty, MacKethan then concludes her study by questioning whether the Arcadian dream still serves the artist of our era as a frame for artistic and ideological purposes.

9780807153550 19.95 (NL)


American literature -- Southern States -- History and criticism.
Arcadia in literature.
Pastoral literature, American -- Southern States -- History and criticism.
Place (Philosophy) in literature.
Southern States -- In literature.


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PS261 .D384 1999

810.932