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The family saga in the South : generations and destinies / Robert O. Stephens.

By: Stephens, Robert O.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Southern literary studies: Publisher: Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c1995Description: xii, 233 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0807119881 (alk. paper); 9780807119884 (alk. paper).Subject(s): American fiction -- Southern States -- History and criticism | Domestic fiction, American -- History and criticism | Historical fiction, American -- History and criticism | Southern States -- In literature | Families in literature | Roman familial américain -- États-Unis (Sud) -- Histoire et critique | Roman historique américain -- États-Unis (Sud) -- Histoire et critique | Famille dans la littérature | États-Unis (Sud) dans la littérature | Familienroman | Geschichte | Geschichte 1880-1985 | Familiensaga | USA -- Südstaaten | Littérature américaine -- États-Unis (sud) | Famille -- États-Unis (sud) | Famille -- Dans la littérature | Roman américain -- Histoire et critique | Roman familial américain -- Histoire et critique | États-Unis (sud) dans la littérature | English fiction Special subjects Families | United StatesDDC classification: 813.009/355
Contents:
Introduction: family sagas, Southern style -- Genealogy of a Southern family saga -- Janus at Shiloh: looking back to the Civil War -- Agrarians' lament: the long decline -- The matriarchs on the porch: women on the family saga -- Reaching for Africa: the black family saga in the South -- Third generation: sagas after the renascence -- Sagas, authors, and audiences.
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PS261 .S74 1995 (Browse shelf) Available 0000001298223

Includes bibliographical references (p. 215-224) and index.

Introduction: family sagas, Southern style -- Genealogy of a Southern family saga -- Janus at Shiloh: looking back to the Civil War -- Agrarians' lament: the long decline -- The matriarchs on the porch: women on the family saga -- Reaching for Africa: the black family saga in the South -- Third generation: sagas after the renascence -- Sagas, authors, and audiences.

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Since George Washington Cable published The Grandissimes in 1880, southern writers have employed the family saga to fashion narratives in which they contemplate the multiple forces that shaped their visions of southern culture. In this cleanly structured, happily articulated first comprehensive study of the family saga in southern literature, Stephens (Univ. of North Carolina at Greensboro) traces the development of the genre from the oral tradition of family stories, noting, among other things, the influences of the biblical saga of Abraham and his descendants and the convention of historical-narrator who searches the past for significant knowledge. The comfortable exposition of this extended, consanguine connection of kin--a fortunate result of the author's extensive research--includes the displacement of inheritance by the Civil War, the patriarchal-matriarchal conflict, and black family sagas in the context of public history. Stephens's choice of authors, of necessity selective, is acceptable--e.g., William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Caroline Gordon, Alex Haley, Tony Morrison, and Reynolds Price. Recommended for teachers of southern literature and libraries wanting to maintain balanced American literature collections. Upper-division undergraduate and above. R. F. Cayton; emeritus, Marietta College

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Robert O. Stephens is professor emeritus of English at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, author of Hemingway's Nonfiction: The Public Voice, and editor of Ernest Hemingway: The Critical Reception.

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