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The companion to southern literature : themes, genres, places, people, movements, and motifs / edited by Joseph M. Flora and Lucinda H. MacKethan ; associate editor, Todd Taylor.

Contributor(s): Flora, Joseph M | MacKethan, Lucinda Hardwick | Taylor, Todd W.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c2002Description: xxvi, 1054 p. ; 26 cm.ISBN: 0807126926 (alk. paper); 9780807126929 (alk. paper).Subject(s): American literature -- Southern States -- Encyclopedias | Authors, American -- Homes and haunts -- Southern States -- Encyclopedias | Southern States -- Intellectual life -- Encyclopedias | Southern States -- In literature -- EncyclopediasDDC classification: 810.997503 LOC classification: PS261 | .C55 2002Other classification: 18.06 Review: "Solidly authoritative and comprehensive, The Companion to Southern Literature spans the genres, languages, ideologies, events, culture, literary history, works, and writers that comprise the literature of the South. From incest to grits, topics are wide-ranging and eclectic. It features alphabetical and topical tables of contents and a thorough index that allows users to find important names that may lack an entry. With more than 500 entries by 200 contributors, the book contains signed essays that are critical and complete with cross-references and a brief bibliography. This companion's affordability and comprehensiveness make it a value and a prized reference work."--"The Best of the Best Reference Sources," American Libraries, May 2003.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

"Solidly authoritative and comprehensive, The Companion to Southern Literature spans the genres, languages, ideologies, events, culture, literary history, works, and writers that comprise the literature of the South. From incest to grits, topics are wide-ranging and eclectic. It features alphabetical and topical tables of contents and a thorough index that allows users to find important names that may lack an entry. With more than 500 entries by 200 contributors, the book contains signed essays that are critical and complete with cross-references and a brief bibliography. This companion's affordability and comprehensiveness make it a value and a prized reference work."--"The Best of the Best Reference Sources," American Libraries, May 2003.

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Library Journal Review

This companion contains more than 500 entries on such subjects as themes, genres, historical events, people, and customs as they pertain to the literature of the American South, which the editors define very broadly. For example, there is an entry on Shakespeare, noting in particular how Prospero, in The Tempest, might have been seen in the past as the ideal "enlightened slave owner." Coeditors Flora (English, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; ed., Southern Writers: A Biographical Dictionary) and MacKethan (English, North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh; Daughters of Time: Creating Women's Voice in Southern Story) are widely published scholars on Southern literature, and the contributors are a good mix of scholars, graduate students, and writers. The alphabetically arranged entries, which generally provide brief, up-to-date bibliographies, include "Uncle Tom," "Rebel Yell," "Scopes Trial," "Elvis," and "Poetry, 1820-1900." However, because author information is easily found in many other books, only 14 authors are included here. The simple, alphabetical table of contents is supplemented by a 22-section classified table of contents that groups entries by a shared subject (e.g., music or religion). Unlike The Encyclopedia of Southern Literature, a more conventional work that focuses on authors, this unique compilation shoots off in all sorts of interesting directions. An excellent addition to libraries that support studies of Southern literature. Peter Dollard, Alma Coll. Lib., MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

Even though this hefty work features many entries that might be considered cultural ("Ancestor Worship," "Bourbon," "Family Feuds," "Gossip") rather than literary, it focuses on literature. The editors purposely sought a scope whose breadth would assist readers in exploring southern literature from both topical perspectives and from the usual author approach. The 22-section subject index categorizes the entries (there are more than 500) into such subdivisions as "Authors" (Faulkner, O'Connor, Twain), "Themes" (family, guilt, racism, sex), "Types and Stereotypes" (debutante, new Negro, poor white), and "Locales, Real and Mythical" (Bible belt, Mississippi Delta, suburbs). The 14 authors were chosen for their pioneering work or widespread influence. The arrangement is alphabetic, "abolition" to "Yoknapatawpha," and entries vary in length from about 500 to 6,000 words. Most topics could be expected ("Old South," "New South," "Civil War"), while many are refreshingly eclectic ("K Mart Fiction," "Grit Lit," "Redneck," "Lazy South"). The 250 contributors provide scholarly insights and separate bibliographies for most entries; the alphabetic and topical tables of contents plus an extensive index combine to make this a reference resource valuable to all libraries that support studies in southern literature. A. E. Bonnette University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Author notes provided by Syndetics

<p>Joseph M. Flora is Atlanta Professor of Southern Culture and formerly chair of the English department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author or editor of many books, including Southern Writers: A Biographical Dictionary and Rediscovering Vardis Fisher: Centennial Essays. <br> <br> Lucinda H. MacKethan is professor of English at North Carolina State University in Raleigh and has published numerous works on American women's literature and slavery, including Daughters of Time: Creating Woman's Voice in Southern Story. <br> <br> Todd Taylor is assistant professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.</p>

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