Dirt and Desire
Reconstructing Southern Women's Writing, 1930-1990
By (author) Patricia Yaeger
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Dirt and Desire by Patricia Yaeger
Book DescriptionThe story of southern writing - the Dixie Limited, if you will - runs along an iron path: an official narrative of a literature about community, about place and the past, about miscegenation, white partiarchy and the epic of race. Patricia Yaeger dynamites the rails, providing an entirely new set of categories through which to understand southern literature and culture. For Yaeger, works by black and white southern women writers reveal a shared obsession with monstrosity and the grotesque and with the strange zones of contact between black and white, such as the daily trauma of underpaid labour and the workings of racial and gender politics in the unnoticed yet all too familiar everyday. Yaeger also excavates a southern fascination with dirt -who owns it, who cleans it, and whose bodies are buried in it. Yaeger's theoretically informed readings of Zora Neale Hurston, Harper Lee, Carson McCullers, Toni Morrison, Flannery O'Connor, Alice Walker and Eudora Welty (among many others) explode the mystifications of southern literary tradition and forge a new path for southern studies.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226944913
(225mm x 159mm x 23mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 7-Jul-2000
Country of Publication: United States
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