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- DescriptionIn the antebellum South, the plain folk maintained social rms, ideals of hor, justice, gender, and liberty that were significantly distinct from town and planter gentility, and the humorists of the Old South captured this important distinction. Southwest humor flourished from the 1830s through the Civil War and this book provides a thorough investigation of the unique and invative contributions of these humorists to the field of American literary realism, such as use of vernacular authenticity, complex character portraits, and the narrative technique of disclosure. Thus, when the Southwest humorists tell about the South, they provide an endlessly entertaining and realistic representation of the vast complexities of the antebellum South and illustrate that the roots of literary realism were sown and nurtured on the southwestern frontier.
- Author BiographyThe Author: Gretchen Martin is Assistant Professor of American and Southern Literature at The University of Virginia's College at Wise. She received her Ph.D. in American literature from The University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Her publications are in the field of Southwest humor and Southern literature.
- Author(s)Gretchen Martin
- PublisherPeter Lang Publishing Inc
- Date of Publication01/11/2006
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleStudies on Themes and Motifs in Literature
- Series Part/Volume Number89
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPeter Lang Publishing Inc
- Weight400 g
- Width160 mm
- Height230 mm
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