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- DescriptionThis book offers an introduction to the works of a Cajun writer who finds optimism in his blue-collar tales. Margaret Dovan Bauer presents the first book-length study of the Louisiana storyteller, who injects a seldom heard Cajun voice into Southern literature and offers a rare optimistic vision among other contemporary writers of the hardscrabble American South. Bauer surveys Tim Gautreaux's three vels - The Next Step in the Dance , The Clearing, and The Missing - and two collections of short fiction - Same Place, Same Things and Welding with Children - to identify his major themes, character types, and structures. She views his chief contribution to Southern letters to be an authentic insider's view of Cajun culture, one resulting in a skillful, realistic, and sympathetic vision of historical and contemporary Acadiana in flux. Bauer addresses how Gautreaux's hopeful vision distinguishes him from other contemporary writers of the blue-collar South. She views Gautreaux's poor white protagonists as action-oriented characters who, while trapped by circumstances, still strive to affect positive change in their lives.
- Author BiographyLouisiana native Margaret Donovan Bauer is a professor of English at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, where she was named the first Ralph Hardee Rives Chair of Southern Literature.
- Author(s)Margaret Donovan Bauer
- PublisherUniversity of South Carolina Press
- Date of Publication15/01/2010
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleUnderstanding Contemporary American Literature
- Place of PublicationSouth Carolina
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of South Carolina Press
- Weight340 g
- Width127 mm
- Height178 mm
- Spine30 mm
- Series Edited byMatthew J. Bruccoli
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