Dirt and Desire Reconstructing Southern Women's Writing, 1930-1990

ISBN-10: 0226944913

ISBN-13: 9780226944913

Edition: 2000

Authors: Patricia Yaeger
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Description: The 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 patriarchy, 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 labor 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 brilliant, 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.The book won the Barbara Perkins and George Perkins Award given by the Society for the Study of Narrative Literature.

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Book details

List price: $33.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 7/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Prologue
Southern Women Writers: A Confederacy of Water Moccasins
Dynamiting the Rails: Desegregating Southern Literary Studies
"And Every Baby. . . Was Floating Round in the Water, Drowned": Throwaway Bodies in Southern Fiction
Race and the Cloud of Unknowing
Beyond the Hummingbird: Southern Gargantuas
Politics in the Kitchen: Roosevelt, McCullers, and Surrealist History
White Objects, Black Ownership: Object Politics in Southern Fiction
The Body as Testimony
Studying the Wafflehouse Chain, or Dirt as Desire inTheir Eyes Were Watching God
Notes
References
Index
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