Home Ground: Southern Autobiography Edited by J. Bill Berry (Review)

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Home Ground: Southern Autobiography Edited by J. Bill Berry (Review)

by Dolan Hubbard
Southern Cultures, Inaugural Issue: 1993

University of Missouri Press, 1991

The thirteen essays in Home Ground explore ways in which “a sense of family and a sense of place are wedded in Southern autobiography.” They blend the personal with the critical as they offer us an intimate critique of how the South shapes our imagination and makes us heir to a collective past. The South is recognized in the public mind as a site that defines the world in a particular politically loaded way, which is exactly why it is constructed, reconstructed, and contested.