Tag: Literature

Romanticizing the Rough South: Contemporary Cultural Nakedness and the Rise of Grit Lit

Romanticizing the Rough South: Contemporary Cultural Nakedness and the Rise of Grit Lit

Zackary Vernon
So Bored in Nashville

So Bored in Nashville

Odie Lindsey
Sipsipica

Sipsipica

Mesha Maren, illustrations by Nate Beaty
The Girl Who Went Away

The Girl Who Went Away

Minrose Gwin
Oretha

Oretha

Crystal Wilkinson, with illustrations by Natalie K. Nelson
I Never Believed in the Perfect Mother

I Never Believed in the Perfect Mother

Dorothy Allison, with artwork by Susan Harbage Page
The Deader Mule

The Deader Mule

Southern Cultures

In an essay published in our pages in 2000, our friend Jerry Leath Mills surveyed around 30 prominent twentieth-century southern authors, which led him "to conclude, without fear or refutation, that there is indeed a single, simple, litmus-like test for the quality of southernness in literature, one easily formulated into a question to be asked of any literary text and whose answer may be taken as definitive, delimiting, and final. The test is: Is there a dead mule in it?" For our forthcoming special issue on 21st-Century Fiction, we were curious if Mills's hypothesis held up so we brought the question to some of our favorite authors. Is there a "quality of southernness" in 21st-century southern fiction? Is Mills's mule now truly dead?

Unburied Treasure: Edgar Allan Poe and the South Carolina Lowcountry

Unburied Treasure: Edgar Allan Poe and the South Carolina Lowcountry

Scott Peeples with Michelle Van Parys
Southern Literature and Folk Humor

Southern Literature and Folk Humor

William R. Ferris
The Novel as Social History: Erskine Caldwell’s “God’s Little Acre” and Class Relations in the New South

The Novel as Social History: Erskine Caldwell’s “God’s Little Acre” and Class Relations in the New South

Bryant Simon
The Goal of a Realist

The Goal of a Realist

Doris Betts
Thomas Hart Benton and the Thresholds of Expression

Thomas Hart Benton and the Thresholds of Expression

Robert Morgan