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Southern Women's Writing: Colonial to Contemporary written by Mary Louise Weaks

 

Southern Women's Writing: Colonial to Contemporary written by Mary Louise Weaks

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"The southern lady, traditionally depicted as a bloodlessly marmoreal icon, is jostled off her pedestal by living, moving, and, above all, speaking and writing women, black and white, rich and poor, old and young, in this unique anthology which so pleasurably delineates a long-obscured feminine literary tradition."—Veronica Makowsky, University of Connecticut

"Timely and long overdue.  The contribution of women to southern traditions is often undervalued, and gathering them here provides an unmistakable mark of their range and quality.  This collection should encourage important reevaluations of southern writing and the contributions of its women authors."—Barbara C. Ewell, Loyola University, New Orleans
 

A problematic relationship forms the core of this anthology—the interwoven lives of southern women.  On the one hand, they are linked by gender; on the other, they are divided by racism, class conflict, and sexual politics.  As suggested by these selections from both white and African-American women from the early eighteenth to the late twentieth century, their struggles capture the essence and the evolution of the southern woman's voice.
 With artistic and historical richness seldom found in literary anthologies, this collection includes letters, journal and diary entries, essays, poetry, and fiction, with an introduction to each historical period and a biography of each author.
 While all the writers share the label "southern woman," some test the boundary of that designation.  Fanny Kemble, a British actress, moved to the Georgia plantation that her husband inherited; Leigh Allison Wilson, the youngest writer, was born and raised in the South but writes about New York state.  However, all authors reflect or refract their personal experience; together their work conveys the range and texture of the literary tradition of the South and of its women writers.

List of writers THE ANTEBELLUM SOUTH Eliza Lucas Pinckney Eliza Wilkinson Anne Newport Royall Caroline Howard Gilman Fanny Kemble Susan Petigru King Bowen Harriet Jacobs Frances E. W. Harper Sarah Grimké
THE CIVIL WAR SOUTH Mary Boykin Chesnut Augusta Jane Evans Wilson Elizabeth Keckley Margaret Junkin Preston THE POSTBELLUM SOUTH Katherine McDowell Mary Noailles Murfree Grace King Kate Chopin Julia Mood Peterkin Alice Dunbar-Nelson THE MODERN SOUTH Caroline Gordon Evelyn Scott Katherine Anne Porter Zora Neale Hurston Carson McCullers Flannery O'Connor THE CONTEMPORARY SOUTH

Eudora Welty Margaret Walker Doris Betts Sonia Sanchez Mab Segrest Bobbie Ann Mason Alice Walker Ellen Gilchrist Leigh Allison Wilson
 

 

Mary Louise Weaks is associate professor and chair of the Department of English at Rockford College in Illinois.  She is the coeditor of Talking with Robert Penn Warren and author of articles, interviews, and reviews published in The Southern Review, Mississippi Quarterly, and Atlanta Historical Journal.   Carolyn Perry is assistant professor of English and director of the Writing Across the Curriculum Program at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri.  She is the coeditor of The Dolphin Reader.

Synopsis:


A problematic relationship forms the core of this anthology--the interwoven lives of southern women.  On the one hand, they are linked by gender; on the other, they are divided by racism, class conflict, and sexual politics.  As suggested by these selections from both white and African-American women from the early eighteenth to the late twentieth century, their struggles capture the essence and the evolution of the southern woman's voice.  With artistic and historical richness seldom found in literary anthologies, this collection includes letters, journal and diary entries, essays, poetry, and fiction, with an introduction to each historical period and a biography of each author.  While all the writers share the label "southern woman," some test the boundary of that designation.  Fanny Kemble, a British actress, moved to the Georgia plantation that her husband inherited; Leigh Allison Wilson, the youngest writer, was born and raised in the South but writes about New York state.  However, all authors reflect or refract their personal experience; together their work conveys the range and texture of the literary tradition of the South and of its women writers.
List of writers THE ANTEBELLUM SOUTH Eliza Lucas Pinckney Eliza Wilkinson Anne Newport Royall Caroline Howard Gilman Fanny Kemble Susan Petigru King Bowen Harriet Jacobs Frances E. W. Harper Sarah Grimké THE CIVIL WAR SOUTH Mary Boykin Chesnut Augusta Jane Evans Wilson Elizabeth Keckley Margaret Junkin Preston THE POSTBELLUM SOUTH Katherine McDowell Mary Noailles Murfree Grace King Kate Chopin Julia Mood Peterkin Alice Dunbar-Nelson THE MODERN SOUTH Caroline Gordon EvelynScott Katherine Anne Porter Zora Neale Hurston Carson McCullers Flannery O'Connor THE CONTEMPORARY SOUTH
Eudora Welty Margaret Walker Doris Betts Sonia Sanchez Mab Segrest Bobbie Ann Mason Alice Walker Ellen Gilchrist Leigh Allison Wilson  
 

Library Journal

In Southern Women's Writing, editors Weaks (English, Rockford Coll.) and Perry (English, Westminster Coll.) have compiled an exceptional collection of writings by women who have lived and are living in the American South. Both black and white writers are represented and all share, and are divided by, a common heritage of racism, gender bias, and social stratification. Drawing on letters, journal entries, essays, poems, and fictional pieces, the compilers trace the evolution of the Southern feminine point of view from the early 18th century to the late 20th century. The first writer featured, Eliza Lucas Pinckney, was born in 1772, and, the last, Leigh Allison Wilson, in 1959. Because of its richness and accessibility, the anthology will probably become a standard text in college courses in American Southern literature and women's studies, making it essential for all academic libraries and enthusiastically recommended for all others. Downhome contains 21 previously published short stories by contemporary Southern female writers. Eight of the writers are included in the Weaks-Perry anthologyKatherine Anne Porter, Zora Neale Hurston, Flannery O'Connor, Eudora Welty, Doris Betts, Bobbie Ann Mason, Alice Walker, and Ellen Gilchristbut only one selection, Bobbie Ann Mason's "Shiloh," appears in both books. Brief paragraphs at the end of the book identify the authors, though editor Mee (fiction, NYU) strains to make her points about a "shared legacy" and "distinctive language." The stories trace the life cycle from "Growing Up" to "The Pleasures and Miseries of Marriage" to "Passing On." Although this is a good group of stories, as a whole the collection is not unique and not as rigorously researched as Southern Women's Writing. Recommended for popular literature collections in libraries lacking the writers covered.Carol A. McAllister, Coll. of William and Mary Lib., Williamsburg, Va.

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