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By David Marion Holman

ISBN-10: 0585311838

ISBN-13: 9780585311838

ISBN-10: 0807118702

ISBN-13: 9780807118702

In a undeniable Slant of sunshine, David Marion Holman examines prolific neighborhood American literatures - these of the South and the Midwest - from approximately 1832 to 1925. by means of concentrating on the position heritage performed within the imaginations of chosen writers of that interval, he seeks to reply to a perennial query: what's "midwestern" approximately midwestern literature, and what's "southern" approximately southern literature? a minimum of until eventually 1910, Holman says, the fiction of the 2 areas was once characterised by means of very assorted modes - romance within the South and social realism within the Midwest. For the southerner, the earlier was once the plantation, the aristocrat, and the Civil conflict. Even in writing concerning the current, the southern author, Holman keeps, needed to confront, at once or in a roundabout way, the ghosts of the previous - ghosts which may be exorcised, vilified, or romanticized, yet by no means overlooked. For the midwestern author, the previous used to be the pioneer and the settling of the frontier - a previous of promise unfulfilled and unattained. The midwestern delusion right away glorified the typical guy because the promise of the United States and deplored him as venal and narrow-minded. by means of 1925 modernism had turn into an enormous strength in American letters, supplying the subsequent new release of writers - possibly top represented through Hemingway within the Midwest and Faulkner within the South - with new methods of confronting outdated ideologies, and those writers synthesized the various premises of romance and realism.

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If he lived long enough in the various parts of the nation, he would be likely to generalize less about "Americans" and more about southerners, New Englanders, midwesterners, westerners, and, today, Californians. 15 He would also conclude that the existence of these several Americas could not be explained simply by settlement patterns, climate, income, and per capita tabulations of bourbon or Scotch consumed or churches attended, although each of these figures would perhaps be useful to his investigation.

With their backs toward this rough-hewn middle west and their faces set toward Europe and the East. And they belong to neither. 17 16. William Faulkner, Intruder in the Dust (New York, 1948), 19495. 17. Louis Bromfield, The Green Bay Tree (New York, 1924), 107. Page 19 About the actual causes of the Civil War little needs to be said here except to repeat that this conflict, like so many others, was at least as much one of economics and politics, specifically of tariff laws and congressional balance, as it was a moral conflict over slavery or a class system.

He would find across the country a general shared reverence for the Founding Fathers, for Thomas Jefferson, and for Benjamin Franklin. He would find eventually, however, that in historical events such as the meeting of Grant and Lee at Appomattox the shared past divides into unshared regional interpretations. And it is through his examination of these different historical mythologies that he would find the mythological frameworks that underlie the regional psychologies he has witnessed. He would find, in fact, that Lee's surrender was contemporary with the development of the regional mind that he encountered.

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