Intro to Southern Studies
Week 1 Notes
∙ Born in 1897, New Albany, MS, family background
∙ Lived most of his life in Oxford. Relationship to the community. Moved
to VA in the 1950s.
∙ First published writings in the 1920s.
∙ Most productive, creative period was late 1920s, 1930s. ∙ Wrote in Oxford. Occasionally in Hollywood; continued to write novels
and short stories until he died in Byhalia, MS, 1962.
∙ Themes and distinguishing themes in his work:
o Defining modernism
o Reasons his work is difficult
Crucial times for questions about southern identity
∙ Early 1800s: Virginia compared to New England
∙ Late 1700s- early 1800s political divisions over slavery
∙ 1830s-1850s: proslavery v antislavery, often rural vs industrial ∙ civil war 1861-1865 and reconstruction 1865-1867
∙ period of new segregation and disfranchisement laws. Late 1880s early 1900s. also period of confederate organizations,
∙ between WWI and WWII (1920-1941) southern resistance, Harlem Renaissance, agrarians, southern music, social
∙ civil rights and massive resistance movements, 1950s-1960s ∙ since the 1970s: which questions, whose questions come first? ∙ 21st century: again, which questions, whose questions come first?
Reading Light in August
∙ Multiple characters, with intersecting stories
∙ Lots of narrators, often unnamed or otherwise insignificant characters If you want to learn more check out Which is the most important step in problem solving method?
telling the stories
∙ Going back and forth in time We also discuss several other topics like Who defined psychology as a science of behaviour?
∙ An easy way to read the book: write down names of the main characters. List what they seem to represent. See how they interact
with each other.
∙ Main characters include: Lena Grove, Byron Bunch, Gail Hightower, Lucas Birch (alias Joe Brown), Joe Christmas, Joanna Burden, Mr. and
Mrs. McEachern, Doc “Eupheus” Hines, Percy Grimm Don't forget about the age old question of What is fisher's test used for?
We also discuss several other topics like What is the meaning of validity?
We also discuss several other topics like Cognitive theories are the theory of what?
Don't forget about the age old question of What does longitudinal mean?
∙ Questions about religion
∙ Questions about southern history, especially the civil war,
reconstruction, and the lost cause
∙ Questions about race and how to define it
∙ Questions about modernity in agriculture, economics, technology, and
transportation; what was new to them?
∙ Questions about insiders and outsiders in the community, assumptions about family life and gender and sexuality
∙ Issues of violence