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Intro to Southern Studies Week 1 Notes

by: Mary Earrey

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These notes cover the topics from the first week of class: William Faulkner, Southern Identity, and the assigned reading from Light In August
Introduction to Southern Studies 1
Ted M. Ownby
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Date Created: 09/06/16
Intro to Southern Studies Week 1 Notes William Faulkner  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, celebrations  between WWI and WWII (1920-1941) southern resistance, Harlem Renaissance, agrarians, southern music, social science/documentary work  civil rights and massive resistance movements, 1950s-1960s  since the 1970s: which questions, whose questions come first? st  21 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 telling the stories  Going back and forth in time  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  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


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