Tester Material Southern Studies Week 1 Notes
Tester Material Southern Studies Week 1 Notes Southern Studies 101 Section 1
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Mary Earrey on Wednesday September 7, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to Southern Studies 101 Section 1 at University of Mississippi taught by Ted M. Ownby in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 7 views.
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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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