By Thomas F. Haddox
This leading edge publication charts what has been a mostly unexplored literary panorama, the paintings of such various writers because the gens de couleur libre poets of antebellum New Orleans, Kate Chopin, Mark Twain, Carson McCullers, Margaret Mitchell, Allen Tate, Caroline Gordon, Flannery O'Connor, Walker Percy, and John Kennedy Toole. Haddox indicates that Catholicism and its Church have continually been a presence, albeit in several methods, within the southern cultural culture. For a few, Catholicism has been linked to miscegenation and with the political aspirations of African-Americans; for others, it has served because the version for the feudal and patriarchal society that a few southern whites sought to set up; for nonetheless others, it has awarded a stunning aesthetic spectacle linked to decadence and homoeroticism; and for nonetheless others, it has marked a quotidian, home made lifestyleattractive for its loss of hindrance with southern anxieties approximately honor. via targeting the transferring and contradictory methods Catholicism has signified inside of southern literature and tradition, Fears and Fascinations contributes to a extra nuanced figuring out of yank and southern literary and cultural history.Thomas F. Haddox is Assistant Professor of English on the college of Tennessee, Knoxville. He has released articles in American Literature, Mosaic, glossy Language Quarterly, Southern Quarterly, Mississippi Quarterly, and Walt Whitman Quarterly Review.
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