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Dreamworlds of Alabama

Dreamworlds of Alabama (Hardback)

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\u201cI speak in what others often hear as a strange accent. My past can\u2019t be located. I live in Buffalo, New York, an exile from the South. But these aren\u2019t Yankee dreams, even though my past seems like a fabrication, a dreamworld in which I\u2019m a paper character and not a historical participant, with scars from barbed wire ripping under the pressure and flying through the air like a swarm of bees, or a horse rearing up and banging its head into mine from within, exploding my forehead.\u201d -from the Preface Wisteria draped on a soldier\u2019s coffin, sent home to Alabama from a Virginia battlefield. The oldest standing house in the county, painted gray and flanked by a pecan orchard. A black steel fence tool, now perched atop a pile of books like a prehistoric bird of prey. In Dreamworlds of Alabama, Allen Shelton explores physical, historical, and social landscapes of northeastern Alabama. His homeplace near the Appalachian foothills provides the setting for a rich examination of cultural practices, a place where the language of place and things resonates with as much vitality and emotional urgency as the language of humans. Throughout the book, Shelton demonstrates how deeply culture is inscribed in the land and in the most intimate spaces of the person-places of belonging and loss, insight and memory. Born and raised in Jacksonville, Alabama, Allen Shelton is associate professor of sociology at Buffalo State College.

History & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsSlavery & abolition of slaveryHistory & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsSocial & cultural historyHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyHistory of the AmericasPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groupsRural communities Publisher: University of Minnesota Press Publication Date: 01/10/2007 ISBN-13: 9780816650347  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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