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Writing the South through the Self: Explorations in Southern Autobiography
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Writing the South through the Self: Explorations in Southern Autobiography (Paperback)

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Drawing on two decades of teaching a college-level course on southern history as viewed through autobiography and memoir, John C. Inscoe has crafted a series of essays exploring the southern experience as reflected in the life stories of those who lived it. Constantly attuned to the pedagogical value of these narratives, Inscoe argues that they offer exceptional means of teaching young people because the authors focus so fully on their confrontations-as children, adolescents, and young adults-with aspects of southern life that they found to be troublesome, perplexing, or challenging.



Maya Angelou, Rick Bragg, Jimmy Carter, Bessie and Sadie Delany, Willie Morris, Pauli Murray, Lillian Smith, and Thomas Wolfe are among the more prominent of the many writers, both famous and obscure, that Inscoe draws on to construct a composite portrait of the South at its most complex and diverse. The power of place; struggles with racial, ethnic, and class identities; the strength and strains of family; educational opportunities both embraced and thwarted-all of these are themes that infuse the works in this most intimate and humanistic of historical genres.



Full of powerful and poignant stories, anecdotes, and testimonials, Writing the South through the Self explores the emotional and psychological dimensions of what it has meant to be southern and offers us new ways of understanding the forces that have shaped southern identity in such multifaceted ways.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalHistory & PoliticsHistory General & TheoryHistory: theory & methodsHistoriographyHistory & PoliticsHistory: Chronological20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450-1500History & PoliticsRegional & national historyHistory of the Americas Publisher: University of Georgia Press Publication Date: 15/05/2011 ISBN-13: 9780820337685  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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John C. Inscoe is the Albert B. Saye Professor of History and University Professor at the University of Georgia. His nine books include "Mountain Masters: Slavery and the Sectional Crisis in Western North Carolina" and "Race, War, and Remembrance in the Appalachian South." Inscoe is the editor of the New Georgia Encyclopedia and secretary-treasurer of the Southern Historical Association.

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