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The History of Southern Women's Literature

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The History of Southern Women's Literature by Perry, Carolyn; Weaks, Mary Louise, 9780807127537
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  • ISBN: 9780807127537 | 0807127531
  • Cover: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 5/1/2002
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Many of America's foremost, and most beloved, authors are also southern and female: Mary Chesnut, Kate Chopin, Ellen Glasgow, Zora Neale Hurston, Eudora Welty, Harper Lee, Maya Angelou, Anne Tyler, Alice Walker, and Lee Smith, to name several. Designating a writer as "southern" if her work reflects the region's grip on her life, Mary Louise Weaks and Carolyn Perry have produced an invaluable guide to the richly diverse and enduring tradition of southern women's literature. Their comprehensive history -- the first of its kind in a relatively young field -- extends from the pioneer woman to the career woman, embracing black and white, poor and privileged, urban and Appalachian perspectives and experiences.

The History of Southern Women's Literature allows readers both to explore individual authors and to follow the developing arc of various genres across time. Conduct books and slave narratives; Civil War diaries and letters; the antebellum, postbellum, and modern novel; autobiography and memoirs; poetry; magazine and newspaper writing -- these and more receive

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