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Inhabiting Contemporary Southern and Appalachian Literature

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The idea of place - any place - remains one of our most basic yet slippery concepts. It is a space with boundaries whose limits may be definite or indefinite; it can be a real location or an abstract mental, spiritual, or imaginary construction.
     Casey Clabough's thorough examination of the importance of place in southern literature examines the works of a wide range of authors, including Fred Chappell, George Garrett, William Hoffman, Julien Green, Kelly Cherry, David Huddle, and James Dickey. Clabough expands the definition of "here" beyond mere geography, offering nuanced readings that examine tradition and nostalgia and explore the existential nature of "place."
     Deeply concerned with literature as a form of emotional, intellectual, and aesthetic engagement with the local and the regional, Clabough considers the idea of place in a variety of ways: as both a physical and metaphorical location; as an important factor in shaping an individual, informing one of the ways the person perceives the world; and as a temporal as well as geographic construction.
     This fresh and useful contribution to the scholarship on southern literature explains how a text can open up new worlds for readers if they pay close enough attention to place.

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July 2012 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Inhabiting Contemporary Southern and Appalachian Literature: Region and Place in the Twenty-First Century
Author(s): Casey Clabough
ISBN: 0-8130-4173-2 / 978-0-8130-4173-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: University Press of Florida
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