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By David Marion Holman

ISBN-10: 0585311838

ISBN-13: 9780585311838

ISBN-10: 0807118702

ISBN-13: 9780807118702

In a undeniable Slant of sunshine, David Marion Holman examines prolific nearby American literatures - these of the South and the Midwest - from approximately 1832 to 1925. via concentrating on the position heritage performed within the imaginations of chosen writers of that interval, he seeks to reply to a perennial query: what's "midwestern" approximately midwestern literature, and what's "southern" approximately southern literature? a minimum of until eventually 1910, Holman says, the fiction of the 2 areas was once characterised via very assorted modes - romance within the South and social realism within the Midwest. For the southerner, the previous was once the plantation, the aristocrat, and the Civil conflict. Even in writing concerning the current, the southern author, Holman keeps, needed to confront, without delay or not directly, the ghosts of the earlier - ghosts which may be exorcised, vilified, or romanticized, yet by no means neglected. For the midwestern author, the prior used to be the pioneer and the settling of the frontier - a earlier of promise unfulfilled and unattained. The midwestern delusion right now glorified the typical guy because the promise of the US and deplored him as venal and narrow-minded. by means of 1925 modernism had turn into a tremendous strength in American letters, supplying the following iteration of writers - probably top represented by way of Hemingway within the Midwest and Faulkner within the South - with new methods of confronting outdated ideologies, and those writers synthesized a few of the premises of romance and realism.

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Its great industrial and metropolitan centers and its abundant farmlands as well contribute to the national and regional conception of the Midwest as microcosm of the national macrocosm. Third, the South and the Midwest are more than a century and a half apart in their settlement and their cultural development, and hence are historically different regions. Both have distinct regional "minds, " to use W. J. Cash's term; and yet, at the basis of these minds, each has an agrarian philosophy that even today continues as a strong cultural influence.

Such events have acquired meanings of which the observers of the actual occurrence could not have conceived; they have grown from the historical into the mythological. In the meeting of these two antagonists we have come to see the final surrender of the southern patrician to the midwestern commoner, the subjection of manners to methods, the victory of pragmatism over romanticism, the final triumph of democracy over aristocracy and slavery. As Americans, we see a prophecy of the twentieth century.

The Midwest also has less identification with specific historical events such as the Civil War, the founding of the Plymouth Colony, or the Gold Rush than do other sections of the country. Its great industrial and metropolitan centers and its abundant farmlands as well contribute to the national and regional conception of the Midwest as microcosm of the national macrocosm. Third, the South and the Midwest are more than a century and a half apart in their settlement and their cultural development, and hence are historically different regions.

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