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The Resource Reading for the body : the recalcitrant materiality of Southern fiction, 1893-1985, Jay Watson

Reading for the body : the recalcitrant materiality of Southern fiction, 1893-1985, Jay Watson

Label
Reading for the body : the recalcitrant materiality of Southern fiction, 1893-1985
Title
Reading for the body
Title remainder
the recalcitrant materiality of Southern fiction, 1893-1985
Statement of responsibility
Jay Watson
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Jay Watson argues that southern literary studies has been overidealized and dominated by intellectual history for too long. In Reading for the Body, he calls for the field to be rematerialized and grounded in an awareness of the human body as the site where ideas, including ideas about the U.S. South itself, ultimately happen. Employing theoretical approaches to the body developed by thinkers such as Karl Marx, Colette Guillaumin, Elaine Scarry, and Friedrich Kittler, Watson also draws on histories of bodily representation to mine a century of southern fiction for its insights into problems that have preoccupied the region and nation alike: slavery, Jim Crow, and white supremacy; the marginalization of women; the impact of modernization; the issue of cultural authority and leadership; and the legacy of the Vietnam War. He focuses on the specific bodily attributes of hand, voice, and blood and the deeply embodied experiences of pain, illness, pregnancy, and war to offer new readings of a distinguished group of literary artists who turned their attention to the South: Mark Twain, Jean Toomer, Zora Neale Hurston, William Faulkner, Richard Wright, Katherine Anne Porter, Bobbie Ann Mason, and Walker Percy. -- Book cover
Member of
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Watson, Jay
Dewey number
810.9/975
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PS261
LC item number
.W359 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
The new southern studies
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • American fiction
  • American fiction
Label
Reading for the body : the recalcitrant materiality of Southern fiction, 1893-1985, Jay Watson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Bodily attributes -- Manual discourse : a problem in Mark Twain's America -- Listening for Zora : voice, body, and the mediat(iz)ed modernism of Jonah's Gourd Vine and Moses, Man of the Mountain -- Writing blood : the art of the literal in William Faulkner's Light in August -- Embodied experiences -- Richard Wright's parables of pain : Uncle Tom's Children and the making and unmaking of a southern black world -- Difficult embodiment : coming of age in Katherin Anne Porter's Miranda stories -- Reading war on the body : the example of Bobbie Ann Mason's In Country -- Coda. Overreading (for) the body : Walker Percy's cautionary tale
Control code
768168234
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 412 pages
Isbn
9780820343389
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011049665
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)768168234
Label
Reading for the body : the recalcitrant materiality of Southern fiction, 1893-1985, Jay Watson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Bodily attributes -- Manual discourse : a problem in Mark Twain's America -- Listening for Zora : voice, body, and the mediat(iz)ed modernism of Jonah's Gourd Vine and Moses, Man of the Mountain -- Writing blood : the art of the literal in William Faulkner's Light in August -- Embodied experiences -- Richard Wright's parables of pain : Uncle Tom's Children and the making and unmaking of a southern black world -- Difficult embodiment : coming of age in Katherin Anne Porter's Miranda stories -- Reading war on the body : the example of Bobbie Ann Mason's In Country -- Coda. Overreading (for) the body : Walker Percy's cautionary tale
Control code
768168234
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 412 pages
Isbn
9780820343389
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011049665
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)768168234

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